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#1 1 year ago

Instead of starting individual threads I am just going to capture what I am up to week to week.

This week will be two things that are a little outside of my normal project ranges.

First is an Alien autopsy

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The second is a Joker Poker semi cabinet restore and playfield swap.
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#4 1 year ago

So first I will get you up to speed on the Alien.
It came in as a favor for both the owner and the seller.
It isn’t the type of thing I usually deal in and that is shipping damaged games.
Not because I can’t but because it distracts me from my other projects, I get caught in the middle and one side wants things done as cheap and easy as possible and the other thinks the sky should be the limit.

From what I am told this is an irreplaceable game so there are not too many alternatives so I agree to see what is can do.

The game took a hit on the right side
That separated the cabinet
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It also buckled the playfield glass frame might’ve hard to spot in the picture but is is twisted right around the Flipper button landmark 9C9CD5D3-667F-4F61-8F93-1E5BFE766326 (resized).jpeg

#5 1 year ago

The hanger brackets were bent severely to the left and shooter cover mangled

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#6 1 year ago

The playfield also took some of the force.

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#7 1 year ago

There is more but I want to focus on the repairs per section so first is the easiest straighten the hangers so it will sit down in the receiver.
Didn’t take too much persuading and that is accomplished after removing the apron 7A0F8894-F589-4C31-BA2F-D69D532CF501 (resized).jpeg

The shooter cover was removed and straightened
Then reattached with machine screws washers and with keeper nuts in place of the random screws previously used.

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#8 1 year ago

Now for the frame.
My goal is to straighten it without cracking or damaging the finish if possible because it is textured and a very vivid shade that could be tough to match without a complete repaint.
Glass is removed and the frame is worked with a series of different hammers and methods to get it back to square. 328D64E1-DB65-44D6-BBCD-AD41B625DBB2 (resized).jpeg
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It was then reinstalled and verified to be in good order.

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#9 1 year ago

Now to rejoin the cabinet corners and resquare.
This game is strange with the inner and outer panels so I had to remove a good bit to get to the meat of the cabinet and heart of the problem. ADC7E29C-7CCD-442C-A729-FACD736D9500 (resized).jpeg

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#10 1 year ago

The front needed to come off as well because both the side and front outer need cosmetic repairs. 336A1651-26BF-4622-8F5B-F8E7E9B2884D (resized).jpeg

Taking the coin door off is more complex than taking of the side of the cabinet it is a bundled type harness that ties into pretty much any switch between the door and board in the lower cabB8D14D9A-FDC7-4FC1-BF52-C9FD9B2D311E (resized).jpeg

The cabinet protectors also have to come off to access the screws and them must be clamped and glued as they were staples on. E6209885-0DF2-49FE-BCD7-B9403DEF89F3 (resized).jpeg
Front off

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#11 1 year ago

The dowel pin was keeping the front from squaring back up.
It is removed. 5EDFA482-4403-406F-9653-4A583A566565 (resized).jpeg

The core of the cabinet is rejoined with a more robust screw and plenty of glue. F79642B2-7E45-4C5F-B065-DD5CDC1722CC (resized).jpeg

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#12 1 year ago

Now I can focus on repairing and refinishing the outer panels.
The front is gouged and the side chipped.
These are a textured vinyl wrap and there is a fine art to doing a convincing repair. 8C40C952-88FD-4F0B-8A55-FCA90EEFAC5B (resized).jpeg
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#13 1 year ago

This is a really tough repair to do on a level that will make it look like it never happened.
You are talking about a high dollar game,disgruntled owner and trying to make filler and paint look like MDF and textured vinyl.

First the damage is filled it is minor but you cannot be made any larger. That is the challenge. Every cm you sand or get outside of the damage the more work you create because of the texturing. Even just sanding it will comprise it do it has to be minimal.Initial filler front and side. 7AE7D4B2-6C41-43CB-8045-D77D2974824C (resized).jpeg
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Filler sanded.

