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resto: Worst of the Worsts


By mof

5 years ago



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#1 5 years ago

There are a lot of great restoration threads on this site. Do you love them as much as I do?

This thread is dedicated to showing off the absolute "worst of the worst" beaters that you have ever found and then restored back to health... but with one caveat...

1. Please post here, ONLY IF you actually finished the restoration, so we can enjoy the contrasting before AND after pics in one brief sitting.

* Feel free to demonstrate just a playfield, just a cabinet, or an entire pin...

* If you choose to link external galleries of your pics, please STILL attach one before and after pic to the thread. (Sometimes it takes too long to dig through 100 pics to find the best "Before" and "Afters"... If you can do us that little favor, much obliged.)

I look forward to giving thumbs ups to people who really deserve them...

Have you restored a total beater? Show us!

Inspire us!
-mof

#2 5 years ago

reserved...

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#3 5 years ago

Took me about 3 years to finish... here is just the playfield.... ramps were all busted, almost everything was busted on this one.....

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#4 5 years ago
Quoted from ralphwiggum:

Took me about 3 years to finish... here is just the playfield.... ramps were all busted, almost everything was busted on this one.....

What's the game title? (yeah I did ask that !)
Ralphwiggum is FIRST !
-mof

#5 5 years ago
Quoted from mof:

What's the game title?

Class of 1812

#7 5 years ago

Mine wasn't as bad as that Space Station, but had some brutal issues with the backbox and cab.
I like seeing others work too, so great idea for a thread....full cab restore here:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hsii-getaway-restoration
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#8 5 years ago

To quote Bon Scott: "Top this!"

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Folks who attended the APOP Texas festival in '01 might remember this one.

Painted the entire playfield by hand from reference pics. It took around 5 months to finish the whole game. I painted the pink, faded cabinet too, but pics are tuff to shoot of the cab just now.

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#9 5 years ago

I'll throw my old Hulk in here. Worst cabinet I ever saw:

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#10 5 years ago
Quoted from cody_chunn:

To quote Bon Scott: "Top this!"

Folks who attended the APOP Texas festival in '01 might remember this one.
Painted the entire playfield by hand from reference pics. It took around 5 months to finish the whole game. I painted the pink, faded cabinet too, but pics are tuff to shoot of the cab just now.

That's insane, I love it!

Cool thread idea mof.

#11 5 years ago
Quoted from cody_chunn:

To quote Bon Scott: "Top this!"

Folks who attended the APOP Texas festival in '01 might remember this one.
Painted the entire playfield by hand from reference pics. It took around 5 months to finish the whole game. I painted the pink, faded cabinet too, but pics are tuff to shoot of the cab just now.

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wow...coming from a guy who has trouble just touching up a solid black section of a playfield or cabinet my hat is off to you...well done

#12 5 years ago
Quoted from radium:

Cool thread idea mof.

Thanks man, looking forward to seeing your next move on your beater Space Station cab.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lets-rebuild-a-space-station
-mof

#13 5 years ago

KISS..

The Bad...
Back glass destroyed. Back box falling apart. Lower cabinet held together by nails..

The Good....
$200
No corrosion
All new Cabinet
New Playfield
New NOS Back Glass

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#14 5 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

wow...coming from a guy who has trouble just touching up a solid black section of a playfield or cabinet my hat is off to you...well done

Thanks! Lots of great work in this thread. It is so rewarding to recondition a game and then get to enjoy your efforts by playing it. What a great hobby.

#15 5 years ago

GREAT topic mof. Pinside has sooooo many talented people, I wish I was younger so I would have time to learn to do things like this. My hat is off to ALL of you.

#16 5 years ago

Cool restorations so far, I'll be posting a before/after in a few months,
can't wait...

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#17 5 years ago

This thing normally would have been thrown away decades ago. Picking it up was like picking up water, nothing was glued together anymore. It took 5 years to restore and it is one of my favorite games now.
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Alan

#18 5 years ago

Now I am really needing to find a resto project.

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#19 5 years ago

i picked up 4 wedgeheads from a house fire
el dorado, atlantis, king pin and abra ca dabra
restored all 4 to like new,here is the el do

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#20 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i picked up 4 wedgeheads from a house fire
el dorado, Atlantis, king pin and abra ca dabra
restored all 4 to like new,here is the el do

You are doing the lords work sir! Most anyone else would trash those, seriously well done!!

#21 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i picked up 4 wedgeheads from a house fire
el dorado, Atlantis, king pin and abra ca dabra
restored all 4 to like new,here is the el do

Man, that must have been fun! What a cool story.

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#22 5 years ago

thanks! I really like taking basket cases that no one would want
each one took about 3 weeks start to finish
did not have to much $$ into atlantis, eldo or king pin
the abra head was missing the guts and bg but was lucky and found those pretty cheap

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#23 5 years ago

My nightmare was Centaur 2 to Centaur 1. I don't ever want to see a Rapid Fire cabinet again

Anyway, there are some really nice restorations in this thread. Congrats to all.

Here are my pics:

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Original RF style back box:
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Modifying the harness to work with the traditional Centaur back box:
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#24 5 years ago

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#25 5 years ago
Quoted from cody_chunn:

Folks who attended the APOP Texas festival in '01 might remember this one.

