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

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#4151 54 days ago

Number 2: Big Hit - this one is in good shape and plays well, just needs some cleaning and waxing, along with some fresh drop targets.

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#4152 54 days ago

Number 3: Marathon - This one needs to be shopped and repaired, along with cleaning off the rest of the shelf paper someone covered it with. In the 70’s, apparently even woodgrain needed to be covered over with woodgrain

IPDB is looking for photos of this cab in original paint, so I’ll get some pictures once it’s cleaned. On the plus side, the shelf paper seemed to protect the factory paint fairly well.

Cab is the star of the show for this title, with the cool “futuristic” legs mounted to the sides of the cab. This style was short lived, moving quickly to the cream painted metal legs. This is going to look awesome next to my Captain Kidd

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#4153 54 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

Number 2: Big Hit - this one is in good shape and plays well, just needs some cleaning and waxing, along with some fresh drop targets. [quoted image][quoted image]

Congratulations! I would like to own one some day.

#4154 54 days ago

Oops… I meant those posts for the “What did you bring home” thread, but I’ll leave them as-is, since anyone likely to care about these is in this thread anyway.

#4155 54 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

Oops… I meant those posts for the “What did you bring home” thread, but I’ll leave them as-is, since anyone likely to care about these is in this thread anyway.

That's some nice stuff, congrats!

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#4156 53 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Working on a cool little pin. United 10th Inning.
Playfield done.
Cabinet repair and repaint next.
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Finished up the cabinet/metal stand. Owner has a replacement glass that will complete its transformation.

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#4157 53 days ago

Just finished up this beautiful Volley and put it on the line with my other working games
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#4158 53 days ago
Quoted from Knxwledge:

Just finished up this beautiful Volley and put it on the line with my other working games
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Volley is a great game. Nice work!

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#4159 46 days ago

Good weather is back so painting Egg Head in progress. Speckles added with my airbrush -- cap off, PSI at around 10PSI and just repeatedly pull the trigger. Golden High Flow silver paint. Next I'll start using my laser-cut stencils.

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At first I thought I made a mistake speckling the front of the head. But looking closer at some pictures, it appears the original paint job re-paints white on top of the stencilled colour. You can see a slight tinting to the added white as it goes over red/blue in this photo.

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#4160 46 days ago

Working on a recently acquired 1953 Williams Army Navy. The game features the early version of mechanical score reels that Williams tried out for its games in 1953 but then abandoned after a year and switched back to light bulbs until finally changing over to mechanical score reels by 1960.

Playfield and Cabinet should clean up nicely. The mechanics will also need a lot of cleaning. Backglass is the hero of this game in very good shape. My project for rainy summer days.

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#4161 45 days ago

Nice game, too bad someone added those death posts in the middle of the playfield

#4162 45 days ago
Quoted from aahgo:

Nice game, too bad someone added those death posts in the middle of the playfield

Yes -also at the top. Weird but I'll restore to original.

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#4163 45 days ago

Picked up a very cheap Wizard. Before and after.

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#4164 43 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Finished up the cabinet/metal stand. Owner has a replacement glass that will complete its transformation.
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So nice!

#4165 43 days ago

Well they're playing basketball tonight in Bean town, but it's definitely baseball season in the shop here in New York. Can you name the game in the foreground?

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#4166 43 days ago

It’s Grand Slam!

#4167 43 days ago

Gonna be doing a topside teardown with an auto clearcoat on this Grand Prix.

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#4168 42 days ago
Quoted from Mikala:

It’s Grand Slam!

(The game closest to the camera) Not the two Gottlieb wedgeheads.

#4169 41 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Well they're playing basketball tonight in Bean town, but it's definitely baseball season in the shop here in New York. Can you name the game in the foreground?
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I dunno but it’s super cool—thanks for the pic!

#4170 41 days ago

Genco Baseball 1935. A friend had a nice one. Never played it but always loved the look.

#4171 41 days ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Genco Baseball 1935. A friend had a nice one. Never played it but always loved the look.

Ding, ding, dinger! We have a wiener!

#4172 39 days ago

I'm mid-way through a Skylab... with a Liberty Bell in waiting.

Both are in pretty good shape for home use player... Skylab backglass might need some touch up.

so far on Skylab... LOTS of cleaning (outside, inside, mechs), waxed the playfield... new flipper assemblies (coils, bushings, etc)... little effort to flatten the plastics (let me know if you have a set)... LED bulbs (warm white to keep the nostalgic look)... bunch of other misc stuff (shooter sleeve, rubber kit, pop bumper rebuild, etc). Most of what's left appears to be switch timing adjustment.

enjoying it thoroughly.

