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Pinball Horror Pics!!

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#3251 5 months ago
Quoted from F-14Pin:

Looks like insulation from the overhead

Not sure...the owner said it was filled with crap, which I took literally. He also said it was in a barn, which I'm guessing wasn't insulated. Not that someone couldn't have put leftover insulation over the playfield, but I doubt that's what it is.

#3252 5 months ago

If it looks like poop
And smells like poop......

#3253 5 months ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

One is a Gottleib or at a minimum has Gottlieb legs.

I remember that thread you had going, Firepower or Blackout wasn't it? Just disintegrated.

It was Blackout and Meteor, the latter which basically disintegrated. zacaj saved Blackout. Cabinet was good but they ate the playfield. He hasn’t had any issues though.

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#3254 5 months ago

How I left things before I went to work:

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#3255 5 months ago

How things were when I got home:
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Obviously a double wrap round with packing tape is not enough to hold the head against the machine with a 4 player EM head on top if it!! Yes, I'm an idiot!
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#3256 5 months ago

Ouch.

#3257 5 months ago

I thought that head could have punched it's way through the light board and smashed up the boards, but the light board was strong enough to resist the impact... most of the force went to the top of the head... I was pleased to find that my new floor was un-damaged! Funny how the EM head rotated almost a full 90deg as it fell, and just sat there!

Repair is underway, but it will never look the same.

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#3258 5 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

Funny how the EM head rotated almost a full 90deg as it fell, and just sat there!

Most EM cabs are pretty well made, I was surprised to find that out when doing some restoration on mid-60's Ballys.

The joints were very well done and stout.

#3259 5 months ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

I actually still have a very nice one that I restored for my daughter when she was younger. Picked it up as a total shit show. It’s a fun game for kids, and costs next to nothing.
I even powdercoated the legs, which is probably half of what the machine is worth.
I’m absolutely certain no one else on all of Pinside can say they have a restored Wico Big Top. LOL.
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Big Top... it's right up there with 70s pins from Chicago Coin... playfield snooze-fest appeal on par.

#3260 5 months ago
Quoted from Dono:

Big Top... it's right up there with 70s pins from Chicago Coin... playfield snooze-fest appeal on par.

Williams Darling, Big Ben and Spacelab would like a word with you .

#3261 5 months ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Williams Darling, Big Ben and Spacelab would like a word with you .

Hey, why all the hate on Big Ben?

I'm guessing ya'll don't like it just because you can't keep your balls from draining down the outlanes.

#3262 5 months ago
Quoted from Coyote:

Hey, why all the hate on Big Ben?
I'm guessing ya'll don't like it just because you can't keep your balls from draining down the outlanes.

Had one for awhile, pretty to look at but not much to do.

#3263 5 months ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Had one for awhile, pretty to look at but not much to do.

True. But, IMHO, a good cool-down game. Y'know, after getting kicked in the ass by ACNC or another heavy, difficult game, sometimes it's nice to just .. score. And not have to worry about multiple shots to make in the next 5 seconds.

'Sides, once the game is cleaned up and plays fast.. it can still offer a challenge! photo_2021-06-19_21-42-51 (resized).jpg
I've put more time and money into this game than I will EVER see back, but I don't care. Not doin' it for an investment. And when I level it out and make it steep, I can't wait to have folks over and swear at it.

Sorry, OT. I'll shut up!

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#3264 4 months ago

Big Ben’s actually a fun game, I’ve had a couple nice examples over the years. I always enjoyed the simple yet open playfield and actually liked Big Ben better than Triple Action and Wild Card that I also had. Just wish Big Ben had a 100,000 light, (although it was difficult to rollover). The pop bumpers seemed so strong

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#3265 4 months ago

Creative

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#3266 4 months ago

No thank you

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#3267 4 months ago

is that real? Someone actually thought they could sell that? I can imagine all the rats nests in there.

#3268 4 months ago

Wow! That backglass looks actually good! I’ve always been amazed at that era Bally backglass how well they hold up. Wizard, Hi Deal, Odds & Evens, and a few more, yet Bally Champ didn’t hold up??

#3269 4 months ago

I'd need for it to roast more in direct sunlight before I Make Offer

#3270 4 months ago

Lol make offer
You pay me 250 to get it out of here lol

#3271 4 months ago

At least the sign doesn't say $1500.

#3272 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

How things were when I got home:
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Obviously a double wrap round with packing tape is not enough to hold the head against the machine with a 4 player EM head on top if it!! Yes, I'm an idiot!
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A tension belt for 3 Euro could save money

#3273 4 months ago
Quoted from Initiative:

I'd need for it to roast more in direct sunlight before I Make Offer

Turn it over, I think that side is done.

#3274 4 months ago
Quoted from snowy_owl:

No thank you[quoted image]

In Michael Corleone voice: "Here is my offer... nothing."

Richard

#3275 4 months ago
Quoted from TomDK:

A tension belt for 3 Euro could save money

No doubt about it... I do have a kind of packing strip machine which would be plenty strong enough, but I was just lazy and didn't imagine it would break... thrust it to be the last one in the row... had any of the others gone the head would have been caught by the game next to it!

#3276 4 months ago
Quoted from snowy_owl:

No thank you[quoted image]

About a year ago that title (and maybe same game) popped up in the Chicago area and the guy was quickly overwhelmed with the amount of messages. He initially had it listed for $500 and it was BEAT. Everything was rusted to shit and the cabinet looked like it was stored on damp ground for the last century.

