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IT'S SHOWTIME! ...Rebuilding a Classic... The Addams Family


By Mikespinball

31 days ago



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#1 31 days ago

Hello Pinsider's,
Today 1/16/2020 I am going to start a full restoration project on an Addams Family pinball machine. I have done restoration and refurbish work before, but never fully documented it here in a thread on Pinside other than the finished restoration. So if you are interested in following along, add this thread to one of your favorites.

As I post pictures and my process please jump in on comments, tips, suggestions and/or helpful ideas that you may have used in a pinball project that you may have done in the past.

Lets get started, My plan is to do the following:
Strip the complete machine of all is parts, cleaning and replacing parts what I feel that are needed.
Strip the cabinet and head of it's art work, repairing any damage, painting and add new cabinet art work.
Power coating (black): legs, side rails, lock down bar, bolts, hing parts and whatever else needed.
Adding many new parts including ramp, some targets, pop bumper bodies/caps and color matching skirts.
Restore coin door.
New CPR replacement playfield.
New speaker panel.
Flipper rebuild.
LED machine completely out along with adding more mod lighting. (watch and see, we will discuss this in detail)
TAF mods by different suppliers and some that I make on my own.

I purchased this machine just this last November. Was owned by a home owner for about 22+ years until I purchased. Overall machine is in good condition with the playfield having some normal damage. Machine was in playing condition when I purchased it, but in need of a good cleaning and repairs. Decided that a full restoration was in store instead of a refurbish as I plan on keeping it in my collection.

Following pictures are as what it looked like as of today's date 1/16/2020.

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#2 31 days ago

Wow! It looks to be in great shape as is! Have fun! These tables are an absolute BLAST to play! I love ours. I too bought it from the original owner after a life of home only use. Ours is in need of a PF restore, but everything else is minty. We have put a few thousand games on that PF in 8 years.

Also, interesting mod on the chair.

#5 31 days ago

Well at first I was not going to replace the cabinet art work, but after closer review of the bolts in the front and screws on the right side told me that a complete cabinet restoration is needed.

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#6 31 days ago

Boards look real clean for their age. This is probably due to this machine being in a private home for most of its life.

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#7 31 days ago

I take alot of pictures during the dismantling process. Alot more than I will post. As I take the connectors off the boards I label the plug with the corresponding number on the board.

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#8 31 days ago

Some parts I bag up and clean later. This is the brackets for the head light board. The bolts that hold these on are originaly zink plated and will have them black power coated to better blend in with the art work.

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#9 31 days ago

This should be good, look forward to following!

#10 31 days ago

It's always fun when you take a machine apart and find something unique. Never saw one of these before when I took the back metal plate off. No markings other than backbox carton #028.

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#11 31 days ago

Also found this in the inside of the cabinet. I emailed a picture of this to Steve at Marco wanting to know if he would honor any of the prices! Lol

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#12 31 days ago

Making progress.

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#13 30 days ago

1/17/2020
Today before I continue with the disassembly of the playfield and lower cabinet. I am going to clean the SS boards and store them away. This may come to a surprise to some of you as how I clean the boards. I have done this in the past and have had great success with the process. I leaned this from a past computer tech. So, let's begin. I just use simple green cleaner and spray the entire board cleaning everything. Finishing with washing the boards off with warm water then towel dry and blow off with my shop vac.
You may think damage could happen, but all components are sealed. Some times I let the boards dry in the sun if its warm and sunny outside, but today its rain here.

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#14 30 days ago

The cleaning process.

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#15 30 days ago

All clean and blown off. Looks like a new board now.

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#16 30 days ago

This same process is completed on all the boards. For brushing I use a soft bristle paint brush.

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#17 30 days ago

Following... I’m hoping TAF will be my next full restoration after I finish my IJ

Absolutely nothing wrong with washing PCBs... I use scrubbing bubbles. As long as they are rinsed and dried well ... all is good !

#18 30 days ago
Quoted from Ricochet:

Following... I’m hoping TAF will be my next full restoration after I finish my IJ
Absolutely nothing wrong with washing PCBs... I use scrubbing bubbles. As long as they are rinsed and dried well ... all is good !

Agreed, it's just that some people are not aware that you can do this and not harm the boards as long as you dry them well before reinstalling. I made the mistake wonce washing and cleaning, but forgot to completely blow off and installed. This shorted a transistor out and had to order a replacement before I got the board working again. I was rushing and was my mistake.

#19 29 days ago

I will be looking forward to following this project

#20 27 days ago

1/20/2020
Finished cleaning all head parts, boards etc. Packed them away for now until resembly. Had to do some gluing at the bottom of the cabinet head.

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#21 27 days ago

Starting playfield disassembly making sure to mark connectors before disconnecting.

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#22 27 days ago

Again take lots of pictures. I then cut the coils all off and remove from the playfield.

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#23 27 days ago

Making progress.

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#24 27 days ago

Often when removing wiring / cutting all coils off it's great to leave just a bit of wire and wire insulation colour on the coil tabs, can really speed things up upon reassembly, and can be removed when resoldering.

