Northerndude's Fish Tales Refurb attempt-UNIT IS ACTIVE!

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Northerndude's Fish Tales Refurb attempt-UNIT IS ACTIVE!


By northerndude

10 months ago



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#101 75 days ago

Home with my stash of parts!
Was able to get the ball plunger properly installed last night finally! It came to me with a knocker bracket turned plunger bracket. Amazingly enough it pretty much worked perfect for the last couple years for me. But got the new bracket in now and done right.
I can now continue with my cabinet as I now have my pile of inner can leg brackets to finish that off also.

Will post more as I go

#102 72 days ago

Populating inner cab and installing the cheap sub kit upgrade and crossover and L pad to get some deeper sound out of ‘er.

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#103 72 days ago

Populating the head also

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#104 72 days ago

Milestone

Microscopic debris or bad workmanship blemish turns a molehill into a mountain through that default though.
Looks like a 2am girl to me. Good from afar but far from good, I don’t know, getting picky on this resto

My first ever decal install, other than putting stickers in my sticker books when I was a youngun.

Wow, can’t believe I’m finally getting far enough at this it’s actually coming to fruition, fuck, might just get emotional here......lol
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#105 72 days ago

Well, did the front of cab. I’d have to say the print is off kilter on the decal. I did what I have read from others and centered the yellow start button using a flashlight inside the cab. I checked with the coin door mount and there is zero white showing and you’d never know it’s off. Cut it back 1/8 and will probably get a black paint pen and touch up the corners a tad, will be minimal but will help out.

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#107 72 days ago

Nice work!

#108 72 days ago

Finished the cabinet. Overall, cab decal installation was definitely better/easier than I though it would be, finally my anxiety about doing this is gone, wasn’t as bad as the PF clearcoat but still was scared to do it. Final stretch this week in the evenings as time permits around my boys hockey schedule.

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#109 72 days ago

looks good
I did a couple last week and just curious were your decals different Hieght on each side at the back end of cabinet?

#110 71 days ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

looks good
I did a couple last week and just curious were your decals different Hieght on each side at the back end of cabinet?

I don’t think so, I prob cut exactly the same off with the knife at the back top. I got these from Retro Refurbs. I’ll check out the space between the top and the artwork.

#111 71 days ago

Looked over the cabinet today. Overall i'm very displeased with myself with the decal application. I didn't think at the time I was rushing the application, but I only needed to probably take one more minute a side as I was "squeegeeing" the decal down with the small felt squeegee and a microfibre cloth. There is bubbling that I can not seem to remove. I should have just taken more time and pushed in smaller, harder brushes to make sure it went on with less bubbling.
It's like it felt like there was a clock ticking as your applying it like they are going to go bad somehow if you don't rush it a bit.

I feel the quality of the Retro Refurbs product is a fantastic quality cabinet decal, and would buy again in a heartbeat. I did the heat gun, microfibre cloth wipe after and you could really tell the heat helped the decal "grab" the cab.

#112 71 days ago

Did you try using a pin / needle on the bubbles?

#113 71 days ago
Quoted from lb1:

Did you try using a pin / needle on the bubbles?

Yeah, a couple, it was overnight and the shape of the bubble was kind of locked in. Might need to do it a bit more with just a hairdryer and rub the bubbles a bit more

#114 71 days ago

One trick I use is if you have a bubble near some graphics. Make a small slice with an exacto knife right along the edge of a line in the graphics where different colors come together. Squeeze the bubbles out and the slice is hidden by the graphics.

#115 70 days ago
Quoted from orangegsx:

One trick I use is if you have a bubble near some graphics. Make a small slice with an exacto knife right along the edge of a line in the graphics where different colors come together. Squeeze the bubbles out and the slice is hidden by the graphics.

Exactly. Pinholes are kind of useless.

#116 70 days ago

Don't be so hard on you! You are doing great.

#117 70 days ago
Quoted from northerndude:

I don’t think so, I prob cut exactly the same off with the knife at the back top. I got these from Retro Refurbs. I’ll check out the space between the top and the artwork.

ok i bought mine from another source and on one side the orange goes to the top of cab and on other it is about 1/4" down.

#118 70 days ago

Not a big night, a buddy came over for a visit and put a dent in my Pin time. Installed the cab protectors and put the rails on also, I’ll peel the protective stuff off when it’s time ;

Hey, I’m supposed to “score” around the cab protector on the decal now hey? I think I’ve read that somewhere on the site.

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#119 68 days ago

Progress and landmarks.
Dropped that heavy ass bitch into the cab tonight. First time putting one back in, whew.........
Bolted the topper mech in, strapping in wire harnesses and getting wire loom tidied up. Looks pretty fuckin’ killer as far as I’m concerned!!!

Major “to-do’s”
-Wire in the wires and bulb sockets for the transparent red flipper buttons
-Wire inline the L pot for my upgraded speaker setup.
-Make it less like Lieutenant Dan
-find all my screw ups after powering on

Question - any suggestions before power up, should I power up without PF wiring terminated? Just the boards or anything like that? Or just cross the fingers and hope everything is a ok and fire it up when all strapped in?
Thx!