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#14 1 year ago

Now for some ground level texture. This is a bit more involved than pictures or typing can state. There is a dialing in of distance,speed,direction all of that and more to get the look I need.
Not a point and shoot type of thing.
This will give some texture Not necessarily the final but a base to build off of. EB626736-C658-4F48-8990-B2E84E55C7F2 (resized).jpeg

Want to keep that minimal so it doesn’t ruin the texture already in place that is good. F8471391-0E1D-4D00-8C28-BC164A8A77A6 (resized).jpegD784F5B8-1EC2-42C0-B49C-EBF23B5857A6 (resized).jpeg


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#15 1 year ago

The area is then wicked with masking tape to enhance or better match the texture and lightly repainted 265843CA-1941-4588-B043-9B1F10EC0F1B (resized).jpegCDA77D0E-6342-4CF4-A145-D519D4D066C9 (resized).jpeg
After that it is strategically repainted entirely to get that proper final texture and consistency.

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#16 1 year ago

Now the. Panels are reinstalled.
Starting with the front.
I am going to go with black bolts like on the right instead of the bare steel like on the left by comparison just to clean up the look a bit. image (resized).jpg
The damage in the front is gone and I am happy with the outcome there. image (resized).jpg

The cabinet is square again. No strange gaps or pushed out edges. image (resized).jpg

The repair to the side panel though less important since it gets covered is also nice and unnoticeable

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#18 1 year ago

Now the playfield is addressed

It was removed earlier to get the lower cabinet straight
A few plugs and a helping hand and the playfield is out.
My step up box is a nice sturdy platform 7DACCF66-C52E-468A-8380-C36A2A585D58 (resized).jpeg

The splintered sections were sanded away and glue was spread inside the plus. 2C493AEB-7C2D-4740-882F-DF60EAB598A3 (resized).jpeg

Longer more ideal screws are placed through the rails to further reinforce 044F71CB-A85E-4CDD-9123-36A70F03C7AC (resized).jpeg

There is a very minor hairline crack in the clear right beside the rail that is maybe a cm or two long.
It would do more harm than good to address it but I will likely drop a touching of clear in it to seal it up at some point.

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#19 1 year ago

Ok that pretty much gets the Alien current
Now Joker Poker.
Game is for a long time customer and friend.
It was taken in as just needing a playfield swap.
A little under my radar but certainly something I can do and willing to given our history.
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I set the game up after it has been here a couple months
First thing I do is open the backbox 2DAA87B8-E380-48E3-8B65-BE391115AA8E (resized).jpeg

Damn this thing looked decent at a glance but it is rotten inside. A7B0E6C6-7126-4B8D-BD8C-6009BF56B4BD (resized).jpeg

#20 1 year ago

There are no boards in the head and the back of the head itself is trashed. Flimsy rotten E15015C2-538B-4B37-9A0F-4FBC8DBBD89E (resized).jpeg
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Proceed to strip it. EA1E8068-D5A4-4777-95F1-812B88273913 (resized).jpegED2AB4A3-5ED1-46A2-98A6-9C7D941EEF59 (resized).jpeg

#21 1 year ago

A new lamp panel is made and test fit.
This was done via cnc by virtuapin
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The panel is then test fit in the head

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#22 1 year ago

The panel is refinished. D25096AF-00CD-4D57-A25E-96633B9B743A (resized).jpeg
Now dry and new sockets are placed.
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I had to make the little round insert light shields. That was easy enough when I found the perfect sized cardboard tube cut to fit and refinished them. 68E370DD-5F2B-474A-A1E5-005B90F65D6D (resized).jpeg

The harness is then reattached.

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#23 1 year ago

The head needed a new rear panel but I did not want to get involved in a total cabinet rebuild and repaint because it just wasn’t what I signed on for or was expecting with this particular project.
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Also the cabinet looked decent for what it is already. Someone already repainted it not to a level I would take it but not worth building and painting a new cabinet over either.
The back is knocked out. It is maybe an 1/8 th inch thick rotten flimsy you can see it in the background with the many large holes.
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New oak framing is placed where the old was removed. Screwed and glued. 2E13CD56-C431-4748-9557-267BBA376BF2 (resized).jpeg
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A 3/8 cut of plywood is placed and it runs a good bit thicker than what was there.
I want something that will strengthen the head and give me a decent ability to anchor screws into.

