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My First Restoration: 1977 Bally Black Jack SS


By Mathazar

5 months ago



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#11 5 months ago

Dude this is looking great so far!

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#19 5 months ago
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mrm_4 - question for you (or anybody reading this): I removed the side rails for cabinet painting and just finished polishing them up. They've got some scratches but otherwise look 100% better so I'm going to reuse these and not buy new ones. I got some new finishing nails from Pinball Life but it didn't occur to me until I tried installing the rails back on tonight that the finishing nails aren't going to stay secure in the original holes. How did you do your siderails when you repainted your Mata Hari? Did you get larger finishing nails, use screws instead, or maybe you actually filled in the cabinet nail holes during your cabinet refinishing and just re-nailed over it? Thanx....

I used screws as the replacement

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#22 5 months ago

That things looking great

#31 4 months ago
Quoted from Mathazar:

I disassembled the Tilt Board and have a bunch of metal parts tumbling this weekend. I replaced the horribly-spliced-fire-hazard-of-a-power-cable and got a chime rebuild kit to replace all of the rubber grommets. Meanwhile, I put Titan Pinball's Lockdown Bar Receiver Assembly sticker on tonight - I kinda like it, it might stay.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Are you going to paint that tilt panel blue?
Do it!

#35 4 months ago


Looking good!

#41 4 months ago

My shield was in really good shape so I just masked it. However you can pull yours out and replace with material from Home Depot. That’s what hoakypoaky did and it looks great.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-first-restoration-mata-hari/page/4#post-5278000

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#44 4 months ago

Love all the Beatles stuff.
Looking good man. Little by little it’s getting done.

#49 4 months ago
Quoted from Mathazar:

Got 40 years of dirt and grime off of the pieces that fit in the ultrasonic cleaner - came out better than I thought it would on a first pass. The first batch of parts are tumbling now....
I'm going to have to put the hinges in a bucket of Evapo-Rust. Never done that before, but it looks pretty easy.[quoted image][quoted image]

I was about to suggest evaporust. That stuffs amazing.
Every piece of metal and screw I pull from my Firepower project is going to soak in it.

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#57 3 months ago

I’m looking for the missed registration and don’t see it. Looks good!!!

#69 3 months ago

Replacing all the labels is one of my favorite parts. Glad you did the off white. Looks great

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#76 3 months ago

Maybe spinning Qtips soaked in Naphtha and yes light pressure. That’s a good looking glass I would baby it for sure. You’ll know when you start if you’re gonna cause damage. Is it flaking anywhere?

#85 3 months ago

Cool videos man! I like your set up.

P. S. I did not fast forward through the soldering.

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#108 73 days ago

Thats a great looking row!

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