Great work, great thread !

Quoted from Mikespinball:

Again take lots of pictures. I then cut the coils all off and remove from the playfield.[quoted image][quoted image]

#25 26 days ago
Quoted from fast_in_muskoka:

Often when removing wiring / cutting all coils off it's great to leave just a bit of wire and wire insulation colour on the coil tabs, can really speed things up upon reassembly, and can be removed when resoldering.
Great work, great thread !

Great idea! I have done this before along with making a note/picture/drawing that I left with every coil for reassembly purposes. As I have got more confident with my restoration process I have changed the process. This time I took detailed pictures of the underside and very detailed pictures of each coil, one right after another and in order of bottom left to the top and than down to bottom right. This way when I am ready for reassembly all I do is view the pictures in reverse order and solder wires back on. Hope this makes sense.

#26 23 days ago

1/24/2020
Have pulled most parts off the playfield now. A bit of a mess of parts on my bar, but most of it makes sense. I will finish stripping the playfield and then start cleaning parts before moving onto the cabinet.

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#27 23 days ago

Finished disassembly of the playfield. Going to start cleaning parts and storing away until resembly.

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#28 23 days ago

Okay you may think I am crazy, but bought out/traded work with an operator a year or so ago as he was getting completely out of pinball and I took his pinball parts in trade. I ended up with alot of new parts and some used. So, why not use all new parts as I rebuild flippers etc. even though I don't need to as I rebuilt this flippers just a few months ago.

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#29 22 days ago

1/25/2020
Today I continue with the coil rebuilds and the cleaning process. This to me is the longest part of a restoration, but one of the most rewarding when reassembly happens.

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#30 20 days ago

1/27/2020
Over the weekend I sent alot of time just cleaning parts. Here are the results.

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#31 20 days ago

Today I am going to replace the original ramp with a new one from Starship Fantasy.

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#32 20 days ago

Finished moving all parts to the new ramp. I also did my first mod lighting. The "bear" sign is hidden at the top of the ramp and really not noteworthy as it's not back lit. So this is my first mod lighting and I will eventually tie this to the GI circuit wonce the playfield is back together.

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#33 18 days ago

1/29/2020
Restored the bookcase yesterday and finished it up today. Added lights behind the sign. Also added a switch so that when it turns the new light will shut off. Will complete the wiring wonce its installed in the playfield.

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#34 16 days ago

1/31/2020
Going to start today with the cabinet dissembling process.

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#35 16 days ago

When the top glass channel was removed it was partly glued on. Opon removal it appears that the wood behind this is split and will be in need of repairs and/or replacement.

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#36 16 days ago
Quoted from Mikespinball:

When the top glass channel was removed it was partly glued on. Opon removal it appears that the wood behind this is split and will be in need of repairs and/or replacement.[quoted image][quoted image]

Those darn screws are aligned right on/near the seam of the added block used to anchor it. I had to remove that piece, sand it and glue and clamp it.

#37 16 days ago

Very common with the screws separating the wood there. Had to do the same with just about every pin I get into.

#38 16 days ago

Good job Me too, I’m following.

#39 14 days ago

Started and almost finished painting the chair (need to clear it yet). I think it turned out really nice.

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#40 13 days ago

02/03/2020
Almost finished with the cabinet dissembling. Not sure as to why this lower plate was installed under the coin door other to reinforce the cabinet, but will be removing and filling the holes.

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#41 13 days ago

Upon further review the top channel/glass wood is two separate wood pieces that originally was glued and stapled together. The upper section is part of the top of the cabinet. This was poorly installed (glued/stapled together) and is why the screws separated the wood. Spock would say "interesting ".

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#42 13 days ago

Mystery solved on the bracket under the coin door. Once I removed it the cabinet wood behind is split and in need of repairs. Not a big deal, but will repair it along with the top channel wood.
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#43 13 days ago

Setting out the parts that will go to the powder coating shop tomorrow.
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#44 13 days ago

Working on my pencil telephone mod. Removed the plastic pencil sharpener on the underside. J-B welding in a nut so I can install in the playfield. I did tape the threads off before sticking the nut and screw into the J-B weld epoxy.

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#45 11 days ago

02/05/2020
Did not have much time today to work on this project, but was able to clean off the old glue and glue back on the top/glass wood plate.

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#46 10 days ago

Now is a good time to replace the inner leg brackets to the modern type that have more threads. Looking good!

#47 9 days ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Now is a good time to replace the inner leg brackets to the modern type that have more threads. Looking good!

You are so correct! Have that already covered as I have a new set already purchased.

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#48 9 days ago

02/07/2020
Continuing with wood repairs to the cabinet. Gluing the section under the coin door that was damaged.
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#49 9 days ago
Quoted from Mikespinball:

You are so correct! Have that already covered as I have a new set already purchased.[quoted image]

Great! I just did all my pins. Had to lift FH playfield and pull it forward to get to the back corners. Not easy by myself.

The newer pins were much easier.

#50 8 days ago

02/08/2020
Continuing with cabinet repairs such as wood gluing and JB welding up the unneeded holes.

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