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Harlem Globetrotters RESTORATION AND Playfield Swap


By radfordian3505

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Got my Cpr gold playfield a month or so ago and finally going to take the leap on my first playfield swap. I'm going to add as much content as possible through this journey to help add value for the next guy as this is one game there is not much content on. so stay tuned friends i hope this helps you or interests you like it does me.

This history of this game is it started out being routed in the Roanoke Zoo (before it was called Mill Mountain Zoo) for about 5 years and then my father bought it at their auction in 1985.ever since it was in our home but it has never had anything done to it until now. So needless to say it's in dire need of a playfield. will post pictures as quickly as i can as i make ground going foward.Stay Tuned
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#2 1 year ago

Favorited. I just bought the CPR playfield, plastics and new play field parts. Not ready to go yet

7 months later
#3 1 year ago

Alright guys I kinda dropped the ball on this thread and in gonna make it up to yall with my advice from the experience I have learned through this whole journey.my Playfield is 100% done and painting my cabinet now.will post lots and lots of pictures with details tonight

#4 1 year ago

Got the cabinet sanded down in about 1 hour with 80 grit on a orbital sander.now to start to putting bondo on all imperfections. Pinball pimp stencils arrived today so gotta get her in primer.

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#5 1 year ago

This is my apron before sanding down and repainting. Not bad but needs to be restored.ordered new decals from a company in sweden and they look very nice.

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#6 1 year ago

Washed wiring harness in dishwasher and boy did it make a difference. It is all soldered and done now.

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#7 1 year ago

Washed all plastics in a ultrasonic cleaner with mean green and they look brand new.have a new cpr plastic set installed as well

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#8 1 year ago

Keep 'em coming! Following

#9 1 year ago

Gotta change the title of your thread... looks like more than a playfield swap. I would have checked it sooner, had I known

#10 1 year ago

This is as good as any thread to ask this question. I am stripping some Bally SS playfields (Silverball Mania, Eight Ball) and wondering how to get the #44/47 light sockets off the underside.

Since they each have a blob of solder on them, the hex screw won't turn, so it's a @#$%^ to take them off.

Any hints short of putting a flame thrower on the field to melt the solder?

Thanks.

#11 1 year ago

Do the apron decals have red printed on the decals, or are they made so the red from the apron ‘shows through’?

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from jbovenzi:

This is as good as any thread to ask this question. I am stripping some Bally SS playfields (Silverball Mania, Eight Ball) and wondering how to get the #44/47 light sockets off the underside.
Since they each have a blob of solder on them, the hex screw won't turn, so it's a @#$%^ to take them off.
Any hints short of putting a flame thrower on the field to melt the solder?
Thanks.

Cut the wire so that the whole socket can turn if needed.

#13 1 year ago

Yep, trying to do that. It's tough clipping some of those wires with them stapled down close to the socket.

I guess I will just nut up and get 'er done...

#14 1 year ago

Interested in the decal source if you can share?

#15 1 year ago

Just finished my Harlem globetrotters Playfield swap with putting in cpr plastics.only have to put on outhole lane but will do it right before installing Playfield.It has all new light sockets,pop bumper mechanics, all new coils and ofcourse titan rubber kit.all in all I learned alot in my first Playfield swap and definitely feel i could do way better and quicker on the next one.

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#16 1 year ago

Looks great man, nice work!

Did you really change out all the coils? If so, i wouldn't throw the old ones out. Chances are they're still ok, maybe not hurt to have some spares or sell them to recoup a little of your investment.

Either way, it looks fantastic! Have you installed it in the cab yet?

#17 1 year ago

Yes I Changed every one and i dont throw any pinball parts away that are salvageable except maybe flipper parts but I always keep the springs bc you can always make them tight again by shortening them.

Quoted from frunch:

Looks great man, nice work!
Did you really change out all the coils? If so, i wouldn't throw the old ones out. Chances are they're still ok, maybe not hurt to have some spares or sell them to recoup a little of your investment.
Either way, it looks fantastic! Have you installed it in the cab yet?

#18 1 year ago

Just sanded down the cabinet in about a 1 and half with 80 grit and a HF orbital sander.was very please how quick I was able to get it this far.luckily I got a respirator before all this madness in the world.

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#19 1 year ago

Reglued the entire cabinet with gorilla wood glue and it is super strong now.i sister pieced all the bottom in too so the bottom will never sag.

#20 1 year ago

Took me about 3 days of filling in with bondo and sanding starting with 200 then 500 all the way too 1200 grit.

#21 1 year ago

Yesterday I finally got the cabinet covered in primer and ready for my base coat this week when it warms up.I used Kilz original puts 2 coats on everything. It isnt perfect but man it looks light years ahead of what it looked just a couple days ago. My pinball pimp stencils are flattening out now as I write this and will be building me a paint room to paint this.

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#22 1 year ago

Tore my 1st coin door apart.not too bad after I did my research.even found a 1976 2 dollar bill and a 1972 Susan b Anthony.even found my coin flap inside the skin.overall I feel this wont be hard to clean as this game only saw 1 year or routing as my father bought it in 1980 and it has been in our home ever since.i will post pictures as I clean and paint all parts.

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#23 1 year ago

Had a very productive weekend finished my coin door

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#24 1 year ago

Had to build me a temporary paint booth and I'm glad I did .my base coat turned out amazing.4 coats total.i will let it sit for a minimum of 1 week to cure before I add any color.

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#25 1 year ago

Got all the blue painted on my globetrotters today. Now only have the red left and clearcoat and she will be complete

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#26 1 year ago

Just put the red on the back box and I'm very happy with the results

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#27 1 year ago

What company did you get the apron decals from? I can’t find them anywhere. Thank you and great work.

#28 1 year ago

Shill post: The Classic Pinball Podcast #30 Is all about Harlem Globetrotters.

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from tjc02002:

What company did you get the apron decals from? I can’t find them anywhere. Thank you and great work.

https://www.free-play.se/en/cabinet-parts/cabinet-decals/apron-decals/harlem-globetrotters-on-tour-apron-decal-set.html

This is the company I bought them from.very high quality and didnt take long at all. even though they are in Sweden.

#30 1 year ago

Looking good.

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#31 1 year ago

Brought my cabinet inside today and starting to put it all together again.cant wait too play

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#32 1 year ago

Here is the final result of my harlem globetrotters restoration

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#33 1 year ago

Looks great!!!

Nice work!

#34 1 year ago

Thank you.alot of blood, sweat,and tears definitely went into too make this a true restoration. I wish I kept up with my time spent.but if I had too guess it would be about 80 hours total spread out over a years time.
If anyone ever needs any advice or has any questions about anything. Don't hesitate to ask.

#35 1 year ago

Really like the basketball targets. Where did you find those?
And the install 3 ball Sticker?
Looks really nice, you should be proud.

#36 1 year ago

Wow, it looks AMAZING!!!!!

#37 12 months ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Really like the basketball targets. Where did you find those?
And the install 3 ball Sticker?
Looks really nice, you should be proud.

The lockdown bar receiver cover came from titan pinball and the basketball custom drop targets and stand ups came from Ebay.

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