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HEP This Week 2-17-2020


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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
    31%
  • Blacked out 54 votes
    48%
  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes
    21%

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#6001 29 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

How long until he needs a full restoration?

Hopefully the process won't involve the phrase "Head is removed from the lower."

#6002 29 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Cheers!
Wednesday beer[quoted image][quoted image]

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#6003 28 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

How long until he needs a full restoration?

Undergoing as we speak.

Look back a few pages where he is starting an exercise regime and healthier eating habits.

LTG : )

#6004 28 days ago
Quoted from Gornkleschnitzer:

Hopefully the process won't involve the phrase "Head is removed from the lower."

There were some times in his teens I thought that might be the best approach

#6005 28 days ago

IJ coils are done
These were all beat.

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#6006 28 days ago

The POA was polished and rebuilt.
I like to run closed tight looms on these for the wiring areas that might drag the ball or hit other parts as it tilts.
A bevel is also something I see value in since the inner edge tends to bottom out on the raise the jackpot sign bracket when in the right most position.
About one ply is beveled out.

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#6007 27 days ago

Just a couple details left on Spirit 2.

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#6008 27 days ago

One of the worst parts of these Spirit restores has been the lock bars
You can’t get them and these are beat.
Deep gouges
I will see what I can do with them.
The only option is removing as much material as possible.

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#6009 27 days ago

Got these to at least a respectable level.
I don’t want them too shiny because that will only accentuate the flaws which are mainly just a few extremely deep nicks at this point.

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#6010 27 days ago

Is your vice on a sway bar?

#6011 27 days ago

I wonder what percentage of the surviving Spirits are HEP restored at this point.

#6012 27 days ago

The final detail on Spirit 2 is the backglass.
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Luckily someone here helped me out and I was able to source a replacement.
It’s a bit more vivid but looks great from all angles.

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#6013 27 days ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Is your vice on a sway bar?

No it is on a swivel stand. Made by Hercules I believe.

#6014 27 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The final detail on Spirit 2 is the backglass.
This game needed one. [quoted image]
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Luckily someone here helped me out and I was able to source a replacement.
It’s a bit more vivid but looks great from all angles.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Now that's one nice looking game!

#6015 27 days ago
Quoted from Pinballer73:

Now that's one nice looking game!

Interesting comment depending upon which word is accentuated:

NOW that's one nice looking game. (Implies it wasn't looking so good until the backglass was replaced.)
Now THAT'S one nice looking game. (Implies it looks better than the other HEP Spririt restores.)
Now that's ONE nice looking game. (Implies it's the only HEP Spirit restore that looks really good.)
Now that's one NICE looking game. (The genuine compliment probably intended by Pinballer73.)
Now that's one nice LOOKING game. (Implies the game doesn't function or play as good as it looks.)
Now that's one nice looking GAME. (A compliment that implies that most games aren't nice looking.)

#6016 27 days ago

That is super sharp! Love spirit one of the funner pins to play.

Quoted from littlecammi:

Now that's ONE nice looking game. (Implies it's the only HEP Spirit restore that looks really good.)

I would go with this one!
littlecammi might be a retired english lit proffersor!

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#6017 26 days ago

Spirit 2 finished

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#6018 26 days ago

Spirit 2 playfield.

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#6019 26 days ago

Spirit 2 inside.

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#6020 26 days ago

Now that's the Spirit!

#6021 26 days ago

Hidden areas Spirit 2

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#6022 26 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

One thing I thought about after finishing Spirit 1 was that I would like to have a little easier glide and protection for the playfield underside.
On Spirit 2 I plan to address that.
Here is the area of concern on the original. [quoted image]
I bought some Stern brackets.
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I then straightened the round out. [quoted image]
This allows me to tuck them in. [quoted image]
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thanks once again for the Stern bracket idea (just noticed them in your photos). I added them to my alien star I just finished up and they make it so much nicer to slide out and stand up. note: my alien star is on system 1 metal supports instead of the normal wood ones as I built the cabinet and had the sys1 ones.

#6023 26 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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So you're not burning the logo in anymore? Why not punch the refurb date in like they did with serial numbers back then so there's no chance of it fading or being lost somehow? A paper label seems very fragile...

#6024 26 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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That AC/Adaptor in the backbox is kind of ugly with all the other clean work you have in there. Have you considered using a $18 meanwell dual (or triple) output 5v and 12v power supply? Something like the...

RT-65A
https://www.jameco.com/z/RD-65A-MEAN-WELL-Dual-Output-Enclosed-Power-Supply-5V-8A-and-12V-4A-66W_323505.html
or
RT-65B:

https://www.jameco.com/z/RT-65B-MEAN-WELL-Power-Supply-Triple-Output-5V-5A-12V-2-8A-12V-0-5A-65W_323540.html

It'd fit right in to the look of everything else in the backbox and wouldn't have all that ugly extra cord, you could cut the wire to fit.

#6025 26 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

So you're not burning the logo in anymore? Why not punch the refurb date in like they did with serial numbers back then so there's no chance of it fading or being lost somehow? A paper label seems very fragile...

I don’t burn the gray playfields because they smoke and ruin the branding iron.

