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Johns-Arcade
26th March 2009, 09:59 PM
Well my Black Knight is finally almost done. This has been a 2+ year project from start to finish with just a few more things to do before I consider it finished.

I purchased this Black Knight from the USA in non working condition. The price was right, but the deal almost fell through due to some miscommunication, but that's another story (And thread). The game was shipped out of Florida and arrived about a month later. I unpacked the machine to finally see exactly what I had bought. The Playfield was dirty and had a lot of ball swirl, but in better than average condition. The back glass had typical flaking, but wasn't too bad over all (7/10). The cab itself was in fair condition and inside was just dirty as all hell. All the boards were complete, but would need re-building. For some reason I always seem to find a US penny in every machine I import, and Black Knight was no exception

Here are a few pictures taken on the day I got it home.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2007_0215Image0014aa.jpg

I moved the game inside and that's where it sat until I found time to get to work on it.

Once I put the game up on legs I opened it up and decided upon the best course of action to get this game back up and running. The main CPU board had some damage, so I decided I'd look for a replacement first. A quick PM to Tony at the Pinball Shed had this sorted straight away. The replacement CPU arrived with a remote battery holder fitted, and the board itself was in very nice condition (Thanks Tony!). I have since repaired my origanal CPU and will keep this as a spare.

Removing all the boards from the back box one by one.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0106Image0003aa.jpg

Yuck, what a mess!

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2007_0430Image0005aa.jpg


I decided I wanted to go the hole hog with this Pin, as Black Knight has always been a Pin I've wanted since 1983. It was while I was working at the Big Top in Sydney that I fell in love with this Pin. It was the most modern Pin in the place in 83 and saw a lot of action.

My next step was to make a list of all the parts I needed. At this stage CPR had announced that they would be making new playfields and plastics, so I put my name down for these. I also decided I would fork out the extra money and buy one of the limited edition Silver playfields (I got #17). I also decided I wanted to try and find a new back glass. Mayfair Amusements still had new glasses available, but wouldn't ship outside the USA. A quick conversation with Wayne and I soon had my back glass on it's way to the Pinball factory in Melbourne in one of his containers. This was a good opportunity for a mini holiday to Melbourne with the family, so we packed up the car and had a great time enjoying the sites around Melbourne. I also had the chance to see Game On whilst I was there, so this worked out great. Special thanks to Wayne for letting me ship the glass over!!

The brand new glass ready to be fitted

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0616Image0028aa.jpg

All the other parts I'd need were ordered over the following year and carefully stored until needed.

As this machine had come from the USA, I had to re-strap the transformer and replace the varistor to suit 240VAC. This game had been hacked with a few bodgie repairs by someone (Notice the 50V flipper coils!)

Next came a partial re-build of the power supply. I also did the fuse mod for the bridge rectifiers (Which were replaced).

New capacitor, rectifiers and fuse mod added

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0121Image0002aa.jpg

I then fired up the game minus the displays. There were a bunch of non working globes, switches and coils. I didn't attempt to start a game at this stage.

Powered up, but with issues.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0215Image0002aa.jpg

The game was disassembled and I began working on the boards.

All the old round pin Molex connecters were cut away and replaced. The CPU/Driver board connecter was also replaced. I also removed the wiring harness and gave this a wash. I burnt a new set of roms for the CPU board and sound board. The sound and speech boards were also fully rebuilt with new caps and IC sockets.

The cab was stripped, repaired and sanded with a belt sander and painted ready for the new decals. As I was putting in a new playfield, I decided I would apply decals rather than re-stencil the cab. I thought it would better suit the new playfield which had newer inserts, hence the reason I'm calling this project a re-build over a restore.