Painted the entire playfield by hand from reference pics. It took around 5 months to finish the whole game. I painted the pink, faded cabinet too, but pics are tuff to shoot of the cab just now.

You win. This is sick. Nice work.

#26 5 years ago

Cody Chunn, that artwork above is fantastic. By far the best of the thread...

Mine was a drab gray spray painted Show Boat cabinet. Thankfully it was one of the easiest cab graphics I've ever had to recreate:

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#27 5 years ago

Here's another 1973 King Pin for you. This one had been "restored" in 1995. I guess the "restorer" never waxed the playfield. A buddy bought it for his family and they played the paint off of it. He was about to have it hauled away for trash when I got it. I repainted just about the entire playfield and cleared it. It's currently sitting in the Lancaster (California) Museum of Art & History until the end of the month.KPB&A.jpg

#28 5 years ago

Fixed up a fire damaged Centaur about 4 years ago. This thing would have been destined for the dump, but now you'd never know anything of its seamy past unless you looked under the hood. Took about 80 man hours between me and a few buddies. Gotta love day 1 mylar!

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#29 5 years ago

Boilerman that is some nice work there!

I have an Abra Ca Dabra with similar left front panel damage as in your pic below. How did you go about repairing that? I'm guessing you replaced the whole front and repainted the whole cabinet?

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#30 5 years ago
Quoted from woz:

Boilerman that is some nice work there!
I have an Abra Ca Dabra with similar left front panel damage as in your pic below. How did you go about repairing that? I'm guessing you replaced the whole front and repainted the whole cabinet?

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I just repaired it, I had to replace the missing laminate in the above pic, but nothing but glue and staples. once the glue dried I removed the staples. then sanded it then a little bondo, it looked perfect just needed paint

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#31 5 years ago

Fishtales.....

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#32 5 years ago

Getaway

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#33 5 years ago

Party Zone

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Yes - that is a real, living possum.....

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#34 5 years ago

Damn.... Robm, where are you getting your machines, those are some beaters. Nice work dude.

#35 5 years ago

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#36 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Damn.... Robm, where are you getting your machines, those are some beaters. Nice work dude.

These were all sourced from an island just off the coast of Northern Australia. It was a pretty fun adventure getting a ferry across there, big trailer and brining back 12 machines to the mainland. They had been stored in a shed with one side open for at least 10 years, so a fair bit of work to do, although just about every playfield was 9/10 under all the dust!

#37 5 years ago

Amazing work guys, very cool thread.

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#38 5 years ago

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#39 5 years ago

Maybe this Comet PF qualifies. This was my first PF restoration, so it was meant as a learning experience. Not perfect in the least, but WAY better than the original I think:

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#40 5 years ago
Quoted from LEE:

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Story please....

Great thread!

#41 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

I just repaired it, I had to replace the missing laminate in the above pic, but nothing but glue and staples. once the glue dried I removed the staples. then sanded it then a little bondo, it looked perfect just needed paint

Sounds like a plan What did you use for the replacement laminate?

#42 5 years ago

Here is a MM I did years ago before repro playfield were available. Condition of the playfield mirrors the rest of the game.

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#43 5 years ago

Robm and iDD, how did you redo the cabinets so perfectly. I don't think decals are available for either. Where they hand painted?

Best regards,

Tom

#44 5 years ago
Quoted from prowlerman99:

Here is a MM I did years ago before repro playfield were available. Condition of the playfield mirrors the rest of the game.

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Wow, that MM had the crap played out of it!!!!

#45 5 years ago
Quoted from Tom_in_NoVA:

Robm and iDD, how did you redo the cabinets so perfectly. I don't think decals are available for either. Where they hand painted?
Best regards,
Tom

All mine were done with decals purchased from Mr Pinball here in Australia (same as PPS for most of you guys)

Lots of time prepping the cabinet, bogging and patching, sanding etc.

Then take care installing them, as well as trimming. I use the wet method to install as it offers some level of safety if an unplanned error happens (eg: bubbles), and i don't see a disadvantage to using the wet method

#46 5 years ago
Quoted from Robotoes:

Story please....

The AFM was a flood game that was stripped of parts as well. Took a long time just to acquire all the parts alone. Just try finding a complete strobe board assembly for one P1010002-350.JPG

Actually, this restoration was more of a replacement process; New cab decals, Mirco playfield, playfield parts, etc., and less of a highly skilled restoration process.

Like my Blackout;
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This is the 2nd PF that I ever restored. I've learned a lot since.
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#47 5 years ago

I love this thread!! ...amazing what some of yall are capable of and the dedication to the project/hobby .... some of these pins looked beyond hope and to see the final pics. is incredible Nice Work

#48 5 years ago

It is the small details that matter to me . This is a AFM target bank that had seen better days . I chose to rebuild it because anyone can buy one . Not my greatest accomplishment but I thought it turned out great !

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#49 5 years ago
Quoted from Tom_in_NoVA:

Robm and iDD, how did you redo the cabinets so perfectly. I don't think decals are available for either. Where they hand painted?
Best regards,
Tom

Hi Tom - I made the decals in photo shop using artwork off the net also creating what wasnt available, then had the decals printed locally in australia - applied them my self (wet method also) on the cabinet after I bogged sanded & painted it - so yes - artwork is now available
cheers
Steve
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#50 5 years ago

These are amazing!!!

I have nothing to this level, but I think Breakshot came out nicely

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