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Panther City Pinball - Restoration Thread (Harlem Globetrotters)

By PantherCityPins

35 days ago


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    #51 15 days ago

    You can definitely salvage those. Just takes a bit of work. You took the right approach with the courser grit and moving up to lighter grit. Just keep climbing that ladder till you're polishing them. They should come out nice.

    Looking good! Thumbs up.

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    #52 8 days ago

    Too cold to paint so I’m working on the coin door and replacing the rectifier board.

    Here’s the old, hacked up board
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    And now the new board and transformer all cleaned up:
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    And the door skin, regrained and new decal:
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    #53 8 days ago

    How did the side rails turn out after sanding / re-graining ?

    #54 8 days ago
    Quoted from PantherCityPins:

    Too cold to paint so I’m working on the coin door and replacing the rectifier board.

    So, you are rectifying the rectifier situation?

    #55 8 days ago
    Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

    So, you are rectifying the rectifier situation?

    it has been rectified!

    #56 8 days ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    How did the side rails turn out after sanding / re-graining ?

    Not bad overall. They don’t look brand new but I’m happy with them.

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    #57 8 days ago

    Coin door is built up. Waiting on a couple custom inserts for the front.image (resized).jpgimage (resized).jpg

    #58 4 days ago

    It finally warmed up enough to prime the cabinet and head.

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    #59 4 days ago

    A couple shots of some further filling on the cab. Primer always reveals spots you missed when filling the first time.

    In this case there is a very pronounced grain on one side of the cabinet. This is gone over with glazing putty to hopefully smooth it out a bit.
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    Also there was a lot of planking and wide grain on the top of the head. I know people won’t really see it but it gets filled as well.
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    Primer will be allowed to dry for about 24 hours and then hand sanded with a block. Hopefully base coating can happen Tuesdayish.

    #60 3 days ago

    Thought I might share what I’ve learned about Harbor Freight HVLP guns over the last 24 hours in case anyone else decides to go this route.

    First, comparing the green and purple guns; here is what you get in each one:
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    The purple gun is $15 regular price, green gun is $25 regular price. There are differences, the purple gun has a plastic air director piece and a soft brass collar whereas the green gun has the nozzle screwed directly to the chassis (I assume the air channels are formed into the chassis itself). Also (and this is KEY), the green gun comes with the wrench that is required to remove the nozzle for either gun. The nozzle has a 19 mm slot that is narrow and too thin for a standard wrench. Why Harbor Freight doesn’t include that tool in every one is beyond me.

    So, I originally bought a purple one but got a green one as well once I realized the wrench was not included. You can buy a spray gun wrench on Amazon for $25 or so but that’s the same cost as the green gun with the wrench. No brainer. The purple gun with the regulator ($25) also comes with the wrench, just not the cheapest one.

    The green gun comes apart easier than the purple one. Main issue with the purple gun is that whatever assembly material they used at the factory REALLY makes it hard to get the nozzle off the first time. In fact the brass collar will unscrew before the nozzle does. The only way that I found to remove the nozzle from that brass collar without galling the collar is to use a 3/8” hex key into the back of the collar and the wrench tool on the nozzle. Then it came off.image (resized).jpg

    Lastly, make sure you disassemble the gun and clean it thoroughly with warm, soapy water first. There is all kinds of gunk inside the parts from the factory.2BD810EE-4A4B-49D1-80C6-E4EECF007B3A (resized).jpeg

    After all that you should be good to go. My plan is to use the purple gun for color and the green one for clear.

    #61 1 day ago

    Lucked out yesterday and grabbed a very cool early Stern game for a super cheap price. Goes into the queue for restoration.E64CD0E0-062C-4C18-B549-B1EACC41EE7F (resized).jpeg21703E3B-FBA8-4FFC-B06F-13F7A68BD9DB (resized).jpeg

    #62 1 day ago
    Quoted from PantherCityPins:

    Lucked out yesterday and grabbed a very cool early Stern game for a super cheap price.

    Looks very cool, thank you for saving another game!

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