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

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#2801 64 days ago

1977 Williams Wild Card. Wood screw type mini-post kept pulling out of the playfield despite glue and toothpick repair method. It would have eventually stopped the spinner from rotating. Solution? Drill through the playfield at the old mini-post site then drill a slightly larger hole on the bottom to accommodate a tee-nut. Mount the tee-nut with a drift punch and install a threaded mini-post in from the top. Not bulletproof but works well and should last a long time.

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#2802 64 days ago
Quoted from atpcfiaim:

1977 Williams Wild Card. Wood screw type mini-post kept pulling out of the playfield despite glue and toothpick repair method. It would have eventually stopped the spinner from rotating. Solution? Drill through the playfield at the old mini-post site then drill a slightly larger hole on the bottom to accommodate a tee-nut. Mount the tee-nut with a drift punch and install a threaded mini-post in from the top. Not bulletproof but works well and should last a long time.
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Those mini posts which protect the spinner linkage are especially vulnerable. Nice repair job. It probably should have been done this way from the factory.

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#2803 59 days ago

Picked this up last week, cleaning it up and getting it playing.

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#2804 59 days ago

Nice find. I have never been able to find one for sale or even play one of this variety. Congrats...

#2805 59 days ago
Quoted from lincolnv:

Picked this up last week, cleaning it up and getting it playing.
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You realize THIS is the rare middle pop bumper version ? Great score !

#2806 58 days ago

Yeah, I’m pretty excited to play it. The original paperwork was in it, it was in a basement about 8 miles from my house. When I saw the craigslist ad I thought it might be a scam or an elaborate practical joke.

#2807 58 days ago
Quoted from lincolnv:

Yeah, I’m pretty excited to play it. The original paperwork was in it, it was in a basement about 8 miles from my house. When I saw the craigslist ad I thought it might be a scam or an elaborate practical joke.

Yup, you never know where pins are lurking. A long time ago, a woman phoned me rather late at night, and said she had a machine she was selling because she was moving. I asked her where she lived, and it was three houses up the road from me! So, I scooted right up there.

#2808 58 days ago

Jim from Jt amusements called me at 6:00am and told me about the ad. Thanks Jim!

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#2809 52 days ago

ground up resto on a gottlieb Baseball from 1970

going through the bottom relay board, have made stencils for the cab and waiting for a pbr order

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#2810 51 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Getting there. PBR order came on so now I can go to the flippers and the upper arch and lower apron [quoted image]

Finishing touchups on my cross town now. Reglued all inserts. Repainted most of the white areas and touched up the other areas. Resisting doing more colors. Could do yellow but then would want to go into white background… nope better is the enemy of good (stole from tops vid)

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#2811 51 days ago
Quoted from lincolnv:

Picked this up last week, cleaning it up and getting it playing.
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That's really cool. That's the version of the game I played on location when I was a kid. I saw the "usual" one without the pop bumper between the flippers and the different plastics and I was like '"WTF is this?"

If you ever decide to part with it, let me know.

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#2812 50 days ago

Finished the head repaint on Cross Town. On to the cab. 20220815_172500 (resized).jpg 20220816_111445 (resized).jpg20220816_131342 (resized).jpg

#2813 50 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Finishing touchups on my cross town now. Reglued all inserts. Repainted most of the white areas and touched up the other areas. Resisting doing more colors. Could do yellow but then would want to go into white background… nope better is the enemy of good (stole from tops vid)
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Nice work. CT is such a great game.

#2814 50 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Finished the head repaint on Cross Town. On to the cab. [quoted image] [quoted image][quoted image]

Looking good!! I'm right behind you on mine. Is there a source for plastics? Mine are a bit yellowed and faded but intact.

#2815 50 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Finished the head repaint on Cross Town. On to the cab. [quoted image] [quoted image][quoted image]

What webbing are you using?

#2816 50 days ago

Damn those are some crisp lines

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#2817 50 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Looking good!! I'm right behind you on mine. Is there a source for plastics? Mine are a bit yellowed and faded but intact.

I haven't found any but mine were pretty nice so I polished them up and reused.

Quoted from Playdium:

What webbing are you using?

Believe it or not that is Montana webbing in a can. The big thing is getting the right nozzle, and then the technique. Too far away and it comes out like cobwebs. Too close and it's too heavy. One spot on the left side got a touch heavy and the top did but that was a practice shot and it's never seen. Other than that it's pretty good. Quick burst and you have to really move your hand quickly.

I'm going to order another can and practice some more with it. If not I'll go back to my Weiler brush method.

#2818 49 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Believe it or not that is Montana webbing in a can. The big thing is getting the right nozzle, and then the technique. Too far away and it comes out like cobwebs. Too close and it's too heavy. One spot on the left side got a touch heavy and the top did but that was a practice shot and it's never seen. Other than that it's pretty good. Quick burst and you have to really move your hand quickly.
I'm going to order another can and practice some more with it. If not I'll go back to my Weiler brush method.

