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What Else Have You Restored?


By TractorDoc

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Contemplating my first pinball machine restoration. . . I have confidence that I can get the job done but all the computer/electrics can be a bit overwhelming. I have restored a number of other things with some success. . . what have other members restored that is not a pinball?

Attaching a few pictures of some before/after John Deere Tractors and my current project -- a 70's Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser.IMG_5463 (resized).JPGIMG_6223 (resized).JPGIMG_3207 (resized).JPGIMG_6698 (resized).JPGIMG_4049 (resized).jpgIMG_4052 (resized).jpg

#2 2 years ago

Dude...that's pretty amazing. Yeah - I think you can handle a pinball restoration. Just take scads of pictures and document EVERYTHING.

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#3 2 years ago

I've done a bunch of cars. Last was my '69 Torino GT. I like fixing things.

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#4 2 years ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

Dude...that's pretty amazing. Yeah - I think you can handle a pinball restoration. Just take scads of pictures and document EVERYTHING.

Thanks beelzeboob
For what its worth the Pin I want to restore is a William's IJ -- noticed you were a fan from other posts. Figure I might as well go big if I am going to jump down this rabbit hole.

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Thanks beelzeboob
For what its worth the Pin I want to restore is a William's IJ -- noticed you were a fan from other posts. Figure I might as well go big if I am going to jump down this rabbit hole.

Yeah...that one's an absolute bitch to do first. And I'm not just a fan...that's my grail pin. I made the mistake of doing Funhouse first...also not the easiest to begin with, but still easier than IJ.

#6 2 years ago

I love old iron.
restored several hit and miss engines.
also bikes.

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#7 2 years ago

jwilson that Torino is nice! Ive found the worst thing about restoring the cars is dealing with rust. . . I bet you had your share to remedy. I grew up in a GM Family but I always liked the lines of the Cougar Eliminator (Mercury, I know. . . )

electricsquirrel the detail on those engines is great! I like the little things to pop out in a restoration. The polished metal/brass, pin striping, contrasting colors; love it! The bikes look great too, especially the older Harley (I like the older stuff) but I couldnt tell you much more about them. Just about all my vehicles have four or more wheels!

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

Yeah...that one's an absolute bitch to do first. And I'm not just a fan...that's my grail pin. I made the mistake of doing Funhouse first...also not the easiest to begin with, but still easier than IJ.

Just finished a FT, started on a BSD and have an IJ next. What about IJ makes it so difficult? Thanks!

#9 2 years ago

Thanks!
The water hopper was all busted out on the top from ice.
My dad and I welded a new top on from another block.

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#10 2 years ago

I restored jukebox... 7 done so far... this is my last one, wurlitzer 750e

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#11 2 years ago

Here's one of the money pits i restored.

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#12 1 year ago

"Finished" the Toyota awhile back (in warmer temperatures); thought Id post a follow up picture and see if anyone else has brought something new back to life.

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On the pinball side I've finally started tearing into my Dirty Harry to chase down a faulty opto (the one around the magnet). Almost everything needs to come off/out to get where I need to be. . . a good time to give everything a cleaning, install some LEDs, new rubbers, Cliffy protectors, etc. Will be more of a shop job vs. a complete restore. . . this machine is the wife's favorite so I have to have it operational ASAP!

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#13 1 year ago

Awesome job!

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#14 1 year ago
Quoted from jwilson:

I've done a bunch of cars. Last was my '69 Torino GT. I like fixing things.

I think I had that exact same car in high school! 428 cobrajet, 4 speed.. Dark green? Where did that one come from ? I was in Maine.

#15 1 year ago

Still working on the restoration of a 1945 Willys CJ2A. This is a very early CJ2A with column shift and serial number 10559.

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#16 1 year ago

Man, you guys above have space, talent and skills..nice work! Me..I have a few screwdrivers, sockets and soap..and I guess a lil patience at times..

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#17 1 year ago

My new pin hauler 69 Subaru Sambar, didn't have the doors on yet when these were taken.

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#18 1 year ago
Quoted from hwyhed:

Man, you guys above have space, talent and skills..nice work! Me..I have a few screwdrivers, sockets and soap..and I guess a lil patience at times..

Even if your project has a small footprint you are not lacking in talent and skill -- the finished product looks great!

As a kid I always wondered who would go for the nuts over the M&Ms/Candy.

Quoted from psd4me:

My new pin hauler 69 Subaru Sambar

A Subaru? I could almost convince myself that thing has Ferrari Badges (and a nameplate) on it. What kind of top speed will you be bringing pins home with?

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

A Subaru? I could almost convince myself that thing has Ferrari Badges (and a nameplate) on it. What kind of top speed will you be bringing pins home with?

Yes it does the guy I built it for is a Ferrari fanatic. As far as top speed it has a 360cc 2 stroke in it

#20 1 year ago

You Guys are really good at what you do, and like many, once the better weather comes around,
I'm outdoors. After the past 3 weeks preparing for last Saturday's annual game room party, today
was an exceptionally nice February day so I began on one of the many ball bowlers that I need to get
done. Like most, this one will need much cosmetically and mechanically. But once the nicer weather
comes to stay, I'm usually doing some type of constructing but also enjoy restoring anything that
will fit in the somewhat vintage park that I had built over the years. I never took many before pics,
but spent much time to get the equipment looking okay and back in action..
After picking it up many years back, I'm planning on restoring the old Pull-a-Way Merry-go-Round
this coming Summer. Always look forward for the Summertime projects.. (T)

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#21 1 year ago
Quoted from bobhvacguy:

I think I had that exact same car in high school! 428 cobrajet, 4 speed.. Dark green? Where did that one come from ? I was in Maine.