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#4173 39 days ago
Quoted from hoxiebm:

I'm mid-way through a Skylab... with a Liberty Bell in waiting.
Both are in pretty good shape for home use player... Skylab backglass might need some touch up.
so far on Skylab... LOTS of cleaning (outside, inside, mechs), waxed the playfield... new flipper assemblies (coils, bushings, etc)... little effort to flatten the plastics (let me know if you have a set)... LED bulbs (warm white to keep the nostalgic look)... bunch of other misc stuff (shooter sleeve, rubber kit, pop bumper rebuild, etc). Most of what's left appears to be switch timing adjustment.
enjoying it thoroughly.
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Totally rebuilt a basket case Skylab...just to prove to myself i could. Changed it up a bit since its not on anybodies radar as a collector pin. Out of my 4 pins in my business...skylab is one of the more played pins.

Cool white and some colored LEDS in backbox and PF. Plus Complete PF repaint. Nowhere near original...but hey it gets attention.

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#4174 39 days ago

1958 Gottlieb Brite Star bottom board done except for new labels.

Disassembled all relays and the motor, cleaned and tumbled everything, board painted and reassemble everything

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#4175 34 days ago

A further update on Brite Star

We knew the colors on the game were wrong from pictures on IPDB. During teardown, like normal you find the real colors hidden. We determined the head design colors were a cream white and pink. Time, and probably nicotine amongst other things, totally changes that.

I got the stencils made and began sanding the head down today and sure enough, they revealed themselves...

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#4176 32 days ago

Mandatory Williams chime assembly rebuild on this “Rancho,” using icemaker water supply tube over the posts, rubber rings under the chime bars, and an upgrade from shepherd’s hooks to R-clips.

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#4177 31 days ago
Quoted from wolverinetuner:

Mandatory Williams chime assembly rebuild on this “Rancho,” using icemaker water supply tube over the posts, rubber rings under the chime bars, and an upgrade from shepherd’s hooks to R-clips.
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Interesting! Do the clips reduce the clank sound or let the plates ring better? I have done the rubber ring mod to remove the felt pad and that does seem to help. I have used heat shrink tubing on the posts and am wondering how the tubing compares.

Thanks for posting this.

Dave

#4178 31 days ago
Quoted from dgAmpGuy:

Interesting! Do the clips reduce the clank sound or let the plates ring better? I have done the rubber ring mod to remove the felt pad and that does seem to help. I have used heat shrink tubing on the posts and am wondering how the tubing compares.
Thanks for posting this.
Dave

No problem! I use clips because they’re so much easier to remove and reinstall than the shepherd’s hooks. I dislike having to use pliers to open up the hook end while hoping not to overstress the post/hole. I don’t think the clips make a difference in the sound.

I can’t comment on which tubing is better, because I’ve only used this water supply tubing. I got the idea from Clay Harrell’s website www.pinrepair.com .

#4179 31 days ago
Quoted from wolverinetuner:

No problem! I use clips because they’re so much easier to remove and reinstall than the shepherd’s hooks. I dislike having to use pliers to open up the hook end while hoping not to overstress the post/hole. I don’t think the clips make a difference in the sound.
I can’t comment on which tubing is better, because I’ve only used this water supply tubing. I got the idea from Clay Harrell’s website www.pinrepair.com .

I just did a rebuild using the kit from PBR.
I haven't tried hearing it yet though. He gives small lengths of what appears to be shrink tubing. They seemed too long, so I cut them in half.

#4180 31 days ago
Quoted from dgAmpGuy:

Interesting! Do the clips reduce the clank sound or let the plates ring better? I have done the rubber ring mod to remove the felt pad and that does seem to help. I have used heat shrink tubing on the posts and am wondering how the tubing compares.
Thanks for posting this.
Dave

You can make it sound better but never as good as Gottlieb or Bally because of that open sound box. They still clank for most part. I'd rather have bells than a Williams chime unit.

Good idea on the clips though. I've done rubber rings but not the clips. I'll try that on the Travel Time we have.

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#4181 27 days ago

Clearcoating a friend's Grand Prix playfield.

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#4182 26 days ago
Quoted from epeabs:

Clearcoating a friend's Grand Prix playfield.
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I get the used bulbs in the holders, but if you sand in between coats, they are in the way, plus may create a shadow of missed coverage. I use a small ball of painter's tape stuffed in the holder.

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#4183 26 days ago

Finishing up this prewar 1935 Genco Baseball game. The era is interesting in the transition from purely mechanical to electrified. Simple early backglass, only a couple 6 volt coils do everything that doesn't work on the coin slide movement. They used large dry cell batteries that powered telephones at the time (like giant D cells) Most are converted to modern house current with a simple transformer.

