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Taxi Revival - My First Pinball Restoration

By Lamonsoff

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Hey folks, I wanted to share the restoration of a Taxi I recently acquired. I got into the arcade hobby about two and half years ago beginning with a few video games. A year ago I decided I needed to scratch the pinball itch and picked up an Austin Powers and a Comet. Austin got shopped out and we have enjoyed it immensely ever since. My fascination turned obsession with Taxi started when I got to play my friend Dale’s. Every time I went there it seemed like it was the only game I played. In August Dale acquired another Taxi and graciously offered it to me. A couple of weeks later it arrived safe and sound in Alberta.

This is definitely a project grade table. Luckily this doesn’t scare me as I’ve tackled some video basket cases over the past few years. Star Wars, Tron, and Tempest to name a few that I believe to be museum quality restores. And that’s why this Taxi excites me so.

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Plans for it will include….but not limited to….
- complete tear down and repaint of the cabinet with decals from pinballdecals.eu
- conversion from a Lola to Marilyn
- new back glass from CPR
- playfield to be either hard topped or a repro from CPR. More on this later
- NOS set of plastics were included
- new ramps from Starship Fantasy
- blue spinout
- new legs, lockdown bar, side rails, glass and glass channels
- OCD LED board with Comet leds
- displays tbd once I get the game running

So thus far we’ve stripped the cabinet and head. Sanded it all down…my poor garage. This has since spurred me on to get a new sander with dust collection.

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Most of my cabinet repairs have used Bondo, both the pink and the green (fibreglass infused) versions depending on the severity of the wood. This time I’m using epoxy from Lee Valley Tools. What a game changer. The way this glue infuses itself into the layers of plywood is amazing. More pics to follow as we progress.

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So I’m still on the fence about the hard top vs. new playfield. The good with the hard top is it too was included in the sale. However the cons to this is that looking down the length of the playfield and putting a straight edge on it has shown it sags about 3/8” in the middle. Should I live with the sag and continue to install the hardtop? Or should I sell the hardtop and just install a new playfield. The purist in me struggles with continueing to use the original playfield, but so much effort is going into the cabinet to look like new that the CPR playfield is the way I’m leaning.

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Please weigh in on this to help me decide.

Thanks guys. More updates to follow…

#2 1 year ago

Just done mine, the playfield was terrible. Raised worn inserts, Gorby insert had a hole, playfield was marked like yours too.
I cleaned and polished it, fitted insert decal kit then a playfield protector. For the time, effort and cost I’m very happy with the result.
I left the cab as not too bad.
Hardtops need leds fitted otherwise the heat from incandescents can effect it, with an ocd board leds will be ok.
I bought a new CPR FT playfield not long ago which put me off buying another, reason I fixed it up.

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#3 1 year ago

If you already have the hard top I would install that.
You could pick up a new play field and always install it later if you wish.

#4 1 year ago

I would say that it comes down to how long you plan to keep the game and how much time/money you want to invest.

If you plan to fix it up, play the hell out of it and move it on then I would definitely just use the hardtop you already have. If it is a long term keeper then I believe a new pf is the way to go.

To give you a little preview of the work involved, I did a thread on my rebuild and there are a few others out there also. Good luck, it’s a great classic game!

#5 1 year ago

That playfield is actually a great candiate for a clear coat, it's not garbage by any means.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from Lostcause:

Just done mine, the playfield was terrible. Raised worn inserts, Gorby insert had a hole, playfield was marked like yours too.
I cleaned and polished it, fitted insert decal kit then a playfield protector. For the time, effort and cost I’m very happy with the result.

Looking great! I just picked up a Taxi myself and the playfield has a similar pattern of wear towards the top. What did you do to clean up the playfield before putting on the protector?

#7 1 year ago

In a 16 games collection, our Taxi currently gets the most play. Easy to understand, hard to master.

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#8 1 year ago

I fixed one up a while ago.
I highly recommend the blue ramp and to change out the pop bumpers to yellow and add Metal-mods taxi stickers. Really improved the aesthetics. I had planned on doing a hardtop on it, but got a chance to trade it at a good price. Did the ramps from fantasy... they are really good, though there was a batch where the bracket was installed upside down. Check them before trying to re-install or you'll be delayed waiting for a replacement.

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#9 1 year ago

Slowly making progress on this. All the edges are perfectly sharp, and the sides are baby bum smooth thanks to epoxy. Some of the other inconsistencies were patched with Bondo. Now on to the back box!

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#10 1 year ago

Great to see your Taxi resto is still humming along. Absolute classic pin!!

I restored a Taxi a few years back, my spray painter suggested spraying the headbox all yellow instead of the accented black. Happy with how it looked.

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#11 1 year ago

Primed the cabinet and back box today. Round two of priming tomorrow, then a day or so of sanding and fixing any tiny spots that I appear to have missed.

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#12 1 year ago

Primer’s all sanded, with the exception of one small spot on the cabinet. So while that cures I was able to lay down three coats of Behr Blazing Bonfire on the back box. We’ll let it cure for a bit, sand it and lay at least one more coat of paint. It’s a great match to the original colour.
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#13 1 year ago

The back box is now done, but it hasn’t been without its drama. Turns out Behr spray paint just stinks. So much so that I’ve had to clear everything with Rustoleum 2x satin clear. Results are quite nice though.

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#14 1 year ago
Quoted from Lamonsoff:

The back box is now done, but it hasn’t been without its drama. Turns out Behr spray paint just stinks. So much so that I’ve had to clear everything with Rustoleum 2x satin clear. Results are quite nice though. [quoted image]

Looks fantastic

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