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Skateball Club (fans welcome!)


By mof

4 years ago



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#112 4 years ago

A few months back I bought a beat up machine for $500. Playfield totally trashed and down to the wood in many places, inserts sinking so the ball path is affected when it rolls over them. Displays and sound not working when purchased. Still, I love me some Skateball. It was the first pinball machine I fell in love with back in the mid 80's, so I'm never selling it. I had barakandl redo the rectifier/transformer and add a nvram and a ground mod to the MPU. He also reworked my soundboard and upgraded what it needed. When I removed the boards for Andrew, I decided to remove all the boards, the wiring, the display panel, the backbox and the playfield. Cleaned the cabinet out and prepared to redo the molex connectors for the wiring to the rectifier and the solenoid board. Well, last night I started on the wiring and did my first connector crimping marathon. After I had redone all the connectors for the rectifier and one for the solenoid board, I had this crazy idea to put it all back together and fire it up. So last night at 1:30am I finally got everything together and flipped the switch. Success! I now have a working Skateball with all displays and sound!!! The playfield is in terrible shape. But until the CPR playfields are done, I decided I would order a full playfield protector from Bay Area Amusements. I will put that on so I have a nice smooth playing surface until my CPR is ready. I think I may want the kruzman treatment on the CPR, since it's never leaving my house. But until then, I will have fun with this slice of my teen years. Cheers, Skateball fans!

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#116 4 years ago
Quoted from Classic_Stern:

Put the playfield in as is and go with it.

Yup. Did it. Still gotta play!

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#118 4 years ago

Awesome!!! Thanks for the update, Mike. Glad to hear everything is moving along smoothly. New Skateball playfield is going to be groovy, far out, solid and right on!

1 week later
#123 4 years ago

Looks beautiful!!! Nice job.

4 months later
#158 3 years ago

Whole machine just popped up in Marketplace.

1 month later
#164 3 years ago

Man, that's a beautiful NOS playfield. You wouldn't have a spare rollerskating waitress plastic for the left side, would ya? Mine's cracked in half at her hip.

#170 3 years ago

That's OK. Thanks for checking. I was going to get a whole new set of plastics when my CPR playfield is done, but the only place I can find right now that has them is MAD amusements, and I wasn't going to support that business. I'll find one later. Not urgent.

3 months later
#177 3 years ago
Quoted from BoP:

They're back in stock at the CPR store.

Hell yeah!!! Just ordered a set from them. Thanks, friend. Good lookin' out from the other side of the globe. Love me some Aussie assistance!

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#190 3 years ago

Yep, I'm on both the old and new lists for this, too. I'm anxiously awaiting my email. Got my new plastics a few weeks ago. I don't like being patient. I want it NOW.

#192 3 years ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

In my opinion the green is the wrong color also. This is the playfield I restored for my game, mine might be a light more vibrant then a stock one. But there's is way to dark.

Yes, your colors are much better than the CPR pictures. I hope the real life CPR colors are brighter than the pictures. Their blue looks too gray like a steel blue, and their green is more yellow-green, almost chartreuse. Yikes!

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#193 3 years ago

Anybody hear anything yet? I'm on the list, but the end of the time they said they were contacting preorder-ers is fast approaching, and I have not yet received an email. Should I be worried? Also, anyone have any more info on the artwork colors?

#197 3 years ago
Quoted from brenna98:

Got my CPR skateball playfield yesterday.

Wow! That was fast! I hope I get my email soon. Nervous.

#199 3 years ago
Quoted from mafman:

I think the green on the PF that folks have been talking about turned out really nice.

I agree. Looks much better in your pictures. Still waiting to be contacted for mine. I hope I didn't get lost in the shuffle, since it is now March 28th, and no email yet.

#201 3 years ago

So, here's the situation as it was explained to me: The pre-order email notifications had been put on hold due to the fact that most of the run is still in clear coat and taking a bit longer than expected. Some are finished and have been shipped, but many are still in the process. The original timeline for email contacts on the website has been delayed a few weeks, so don't worry. If you are on the list, you will still get an email. I can now attempt to wait patiently.

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#203 3 years ago

Got my email from CPR today. I guess it has been quite the wait for these. My original pre-order interest email says 6/17/14. Almost three years ago. Oh well. Paid and waiting for delivery now. Cheers, everyone!

#205 3 years ago

Wow. Just got notified that my playfield is "Silver". They ran out of "Gold" ones 5 or 6 payments before mine. Bummer. Guess I should have sent my interest email before June 2014. Oh well, silver's better than no playfield.

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#229 2 years ago
Quoted from brenna98:

Got my PF swap done.


Fantastic!!! Who knows when I'll get around to swapping mine. Waited for four years and still got a Silver instead of Gold from CPR. Should have waited, as some folks are now selling their gold playfields.

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#237 2 years ago

Yeah, the colors are off a bit. But, it's still a shiny new playfield. Got me a silver one after waiting over three years. Less than impressed.

5 months later
#261 2 years ago

It's really too bad about the paint issues (color, bleeding, missing lines), since this was one of the most anticipated runs from CPR. I know I signed up several years before they were run, and I still got a Silver. Disappointing, but still a new smooth playfield.

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