My HEP Awesome anniversary! TZ dream comes true!

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My HEP Awesome anniversary! TZ dream comes true!


By Yelobird

9 months ago



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#1 9 months ago

Ok, this post is bragging a bit so sorry in advance but what a Great day. My wife and I are celebrating 25 years this year (she must be nuts) with 16 of those years living this crazy addiction known as Pinball! With the anniversary coming up my wife asks "what do you want for our 25 year anniversary?" I say anything?? "Sure" My shot for the moon was "I have Always wanted a museum quality HEP masterpiece in our collection!" Of coarse she says sure but I need to further explain what that actually means lol. With her blessing we decided to get our First (DMD) and to this day Favorite pin restored which is Twilight Zone! A few wonderful communications with the man himself Chris H and Bam my bucket list dream pin restoration will soon become a reality!! Not a big deal to most I'm sure but after Many years of hard work and I can't say how many machines we have hauled into and out of this house we finally will have the centerpiece I always dreamed of having. Plus for me, I inherited this TZ from a Very close family member that passed so seeing his machine hit the stars with the hand of HEP is icing on the cake for me. Hope my wife understands I will be spending more time with the pin now but that May have been her motive......

#2 9 months ago

Congrats on 25 Years!

Awesome story and what a great choice for a HEP restore..Can't wait to see the restoration thread!

#3 9 months ago
Quoted from Beebl:

Congrats on 25 Years!
Awesome story and what a great choice for a HEP restore..Can't wait to see the restoration thread!

Thanks #Beebl! Yeah time fly's by, kids grow up, but we try to enjoy the fun of today. Tomorrow may be a different story...

#4 9 months ago

congtratz!
and your wife rocks!

#5 9 months ago
Quoted from jorro:

congtratz!
and your wife rocks!

She doesn't rock as much as she used to but she can still haul a pinball machine up the basement with me like we're still 20! lol Never gets easier. Maybe for our 50th we will get an Escalara!

#6 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

She doesn't rock as much as she used to but she can still haul a pinball machine up the basement with me like we're still 20! lol Never gets easier. Maybe for our 50th we will get an Escalara!

You may want to think about it sooner than that if you want to make it to the 50th!! Great news for you that is very cool

#7 9 months ago

Congratulations to you and your wife on 25 years.I look forward to the TZ pics you'll be posting. Your wife......... She sure is a keeper!! (And also very good with a paintbrush)
Keep them mods coming

#8 9 months ago

You are a lucky man indeed. What is HEP's general turnaround time - two years from drop-off? Should we expect to see this beauty around 2020?

#9 9 months ago

Congrats! I recently got Mike Chesnut's TZ that he had restored and was in his collection. Not as nice as a HEP, but it's really nice.

I've had a TZ in my collection since 2003 and this once is bolted to the floor.

#10 9 months ago

Dude, that's awesome and a great story. Make sure you get Chris to post on pinside!

#11 9 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

You are a lucky man indeed. What is HEP's general turnaround time - two years from drop-off? Should we expect to see this beauty around 2020?

All he can of coarse provide are estimates but it looks like 4-6 months. Granted Chris may view my TZ as a basket case! After 25 years I can wait that long. I will Certainly post pics though in typical HEP fashion he documents the entire rebirth on his album. We are probably most excited to see the Playfield in all its glossy HEP goodness.

#12 9 months ago

Our dirty girl is all wrapped up for her make over. As long as my check clears she is staged for her trip to the HEP beauty salon! We will miss you!! The goal is for her to return a Black Beauty!

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#13 9 months ago

Ok she is a keeper! Congrats (on your wife & the HEP restore) and yes it is a big deal! and how cool to restore that game as it has sentimental value as well.

#14 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

She doesn't rock as much as she used to but she can still haul a pinball machine up the basement with me like we're still 20! lol Never gets easier. Maybe for our 50th we will get an Escalara!

Congrats on your 25th and getting into the HEP club! I know an Escalera is expensive - but it's worth its weight in gold. You will kick yourself for not buying one sooner the first time you use it. Even more so the first time you use it by yourself, barefoot, in your underwear (not my typical pin moving attire, but I can't lie and say it hasn't happened).

#15 9 months ago

Nice! Congrats!

#16 9 months ago
Quoted from Damonator:

Congrats on your 25th and getting into the HEP club! I know an Escalera is expensive - but it's worth its weight in gold. You will kick yourself for not buying one sooner the first time you use it. Even more so the first time you use it by yourself, barefoot, in your underwear (not my typical pin moving attire, but I can't lie and say it hasn't happened).

Ok that even made my wife laugh! She envisioned explaining to the paramedics why here husband is under a pinball machine in his boxers Crushed! Yes some day unless I can make something similar on my own. It's on my todo page. Having worked in the elevator industry for 10 previous years I think I can come up with something or just bite the bullet and drop a call to Flippin out Larry. Odd the things I show my cheapness....