#3277 4 months ago

No really a horror pic, but someone went to a lot of effort to replace the "missing" tooth on my Jet Spin bonus unit.

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#3278 4 months ago

Trying for an unlimited bonus mod lol?

#3279 4 months ago

On a palooka, blown fuse, no problem! Lost that rollover button screw, this one won’t fall out! Let me make sure I get that free high score extra ball when I want it!

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#3280 4 months ago

Someone didn’t read Vid’s cabinet restoration tips. Do you think this is a magician’s escape box machine?

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#3281 4 months ago

there is... a LOT going on with that cabinet

also you can hang your tools on it which is a bonus

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#3282 4 months ago

More a wtf than horror...

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#3283 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

More a wtf than horror...
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Tilting mush have been an issue.

#3284 4 months ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Someone didn’t read Vid’s cabinet restoration tips. Do you think this is a magician’s escape box machine?
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That would look much more at home on a Houdini.

#3285 4 months ago
Quoted from Coyote:

Tilting mush have been an issue.

You don't store your spare pinballs there?

#3286 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

More a wtf than horror...
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Making the ball tilt more or less sensitive? Rather than just changing the angle of the frame...

#3287 4 months ago
Quoted from nerbflong:

You don't store your spare pinballs there?

You know.. that's not a bad idea, now!

Quoted from ajfclark:

Making the ball tilt more or less sensitive? Rather than just changing the angle of the frame...

I have a feeling it makes it more sensitive. Have to lift the front of the cabinet less before the (MANY) balls roll back?

I am amused by that, frankly.

#3288 4 months ago
Quoted from Coyote:

I have a feeling it makes it more sensitive. Have to lift the front of the cabinet less before the (MANY) balls roll back?
I am amused by that, frankly.

Lift the cabinet? Heck, I have my roll tilt set so that my down nudges on the lockbar make that ball move.

#3289 4 months ago
Quoted from Coyote:

You know.. that's not a bad idea, now!

These tilt balls are smaller than the playing balls, no?

Quoted from ajfclark:

I have my roll tilt set so that my down nudges on the lockbar make that ball move.

Not heard of 'down nudging' before... what does that entail? Don't tell me... nudging downwards...?

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#3290 4 months ago

BEHOLD! My collection of popped Ghostbusters node boards. There's a horror story. These have cost me over £1K to replace. I also have a BM66. The minute that starts crapping node boards, it's gone. Thanks, Stern.

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#3291 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

These tilt balls are smaller than the playing balls, no?

They are smaller and have a special coating so they do not rust while they just sit there until the end of time.

#3292 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

BEHOLD! My collection of popped Ghostbusters node boards. There's a horror story. These have cost me over £1K to replace. I also have a BM66. The minute that starts crapping node boards, it's gone. Thanks, Stern.
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oh my god..

#3293 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

There's a horror story. These have cost me over £1K

perfect Avatar for this statement

#3294 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

My collection of popped Ghostbusters node boards.

Check the node board repair thread. Someone my be able to refurb those or want to purchase them for practice, etc.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-spike-schematics-coming-this-month

Edit - never mind, I see you are active there.

#3295 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

My collection of popped Ghostbusters node boards

Is there a list of games these special popping node boards appear in so they can be avoided? Is Stranger Things in that list?

#3296 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

Is there a list of games these special popping node boards appear in so they can be avoided? Is Stranger Things in that list?

Good question! The popped 8 and 9 boards were clearly older versions. The new ones I had to buy were a different size and had differently-sized standoffs which would have caused the screws to poke through the playfield if I hadn't checked first. I had to make new screw-holes underneath the playfield for the new boards, which caused me to have to drink more beer than is usual. Connections were the same, though, as you'd expect. See the link below for pics! The CPU board kindly lost its 5v logic. LED off. I was quite cross.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ghostbusters-club-we-got-one/page/164#post-5596783

#3297 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

. I had to make new screw-holes underneath the playfield for the new boards, which caused me to have to drink more beer than is usual. Connections were the same, though, as you'd expect. See the link below for pics! The CPU board kindly lost its 5v logic. LED off. I was quite cross.

Sounds like you've been having fun and games, you lucky man!

#3298 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

Sounds like you've been having fun and games, you lucky man!

Yes you're right, and the very second Batman craps a node board out, the whole machine's going out the nearest window.

#3299 4 months ago
Quoted from pinballslave:

These tilt balls are smaller than the playing balls, no?

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1-1/16", same as standard.

Quoted from pinballslave:

Not heard of 'down nudging' before... what does that entail? Don't tell me... nudging downwards...?

It's actually an up nudge, but I'm rapping my hands almost vertically down on the lockdown bar so the movement of the machine front to back is very slight.

#3300 4 months ago
Quoted from FlippinJB:

BEHOLD! My collection of popped Ghostbusters node boards. There's a horror story. These have cost me over £1K to replace. I also have a BM66. The minute that starts crapping node boards, it's gone. Thanks, Stern.
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Not trying to run salt in the wound or anything, but was there anything in particular that you did, in terms of mods or added technical stuff (shaker motor, for example...), that caused these boards to "pop", as you say? I guess what I'm getting at is this: was it honestly your fault, or is/was it just bad stuff from the factory?

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