Mine was a 351W from Michigan. In retrospect I should have shopped south of the Mason-Dixon line.

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from Mopar:

You Guys are really good at what you do, and like many, once the better weather comes around,
I'm outdoors. After the past 3 weeks preparing for last Saturday's annual game room party, today
was an exceptionally nice February day so I began on one of the many ball bowlers that I need to get
done. Like most, this one will need much cosmetically and mechanically. But once the nicer weather
comes to stay, I'm usually doing some type of constructing but also enjoy restoring anything that
will fit in the somewhat vintage park that I had built over the years. I never took many before pics,
but spent much time to get the equipment looking okay and back in action..
After picking it up many years back, I'm planning on restoring the old Pull-a-Way Merry-go-Round
this coming Summer. Always look forward for the Summertime projects.. (T)

Quite a beautiful setup.

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from Mike_J:

Quite a beautiful setup.

Thanks for the beautiful comment.
When I first bought the land, that part of the property was a scrub brush Amazon Swamp.
No exaggeration.. It took a lot of hard work and I'm fortunate to be able to say that I'm still
able to continue at it.. (T)

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#24 7 months ago

By the end of September, I finished restoring the "Game Time" Pull-a-Way Merry-go-Round, and poured
it's cement pad. Only have the 8 bench seats left to do (2 x 12 PT) which I just bought today, stored away,
and will attach in Spring when they'll be dried out..
I'm pretty sure this pump merry-go-round is from the 40s..

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#25 5 months ago

That is awesome!

#26 5 months ago

Just love old tractors. Restoring them is a”labor of love”. There really is no profit in it unless you have a close friend die and leave you his tractor collection as in my case. I got 5 tractors Minn Moline GB propane, International Harvaster Super A with sickle mower, Ford 9 N, Mini Mo and a Harvester H Model. The last two I sold for parts. The Ford 9N was good to go and I sold it to a neighbor. The MM GB just needed a paint job and reassembly. The Super A I restored. I found out that the Super A was a Colorado Dept of Transpertation unit they used to maintane the medians. (It was painted orange at the factory)

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#27 5 months ago
Quoted from hwyhed:

Man, you guys above have space, talent and skills..nice work! Me..I have a few screwdrivers, sockets and soap..and I guess a lil patience at times..

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That's great.. I found this exact machine in a field... it had been ripped off from somewhere. Cleaned it up & it now resides in my office @ work.

#28 5 months ago
Quoted from schudel5:

Still working on the restoration of a 1945 Willys CJ2A. This is a very early CJ2A with column shift and serial number 10559.

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I had a buddy who bought two of the US military versions in crates as Army surplus back in the day, I think he said they were under $100 EACH.

Wish I would have picked up an old Willys (or Ford) jeep when they were cheap..

#29 5 months ago

I restored this old fridge ... Color was daughters choice ... Came out well.

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#30 5 months ago

I think they were called Ice Boxes weren't they?

#31 5 months ago

Here is one I did when I was in college (and living at home in 1990 I was 26) It took me 2years to find all the parts searching junk yards in south Georgia. My goal was to build a 1962 409 Chevy Impala Convertible. I found just the primered body in Sylvania GA for $1500 and my quest began! The project was really a restoration because I kept almost to original specs. The engine and rear diff were date coded correct. I had to go with the Muncie 4 speed Transmission because of the torque and HP of the big block. Muncies didnt show til 63 I think.

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#32 5 months ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

think they were called Ice Boxes weren't they

It has a compressor so I call it a fridge

#33 5 months ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

Just love old tractors.

Looks like I still have the sickness.
Found this one on the local Craigslist -- was not really looking to add another project to the menu but here it is. The worst part is that it has pulled my focus from my current pinball project.

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#34 5 months ago

No pictures yet but I am getting ready to reassemble a Watling penny scale with the horoscope option atop. Spent more than I wanted to but given the stock market just now I feel better about investing in the scale!! I’ll post some pictures when I get it back together

#35 5 months ago
Quoted from hwyhed:

Man, you guys above have space, talent and skills..nice work! Me..I have a few screwdrivers, sockets and soap..and I guess a lil patience at times..

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I really love the candy machines. I still want to do one myself and then a tampon dispenser for some people at work.

#36 5 months ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Looks like I still have the sickness.
Found this one on the local Craigslist -- was not really looking to add another project to the menu but here it is. The worst part is that it has pulled my focus from my current pinball project.

I know If I had the land, I would have kept all my tractors. I did participate in a tractor show with my Super A in Yuma CO. That was a first time for me and it was a very different kind of fun. The experience gave me a "retro home town feel" that I haven't had since I was 6. It looks like you are parcel to John Deere.
I think Old tractors remind us of where we came from in a way, and how far we have come from that hard working age!

#37 5 months ago

No Fear was my first resto.

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#38 5 months ago

Here are the pics of the Wayling 400 I am working on. Almost there. Damn painting is expensive!!

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#39 5 months ago

Not sure if this would be considered restoration, but I got a Deagan Tower Chime operational again after it not working for 25+ years.

#40 5 months ago

I own so much stuff that could be restored, wish I had the knowledge you guys have, all this stuff looks so great!

#41 5 months ago

My classic Mini Mayfair with a whopping 63bhp. I'm currently building a turbo engine which should boost this up to around 180bhp.

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