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My $300 Alien Poker Restore


By RGarriott

52 days ago



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#51 25 days ago

Could someone tell me what this bracket is used for?

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#52 25 days ago

Instead of prying on the side to remove the spiral nails i just ground off the head pulled the rail off and then removed them with some lineman pliers. I will be powder coating the side rails so all grind marks will be covered later on.
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#53 25 days ago

Next I tackled the bottom cab panel. This was pretty bad. Besides just being ugly as Sh$t, the previous installer made a horrible attempt at a speaker grill. They also missed some nail placements as they were sticking up exposed.
I tore the old out, cleaned up the edges to lay the new bottom in and installed new trim along the outside. Also made a speaker hole for the new speaker.

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#54 25 days ago

it's for the playfield prop stick, it's upsidedown

#55 25 days ago

The cab got a good sanding and some bondo patch work. The front panel also needed some extra attention. It appears the front has had some damage already due to the fact there is already bondo there. It was starting to separate so i glued and clamped and let set over night. The previous bondo job was crap so it go sanded and a new coat applied. The large chip on the back panel, the corners and the coin door lock brace holes got filled.

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#56 25 days ago
Quoted from luch:

it's for the playfield prop stick, it's upsidedown

I was thinking that. But wasn’t sure why it was down there and upside down. Thanks.

#57 25 days ago

So the last thing to report on right now is the backbox stencil job. Man O man is it looking good. This still needs last layer of black for the face but I think it looks awesome so far. I also got the stencils traced out for the cab before the sand job.

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#58 24 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Does anyone make replacement backbox warning and diagram decals?

Those three pictured cards are available on inkochnito's web site:
http://www.pinballrebel.com/pinball/cards/

#59 24 days ago

You do nice work. Is this the Alien Poker from T. Skinner?

#60 24 days ago
Quoted from Nhpolarbear:

You do nice work. Is this the Alien Poker from T. Skinner?

Nope, this one was local and actually sat pretty cheap for while. My Alien Poker is still up at Ron Kruzman's place out in his shop.

#61 24 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Does anyone make replacement backbox warning and diagram decals?[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

pinballrebel.com has a bunch of these as PDFs on their website, just not for an Alien Poker. They may have some from other pins of that era that match those you are looking for. Other options is just take a high quality pic and make your own....

#62 23 days ago
Quoted from Nhpolarbear:

You do nice work. Is this the Alien Poker from T. Skinner?

Thanks. No this isn’t from Tommy. It was a FB ad in Colfax In. It was setting in a auto repair shop.

#63 23 days ago

Thanks.

#64 18 days ago

Made some progress the last couple days. Finishing up the cab paint, painted the board and tilt parts. Installed the metal surround in the backbox.

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#65 18 days ago

Painted metal pcb mounts look spiffy, but make sure they can still do their job electrically.

#66 18 days ago
Quoted from gutz:

Painted metal pcb mounts look spiffy, but make sure they can still do their job electrically.

I left the backsides to all brackets bare. Once all grounded straps are installed ill make sure they are all good. Thanks for the heads up.

#67 13 days ago

Installed the 1st side cab stencil. Looking good. Good thing I like to hoard nuts and bolts, they make great stencil edge hold downs for crisp lines.

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#68 13 days ago

Finished up one side of the backbox. Installed the playfield prop up post, the new speaker and installed the boards. Get closer and closer to being able to work on the playfield. I even got some new parts from pinball life. Flipper rebuilds, new shooter rod and springs, pop bumper caps, clear leg protectors and new lane guides and flipper buttons.

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#69 13 days ago

Looking great!
Cabinet stencils are the last thing I need to do to complete my Alien Poker. Already have a new backglass, new playfield and plastic set installed.

#70 12 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Installed the 1st side cab stencil. Looking good. Good thing I like to hoard nuts and bolts, they make great stencil edge hold downs for crisp lines.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

What are you using for stencils?

#71 12 days ago
Quoted from Xenon75:

Looking great!
Cabinet stencils are the last thing I need to do to complete my Alien Poker. Already have a new backglass, new playfield and plastic set installed.

Excellent. What backglass and playfield did you get?

#72 12 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

What are you using for stencils?

I made my own stencils. Traced out and then transferred to postor board.

#73 12 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

I made my own stencils. Traced out and then transferred to postor board.

I’ve always wondered how you transfer the tracing to the poster board. Can you explain the process?

#74 12 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

I’ve always wondered how you transfer the tracing to the poster board. Can you explain the process?

You can check out earlier in the thread, but how i did it was, put tracing paper over the existing art, trace the bottom base image, for alien poker it was the black layer.
After the black outline is complete Cut 2 small boxes so each layer lines up together. Place new tracing paper over top of the of what u just traced out then do the red. Make sure to cut the 2 small boxes so you know it will line up. Then do the next layer the same, which was the black details in the face.
After tracing place each layer on poster board and then cut out.

#75 12 days ago

Ryan,

I just sent you a PM. Let me know if you want to come over and see the playfield and backglass that I have available. About an hour from you. Great work on this project! Oh, I almost forgot. I have plastics too.

Mac

#76 12 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Excellent. What backglass and playfield did you get?

The Playfield was the new one made by the gentleman in Germany, www.buthamburg.de

The Backglass is the reproduction that Planetary Pinball ran recently.

