Old Beat Continental Cafe Woodrail Restoration??


By tengle93

2 years ago


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#51 8 days ago

BTW, how is it as a player? I've never played one. Many of those "belly bar" woodrails aren't terribly good players, but there are some exceptions. "Race Time" and "Gondolier" come to mind as a couple of good ones.

#52 8 days ago

They just used the game because that's what they had laying around and it was a fairly simple design. They designed it around what that machine had component wise from what I read and understood.

#53 8 days ago

Didn't play it yet since I'm still having ball count stepper issues. Hopefully this weekend. I'll check back with you later.

#54 8 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Often wondered about that. What game specific components are needed to convert to a WNBJM? Seems to me you could use any game or at least any game of that particular vintage, no?

It turns out that only Continental Café will serve as the donor game.

Before I embarked on my Nellie conversion, I learned that a fellow enthusiast planned to utilize a 1956 Gottlieb Toreador as a donor game. Indeed, that pinsider purchased a second old Gottlieb, in addition to Toreador, when he was unable to find a Continental Café. Long story short, when he discovered that only Continental Café would serve as the donor game, he sold his Nellie conversion items (playfield, backglass, plastics, decals) in recognition that no other game was a reasonable donor candidate.

As I recall, a couple of pinsiders paid well over $1K for marginal condition Continental Café games in 2013 precisely because no other donor game was feasible and Continental Café was scarce. Even with a CC, the project is daunting, because it's not a mere playfield swap. Rather, it's an electromechanical modification undertaking, requiring a scoop alteration, gobble hole ball trough extension, arch reconstruction, a re-routing of wiring sans any schematic, manual or example and a host of other challenging and uncharted tasks.

While I enjoyed the cosmetic conversion aspect of the venture, I had to enlist substantial technical help to complete the project (and it consumed countless hours to complete. . .and it still requires the score reel conversion). Despite the monumental effort to perform the conversion, I am delighted with the result. The game is tremendous fun. At post #8 of this thread, NextoPin posted an article I wrote in 2015, describing the conversion project:

https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/whoa-nellie-big-juicy-melons/stories/home-grown-big-juicy-melons-in-the-garden-state-letting-the-reins-go-free-on-nellie

#55 8 days ago

For those interested in viewing the "before" and "after" photos of my Nellie labor of love conversion, they are posted in the article (link below):

https://www.thedeadlyspawn.com/pinball411/pinball-article/

Here's a link to a video demonstration of my game (although the pitch is off and my teenager's videography is somewhat deficient):

» YouTube video

My favorite addition to the Nellie game is an interactive topper I constructed in 2015, as shown in the below video:

» YouTube video

Now, back to Todd's impressive CC restoration (didn't mean to hijack the thread).

#56 8 days ago

Well, it was I who asked the question. Thanks for the explanation and the links. I'll check them out.

#57 8 days ago

Bruce you can hijack my thread all you want, lol. Machine would still be a POS if you didn't have that beautiful playfield.

For anyone else reading this I played the Whoa Nellie, very awesome job and you should be showing people the crazy amount of work you did to get it looking that great.

#58 8 days ago

Amazed at how gorgeous this machine looks now! Thank you for sharing the before and after!

Congrats on the wonderful restore

#59 4 days ago

Wow! Great work on this Continental Cafe, and kudos to @ZNET for parting with the playfield.

#60 4 days ago

Thanks to everyone and their kind words. Been playing it a bit working out the little gremlins that were hiding in there for the past 20+ years. It was set on high tap so I left it and I like the game play, not as terrible as I was told. Just try to avoid the gobble holes and nudge it like crazy, pretty fun for what it is. So Joe @jrpinball to answer your question, I really like it!

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