In Progress Filthy not so White Water restore

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Having taken a hiatus from Pinball for a few years, I feel happy to be back in the swing again. My recent RFM restore, which is almost complete and now just awaiting a replacement playfield, has really brought my mojo back and love for fixing these things up again.

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Next on the restore list is WH20 which needs an epic amount of TLC to get it back to former glory. The good news is the cab is complete and PCB wise all working, but not without many hacks a previous op has done in the past to keep the coins flowing. It needs a full strip top to bottom, many repairs to the bodges, playfield needs so much love. Ramps except for one are all in perfect shape, they will get a clean/flame polish and new decals. The cabinet will get a full lick of paint and decals. etc etc it's a giant money pit but boy it will be worth it. :p

Wish me luck!
 
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Made a start on stripping the topside, it was beyond filthy so I keep on going until everything was removed. Overall the condition is ok, bar a few wrong screws used which have just poked through, I think I can repair and make it good.

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With the top stripped I made a start below removing all of the targets, mechs, bumpers, switches and posts.

Some funky cotton wool/masking tape to dampen the subway return kicker, also has extra plating and a massive divot where the ball has gone through it a billion times!

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I do like whitewater but I feel the need to tell you we have the same keyboard.
It doesn't like spills so be careful.

(Disclaimer, great work on the WhiteWater, I have been drinking, but not water sooo).

:)
 
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This evening I made a start cleaning up what was salvageable from the mechs and ball guides, with some elbow grease it is all now dirt and grease free.

I gave the insert pcbs a much needed bath in isopropyl, scrub and re-flowed all of the headers. I also made the first of what will be many part orders, that should give me most of what I need for this first stage 😀

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Progress is still moving along on this one, it's been slow waiting for parts to arrive from multiple vendors but its all nearly here. When people say this is an expensive cab to restore, that is so very true, the amount I’ve spent on new parts is eye watering 😂

I have rebuilt every mech on the game now, many had broken parts replaced, new coil sleeves, springs etc plus I’ve replaced 7 coils too. Rebuilt the pops which are always fun but thankfully only 3 on this cab, went for transparent skirts which look super sexy against the fresh new white pop bodies.

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Cleaned the underside inserts and fitted LEDs.
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Fitted all new targets and sling and score switches.

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Touched up the playfield wear from the lost mine kicker and fitted a protector to the whole playfield. Full silicone rubber kit fitted, have updated to blue post sleeves since I took the picture. All new star posts too.

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Refitted new black ash vinyl to the wooden rails.

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Now I’m moving on to the cabinet. just need it to cool down outside as I’m melting at the moment. All the metal work is currently at the power coaters, looks forward to seeing how that pans out.
 
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Made a start on the cabinet today, like the rest of this cab it was pretty minging..

I’m fitting those fancy Rad decals for the first time so don’t have to go crazy on the prep for the front and sides which will make a change.

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Out came my trusty mouse and I got on with sanding the dirty bottom, followed by glueing and clamping the rear before filling.

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Next job is removing the earth braiding and giving the insides a good clean and paint job.

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10 points to the first person to name the game this recycled bit of cab came from?

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Found more Dr Who parasite cab parts today whilst replacing the wooden rails.

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Got all the powder coated parts back today so I can finally kick this up a gear and get the cabinet finished off :)

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Another wet day! little chance to do any spray work. But I did manage to cut and fit new side rails, went for a slightly more thicker wood than the original ply, which should survive another 25 years hopefully :)

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Fingers crossed the weather is good tomorrow and I can finish the main body of the cab with a few clean coats of paint. Gagging to fit the new artwork.
 
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