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

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#1901 1 year ago

Doing a playfield restoration for a friend on Captain Fantastic. Pop bumpers had adhesive mylar platters that I was very reluctant to remove as the topcoat isn't very thick. But because there a little crud under the mylar, I made the executive decision to go for it.
I used the freeze method. After the mylar was removed, the glue was still on the pf, which I removed using naphtha and a plastic razor blade. Very pleased with the results.

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#1902 1 year ago

Been staring at my Dimension in the living room thinking that if it goes awhile without being played the ball counter is going to freeze up due to the old grease. Not anymore! Time to clean everything. Even new coil sleeves which probably aren’t even needed. But since I’m doing so much might as well do the rest.

Also adjusted the 10s relay on my Target pool. If it landed on 9 it would start giving out 100’s for 10 point shots. Or worse 500 for 50 points.

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#1903 1 year ago

Went from a broken carcass to a clean fresh one, now onto the dark, pitted playfield.

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#1904 1 year ago

Fixing up this Satin Doll to auction off at the Project Pinball auction at Expo in Chicago this October.

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#1905 1 year ago

Just starting in on a 1960 Williams Serenade. I am amazed at the light wear found on the first 2 steppers I am in the process of breaking down. All of the coil sleeves that I have found thus far are metal.

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#1906 1 year ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Just starting in on a 1960 Williams Serenade. I am amazed at the light wear found on the first 2 steppers I am in the process of breaking down. All of the coil sleeves that I have found thus far are metal.
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Wow! Those look untouched

#1907 1 year ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Just starting in on a 1960 Williams Serenade. I am amazed at the light wear found on the first 2 steppers I am in the process of breaking down. All of the coil sleeves that I have found thus far are metal.

Cool game and very seldom seen. Let's see some more photos of the more sexy stuff.

#1908 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Cool game and very seldom seen. Let's see some more photos of the more sexy stuff.

These are pics show very little wear. I really don't think the machine was ever apart. Just finished 2 steppers on the light box, then onto score reels. I like the color matched posts to each target area. There are no broken plastics on this.

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#1909 1 year ago

Customer's game in progress... kilz original primer, Rustoleum 2X Blossom White, Molotow Shock Orange, Tulip Blue Mid (next layer)... splatter using a reduced black/charcoal lacquer (Fletch-Lac paints in Pittsburgh - used for painting arrows!). Pinball pimp stencils by customer request. Amazing how white it looks next to the faded head to my game; if it was my choice I probably would have used something a bit more toned down as a base.

Full boat mechanical restoration and minor touchups at the kick-outs are a part of this restoration.

The owner of this game passed several years ago... his son has just completed a 200K$ refurbishment of the home this game adorned since the late 70s. I'll be delivering and setting up prior to their move-in party in late July.
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#1910 1 year ago

1971 Bally Roadrunner. A bit of a hybrid game does have electronic sound effects but mostly electro mechanical technology. Pretty advanced for the time period. I'm sure some of you have fond memories of this game. I think it hung around in arcades until at least 1980 if not later! They are almost always beat they were so popular. This one was covered in nicotine, long term storage crud and rusty. Always dinged up as well due to the shear size weight and bulk! Not brand new, but cosmetic make over.

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#1911 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

1971 Bally Roadrunner. A bit of a hybrid game does have electronic sound effects but mostly electro mechanical technology. Pretty advanced for the time period. I'm sure some of you have fond memories of this game. I think it hung around in arcades until at least 1980 if not later!
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I always liked the look of this game... even though I was a 99% pin-dude, I occasionally gave this game a go.

#1912 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

1971 Bally Roadrunner.

Those cars travel by magnets?

#1913 1 year ago

I was kinda persuaded in a way to get out the B.J.s, so on a few rainy days, I went through one.
It's the first pin set up in the additional game room.
This one's in pretty good shape, but in the mid 90s, I picked one up that was near mint.
It was a mistake trading it off.
It's not a bad player, and plays pretty fast..
btw: When the Lady in red looked away, that guy took total advantage..

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#1914 1 year ago
Quoted from Mopar:

Those cars travel by magnets?

No, they are attached to the tracks, which all move at different speeds. You drive a hologram car, trying to pass and avoiding a crash, etc. Very ingenious, even has brake lights!

#1915 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Very ingenious, even has brake lights!

