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HEP This Week 10-21-19

By High_End_Pins

1 year ago

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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
  • Blacked out 54 votes
  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes

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20 key posts have been marked in this topic

Post #651 Discussion of the why and how of guide coating Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #3974 Translite cleaning discussion Posted by High_End_Pins (3 months ago)

Post #4071 Universal Yums discussion Posted by High_End_Pins (3 months ago)

Post #4152 Early Bally cabinet discussion Posted by High_End_Pins (3 months ago)

Post #4207 HEP parts organization discussion Posted by High_End_Pins (86 days ago)

Post #4278 Twilight Zone completed Posted by High_End_Pins (82 days ago)

Post #4322 Theatre of Magic completed Posted by High_End_Pins (78 days ago)

Post #4542 Special Reverse Centaur completed Posted by High_End_Pins (58 days ago)

Post #4719 Scared Stiff completed Posted by High_End_Pins (50 days ago)

Post #4741 Gottlieb Spirit completed Posted by High_End_Pins (44 days ago)

Post #5001 Wire gauge recommendations Posted by High_End_Pins (26 days ago)

Post #5017 Bram Stoker's Dracula finished Posted by High_End_Pins (23 days ago)

Post #5122 Finished Harlem Globetrotters Posted by High_End_Pins (14 days ago)

Post #5164 Tips when rebuilding lighting on back of TotAN backboard Posted by High_End_Pins (12 days ago)

Post #5176 Rehabbing a beat transformer's cosmetics Posted by High_End_Pins (11 days ago)

Post #5183 Chris' opinion on Rottendog vs Stock WPC '95 Posted by High_End_Pins (9 days ago)

Post #5199 Chris' plier drawer and favorite pliers for wire guides Posted by High_End_Pins (8 days ago)

Post #5232 TotAN completed. Posted by High_End_Pins (5 days ago)

Post #5246 Repairing speaker panel with fiberglass Posted by High_End_Pins (4 days ago)

Post #5276 Guide to Guidecoating for painting/sanding Posted by High_End_Pins (4 hours ago)

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#181 1 year ago

I’ve been waiting for the Grand Prix restoration to begin. I’ve been watching the HEP threads for years and finally have a pin of my own in Christopher’s shop! Grand Prix was my first pin; purchased from an OP in Clovis, NM in 1984. That pin followed me through 20 years of Air Force moves. I regretfully sold it ~16-17 years ago to make room when I started buying B/W pins. About two years ago I bought this GP from mikespinball and had it shipped directly to HEP. It will be nice to have my first pin back in my collection!

#205 1 year ago
Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

I'm loving this thread, thank you for taking time to post your work as you go. The pictures are super helpful and interesting.

Lovin’ it too. Amazing to watch this transformation.

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#407 1 year ago
Quoted from fishmanrob:

Wow. Beautiful unbelievable work. Just amazing. Wow!

I’ve been watching this thread closely. I say the same! Beautiful work Christopher, thanks!

#437 1 year ago

Curious to see the door solution...

#440 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The door solution is to tap and run a stainless screw through the holes [quoted image]
Then grind flat. One is almost perfect the other is close
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From there I will wet sand and regrain the door.
It should show well and only be seen if you really hunt for it.
The reason I wouldn’t weld it is that it is stainless steel and it could do more harm this method was a bit more ideal and gets it to a 95% level easy enough.

So many tricks of the trade!

#469 1 year ago

Boy, there’s a lot of stuff hanging off those EMs! Must be heavy when it’s complete. Amazing what they accomplished back in the day with steppers, relays and motors. One of my hobbies is collecting and restoring 50s and 60s jukeboxes. Most of their selection systems are all mechanical; a lot like pinball machines.

#483 1 year ago

Do you seal the BG to prevent further damage?

#527 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Next patient headed to the ER. It isn’t the terrible one.
That owner is already having second thoughts

I’ll bet he is! With so many TAFs out there I find it hard to believe someone would seriously want that game repaired.

#529 1 year ago

It will be a masterpiece and a rescued game if you complete it.

#547 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Plastics are in place now. On the Grand Prix.
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It’s coming together nicely!

#629 1 year ago

The GP is absolutely phenomenal!

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#719 12 months ago

Multiplayer problem solved, fantastic. Sounds like Tom Taylor knows his stuff!

#801 11 months ago

I really enjoy following your restorations. You're production rate is phenomenal! Can you share a few facts; such as how many pins have you've restored, when did it become a full-time gig, favorite and least favorite aspect of restoration, do you ever tire of doing the same pins, most challenging aspect (electronics, PF, cabinet, etc.), what's your average throughput, is there an apprentice or prodigy in the wings to pick up when when you retire?

#804 11 months ago

My thoughts are out to your son and everyone at Butler High School.

#817 11 months ago

Gorgeous! The last this you need is a bunch of trick-or-treaters crawling all over this work of art!

#911 11 months ago

Wonder what kind of life that TAF lived? It could sure tell a story!

#958 11 months ago
Quoted from Jarbyjibbo:

Pin Porn...... Sexy time

Everything coming from Christopher is Pin Porn!

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#1122 11 months ago

How many pins do you generally have in queue for restoration? It demand cyclical?

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#1330 11 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I had no idea how much 300 feet of corrugated tubing was.
Now I know it is A LOT !
Will need none for a long time.
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Cheaper by the dozen!

#1367 11 months ago
Quoted from Bakerman:

Well - just managed to read through all the thread and I am totally depressed by it all as it makes my restoration attemps look feable at best!
What great work.

It should be inspiring!

