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Transporter The Rescue - to the RESCUE!!!


By Chosen_S

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I was at TPF and elbowed my way through the swap meet to get my hands on this playfield that I had seen was going to be available. I bought it with the intentions of stripping it down and lighting it up from behind as a decoration. But I have become smitten with restoring this back to original glory. It will be quite a challenge since there are most likely less than 600 of these still around. Nonetheless I’m up for the challenge !

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#2 2 years ago

I love the Gamatron / Flight 2k nod on the upper right playfield in the Orion ship, so classic!

This play field is missing the ship, and the plastic is badly damaged. There should be some interesting developments coming up with me acquiring the ship. A very gracious pinsider has sold me his ship that is in need of some restoration, but at least we have a good candidate! Here is a picture of the plastic after I cleaned up quite a bit. It’s in pretty rough shape, I may need to source another, or with the help of someone else re-create one that will look nice .

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#3 2 years ago

Another gracious pinsider dozer1 has been great! He is sending me some much needed parts from a playfield part out! I’ll post pictures of the loot soon!

I have also reached out to freeplay40 about the 2 ramps I’m needing... while I was at TPF I had an opportunity to purchase the crossover ramp, which was one of the driving factors of pushing this project forward and giving me some confidence that this may be successful!

Here are some more detailed pictures of what I am working with, if anybody has any spare parts you would like to offer to me to help this project along, I would be super grateful!

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#4 2 years ago

I’m starting to get some parts in... a big component:

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#5 2 years ago

I need ramps for Transporter... all three except the crossover, can a few of you fellow that need ramps for transporter please send Freeplay40 a message or post on his ramp thread that you are interested?!?

He has the ramps in question and can produce them if there’s enough interest...

Or if you want to sell me yours, I will take the 2 that are on the rear left, the one on the right I might attempt making a wire form , maybe. Maybe not

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#6 1 year ago

The cab was toast... started on a new one

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#7 1 year ago

Wait wut? I thought you were going to restore the playfield, but you are going to recreate the whole pinball machine around it? Cool project!

#8 1 year ago

Yes sir!

Transporter will live!? We must stop the big hungry alien!!!

I’ve also been working like a madman on recreating the plastic set...

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#9 1 year ago

Great project! Following.

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#10 1 year ago
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#11 1 year ago
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#12 1 year ago

Excellent work! Way to save a cool game!

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Crispin:

Excellent work! Way to save a cool game!

Thank you! I’m super stoked to get this bad boy going

#14 1 year ago

i can email rick and ask if he can make us full plastic sets, he normally will listen to what i say as far as parts needed in the market place.
I just got him to do the scared stiff TV and monster plastics that had never been made before. and it happened fast

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from pin-pimp:

i can email rick and ask if he can make us full plastic sets, he normally will listen to what i say as far as parts needed in the market place.
I just got him to do the scared stiff TV and monster plastics that had never been made before. and it happened fast

Pm on its way

#16 1 year ago

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#17 1 year ago

I have not got a reply yet, if planetary has a customer product request link or anything on the website it might help to request them. Squeaky wheel gets the greese

#18 1 year ago
Quoted from pin-pimp:

I have not got a reply yet, if planetary has a customer product request link or anything on the website it might help to request them. Squeaky wheel gets the greese

I emailed them today, maybe some traffic generating will get some attention

#19 1 year ago

I wish someone would make new playfields for this game. I know demand won't be high, but I can't see them not selling at least 20 of these

#20 1 year ago

I'm in as a follower, too.

I like what I assume to be powder coat.

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#21 1 year ago

I have an extra translite for Transporter. It's not perfect & I'm sure you could touch it up.
The worst is on the top right side of the "tractor beam". The white line above Bally is just a reflection.

Happy to donate it to the project if you can use it. I've had the machine for years & love it.

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#22 1 year ago

This is such a great game. Glad there will be one more in the world!!

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from cdsinfla:

I have an extra translite for Transporter. It's not perfect & I'm sure you could touch it up.
The worst is on the top right side of the "tractor beam". The white line above Bally is just a reflection.
Happy to donate it to the project if you can use it. I've had the machine for years & love it.
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Man o man! I already have an nos that I’m using, got lucky and landed it a while back... thank you very much for the kind gesture

Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

This is such a great game. Glad there will be one more in the world!!

Yes! Sadly a gameshow that was full of mold had to die so this could live, but I do know other gameshow owners benefitted from the playfield.

I’m so excited to have this game... I could have bought one for similar money, but I’m having a good time with this project

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

Man o man! I already have an nos that I’m using, got lucky and landed it a while back... thank you very much for the kind gesture

Yes! Sadly a gameshow that was full of mold had to die so this could live, but I do know other gameshow owners benefitted from the playfield.
I’m so excited to have this game... I could have bought one for similar money, but I’m having a good time with this project

Totally get it. I wish I could find projects like this! I don’t have time to do the picking any more

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Totally get it. I wish I could find projects like this! I don’t have time to do the picking any more

I found the playfield at Texas Pinball Fest last year... it was pulled from a box truck that was full of project games and playfields, it was the most expensive playfield of all of them. The gameshow cabinet was a pick from a friend out of a mold infested basement, literally the email title was “ put on a respirator and try a game!” I had fastenal ship the game and I started collecting parts, miraculously I found everything but ramps and plastics.

I sanded and cleaned the head today, came out much better than anticipated thank God!

