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This may be my last restoration


By Bryan_Kelly

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    This may be the last pinball restoration I do. I've done over 100 of them and it's been more and more like work lately than fun. And at 250 to 275 pounds, they're not so easy to move around anymore and I'm not getting any younger. Maybe it's fitting this one is for me. It's a favorite.

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    #2 1 year ago

    Great game to end it on. Bsd was the first machine a shopped as a new pinball owner 20 years ago. Still have one in the collection. It’s seems to be getting more and more popular these days. Yours looks very nice enjoy it!

    #3 1 year ago

    Wow, that's a beauty! Don't retire yet, I'm still learning stuff from your posts

    #4 1 year ago

    I wish someone else would use something like that travelling magnet mech again in a new game

    #5 1 year ago

    Thanks for your contributions. Your threads are informative and entertaining.

    #6 1 year ago

    Agree with posters above ... huge contributor and one of the nicest and most generous guys in the hobby!

    Keep the pin footies going !

    Mike

    #7 1 year ago

    What a legacy. Your restorations have always been the best. Often doing things before other restorers even thought of doing them.

    Your talent will be missed in pinball.

    LTG

    #8 1 year ago

    I feel your pain. It's fun to do for yourself. It's a chore when you have to do them for other people. Unfortunately, I can't quit doing them or I have to get a different job.

    #9 1 year ago

    I just take Viagra for my pinball restorations these days. Little blue pill & the thrill of the silver ball!

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    #10 1 year ago

    I hope not but if so I could not blame you.
    From what I can see compared to the earlier days of doing this. Things are much more complicated these day with all extras that are expected as well as more instant gratification driven.

    If you want to revisit it anytime you know there is a room for you down here in NC

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    I wish someone else would use something like that travelling magnet mech again in a new game

    Like KISS?

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    I wish someone else would use something like that travelling magnet mech again in a new game

    Exactly, so much potential.

    #13 1 year ago

    Dracula , being a real drainer your energy!

    #14 1 year ago

    looks sharp with the chrome

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from michaelgeib:

    Agree with posters above ... huge contributor and one of the nicest and most generous guys in the hobby!
    Keep the pin footies going !
    Mike

    I'm on it!!

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    #16 1 year ago

    Gorgeous BSD!! I'm thinking about calling it quits for resto myself. It's taken way to much time away from family and other things that I would like to do. I got completely overwhelmed by to many way to quickly and am now struggling with an extensive backlog .

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    I hope not but if so I could not blame you.
    From what I can see compared to the earlier days of doing this. Things are much more complicated these day with all extras that are expected as well as more instant gratification driven.
    If you want to revisit it anytime you know there is a room for you down here in NC

    I know you don't like the cold, Chris, and I've been trying to get you here for years, but the house next door just went up for sale. Large garage with room for out buildings in the back. I could set up an appointment for you.

    #18 1 year ago

    You know you're a pinball nerd when you recognize games by the underside of the playfield. I've never owned one, but once I saw that 2nd pic I knew it was BSD

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from michaelgeib:

    Keep the pin footies going !

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was hoping you'd make these again.

    #20 1 year ago

    As Darth Vader said: "Impressive. Most impressive."

    #21 1 year ago

    I'm eternally grateful for the NGG proto you did for me Bryan, and if the BSD is your last resto it may free up CH to do more playfields for me lol.
    Your posts are always very helpful for all involved in this hobby, please keep them coming.

    #22 1 year ago

    You do great work. Hope you return after recharging your batteries.

    #23 1 year ago

    Bryan does exceptional work - thank you for the games you restored for me.

    #24 1 year ago

    Just need to up your T. You'll be shoving those suckers around again in no time!

    #25 1 year ago

    Gimme your tools!

    #26 1 year ago

    Not counting you out yet Bryan. Hope to see you continue. Your work is top notch an keeps me inspired.

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from bangerjay:

    Gimme your tools!

    Tools....parts.....you name it. Not sure what I'm gong to do with everything.

    I know you would give them a good home, Jay.

    #28 1 year ago

    Bryan,

    There comes a time when we all have to consider time vs. reward. I've admired your work for years and try my best to emulate it. Of course, I finish the front edge of the backbox.

    Your restorations speak volumes of the quality and care you put into your work.

    Enjoy whatever you decide to do with your extra time. If it turns out to be pinball restoration, that's still a good thing.

