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Long Live the (Jungle) Queen


By Gornkleschnitzer

54 days ago



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#1 54 days ago

A few months ago, a guy residing an hour from me pulled from a dumpster a 1977 Jungle Queen, owned by his deceased mother-in-law and thrown out by her next-of-kin. What did he do with it? He brought it to his preferred building supply store, where he knew a guy who was into pinball. I had to give the awesome guy the $50 that I had in my pocket for his time and trouble and awesomeness, as he wasn't going to charge me anything.
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Now granted, nothing is happening very fast right now. I have a lot of projects to work on, and even moved into a new house in the meantime. But after we pushed a few machines around to make space in the Collective, I decided I might as well at least handle some of the preliminary work needed to bring this game back.

The machine was in a basement for a long time. A damp basement, apparently, as the game has amassed quite a fair amount of mildew. Perhaps I should crosspost in the Horror Pics thread.
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The underside of the playfield is also pretty bad. Restoration is going to require full disassembly, and for us to finally dig out the polishing tumbler I bought literally years ago.
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Interestingly, the backbox electricals are nearly imamaculate, and the actual backglass is almost perfect. In fact, there's nothing visibly wrong with the backbox at all, except, well...
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This morning, I stopped at the workshop on my way home from an errand, and having brought some wood glue, I decided I might as well fix one of the glaring issues.
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Obviously we're not done here. It will benefit from some additional bracing, and I will also be shopping for wood filler options. Weighing the pros and cons of doing a cabinet repaint at the same time. On one hand, preserving history. On the other hand, that history is mostly neglect, apparently.

Finally, I thought I'd see just how good the playfield is. All I had with me were naphtha and paper towels, better things to follow. But the great thing about mildew, apparently, is its lack of permanence.
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As mentioned, this will be a long project, both because I don't have a lot of time right now and because it's a BIG project, but I'm hoping this will turn out well in the end.

#2 54 days ago

Wow, that's mildew under the playfield? Kinda looks like someone popcorned it! Topside of playfield looks decent. Good Luck and will be following your progress.

#3 54 days ago
Quoted from Gornkleschnitzer:

thrown out by her next-of-kin.

WTH were they thinking?

Free game for you though!

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