(Topic ID: 159734)

Restoring a Midway White Lightning


By PACMAN

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    1970 Midway White Lightning Restoration

    Dig the hillbilly theme of this one. Thought it might be cool to rig it with some bluegrass or folk banjos playing in the background

    #2 3 years ago

    To my delight, I plugged it in and it actually works! Well mostly.

    Broke it down a little while ago.

    Tracking down new score reel plastics and nylon pellets.

    Could use a better backglass but I can touch it up if need be.

    #3 3 years ago

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    #4 3 years ago

    These pieces had plexi on them so the art is in perfect shape. I'll just put new plexi on and they will look brand new.

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    #5 3 years ago

    The background wasn't covered with plexi but hopefully it will clean up

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    #6 3 years ago

    Gotta scan, redraw, cut stencils, paint the cabinet art.

    Background is green with silver speckles.

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    #7 3 years ago

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    #11 3 years ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    1970 Midway White Lightning Restoration
    Dig the hillbilly theme of this one. Thought it might be cool to rig it with some bluegrass or folk banjos playing in the background

    This will be fun and cannot wait to see the finale.

    #12 3 years ago

    the gun is very similar to a Browning Challenger

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    #13 3 years ago

    Thanks. Should be a bit easier than those Sega games kicking my butt.

    Quoted from chad:

    This will be fun and cannot wait to see the finale.

    #14 3 years ago

    Wow that is really similar. What a beauty.

    Quoted from bob_e:

    the gun is very similar to a Browning Challenger

    #15 3 years ago

    So glad you are off that grown up house remodeling stuff for now and back to games!....Hows the Haunted House coming?

    #16 3 years ago

    Excellent!
    I see Atari football in the background on one pic. Love that game also. I remember severe trackball burn.

    #17 3 years ago

    I know a guy here in Ontario that has one of these for sale for $2300.00.is it worth it?

    #18 3 years ago

    Still remodeling. I'm completely redoing the inside and out. I only had a little time so I wanted to get this broken down and ready for next steps. Probably get back to the haunted house in a couple months. The stencils are done though so I could cut some if someone needs them.

    Quoted from TomT:

    So glad you are off that grown up house remodeling stuff for now and back to games!....Hows the Haunted House coming?

    #19 3 years ago

    Yep, I've got a 2 and a 4 player restored. Can't wait to play them.

    Quoted from RCA1:

    Excellent!
    I see Atari football in the background on one pic. Love that game also. I remember severe trackball burn.

    #20 3 years ago

    That seems too high. Maybe if it's in excellent condition and working. There's one on EBay for $1100US.

    Quoted from novaguy:

    I know a guy here in Ontario that has one of these for sale for $2300.00.is it worth it?

    #21 3 years ago

    After seeing yours, it might be time to pull my White Lightning out of storage, been there a long time
    You can get the 11/16" balls from Salem ball, http://www.salemball.com/ that's where I purchased the ones I put in my Midway Deluxe shooting gallery . They were perfect.

    #22 3 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for the link.

    How does your machine look?

    Quoted from waltrr:

    After seeing yours, it might be time to pull my White Lightning out of storage, been there a long time
    You can get the 11/16" balls from Salem ball, http://www.salemball.com/ that's where I purchased the ones I put in my Midway Deluxe shooting gallery . They were perfect.

    #23 3 years ago

    PACMAN let me know what HH stencils would run when you get a chance. Thanks!

    #24 3 years ago

    Always loved this game! My buddy still has his that I fixed up.

    #25 3 years ago

    Another great resto thread...thanks pacman

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    #26 2 years ago

    Question about the White lightning if anyone knows. What size legs should be on these machines? And are the legs supposed to be shorter in the back compared to the front? Thanks.

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    #27 2 years ago

    I will be following the progress of this restore and will probably have some questions for you later. I am picking up a White Lightning later today that is going to need some work. The cabinet has been repainted all grey so it will need to be redone eventually. pacman, I would be interested in a set of stencils if you make some. And thanks for posting the link for the plastic balls. Will order some for my game as well as maybe finally finding some proper replacement balls for my Bally Spinner EM arcade game.

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    #28 2 years ago

    Cabinet scanned. Next step is to stitch scans in photoshop then redraw lines in illustrator tomato stencils.

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    #29 2 years ago

    Needs a little work

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    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Cabinet scanned. Next step is to stitch scans in photoshop then redraw lines in illustrator tomato stencils.

    "Tomato" ha ha, thanks iPhone.

    No way to edit because of this lame feature. 24 hours....

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    #31 1 year ago

    Cleaning up the artwork.

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    #32 1 year ago

    This is what $250 worth of NOS Midway gold foil decals look like.

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    #33 1 year ago

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    #34 1 year ago

    Needs a good cleaning and new plexiglass covers.

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    #35 1 year ago

    Target covers ready for laser cutter

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    #36 1 year ago

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    #37 1 year ago

    more mechanical junk to rip apart and clean

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    #38 1 year ago

    more........

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    #39 1 year ago

    coin mechs sand blasted, were super rusty

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    #40 1 year ago

    gun parts sand blasted

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    #41 1 year ago

    gun handles in good shape, just a small cut out of one side to address

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    #42 1 year ago

    compressor is working like a champ now

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    #43 1 year ago

    because of this hand cut replacement parts

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    #44 1 year ago

    and a new cord

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    #45 1 year ago

    old power cord, old airline tube. new replacement airline tube

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    #46 1 year ago

    box of misc. crap

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    #47 1 year ago

    Zero interest in this build I see Oh well.

    Except LTG - Thanks for sticking around Lloyd!

    #48 1 year ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Thanks for sticking around Lloyd!

    Thank you for such an awesome restoration. Dear to my heart. My Father's arcade had one of these.

    LTG : )

    #49 1 year ago

    I am here and watching! Love the old mechanical games!

    #50 1 year ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Zero interest in this build I see Oh well.
    Except LTG - Thanks for sticking around Lloyd!

    I think a lot of us are just lurking even if we haven't favorited the thread. Great work. Raises the bar pretty high. Making the rest of us feel like amateurs!

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