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what e.m. are you working on right now?


By illawarra92

7 months ago



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    #901 38 days ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    Wow! That game is beautiful and it's on my wish list. I'll go ahead and call dibs on it for what it's worth.

    Thanks. It turned out pretty nice. But the pictures may oversell it with some creative framing!

    #902 38 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    If you have some kind of anvil you can tap that down with a hammer to straighten it. Take your time and go easy.
    Fine scratches use 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Keep going up to maybe 3000 grit. Takes some work.

    Of course if you know the right people then you can get it shined up really good

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    #903 37 days ago
    Quoted from pinhead52:

    Of course if you know the right people then you can get it shined up really good
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    How did you accomplish that? Very impressive job.

    #904 37 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    Picked up a decent domino. I am intrigued by the gigantic roto-domino target thingie. It’s not currently running but I am confident. The big center plastic has broken and sagged down, I will have to make a replacement.
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    "John_in_NC" - I'm looking for a roto target for my Cow Poke - and I've noticed that possibly one off a "Domino" may also work? Anyone know which machines have similar roto targets? (To possibly open my search window..I cant find one! ugh!) These have two actual targets and the one in the center is mounted on the playfield. I have a three (3) target one if anyone needs it?

    #905 37 days ago
    Quoted from pinhead52:

    Of course if you know the right people then you can get it shined up really good
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    Are you chrome plating stainless now?

    #906 37 days ago
    Quoted from Nikrox2:

    Anyone know which machines have similar roto targets?

    Many parts were missing on the Cowpoke's Roto Target that I went through this past Spring.
    Had a parts 1972 World Series playfield, and its Roto Target mechs were identical and worked fine..

    #907 37 days ago
    Quoted from MikeO:

    Are you chrome plating stainless now?

    Nope, strictly polish. Unfortunately it was a 1 time deal to get this done by a CA company. Probably 200-300 to get it done but I pulled in a fav.

    #908 37 days ago
    Quoted from Nikrox2:

    "John_in_NC" - I'm looking for a roto target for my Cow Poke - and I've noticed that possibly one off a "Domino" may also work? Anyone know which machines have similar roto targets? (To possibly open my search window..I cant find one! ugh!) These have two actual targets and the one in the center is mounted on the playfield. I have a three (3) target one if anyone needs it?

    Spin Out?

    #909 37 days ago

    I’m happy to take photos of you need

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    #910 37 days ago

    an old, very neglected, many parts cut out, gottlieb sea belles from 1956.

    just arrived, will be doing a ground up resto.

    the things we do..wish me luck!

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    #911 37 days ago
    Quoted from illawarra92:

    an old, very neglected, many parts cut out, gottlieb sea belles from 1956.
    just arrived, will be doing a ground up resto.
    the things we do..wish me luck![quoted image]

    Wow that will be a fun project.

    #912 37 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    If you have some kind of anvil you can tap that down with a hammer to straighten it. Take your time and go easy.
    Fine scratches use 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Keep going up to maybe 3000 grit. Takes some work.

    I use a couple of C-clamps and a flat piece of angled steel to flatten out bends where the door was pried open.

    #913 37 days ago

    Thanks for the coin door straightening suggestions. The chromed door posted above is very nice but that’s way beyond where I’m at with the overall goal of the machine rehab.

    I got to the project today and ended with this result. I just need to put a new decal on and I’m gonna call it good.

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    These last few pics are before.
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    #914 37 days ago
    Quoted from EEE:

    Thanks for the coin door straightening suggestions. The chromed door posted above is very nice but that’s way beyond where I’m at with the overall goal of the machine rehab.
    I got to the project today and ended with this result. I just need to put a new decal on and I’m gonna call it good.

    Looks good!

    #915 37 days ago
    Quoted from dgAmpGuy:

    I use a couple of C-clamps and a flat piece of angled steel to flatten out bends where the door was pried open.

    Good idea.

    #916 35 days ago

    Just started working on this yesterday. Not mine, not for sale but I am privileged to be restoring this rare game.

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    #917 35 days ago
    Quoted from BrianH:

    Finally got around to cleaning up my 1969 Williams Suspense.
    Full topside teardown and cleaning/wax. Cleaned all coil assemblies and added new sleeves. Rebuilt pop bumpers with new skirts.
    New rubbers and wax make me worried about smashing posts and plastics! It plays FAST!
    Added a hand full of leds.... as the pf is so dark! They dont look right... but you can see the ball!
    Cheers from Canada!
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    Looks really nice! I did notice your flipper alignment isn't correct... sloped way too far down.. you'll get better play by adjusting it... see the flyer on IPDB here for proper flip alignment:

    https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2469&picno=4367&zoom=1

    #918 34 days ago
    Quoted from Dono:

    Looks really nice! I did notice your flipper alignment isn't correct... sloped way too far down.. you'll get better play by adjusting it... see the flyer on IPDB here for proper flip alignment:
    https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2469&picno=4367&zoom=1

    Thank you for the heads up and compliment Dono!! I appreciate the advice and link. I will correct it this afternoon

    #919 34 days ago

    I’m still working on Heat Wave. Finally got the thermometer advance unit working smoothly. My next step is removing everything from the playfield, except maybe the pop bumpers, for a good cleaning and waxing. Then all new rubbers, shiny new mirror finish balls and we'll see how she plays.