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#17 9 months ago

Not a major update but a start to our journey. Our dirty but cherished TZ finished her journey to #HEP for her arrival at Chris's house of Magic! Where pinball dreams come true. Or in this case Anniversary dreams. lol Might I also say, I have done business over 18 years in the pinball hobby with many but the feedback, followup, and communication from Chris is as premium as his service! Now our game will rest from her journey in slumber till her number is called to the front line for a complete make over to shed her years of dirt.

OK something just Way Cool that my wife and I just observed as if this was Destiny! This game and our decision made this trip to #HEP for our 25th anniversary as a gift to us. Our game was Built on 6/17/93 which would make it 25 years old and match our anniversary. What are the odds? Destiny I say! lol

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#18 9 months ago

That's crazy! Your actual wedding date! You should buy some lottery tickets. That is wild!

#19 9 months ago
Quoted from Frippertron:

That's crazy! Your actual wedding date! You should buy some lottery tickets. That is wild!

No, I must be truthful as I hate to temp fate. Our Actual anniversary date is 1 week later then the TZ birth date but Hey, close enough! lol

#20 9 months ago

It's close. Pretty cool though.

#21 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

No, I must be truthful as I hate to temp fate. Our Actual anniversary date is 1 week later then the TZ birth date but Hey, close enough! lol

Have Chris change the date for you when he re-prints the label!

#22 9 months ago
Quoted from eh97ac:

Have Chris change the date for you when he re-prints the label!

Lol. I so love that idea but as I wouldn't change my kids birthdate we feel the same about the TZ's birthday. That is her day so it is what it is. Maybe I can convince my wife to move our anniversary! lol Not!

#23 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Lol. I so love that idea but as I wouldn't change my kids birthdate we feel the same about the TZ's birthday. That is her day so it is what it is. Maybe I can convince my wife to move our anniversary! lol Not!

Normally I’d be all for stock. But this pin will have such an awesome story that it deserves a special unique touch. I’d vote for an extra line below the Mfg date that says “Mod Couple Wedding Date: 6/23/93.

Consider it for a while before saying no. This pin may be here long after we’re all gone and some hobbyist might google it and discover this wonderful story on the internet some day. A very unique way to have your special date live on in perpituity!!

#24 9 months ago
Quoted from Pinzap:

Normally I’d be all for stock. But this pin will have such an awesome story that it deserves a special unique touch. I’d vote for an extra line below the Mfg date that says “Mod Couple Wedding Date: 6/23/93.
Consider it for a while before saying no. This pin may be here long after we’re all gone and some hobbyist might google it and discover this wonderful story on the internet some day. A very unique way to have your special date live on in perpituity!!

I SO like that Idea and Thank you for sharing it. It's not always easy to find a hobby let alone common interests in marriage so its awesome to me that my wife not only joins in my madness but also enjoys it with me. Heck, shes in the other room right now packing and assembling Mods as I type. I Will do your idea and be proud its there. Heck, shes probably going to bury me in that TZ box so I doubt the value would change much anyway. lol

#25 8 months ago

Was reading your story and wondering about this special machine. To summarize your points so far: 1) it is your favorite game 2) your wife likes it too and agrees to idea of owning a HEP restoration 3) you inherited this game from a close relative and 4) it's birthday is almost your anniversary. Very cool story. Can you share more about prior ownership of this particular game and circumstances on how you came to inherit? I have been fortunate to have owned 2 beautiful TZ's, one of which was a single buyer huo game.

#26 8 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Was reading your story and wondering about this special machine. To summarize your points so far: 1) it is your favorite game 2) your wife likes it too and agrees to idea of owning a HEP restoration 3) you inherited this game from a close relative and 4) it's birthday is almost your anniversary. Very cool story. Can you share more about prior ownership of this particular game and circumstances on how you came to inherit? I have been fortunate to have owned 2 beautiful TZ's, one of which was a single buyer huo game.

Wow thats a tough question for me. This game came from my uncle who for the better part of my entire life was basically my best friend and brother as we pretty much spent every day together from playing as kids to working together later in life. Wont use names but he was "Pindog" on RGP some 25 years ago prior to Pinside. About 25 years ago he said he always wanted a pinball machine. At the time I thought he was crazy but I knew a guy that knew a guy and found an Alien Poker and bought it with him for 100$ which I thought was crazy at the time. From that day forward he slowing moving me into the crazy hobby to never escape. Fast forward, he found this Basket case TZ from a Germany container and asked me to get it with him. Crap she was ugly and abused. No challenge he wouldnt take. He cleaned her up to a really nice (not collector) game with what parts were available 20 years ago. (none) Fast forward again, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor blastoma and I lost my best friend at the not so old age of 49. To this day I still have that amazing Alien Poker still worth hardly anything in my collection but priceless to me and the TZ, well you see what I am willing to do to see his dream completed. Way more to say but that is a true very shortened history of my start and why certain games mean more to me. Add the anniversary and even birthday to the mix and I can promise I will probably die with this #HEP TZ.

