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#4101 72 days ago

Resurrecting a 1975 Gottlieb El Dorado... Waiting for the playfield to come back from the collision shop after a nice clear coat.

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#4102 70 days ago

Pinball Pimp stencils complete. Rustoleum Gloss Enamel over Interior Satin paint. Applied with a foam roller. Once dry, reassemble and find out why it doesn't work!
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#4103 70 days ago
Quoted from Flip-it-good:

Pinball Pimp stencils complete. Rustoleum Gloss Enamel over Interior Satin paint. Applied with a foam roller. Once dry, reassemble and find out why it doesn't work!
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Looks good, but didn't you forget something?

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#4104 58 days ago

About to do a playfield swap on SW.
Machine’s in great shape as is the original playfield but the inserts were about as sunken as any I’ve ever seen hence the new PF. New Webb Backglass too.

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#4105 58 days ago
Quoted from beadwindow:

About to do a playfield swap on SW.
Machine’s in great shape as is the original playfield but the inserts were about as sunken as any I’ve ever seen hence the new PF. New Webb Backglass too.[quoted image]

I posted a bunch of photos in the Kruzman thread, the most helpful will be this one about the misdrilled pop bumper on those Strange World playfields (@playdim documented the same error). https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/kruzman-monthly-playfield-thread/page/76#post-7840746

Great game, enjoy!

#4106 58 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

I posted a bunch of photos in the Kruzman thread, the most helpful will be this one about the misdrilled pop bumper on those Strange World playfields (@playdim documented the same error). https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/kruzman-monthly-playfield-thread/page/76#post-7840746
Great game, enjoy!

thanks much! i had seen that post before but forgot about it.
it is a great game although when I reassemble it, I’ll be putting the posts to the conservative position. they’re all currently set to liberal and it’s pretty easy to roll it.

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#4107 58 days ago

I picked up my first woodrail. 1951 Williams Shoo Shoo a couple weeks ago. I'm having a blast with it.
It has some really cool features and rules.

And I have been slowly cleaning bits here and there. I got it running fairly fast. I think it's scoring correct. I'll be sure, once I order thr schematics. And it's only missing 2 plastics. And 1 bell.

I just started cleaning and waxing the rails today. After watching a couple YouTube videos. Over the last couple nights. And working on fabricating the missing plastics .It's turning out great!

I touched up only some small missing paint scratches on the cabinet. It's seems to be in really great shape. The red paint around the flipper buttons was done at some point in the past.
I sealed the backglass with triple think as soon as I got it home.

It's a blast to play.Even with impulse flippers. It makes me want to find some other early 50s Williams pins.

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#4108 58 days ago
Quoted from erak:

I picked up my first woodrail...working on fabricating the missing plastics...

Fabricating missing plastics how? With graphics or just clear?

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#4109 58 days ago

Just picked this up that was in a home for 20 plus years and they just wanted it out of the house. Its mechanical sound and the playfield is good but it just needs a cabinet facelift and probably a new backglass. I will have to put my magic on it early this summer.

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#4110 58 days ago
Quoted from beadwindow:

thanks much! i had seen that post before but forgot about it.
it is a great game although when I reassemble it, I’ll be putting the posts to the conservative position. they’re all currently set to liberal and it’s pretty easy to roll it.

When I did the Krause PF swap I found out that the flipper mech can be rotated 10% centered the flipper shafts and redrilled the screw holes, really was a painless way to take care of the problem.
Good luck enjoy the machine.

#4111 58 days ago
Quoted from Judoratt:

When I did the Krause PF swap I found out that the flipper mech can be rotated 10% centered the flipper shafts and redrilled the screw holes, really was a painless way to take care of the problem.
Good luck enjoy the machine.

The flipper mech was an easy one, the pop bumper was harder. With the pop bumper there are holes nearby that your drill could get pulled into.

#4112 58 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

The flipper mech was an easy one, the pop bumper was harder. With the pop bumper there are holes nearby that your drill could get pulled into.

I think I’ll fill the existing pop bumper holes with epoxy putty and redrill them properly.
Wasn’t aware the flipper alignment was off too.
Wonder what happened with the initial drilling when the playfields were made.
Not a big deal though.

#4113 57 days ago
Quoted from clodpole:

Fabricating missing plastics how? With graphics or just clear?

I I just use water slide decals. And spray paint. Reverse painted .And put it on some face shield plastic. It's looks great. And is perfect for a fix untill I can find originals. I would have reproduced the originals. But I figured if I'm going yo the effort to make them. I might as well personalise it.

Here's some pictures of the prototypes and the finished product. I made them to size and for color matching . I had to add gold in the background to the clear print. To get the yellow to match. I painted the white first after printing. Then masked that and painted the yellow. Then another dusting of white to the back. Here And the finished product.

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#4114 57 days ago
Quoted from erak:

I just use water slide decals. And spray paint. Reverse painted....

That's a really cool idea, and it looks great! I did something a little like that for a Flash. I didn't like the stock plastics and made my own with Indian ink and translucent acrylic paint on bristol board (thick white art paper). Then I glued that to the top of the plastic and clear coated.

