Some folks have asked me to document my progress. I have been working on the game for the past three weeks so initial thread will be a flood, that I will revise and edit to beef out.
Whirlwind is one of the first pins that I have ever played that I got hooked on (Monster Bash being the other). I had been on the lookout for the last five years or so, but they were always a bit out of my price range. Last month a got a text from a friend asking me if I knew of anyone looking for a Whirlwind. He had found one while looking at a lot of vintage cars. The price and was right so I jumped at the chance. Plus I got to spend some quality time with a good friend surrounded by two amazing vintage car collections.
Upon initial inspection PF was filthy, spinner disc decals were shot, broken plastics and god knows what else was lurking in the darkness. Add in the almost always needed flipper rebuilds and this was going to be a top to bottom strip and clean.
I have torn down quite a few machines in my day, some have even gotten put back together. Prior to any restoration I review a bunch of old threads and see if there are any new ones with new tips/tricks. Below is a list that I consulted for this restoration, I will add to it as the project continues.
Mof’s PF Guide: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/playfield-swap-guide
My Guide On Dimpling PF: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/nerdygrrls-guide-on-what-to-do-if-your-new-pf-isnt-dimpled
Solid WW PF Swap Thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ww-restore-something-old-something-new
Detailed WW Restoration W/ Rebuild Documentation: http://www.enteryourinitials.com/2017/03/07/whirlwind-repair-service-log-1/
*Vid’s Guide To Harness Cleaning: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cleaning-playfield-harnesses-vids-guide
* Use Caution, see page () for my results