CPR has the plastic set.

#77 12 days ago
Quoted from Sheprd:

Ryan,
I just sent you a PM. Let me know if you want to come over and see the playfield and backglass that I have available. About an hour from you. Great work on this project! Oh, I almost forgot. I have plastics too.
Mac

Thanks. PM sent

#78 7 days ago

What color blue did you use for the cabinet. I saw the red was Rustoleum Colonial Red. Also, is the black just a gloss black?

#79 7 days ago
Quoted from davidw:

What color blue did you use for the cabinet. I saw the red was Rustoleum Colonial Red. Also, is the black just a gloss black?

Yes it is gloss black from Rustoleum. The the blue is a midnight blue. I can get the name of it next time im at the store but here is the color code. I took a piece of the backbox in to Menards paint section and started comparing. May not be exact but pretty damn close.
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#80 7 days ago

Thanks!

#81 6 days ago

Did some work on the back display yesterday. The board isn’t in that bad of shape, basically just needs cleaned up, bottom glued and painted. The displays have yet to be determined. As you can see all of them were just flopping around.
The white or in this case yellow light dividers were a little tricky to remove, only had one bad casualty. Does anyone sell these? They were all placed in simple green to clean up. They are cleaning up pretty good.
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#82 6 days ago

Finished up one side of the cab. Ill start the other my next days off.

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#83 6 days ago

Started the leg clean up also, they are in pretty rough shape. All the rust was sanded off wiped down, primed and enamel painted.
Side panels also sanded primed and painted.

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#84 5 days ago

What primer and paint did you go with? Im thinking about this route for my Firepower.

#85 4 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Does anyone sell these?

Pinball Life has several sizes. They might have one that fits.

https://www.pinballlife.com/search.html?Search=baffle

#86 4 days ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Pinball Life has several sizes. They might have one that fits.
https://www.pinballlife.com/search.html?Search=baffle

Thanks for the info RCA.

#87 4 days ago

Nice job on this machine. For the legs, did you sand them clean of all the rust, then paint them black? One of the photos on the sequence show this clean, metal legs. Is that silver paint or the leg free of rust prior to the black paint?

Alberto

#88 4 days ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Pinball Life has several sizes. They might have one that fits.
https://www.pinballlife.com/search.html?Search=baffle

This is also probably a good candidate for 3D printing. It's a very simple shape and would lend itself well to being printed. If these aren't available on Thingiverse already, there are several pinsiders who design and sell 3D printed stuff, so that may be an option.

Alternatively, you might get away with repairing the broken one by melting/gluing it back together.

#89 4 days ago

You should keep a running total on how much this will end up costing you in time and materials. I prefer not to think about that when I'm doing stuff on my machines, though.... that's a rabbit hole....

#90 4 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

You should keep a running total on how much this will end up costing you in time and materials. I prefer not to think about that when I'm doing stuff on my machines, though.... that's a rabbit hole....

Probably not a $300 Alien Poker anymore, right?

#91 4 days ago

So can't wait to see your progress continue. Love the personal touches you added. Going to be doing my playfield swap soon so watching your amazing transformation is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!!

#92 4 days ago
Quoted from Peruman:

Nice job on this machine. For the legs, did you sand them clean of all the rust, then paint them black? One of the photos on the sequence show this clean, metal legs. Is that silver paint or the leg free of rust prior to the black paint?
Alberto

Yes the legs were sanded primed and then painted with gloss black enamel.

#93 4 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

You should keep a running total on how much this will end up costing you in time and materials. I prefer not to think about that when I'm doing stuff on my machines, though.... that's a rabbit hole....

I kind of have a good idea of the $$$ amount but not really concerned about it. Now if ya talk to the wife that may be a different story.

#94 4 days ago
Quoted from winteriscoming:

This is also probably a good candidate for 3D printing. It's a very simple shape and would lend itself well to being printed. If these aren't available on Thingiverse already, there are several pinsiders who design and sell 3D printed stuff, so that may be an option.
Alternatively, you might get away with repairing the broken one by melting/gluing it back together.

I was going to give the ol super glue a try before buying new, but I had not thought about 3D printed stuff yet, good idea.

Quoted from winteriscoming:

Probably not a $300 Alien Poker anymore, right?

And your definitely right, It is no longer a $300 POS in the corner of a automotive shop.

#95 4 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

So can't wait to see your progress continue. Love the personal touches you added. Going to be doing my playfield swap soon so watching your amazing transformation is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!!

Thanks for following along.

#96 4 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

What primer and paint did you go with? Im thinking about this route for my Firepower.

Still interested to know what primer and paint you used for the rails and legs
Thanks!

#97 3 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Still interested to know what primer and paint you used for the rails and legs
Thanks!

Ill get that for ya in the morning. Pretty sure its a rust-oleum primer and a rust-oleum gloss black industrial enamel. Ill take a picture in the morning. Id like to black out my firepower also.

#98 3 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Ill get that for ya in the morning. Pretty sure its a rust-oleum primer and a rust-oleum gloss black industrial enamel. Ill take a picture in the morning. Is like to black out my firepower also.

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#99 3 days ago

Thank you sir! I love that Rustoleum sandable primer, stuff is great. Never tried the high performance stuff, I cant paint for a while due to weather but I'll keep that in mind.

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