Northerndude's Fish Tales Refurb attempt

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Northerndude's Fish Tales Refurb attempt


By northerndude

8 months ago



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#101 9 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 5 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 5 days ago

Populating the head also

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#104 5 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 5 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 5 days ago

Nice work!

#108 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 days ago

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

#113 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 days ago

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

#117 4 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 3 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 1 day 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 1 day ago

I usually go all in and hope for the best

#121 1 day ago

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

#122 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 17 hours ago

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

#128 8 hours ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

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

Absolutely.
Ill prob turn it on today.

#129 3 hours 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 3 hours 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

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