(Topic ID: 183269)

Twilight Zone Cab Restoration


By BR80

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by wonderpuddle
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#1 3 years ago

This project was just a cabinet restoration for a Twilight Zone that wasn’t in too bad of shape. It belongs to a fellow pinsider that had spent time upgrading some boards and making sure the mechanics played perfectly. Now he wanted the cabinet improved to complete the package. Already installed was a ColorDMD, PinSound board, Invisiglass, Flipper Fidelity speakers, and some tasteful mods and leds. Solid foundation to start, now it’s time for new decals and blacked out trim.
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#2 3 years ago

New Decals arrived from PPS, they look great next to the original faded cabinet.
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The tear down begins….
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#3 3 years ago

The only structural issue with the cab was this minor separation at the back, just some basic wood glue to fix.
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#4 3 years ago

Sanding all done, onto the bondo stage…
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#5 3 years ago

Taping up for primer and paint:
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#6 3 years ago

Moving onto the backbox…
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#7 3 years ago

It’s always surprising to find decals where you’d expect just paint, like on top of the backbox. Instead of stripping it first with a heavy duty sander, I’ll use a heat gun...then break out the sander with some lighter grade 220 grit. This cuts down on ripping open the grain of the wood when sanding off the decals.
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#8 3 years ago

The frame of the backbox that faces the player was really jacked-up, even the owner specifically asked, “Can you do something about that?”, so I tried to pay special attention it. The layers of bondo helped create a much smoother finish in the end.
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#9 3 years ago

New skid rails and more time in the do-it-yourself paint booth…
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#10 3 years ago

Time to silkscreen the backbox, using Nazdar Yellow and some McLogan Graphic Press Wash to clean to screen. The press wash is some strong stuff, specifically meant to work with the screening ink.
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I’ve always done dry decal installs, but the last couple I’ve switched to using the wet method on just the front. It makes aligning the start button hole and centering everything else much easier. Also when using Rapid Tac, the dry time isn’t very long (I’m able to trim the edges just about an hour or so later).
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#11 3 years ago

Looks great

#12 3 years ago

Decals are all done, now onto installing the ground braid, cleaning up the mounting plate, sanding and repainting the light board, polishing the speaker panel, and refurbishing the transformer.
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#13 3 years ago

The backbox is complete and the ‘frame facing the player’ is smoother than before (not perfect, but much better).
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#14 3 years ago

More details to wrap-up, cabinet protectors, new black tubing for the wiring harnesses, new serial number labels and laminated paperwork.
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#15 3 years ago

Ready to drop the playfield back into the cabinet and complete the assembly:
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#16 3 years ago

Finally Done!
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#17 3 years ago

If Bally/Williams had a Twilight Zone premium, I’d think it would have some of the things this one does: Black Trim, ColorDMD, PinSound Board, Flipper Fidelity speakers, and Invisiglass.
Not bad for an 25 year old machine, hopefully now it will last another 25.
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If you made it this far, thanks for viewing!

#19 3 years ago

How long did it take from start to
Finish? Wow it looks good.

#20 3 years ago

Beautiful!

#21 3 years ago

Nice work. Thanks for sharing!

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from Twilight1:

How long did it take from start to
Finish? Wow it looks good.

Thanks all, it took about 2 months. That's about as fast as my work schedule and family time will allow. I'm just a guy in a garage, working on them one at a time. Nothing like the speed of the top shelf pros (thinking of HEP, Kelly, & McCune).

#25 3 years ago

Well done!

#26 3 years ago

Thank you Pat, I absolutely love my newly restored TZ. It's the highlight of my small collection for sure! Super easy to deal with, and the results speak for themself. It looks even better in person!

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#27 2 years ago
Quoted from BR80:

Not bad for an 25 year old machine,

Absolutely a brilliant job, thank you br80 so much for taking the time to share this with us all, its a great inspiration for my restoration, have learned a lot just in this post. Thanks.

#28 2 years ago

Drool.......that has to be one of the SWEETEST TZs I've ever seen.....Bravo!!!!!

#29 2 years ago

Beautiful work!

#30 2 years ago

Yes, very nice job. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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