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Where did "McCune"disappear to?


By jhanley

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I haven't seen him on here for a while.Is he still on here?

    #2 2 years ago

    He resigned his usernamelike 8-9 months ago. Not sure why.

    #3 2 years ago

    Is he still restoring games?

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    #4 2 years ago

    Jim's taking a break from pinball for the time being, and has returned to his love of restoring cars. I think he'll be back in pinball, but I would be surprised if he ever did restorations for people again, and even more surprised if I ever saw him on Pinside again.

    He's an awesome guy and an incredible resource in this community...and a big loss for Pinside, IMO. (And yes, I know he poked more than a few of you, but I thought it was pretty funny - he kicked my ass many times.)

    #5 2 years ago

    I never knew that he restored cars.I visited him at his house in St George,Utah where my mom lives a couple years ago..He had a really awesome shop for restoring games and I played some of his own games.A really nice guy.He really had a hard time with his son dying and I really felt bad for him.I'll have to look him up when I go back to St George.

    #6 2 years ago

    He was always very nice to me. Answered a lot of questions! I hope he is doing well.

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    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from jhanley:

    I never knew that he restored cars.I visited him at his house in St George,Utah where my mom lives.He had a really awesome shop for restoring games and I played some of his own games.A really nice guy.He really had a hard time with his son dying and I really felt bad for him.I'll have to look him up when I go back to St George.

    That's really cool of him to let your mom live at his house!

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from Jam_Burglar:

    That's really cool of him to let your mom live at his house!

    LOL! Syntax is fun.

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Jam_Burglar:

    That's really cool of him to let your mom live at his house!

    best laugh of the day so far

    #10 2 years ago

    Best in the biz.

    #11 2 years ago

    Yeah, kind of a shame Jim left Pinside, but I can understand how some got under his skin. I've shared many hours at shows with Jim and they really don't come much nicer and super talented when it comes to restorations.

    I'd love to check his place out someday. Is UT all that far from MN?

    #12 2 years ago

    Who?

    #13 2 years ago

    Well look who just crawled out of the woodwork. Welcome back, Clint!

    #14 2 years ago

    I echo...WHO ?

    #15 2 years ago

    Jim Mccune from Utah. Search Pinside, if you don't know him. Extremely talented restoration guy.

    #16 2 years ago

    Jim is an awesome dude, and his presence in the hobby is greatly missed.

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    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Is UT all that far from MN?

    doesn't look too far to me
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    #18 2 years ago

    bryan, ignore seaver. he's only concerned with tournament people. he's doesn't hang with us alcoholics

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Jim Mccune from Utah. Search Pinside, if you don't know him. Extremely talented restoration guy.

    These are the jokes.

    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    Well look who just crawled out of the woodwork. Welcome back, Clint!

    Yo.

    #21 2 years ago

    Unfortunately Jim is not restoring games any longer. I have tried to talk him into restoring a game for me again but I think he is tired of it. He said maybe he would do it again sometime down the road but it appears unlikely. I have a beautiful restored AFM that was done by him.

    #22 2 years ago

    images4KDKTDEY (resized).jpgWhat is this McCune thing you speak of?

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    #23 2 years ago

    I think it sucks! If it weren't for guys like Jim Mccune,Bryan Kelly,Chris Hutchins,Vid and Mike D. Most of us wouldnt have learn how to make our machines look and play better than new. Theses guys are our treasure here on pinside. If any of the above are reading this a big thank you is in order. You guys are truly the best.
    Harley D.

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    I think it sucks! If it weren't for guys like Jim Mccune,Bryan Kelly,Chris Hutchins,Vid and Mike D. Most of us wouldnt have learn how to make our machines look and play better than new. Theses guys are our treasure here on pinside.

    And me. Especially me.

    #25 2 years ago

    He could sure restore games to top level and his instructions and videos were great. I modeled some of my shop after his setup. Great stuff!

    I don't miss the negativity tho.

    #26 2 years ago

    I miss Jim!

    I hope to see him at a show sometime again, even if he is not restoring. Jim went through a tough time and a few people went WAY too far on a personal level. Can't blame the guy for deciding the remove the whole community from his life. It was pretty sick some of the things that were said to him after the real life stuff he shared.

    #27 2 years ago

    I missed out on some of his restore threads example a start to finish what products to clean with and in general what tools do this and that. If someone could pm me or post the old pinside threads I would be truly greatful. Heres is tipping a nice cold beer to you Jim.
    Harley D.

    #28 2 years ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    I think it sucks! If it weren't for guys like Jim Mccune,Bryan Kelly,Chris Hutchins, Vid, Mike D and Lloyd

    So true but I had to help fix that statement a little bit

    #29 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    I miss Jim!
    I hope to see him at a show sometime again, even if he is not restoring. Jim went through a tough time and a few people went WAY too far on a personal level. Can't blame the guy for deciding the remove the whole community from his life. It was pretty sick some of the things that were said to him after the real life stuff he shared.

    Like what?

    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Can't blame the guy for deciding the remove the whole community from his life.

    However you can't blame the whole community for some bad apples, all he had to do was expand his ignore list.

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from DeathHimself:

    However you can't blame the whole community for some bad apples, all he had to do was expand his ignore list. I do remember this community coming together and surprising him with a beautiful pinball machine (Tommy) in memory of his son. That was one of if not the nicest online community gestures I have ever seen and was glad to be a part of it.

