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HEP This Week 2-17-2020


By High_End_Pins

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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
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#4101 7 months ago
Quoted from jj44114:

Sorry, color contrast doesn't seem to work. Black head frame kills it. Now I'll take a lot of shit for saying this, but it doesn't look good.

I think it looks pretty sharp. However, If I was going to armchair restore this, I would say that any color change would need the rivets to be still shadowed in black. Eye trickery.

#4102 7 months ago

TZ cabinet is just about assembled
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Curtis squatted 210 today. He started with the empty bar just two months ago.

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#4103 7 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Those are windshield cradles you have to get them through a glass distributor. It can be a pain.
My playfield rack is a windshield storage rack also.
For the most parts playfields and windshields have similar storage and handling needs.

Any chance of a HEP branded version we could buy from you?

#4104 7 months ago

that white centaur is pretty cool, but I'm pretty sure I would love, love, love a red one.

oh, and tell Curtis to smile once in a while.

#4105 7 months ago

With the TZ cabinet all set I can now assemble the playfield.
It is NOS. image (resized).jpg
Looks to be missing a wireguide hole set here

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#4106 7 months ago

To deal with that I reference the old one and make a move able template then relocate it to the new one and drill after some triple checking.

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#4107 7 months ago

I spent 3 hours last night reading posts and only made it to page 28. I think I'll send my son there to apprentice , then in 10 years he can come home and work on our machines. Cause I think it would take that long to learn all that stuff that well.

Even the food and beer looks good.

#4108 7 months ago

Thanks for your tip about windshield racks for playfields. They look perfect for storing all the spare playfield glass for the games that I bought non-glare glass for. Planning on setting up the rack in the garage and wrapping everything in kraft paper for longish term storage.

#4109 7 months ago
Quoted from mjruser:

I spent 3 hours last night reading posts and only made it to page 28.

I almost dread it when I am away from pinside for a couple of days;
as it probably means that I have > 100 new posts to read thru on this HEP thread.
It is so easy to get behind.
Not only do I learn a bunch, but on the flipside,
feel guilty about how little I do at home
on working on my pins or chores around the house and failure to excersize.

#4110 7 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

To deal with that I reference the old one and make a move able template then relocate it to the new one and drill after some triple checking.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

So with old finishes.. you just make sure you use nice fresh bits? No scraping away the clear, etc before drilling?

(I need to tackle my TZ 3rd magnet soon...)

#4111 7 months ago

Cleaned and built the gumball machine.
Now in place.

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#4112 7 months ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

So with old finishes.. you just make sure you use nice fresh bits? No scraping away the clear, etc before drilling?
(I need to tackle my TZ 3rd magnet soon...)

Yes. Nice new bits. Run them backwards for the first layer.

#4113 6 months ago

New arrivals.
I think I am getting pretty close to full although it is a little tough to gauge with some completed games still awaiting pick up.

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#4114 6 months ago

Shipping a game with the head up makes me cringe.

#4115 6 months ago

If you stopped accepting games tomorrow, how long until you ran out of work?
Is your backlog two years of steady work?
That warehouse would full of work would keep me up at night.

#4116 6 months ago
Quoted from chad:

Shipping a game with the head up makes me cringe.

Me too but when it comes to games. With real backglasses I don’t know if it might be worse if the driver tried to break the game down.
Most importantly they won’t leave here like that unless requested.

#4117 6 months ago
Quoted from DylanFan71:

If you stopped accepting games tomorrow, how long until you ran out of work?
Is your backlog two years of steady work?
That warehouse would full of work would keep me up at night.

Probably two or three years I would guess although I might be more productive if all I had to do was just focus on the work, not the inventory and organizing etc.
The stress of it being full is much better than the thought of it being empty though.

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#4118 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Probably two or three years I would guess although I might be more productive if all I had to do was just focus on the work, not the inventory and organizing etc.
The stress of it being full is much better than the thought of it being empty though.

Meeting Chris when I dropped a machine to him for a customer I quickly realized he has everything down to a system. Once you get to that point in life it all makes sense. I am 65 years old and still trying to get to that point in my life.