(I forgot to get a really good before pic of all the green mold under the metal back pane )
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#26 1 year ago

Cleaned the head, sanded, repainted for the most part, decals applied and tmoulding installed

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#27 1 year ago

Plastic protos arrived today, fitting soon!

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#28 1 year ago

How is the Transporter coming along?

#29 1 year ago

(Ringgg ... Ringgg...) Beam me up Bally!

Great project, think those plastics could help others too

#30 1 year ago
Quoted from cdsinfla:

How is the Transporter coming along?

I got the project and all related parts moved to my gameroom, I’ll be diving in hard core soon, just need a week or so to finish up a few small chores

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#31 1 year ago

Bah!!! Transporter puked all over my floor... time to start cleaning

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#32 1 year ago
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#33 1 year ago

This rats nest is about to become art... it is unoriginal to this game, and cut up in several places. The original is more trashed than this one... I’ll be back in a hundred hours...

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#34 12 months ago

Almost a hundred hours, lol

Fun times.... I think I may be getting a little crazy and am talking to myself

(About 65 splices and reattaching almost every connection to every switch, lamp and coil)

I hope I got it all right, I guess time will tell

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#35 11 months ago

I have lots of stuff working, pretty much everything except sound...

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ttr-sound-issues#post-5254100

#36 11 months ago

Wait. Hold up.

You used a completely different wireharness and basically retrofitted it to work?!

#37 11 months ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Wait. Hold up.
You used a completely different wireharness and basically retrofitted it to work?!

I think I can answer this one. About 2 years ago, I parted out a TTR populated PF. Among other parts, I sold Chosen_S the PF harness. Now by the time I sold it too him, I had hacked out several lengths of wire from it, probably cut plenty of mechs out and left longer wire on the mechs then Chosen_S ould have liked. I never dreamed that someone would want it for what it was, a TTR PF wiring harness. So plenty of it was there, and the rest had to be figured out. Sounds like he nailed it! Time will tell what his remaining sound issue is.

#38 11 months ago

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#39 11 months ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Wait. Hold up.
You used a completely different wireharness and basically retrofitted it to work?!

Technically dozer is correct... I used a totally hacked up TTR harness, And sacrificed aNother badly hacked TTR harness for the lengths and colors of wire that I needed. I also used a Gameshow cabinet, that had all the incorrect wiring harness is for TTR. I did purchase TR cabinet harnesses, but many modifications needed to happen. And many pigtails for the connections had to be remade, and many connectors were rebuilt. There are about 75 wire splices to get everything copacetic. This game has eaten my lunch for the last two months

Leftovers and a few examples

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#40 11 months ago

I supplied that complete backbox door and the cabinet & backbox wiring harnesses which were all original TTR! It is looking very good & I am glad you are getting close now!

#41 11 months ago
Quoted from Pbpins:

I supplied that complete backbox door and the cabinet &amp; backbox wiring harnesses which were all original TTR! It is looking very good &amp; I am glad you are getting close now!

Yes, much thanks to you, those parts save me a lot of time!

Much thanks to Dozer1 as well, this project would never have gotten off the ground without his willingness to send parts to me .

And Freeplay40 , His amazing abilities forming ramps, this project would have never seen the light of day. And this playfield would have just hung on a wall.

And vbobrusev producing the plastics, great guy

And the gentleman that produced the crossover ramp, I do not know his name. This project would not have happened without him either.

And the very amazing gentleman John Hampton that sent me the artwork files for the cabinet

And kaston1573 for the long hours of conversation and motivation and friendship pushing this forward.

And arohde for the countless pictures, phone calls and friendship to push this forward.

And Todd F, such a great guy and friend as well helping this along.

And custom affects in midland Tx doing the powder coat

There are so many people that are helping keep this rare game alive, I’m truly amazed. I could not let this play field stare at me knowing fully well there were so many people willing to help keep this going.

#42 11 months ago

I randomly decided to play Transporter at Pin-A-Go-Go last night. Such an odd theme, and fun. Would be an exciting restoration project to do if these weren't so rare.

#43 11 months ago
Quoted from Flipper_McGavin:

I randomly decided to play Transporter at Pin-A-Go-Go last night. Such an odd theme, and fun. Would be an exciting restoration project to do if these weren't so rare.

Awesome that you got to play one!

Believe me, this has been completely exciting, I mean probably the most exciting a project can get. All within the span of time that I have been working on this game, almost every unobtainable piece has become attainable; The artwork for the cabinet, the ramps, the plastics!!! Now if we could get someone to make the UN Orion ship

#44 11 months ago

I should be in bed, but I’m having too much fun looking at this machine. I know it’s not finished yet but here are a few photos.

Also I modified the side art to have the alien hiding behind the logo.

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#45 11 months ago

My goofy printing company messed this up a little bit and cut the T’s off. Not that big of a deal, But I will most likely have them remake it for me soon. There will be flashers behind this that will interact with the game.

This was a game show head, that area usually says applause between the speakers on the speaker panel. So I re-purposed it and made lemonade out of lemons .

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#46 11 months ago

Wow. Incredible. I can’t fathom doing what you did. Great work!

#47 11 months ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

that area usually says applause

I was wondering what you were going to do with the "applause" sign. Sounds like a cool effect to have interacting flashers behind there.

#49 11 months ago

Did you get the new ramps from Freeplay 40 for this?

#50 11 months ago
Quoted from Methos:

Did you get the new ramps from Freeplay 40 for this?

Not yet, still waiting , and nail biting, lol

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