    #920 33 days ago

    Brought this Hi-Lo Ace back to life. Here are some before and after pics.

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    #921 32 days ago

    Heat Wave, before and after a lot of elbow grease and Naptha. Novus 1 on the inserts, but haven’t waxed it yet.

    I must confess, the After picture looks a lot better than the playfield does in person.

    This machine has seen a lot of beer. Got what I could cleaned up.

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    #922 29 days ago

    Restoring a 1947 United Mexico for a client whose father rescued it from an old bowling alley in Dayton Ohio around the mid to late 50s. What makes this interesting is that I’ve only done one other full restoration, and that was another United flipper pin game - 1948 Serenade. The Mexico is basically a pre-flipper gambling device with a button to knock off replays. The worst part of doing these older games IMO - the stepper units... this scoring unit was stuck badly, requiring Superman strength in freeing the axle from the frame... the owner commented she remembered her father spraying a “cleaner” inside the backbox from time to time... As Tim from the Las Vegas museum says... “Contact spray is evil”... amen to that.

    Check out the women’s colored hair ties On the PF used instead of rubber bands... always something new! Also check out the line cord - dry rotted insulation crumbles in your hand... yowza!

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    #923 29 days ago

    Got the rat / mice urine cleaned up in the cabinet bottom. Cleaned and adjusted all 16 score reels. Took apart the plug, to thankfully find the exposed wire was just an unconnected spacer. And got it to start a game last night. Fixed the non working pop bumper, and sling shots tonight. Totally done with electrical, yea. Now the cosmetic clean up, re-gluing almost every PF insert, and touch up painting PF and cabinet.

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    #924 27 days ago

    One side of the Gigi head done...20200603_155002 (resized).jpg

    #925 27 days ago

    2001 almost done. Did the target reset mod. Just a few of the usual issues to clear up. Dirty contacts, minor tweaking to get it dialed in. Waiting on new light Shields hopefully soon from Australia via Ken inTexas! LOL.

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    #926 27 days ago

    Getting down to original paint. Why do people do this to perfectly good original artwork?!?!?

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    #927 27 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    One side of the Gigi head done...[quoted image]

    That's a beautiful job .. nice work on webbing and spray... I also like that the circles are uniform, looks great.

    #928 26 days ago
    Quoted from edward472:

    Getting down to original paint. Why do people do this to perfectly good original artwork?!?!?
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    Because people are idiots.

    #929 26 days ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    Got the rat / mice urine cleaned up in the cabinet bottom. Cleaned and adjusted all 16 score reels. Took apart the plug, to thankfully find the exposed wire was just an unconnected spacer. And got it to start a game last night. Fixed the non working pop bumper, and sling shots tonight. Totally done with electrical, yea. Now the cosmetic clean up, re-gluing almost every PF insert, and touch up painting PF and cabinet.
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    Touch up painting done!!!

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    #930 26 days ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    Touch up painting done!!![quoted image]

    That looks really good

    #931 26 days ago
    Quoted from Dono:

    That's a beautiful job .. nice work on webbing and spray... I also like that the circles are uniform, looks great.

    Thanks Don. It's amazing what you can do with Pinball Pimp stencils...

    This is a simple pattern but circles are not fun. He had not done Gigi before so i traced the design on clear film and sent them to him and he made them. Same thing we did with Time Zone which is a bit tougher pattern with a really big circle. Came out beautiful. I think it's my best restore to date.

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    #932 25 days ago

    Work in progress with 3 new bulbs for my Canada Dry. (2 on right of Canada Dry plastic and 1 for the drink plastic)

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    #933 25 days ago
    Quoted from kangourou:

    Work in progress with 3 new bulbs for my Canada Dry. (2 on right of Canada Dry plastic and 1 for the drink plastic)
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    Nice. Never considered putting extra bulbs up top, but have done the additional bulb above the lower five drop Targets on several games with this layout. Goldstrike, Eldorado, Solar City. Always thought they should have one there as there is often an interesting character that should be lit up there.

