hi all - here is another project on the heels of my recent 'spin out protector decal' exercise ...
I have mentioned elsewhere that i am looking for a gottlieb orbit donor machine for my future 'lunker' re-theme to test my ideas by extending my vinyl decal experiences (c37 fix, strange world center decal then spin out) to cover an entire playfield ... to see if will actually work as hoped
in the mean time - the other day i could not resist picking up this sure shot wedgehead locally
i have always loved the backglass art and pool theme on sure shot but cannot stand the orange and green cabinet graphics, nor the bright blue, yellow, red swirl design of the playfield .. i have always felt it just didn't do justice to the backglass art and colors ... ... ...
i typically only buy wedgeheads that are of really really nice quality and condition (just my thing, i am picky about backglasses and playfields being 'near perfect')
so this one was a bit out of character - although it is pretty nice, backglass quite good, it just isn't up to the standards of my others - quite a bit of paint loss at the two kick out holes, the typ pool ball wear, but also some graining and slight paint loss on the general playfield too
i haven't yet given it a full wipe down but you can see it here
at any rate - i bought it for $450 (likely too much? but gotta save the wedgheads!) with the consideration of first cleaning up the playfield and restoring all the parts, so we have a 'reasonable sure shot' and then having a go at a full playfield decal exercise (re work the colors and art to 'better suit the spirit of the backglass'
now if i can keep my buddy jason here from strangling me for such an idea ... thought i would ask others opinions on this 'project' from my fellow em pinsiders - and if it gets too hot in the kitchen i may just let jason rescue it from me until i find a nicer one ..!!!
i am going to try and do this as another non-permanent 'mod' keeping faithful to the original style and intent - i will start by totally redrawing the 'original playfield' in illustrator, that way i have a 'correct' full pf overlay should i choose to use, or if others might need - and parts like ball decals and arrow decals to help clean up other''s sure shots out there too - then i will modify that to what i 'like' as a new playfield
should be fun to see what i come up with and what others think ...
but first ... check out the crazy mods the previous owner did!!?? i am trying to figure them out but not sure what he was up to ...
i noticed two added buttons on bottom of machine .. and when game is plugged in only the backglass lit up
the first fuse i checked (15amp 25volt) in first slot at score motor was blown ... i changed it and hit the start button
score reels reset to zero and a ball launced into plunger lane .. i thought cool that is it, its back to life
then, no flipper responses and i looked back in to see the same fuse i just replaced blown ... when i push the large button on cab bottom ... it fires the coil up at ball trough!??!!!?
i may start by desoldering the mods (wires to from large button to that fuse, and up to ball trough coil) and from smaller button on cab underside, to coin door per photo below ... and then work from there - thoughts??
and here are a few more pics of the guts .. if any of you eagle eyes spot any other oddities be sure to let me know please and thanks!!
put your seat belts on for this one ... is this a 'no no' ... will i get my wrist slapped or be banned from the em club ..? or do we want to see a sure shot the way it 'should have been' !!?!? will Jason end up with my sure shot !!?!
voice away this should be a healthy debate