(Topic ID: 159734)

Restoring a Midway White Lightning


By PACMAN

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 34 days ago by inhomearcades
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    #51 2 years ago

    Following intently!

    #52 2 years ago

    Plenty of people watching and reading. Keep posting!

    #53 2 years ago

    I'm following. Seems like a cool shooting game.

    #54 2 years ago

    If there were annual pinball/arcade awards you would get best restorations this year.

    #55 2 years ago

    OK sweet, i'll keep posting up on here. Thanks!

    #56 2 years ago

    Cleaning. Lots of cleaning going on.

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    #57 2 years ago

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    #59 2 years ago

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    #60 2 years ago

    This belt is in remarkable condition considering how the rest of the parts looked.

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    #61 2 years ago

    SO many parts...

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    #62 2 years ago

    Cleaned up with new springs

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    #63 2 years ago

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    #64 2 years ago

    Bagged and ready for reinstall

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    #65 2 years ago

    Was able to mash this plastic back together where it was notched. Not perfect but better. Last pic is "before"

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    #66 2 years ago

    Check out the brass coil sleeve.

    Springs to replace.

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    #67 2 years ago

    So clean.

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    #68 2 years ago

    Most of these survived the removal of the plexiglass shields. A couple hot pink ones will need to be touched up.

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    #69 2 years ago

    I assume you take lots of pictures as you disassemble? Or do you have parts catalogs for these games? I try to go through one game at a time so I dont have to make many notes. The number of games you appear to be working at the same time might put me over the edge.

    #70 2 years ago

    Dude, you have no idea TONS and TONS of pix from different angles too.

    Got about 10 games going on right now. All in varying states. While one waits for say, powder coating, pcb repair, etc. another could be waiting for stencils to be cut, paint, other parts on order etc. while another might be waiting for artwork to be printed, glass to be cut, etc.. So it can get pretty confusing, but to only work on 1 at a time would take me forever.

    The EM games take the LONGEST time by far. My Sega Ems (Killer Shark, 2 Sea Devils) are just sitting there very close to working 100% but i'm stuck and can't find a tech to help me wrap them up. Super frustrating.

    Normal arcade machines go pretty fast, but EMs and Pins take a looooong time to restore.

    Here's the status on what i'm working on.

    Sega Jumbo: needs the 2-3 player relay to work, not getting power, then its done.
    Midway Haunted House: works but I'm not getting power to the coin chutes and start button.
    Gottlieb Spirit #1: test button isn't working, a few standup targets aren't registering scores.
    Gottlieb Spirit #2: is missing interconnect cables (on order now)
    Space Harrier is done, just need to take pix for Ebay
    Tail Gunner is pretty much done but i had to track down 2 huge coils (got them in yesterday) for the power supply before i can test the pcb
    Team Hat Trick: print side art, powder coat brackets, finish build
    Hat Trick: install new under glass decal, frosted plexi
    Sonar: Clean up, fix submarine, test
    Change Lanes: get working (buying heat sync)

    And i have about 5 super secret rare games that i'm building from scratch...

    Quoted from MikeO:

    I assume you take lots of pictures as you disassemble? Or do you have parts catalogs for these games? I try to go through one game at a time so I dont have to make many notes. The number of games you appear to be working at the same time might put me over the edge.

    #71 2 years ago

    Oh and its really fun going back to finish a game after starting it a year or two before and LOSING the box of parts or even just one impossible to find or make game specific part.

    #72 2 years ago

    Losing game specific parts is a pain even if it's only the one game you are currently working on.

    I do pinball only. Mostly EM which to me keeps it simple as long as game specific stuff is available. Rarely restoration. I've done two High Speed playfield swaps and one MB playfield swap in the last 16 months. The first HS was a pain because it was a new repro playfield so you have to validate placement of everything. The second one was a breeze because it was a restored playfield and the alignment was right from the start. The MB was a pain again being a repro and having to validate alignment but it was still easier than the repro HS.

    #73 2 years ago

    Nice! Playfield swaps are no joke. Takes a long time to do them right.