    Steve in Escalon, CA (for a few more weeks)

    #29 1 year ago

    BRYANMAN!!

    #30 1 year ago

    I love you, Doug.....in a manly sort of way.

    #31 1 year ago

    It must be very tedious, time consuming work to begin with and people can be real nitpicky, and in such a hurry these days with no patience at all. Can't say I blame you.

    Good luck with whatever else you decide to do!

    #32 1 year ago

    Wow! that is a really nice job. Good luck with what ever you are doing next!

    #33 1 year ago

    Say it ain't so, Bryan! Maybe take a break for a little while. How about a book? I'd buy it

    #34 1 year ago

    Thanks Bryan your documented restorations especially IJ has been a life saver for me. I have to credit the games I have restored to you such a great reference and you always answer questions no matter how simple they seem. Great guy, hope you still hang out on here occasionally

    #35 1 year ago

    Stellar work!

    #36 1 year ago

    That BSD looks fantastic.
    I own an Indiana Jones that you restored and it's a true work of art.

    Maybe Spooky could use a guy to sweep the floors?

    #37 1 year ago

    hey asshole! if you quit restoring pinball machines, who am I supposed to badger when you do something wrong?! maybe you should just switch to arcade restorations. I hear those cabinets are much lighter

    seriously though, thanks for everything that you've provided over the years and I hope this isn't truly the end. there's probably still one or two good tips left rolling around in that noggin of yours

    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from DylanFan71:

    Maybe Spooky could use a guy to sweep the floors?

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    #39 1 year ago

    Congrats on a very nice career!

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    #40 1 year ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    seriously though, thanks for everything that you've provided over the years and I hope this isn't truly the end. there's probably still one or two good tips left rolling around in that noggin of yours

    It's not like I'm f'ing dead. I just want everyone to get off my lawn.

    #41 1 year ago

    where do you live again? I've got a motorcycle that wants to date your front lawn and tear that sh*t up

    maybe you should move to arizona and start a zen rock garden for your lawn. hey! then you could offer to landscape all of your neighbor's "lawns"

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    #42 1 year ago

    First Mccune, now Mr. Kelly such a loss to all in our community. Your work and documentation is priceless. Thank you for all that you have done and shown all of us amateurs. Hopefully its not the end but a break.
    Harley D.

    #43 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    It's not like I'm f'ing dead. I just want everyone to get off my lawn.

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    #44 1 year ago

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the games you have done and in particular your willingness to share and document things here.

    It may not seem like it, but I study and have learned a bunch from what you do/have done.

    I hope to someday be able to retire and work on more restorations, but until then I will pick away at 1 or 2 each year and continue to incorporate things from the masters like you Bryan.

    #45 1 year ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    First Mccune, now Mr. Kelly such a loss to all in our community. Your work and documentation is priceless. Thank you for all that you have done and shown all of us amateurs. Hopefully its not the end but a break.
    Harley D.

    Thank you, but there were people doing this before Jim and I and there will be people doing it after. There are some really good restoration threads currently on Pinside and there are also some really bad ones. Sadly, some people can't tell the difference.

    I don't think there is ever one single reason why someone quits doing what they're doing. For me, it was a combination of things and that combination of things just didn't make it fun anymore.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm still here. If anyone is looking for advice, feel free to PM me and I'll help if I can.

    #46 1 year ago

    Enjoy your work. When do you start on this one?

    #47 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    It's not like I'm f'ing dead. I just want everyone to get off my lawn.

    That picture would have worked ten years ago.try this one.download (2) (resized).jpg"Don't touch my (pin)balls"

    #48 1 year ago

    Bryan, did the restoration video footage from years ago ever go anywhere? Do you think it will ever be released?

    #49 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    This may be the last pinball restoration I do. I've done over 100 of them and it's been more and more like work lately than fun. And at 250 to 275 pounds, they're not so easy to move around anymore and I'm not getting any younger. Maybe it's fitting this one is for me. It's a favorite.

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for all the restorations that you did for me over the past several years as I really appreciate all the hard work and attention to detail that you put into each restoration. Your BSD restoration looks great and it appears to be nearly completed. I see that you must be waiting until the very end of the restoration to install the target decals.

    Gord

    #50 1 year ago

    Bryan,

    Thank you for taking the time to document your work over the years and to help others in countless threads.

    Marc

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