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Slugfest Restoration

By Mank

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Restoring a Slugfest that I’ll eventually be selling. This will be the restoration that will be linked to the FS ad.

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#2 1 year ago

I like Slugfest because it’s modular, so you pull out sections and work on it totally separate from the rest of the machine. I’ll start with the Control Panel. Reach into the coin door and there 2 locking clips. Release those, lift it up, disconnect the 2 connectors and it’s out.

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#3 1 year ago

The front of the control panel overlay is completely gone and most of the buttons have seen better days.

#4 1 year ago

The metal “lockdown bar” that holds in the playfield glass unscrews and comes off, and the brackets come off each with 2 screws and 2 nuts. The light sockets with switches either pull out or rotate out of the buttons.

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#5 1 year ago

Now the interesting part. Once you unscrew the buttons, there is a metal plate underneath that separates from the wood panel.

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#6 1 year ago

I used a heat gun and scraper to take off the old control panel overlay, then used Goof Off to take off the old glue.

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#7 1 year ago

So now I had to decide on paint color. The Krylon matches the faded top of the machine, but the Rustolem matches the unfaded parts of the machine better, like the part of the control panel under the metal plate.

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#8 1 year ago

Nice, this will be handy thread for my SlugFest restoration. Are you replacing the cabinet decals?

#9 1 year ago

So into the “paint booth.” Control panel wood was sanded both sides including the edges. I gotta say, the color match of the Rustoleum Ink Blue satin is pretty darn good. That’s the painted control panel wood next to two unpainted playfield supports that have never before seen the light of day. By the way, the paint overspray goes EVERYWHERE.

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#10 1 year ago
Quoted from NinJaBooT:

Nice, this will be handy thread for my SlugFest restoration. Are you replacing the cabinet decals?

Yes. I did the head decals yesterday and the cabinet is stripped with new decals ready to go and T-molding for both.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from Mank:

Yes. I did the head decals yesterday and the cabinet is stripped with new decals ready to go and T-molding for both.

Where did you get the decals from?

#12 1 year ago

I got the decals, I’m embarrassed to say, in 2013 from a fellow Pinsider. Really nice quality. I do see Planetary Pinball has them.
Like all things, price is higher than it used to be. Listed at $300

#13 1 year ago

Next I took the cleaned and “de glued” metal plate and put it back onto the wooden part of the control panel. There was a slight gap between the metal plate and the bullnose (black part) of the wooden panel. This is where the control panel overlay fails over time. Plus, it wasn’t laying flat in the middle. To get this to lay flat and fill the gap, I put some clear epoxy just behind the bullnose, put the metal plate back on, and tightened it down with the bracket screws. Then I clamped it. Don’t forget the ground wires. When dry, it was perfectly flat with no gap. Ready to apply the control panel overlay.

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#14 6 months ago

Hats off to jcpin22 for giving me a kick in the pants to continue this restoration thread. I did run into a few problems that I thought may make the restoration impossible, but more on that later.
Where were we…?

#15 6 months ago

Now that I have the control panel all prepped, I have to use a NOS control panel overlay, no?

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#16 6 months ago

I used Rapid Tac to wet mount the overlay, making sure the holes line up perfectly. Then I bent the top part of the overlay and stapled it down. I then curled the bottom part around and stapled it. It is a bit stiff, so I used a hair dryer to increase the flexibility. Truth be told, it bugs me that the staples aren’t perfectly lined up even though that part is hidden.

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#17 6 months ago

The buttons come off with a screw and then can be taken apart even further for cleaning or lens replacement. I had a whole box of buttons, now all new, so I replaced them all. Bulbs all replaced with LEDS. Cleaned the harness with Krud Cutter.

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#18 6 months ago

Note: the single and 2 player buttons HAVE to be mounted horizontally or else the control panel won’t fit.
Control Panel done.

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#19 6 months ago

Oh, I did polish up the lockdown bar before screwing it back on.

#20 6 months ago

And now onto the Target Board assembly.

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#21 6 months ago

The Target board assembly has a plug for the target switches, a plug for the lamps, and a plug for the optos. There is a metal ball deflector, the opto bracket, the lamp boards and and the switches and the targets. All that can come off.

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#22 6 months ago

Painted the board with white Rustoleum, cleaned the harness, cleaned and polished all the metal parts, and put it back together.

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#23 6 months ago

This is the Home Run Deck that slides in the cabinet above the Target Board assembly. The bleacher plastic screws onto the front. No switches. A piece of metal with decals. This one cleaned up nicely and I replaced the bleacher plastic.

