"Nic's North American Pinball Tour" (aka I'm coming to fix your games!)

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"Nic's North American Pinball Tour" (aka I'm coming to fix your games!)

By NicoVolta

1 year ago

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    Post #1 NNAPT - Nic's North American Pinball Tour - The big plan Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #90 Nic's background and how he got into the pinball hobby w/photos Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #117 Key posted, but no summary given Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #152 The map of the cross-country pinball tour is posted Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #208 And so, the 15,000 mile, nearly 4-month trip begins! Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #215 Visit #1 - Tony Macevicius (Tmacev1) in Lindale, TX (Atlantis) Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #218 Visit #2 - David Yopp at The Retro in Millington, TN (Grand Prix) Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #234 REGION 1 (Southeast bound) tour map - March 28 - April 17, 2017 Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

    Post #344 REGION 2 (East/Northeast coast) tour map - April 17 - May 12, 2017 Posted by NicoVolta (1 year ago)

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    #500 1 year ago

    My brushes arrived yesterday and I was cleaning like a freak last night. That Orbit has not been that clean in years, lol.

    #522 1 year ago


    Thanks for the visit and I am glad the wieners and coffee milk didn't cause too much damage. That may have been Lillian's first time getting wieners there too since we usually go there right before pinball league next door.

    We rebuilt all three Astro pop bumpers and they work like a charm, almost makes it a new game.

    Now that the Roto-target is working I ordered a flipper rebuild kit and just got down installing them. The game plays like a dream now.

    I also changed the post caps in Grand Prix from the plastics ones to the polished chrome and, combined with the new rubber set, makes for a fine looking EM.


    #530 1 year ago

    Looking at the photos; are you using the tip of the brush like a pen? I have the same brushes and use the side of the brush to clean the contacts and they still look like new.

    #539 1 year ago

    When we stopped at the museum on our way to Ohio last summer I had no idea that there was a pinball room. What a great surprise to take that corner (after walking through a cool superhero area) and seeing those flipper benches!

    If I recall correctly the had a room on the first floor with four pinball machines and a Space Invader game that projected on the entire wall with oversized controllers. Then there was the pinball area and then another "arcade" upstairs with some more. It was like every corner had another great surprise!

    #546 1 year ago

    Phenominal artifacts from an important era in gaming. Just great to see all the cool things they have preserved.

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    #638 1 year ago

    Man, that is NOT what I pictured Whysnow looking like at all. Still amazed that you are STILL on schedule and have not had a break down yet (car, mind or body)!

    #675 1 year ago

    Nic, I know you will be happy when the tour is over and you can finally rest but damn I am going to miss these updates. By far my favorite Pinside thread and one that is thankfully drama free.

    #749 1 year ago

    Yeah, best wishes to Bill for a speedy recovery! As they say in the movies "He wasn't even supposed to be there that day!" or something like that from Clerks.

    3 weeks later
    #913 1 year ago

    Nic, hopefully you choose to settle in the area where PPM Expo is held and then everyone you visited on your trip can come stay with you and hit the expo, lol. We could be like an EM SWAT tech team!

    2 weeks later
    #1047 1 year ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    Any chance you'll be stopping in New Jersey on this trip?

    There is a 100% chance that he did.

    #1060 1 year ago

    Congrats on finishing! Looking forward to the wrap up and some statistics!

    2 weeks later
    #1151 1 year ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Yep! I gotta make at least one more upper New England trip. Lots of NY folks and others I missed too.

    Yes! With a quick stop in southern New England for wieners and coffee milk! lol

    4 months later
    #1532 1 year ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Almost ready with the next update. In the meantime we need to begin a new countdown to the Next Big Thing, so let's get rolling!

    It won't be Puerto Rico. But hey, that was easy... it's not one of the 50 states. So let's knock off what might have been a potential candidate...

    Vermont, I hardly knew ye. Didn't have time to pass through so much as an inch of your thickly forested splendor during the pinball tour. But I have listened to at least one Phish album in its entirety (Junta), enjoyed your maple syrup, and of course plenty of Ben & Jerry's ice cream over the years. You are a quirky, progressive state with unusual laws such as prohibiting billboards yet also lily-white in terms of ethnic diversity (i.e. not much). Yet that sameness doesn't necessarily imply stagnation in your case... Vermont is rated one of the happiest, smartest, and healthiest states to live in. How 'bout that?
    Vermont, with enough blankets and scarves it might have worked out. It would certainly have made an easy commute to Burdick Chocolate and Funspot in nearby Laconia. Hmmmm... I'd better move on before I talk myself into it!

    Rhode Island is still in the running, fingers crossed! My Target Alpha and Rack-A-Ball await!

    2 weeks later
    #1585 1 year ago

    Oh geez, I thought this big reveal was where your next trip would be, lol. I just realized it was where you are moving, I agree with Whysnow (what?) there is no way you wind up in New England. Hell, I told you that straight up when you were here, lol. I don't know anything about Delaware but I would cross NE and NY off the list.

    3 weeks later
    #1641 12 months ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Home of Bryan Peterson (1974DeltaQueen) from the pinball tour who “does not give an effin’ crap about the stinkin’ cheatin’ New England Patriots”. Nearby in Rhode Island, however, Patriots fan Matt Szewczyk (matesamo) must be happier than a clam.

    Eh, its hard to get to excited for something that happens 50% of the time. Now, back in 2001 it was crazy around here, now its just expected.

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    #1928 10 months ago

    Give me a little snow over an earthquake any day of the week. I was "involved" in an earthquake once and quickly realized why ancient civilizations believed the gods were angry and demanded a sacrifice. Good gravy!

    #1968 10 months ago

    And to think, you discovered this new home on your pinball road trip. What a great story, congrats!

    2 weeks later
    #2005 10 months ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    And hey, maybe a few more mini-tours too!

    Yes, I have a couple EMs patiently waiting for a mini-New England tour!

    #2010 10 months ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Hang tight! Gonna work hard to make it happen this year.

    Don’t be teasing! I have a Surf Champ crying out to you!

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