(Topic ID: 73253)

Spy Hunter tear down and shop job

By Aladdin

5 years ago

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  • 55 posts
  • 13 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 5 years ago by pinstyle
  • Topic is favorited by 2 Pinsiders


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#1 5 years ago

I've got a tech coming out to check on the +12V short, (gave up and called in an expert).
Now moving onto the shop job. I don't think I'm going to remove the mylar since it's not bad and it's going to a neighbor. I am going to try to polish it up a bit though.
Here are some pics

#2 5 years ago

I've got a scan of the spinner in case anyone needs it.

#3 5 years ago

Nice to see an under appreciated title get some TLC. More pics please!

#4 5 years ago

Thanks Pinster for the support. I used a dremel for the first time to polish the gates, ball guides and some screw heads. WOW! All I used was some mothers mag and the dremel cotton wheel. I'll grab a photo of that. Here's a photo of some dirt.

#5 5 years ago

Looks solid. Should clean up nice.

#6 5 years ago

Couldn't stand the crud! Had to remove the rust and repaint

#7 5 years ago


#8 5 years ago

So, I wanted to shine up the Mylar. I bought the $19 3M headlight restore kit at Ace. I tried the 800 grit on a small section and got nervous with the scratch. I just used the 3000 gray wet sand disc, then 3M compound followed by Plastix. I'm happy with the results. I even used the Plastix on the paint with stellar results.
Here are a couple of pics. One will show the edge of the Mylar where the ball never travels. You can see how close the shine got. Not bad at all. I wouldn't use the compound in the kit on the paint as I don't know what's in it.

#9 5 years ago

Not familiar with that compound but the results look decent. It can be messy with stuff flinging around. A new 1" and/or 2" paint brush and a vacuum should clean it up nice.

Keep 'em coming.

#10 5 years ago

Actually, I used a small amt of compound and Plastix. I smeared it around and it wasn't messy. The instructions say a dime amt.

#11 5 years ago


#12 5 years ago


I'm starting to feel like your one-man fan club here. C'mon Pinsiders, show some support ... This pin is looking good.

#13 5 years ago

I like, nice work..

#14 5 years ago

Haha thanks guys

#15 5 years ago

Here's yet another lesson in "get that battery off the board!"
Perfectly good looking radio shack battery....not!


#16 5 years ago


#17 5 years ago

The tech that came out installed the new Ram memory in place of a battery!


#18 5 years ago

Looking great. What sort of buffing tool did you use to brighten that mylar? Did the 3000 come with that kit?

#19 5 years ago

Thanks, yes the gray disc (shown in pic above) is the 3000 grit. Sprayed the water only on the disc. I will tell you that if you're going to keep the mylar, this is a great way to go. The orange pad is the polishing pad. I used it with both the supplied compound then followed by Plastix. I only used the orange pad with Plastix on the paint. I also waxed the entire PF with 100% carnuba.

#20 5 years ago

New parts in, now let's put this thing back together

#22 5 years ago

For all my fans

#23 5 years ago

ok, can i buy it now

#24 5 years ago

Wow that looks good! Keeps me motivated to do my machines thanks for all the pics and updates.

#25 5 years ago

Still needs a few things like the pop bumper cap (EBD is on there now) and the Bally/Midway coin door sticker. Got new pf glass too which will make it look really nice.

#26 5 years ago

Your fan base is growing Aladdin.

Nice work.

#27 5 years ago

I really like this headlight restore kit. Throw out the 800 grit. Keep the 3000 grit, orange pad and compound. Buy some Plastix. I used the Plastix and the orange pad on my 1981 Big Game. Great results there too. I'm sure the TC Kit is great. I just didn't have time.

#28 5 years ago

Wow..... Awesome work!
I had a Spy Hunter for a while and enjoyed it, pretty fun and unique game.
Thanks for the pictures.

#29 5 years ago

I also have one and love the work you've done here.

Did you make the informational card on the bottom left yourself? Can I have one??

