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Restoring a Midway White Lightning


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.

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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.




    #5 3 years ago

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


    #6 3 years ago

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

    Background is green with silver speckles.


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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

    #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:

    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?

    #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.

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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 2 years ago

    Cleaning up the artwork.

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    #32 2 years ago

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

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    #33 2 years ago

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    #34 2 years ago

    Needs a good cleaning and new plexiglass covers.

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    #35 2 years ago

    Target covers ready for laser cutter

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    #36 2 years ago

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    #37 2 years ago

    more mechanical junk to rip apart and clean

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    #38 2 years ago


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    #39 2 years ago

    coin mechs sand blasted, were super rusty

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    #40 2 years ago

    gun parts sand blasted

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    #41 2 years ago

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

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    #42 2 years ago

    compressor is working like a champ now

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    #43 2 years ago

    because of this hand cut replacement parts

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    #44 2 years ago

    and a new cord

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    #45 2 years ago

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

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    #46 2 years ago

    box of misc. crap

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    #47 2 years ago

    Zero interest in this build I see Oh well.

    Except LTG - Thanks for sticking around Lloyd!

    #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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    #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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    #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.

    #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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    #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.

    #79 2 years ago

    Thanks man, I'll send you a PM.

    #80 2 years ago

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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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    #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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    #92 2 years ago

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

    Quoted from ZNET:

    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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    #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.

    #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:

    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!

    #101 2 years ago

    Got metal back from powder coating.

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    #102 2 years ago

    Gun assembled. Like new.


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    #103 2 years ago

    Coin door powder coated gun metal grey. Had to grind down all the rust off the chrome pieces.


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    #104 2 years ago

    Legs powder coated gun metal grey. Before/after

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    #106 2 years ago

    Playfield ball return thingy painted. "minty" fresh

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    #107 1 year ago

    And on to the rest of the cabinet. Special thanks to Jeff at Pinball Pimp for cutting these stencils for me.

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    #108 1 year ago

    Colors done, clearcoar next.

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    #110 1 year ago

    Getting closer

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    #112 1 year ago

    Thanks! Email Jeff at Pinball Pimp and ask him to make a set for you, he has my art.

    #114 1 year ago

    Good bye gross old cabinet.

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    #116 1 year ago

    Its original. You're talking about the orange/red garden hose looking tube right?

    Quoted from dsuperbee:

    What did you use for the ball return from the back to the front? I've got a midway deluxe and the line is decomposing into a sticky mess. Haven't found a good working replacement yet.

    2 months later
    #119 1 year ago

    Targets reinstalled with brand new laser cut plexi shields.

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