The reason Chris gets so much done is because he is so well organized - both in his personal life and the way he approaches his business. The key to being productive is attitude & organization and Chris seems to have both. I agree with Chris about better full then empty. He knows he has enough work sitting there to make a living for the next two to three years. Even with a job most people can't say that.

Great job all the way around Chris. Keep up the good work. Others are learning a lot from you but one thing they might want to pay more attention to is why you get so much done in a day and then follow your example. I know I am trying to do just that.

#4119 6 months ago

I just like Chris's beer selection

#4120 6 months ago
Quoted from too-many-pins:

Meeting Chris when I dropped a machine to him for a customer I quickly realized he has everything down to a system. Once you get to that point in life it all makes sense. I am 65 years old and still trying to get to that point in my life.
The reason Chris gets so much done is because he is so well organized - both in his personal life and the way he approaches his business. The key to being productive is attitude & organization and Chris seems to have both. I agree with Chris about better full then empty. He knows he has enough work sitting there to make a living for the next two to three years. Even with a job most people can't say that.
Great job all the way around Chris. Keep up the good work. Others are learning a lot from you but one thing they might want to pay more attention to is why you get so much done in a day and then follow your example. I know I am trying to do just that.

Thank you Skip.
I managed to get those last six new arrivals broken down and inventoried.
Warehouse looks a little more respectable now.
I have some used cabinets and one damaged new one piling up.

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#4121 6 months ago

After that I loaded and unloaded some upcoming projects with certain deadlines. Need to have this HG done by the end of next month it is for a semi local non pinball person

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After that even though I absolutely didn’t feel like it I managed to get my workout in for the day. It was the scheduled 5x5 day. Couldn’t have been on a worse day after wrestling all those games around but it requires consistency.
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#4122 6 months ago

Now I can get back to my TZ project.
I am running the switch harness

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#4123 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

After that even though I absolutely didn’t feel like it I managed to get my workout in for the day. It was the scheduled 5x5 day. Couldn’t have been on a worse day after wrestling all those games around but it requires consistency.

Chris,

This is exactly what I was talking about above. Most guys, including myself, would have figured moving all that stuff around in the warehouse was their workout for the day. That is what makes you so special - you don't cut corners just because you could. Also - you stepped up and organized your warehouse space right away instead of waiting to you needed to do it because of space. Being pro active is so very hard to do when you are in business for yourself.

Keep setting the great examples for the rest of us! I know I have learned a lot from you already and I am typically the one teaching people - not learning from them.

#4124 6 months ago
Quoted from heni1977:

I just like Chris's beer selection

To you sir!

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#4125 6 months ago

Back at the warehouse.
I am going to finish crating the Dr Dude.
We call it the Dr Dud because it has been here for years and the person that sent it has been incredibly difficult to deal with.
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Ultimately after sitting on it all these years moving it around storing it etc we are simply returning it as is.
This rarely happens here I can count on one hand how many times but I always think of this when it does for some reason.

#4126 6 months ago

We are not going to make it to the warehouse this time of the day without bribing Marshall.
This time Bojangles 12 pc chicken supremes.
For a little guy he can really pack it in.
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#4127 6 months ago

Dr Dud crated.
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Marshall is done that little belly looks full!
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#4128 6 months ago

Load up one more project to put into teardown.

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#4129 6 months ago

Really looking forward to a HEP Gorgar Chris! Any idea approximately when you will be getting to that game?

#4130 6 months ago
Quoted from JoeJet:

Really looking forward to a HEP Gorgar Chris! Any idea approximately when you will be getting to that game?

Glad to hear it Joe.
I hope it won’t be too long but it is such a project and fresh arrival that it will definitely be a little while.

#4131 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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That one sounds delicious. How was it?

#4132 6 months ago

And Black Knight.

#4133 6 months ago

My guess is s HEP BK would be the nicest looking out of the trio

#4134 6 months ago

New stuff has arrive.
Hedge trimmer.
4 stroke. I have finally converted all my yard tools to gas only.
No more mixing or keeping two different gas cans.
The mower,leaf blower,edger, and now finally hedge trimmers all plain old regular gas.
I was worried about the contents.
Fed ex is just the worst IMO
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Then there was the beer shipment.