The sanding and repair stage.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0510Image0002aa.jpg

Mark (Shock and Awe) and Ryan (LOTR4U) happened to be applying new decals to some cabs as well, so seeing I hadn't re-decaled a Pinball before, I asked Mark if I could bring my cab up for some decaling lessons. I had seen the results of Marks Pins he had done previously, hence my eagerness to get his help. I have applied a fair bit of sideart and control panel overlays in my time, but I was eager for this to go right. Fair Dinkum Dan provided the transport (Thanks Dan!) and with Mark's and his wife's help, the decals were soon applied. Mark sure has this technique down pat and I was very happy with the results. One of the decals did have a few small creases due to the separation of the backing paper during storage, but this has since disappeared. Thanks Mark for all your help with this!!

The cab after it arrived home with the new decals fitted.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0601Image0003aa.jpg


I reassembled the cab with the rebuilt boards, fitted new legs and prepared to get to work on the playfield swap. The side rails were cleaned and re-grained and put back on the cab. I had looked into getting new side rails made, but decided the old rails came up fine.

Up on legs with some of the cab hardware fitted.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0605Image0022aa.jpg

A before shot.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0106Image0037aa.jpg



For the playfield swap, I decided to work in sections and proceeded to take a ton of pictures and made notes on what went where. I started on the upper playfield first. All parts were removed and fully disassembled and cleaned. I did most of the cleaning on a Sunday in front of the TV watching old movies on Foxtel. It Just seemed to fit with what I was doing. I also decided that I would replace every switch diode while I had everything apart (That was fun!!)

Working away underneath.


http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0001aa.jpg

I completed the underside of the playfield first, then moved over to the top. All new flipper rebuild kits were fitted including new flipper bats. I also replaced all the finned playfield posts with new ones from the Pinball Resource. All metal parts were cleaned and re-grained where required. The pop bumper assemble was fully replaced with a new one. I found I was missing a semi-circular wire form, so I contacted Ken (Skybeaux) to see if he had the part I needed. Sure enough, he did!!! Many thanks Ken!!

The new playfield almost finished!

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0005a.jpg

Fully working and ready for a test play.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0006reduced1.jpg


Inside the cab after fitting the playfield. I also installed a better speaker.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0326Image0017aa.jpg


Once the new playfield was fitted, I powered up the game. So far so good, but I soon found I couldn't start a game. I had a number of faulty switches which turned out to be a faulty 6821 PIA and a bad 7406 on the driver board. These were quickly replaced and I was now able to start a game. I had replaced all the globes with 47's, but had a string out on the back glass. A faulty TIP42 was the culprit. The next step was to make fine adjustments to all the switches. I still hadn't fitted any displays at this stage. I had found a shorted transistor in the high voltage section, so I replaced both and also fitted 91V zeners. While measuring the high voltage (which was correct) I slipped with my meter and I saw the 250mA fuse open. I knew straight away I had blown the new transistor, so out with the board and in with another new one I was really careful measuring the high voltage next time. All the displays fired up, which was a real bonus.

My current high score.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0326Image0021aa.jpg

I have now test played the game quite a few times and I think it plays great! I have a friend who is turning me some new stand-offs for some of the plastics. Once this is done I'll finish installing the missing plastics. I'm also planning to have the front door chromed to finish it off.

I will be moving Black Knight into the gamesroom as soon as it's all complete. Over all I'm very happy with the end result.

I'll post a few more pictures once it's all done and in it's new home.

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

daics3522
26th March 2009, 10:01 PM
Awesome restore.... One day... (get ya hand of it daics).............

asalza
26th March 2009, 10:05 PM
What great restore......Luv that machine.......

Ford Fairlane
26th March 2009, 10:08 PM
Wow! nice work John!! Keep those pics coming!

DKong
26th March 2009, 10:12 PM
Great write up and looks sensational:cool:

Arcade King
26th March 2009, 10:18 PM
Wow John thanks for the write up :D

Ballypinball
26th March 2009, 10:20 PM
Well my Black Knight is finally almost done. This has been a 2+ year project from start to finish with just a few more things to do before I consider it finished.

