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Durzel

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Nice.

Wish I had the vision to see these things completed. It's the same with houses, I can't see the wood for the trees when it comes to major renovation work.

I'd be terrified about not knowing how everything went back together again. I've procrastined for a couple of weeks at least about even just taking the ramps off my Tron LE. :(

Great job so far!
 
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#34
Nice.

Wish I had the vision to see these things completed. It's the same with houses, I can't see the wood for the trees when it comes to major renovation work.

I'd be terrified about not knowing how everything went back together again. I've procrastined for a couple of weeks at least about even just taking the ramps off my Tron LE. :(

Great job so far!
Thanks mate. Trust me when I say. I have absolutely no clue how it goes back together. It’ll come good though I’m sure. And it can’t make me pregnant so what’s the worst that could happen
 

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Update

Christ it’s been a few months. I’ve been ticking along slowly. Accruing bits and bobs.

So since last time.

All metal work cleaned up and tumbled.

Wedlments re welded

Book case stripped and cleaned with new crank armature, new bookcase, new opto boards and finished off with Judge Dreads book case decal.

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Thing mechanism stripped and cleaned

All plastics cleaned

New main ramp purchased, sent to @replicas for a some new flappage and back to me for repopulation.

Lock bar receiver and other cab parts cleaned and rebuilt

Restored playfield arrived from Chris Platt.

So that’s about where I am. Still got a few parts to tumble but my mojo is back. I’m excited for the project again and back on it.

Does anyone know if there is a file to reproduce this decal. I’ve found one on Pinball rebel but the font is black. Not a biggie but if there is one with red that’d be better.

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I’m also still on the lookout for a better translite and the plastics which are transparent (the insects etc..) So if you can help please drop me a line

I’ll update with pics in a bit
Phil sells them much easier than trying to cut the holes out
 
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Spandangler

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Slowly plodding along here. Every single part that comes off this machine is either rusted away or covered in thick grease. Every single mech, kicker, popper thing has had to be removed, degreased in the ultra sonic cleaner and reassembled. Every coil has to have the same treatment and new wrappers put on.

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The coin door has had the holes filled and been repainted.

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However everything has now been cleaned so effectively I’m ready to do the playfield swap.

As you’ve seen in earlier posts, all the metal was very corroded!!

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Reassembling all the cabinet parts. I’m making sure the cab is 100% ready so when the playfield is done it’s all done. I know I’d neglect the cabinet if it was flipping!!

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I copied @newdos design and made a rotisserie in preparation for the swap.
This by a man who ashamedly has never in his life used a chisel or an angle grinder :oops:

However it looks ok and should do the job.

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Still after some clear plastics (the insects etc..) And a better translite

Oh and the “new” ramp I bought off EBay is probably going to be no good. It seems to be very warped. I’ll see how it installs but I won’t hold my breath!
 

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Spandangler

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Making good progress it appears. Are you not tempted to completely respray the inside of the cabinet as you've got the playfield out already?
No mate. 1) It’s never gonna be a minter so I don’t see the point 2) Who sees it anyway and 3) I’m over this project. I’m not one of these souls who particularly gets a massive kick out of doing these.
 
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The main plastic ramp. The end piece with the blue rubber stop is bent so far up the metal bracket which holds the blue rubber won’t sit flush against the end of the ramp thus blocking the drop through hole.The whole thing is warped. If I can get it to fit I’ll file out the drop through hole to allow the ball to fit. I’ll post some pics later.
 

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No mate. 1) It’s never gonna be a minter so I don’t see the point 2) Who sees it anyway and 3) I’m over this project. I’m not one of these souls who particularly gets a massive kick out of doing these.
Dont lose the momentum. Its looking great, keep up the good work. The cabinet looks good and yes always do this before the playfield, otherwise it never happens!! Hope the ultrasonic cleaner is working nice to :)
 
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Paul

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The main plastic ramp. The end piece with the blue rubber stop is bent so far up the metal bracket which holds the blue rubber won’t sit flush against the end of the ramp thus blocking the drop through hole.The whole thing is warped. If I can get it to fit I’ll file out the drop through hole to allow the ball to fit. I’ll post some pics later.
Just checked mine as it's one of the last things to go on and guess what... Same problem!! :D Ball JUST fits in the hole, and with the pad on the end it's around 3mm south of where it needs to be... Damn cheap aussie ramps!!

I'll see if there's an easier solution later, unless you've already tried the filing option...
 
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Really!! What a pita. I got mine from eBay however the seller was on here as RobZombie. I’m sure he wasn’t aware there would be a problem but I’ve got no comeback plus I bought it months ago.

The back right corner seems very warped to. To the extent the flasher cover won’t click in to place. So if I can’t install it properly I’ll just have to buy a new one from Pinball heaven.

If it does fit in to place ok, I’ll look at filing that hole bigger
 

Durzel

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My novice brain at work but couldn't you heat the entire ramp up in the oven and then fit it while it's cooling to get it to bend to the shape it needs to be?
 
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You probably could but it would be very much trial and error. I’d want to practice first on an old ramp. The thing is, as with flame polishing. One second it’s fine, the next it’s a melted heap. Very tricky to know when is too much.
 
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You probably could but it would be very much trial and error. I’d want to practice first on an old ramp. The thing is, as with flame polishing. One second it’s fine, the next it’s a melted heap. Very tricky to know when is too much.
Throw a pizza in the oven at the same time, and some beers in fridge.

If it goes ok you got a pizza and beer to celebrate. If it goes belly up... you got a pizza and beer to cheer yourself up.

#thinklikeGrizZ

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Lesson to be learned, don't cut corners , don't buy a cheap copy .
Buy the real thing from a reputable seller like Pinball Heaven.
Every TAF I have done and it's a lot, I have bought all the new parts from PH with no problems at all and never had any issues with anything from PH.
Life's to short to mess around and try and make something that doesn't fit fit.
 

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Wow! Great thread! Amazing the transformation you're doing!

Reminds me of my Corvette which i am still on with. Not touched it this year, but hopefully get back into it next year!

Keep up the good work!

Dunc
 
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