Well after a few months of getting this EM pin mechanically sound enough to the point that I am now comfortable to start the cabinet restore without having to worry too much about it not working correctly when I put it all back together.. I have decided today was the day to start. The wife is out of town for a few weeks so i am left to my own devices.. I figured this was better than spending my time and money on hookers and blow.. so what the hell....just kidding ))
My plans are a full strip down, wood repair, repaint, then back together she goes. I already have stencils from the Pimp. so im good there.
Ok so I also need to thank markg and howardr for the big help in getting the mechanical issues worked out and also boilerman for the score reel parts he was kind enough to send and anyone else in this forum for all the help thus far...
Here are some before pics of the machine before the tear down begins, as you can see it doesn't look super bad, but the yellowing as well and scratches and chips, dings, etc need to go!
The backglass is actually in decent condition with just a few scratches and a few noticeable touch-ups on the Sky Jump red lettering, but nothing that I cant live with for now.. The play field has been a work in progress.. there are some pretty dirty areas that i am afraid to try and remove due to the age of the PF. I doubt I would be able to restore the PF paint with any type of accuracy to color and artistic value to the original so im gonna leave it alone.. the inserts have some cupping too but the machine plays really well..
I replaced all the plastic posts and screws, the pop bumper bodies and caps and the roll over guides.. the new white clean plastics really make a big difference., I also repainted the apron and upper arch area as well, I think this makes it really pop out nicely. ( BTW, I used Pinball Rescue apron decal and it really turned out nice.. ) I still need to order a new set of plastics from them but will do that as I get closer to cab completion.
This will be fun.. please let me know what you think so far and I am definitely open to suggestions, comments, critics as well.. I will try and update this threads every day as I make any progress,..
I am probably going to do splatter instead of webbing and maybe a few other nice tweeks here and there. This is just my preference as I just love the look of the splatter and this is something I am going to look at everyday. I will probably never sell it either, mostly because I am a collector and not a flipper..( no pun intended )