I purchased this Black Knight from the USA in non working condition. The price was right, but the deal almost fell through due to some miscommunication, but that's another story (And thread). The game was shipped out of Florida and arrived about a month later. I unpacked the machine to finally see exactly what I had bought. The Playfield was dirty and had a lot of ball swirl, but in better than average condition. The back glass had typical flaking, but wasn't too bad over all (7/10). The cab itself was in fair condition and inside was just dirty as all hell. All the boards were complete, but would need re-building. For some reason I always seem to find a US penny in every machine I import, and Black Knight was no exception

Here are a few pictures taken on the day I got it home.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2007_0215Image0014aa.jpg

I moved the game inside and that's where it sat until I found time to get to work on it.

Once I put the game up on legs I opened it up and decided upon the best course of action to get this game back up and running. The main CPU board had some damage, so I decided I'd look for a replacement first. A quick PM to Tony at the Pinball Shed had this sorted straight away. The replacement CPU arrived with a remote battery holder fitted, and the board itself was in very nice condition (Thanks Tony!). I have since repaired my origanal CPU and will keep this as a spare.

Removing all the boards from the back box one by one.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0106Image0003aa.jpg

Yuck, what a mess!

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2007_0430Image0005aa.jpg


I decided I wanted to go the hole hog with this Pin, as Black Knight has always been a Pin I've wanted since 1983. It was while I was working at the Big Top in Sydney that I fell in love with this Pin. It was the most modern Pin in the place in 83 and saw a lot of action.

My next step was to make a list of all the parts I needed. At this stage CPR had announced that they would be making new playfields and plastics, so I put my name down for these. I also decided I would fork out the extra money and buy one of the limited edition Silver playfields (I got #17). I also decided I wanted to try and find a new back glass. Mayfair Amusements still had new glasses available, but wouldn't ship outside the USA. A quick conversation with Wayne and I soon had my back glass on it's way to the Pinball factory in Melbourne in one of his containers. This was a good opportunity for a mini holiday to Melbourne with the family, so we packed up the car and had a great time enjoying the sites around Melbourne. I also had the chance to see Game On whilst I was there, so this worked out great. Special thanks to Wayne for letting me ship the glass over!!

The brand new glass ready to be fitted

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0616Image0028aa.jpg

All the other parts I'd need were ordered over the following year and carefully stored until needed.

As this machine had come from the USA, I had to re-strap the transformer and replace the varistor to suit 240VAC. This game had been hacked with a few bodgie repairs by someone (Notice the 50V flipper coils!)

Next came a partial re-build of the power supply. I also did the fuse mod for the bridge rectifiers (Which were replaced).

New capacitor, rectifiers and fuse mod added

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0121Image0002aa.jpg

I then fired up the game minus the displays. There were a bunch of non working globes, switches and coils. I didn't attempt to start a game at this stage.

Powered up, but with issues.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0215Image0002aa.jpg

The game was disassembled and I began working on the boards.

All the old round pin Molex connecters were cut away and replaced. The CPU/Driver board connecter was also replaced. I also removed the wiring harness and gave this a wash. I burnt a new set of roms for the CPU board and sound board. The sound and speech boards were also fully rebuilt with new caps and IC sockets.

The cab was stripped, repaired and sanded with a belt sander and painted ready for the new decals. As I was putting in a new playfield, I decided I would apply decals rather than re-stencil the cab. I thought it would better suit the new playfield which had newer inserts, hence the reason I'm calling this project a re-build over a restore.

The sanding and repair stage.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0510Image0002aa.jpg

Mark (Shock and Awe) and Ryan (LOTR4U) happened to be applying new decals to some cabs as well, so seeing I hadn't re-decaled a Pinball before, I asked Mark if I could bring my cab up for some decaling lessons. I had seen the results of Marks Pins he had done previously, hence my eagerness to get his help. I have applied a fair bit of sideart and control panel overlays in my time, but I was eager for this to go right. Fair Dinkum Dan provided the transport (Thanks Dan!) and with Mark's and his wife's help, the decals were soon applied. Mark sure has this technique down pat and I was very happy with the results. One of the decals did have a few small creases due to the separation of the backing paper during storage, but this has since disappeared. Thanks Mark for all your help with this!!