Try the marble effect vs the spider effect. It’s not as difficult to regulate.

#2819 49 days ago

Summer slowed down the progress but it's coming along. Again, first attempt, used water based Varathane and learned a lot. Likely will go 2K on the next one.

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#2820 49 days ago

Big Casino came in & I got working. $50 game a guy picked up. Stored in a damp spot in the past. Backglass poor, cabinet fair, & playfield poor. They had taken stuff off the playfield. I just got the game working. Scoring was fine, credit unit was messed up, pop bumper coil cooked & replaced, & bad switch left bottom (wire guide was rusted bad, & got a Bally one). Missing the Canadian nickel mech which are hard to find, & the quarter one was fine.

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#2821 49 days ago

Clear coat #3, leveling out nice. Cut too much on first wet sanding with orbital 240 grit. Had to redo some touchups. I’ll redo key lines after first coat sanding, it lets me fill in and detail/fix mistakes easily.

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#2822 49 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Clear coat #3, leveling out nice. Cut too much on first wet sanding with orbital 240 grit. Had to redo some touchups. I’ll redo key lines after first coat sanding, it lets me fill in and detail/fix mistakes easily.
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Looking good!

#2823 46 days ago

Working on a major project Surf Champ. Today I 3d printed a stencil for the four sizes of inserts so I could clean them up without touching any paint. Printed with a long arm so it can be clamped down easily.

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#2824 46 days ago

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#2825 46 days ago

Nice collection! How do you like your Surf Champ? I bought it in an unplayable state so I'm banking a lot of time on this thing being fun.

#2826 46 days ago
Quoted from A_Bord:

Working on a major project Surf Champ. Today I 3d printed a stencil for the four sizes of inserts so I could clean them up without touching any paint. Printed with a long arm so it can be clamped down easily.
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What are you using to clean them up? Love the stencil 3D print idea.

#2827 46 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

What are you using to clean them up? Love the stencil 3D print idea.

A sharp chisel per Vid's Guide: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration/page/18#post-1739812

#2828 46 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Try the marble effect vs the spider effect. It’s not as difficult to regulate.

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I've got both ordered. We'll see which is better.

Cab is done, awaits the order coming in.

#2829 44 days ago
Quoted from A_Bord:

Nice collection! How do you like your Surf Champ? I bought it in an unplayable state so I'm banking a lot of time on this thing being fun.

Surf Champ is great... used to play it as a kid 40 years ago, so I have that going for me.

#2830 43 days ago

Working on two 1975 Bally’s. Hokus has been a pain, fix an issue, two more show up. Knockout plays but all the moving parts need a good cleaning and the flippers are weak and need to be rebuilt.

Looking forward to playing them both to see which one I like better.

Alberto

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#2831 42 days ago

just finished the cab on a gottlieb Baseball. sanded back and the original design was gone.

so had to use photos off the 'net and scale draw them back to size to make stencils.

made a few small changes to the original design but really happy the way it came out.

just finished the relay board and will start on the head this weekend

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#2832 42 days ago
Quoted from Peruman:

Working on two 1975 Bally’s. Hokus has been a pain, fix an issue, two more show up. Knockout plays but all the moving parts need a good cleaning and the flippers are weak and need to be rebuilt.
Looking forward to playing them both to see which one I like better.
Alberto
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Hokus Pokus is a fun game. The spinners are a blast to rip the ball through. Take a close look at the bonus stepper, and that it operates correctly. That is known to cause issues.

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#2833 35 days ago

Almost done with Knockout, some of the alternating bonuses don’t work, need to download the schematic and get that fixed.

This one came out nice.

Alberto

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#2834 34 days ago

One more polishing and I’ll start on the rebuild. Water damaged parts machine salvage.

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#2835 34 days ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Hokus Pokus is a fun game. The spinners are a blast to rip the ball through. Take a close look at the bonus stepper, and that it operates correctly. That is known to cause issues.

Agree on the Hokus being a great game, love the spinners when lit for 100. And understand the bonus stepper issues. Worked on the stepper in mine for hours, and years later it still steps normal speed counting down most of the time, then it will double speed one number here and there. But scores correctly, so gave up trying to fix it.

#2836 33 days ago
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#2837 26 days ago

Just picked up this Combat. Appears to have an issue with the score motor index, but have not dug too deeply yet.... just happy to not have to clean anything up for a change. I'm presuming this to be one of those survivors from the Time Travel Warehouse that was in my region back in the day. Outside of cab is immaculate, I don't think it has seen sunlight.

Question, does anyone know what the button is on the coinbox in the second photo? Does it lock the lid or is it for something else?

