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Slugfest Restoration


By BR80

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

This Slugfest restoration was a fun project to take on, when the machine arrived it was functional...but it had seen much better days. I’d never spent anytime on Pitch and Bat games, but after playing this machine for awhile it makes me regret passing on a really affordable one last year. The restore was easier than most, since there aren’t a lot of playfield mechs, but some parts were difficult to find.The owner wanted it re-decaled, chromed, and cleared.
The last piece this machine needs is a decent TOPPER! If anyone has a NOS or even a semi decent Used one, please contact me and let’s talk. I’ve been looking for months, a while back one popped up on Ebay which I saw within an hour of it posting. $175 was the “Buy it Now” price, so I contacted the owner of this Slugfest checking if he was OK with that price, within 10 minutes he checked out the item and it was already sold. That was the closest we got to finding one.
Sorry for the poor cell phone pictures...one of these days I’ll get a real camera.
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#2 3 years ago

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One of the most brutal scratches I’ve seen from a prior playfield lift…
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Nice, someone drilled a screw through the rail in order to secure the gray playfield bumper.
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Even a Sunflower Seed on top of the dispenser, now that’s a baseball machine.00010_(resized).jpg
New Decals are hard to find, after chasing down a few leads I found some high quality repros. They’ve been sitting in a tube for years and needed to be flatten, but I got lucky picking these up.
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#3 3 years ago

The tear-down begins
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But first, let’s fix a minor issue...The card dispenser was not working.
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Easy fix, the O-rings were gone and the only remaining half of one was wedged down the slot.
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New O-Rings #14 (Danco #96731) were the perfect fit.
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Putting in some new cabinet speakers, Pyle PLX52
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#4 3 years ago

Re-decaling the Control Panel, which is well needed.
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Time to clean up the targets, after years of baseball beatings...the ground in dirt is solid.
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After trying my regular go to cleaners, Purple Power and Novus 2, neither of them worked at all. I was just about to start looking to find a new set of targets when I decided to try this metal polish.
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Noxon 7, I’ve been using this for years as a tumbler and metal polish. I’m not sure if it was the abrasive grit or some type of bleaching agent, but who knew a metal polish would have been the only thing to work on these grimy targets.
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#5 3 years ago

The tear down continues…
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Time to clean-up the bottom
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#6 3 years ago

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#7 3 years ago

Now for me, the fun part begins…
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New Skid Rails
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The playfield didn’t need much work, just some clean-up and tweaking.
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#8 3 years ago

The batting mechanism worked decently, but had some wobble and give while playing. The big metal bolt on the right holds the two batting arms together. You can notice a good amount of wear in the connecting holes.
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Again got lucky again and found both replacement pieces, after installed it will be a much tighter bat swing.
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It was nice to see the playfield was just some type of plexiglass with the graphics screen printed on the back side. That made it very easy to clean.
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A little buffing with Meguiar's 105 shines the playfield right back up.
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#9 3 years ago

Cleaned the outfield netting with purple power and now taping it up for black paint.
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The playfield plastics have some warp damage, time for sunlight 30 mins between glass.
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Masking up the cabinet for clear coating…
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After the first coat, already wet sanded the panels on the left...
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#10 3 years ago

Done clearing on the top, a little outdoor shine, checking for imperfections.
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Cabinet is out of the booth, waiting for unmasking…
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Back inside after wet sanding and buffing, ready for complete assembly.
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#11 3 years ago

Test fitting some parts and installing the new ground braid.
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Time to reassemble the back panel…
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I hear the sharp observer asking now, why relocate the battery pack above the Power Driver Board. I wanted the batteries at easy access for the owners, plus with lithium and a front plate, I didn’t think future battery leakage would be a problem.
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#12 3 years ago

Ready for testing...but those playfield plastics should have been lit from the factory, time to fix that.
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Three led strips were added to each side, which really brightens the areas like they should be.
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#13 3 years ago

Cabinet assembly complete…
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Ready for new T-Molding:
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The top section is ready to go
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#14 3 years ago

A couple cartons of 90’s era baseball cards to restock the dispenser.
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Chrome Parts back from Ron Woodard, good service and high quality.
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Two Southern California baseball guys now sit up top, Mike Witt while playing for the Yankees throwing across the DMD to the Dodgers Mike Sciocia.
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Playfield in place and trim pieces being installed…
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#15 3 years ago

Needed to trim the T-Molding in order to get a tight fit for the metal cabinet protectors.
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#16 3 years ago

Glad to see Slugfest getting some Love ! I've had several, one since day one, a great game, the last of the Mohican, s !