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#24 1 year ago

The new panel is glued and screwed in place.C12F1D08-34B9-4E83-AF6A-5DF2983FA977 (resized).jpeg
Four large holes are cut instead of the many there previously I think this will adequately vent without weakening
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#25 1 year ago

The new panel is now mudded in and grain filled.
This is a bit of a challenge because I need to build up the original edges to bridge them to the level of the new thicker panel but I don’t want to get into the sides

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#26 1 year ago

The rear panel is then masked and painted with a similar oil based paint the previous painter used on the cabinet.
Not trying to be too perfect here I want it to look close to what is there without turning it into a total project 51664EC6-748B-4D5C-BCEB-19E96E8584B4 (resized).jpeg
Then unmasked. FCBA2DF4-7622-4E50-907B-62ABCFF7B3A9 (resized).jpegAFE9502C-F00F-427E-861C-E0088E37B4A4 (resized).jpegFC2E267F-3148-4851-A43F-A9C11BAB5E5C (resized).jpeg2AA9BCF9-2752-4D4B-A4EB-5EEDE6CC59FE (resized).jpeg

#29 1 year ago

Head is then mounted on lower and looks ok for the project and the location of the repair which is the back and will be up against the wall. F2A40FBF-0445-474D-A926-DF820446770C (resized).jpeg

The sides show much better and it is not noticeable that the thicker panel has been installed. 3C2AABC4-5CCC-4C9E-BFDA-6B1ABAAE3187 (resized).jpeg196C261D-9746-4291-BA62-B1F4B8E9A8EB (resized).jpeg

Inside there is a decent panel to mount the supports and panel for the board s.

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#30 1 year ago

The head is rebuilt playfield put back in place and powered up to verify we have a complete working game. FDEB2A0F-A0E8-4B7B-A216-F96BBECF3290 (resized).jpeg

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#31 1 year ago

Now I can start doing what I actually planned on swapping the playfield.
New CPR gold playfield. It looks nice overall.
The clear is more than adequate for a game of this era. DC9157FC-EB87-4647-A100-687044DC77A1 (resized).jpeg

There is some clear settlement and insert expansion and contraction that I will remove. It is perfectly normal as the products cure for even a perfect playfield to show this after several months 4A41CC06-87D0-4B2B-83E9-6282BADB95C5 (resized).jpegDFF4DD2A-EF48-4690-B5AD-340A13C65EBC (resized).jpeg

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#32 1 year ago

The playfield is being sanded.
What I am looking to do is flatten and degrain the final layer of clear now that it has all jelled together F45C1B8B-D51C-442B-B076-1CA83EF3F2D8 (resized).jpegEF52452A-2D88-4E6F-9426-1EFD0604535E (resized).jpeg01F2780F-D823-4C00-8C0F-371F9E78A8A8 (resized).jpeg

Playfield sanded flat.

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#33 1 year ago

Playfield is ready to polish.
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Then polished. 19BA34C8-79D2-4090-B889-51F4CD7B0CB7 (resized).jpeg
Random pics to highlight updated surface condition.

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#34 1 year ago

The swap then begins. 81A0611E-A7E6-4658-B4F5-1CD90DA980A2 (resized).jpeg
New plastic post are used this is primarily a swap so I won’t get too crazy polishing parts that won’t be directly seen once built. It is about giving the project the appropriate level of care for the purpose it was sent here

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#35 1 year ago

Can now flip and start the underside.
Even on an abbreviated service I still find a good value in the time and expense of replacing all the lamp socket and eliminating bare wire runs. 9B7A0668-8265-4B0C-819A-02144F744BBF (resized).jpeg

In place of these lamp strips I will be going with individual sockets. I don’t like the strips because they are pretty much unserviceable. B680977A-8950-4A6D-9508-01A3C36A26D9 (resized).jpeg

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#38 1 year ago

Ready to start getting the parts off the underside of the Joker Poker. 083B5264-94E4-41CF-8BE3-F2C5DA1DB6F5 (resized).jpeg

This is a game with vague documentation and my lack of familiarity with the title specifically means I have to be a bit more thorough during the teardown.