#27 8 months ago

Thanks for the backstory and sorry to hear about your uncle. Brain tumors are relentless. When HEP gets done with your TZ, there won't be much of the original left. Are you going with any cabinet upgrades or playfield mods? My hunch is that you prefer stock looking games though. Oh boy, six to nine months to wait is going to take forever.

#28 8 months ago

Congrats!

#29 8 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Thanks for the backstory and sorry to hear about your uncle. Brain tumors are relentless. When HEP gets done with your TZ, there won't be much of the original left. Are you going with any cabinet upgrades or playfield mods? My hunch is that you prefer stock looking games though. Oh boy, six to nine months to wait is going to take forever.

Well, as we are The Mod Couple you can bet we are heavily in favor of Mods especially with TZ. lol The game already has several personal choice mods including the TZ Slot machine and TZ lamp which were the first mods we ever made some 15 plus years ago. Did send him that new LCD display and new style rocket which look amazing. Black out and completely new cabinet is the major change as Years of German bar use did its toll on this machine. We feel confident we are in good hands with HEP.

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#30 8 months ago

Just talking out loud but as much as I love the gloss jet black look on all the armor I have seen some Amazing powder coat options where they lightly dust in some blue flake to give it almost TZ twinkling star effect. Wonder if that would look better or make it unique and stand out.... Granted I don't want to do Anything to bump #HEP progress or make him cringe at my concept direction. Don't mess with the artist! lol

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#31 5 months ago

This kicks off today.
Game is in the teardown zone

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#32 5 months ago

Ready to set up on legs.
Without even looking much further it becomes obvious it has a replacement decal on the front.

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#33 5 months ago

Up on 4 legs.

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#34 5 months ago

I'm gonna live through your restoration Yelobird. lol Wish I could send my TZ of to HEP. Hopefully we will get to see the full restoration start to finish.

#35 5 months ago

Glass off
Pinstadium things out of the way.
Game like most looks pretty nice 5 or 6 feet away.

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#36 5 months ago

Opened up.
Jeezzuss

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#37 5 months ago

I need to go no further right now than to start prepping the new cabinet for refinishing.
When a cabinet is this stained inside and rough on the outside a replacement is the best solution.
Spots like these can be fixed easily enough but they won’t be as good as new structurally.
The front is loose etc. Nothing wrong with fixing the cabinet on a budget or such but definitely not ideal.

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#38 5 months ago

I start with a TZ blank.
It is TZ based on the holes in the front and shooter rod location. image (resized).jpg

No holes in the sides for the hinges or pivots.
I prefer to add those as I do the final assembly for the best fit.

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#39 5 months ago

Subscribed.

#40 5 months ago

My TZ is getting jealous already, and it is pretty nice.
Keep the photos coming.

#41 5 months ago

New isn’t actually easier it is just better overall for the end result.
It will still require filling surface perfecting and refinishing just like the old one but the drilling,fitting and lack of all the old parts locations makes it a bit like dealing with a playfield that is not drilled or dimpled but regardless I prefer the blank canvas approach.
First I meticulously inspect and feel every inch of the cabinet and head looking for imperfections in the wood or voids
I mark them in pencil.

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#42 5 months ago

Next I am looking for more minor things like nail holes.

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#43 5 months ago

Finally I want to smooth the cut of the face of the head.
Even new there is a fuzziness that is present in certain fill plys.
Sometimes more than others depending on the material used and the core type.

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#44 5 months ago

The head is tackled first in this step it is the more time consuming item.
Face and nail holes are wiped with filler.
Filler sets quickly this time of the year and getting sloppy with it will only make more work so while it doesn’t look like it is wiped smooth it is actually wiped very precisely so that only the face itself is being filled and areas of concern.

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#45 5 months ago

This thread has quickly become my porn fix. Keep the pics and commentary coming. Really, keep them coming. ... or I might have to .....

#46 5 months ago

The filler is cut down mechanically with a sander to save a little time and elbow grease.
The next step will be perfecting it manually because you really can’t get into the corners and such any other way.

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#47 5 months ago

HEP is on the case!

#48 5 months ago

My preference for the final finish sanding of the face filler is a nice straight section of 1/4 round wrap tightly in sandpaper.
It fits in corners tight but the rounded sections helps eliminate the possibility of trenching adjacent areas in a a way a true square block would and it provides a nice straight edge that is the same size as the face surface.

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#49 5 months ago

Head is done and ready to prime.
When sanding I am looking to get to a point where I am close to the grain once again but not quite.
This tells me I have filled the areas and smoothed them but have not simply mounded filler in there.

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#50 5 months ago

Same process on lower but less things to address after a thorough sanding.

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