Your way is a little harder with reverse painting, but it puts the art under the plastic instead of on top. I like that.

Nice job!

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#4115 57 days ago

Here's a question. Does anyone know what the kickout hole clock spring guard is called. And if any supplier sells reproductions? I had repaired it but it was pretty beat up. And....
I just snapped mine in 1/2 while playing. No saving it now

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#4116 57 days ago
Quoted from beadwindow:

I think I’ll fill the existing pop bumper holes with epoxy putty and redrill them properly.
Wasn’t aware the flipper alignment was off too.
Wonder what happened with the initial drilling when the playfields were made.
Not a big deal though.

The flipper alignment was close enough that I could put the shaft in, but it would bind on the edge of the hole.

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#4117 47 days ago

While restoring a Pit Stop I noticed something not quite right with one of the rollover inserts.

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What is that?
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A garden hose washer!
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Gotta give 'em credit for creativity.

I started a thread for this project here:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ready-set-restore-a-pit-stop-project

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#4118 47 days ago

Better DM o-din!

#4119 47 days ago

1948 Williams Gizmo

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#4120 47 days ago
Quoted from A_Bord:

While restoring a Pit Stop I noticed something not quite right with one of the rollover inserts.
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What is that?
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A garden hose washer!
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Gotta give 'em credit for creativity.
I started a thread for this project here:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ready-set-restore-a-pit-stop-project
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Wow. The worst is when people use WD-40

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#4121 46 days ago

1958 Gottlieb Brite Star.

Dead for 40 years. Checked the fuses, replaced the power cord, hit the hold. It lights up.

Started it with the trip bank, resets and it actually scores and playfield works. Even the roto.

Someone painted the wood, and had bent stainless to make metal rails. Ugh. That's all gone. Will remove and refinish and repro the side rails. Going to do a good restore on this.

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#4122 45 days ago

Should have left the cigarette burn marks and gouges on the lockdown bar.
At least you documented it, to preserve the history.

#4123 45 days ago

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Quoted from pinwiztom:

Should have left the cigarette burn marks and gouges on the lockdown bar.
At least you documented it, to preserve the history.

That would have required leaving the paint, and that wasn't happening.

I have no fondness for cigarette burns on games. Just like I have no fondness for rusty aprons caused by beer spills on the glass. I love restoring these pieces of history, but not all history needs preserved.

If I want to see a cigarette burn all I have to do is go look at my dresser from my childhood. There's one on there from my dad leaving a heater burning on it.

#4124 44 days ago

after repopulating the bottom of the playfield i managed to get much of the top done. i'm waiting on some mylar pop bumper protectors to arrive to button everything up. for the misaligned pop bumper mounting bracket holes on these playfields i filled them with epoxy putty but i also slightly enlarged the holes in the brackets themselves. i have a drill press so it was easy to do it accurately.
i used ron's method of removing the clearcoat around the post holes and followed that up with super glue. worked great and had no issues.
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#4125 42 days ago

got it finished + pic of everything installed.
what's been done:
Webb backglass
Krause/Kruzman playfield
new plastics
non ghosting LEDs for the inserts
LEDs in head with blinking ones behind "Strange World" but i found a stash of original GE blinking bulbs i forgot i had so those will be going in.
44's underneath the plastics. 47's are too weak plus heat will never be an issue at home.
all playfield posts are set to conservative. too easy otherwise.

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#4126 42 days ago

beautiful!

#4127 42 days ago

1976 Gottlieb Surf Champ
The only work I’ve done so far is bring it home. A clapped-out, dry rotted, previously damp Surf Champ. I didn’t notice that the head was from a different game until after I got it home. Fortunately, the guts inside the head were later confirmed to be for a Surf Champ. Stamped as a sample game, but without the original head or sample schematic that is now only a curiosity. Game started and played but needs to be completely tuned up. Playfield should clean up, backglass is almost perfect. Lower apron and coin door are very nice. Cabinet and head will need to be re-glued to build back the structural integrity so head can be acetone stripped and main cabinet skimmed and sanded for a repaint. If the original head was still with the game I would mask off the serial number to preserve it.

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#4128 42 days ago

Well this one is complete. Of the baseball themed wedgeheads, this has always been my favorite with the long corner shots for special when lit and resetting drop targets.

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#4129 42 days ago

#strange-world rejoins the lineup after a full rebuild… cab respray, new playfield from Wade, Kruzman clear coat, Webb backglass, Titan clear rubbers (controversial, but I like silicone on late EMs), Comet retro frosted LEDs, Comet fast blinking LEDs for the backglass logo.

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#4130 36 days ago

Finished the lightboard on the 1958 Gottlieb Brite Star. All the relays, steppers and reels gone through and cleaned up and adjusted. Front of the lightboard repainted

This is the first game I've ever done that has the option of 10 replays for a double match so the credit unit has two step up coils. One steps the unit once, the other twice. I don't haventhe schematic yet but my assumption is the one coils goes through the cam on the motor with five lobes so it's pulsed 5 times to achieve the 10 replays.

I've only done two woodrails, first Gottlieb, and didn't know they painted the inside of the head and cab green.

