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GTB King Pin-resto notes


By wayner

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Just completed a major resto on this machine which I picked up at an estate sale a couple of months back. Machine had been kept in an open fronted shed without use for around 20 years, with recorded plays of 144k, & was in a pretty sick state.

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Although the cab sides looked presentable in pics there was significant delamination & splintering, the cab front was dead, the rear underside was badly damaged from apparently being dragged on the ground and the lightbox face was seriously splintered. As well the right cab front had broken away & was warped so after repairs a respray was a must.

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A host of operational issues existed. All steppers were seized, score reels were badly gummed and EOS switches broken. The motor board although housing lots of outback dust was in reasonable shape but nevertheless the score motor was dismantled and serviced and relays cleaned & contacts checked. A foreign mains connecting block was removed & ground wires reset. The cab bottom had been lined with aluminium foil which was grounded to the transformer! The on/off switch was bypassed so the machine when connected was always on!

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The upper pf presented some difficulties. Under the dust revealed full pf mylar-yuk. The upper ball trail mylar had been worn through to the pf proper and it & the upper hole kickers had been covered with masking tape.

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There was minor blistering of the mylar in a couple of places on the pf but I have learnt there is 'no fixing mylar'-it is either left or removed. So I decided to remove the upper mylar down to the sides of the drop target bank. I believe that occurred ok with minor touch up only required.

Under pf included servicing of all components including rebuild of the drop target bank including new drop targets. I found in testing that the switch contact points on the right hole kicker & ball return were loose & giving intermittent contact. A raid of the parts bin for replacement contact leafs resolved the issue.

The coin mechanisms were rebuilt & a lid fabricated for the coin box.

This is the completed machine.

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(bg is toasted-replacement ordered from Steve Azzam)

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The machine plays really nice & fast-wow those outer drain lanes are however deadly. On the lower flippers I had installed 'orange dots' but for this game they were just overly powerful so reverted to standard 5141s. I found on King Pin the setting of the lower & upper flippers is critical to maximise gameplay. I also found that the upper flippers really do play a great functional role on this game.

Overall really happy with result & to have a King Pin in the line up.

#2 2 years ago

LOVELY work, that thing shined up nice! King Pin is one of my absolute favorites. That backglass will make good wall art after your replacement arrives.

#3 2 years ago

Amazing work Wayne!

#4 2 years ago

Super job Wayne as usual and a great save!

King Pin is a great player for Drop Targets with the Kickout Holes adding a great element of skill with using the upper flippers to get big points and a much better player than the coveted El Dorado IMO.

I always know once you get a machine for restoration you will always give it your all.

Looks like Shay is doing a Backglass for King Pin and yours looks like a candidate and so does mine. Plan on getting one?

My game still looks like yours before you worked on it.

Ken

#5 2 years ago

Super nice restoration

Real fun game as well.

I was going to do one at one time, even bought a complete set of NOS drop targets for silly money!!

Would like to find one.

#6 2 years ago

Again, nice work Wayne!
Would love to add one of those to my collection.

#7 2 years ago

WOW ... AWESOME job ... just beautiful!

#8 2 years ago

Bravo! Superb!

#9 2 years ago

Gorgeous! You should be very proud. What a great game -- it's on my wish list for sure. Congratulations!

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