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Old 09-11-2022, 09:30 AM   #51
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Old 09-11-2022, 03:09 PM   #52
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Playfield has been reassembled! Went back together smoothly and having a ton of pictures was very helpful.










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Old 09-11-2022, 05:40 PM   #53
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Wow it looks great!
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Old 09-11-2022, 06:42 PM   #54
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This is just super cool man. Looking great!


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Old 09-11-2022, 07:55 PM   #55
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That is a far cry from where it was when you started! Nice work man!
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Old 09-11-2022, 08:31 PM   #56
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Looking great!
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:05 AM   #57
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That is pretty sweet. Lot of sweat and time (and probably $$) went into that.

Well done.
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Old 09-12-2022, 03:31 PM   #58
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That is pretty sweet. Lot of sweat and time (and probably $$) went into that.
Curious OP...you think you would come out ahead if you were to sell?
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Old 09-12-2022, 03:58 PM   #59
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Default Classic pinball machine refurbish/repair

So truth be told, I found this machine is rough shape at a garage sale for 100.00 bucks! After doing some research, the way it was when found was worth around 1000-1500 in parts alone. With a “shopped” playfield, and refurb machine is closer to 2000-2500. In pristine shape with full re condition 100% like new. They run around 5-6k.

There were only around 4700 produced in 1989. So not nearly that many left.

I’ll be way ahead of the curve on this one, especially due to most of work being done by me Vs. A shop.


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Old 09-12-2022, 04:06 PM   #60
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Man, good work. I would have torn the thing down, grown weary, and said screw it. :-). A lot of detailed work there!
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Old 09-12-2022, 04:25 PM   #61
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Thats awesome!
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:39 AM   #62
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Also forgot to mention some items that will be displayed around machine when everything is done. Ordered some original flyers for game, and also located the promotional toy car for the game. The original promotional items were the Police Force hat, the toy car, a police note pad.

Still looking for the hat (pretty rare)






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Old 09-13-2022, 10:10 AM   #63
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Everyone blazing away with at least semi auto and the lion has a revolver. You did a great job on the restoration.
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Old 09-13-2022, 10:16 AM   #64
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Everyone blazing away with at least semi auto and the lion has a revolver. You did a great job on the restoration.

Still along way to go (machine wise), but it’s been a lot of fun. Next stage will be under playfield work, gotta pull all coils to clean sleeves, plungers, and springs. Also need to check every under field wire for continuity and any damage. For the most part, it looks pretty good under there. Also have ordered the LEDs for under field.

This is an older photo from when I brought it home


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Old 09-17-2022, 04:52 PM   #65
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Progress has been slow this slow this last week. I am currently in Vegas and stopped by the Pinball Hall of Fame. Super cool place. Free admission into building. Just change you bills to quarters and off you go! So many new and classic machines here. Very inexpensive/fun time, which is hard to find in Vegas. I highly recommend this to anyone who played arcade games growing up.



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Old 09-18-2022, 01:17 PM   #66
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Progress has been slow this slow this last week. I am currently in Vegas and stopped by the Pinball Hall of Fame. Super cool place. Free admission into building. Just change you bills to quarters and off you go! So many new and classic machines here. Very inexpensive/fun time, which is hard to find in Vegas. I highly recommend this to anyone who played arcade games growing up.



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Did they have your machine there??


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Old 09-18-2022, 01:23 PM   #67
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Did they have your machine there??


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Sadly no. I was hoping to see it, and get a chance to get a feel for the game. Taxi was there, and I played that, along with a lot of other titles. Was a lot of fun.


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Old 09-19-2022, 02:28 PM   #68
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I would think that the fact that a pinball collection museum doesn't even have one the one you got ..would make it even more valuable.
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Old 09-19-2022, 09:03 PM   #69
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I would think that the fact that a pinball collection museum doesn't even have one the one you got ..would make it even more valuable.

I meant to ask the owner if they kept machines in back and possibly swapped titles from to time to time to keep things new. But I completely forgot.