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#4184 26 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

I get the used bulbs in the holders, but if you sand in between coats, they are in the way, plus may create a shadow of missed coverage. I use a small ball of painter's tape stuffed in the holder.
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Sanding in between the coats. I just remove the bulbs and place them back in when applying more clear. I spray pretty flat and in different directions. So I haven't found an issue yet with missed coverage. I've also used foam earplugs, which don't work too bad, except they touch the edge of the hole and can stick upon removing.

#4185 26 days ago
Quoted from epeabs:

Sanding in between the coats. I just remove the bulbs and place them back in when applying more clear. I spray pretty flat and in different directions. So I haven't found an issue yet with missed coverage. I've also used foam earplugs, which don't work too bad, except they touch the edge of the hole and can stick upon removing.

Try the tape trick, you won't regret it.

#4186 25 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Try the tape trick, you won't regret it.

Tape? Naw... I bought a bulk pack of "foam ear plugs" online, and stuff them into the light sockets.

#4187 23 days ago

On the rainy days, I'm primarily working on a Zig Saw, but this weekend I cleaned
the digital's EK playfield which the EM's components will eventually be transferred to
once the digital's been touched up and cleared. The EM's playfield is pretty bad, but
I'll be hanging onto it. It'll take an effort, but can be saved..

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#4188 22 days ago
Quoted from bleargh:

Tape? Naw... I bought a bulk pack of "foam ear plugs" online, and stuff them into the light sockets.

I like using a cut-up rag cloth piece stuffed into each socket. It pulls out more cleanly (in one piece) after clear-coating.

#4189 22 days ago

All switch stacks and cams gone through on this Williams “Rancho” score motor. Nothing like having so much room to work with while the board is out of the cab.

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#4190 22 days ago

Grand Prix playfield is done with the exception of a flipper rebuild which should arrive from PBR tomorrow.

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#4191 22 days ago

Wow! That playfield came out so nice!!

#4192 22 days ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Wow! That playfield came out so nice!!

Thank you Vic for the kind words.
Next up will be Atlantis and Jacks Open. Both will be topside teardowns, rubbers, Mitchell Lighting's awesome LED GI warm white bulbs, and each getting clearcoat.

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#4193 19 days ago

Well, I am starting to wrap-up a major high-end resto on a Bally Nip-it. When I got this thing, it was your typical filthy, rusty, crusty, peeling, not working EM, but fortunately, the playfield, backglass, plastics, and especially the vacuum formed Gator plastic were all in good shape. My client pretty much wanted the works, so everything has been touched.

The PF got heavily polished and looks fantastic. All the bumper skirts, bodies, rubbers, bulbs etc. were replaced. The previously crusty looking cabinet was totally repaired, repainted and stenciled, and looks incredible. Everything that was rusted has been dipped to disolve the corrosion, and many things cleared to prevent it from rusting pack. All stainless polished, and the legs powdercoated. All the steppers have been disassembled and cleaned, and all of the brass contacts reconditioned. And lastly, countless amounts of electronic repairs and cleaning of switches.

All that's left is to to replace the yellow bumper caps, and restore the apron. I am currently photoshopping the artwork for it and I will print a decal next week. Once that's done, this thing will be standing very tall and be ready to go back to its home. That Gator grabber is a blast, but a PITA to dial in, and is a very cool toy for an EM.

Here are some pics.

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#4194 19 days ago

Atlantis and Jacks Open projects have been started.

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#4195 16 days ago

Update on Brite Star head.

Woodrail frame sanded down and reinstalled. Inside painted green, outside filled, sanded, primed and base coat on.

I'll start stencils in a few days

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#4196 15 days ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Update on Brite Star head.
Woodrail frame sanded down and reinstalled. Inside painted green, outside filled, sanded, primed and base coat on.
I'll start stencils in a few days
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Can't wait to see this when finished. Beautiful work so far.

#4197 15 days ago
Quoted from A_Bord:

Can't wait to see this when finished. Beautiful work so far.

Thanks man. Amazing how these 50s and 60s games have such quality wood in them.

Very little fill. Probably the least I've ever done.

I wish I could take all the stuff off the back of the lightboard and repaint that too. I've done it before just not sure it's worth it here.

#4198 12 days ago

Update on Brite Star. First stencils done. I also decided it was worth it to remove the lightboard stuff and repaint. Glad I did it. Everything is back in place, just need to screw it back down and re-staple.

I've also started on Gottlieb Fun Land. Front panel totally fell off the game so gluing and clamping now

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#4199 10 hours ago

Just wrapped up these two. Topside teardowns, auto clearcoat, and reassemble.

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#4200 9 hours ago

Really nice result.

Utterly cringe when having to deal with star roll overs.

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