The “Get This Out Of My Basement” Pinball

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So, I’ve been working on this deal for a while now and have hinted at it several times. Unfortunately, the weather here hasn’t really cooperated.  Several double digit below zero temperature days as well as a few inches of snow prevented any progress on the deal.  Today, it finally became a reality.

I had an offer to pick up a working 1994 Bally World Cup Soccer pinball on one condition: I had to haul it out of a basement which consisted of a very narrow flight of stairs.  Other than that, the game was free.  Obviously, I jumped at the chance, gathered some help and went to grab the machine, sight unseen.  Here’s a look at the machine once it finally made it’s way into the basement arcade:

Table Front A shot of the front of the table.

I didn’t have my camera available so that is the only picture for now.  Hopefully, I’ll grab a few more pictures tonight.  Cosmetically, the cabinet is in great shape.  The right flipper works but needs to be rebuilt...

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Golden Tee – Cabinet Wanted

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Some of you may remember my initial posts about Golden Tee.  Originally, I was going to convert my Leland All-American Football cabinet to a Golden Tee cabinet.  Then I picked up an already converted cabinet running Golden Tee 2K at a frat house for $25.  It wasn’t in bad shape, had a working monitor and board set and came with the added addition of a ping pong ball and some change in the bottom of the cabinet.  Those posts did not get converted in the swap to a new domain because, quite frankly, the whole process was a train wreck.  Regardless, here are a few pictures of the cabinet I was working with:

I’ve decided I want to transition this to a original dedicated Golden Tee cabinet as seen in the flyer below:

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Tip Of The Day….

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The last week or so, I’ve slowly been making progress on the Galaga restoration.  I don’t have any new pictures as it’s mostly “boring” work.  All of the side art is stripped and the entire cabinet, both inside and out, has been sanded progressively with 60 grit, 100 grit and then 150 grit sand paper.  Last night, I was applying some MinWax Wood Hardener to the frayed edges.  It is specifically designed to strengthen and reinforce decaying or rotting wood.  You rapidly apply a couple of coats with a small disposable brush, in my case a 1″ brush.  The can that the product comes in does not accommodate a 1″ brush so I had to pour it into another container for application.  Here’s the tip….DO NOT pour it into a red Solo (plastic) cup.  Styrofoam would probably not be a wise choice either.  I was good for about 3 minutes (story of my life) before the acetone (or I assume it was the acetone) ate right through the cup and the contents began to spill all over my hands...

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A Restoration Begins

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For the past few months, I’ve had a poll up asking which game restoration I should document next.  It’s a three way tie at the moment between Donkey Kong, Centipede and Track & Field.  The winner is….  Galaga!

Over the weekend I picked up the cabinet which will probably be my last game acquisition for a while.  I need to start focusing on restoring the games I already have.  Fortunately, it’s been at the top of my “want list” since I picked up Donkey Kong.  I made the 2 hour drive (4 hours round trip) and promptly unloaded it into the garage.  Since it was in the garage, I decided that it would go to the head of the restoration list.  As is customary, here’s are the original marketing flyers for Galaga and a link to it’s entry in the Killer List of Video Games:

So, let’s start with the good news…it’s friggin’ GALAGA! It powers on and the moni...

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Like A Kid In A Candy Store

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You would have thought last Sunday was Christmas day. I couldn’t sleep the night before and was up at the crack of dawn. To say I was excited was probably an understatement. Yet there was no Christmas tree, no stockings hung by the chimney with care. So why the excitement you ask? It was the day…the day my grail was coming home. I had arranged to pick up the machine at 10:00 that morning. Unfortunately, I was ready to go at 5 am!

As soon as I pulled in the sellers driveway, I knew I was at the right house. Sitting outside his garage door was the back box to the World Series pinball machine, complete with the awesome back glass. As he opened up the overhead garage door, I saw about a dozen pinball machines in various stages of assembly/disassembly, a number of arcade cabinets and more parts than you could shake a stick at. Another guy that “got it”! We chatted briefly about our collections and he asked if there was anything I was looking for...

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