Just caught up on this. Really appreciate the level of detail and pictures along the way. Feel like I'm spoiled, joining in when you're this far along.
I've been putting alot of hours in during the last few days because I can feel and almost see the finish line. While not exactly the motor, I finished polishing and cleaning all the sensor for the goalie mech. Here are a few before and after shots
Tomorrow is "getting rid of hacks" day on the secondary harness. All those half withed electrical tape binding half assed wire bindings will have to go.
Sometimes I just don't get people. Took me a whole 10 minutes to fix them all. While I would have like to cut more wiring on one connector cutting off 3 inches of wiring seem unwise. Some of these hacks like the yellow wire were just covered with electrical tape and not fixed. Tat thing was holding on to dear life
The back rails where in horrible shape. Repurposed hard oak will do the trick. Painted the back cabinet rails tonight. Last coat tomorrow. Started taking off parts from old ramps and onto the new ones.
- Adjust backbox brackets
- install Service rails
- install cabinet rails
- install decals on ramps
- tumble a few remaining parts
- print speaker grill panel
- install extra ball button
- install diverter
- install stay arm
- install remaining warning decals
- install harnesses to boards
- and probably a million other things
Well shit.... Mini playfield installed along with new magnet and magnet core. The old one was so warped that I couldn't take the bracket off. Now that this is done. Ramps here we come.
Last piece of the tool puzzle for this restoration. finally got around to making a C-Clamp Riveting tool. I had purcashed the die and the punch but felt like I was tempting fate using a hammer to squeeze the rivets in. This will surely come in handy next time around. Regular C-Clamp and used JB Weld "Kwik Weld" and glue/epoxied all the pieces together. Did a few dry tests and this thing works like a charm. Onto fixing the ramps tomorrow and putting the new ramp flaps, and changing all the rivets.
Today was "test out c-clamp day". I ended up tumbling all the parts for the ramps. More compound sanding but the ramp guards I've a nice reflective shine
Tonight was polish motor #1 night. This thing was all greased up and tacky. After some cleaning / polishing and new super lube this baby is ready to turn some more.
Tried to assemble the flaps to the ramps this weekend and now my rivets are not long enough argghhh!! So since I had to order a few more parts I decided to get more rivets and a few things to finish off this game. Speaker panel was finally sent to the printer yesterday so should get that in a week or so.
Going to the states to pick up my parts on Monday hopefully. Which means we are almost at the end of this project. The ramps are holding me back. I need to put the new flaps on, which means I can't put the ramp, which means, I can't put the backing, which means, I canèt take it off the rotisserie, which means....well you get the point.
Can't wait to turn this thing on.
Finally starting to look like something. Project was put on hold for a while.... Wife decided it was a great time for us to buy a pool. Guest who's in charge of landscaping? At any rate, new extra ball button installed. Lower ramp installed and in the process of installing the upper ramp.
Need help with the left ramp. I've added the pinbits protectors and now the ramp doesn't want to sit correctly in the right place. Can someone this exact shot post it and help me out please. Just need the shot for reference.
Game is finally off the rotisserie. Just need to install a few parts and then this sucker is heading in the cabinet.
You know your close once you start putting the cool wrappers on. In insight I should have ordered these before installing them on the pf.
Started wiring the cabinet. Will slide the pf in tonight.
The end is near
Playfield is in.... half way to connecting board in the backbox. Still have to plug a few thing under the pf and now I realized i forgot to buy some god damn leg levelers....arghh.
Well we have lift off. DMD is giving me all sorts of jiberish....I'll reseat and try again. Anyone have any ideas. Just need to install the goalie and then run through the diagnostics to make sure all the switches /lights / motors etc... work and then I need to wax this thing one last time. Ièll put detail pics up in the next few days with a full list of things that were done to this WCS.
So here's the final list
- Clearcoated playfield
- Restored kickouts holes
- New legs
- New Custom speaker panel (repro from original)
- New cabinet decals (repro from original)
- New coin door
- New side rails
- New Woofer
- Newly painted cabinet with yellow accent
- New Rubbers
- New Posts
- New Sleeves
- New Coil wrappers
- New decals
- New Plastic set with silkscreen coin toss
- New Soccer Ball
- New Glass
- New lock magnet
- New back foam on stand up targets
- New cabinet back side rails made out of oak
- New white pegs
- New beer seal
- Cliffy protectors
- 2 New ramps
- Flippers rebuilt
- Pinbit plastic protectors
- Repainted backboard with new decals
- Boards cleaned and all headers / connectors checked
- All bolts and metal pieces tumbled. Big pieces passed on bench buffer
- plus a million other parts
Lights all work, all coils fire. Just need to take out grease from the goalie mech, was perhaps a bit over zealous.
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