About two years ago I restored my Funhouse and documented it here (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/funhouse-my-first-restoration-help-me-not-botch-this). It was considerably more work than I thought it would be. In the end, I think it took me roughly 7 months? (mind you I have two young kids and I work a ton, so this was an hour-here-hour-there kinda deal).
That being said, it's still my favorite pin. It looks like I just un-crated it from the factory (with a lot of bling of course). Plays like a dream... I couldn't have asked for more. It was a struggle to get here, but I finished it some how and I am rather proud of how it came out.
Enough time has gone by that I have forgotten how much it sucked to accomplish, so why not do it again?
Enter Whitewater. My buddy Nick and I played the crap out of this super nice/clean WH20 at PAGG several years ago. It just had this "just one more game, nobody's waiting behind us" vibe going for me at the show. I knew at some point it would be fun to own one.
About a year ago or so I started seriously looking. I found a nicely restored one about two hours away. It was over-priced but super nice/clean. Right when I was about to pull the trigger I found out that it had a repro topper (seller claimed it was original, but I think he really thought it was). How about we agree to disagree? regardless, nice dude but I passed.
Next up, another one from a local arcade. It was pretty beat up but had a super nice topper. Unfortunately, this one was a lot more than I was willing to spend, so I passed.
I then of course spent the next month in a dry spell of local WH20's being available and wishing I had just gotten one of the previous two.... When out of the blue, a local pinsider reached out mentioning he had a players condition WH20 with a few minor issues that he was thinking of parting with. The price was fair, he had good feedback (and rightly so, he is an awesome pinsider) so I made a 45 minute trek and picked it up.
He was planning to restore it but just had too many projects going on. So I bought the parts he already had on hand (some ramps, plastics, etc). Win!
I was also able to fix the issues (a few switches out, etc) so at least I could enjoy it while I started buying the remaining parts I would need. This worked out well as I ended up procrastinating this restore for roughly a year now. I was waiting for the perfect time.. when work was less busy and I could take a few weeks off.. blah blah etc etc. Then covid19 came (and I am actually busier than normal now). I got tired of waiting around for the right time and decided its time to just go for it.
First things first tho, I owe Bryan_Kelly some beers! (for all his awesome advice during my FH restore) this is super late of course, better late than never I always say. So that is now on its way (I hope he still lives in the same place, lol)
Here are some before pics:
I am going to take a bit of a different approach this time. Not going to meticulously label every damn stinking part. Not sure if I am going to paint the bottom of the cab... For the armor I am going a bit of a different route. I am using rad cal's, so no crazy amount of sanding-bondo-sanding-bondo-sanding I hope. I also have some ideas for customizing the lighting that I am interested to try.
If I spend 7 months working on this, please shoot me.