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#120 68 days ago

I usually go all in and hope for the best

#121 68 days ago

Just noticing your rubbers
Did you order the colour Cordinated kit from titan?

#122 68 days ago

Yeah, one of their kits. I wouldn’t do it. The orange rubber on the top lanes doesn’t match great as far as I’m concerned. Not consistent enough with then greens and blues, to much mixing up

#123 68 days ago

Dang too late already ordered lol
Usually I do my own stuff but figured I try that kit out. Ohh well I have other titan rubber colours I can change out if I don’t like.

#124 67 days ago

It’s not bad. I actually like the orange up top. It’s just weird the way the blues and greens don’t flow well.

#125 67 days ago

Well, I don’t care what you say, I think that is an absolute thing of beauty!!!!

Pic doesn’t do it justice

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#126 67 days ago

Ok, used the “How to ad a cheap sub for under $40” thread and made my own super sounding pin (Hopefully!!)

I wired in everything to an L-Pad and made a custom bracket for it in the corner of the back box. Turned out great imo

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#127 67 days ago

Looking great.....must feel good to be so close to the end.

#128 66 days ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

Looking great.....must feel good to be so close to the end.

Absolutely.
Ill prob turn it on today.

#129 66 days ago

Well, plugged it in and things are good and maybe bad.

It fires up. All LEDS on all boards function as the manual says. It goes into attract mode.

I have no display and no sound. I’ll to chase down what that can be. My best guess is something simple, but we’ll see how that goes. When turning it off a quick pile of leds flicker on the display quickly

#130 66 days ago

OK, the sound was simple somfa

Unseated and reseated the ribbon cable at J601, I think I may have had it one pin over and missed some.

Fired it up and got a bong, then (5)ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

Attract mode but NO display

#131 66 days ago

Well, son of a gun.
Still no display

BUT found a blown fuse at F105 (Solenoid 1-8)

Unplugged a few of the mechs that are in 1-8
Dicked around with the catapult, which was engaging over and over again about every 2 seconds.

Everything seems ok, catapult hitting ok, even though it’s not supposed to be. Kept digging in and was ohming out then leads on the switch for it, and I had nothing, must be screwed inside the cherry switch. I couldn’t even get it to close with the Fluke leads on the switch leads pushing the switch down.

Amazingly enough I found a spare used cherry switch with the same curved end in my spares box!!

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#132 65 days ago

Great progress man!

#133 65 days ago

Repaired a few of the initial problems.

- ball popper coil was shot, that was making the catapult keep hitting...weird.
- had a couple open wires.
- nothing currently in error.
- display was an easy one, I figured it had to be, but I’m just dumb, had the display ribbon cable upside down on the backbox end

OH ONE PROBLEM- forgot- the bottom half of backbox lights are at 4 v. The top half is what it’s supposed to be 6.8v.
What should I look at for that??

Haven’t tossed the balls in yet, I’ll clean the oil off them tomorrow and see if I can get a game in.
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#134 65 days ago

Looks georgous!

#135 65 days ago

Great work... love following!

#136 65 days ago

Very nice.... your giving me motivation to get mine finished.

#137 64 days ago

Hey all, if your thinking of buying a better sub for your pin, I went with these instructions and followed Post#20 and got great results!

I bought the exact same crossover, L-Pad and Speaker in list.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-add-a-cheap-sub-under-40-that-sounds-awesome-to-your-wpc-game

#138 64 days ago

Here’s one if the inaugural games. Either i uploaded a shitty quality or I don’t know

#139 64 days ago

LOVE the depth of sound now that I have it dialed in. Great bass!
Haven’t played this in about a year. Holy NOT ready for the lightning flippers

Couple baby tweaks here and there and get the G.I. bulbs hooked up to the translucent flipper buttons and it’ll be complete.

#140 64 days ago

Awesome job Kev...game looks fantastic.

#141 63 days ago

Congrats buddy!!!! Look at that smile!

#142 63 days ago
Quoted from Plumonium:

Congrats buddy!!!! Look at that smile!

Yeah, youngest was dying to play, it’s always been his fav.

#143 63 days ago

Awsome
Looks and sounds and plays great

#144 63 days ago

As a follow up also, these lights are worth their weight in gold! Brighten up a pin amazingly. Buy them!

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#145 63 days ago

game looks gorgeous dude nice job!

#146 62 days ago

Ya dun gud!

#147 62 days ago

Yep!
I put these in my f.t.......they look great. I love the way they make the pop body glow white, and red out the top. Great product

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#148 52 days ago
Quoted from northerndude:

Well, did the front of cab. I’d have to say the print is off kilter on the decal. I did what I have read from others and centered the yellow start button using a flashlight inside the cab. I checked with the coin door mount and there is zero white showing and you’d never know it’s off. Cut it back 1/8 and will probably get a black paint pen and touch up the corners a tad, will be minimal but will help out.[quoted image]

Looks like the problem with the white around the coin door has been addressed...I installed these decals last week and they changed the print on the front decal eliminating the white...
Looks better!

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