I make notes that make sense to me and tracings on the old playfield.

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#39 1 year ago

The large assemblies are rewired and placed on plugs so I can get them out of the way and tebuild those on the workbench.

I don’t have all wire combinations for Gottlieb and I probably never will since they often use three color combinations and my needs are sporadic.
I pick similar colors and exact where I can. A44C8933-8503-4B6F-86BC-BDB9EE820641 (resized).jpeg

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#40 1 year ago

The bank is now independent of the main harness.

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#41 1 year ago

I will need to do that on the other two banks as well.

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#45 1 year ago

The target banks are off. image (resized).jpg

All are on plugs.

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#46 1 year ago

The harness is off the old Joker Poker playfield. image (resized).jpg

There is a mix of cloth wire within the harness so I will not wash it. image (resized).jpg

The new playfield is ready to start wiring.

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#47 1 year ago

GI is wired color correct and tested.

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#48 1 year ago

Feature lamp commons are wired.

No more light socket strips.

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#49 1 year ago

Playfield wiring harness is roughed in place.

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#50 1 year ago

Harness is soldered in.
Just need to change out the drop targets and rebuild the flippers.
Nothing too fancy on this one like clear tubing on each socket because it is being done on a budget and certain timeframe.

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#53 1 year ago

Target bank one is rebuilt.
This means cleaned switches and set them then installed new targets.
Will do that on the others as well

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#54 1 year ago

Next I need to start prepping the final parts for the topside of the Joker Poker so they will be ready when I need them tomorrow
The apron was previously redone but it didn’t look like it went to well so I removed the decals and will repaint it. 9677EFA6-CC85-4C5F-9902-DE20C8665EA8 (resized).jpeg

The top arch has some scratches and rust. DAA451E4-2BB4-4B3D-9C3D-5A5EBF945BB8 (resized).jpeg

The tag presents a small problem because I don’t want to remove it and it can’t be taped on directly without also ruining it. 3F8952DB-1343-4E1F-8D84-DE19A4B9FEEB (resized).jpeg

I turn the tape upside down over the decal and just hairline over tape that.
This won’t look perfect but it will allow me to paint the arch and save the decal. 0041018F-58EE-415A-A53A-6583951AD219 (resized).jpeg

#55 1 year ago

Apron prepped then painted now dry. 04C41328-3F23-4F7C-B710-D2B1F5FDE60B (resized).jpeg
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Arch prepped. DA7C8B50-DDF5-448C-97C0-9FA869AFFE96 (resized).jpeg

Then painted and dry 35532EC0-8696-4056-89D3-906F3DC32DC9 (resized).jpeg

Then unmasked. Not perfect around the label as predicted but definitely something I can live with in compromise and will probably look perfectly fine once rebuilt and placed.
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#56 1 year ago

Now I will catch the Alien up
I worked on that in between sets today because it is totally cluttering up the HEP fitness center. now I am having lunch

The front is being built back up. Using black bolts in place of bare steel. E370DF05-BF01-4832-87CB-63FACF7C88F4 (resized).jpeg

The one leg shim I will call it was removed to make the repairs. They are pretty much glorified cardboard and staples on so removal is basically destruction. 3931DC3D-7E68-408B-ACED-5EF16D70227A (resized).jpeg

Looking for a better solution I find that one extra thick Mantis cabinet protector on top of the regular stern protector comes out to the same thickness of the cardboard like shims. 93344508-3841-4E85-84E3-9B3B4C9951DD (resized).jpeg

#57 1 year ago

Bolt the combo in place.
It fits perfectly with the Stern under the Mantis. 48E6DA27-F0CA-4EDB-BC39-0944EBF7A677 (resized).jpeg

I needed to make four holes in the Stern bracket to match the Mantis DCE41014-1796-4F77-A278-7E09969DBB43 (resized).jpeg

Then I installed them.
I think this will also tie the corners together a little more CB4927A5-5D96-43CD-AFCB-80F3B0FEF3AA (resized).jpeg

Set up leg(not the correct one) installed to verify.