Now we need Randy at color dmd with the new display and give us color !!!!!

Nice Work

#17 3 years ago

Finally Done!
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#18 3 years ago

If she's for sale when done, Please let me know !
fresh cabinets, chrome, leds, gotta love it

#19 3 years ago

Thanks Whitey, I had a few more final pics to show but guess I hit the 100 image limit. The owner is picking it up this week and he said it's a keeper for him, which is why he wanted it done this way. Although after seeing it completed, I told him I'll buy it back if he decides to get rid of it...you'll have be 3rd in line.

#20 3 years ago

Very nice restoration on best Pitch-N-Bat made.

#21 3 years ago

Nice work!
You're like the HEP of the west!

#22 3 years ago

HOLY T-MOLDING FADE BAT-MAN!!! Was this game setting out in direct sun light? I don't know if I have ever seen t-molding fade like that.
Absolute gorgeous work. This is the best one I have ever seen. I have been looking for one of these and now I know I will never have one as nice as this one. Great job!

#23 3 years ago

Beautiful job. Awesome.

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from Ranhorton:

Nice work!
You're like the HEP of the west!

I wouldn't compare my work to HEP, Chris is on a different level than the rest of us...but I do appreciate the compliment.
Thanks all!

#25 3 years ago

That's the nicest Slugfest I've ever seen! Great restore!

The clear looks incredible on the cab.

#26 3 years ago

Great job.
Best restoration I have seen in comparison to a third run NIB game.
Hopefully, you find a NOS topper to completely finish the project.
I think I still have a used uncracked one in my parts boxes.
If I find it, you have it for free just for your restoration efforts.

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

I think I still have a used uncracked one in my parts boxes.
If I find it, you have it for free just for your restoration efforts.

Wow! Very generous of you.

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

Great job.
Best restoration I have seen in comparison to a third run NIB game.
Hopefully, you find a NOS topper to completely finish the project.
I think I still have a used uncracked one in my parts boxes.
If I find it, you have it for free just for your restoration efforts.

Yea Thx BK, that is very generous! I’d gladly pay for that topper if you find it, wouldn’t expect it for free. I’ll even match any offers your getting via PM, those have been so hard to find, you’ve probably had multiple offers already.

Thanks Bryan - Your IJ thread helped inspire me years ago, you’re a next level guy like Chris and that means lot coming from you (as long as I'm reading that "Damn" right, guess it could go either way, lol).

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from TxJay:

Wow! Very generous of you.

I believe in rewarding good work for those that "stay the path" in this hobby.

Those that just play, get bored, never learn how to do basic maintenance, spend $3K in mods, and try sell out their games at prices above NIB one year later, I don't.

Restorers are the next to last phase of collectors that future generations of owners require to keep their games running.
It is called "passing the torch".
Currently, many do not.
The numbers are dwindling, although owners are rising.

Pinball machines are not pure throw away electronics, regardless of age. Not many things you can have fun with that are over 50 years old.

#31 3 years ago

^^^This^^^

I really respect your "passing the torch" point of view, xTheBlackKnightx.

#32 3 years ago

Incredible work! You make it look so easy, how many hours do you estimate it took? My Congo is awaiting a proper restoration and you're giving me some serious garage envy.

#33 3 years ago

Thanks, didn't mean to make it look easy or fast. By the time I'm done sorting pictures and posting, my energy level for detailed descriptions fades fast. It was about 3 months to get it done, didn't count the exact hours. Clear coating the cabinet is the longest process, the way it's done is usually taking 3-4 weeks for that step.

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