(Topic ID: 256737)

What is the longest time you had a project pin before playing it?


By tomdrum

8 days ago



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“Longest you sat on a project game?”

  • Less than 5 years 14 votes
    47%
  • 5-10 years 12 votes
    40%
  • More than 10 years 4 votes
    13%

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#1 8 days ago

I picked up two Bally Paragon project machines in 2001-2002. Both had typical beat PF's and BG flaking but they were cheap enough and within a couple hours drive. A few years later I found a nice PF needing minimal touch-ups but the wiring harness connectors were all cut off. Had it touched up and clear coated. Other projects always came 1st since this needed a BG. Last year I found a NOS BG so I started on it. Cabinet repaint, and a lot of other work including replacing the entire PF wiring harness. 18 years later I played my 1st game tonight although I need to fix a couple a light sockets.

Longest time you ever had a project game before getting it fixed?

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#2 8 days ago

Disassembled a Capcom BBB on January 3rd 2000, reassembled for the Mona Geesa Pinball Party August 11th 2001.

LTG : )

#3 8 days ago

My third game ever. Bought Laser Ball in 2015, still not playable

#4 8 days ago

24 years .

#5 8 days ago

I've got a project Paragon that I've been sitting on for 5+ years. Got most of the big items including a NOS cleared playfield, rebuilt the lamp panel, rebuilt the coin door but I got stalled on the cabinet repaint. I keep telling myself I'll get to it soon... Perfect is the enemy of good.

#6 8 days ago
Quoted from GSones:

I got stalled on the cabinet repaint.

I have an older set of Pinball Pal cabinet stencils I'd sell cheap.

#7 8 days ago

I have an Earthshaker and a Pinbot, both bought in 2014, both still apart. Centaur in 2015, also still apart. Cleaning and fixing little by little.

#8 8 days ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

I have an older set of Pinball Pal cabinet stencils I'd sell cheap.

Appreciate the offer but I've got a set from Pinball Pimp. You see, I've got no excuses beyond laziness.

#9 8 days ago

2011 restoration of a TZ...still working out the blown cpu’s After 3 games. Ugh.

#10 7 days ago
Quoted from GSones:

Appreciate the offer but I've got a set from Pinball Pimp. You see, I've got no excuses beyond laziness.

Here's some motivation (possibly). I did the cabinet prep and base coat. After researching at length the closest color I found for the base is Benjamin Moore Marti Gras gold. I bought a quart of it when just doing the head frame on a Mata Hari. Same color. It went to crap after sitting for years. Tried having that color mixed at my local Sherwin Williams. After 3 tries they threw their hands up. Something about the gold color that's hard to mix correctly. My local BM dealer went out of business in the years that had passed. Ace Hardware sells BM paint however none in my area stocked the base to mix it and they wouldn't order the minimum case needed. So I ended up driving 70 miles round trip to get a gallon, the minimum I could buy. I used BM Super Spec Urethane Alkyd Enamel Gloss in oil base. Applied with a 4" foam roller. 2 coats then let it cure for 2 months. Sanded it with 220 grit and applied another 2 coats. Let it cure another 4 months and then gave to a local pin buddy to stencil since he had 6 cabinets under his belt to my zero. (Thanks @weatherbymag). He stenciled it. The base coat is incredibly rock hard.

Hope you get yours done!

#11 7 days ago

Oddly one of my projects is a Paragon just like yours. I think I've routinely gone 4-5 years on a lot of projects. Approaching 5 years I think on an 8 ball..... was all set to get back into it and found the flipper bushings one was damaged from Marco (looks like it melted).... so put that on hold again. That's the longest that I've at least started.... I have several that are in various states of aging between 5-10 years.

Some projects while playable I don't consider "done" - I still need to finish rebuilding mechs etc. on the pinbot, but enjoying playing it too much. I shopped the right side, have to do the left, and rebuild the flippers. It's playable so until I feel like ripping back into it, it'll be a playing project.

then there are the basket case games, I did start one of them (bally PB) but had to stop in the middle. Lots of rusty parts on that one!

#12 6 days ago

13 years for me. But totally worth it!

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