    Sorry but that was someone else. Not Jim. Although, sadly, Jim did lose his son.

    #32 2 years ago

    I don't think we need to go there.

    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Sorry but that was someone else. Not Jim. Although, sadly, Jim did lose his son.

    Really, wow my memory about events is going.... I really thought it was Jim. Now I know otherwise I'll edit my post, thanks.

    #34 2 years ago

    One thing is for sure.....Jim nailed it when he told us all early on that ACDC kicks ass. It does.

    #35 2 years ago

    Yeah Jim's a cool guy in person and will talk your ear off, which isn't a bad thing. I hope to hear from him again sometime.

    #36 2 years ago

    Jimmy F ing Mac!

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    #37 2 years ago

    Where to start?

    McCune and I had a bit of a spat many years ago here on Pinside. I think we were both surprised by it because we had a lot of respect for each other. He sent me a PM and said "Call me!" with his cell number. I called him, we yelled at each other for a few minutes, worked it out, then proceeded to have a great conversation about pinball that lasted about an hour.

    Since then, we have become great friends. I continue to stay in touch with Jim on a regular basis. I may or may not stay in the hobby of Pinball, but regardless of whether I do (or Jim does for that matter) I have every intention of staying in touch with him as I consider him a great friend who I would never want to lose contact with, despite the fact that he lives in another state.

    We have met up in Vegas a few times. He (and his family) has been to my house a few times, and my family spent time at his house in Utah. My girls felt right at home and had a blast playing his games and talking to Jim and his wife. I got to see his super cool shop in person, as well as a super sweet Scared Stiff that he was restoring (this video is of the same SS that I saw after it was mostly done):

    I can tell you that of all the memories that I have from this crazy hobby, the best memories, the most fun, the most anticipation, and the most that I have ever learned have been as the result of him doing his amazing restorations of my AFM and MB. The quality is simply top notch in every way. The transformations, especially of AFM which was a total piece of crap, were truly amazing. And being able to see pictures and talk to Jim whenever I wanted to during the whole process was just invaluable, and made it easily worth every single cent that I paid. To this day I think he earned less than minimum wage on these restorations given the amount of work and attention to detail that he put into these things!

    Many people didn't/don't realize that this was just a hobby for Jim. I would even receive PM's from people asking me why McCune didn't respond to them about a restoration that they wanted him to do and how could he possibly stay in business when he turns customers away or pisses them off like that?! lol

    So as a hobby, it was always about the fun and satisfaction that Jim would get from doing these amazing restorations. Well, it has become less fun for him, so it makes sense that he would be taking a break from it. I certainly understand how he feels. As mentioned, he is now in the process of doing a car restoration, and I fully expect that to be as amazing as his pin restorations were.

    His restorations still amaze me as much today as when he did my first restoration more than 3 years ago. Thanks Jim!

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/robt-afm-restore-progress-333-pictures-of-this-trashed-afm

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/srB0p0zjby8?autoplay=1&rel=0

    #38 2 years ago
    Quoted from DougPiranha:

    He could sure restore games to top level and his instructions and videos were great. I modeled some of my shop after his setup. Great stuff!
    I don't miss the negativity tho.

    McCune says to STFU!

    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from RobT:

    His restorations still amaze me as much today as when he did my first restoration more than 3 years ago. Thanks Jim!
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/robt-afm-restore-progress-333-pictures-of-this-trashed-afm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/srB0p0zjby8?autoplay=1&rel=0

    That MB video is pure pinball porn. Posting that would be illegal in most states.

    #40 2 years ago

    I think Kaneda's request to go on a double date with McCune and Auric is what finally put Jim over the edge on Pinside.

    #41 2 years ago

    Why Jim McCune decided to leave pinside is really up to Jim McCune to explain. I started doing restorations in 2010. I posted my progress on Pinside as the amateur that I am. Jim was always good enough to give me constructive criticism. As I work through my first few restorations he always offered me great advice. I was fortunate to meet him and become friends with Jim and to this day still remain that. I attribute a lot of the skills that I have today to Jim. He was a true asset to Pinside. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who benefited from his expertise.

    #42 2 years ago

    Yes, I am sorry to see McCune leave. What about Teekee? Is he still around?

    #43 2 years ago
    Quoted from RyanStl:

    Yes, I am sorry to see McCune leave. What about Teekee? Is he still around?

    Teekee is still here. Check out cactus canyon remake thread

    #44 2 years ago

    Ok, hey Skypilot, haven't seen you or TeeKee in a while.

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Yeah, kind of a shame Jim left Pinside, but I can understand how some got under his skin. I've shared many hours at shows with Jim and they really don't come much nicer and super talented when it comes to restorations.
    I'd love to check his place out someday. Is UT all that far from MN?

    1400-1500 miles or so.

    #46 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    1400-1500 miles or so.

    whe you have to stop to pee every 1.5 hrs, that is a LONG way.

    #47 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    whe you have to stop to pee every 1.5 hrs, that is a LONG way.

    Bryan is too old to be able to go that long.

    #49 2 years ago
    Quoted from RobT:

    The transformations, especially of AFM which was a total piece of crap, were truly amazing.

    That AFM isn't a pinball machine. It's art. I would just turn it on, leave it in attract mode, and "oooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhh" at it.

    What incredible work.

    #50 2 years ago
    Quoted from Leeb18509:

    Bryan is too old to be able to go that long.

    Sure he is. He's got the blue pills. I seen 'em at TPF.

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