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#58 1 year ago

Over at the warehouse packing TOTAN for departure and waiting on new arrivals.

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#59 1 year ago

TOTAN is packed up. They should be here in about 30 minutes to pick it up.

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#60 1 year ago

Soon to start project is loaded up while I am here.

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#62 1 year ago

They are here for TOTAN

First get the deliveries off. image (resized).jpg

#63 1 year ago

First new arrival is a Globetrotters.

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#64 1 year ago

Next arrival is TAF.

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#65 1 year ago

See you later TOTAN.
Safe travels.

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#66 1 year ago

Earlier this week I was worried about flooding. Was my first big storm at this location so I didn’t know if I needed to worry.
Turns out I didn’t but I wanted to make sure nothing could happen to my new Spirit cabinets

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#67 1 year ago

I will inspect and organize the new arrivals later on in the week.
It is 5 o’clock time to take it to the house.

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#68 1 year ago

Ready to unload the IJ.

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#69 1 year ago

IJ now in the way.

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#70 1 year ago

Going to take a shower
Pick out a beer and get back to this Alien. I am hoping to get the playfield back in the cabinet shortly. image (resized).jpg

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#72 1 year ago

All clean
Beer selected. Thank you David!
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Alien up on 4 legs.

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#73 1 year ago

Had to remove the ramps from Alien.
That was really a nightmare.

They have built so much around them and there is no room to work.

All that in the name of dealing with some rusty flaps !

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Making new flaps. These will be out of standard ramp flap stock. 37EA9E7E-02CC-4DC1-B547-65CAB1905D56 (resized).jpeg

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#74 1 year ago

New flap on ramp 1 with the nicer style rivets.
Has an STTNG flap look.

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#75 1 year ago

Ramp 2 done. A slightly modified repurposed TZ ramp flap fit well.

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#76 1 year ago

Ramps are back on.

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#78 1 year ago

Back to the Joker Poker

Joker Poker mornings and Alien afternoons so far this week
Large drop bank is rebuilt.

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#79 1 year ago

Joker Poker playfield is wired and ready to place in the cabinet.

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#80 1 year ago

Joker Poker lives.
Time for some exercise ad lunch.

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#82 1 year ago

Fresh Wild Caught Alaskan Coho Salmon
Steamed potatoes
Steamed fresh brussel sprouts
Little cocktail sauce

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#84 1 year ago

Back to work for me.

The apron is decaled.
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Apron installed.

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#86 1 year ago

The arch is rebuilt and placed.

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#87 1 year ago

Plastics are placed
Thinking about using black acorn nuts.
I like the blending in of them.

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#88 1 year ago

Ready to test play.

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#89 1 year ago

Alien playfield is ready to go back in the cabinet.

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#90 1 year ago

Playfield is in there for the Alien.

Everything sits well and is squared.

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#91 1 year ago

Now we have the head to deal with.
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Translite or backglass is busted.
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Rear panel is ugly.

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#92 1 year ago

Backglass damage.

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#93 1 year ago

Doubt this is normal.

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#94 1 year ago

Head is completely dissected.
It is basically built like Ikea furniture dowels etc.

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#95 1 year ago

The corner is glued and clamped.
I will cut and shape the wood pictured(paint paddles) to fill the bulk of the void since this is MDF being repaired.

Fiberglass would also work but I have better luck joining wood glue and wood to MDF overall.

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#97 1 year ago
Quoted from cavalier88z24:

glue on the floor. lol

Are you sure that is glue?

There is NOTHING I won’t suffer through to get this Alien in order.
Glue on the floor!
Getting in the way of a workout
Taking WAY more effort than I was led to believe!

I don’t care I am on board!!

#101 1 year ago
Quoted from BorgDog:

Definitely like the black acorn nuts. Do those just screw on the same posts as the speed nuts that normally are on these? I might steal that idea when I get around to refurbing my Joker Poker.
and, sorry to whomever, but not a fan of those instruction cards.

