Prologue: What the Hell Am I Doing???
Okay...so I decided that I can't possibly consider myself a member of the pinball community--or a bona fide hobbyist--if I don't do a complete restoration at least once. So I've chosen Funhouse as my first complete teardown and restoration; not too hard, but no cinch, either.
As a noob (I've only been in the hobby for about 18 months), I'll be prostrating myself before the Pinside community--ready to take a shellacking from the experts as I make one idiotic mistake after another. I'll take a pantload of pictures along the way to help me out, and documenting every move in text as well during the playfield portion of the restoration.
I'll only work 3 hours at a time, which will keep me from getting tired and frustrated...and making a stupid mistake that I would have thought twice about otherwise.
I'm using Bryan Kelly's excellent IJ restoration thread as a guide to follow: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ij-restoration-started ; as well as Skypilot's equally-great thread about his Funhouse restoration for game-specific issues: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/funhouse-restoration
I've spared no expense in getting the proper tools and machinery to do the job correctly. (Sorry, McCune...I still didn't spring for a Festool. Even I have limits!) My thinking is that if I do this right and it doesn't blow up, I'll have everything I need to do another one. Only the first restoration will be expensive! If I dick it up, I can always sell everything off to someone who knows what the hell they're doing. I'll be sure to list what I used as I'm using it, as well as where I got it for future restoration noobs to use as a reference.
This thread won't be as in-depth as the two referenced above, but working three jobs I simply don't have the time for that kind of detail. I will try to keep it entertaining and informative, though!
Feel free to offer suggestions or criticism along the way. I've learned that failure--and being able to admit you're wrong--are the first steps to learning anything.
One last request: If you're the religious type, please pray for me.
Here are some before pics:
Check out the corners...ouch!
Times are tough for poor Rudy since the Funhouse closed. He's a chimney sweep these days...