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Whirlwind Club... Members Only!


By mof

6 years ago



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#420 5 years ago

Yay. I can finally join. Mother-In-Law found a WW at a garage sale for $500 yesterday evening. Filthy, but all the grime apparently protected the playfield. Been in a private home since 1999. Fully working; just needs a good cleaning and GI connector work.

#426 5 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

BB..but there are no more deals on Sys 11 games! They are all gone and dried up and too expensive blah blah blah
EXCELLENT SCORE! Hope it cleans up nicely and plays well! Post some pics!

Thanks! Was very lucky though. The homeowner had just "opened" the sale and my MIL was walking by. My family has strict orders to alert me to any kind of pinball-related item for sale; she did good. According to seller (moving and trying to jettison stuff before they go to Florida), it was moved out of a dry cleaners (weird) that closed down and had been sitting in their home rec room since 1999 when they moved into their current home. The black rubbers are shot, almost all of the bulbs are out, thick coat of black dust on everything, batteries had a "use by 2003" date on them (but no leakage!), and it's pretty dinged up (but I don't care about cabinet condition as long as no water damage). Cool thing is all the original paperwork is still in the cabinet (mylar instructions, registration card, "operator's manual", instruction guide, setup guide explaining the proper pitch, all the bonus cards indicating a free game with x number of points, etc.) as well as a piece of carbon that might have been the receipt for the purchase of the game. Cleaning up well so far; have rubber and a some LED's on order from Marco, along with some Cliffy protectors. Here's some pictures I took before I started tearing the playfield down. Looks dirtier in person than it does in pictures:

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#428 5 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

Pretty good shape for a non-DP playfield! I have mine ripped down to the posts at the moment. If you need pics let me know.

Yeah it does look great! Wasn't played much from '99 to present so I'm sure that helps.

Thanks for the offer for pictures. Hopefully I don't need to take you up on it. So far so good. One advantage to it probably not having been waxed in its life is no wax stuck in the posts!

#430 5 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

That Whirlwing should clean up nicely.
I bought a similar one recently... The guy has owned it for 20 years. The machine broke down in '97 and had sat, un-played until I bought it.
It really cleaned up good.

Yup so far so good. So far Novus 1 took all the black crap off the mylared areas and most everything else. A little bit of ME and alcohol took care of the rest. I still have yet to take apart the ramps but they're pretty yucky; lots of polishing needed.

Only thing electronically it needed was the GI header on the interconnect board was toast; a couple of pads were fried right off the board too. Had to stitch that up with some wire and a new header. Replaced connector and good to go. I thought I had screwed up because the lights didn't seem to work after that, but I found out that it was just pretty much all the bulbs were burnt out. Replaced a couple of roll over switches too that someone bent to hell and I ordered the missing orbit gate for the left ramp and it should be like almost new in a week.

I read about painting the lightning board white but am nervous to try that; afraid I won't like it. Any videos out there of the effect with it painted?

#432 5 years ago
Quoted from hootowls:

No need to paint the lightning board - go to a craft store and get a piece of silver poster board (or other color of choice) and trim it to fit. Cut it right and the lamps will hold it in place.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/whirlwind-club-members-only/page/3#post-1233382
Added link for picture. No video but you get the idea - you don't see the green PCB anymore.
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Great idea. I'll give it a try.

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#448 5 years ago
Quoted from Dewey68:

I have a broken post that I think goes where the circle is if I remember correctly. It's a bumper post with the threaded top broken off. Can someone confirm that the long threaded post holding the ramp screws onto the top of this part? I think it's a 02-4056 bumper bracket. Thanks again Dave for the link to the awesome pictures!

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Yes you are correct about the metal post screwing into the top of the bumper post. Here's one of my pictures from above (from a different angle though) before I tore everything down and cleaned it.

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#470 5 years ago
Quoted from Chet:

I want to replace my factory WW cabinet base speaker with a new one that is compatible. I am no kind of audio person, so I would appreciate some specific recommendations as to brand, specifications, (impedance, etc.,) and source if possible. Thanks...

This is what I'm doing. Just waiting for Parts Express to send me my replacement crossover coil since the USPS lost the first one. I couldn't find the 8 mh that markmon recommended so I PM'ed him and he said the same crossover coil in 6 mh works just as well:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-add-a-cheap-sub-under-40-that-sounds-awesome-to-your-wpc-game

I am not an audiophile by any means, but this looks to be a simple and relatively cheap solution to get some better sound.

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