    Quoted from MikeO:

    Losing game specific parts is a pain even if it's only the one game you are currently working on.
    I do pinball only. Mostly EM which to me keeps it simple as long as game specific stuff is available. Rarely restoration. I've done two High Speed playfield swaps and one MB playfield swap in the last 16 months. The first HS was a pain because it was a new repro playfield so you have to validate placement of everything. The second one was a breeze because it was a restored playfield and the alignment was right from the start. The MB was a pain again being a repro and having to validate alignment but it was still easier than the repro HS.

    #74 2 years ago

    I want to replace some of the toasty coils. I tracked down most of them. Prices range quite a bit.

    White Lightning coil list:

    A-26-1200 (1)
    B-28-1500 (3)
    D-30-1800 (5)

    D-31-2500 (1)
    D-32-2700 (1)
    D-36-8000 (1)
    G-24-1600 (1)
    K-32-1700 (4)

    K-37-6800 (1)
    M-28-450 (2)
    M-34-2400 (2)
    M-36-3300 (7)

    M-37-5000 (2)

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    #75 2 years ago

    Contacts were absolutely filthy on these. Testing them all before they go back in.

    Rebuilding the mechanisms.

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    #76 2 years ago

    Man oh man you weren't lying about a lot of parts to clean.
    Awesome restoration.

    #77 2 years ago

    Thanks, yeah this may be my last EM. Just takes too long to restore these things.

    Maybe if I had a tech in So California I'd be more willing to do these but as of now having 5 EMs dead in the water really takes the wind out of my sails.

    #78 2 years ago

    Your work is inspiring and your frustration is more than understandable. I may be able to connect you to someone very capable in SoCal. Feel free to PM me.

    #79 2 years ago

    Thanks man, I'll send you a PM.

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    #81 2 years ago

    Time to build a new cabinet. This thing is nasty.

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    #82 2 years ago

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    #84 2 years ago

    These doobies are all working now.

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    #85 2 years ago

    Taking lots of notes for my eventual Midway Space Gun project! Keep it up!

    #86 2 years ago

    This funky 1960's laminate cleaned up nicely.

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    #87 2 years ago

    Turning out to be a pretty complicated build.

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    #88 2 years ago

    This piece gets pretty hammered so I'm going to laser cut a plexi shield to protect it.

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    #89 2 years ago

    Built. Ready for primer.

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    #90 2 years ago

    Stencils drawn!! Next up, prep lines for cutting.

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    #91 2 years ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

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

    Egad, now I'm apprehensive about using one that I have for my Midway Invaders from Outer Space door. I never knew that they were such a costly item.

    #92 2 years ago

    Yeah i know, its crazy. There's only so many left unfortunately.

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    Egad, now I'm apprehensive about using one that I have for my Midway Invaders from Outer Space door. I never knew that they were such a costly item.

    #93 2 years ago

    Stencils ready to cut

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    #94 2 years ago

    putting it all back together.

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    #95 2 years ago

    Primed

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    #96 2 years ago

    Looking good man.

    #97 2 years ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    This funky 1960's laminate cleaned up nicely.

    My Space Gun has the same laminate. I always thought this was some sort of modification that was done to the machine as it’s sooooo out of place. It belongs in a kitchen!

    If these machines weren’t so rare I would seriously consider replacing it with something else.

    #98 2 years ago

    11/16 is the wrong size. These are 1/2 inch. Don't buy 11/16

    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.

    #99 2 years ago

    PACMAN

    I just wanted to chime in and say all your rebuilds I've seen are simply amazing! I don't chime in a lot, but I love seeing your posts, thank you for taking time to share it with us all.

    You save such awesome and rare items, I hope you can continue to do so happily for a long time!!

    Can't wait to see more!

    #100 2 years ago

    Thanks! We'll see how it goes. I think i may have found a local tech. Crossing fingers.

    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    PACMAN
    I just wanted to chime in and say all your rebuilds I've seen are simply amazing! I don't chime in a lot, but I love seeing your posts, thank you for taking time to share it with us all.
    You save such awesome and rare items, I hope you can continue to do so happily for a long time!!
    Can't wait to see more!

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