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#24 6 months ago

The big problem with Slugfest seems to be the batting mechanism....not the greatest design and often slopped out. Here's one rebuilt with an actual bearing on the slotted part and also bearings/bushings on the other hinge points.

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#25 6 months ago
Quoted from GregCon:

The big problem with Slugfest seems to be the batting mechanism....not the greatest design and often slopped out. Here's one rebuilt with an actual bearing on the slotted part and also bearings/bushings on the other hinge points.
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I definitely hear what you’re saying and you are absolutely correct. I’m not sure if you machined those parts or if someone else did, but they are fantastic. I’ll go over the batting mechanism in detail when I go over the playfield tear down (which is already done).

#26 6 months ago

Alright, on to the head. There is a key to the lock on the panel at the top. Opening that gives access to the 2 securing bolts. Undo those, disconnect the lamp and speaker cables, remove the wing nut for the ground and it lifts of.

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#27 5 months ago

Basically in the head is a lamp panel, a speaker panel and a vent grill that are accessible after taking the top lid/panel off. The speaker panel slides out the top, the lamp panel is secured with 3 screws, and the vent panel is secured with screws in the back. In the name of All Good Things Holy, if you want to destinkify your Slugfest, take off the grill and give it a thorough cleaning. As always, I’d recommend Krud Kutter.

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#28 5 months ago

I took the decals off and put it in the “paint booth.” I find it interesting that the image of the decal remained on the wood after decal removal which definitely helped with lining up the new decal. Oh, if you think you’re gonna spray paint and not have the overspray go EVERYWHERE, well beyond the area you have protected from this happening, please stop reading now. I can’t help you anymore.

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#29 5 months ago

Top panel painted and lamp panel painted with LEDs installed. Vent screen so clean I ate my lunch off of it. Pardon the spaghetti and meatballs stain.

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#30 5 months ago

Cabinet head all put together. I did the dry method with the head decals. Lined them all up and hope for the best. I put a pot of water as a weight as I got the decal started. Make sure you line up the back correctly. All areas of the decal for the head have some leeway EXCEPT the back.

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#31 5 months ago

I replaced the t-molding. Just gently pull it out of the groove. I spent an enormous amount of time researching how to cut t-molding to get a straight cut. In the end, I used a single edge razor blade. I found that if you extend the molding a little bit beyond the cabinet, then run the blade flat against the cabinet, it gives a nice, clean cut. For sharp corners, remove some of the vertical part of the T to help with the bend. Make sure the channel is clear of wood splinters, and push down.

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#32 5 months ago

Looking good. Keep it up!

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#33 5 months ago

Can I ask what your plan is for the siderails? Mine were impossible to get off without damage. To be honest I think the previous owner used superglue. Anyway, mine were destroyed and now I cant find anything to use. Wondering if you had the same issue

#34 5 months ago

On to the Slugfest playfield. The playfield pivots up on 2 brackets that hinge on 2 posts in the cabinet. Follow the playfield harness to the boards in the back of the cabinet and disconnect all the connectors. The playfield then lifts straight up and out. Much easier and lighter than a regular pin playfield.

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#35 5 months ago

I decided to strip everything off the playfield. This is all you need.

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#36 5 months ago

Mank can you tell me what your plan is for siderails?

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#37 4 months ago

Just unscrewed stuff and took it off the backside.

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#38 4 months ago

Some Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean up the wood.

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#39 4 months ago

The ol’ washy washy.

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#40 4 months ago
Quoted from jcpin22:@Mank can you tell me what your plan is for siderails?

I undid the carriage bolts to the front and back, then took a flat scraper and layed it against the cabinet and hit up under the siderail to free up the double-sided tape.

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#41 3 months ago

Alright, here’s the batting mechanism. On the left is is batting mechanic in the game and the right is the start of the rebuild.

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#42 3 months ago

The problem is the drive arm assembly gets worn and blown out by the roller stud so there is a lot of slop in the bat.

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#43 3 months ago

Here’s a brand new drive arm assembly. The only problem is the hole was made too small. Fortunately I had a NOS one.

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#44 3 months ago

New bat frame sub-assembly and driven arm assembly that the bat ultimately gets screwed onto

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#45 3 months ago

Here’s the rest of the bat assembly:

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#46 3 months ago

Complete batting assembly installed.

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#47 3 months ago

Here’s the pitching mechanism. There is a connector for the motor and a connector for the optos. Over time, the pitcher arm can get worn and affect the pitch trajectory.

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#48 3 months ago

The pitching mechanism comes apart nicely for cleaning and polishing. NOS pitching arm installed.

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#49 3 months ago

Here is the ramp assembly and the ramp motor assembly.

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#50 3 months ago

Putting the backside of the playfield back together.

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