Years back, I remember seeing that game in a warehouse.
I took out a few machines, but left that one.
I'll now be keeping an eye out..

1 week later
#1916 1 year ago

I am getting ready to shop my Fireball. I need to order parts. Probably a job for when it cools off. I recently finished taking my Cyclone down to the wood.

#1917 1 year ago

Dang it! What would you do?

Mistakenly put the wrong side stencil on the head of my OXO. First color. Would have to repaint and order a new right side stencil, if that’s possible.

I’m thinking it’s not much of a difference in the design and leaving it. Argh!!

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#1918 1 year ago
Quoted from wayinla:

Dang it! What would you do?
Mistakenly put the wrong side stencil on the head of my OXO. First color. Would have to repaint and order a new right side stencil, if that’s possible.
I’m thinking it’s not much of a difference in the design and leaving it. Argh!!
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Do it once, do it right. I would order that side stencil from Jeff and repaint it. What are you spraying with?

#1919 1 year ago
Quoted from wayinla:

Dang it! What would you do?
Mistakenly put the wrong side stencil on the head of my OXO. First color. Would have to repaint and order a new right side stencil, if that’s possible.
I’m thinking it’s not much of a difference in the design and leaving it. Argh!!
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Pinball pimp will sell just the stencil you need. I would redo it.

#1920 1 year ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Do it once, do it right. I would order that side stencil from Jeff and repaint it. What are you spraying with?

After getting over the kick myself phase I’m going to redo it. Paint primer is Kilz with Rustoleum 2x Blossum White and Brilliant Blue. The blue looks too dark in the photo but it actually is a good match.

#1921 1 year ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

Pinball pimp will sell just the stencil you need. I would redo it.

I’ll contact Jeff. Thanks!

#1922 1 year ago

Jungle Princess is coming along. The play meter shows just over 20,000 plays but the playfield was made from a bad batch of plywood. Still, it is cleaning up nicely. I’m expecting it to play strong with such low plays.

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#1923 1 year ago

beautiful!

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#1924 1 year ago

Just finished cleaning this up. Still a long ways to go but it works and plays.

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#1925 1 year ago
Quoted from EJS:

Just finished cleaning this up. Still a long ways to go but it works and plays.
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Interesting paint job

#1926 1 year ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

Interesting paint job

It was done by the customers father. It looks really good but it doesn’t belong to any game I know of.

#1927 1 year ago

Working on this Solar City. All the mechs under the playfield have been taken apart and cleaned. The bonus counter does need some adjusting as it only counts to 9, not 15 but that will come once the game is put back together.

Top of the playfield was stripped down and cleaned. I still need to remove the apron and clean inside there.

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#1928 1 year ago
Quoted from Peruman:

Working on this Solar City. All the mechs under the playfield have been taken apart and cleaned. The bonus counter does need some adjusting as it only counts to 9, not 15 but that will come once the game is put back together.
Top of the playfield was stripped down and cleaned. I still need to remove the apron and clean inside there.
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Recently sold mine after putting a lot of work into it. I suggest the light mod behind the small target bank which requires no drilling of holes for the lamp in the playfield. I can send you some pictures of the setup if you need them. It makes it look nicer.

#1929 1 year ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Do it once, do it right. I would order that side stencil from Jeff and repaint it. What are you spraying with?

Agreed, i did that once, Jeff sent me a replacement... it was like 25 bucks shipped. Just pop him a note, he's very quick with responding to customer requests.

#1930 1 year ago
Quoted from Dono:

Agreed, i did that once, Jeff sent me a replacement... it was like 25 bucks shipped. Just pop him a note, he's very quick with responding to customer requests.

Replacement stencil on the way. In the meantime I corrected the mistake.
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#1931 1 year ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

Recently sold mine after putting a lot of work into it. I suggest the light mod behind the small target bank which requires no drilling of holes for the lamp in the playfield. I can send you some pictures of the setup if you need them. It makes it look nicer.

Please do, this game is a keeper for me so I’d like to add that mod.

Alberto

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#1932 1 year ago

Finally back on my Quick Draw restore. I have a Fast Draw in progress as well. I painted both cabinets at the same time to reuse the home made stencils. That was hit and miss, the Mylar plastic stencils I made ripped a lot and required a lot of repairs after using each up to 4 times (left/right x 2) There’s no efficiency trying to do both in tandem from here. Both getting new playfields.

