I am going to document my first attempt to rebuild a T2 I purchased 11+ years ago for $750
It was in awful shape when I got it, it was a routed game but I think it spent the last few years of its life in a bar. It stunk to high heaven. The playfield was in terrible shape, never cleaned or waxed. There is a knife or tool gash in the PF itself. How does that happen?
The cabinet is in terrible shape, eyes gouged out and chipped many places. So this is, based on what I am doing really a re-creation rather than a restoration. I plan on keeping the cabinet and repurpose it for another game. It will need a lot of work and bondo.
So that is all the bad stuff...
I have an original Williams NOS PF that was cleared 9 years ago and prior to getting it cleared it was signed by Steve Ritchie at a pinball show. I had heard the NOS PF didn’t get diamond plate like the production games did and it was confirmed when I got the PF.
I just performed a swap of all Bridge rectifiers and caps on the driver board. The Caps were swollen at top and the BR and caps were all original.
I have also just finished swapping out all the IDC connectors to crimped pin molex versions.
So my plans for the game are as follows, not necessarily in order;
1) Build new cabinet from Birch ply. - purchased
2) Apply new cabinet decals. -purchased
3) Remove and wash all parts that can be washed, they are black from no love from the operator. - process already started
4) change out GI and other lights to LED - looking for suggestions please
5) Powder-coat rails and legs.
6) Determine if I want to go back to a Williams MPU or leave the rottendog board in place - Suggestions?
7) Try to do something with the ugly gun shooter on the PF- Suggestions - I thought I read somewhere there was something out there for that....
8-100) Much much more.
Some pics and a video or two below in the next post.