TY.

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#2838 25 days ago

Finally back to working on Drop A Card. The reset bank had been giving me no end of troubles. Turned out, two of the relays on it weren’t resetting reliably.

The coil sleeve was filthy. I the plunger was very rough. Cleaned it up with sandpaper from 400 up to 3000. Set it back in its bracket a little further, too. Now the game finally resets properly. On to everything else. Pops, new drops, etc etc.

#2839 25 days ago

Joining the club! Bought a Wild Life for my birthday several years ago. Cab is rough but salvageable and the backglass is great and playfield is easily restored. Looking to hot rod this machine, actually, with a custom paint job. Bought it cheap so I get to make it whatever I want guilt free! Depending on how things progress, likely gonna start a thread in the restoration section. Anyway, here goes!

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#2840 25 days ago
Quoted from koji:

Just picked up this Combat. Appears to have an issue with the score motor index, but have not dug too deeply yet.... just happy to not have to clean anything up for a change. I'm presuming this to be one of those survivors from the Time Travel Warehouse that was in my region back in the day. Outside of cab is immaculate, I don't think it has seen sunlight.
Question, does anyone know what the button is on the coinbox in the second photo? Does it lock the lid or is it for something else?
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I would guess that the button secures the coinbox to the cabinet. (Never seen that button before)

#2841 25 days ago
Quoted from PinSpinner:

Joining the club! Bought a Wild Life for my birthday several years ago. Cab is rough but salvageable and the backglass is great and playfield is easily restored. Looking to hot rod this machine, actually, with a custom paint job. Bought it cheap so I get to make it whatever I want guilt free! Depending on how things progress, likely gonna start a thread in the restoration section. Anyway, here goes!
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For that game I’d try a PBR Yellow Dot bumper coil. I’ve got a couple in my Gottlieb Jumping Jack and they work quite well.

#2842 23 days ago
Quoted from koji:

Just picked up this Combat. Appears to have an issue with the score motor index, but have not dug too deeply yet.... just happy to not have to clean anything up for a change. I'm presuming this to be one of those survivors from the Time Travel Warehouse that was in my region back in the day. Outside of cab is immaculate, I don't think it has seen sunlight.
Question, does anyone know what the button is on the coinbox in the second photo? Does it lock the lid or is it for something else?
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What a beautiful machine.

#2843 23 days ago
Quoted from sixgill:

What a beautiful machine.

Thank you. Bit of an update, have it all fixed 100% (Just needed an adjustment to the motor index, some cleaning and servicing for the player unit). Blessing to NOT need to go through the typical EM cleaning process, bit of old who-knows-what, caked on WD40, 40 yr old bubble gum and what not, although I'm glad I went through everything as some bulbs were turning death star and generating substantial heat on the BG.

Kind of a weird bulb.. not sure if it is a Euro thing? Attached photo.

Also, I guess the clearcoat was a thing on this machine. Interesting, I did notice dimples on the PF (the humanity?!), I thought it was interesting as I can't recall actually noticing this kind of modern-like dimpling on EM machines, presumably, a difference with the finish hardness?

Some really neat features on the game, seems to have a 555 timer circuit that holds the "flashing" circuit for 10 seconds when that is enabled (lit spinner and pops basically). Almost seems like an amendment to the original schematics. DC pops. Some crazy complexity which utilizes player score drum units to control the alternating mine-field.. not used to seeing scoring units used other than for match / score based specials etc.? This one has I guess what people call a 'biri biri'. Basically, the sound board has a siren at 400k.. I just about unplugged the machine wondering if I had a stuck coil, but hey, it's all good now.

Ahh.. that play count is racking up!

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#2844 23 days ago

This Rocket 3 needed a deep clean, glued some delaminated plys and minor veneer repair. Next up will be touch ups. Anyone recognize the repair material?

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#2845 23 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Anyone recognize the repair material?

Looks like a spoon from the little cups of ice cream.

#2846 22 days ago

Nearly done with Cross Town. Fitted new doors today, work perfectly. Need to paint them then I'll install the light board. New coin door when it comes and I'll be ready to fire this one up.

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#2847 22 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Nearly done with Cross Town. Fitted new doors today, work perfectly. Need to paint them then I'll install the light board. New coin door when it comes and I'll be ready to fire this one up.
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I’m right behind you on my crosstown. Did you make me two subway doors too?
Working on playfield reassembly now.

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#2848 21 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

I’m right behind you on my crosstown. Did you make me two subway doors too?
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Love it!

#2849 21 days ago

Stripped a test section of my Roller Coaster to see if there was some original paint underneath. Was hoping to take measurements for stencils. Not looking too good...

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#2850 21 days ago

Picked up this El Dorado on Labor Day weekend and now it’s fully functional! Fun machine!

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