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#1933 1 year ago

Had some time this weekend to fine tune, adjust and wax my North Star. Now it’s playing just right. Strong pops, flippers, and slings. The ball moves around so fast and smooth on the playfield. Love this machine! One of the top wedgeheads in my opinion.

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#1934 1 year ago

So it begins…

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#1935 1 year ago

Don’t tell the wife…

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#1936 1 year ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Finally back on my Quick Draw restore. I have a Fast Draw in progress as well. I painted both cabinets at the same time to reuse the home made stencils. That was hit and miss, the Mylar plastic stencils I made ripped a lot and required a lot of repairs after using each up to 4 times (left/right x 2) There’s no efficiency trying to do both in tandem from here. Both getting new playfields.
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Question:
Since you are cleaning all the metal relay brackets, are you also having to remake all of the letter ID decals for each relay, or where you able to save the OEM letter decals?

#1937 1 year ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

So it begins…
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Beautiful game! I wouldn’t do a thing to it!

Maybe someday….

#1938 1 year ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

So it begins…

Lovely old woody Chris, but that apron paper looks ghastly!
Luckily a nice pinsider fixed it for you, lol

#1939 1 year ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Don’t tell the wife…
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Fast and radical method !

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#1940 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Question:
Since you are cleaning all the metal relay brackets, are you also having to remake all of the letter ID decals for each relay, or where you able to save the OEM letter decals?

They survived cleaning. The coil wrappers didn’t. Also I put the dishwasher on too long and some switch insulators from the score motor disintegrated. Easy fix with it torn down. Replaced the bad ones and put new wrappers on.

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#1941 1 year ago
Quoted from kangourou:

Fast and radical method !
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That Is Insane!!!

#1942 1 year ago

Wish I had the guts to put everything in the washer or even hose it down. I’m always leery that everything will dry.

#1943 1 year ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Finally back on my Quick Draw restore. I have a Fast Draw in progress as well. I painted both cabinets at the same time to reuse the home made stencils. That was hit and miss, the Mylar plastic stencils I made ripped a lot and required a lot of repairs after using each up to 4 times (left/right x 2) There’s no efficiency trying to do both in tandem from here. Both getting new playfields.

Nice. Are you using a plotter/cutter to cut stencils using an art file? Also curious why your stencil material is ripping since you're using mylar? I just completed a FD for a client that included a repaint, and I'm going to be doing an FD for myself that also needs a repaint down the road.

#1944 1 year ago

Finished up a repaint of a Stargazer for another pin guy. This was originally a Galaxy cab that he had. Lots of delamination on the front. The quality of wood sure dropped from the 60s to the 80s but this came out good. The red is a custom touch he wanted and i like it.

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#1945 1 year ago
Quoted from Dono:

Nice. Are you using a plotter/cutter to cut stencils using an art file? Also curious why your stencil material is ripping since you're using mylar? I just completed a FD for a client that included a repaint, and I'm going to be doing an FD for myself that also needs a repaint down the road.

Hand traced and cut from old art. The tac spray holds tight and pulling it off will start a tear in sharp turns.

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#1946 1 year ago

I been working on a Gottlieb Surf Champ...
Getting ready to fix the center lamp strip...
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I have reclinched most of the lose lamp sockets on this game.
This would be my first lamp strip I have ever tackled.
Let the fun begin.

#1947 1 year ago

Bally Broadway bingo. Shutter wasn't closing when starting a new game. Just
needed a few contacts cleaned. Glad it wasn't more involved.

#1948 1 year ago

4 or 5 years back I had the Night Rider set up in the game room, and since
much of this week's been a little moist, I figured I'd get her out of the barn and
be able to freshin' her up in a short day, but it turned out to be a good couple days.
I gave her a good lubin' and cleaning and she's now playing fine..

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#1949 1 year ago

Here are pix of the repaired lamp strip to a Gottlieb Surf Champ.
1) Picture of repaired bayonet base socket.
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2) Finished stem and lamps.
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3) Final installation into the playfield.
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I hope all enjoyed.
Now onto other sections of this games repair.

#1950 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Here are pix of the repaired lamp strip to a Gottlieb Surf Champ.
1) Picture of repaired bayonet base socket.
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2) Finished stem and lamps.
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3) Final installation into the playfield.
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I hope all enjoyed.
Now onto other sections of this games repair.

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