#6026 26 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

That AC/Adaptor in the backbox is kind of ugly with all the other clean work you have in there. Have you considered using a $18 meanwell dual (or triple) output 5v and 12v power supply? Something like the RT-65B:
https://www.jameco.com/z/RT-65B-MEAN-WELL-Power-Supply-Triple-Output-5V-5A-12V-2-8A-12V-0-5A-65W_323540.html
It'd fit right in to the look of everything else in the backbox and would have all that ugly extra cord, you could cut the wire to fit.

That is just what they supply with the display set.
It has a warranty so I wouldn’t make too many changes.
The one thing I did do is make a factory style plug and keep everything in the backbox that is tapped off the line filter with color correct wire and then into a two pin molex so it is hidden.
This at least saves the service outlet which is supposed to be the power source
I have used dedicated power supply’s on games with numerous mods but for this single need it is fine. there are two boards eliminated already from the backbox and several connectors. Much simpler back there. No need to reinvent every single wheel.
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#6027 26 days ago

IJ main playfield is sanded then polished now ready for rebuild.

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#6028 26 days ago

Another great one from HEP!

#6029 24 days ago

IJ playfield is building up.

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#6030 24 days ago

Curses, Chris! Now, you've made me want to add a Spirit to the lineup!

As always, stunning work and a wealth of knowledge shared for those willing to learn - thank you!

#6031 24 days ago
Quoted from xeneize:

Now you've made me want to add a Spirit to the lineup!

Sure, because all the games Chris does turn out looking great.
Problem is that we'd end up with a game that looks like the "before" pics.

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#6032 24 days ago

Pulled from the warehouse today.
I don’t want this thing to languish too long around there.

First step will be looking it over good inside and out.

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#6033 24 days ago

This game was also pulled so a new lower cabinet can be built. No getting around that.

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#6034 24 days ago

Just about done with IJ.

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#6035 23 days ago

IJ is finished. Doubt I will take outside pictures of it since I already have a few in the thread.

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#6036 23 days ago

Great work once again!

#6037 23 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

IJ is finished. Doubt I will take outside pictures of it since I already have a few in the thread.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

You can never have too many natural light awesome pictures of your work.

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#6038 23 days ago

Finished IJ pictures.

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#6039 23 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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You're building quite an impressive index...

This thread has become a great resource.

#6040 23 days ago

IJ playfield.

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#6041 23 days ago

IJ inside.

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#6042 23 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

You're building quite an impressive index...
This thread has become a great resource.

Thanks. I don’t think I will ever top my gallery here though. It is a really good resource for a lot of things but became dated naturally with the more instant gratification of Pinside which I love.

The finished games stopped a couple years ago
http://christopherhutchins.com/gallery/Finished-Games

The restoration process stuff around the same time.

http://christopherhutchins.com/gallery/Examples-of-the-restoration-process

I have a few games I really should add to it like Spirit,Firepower,a more current version of Fathom,the special EBD,whirlwind and Centaur but the interface is slow and painful and doesn’t work well with phone pictures.
I might actually add the Firepower to this thread even though it was done last year.

#6043 23 days ago

I love the details and stories and documented challenges/solutions far more than the finished game posts. No idea why someone choses to index all those posts over the restoration knowledge.

PSTT.. game photos are automatically indexed in the thread gallery.

#6044 23 days ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

I love the details and stories and documented challenges/solutions far more than the finished game posts. No idea why someone choses to index all those posts over the restoration knowledge.
PSTT.. game photos are automatically indexed in the thread gallery.

Just bookmarks for finished games to find those points much faster and easier than wading through the thread gallery. And all the important tips are indexed along with the finished games for easy access, too.

Index breakdown
21 Tip time posts
13 Misc information
30 Completed games

#6045 23 days ago

I like the variety of post that are bookmarked.
Some people are going to come here for tips and knowledge others for eye candy so I think it great overall.

#6046 23 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Some people are going to come here for tips and knowledge others for eye candy.

And some people (me included) should stay away so they don't get disappointed with the lesser quality of their own games.

#6047 23 days ago

Both these are leaving tomorrow.

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The IJ is going on it’s legs in its natural position which I am not a big fan of on a finished game but the recipient is not a pinball person at all and request that there be the absolute minimum amount of set up upon arrival.
This is tough call but I have seen many people damage games trying to unpack,unpalletize and set up. I have also had way more tech issues with those types after the fact so my hope is if it shows up in the ready to go position these concerns will be avoided.

First thing I am going to do is put these on which I also hate but since I have the metal plates on already it is just a little more insurance. More of a packing item above all else. Sometimes the news isn’t always pretty here but this is the reality of trying to meet all types of customers needs.
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#6048 23 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Both these are leaving tomorrow.

First HEP class of 2020 graduates...

#6049 23 days ago

The IJ is packed.
The protectors are placed over the protectors.
The levelers are run all the way down and then cranked down with a keep nut.

I wrapped the hell out of it and labeled it. My hope is they can unwrap them just put the cord in the back and power it up /start playing.
Every common sense label possible is placed.
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#6050 23 days ago

They aren't a pinball person and reached out to you ?
Man do those wrapped up pics scare me!

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