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Nervous on that one too.
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Well packed.
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All is well
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#4135 6 months ago

Back to my TZ
Cabinet is neatly wired.
Looks pretty decent in there for a used one.

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#4136 6 months ago

TZ parts are back from powder coating.
When I have these done locally I just have them done in a flat black because I already know I am going to sand paint and clear.
My purposes of having them done is just to get a better surface to paint on and also have them pre blacked out to make coverage easier image (resized).jpg
Since I knew I was going with a hot rod black(lower gloss) I decided to mix in some other parts that I think will look nice once assembled to complete the look.
These are primarily mini playfield ,ramp parts and I plan on leaving them in the lower gloss so they blend in more
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The one that I am on the fence on is the steel ramp it looks pretty cool as is but I could also gloss it up with the trim.
If I hated it altogether I could replace it with a new one from Kerry so not much of a gamble.
I think glossing it up is the best bet.

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#4137 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Looks pretty decent in there for a used one.

Understatement of the century.......

#4138 6 months ago

Very glad to hear the beer is ok! I would argue the choice on trimmer but to each his own. I am a huge stihl fan and always had good luck with them. Plus I am in good with the mechanic at the shop so that helps too. 2 chainsaws and a weed eater running like champs!
I agree on glossing up the ramp! Will stand out more!

#4139 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The one that I am on the fence on is the steel ramp it looks pretty cool as is but I could also gloss it up with the trim.
If I hated it altogether I could replace it with a new one from Kerry so not much of a gamble.
I think glossing it up is the best bet.

How about gloss black as you are doing with the top exposed lip sanded back to metal, sorta like a lot of wheels you see on cars on the road today.

#4140 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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The one that I am on the fence on is the steel ramp it looks pretty cool as is but I could also gloss it up with the trim.
If I hated it altogether I could replace it with a new one from Kerry so not much of a gamble.
I think glossing it up is the best bet.[quoted image]

IMHO, some gloss is needed

#4141 6 months ago

How well would a powder-coated ramp really hold up in the TZ? I'd think it would end up chipping and looking sad.

Thanks,
Mike

#4142 6 months ago
Quoted from mjruser:

How well would a powder-coated ramp really hold up in the TZ? I'd think it would end up chipping and looking sad.
Thanks,
Mike

I have done this before and it holds up well but it is also why I only pick certain things not everything.
This ramp is available so that makes it low risk but I wouldn’t do it on anything high use I couldn’t get just to be safe.

#4143 6 months ago

Will the low gloss ramp eventually show a shiny ball trail? If so I'd consider high gloss for preventative purposes. But I agree the low gloss will better blend into the playfield. I don't want ramp glare in my face when I'm playing.

#4144 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I have done this before and it holds up well but it is also why I only pick certain things not everything.
This ramp is available so that makes it low risk but I wouldn’t do it on anything high use I couldn’t get just to be safe.

Thanks for the reply.

#4145 6 months ago

Lockbars that take powder coating well are the originals.
The reason is that often when newer bars with epoxy glued brackets are backed in a powder coating oven the glue breaks down and the brackets can fall off.
This comes with another problem when using the originals though.
They are spot welded. Won’t fall apart in the oven but they have visible spot welds.
This is why I have them powdered first then paint. C63158F6-E30C-4038-AE4F-44BA2CB9E609 (resized).jpegm
The bars are prepped and skim coated to make sure they are nice and straight.
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Then sanded flat.
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Now etched
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#4146 6 months ago

Now prepped and ready to base and clear.
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Then based along with other parts previously prepped. These range from side rails all the way to switch screws and plates.

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#4147 6 months ago

Now cleared

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#4148 6 months ago

Now for my new HG cabinet prep. image (resized).jpg

The guy that built these cabinets only had a Kiss for reference.
These cabinets are nearly identical but there are some minor differences.

That difference is in the playfield runner.
This portion needs to be cut away to clear the drop bank on HG.
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#4149 6 months ago

I pull the playfield out of the original and set it in the new one.
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It technically fits even without the needed cut out.
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Still better to do it though.

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#4150 6 months ago

That out of the way I can safely take a trip back to 2013.
Horrible year for me personally but there was a bright spot in terms of beer.

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