I've emptied the cab and will be starting on the relay board next. Also getting stencils made.

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#4131 29 days ago

1975 Gottlieb Atlantis
EZ Fix today. The old “kicks out a ball after game over” repair. Fine steel wool over the Ball Count Unit rivets. Tested ok after that so I didn’t bother to clean the shoes this time. It is nice to have an easy repair every once in a while.

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#4132 29 days ago
Quoted from atpcfiaim:

1975 Gottlieb Atlantis
EZ Fix today. The old “kicks out a ball after game over” repair. Fine steel wool over the Ball Count Unit rivets. Tested ok after that so I didn’t bother to clean the shoes this time. It is nice to have an easy repair every once in a while.
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Try Brasso next time. Just a small drop or two on a micro fiber cloth. Followed up with a light smear of Super Lube. Nice looking machines!

#4133 29 days ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Try Brasso next time. Just a small drop or two on a micro fiber cloth. Followed up with a light smear of Super Lube. Nice looking machines!

I have Brasso. Probably a better idea than sending little conductors of steel wool chaff down to the bottom board. And thanks.

#4134 27 days ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Try Brasso next time. Just a small drop or two on a micro fiber cloth. Followed up with a light smear of Super Lube. Nice looking machines!

I prefer Brasso - followed up by rubbing alcohol. Then lube of your choice. Left over Brasso can cause nasty problems.

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#4135 19 days ago

My friend atpcfiaim did some sleuthing and found me this straight Expressway. It's getting the minimum restoration needed to make it happy.

From the thick layer of tobacco sludge on the outside, I'm guessing it spent part of its life in the break room at R.J. Reynolds....

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#4136 19 days ago
Quoted from clodpole:

My friend atpcfiaim did some sleuthing and found me this straight Expressway. It's getting the minimum restoration needed to make it happy.
From the thick layer of tobacco sludge on the outside, I'm guessing it spent part of its life in the break room at R.J. Reynolds....
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Great pick up!

#4137 19 days ago

Thanks - the other half of our 2-game collection is Sea Ray, which was made only a month after Expressway. They're old siblings reunited after 50+ years!

#4138 19 days ago
Quoted from clodpole:

My friend atpcfiaim did some sleuthing and found me this straight Expressway. It's getting the minimum restoration needed to make it happy.
From the thick layer of tobacco sludge on the outside, I'm guessing it spent part of its life in the break room at R.J. Reynolds....
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Welcome to Marlboro Country!

#4139 19 days ago
Quoted from clodpole:

Thanks - the other half of our 2-game collection is Sea Ray, which was made only a month after Expressway. They're old siblings reunited after 50+ years!

Expressway is a very cool game--love the graphics. Interestingly, I had both it and a Sea Ray set up next to each other for awhile. Of the two, Expressway is the one I regret selling.

#4140 19 days ago
Quoted from beadwindow:

Expressway is a very cool game--love the graphics. Interestingly, I had both it and a Sea Ray set up next to each other for awhile. Of the two, Expressway is the one I regret selling.

That's very interesting. I'm glad to hear you really liked Expressway. We expect both games to stay with us for the rest of time!

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#4141 8 days ago

I just purchased my first EM--a Bow and Arrow!

I'm super excited to bring this back to life as this was a project buy for $200. I've downloaded the schematics and manual, I'm reading through the pinwiki on EMs, and I've got a couple of videos to go through.

It didn't come with the keys so I drilled out the lock to take a look inside the machine--looks like everything is there. There's no legs but those are on order. There isn't any head bolts but I'm guessing these are the standard 3.5-in 16 gauge ones I'd find in my Paragon.

I still need to check the fuses.

Anything else I should be aware of before I fire this up?

#4142 8 days ago

Working on a cool little pin. United 10th Inning.
Playfield done.
Cabinet repair and repaint next.

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#4143 8 days ago

Picked up a #Grand Prix the other week and had to go on travel. Just got back today and started looking at it - overall in great shape and super clean on the inside. On initial check the left spinner wasn't registering, the right bumper was sticking, target A was not resetting, coin drops were not registering, and on startup or new ball it sometimes takes multiple resets before being ready.

I did a quick cleanup of the left spinner relay and got that working. The target A is missing the coil stop and I was able to make a temporary one that lets it reset. The coin relay just needed a little clean as well. The bumper issue and multiple resets seem to have gotten better with some play. I'm so excited to have this working with such little effort.

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#4144 8 days ago

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#4145 8 days ago
Quoted from Garrett:

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That stripper looks like it’s working great. Is it a citrus stripper?

#4146 7 days ago

Kleen Strip from Ace.

#4147 7 days ago
Quoted from Garrett:

Kleen Strip from Ace.

I’ve used it and it looks like it’s doing the job. After last year I’m a big fan of the orange citrus stripper that I used on a door that the petroleum based products didn’t do as well. I’m getting ready to do the same thing you’re doing soon on my project Alpine Club.

Hopefully we can both post pics soon.

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#4148 23 hours ago

Finally getting back to Rancho. Once again, Brasso showing why it’s my favorite cab cleaner.

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