With a little extra effort the black acorns went right on.
Since they are plastic iteas easy enough.
No problem on the instruction cards I use whatever I have on hand usually because many change both that and the playfield glass as soon as the game arrives. Just looking for something decent to fill in the gaps while it is here.

#106 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

chris, what's the purpose of this nail inside of the rubber ring arrangement behind the switch on the joker poker?
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I am not positive but there are several like that throughout the game.
I am going to guess a guard to keep the ball from getting in there

#110 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

psd4me 's comment makes the most sense. the only way a ball could get in there would be in the rubber snapped as well (and then you'd have the issue of the ball being able to enter from that upper right area

There are a couple others scattered around the playfield that look to be for ball guidance but they sit just out in the open.

#112 1 year ago

Alien head rear panel is ready to rework.
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The void is filled. Keeping it minimal this is strictly cosmetic
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Filler is sanded. It is important that the edges are mostly wood because if I just used filler it would probably crack when the t molding is installed.
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Then textured
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Then painted
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#115 1 year ago

While the panel dries I will start prepping the frame. 9FBAC7BC-4101-4844-86AA-E28BE07CF56D (resized).jpeg

There are several sheared off dowels.

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#116 1 year ago

A sample dowel is salvaged 3CFD6639-8FB4-40A8-9C5D-9BD4F732192F (resized).jpeg

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Got them
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#117 1 year ago

The frame is prepped for the replacement dowels where needed.

This is done by drilling the broken ones out with a proper sized forstener bit.
It is marked with tape as a method of measuring the proper depth.

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#119 1 year ago

The new dowels are set.

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#120 1 year ago

Back panel is redrilled and ready for the frame.
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Frame test fit.

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#121 1 year ago

Backpanel is then glued to the frame. 8E8DACF2-4FB3-4082-A69B-3F6E52FF8560 (resized).jpeg9A787FD2-6DDA-4957-B1AA-3B5A2061D1F1 (resized).jpegimage (resized).jpg

#122 1 year ago

T molding fits well and while not perfect I am going to say it is perfectly fine for the location of it and will be a durable repair. Will let that sit for a bit then reassemble the rest.

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#123 1 year ago

Head is rebuilt less the backglass and now in place.

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#124 1 year ago

Alien has pretty much run its course until I get the backglass so now I will start gearing up for next week.

I have two cabinets I need to prep and prime.

First is for the recently pulled IJ project. image (resized).jpg

The second is for the first of my three up coming Spirit projects.

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#128 1 year ago

The new Spirit cabinets are an unknown.
They were built to spec but before I paint and stencil I need to check some basics.
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Does the lockbar receiver fit?this is complex cut and routing on these for pinball cabinets. image (resized).jpg

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Yes it does. It is Friday 5 o’clock Let’s have a toast!
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#131 1 year ago
Quoted from Zdoor:

Gulden Draak is good stuff. Packs a punch

Yes indeed.
I am a less is more drinker.
I would rather drink two glasses of high quality beer than 4 regular ones.

#132 1 year ago
Quoted from Thrillhouse:

HEP would you mind sharing what type of polish you used on the Joker Poker playfield?

Meguires diamond cut.

#134 1 year ago

Bottoms masked for both replacement cabinets.

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#135 1 year ago

Been a long week the Draak has kicked in and I am tired.
Tomorrow is my 46th birthday or as I like to think of it as “the 30th anniversary of my 16th birthday”expect limited production and who knows what?

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#139 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballplusMN:

Great thread. Just curious if you have people on staff helping. Also wondering how you avoid burnout after all of these years?. Its pretty common especially with the pinball resurgence that people are getting overwhelmed that do work like you do which is understandable.
Congratualations on such fine work!

Thank you.
I do not have any help.
The main thing that keeps me from burning out is consistency and routine.
The system I have developed over the years keeps me busy but also allows for some daily freedom so it doesn’t feel like work or pressure even though it truly is.
Essentially I just built the work into my daily life and lifestyle so it feels like a natural part of the day not a chore.

#142 1 year ago

Alien is alive and well.
Kind of cool in the dark.
No evidence of being smashed except the lack of a backglass.

