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There's one more Indiana Jones

By wallybgood

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Built an Indiana Jones, a Mark Ritchie masterpiece, completely from parts this winter/spring. NLA parts that were handmade include wire harnesses, ball guides/metal parts, light insert panel, planes, and acrylic backboard. Built the MPU, Driver, Fliptronics and 10 opto boards from parts. Other opto boards from Anarchy (PBL).
Running with ColorDmd LCD display and Pinsound audio board w/Enprodukt sound package.
Painted and decaled the head/cab front with PPS silkscreened art. Tilt-Graphics for side blades. Color scheme inspired by HEP. Thanks, Chris, for hosting your wonderful gallery/videos of past restorations.
Used Send-Cut-Send for laser cutting the 18 ga stainless for guides and backbox mounting plate. Bent guides with small brakes and hand tools. Fab’d a few parts from polycarbonate and acrylics. Backlit the acrylic backboard and lower right playfield plastic. Relocated the 3-Switch Opto Board to simplify wiring a bit. Went with the WPC-95 color scheme for flipper and solenoid power wiring.
Gun grips from Joris and POA side walls from Lior. Used a CV diverter bracket (IJ bracket is available now) Some rare parts/leads from Lordloss, Brendo, David-Ampfibian (Aussie Pinball Forum) and Davi. The wireforms from Davi turned out most excellent.
Out of all eight machines that I have built, IJ had by far the most NLA parts. In terms of wiring, it was also the most complex, utilizing every available lamp, switch, and solenoid position including the additional 8 Driver board.
Cary O (Walamab) was nice enough to convert my sketches of the ball guides into .dxf files. Local dude, Bill Webb built the bare head/cab and also supplied a semi populated playfield so I could get guide/bracket measurements. I have some really great pinball buds. Past restoration threads by Chris (HEP), Bryan Kelly and Ricochet were very helpful.
Wouldn’t be possible without these part suppliers – Pinball Life, Marco, Mantis A, PSPA, PPS, Classic A, Starship Fantasy, Cliffy, Mirco and Wire-Bot. Thanks IPDB and PPS for archiving parts lists, manuals, ROM images. More pics (500+) on my OneDrive. https://tinyurl.com/5fnw97u6

Wally
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#2 1 year ago

Indiana Jones and the Hunt for the Missing Paragraph Break

looks great! Nice work.

#3 1 year ago

Outstanding work.

I like the jukebox in the corner and album choices.

In '87, Huey released Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from jedimastermatt:

Outstanding work.
I like the jukebox in the corner and album choices.
In '87, Huey released Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

Huey Lewis and the News were truly the voice of a generation, and their work will be examined by scholars well into the next century.

#5 1 year ago

Great job once again Wally.
That is a huge job.
Big thanks for your help on my IJ nightmare project as well.

#6 1 year ago

Very ambitious project. Congrats!

#7 1 year ago

That's an insane amount of work and it turned out awesome. Well done.

#8 1 year ago

This looks awesome! Congrats.

#10 1 year ago

Couldn't resist using this build date.

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#11 1 year ago
Quoted from jedimastermatt:

Outstanding work.
I like the jukebox in the corner and album choices.
In '87, Huey released Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

Feed me a stray cat?

#12 1 year ago

Fantastic work Wally!

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from grantopia:

Feed me a stray cat?

I’ve got to return some video tapes.

#14 1 year ago

Beautiful work!

#15 1 year ago

Fantastic work, love the build date!

#16 1 year ago

There were a few errors in the IJ manual that I found while building the wire harnesses.

P. 2-28 Rotor Lock Motor Unit. Wiring for Sw 91 and Sw 92 optos should be reversed.
P. 3-18 10 Sw Opto PCB wiring. J3-3 is incorrectly listed as Green-Blue should be Green-Violet col 7. J3-7 is listed as White-Blue and should be NC. The wires on J4 and J6 should be reversed.
P. 3-22 8 Driver PCB Assy. J5-1 is incorrectly listed as NC should be Violet-White Sw Col 9. J5-4 should be NC.

Wally

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#17 1 year ago

Beyond impressive, wow!

#18 1 year ago

Fab’d a few parts from acrylics and polycarbonate. https://www.mcmaster.com/1755k11 That polycarbonate is some really tough stuff.
Both were easy to work with, bent acrylics using a heat gun and brake/hand tools. Epoxy holds metal collars on well.
Used 1/8 dia inch bits designed for plastics https://www.mcmaster.com/27465a81.
Wally

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#19 1 year ago

Would it be in poor taste to ask how much it cost to build it from scratch?

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Sinistarrett:

Would it be in poor taste to ask how much it cost to build it from scratch?

Probably around $6000 in parts. But it depends on a LOT.
I generally start looking for parts years in advance of starting, so I run into some really sweet deals. I started to collect rare IJ parts three years ago.
I was able to find some parts on Pinside Market, Australia Aussiearcacde Forum, Ebay and from pinball buds (who know that I’m looking for parts) at very reasonable prices. For example, the used power transformer was $80, and a complete wiring harness (from a WPC-95 pin) was $50. Also, I bought quite a few "show specials" at Expo and TPF. Great deals are always found at these pinball shows.
Marco always runs a free shipping incentive. Pinball Life is close enough to me so that I can drive there to pick up parts. I believe that you can spend 25% of the total project costs on shipping if you order piecemeal.
I build my own harnesses. Having someone build them could add 1K+. I like to paint and decal the head/cab. If you want someone to do that could add $500+. I restore many used parts like the coin door (the IJ one was recovered from a flood), pop mechs, sling mechs, flipper mechs and targets. If you want all new parts and you want them tomorrow, costs will be substantially higher. Could double easily. The parts that I always buy new are the playfield (or pro restored original), translite, ramps, anything plastic, glass, SS side rails and cab/head decals. New parts are sweet but taking old beat up ones and bringing them back to life is really rewarding.
I enjoy sanding/bondo/painting/applying decals to the cab and head myself. I find building wire harnesses a nice diversion. On this project I built many of the PCB’s. Gotta’ love the smell of soldering in the morning.
This does not include labor, of course. Maybe 1000 hrs.?
Love every aspect of this hobby from deciphering parts lists, looking for parts, to sanding/painting, making parts that aren't available, building wire harnesses, bending metal, everything. To top things off, along the way I’ve met some really good pinheads.
Wally

#21 1 year ago

Thanks for the reply, i was curious. Your work is incredible, i cant imagine the dedication it must take to see something so complex and challenging through to completion and have it come out so perfect.

#22 1 year ago

def impressive to complete something like this. i could easily see losing interest after a few months. kudos to impressive work and work ethic.

#23 1 year ago

I’ve been using Eastwood Silver Cad spray on the last few builds. Really brightens up parts. Cleaned/polished/painted some used Indiana Jones parts. (Subway metal trough, parts from the mini- playfield and captive ball bracket)

Wally

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#24 1 year ago

Fancy work as always Wally, you are awesome!

#25 1 year ago

This is better than the new Dial of Destiny Movie.

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