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#1497 10 months ago
Quoted from freegame450:

I would have to be very selective about who touches/plays the game due to fear of any type of damage or blemish being inflicted.
I really enjoy following this thread and hope that you continue posting for a long time to come.

They’re made to be played, just not abused. In a home it should last practically forever. I wouldn’t let unsupervised kids or drunks play. I think most damage in home environments come from transport, errant bumps and scratches, etc.

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#1655 10 months ago
Quoted from Wharhed:

I come to pinside every day just for this thread. Can’t wait to see more details on this process since I’m going to be refinishing my BOP cab in the spring.

So many great postings in this thread you sometimes have to check it more than once a day!

#1674 10 months ago

Too bad you didn’t like the yugwa candy. It’s really pretty good; at least when it’s made fresh. I’m a bit biased, maybe because I lived in S Korea eight years (also, my wife is Korean, we recently celebrate a 30th anniversary)

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#1788 10 months ago

Cool seeing so many pins in the queue! Each will be a masterpiece!

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#1891 9 months ago

Will be watching the Spirit 2 restore closely. Makes me want to start looking for one! How's the PF?

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#2097 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Back to the warehouse.
New arrivals.
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What are the new arrivals?

#2113 9 months ago

I’m almost three times Custis’ age and had a similar birthday meal three weeks ago!
Happy birthday Curtis!

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#2466 8 months ago
Quoted from lb1:

That is a totally awesome gallery!

Agreed! Kinda makes you fully understand the time and expense behind a properly repaired and cleared PF.

2 weeks later
#2678 8 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Went off the rails yesterday with my OCD.
It all started out simple enough just bring the Spirit 2 Cabinet down the hill into the “big building “.
I felt cluttered just by bringing the head in.
Next the following happened.
Moved the workbench
Moved storage cabinet 1
Moved storage cabinet 2
Relocated tumblers
Installed new wire rack
Removed bikes
Took large TV down
Relocated TV with now smaller tV
Eliminated surround sound
Took Medusa plaque out of paint shop installed itvwhere larger tv used to be
Put larger TV in garage
Removed roll around cart.
Reorganized drawers.
That is the short version
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That's how most my projects begin!

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#2787 7 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Pinball Magic is packed up.
14 years after arrival.

Will my PM take 14 years?

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#2929 7 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

At the warehouse TSPP leaves.
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Another happy customer!

#2959 7 months ago
Quoted from Aniraf:

That weather looks like crap…you should open a Phoenix shop .

HEP West?

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#3067 6 months ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

I haven't been following much, Chris. Who's Kirk Perry? I take it someone with a collection they want to get rid of?

bryan_kelly , thanks for asking. I was wondering the same.

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#3425 4 months ago

To bad about the supplied PF. I hope it works out. If not, it’ll make a pretty wall hanger.

#3485 4 months ago

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Centaur. Anything special planned?

#3497 4 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Richard has spoken we will try the white black scheme.
If it goes well it will be one of one

This is gonna be fun! I'm on the edge of my seat!

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#3599 4 months ago

Bet that TAF sells quickly!

#3606 4 months ago

Is that a stack of four Spirits I see there?

#3609 4 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

After full evaluation I label the profile and place on the rack [quoted image]
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I have all kinds of playfield s. This will likely be my last heavy playfield only restoration.
I like doing them but just can’t justify the time it takes. You just cannot earn even minimum wage messing with these things by the time you factor in time and materials. [quoted image]
Then there are duds where work has been done but you cannot seem to get paid.
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All these things help contribute to a full rack [quoted image][quoted image]

Very cool seeing all those PFs (especially the four for my pins!). Just a bit of money sitting on the tack!

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#3891 3 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Playfields just cleared are placed on the rack in a safer environment so they can cure for a while[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Wow, that rack of PFs is quite a sight!

#3948 3 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Today was the last day for our Bradford pear tree.
We planted it almost 20 years ago but it was just not in good health and it was outgrowing the house and yard.

Bradfords are a short term solution for shade. They’re a weak tree. Best thing I did was get rid of mine!

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#4153 89 days ago

WOW, guess labor was relatively cheap back in the day!

#4192 88 days ago

Awesome! Love watching stencil paint jobs in the works! Like how lacking alignment marks barely slowed you down!

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#4526 60 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

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Very cool! What is it and where do you get it?

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#4666 53 days ago

Wow, the boney beast is filthy!

#4721 50 days ago

Amazing how quick the SS transformation took!

#4723 50 days ago

I hope some of the pins I have in your queue are the lower hanging fruit!

#4732 46 days ago

Will this information get passed back to Mirco so he can correct future Spirit PFs?

#4735 45 days ago

Other than dimpling, how does the playfield look... wood, registration, inserts, color accuracy, clear?
Will your other Spirits quickly follow or were they sit in the queue awhile?

#4752 42 days ago

I’ve been casually into pinball playing and collecting for sometime, but really got serious about five years ago. I’ve heard about some of the other high end restorers have come and gone for example, I understand Jim McCune did some outstanding work, but is now into classic cars.
Chris, I hope you’re here to stay because I have plenty of games that need your special touch.

#4765 41 days ago

Amazing watching the transformation of the wrinkled Radical cabinet!

#4822 36 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

If we're still here and engaged to the point we're discussing how much we'd pay for live cam access to your work shop to watch in real time, you are anything but boring to the pinheads in this thread.

Second that!

#4863 34 days ago
Quoted from TG:

I saw that, but it doesn't explain the removal process of the decal from the ramp.

Closely guarded trade secret!

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#5075 19 days ago

Love me some Oreos!

#5126 14 days ago

Pin porn! What’s up next?

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#5240 4 days ago

Wow! I'd leave is with the glass removed and the PF up all the time!

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