#30 5 years ago

really really nice.


#31 5 years ago

Thanks, here's the link to the custom card. (Love this hobby where people share)
There is an instruction card link on the site too.

#32 5 years ago

Sold my Spy Hunter yesterday and the guy is coming Sunday to pick it up. Sad to see it go... you are making me want to keep it.

#33 5 years ago

I've been playing the heck out of my Spy Hunter lately.

Your game is looking really great - wonderful job on the restore.

If you could help me with the spinner scan, I would also be grateful.
You also mention the pop-bumper cap. Mine is original and intact but has a broken latching tab. Requires tape or adhesive to remain in place and I would like to replace it if possible.

Could you post up a detailed photo of your upper playfield?

I'm just curious. I completely rebuilt mine before I found this site (or any other internet guide). Certain elements of the upper playfield had to be free-handed since the graphics were no longer there. I'm just curious how close I got to the original art.

This game is really very fun if everything is working 100%. I doubt I will ever part with mine.

Great job. Please keep posting.

#34 5 years ago

This is what I have on my work computer.

#35 5 years ago

Fanatic, check this out:
Good pics of the artwork you probably need. I'll post some of my upper pf.
I'll PM you the scan I took of my spinner before I repainted the white area.
So glad I can help someone since people are always helping me with my questions.

#36 5 years ago

I see that PBR has a replacement cap. Guess that's my reason to finally open an account with them!
all the way at the bottom of the page.
$6 bucks! Love it!

#37 5 years ago

Got some planking near the top left gate. I need to research how to save that area.


#38 5 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Thanks, here's the link to the custom card. (Love this hobby where people share)http://www.pinballrebel.com/game/pins/card/spy.jpgThere is an instruction card link on the site too.

Thank you sir!

#39 5 years ago

Saw this little trick on the net somewhere to shine those leg bolts
Drill, scotch pad, mother's mag


#40 5 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Saw this little trick on the net somewhere to shine those leg bolts
Drill, scotch pad, mother's mag

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That's one way to do it. Sure looks shiny. Need to do this on my TZ ... they're particularly nasty.

#41 5 years ago

Thanks for the links and info. Special thanks for the photos - looks like I got the art wrong on mine. OOPS

Here are some photos of my game. Don't bash me too hard. I copied the jet from the back-glass as best I could......and now realize it is not a jet airplane.

whole - original.JPG Upper - original.JPG IMG_0601.JPG IMG_0600.JPG
#42 5 years ago

Actually I think the jet looks pretty good. I have a hard time with the letters. If you need help on the "special" on the left, I would do a tracing of the one on the right and use that you give you an outline on the left.

You have done a ton of work on that playfield!!

#43 5 years ago

This game really needed the Mylar. Most of the PF's I've seen without Mylar are in bad shape.

#44 5 years ago

Here's a mod with red LEDs in the headlights on the pop bumper.
Just kidding! I made it into a custom key chain for my neighbor.

#45 5 years ago

It's a Spy Hunter kind of week. I just picked this up in Hoboken on Sunday. Plays fantastic!


#46 5 years ago

Now that would look great next to this pin!!!! Nice find, I played spy hunter at my local 7-11 in the 80's!

#47 5 years ago

7-11 was my go to place to play ~1978-84 - the peak of arcade gaming. I'd take my paper route earnings, hop on my PK Ripper BMX bike and pedal into town. Good times.

#48 5 years ago
Quoted from pinster68:

hop on my PK Ripper BMX bike

I had a Kuwahara laser lite that I raced and used for my paper route. Went to the youth center and PX (Air Force brat) and played Spy Hunter and Black Knight. I miss my Spy Hunter.


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#49 5 years ago

For those that have followed this thread, I thought you might like a pic of the pin in its new home! This is now my neighbor's first pin. They have three little ones that are gonna love it.

#50 5 years ago

I hope you have the tilt enabled. That kid looks like he is going to be rough on that machine. LOL

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