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#143 1 year ago

IJ up on four legs.

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#144 1 year ago

Grand Prix up on four legs.

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#147 1 year ago

This week of 9-24
I will start about where I left off last week.
Prepping and priming the new IJ and Spirit cabinets.
First will be doing the finish work to the heads.

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That head was built with a thicker back panel so it now feels more substantial than the original. image (resized).jpg

There are some minor gaps and voids to fill prior to priming.

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#148 1 year ago

Spirit head ready to prime

Builder did an excellent job in that needed very little fill work.

I am not filling the back because I am going to let that panel float since there is a grill to bolt into the back and it is very neatly and symmetrically built in.

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#150 1 year ago

IJ Head is prepped.
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Now ready to prime.

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#151 1 year ago
Quoted from epthegeek:

Going to do a new thread this week? or update the subject? Possibly update the subject to remove the date and just make it a more generic "HEP current projects in action" sort of thing?

I am open to suggestions but I think I am just going to update this thread and redate it weekly so people will know if it is current.
The problem with the generic version tied to projects in general is they can go dark a long time. My goal is just capture what I am doing during the week.
The reason I don’t want to start a new thread each week is because if people post in them it will bring those old ones back up.

#154 1 year ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

What orbital sander and vacuum/dust extractor are you using? I'm about ready to invest in a new one......

I have a huge variety of Sanders
I primarily use the Festool CT 36 ties to the ETS 150 for medium level finish work

The RO 150 for stripping.

The RS 2 is also nice on large flat surfaces
If you are really looking to do some heavy material removal then then the RAS 115 is great.

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#156 1 year ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

Thanks for the info Chris. Festool makes some great stuff, and for the volume of work that you do it makes 100% sense to invest in that brand. It is pricey though for the hobbyist like myself who *may* restore/refurb a pin every 12/18 months.......

Definitely not worth it for the hobbyist.
Putting a little extra elbow grease and time behind a nice dewalt or equivalent sander is all that I would do if I were doing this on a small scale.

#157 1 year ago

Spirit lower cabinet prep.

The neck sits on the lower leaving a bit of an exposed groove.
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The other various knots and such were filled. The floor was masked. It is ready to prime.

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#158 1 year ago

IJ lower masked prepped and ready to prime.

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#160 1 year ago

Spirit cabinet primed and guidecoated.

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#161 1 year ago

IJ cabinet primed and guidecoated.

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#162 1 year ago

Ready to start the afternoon shift.
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All games in that line up need the existing playfields restored.
The IJ cabinet is in process so I will skip that for today.
What makes the most sense right now is getting the Grand Prix torn down
Reason being is that I need to rework both the cabinet and playfield as well as thoroughly documentation The teardown,post locations and things like that so it is the farthest away as it sets compared to the others

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#163 1 year ago

I am not real experienced with EMs because I only get request to do them every so often.
One of the first things I do is see if the game works properly.

This one works but I doubt it is truly working properly.

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#164 1 year ago

The fact that it works overall and likely needs adjustment is good enough at this point. Even if it worked perfectly it wouldn’t once torndown so I can start disassembly.

On EMs with cloth wire and Jones plugs I don’t go crazy dissecting every little piece and part. I remove the large sub assemblies. First the reel panel in the head.

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#165 1 year ago

The main thing I want to get my hands on right now would be the bare playfield and cabinet shell so teardown at this point is all based on that goal.
The playfield needs a fair amount of repainting so that is the main thing to pull today. image (resized).jpg

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#167 1 year ago

Layer one is removed

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#168 1 year ago

Layer 2 off.
Playfield out of cabinet.

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#170 1 year ago

Wiring is removed

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#171 1 year ago

Playfield is stripped completely.

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#172 1 year ago

Ready to prep for an initial clear.
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Mylar rings to remove around pops

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#173 1 year ago

Mylars removed. image (resized).jpg

The playfield is chemically cleaned which won’t do much on a heavily swirled playfield like this. image (resized).jpg
Then lightly scuffed up.
The thing about a playfield like this is every time you clean or scuff you create more work but you have to do it to get the surface ready to clear.

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