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Old 09-19-2022, 09:10 PM   #70
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Got home from my trip today and had a few small
boxes waiting. One of which was the under field LEDs. Swapped the remaining incandescent bulbs out and machine is now fully LED with exception to 5 flasher bulbs that I have been advised to leave as incandescent due to flasher LEDs being so blinding during gameplay. Also received my promotional you car that will be displayed with machine.





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Old 09-19-2022, 09:18 PM   #71
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The other box I received is something I’d like y’all’s opinion on. Often times pinball machines with have “mods” available to either add another light feature or just add a playfield decoration to set that machine apart from others. There are really no true “mods” for this title, but I got the idea to add a vintage matchbox police helicopter to piece of clear plastic that covers the inner ramp. I ordered a helicopter that I felt fit the style and age of the machine. I plan to install a small micro LED in cab of the helicopter, that will be part of the general illumination and stay on at all times. The helicopter is a 1982 matchbox, so I wouldn’t be adding a new item to a vintage machine.






Also ordered all new score displays that should be here end of the week. Its a kit that you assemble/solder on your own. I’m looking forward to that update!


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Old 09-19-2022, 09:28 PM   #72
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I like vintage matchbox police helicopter added to it.
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Old 09-19-2022, 10:03 PM   #73
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Incredible resto so far, thanks for taking us along! I vote no on the helicopter but it certainly doesn't look out of place and if you're keeping the machine in your house then do what makes you happy.
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Could the helicopter hurt the resale?


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Old 09-20-2022, 07:21 AM   #75
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I currently don’t have plans to sell (I can’t let things go lol). But it would be a removable mod. Would probably get my constant from one of the popper lights. I’d find a way to attach the helicopter where it could taken off pretty easily


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Old 09-20-2022, 09:47 PM   #76
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Framed and matted the flyers this evening.





Not a huge update, but it’s something.


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Old 09-22-2022, 03:34 PM   #77
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New digital score displays have arrived! This is an assembly kit Vs. a ready made product. My soldering/circuitry skills should be good enough for this, but we’re gonna find out. I’ll be in Arlington this weekend for the A&M game, so assembly will have to wait until next week.



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Old 09-22-2022, 06:23 PM   #78
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Wow, cool project! I think the helo fits right in.
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Old 09-23-2022, 10:46 AM   #79
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I'm mesmerized by this transformation. It's a huge amount of work and you are doing an amazing job!
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Old 09-23-2022, 10:55 AM   #80
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Just curious, are there a lot of parts available for the old girl, or are you scouring the far corners of the internet? Keep up the great work, details, and pics.
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Old 09-23-2022, 11:55 AM   #81
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Just curious, are there a lot of parts available for the old girl, or are you scouring the far corners of the internet? Keep up the great work, details, and pics.

It depends on what your working on with machine. Mechanical parts are fairly universal and readily available (coils, plungers, sleeves, fuses). Original plastics can be tough, but not impossible.

The great thing about my machine, is that it’s what is called an 11B machine. 11B referring to the computer board it uses for gameplay/sounds. The 11 series of pinball machines has a huge following, therefore there’s enough demand for reproduction parts.

The one part that is hard to find that is quality in the CPU itself. For years no one produced reproduction boards and if yours crapped out of suffered alkaline damage you were SOL. There are now a couple builders who can reproduce a the 11B boards. The first one I ordered was a Chinese made product that was awful. Game wouldn’t even boot up.

The one on order now is by a reputable builder who builds them by hand and is a build to order basis. They aren’t cheap either lol.


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Old 09-23-2022, 12:34 PM   #82
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The detail on that turtle is solid
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:36 PM   #83
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The detail on that turtle is solid

Haha right? People weren’t offended by much in the 80s


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Old 09-26-2022, 02:43 PM   #84
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Started on score display last night. Gonna try to knock them out this afternoon.


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Old 09-27-2022, 12:54 AM   #85
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New score displays are complete, but I won’t able to test them until CPU arrives next month! It was ALOT of soldering, but I got it done. Overall it was a pretty fun and easy kit to assemble.








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This is super cool!!!
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