    #934 25 days ago

    Finished this Gigi head. First time I've used one of these front design stencils. Have to go slow and carefully getting it all lined up. I sure would not want to try this with a home brew stencil 20200608_135948 (resized).jpg

    #935 22 days ago

    Modified my Teacher's Pet to make the scoring more the way I like it. I probably should have put this here rather than its own thread, but I figured it would be easier for people who own the game to find in its own linked thread...

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/teacher-s-pet-scoring-modification

    #936 22 days ago

    98% done. Just have a couple hours of finishing touches left.
    I'll probably sell (maybe trade) this one..

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    #937 19 days ago

    a picture is worth a thousand words

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    #938 19 days ago

    Diddy UP; were off to the horse races! **Nags**

    #939 19 days ago
    Quoted from boilerman:

    a picture is worth a thousand words[quoted image]

    Looks great! I know you've been waiting a while to get to work on it

    #940 19 days ago

    This one was sitting in a boarded-up bus station. I'm going to try my hand at repainting and stenciling after I get it running and fix the cracked head and cabinet.

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    #941 18 days ago
    Quoted from Peruman:

    This one was sitting in a boarded-up bus station. I'm going to try my hand at repainting and stenciling after I get it running and fix the cracked head and cabinet.
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    Was that paint or what? Playfield looks pretty good. If Pinball Pimp has the stencils I highly recommend them.

    Gigi work continues. This is the first Gigi glass done by bgresto. Plain beautiful. 20200615_161850 (resized).jpg
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    #942 18 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    Was that paint or what? Playfield looks pretty good. If Pinball Pimp has the stencils I highly recommend them.
    Gigi work continues. This is the first Gigi glass done by bgresto. Plain beautiful. [quoted image]
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    How did you do the webbing on your Gigi? I think Domino also had webbing. What you see on the Domino cabinet is paneling wall paper. Should be fun to remove.

    Alberto

    #943 18 days ago
    Quoted from Peruman:

    How did you do the webbing on your Gigi? I think Domino also had webbing. What you see on the Domino cabinet is paneling wall paper. Should be fun to remove.
    Alberto

    Good Lord. Why do people do this to games?

    That is done with a Weiler brush and flat black Americana paint. I bend several of the bristles out and dip them in the paint. Then you bend the bristles back and let them go. In order to get webbing you have to be very close to the cabinet. Like an inch away. If you're further back you get spatter. The more paint on the bristles the heavier and darker the webbing is. If you look at original webbing you'll find that at times. It takes a bit of practice to refine it.

    #944 18 days ago
    Quoted from Peruman:

    How did you do the webbing on your Gigi? I think Domino also had webbing. What you see on the Domino cabinet is paneling wall paper. Should be fun to remove.
    Alberto

    Domino has webbing.

    #945 12 days ago

    More Gigi progress. I need to shine the lockdown bar receiver a bit more and the coin chutes so the receiver is just sitting in place. Once the receiver is done I'll get the shooter in place too

    Also got the 0-9 disc back in place. MikeO did some nice soldering work on some worn rivets. 26 wires to desolder. Fun!

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    #946 12 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    More Gigi progress. I need to shine the lockdown bar receiver a bit more and the coin chutes so the receiver is just sitting in place. Once the receiver is done I'll get the shooter in place too
    Also got the 0-9 disc back in place. MikeO did some nice soldering work on some worn rivets. 26 wires to desolder. Fun!
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    The soldering should be routine now with your new Hakko station.

    You should be able to run a start test once you put the relay boards in the body and head.

    #947 12 days ago
    Quoted from MikeO:

    The soldering should be routine now with your new Hakko station.
    You should be able to run a start test once you put the relay boards in the body and head.

    I did plug it in and hit the hold relay and the motor ran fine. Obviously without the head on yet it didn't stop but I expected that. Should get the head back together this week.

    Someone had wired a switch into it and I had to remove that and wire it back to original. It worked ok but I wanted to put it back the way it originally was. I need to cover the hole they drilled in the cab.

    #948 11 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    Thanks Don. It's amazing what you can do with Pinball Pimp stencils...
    This is a simple pattern but circles are not fun. He had not done Gigi before so i traced the design on clear film and sent them to him and he made them. Same thing we did with Time Zone which is a bit tougher pattern with a really big circle. Came out beautiful. I think it's my best restore to date.
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    Wow, that looks great! I just brought a Time Zone home yesterday and am preparing to strip the head and cabinet this weekend for paint...guess I oughtta put in my order for the stencils!

    #949 11 days ago

    Hey does anyone know the correct purple/red/yellow to touch up this playfield?

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    #950 11 days ago
    Quoted from MeNaCeFiRe:

    Hey does anyone know the correct purple/red/yellow to touch up this playfield?
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    each game will be different due to fading. you are just going to have to experiment

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