The cab after it arrived home with the new decals fitted.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0601Image0003aa.jpg


I reassembled the cab with the rebuilt boards, fitted new legs and prepared to get to work on the playfield swap. The side rails were cleaned and re-grained and put back on the cab. I had looked into getting new side rails made, but decided the old rails came up fine.

Up on legs with some of the cab hardware fitted.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0605Image0022aa.jpg

A before shot.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2008_0106Image0037aa.jpg



For the playfield swap, I decided to work in sections and proceeded to take a ton of pictures and made notes on what went where. I started on the upper playfield first. All parts were removed and fully disassembled and cleaned. I did most of the cleaning on a Sunday in front of the TV watching old movies on Foxtel. It Just seemed to fit with what I was doing. I also decided that I would replace every switch diode while I had everything apart (That was fun!!)

Working away underneath.


http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0001aa.jpg

I completed the underside of the playfield first, then moved over to the top. All new flipper rebuild kits were fitted including new flipper bats. I also replaced all the finned playfield posts with new ones from the Pinball Resource. All metal parts were cleaned and re-grained where required. The pop bumper assemble was fully replaced with a new one. I found I was missing a semi-circular wire form, so I contacted Ken (Skybeaux) to see if he had the part I needed. Sure enough, he did!!! Many thanks Ken!!

The new playfield almost finished!

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0005a.jpg

Fully working and ready for a test play.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0306Image0006reduced1.jpg


Inside the cab after fitting the playfield. I also installed a better speaker.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0326Image0017aa.jpg


Once the new playfield was fitted, I powered up the game. So far so good, but I soon found I couldn't start a game. I had a number of faulty switches which turned out to be a faulty 6821 PIA and a bad 7406 on the driver board. These were quickly replaced and I was now able to start a game. I had replaced all the globes with 47's, but had a string out on the back glass. A faulty TIP42 was the culprit. The next step was to make fine adjustments to all the switches. I still hadn't fitted any displays at this stage. I had found a shorted transistor in the high voltage section, so I replaced both and also fitted 91V zeners. While measuring the high voltage (which was correct) I slipped with my meter and I saw the 250mA fuse open. I knew straight away I had blown the new transistor, so out with the board and in with another new one I was really careful measuring the high voltage next time. All the displays fired up, which was a real bonus.

My current high score.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z111/johnsarcade/2009_0326Image0021aa.jpg

I have now test played the game quite a few times and I think it plays great! I have a friend who is turning me some new stand-offs for some of the plastics. Once this is done I'll finish installing the missing plastics. I'm also planning to have the front door chromed to finish it off.

I will be moving Black Knight into the gamesroom as soon as it's all complete. Over all I'm very happy with the end result.

I'll post a few more pictures once it's all done and in it's new home.

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

Nice to see our TPF Hologram on the playfield

Foot
26th March 2009, 10:26 PM
OMG!, fantastic stuff. Still my all time favourite machine

Never seen one with the decals one before and they look pretty damm tidy

Great job, well done

BlackKnight2000
26th March 2009, 10:47 PM
I want one of those backglasses. How much was it?

sleazius
26th March 2009, 10:53 PM
Fantastic job mate! I love seeing old pins resurrected :041::041::041::023:

bwodie
26th March 2009, 10:55 PM
stunning John
a true credit to all the work you put in. its great you had the dream of having the game, and in turn you made a game that was as good as new.
im jelous as ****

Supremicus
26th March 2009, 11:07 PM
A beautiful restore John.

wingtipvortex
26th March 2009, 11:08 PM
What can i say but....magnificent mate! This a pin i yearn for, and yours is a stellar effort.

Falcon
26th March 2009, 11:44 PM
Well Done, lot of hour's here i can see.
Now, What's the next project ?

hamish_nz
27th March 2009, 06:27 AM
WOW john that looks amazing.

a true work of art

Johns-Arcade
27th March 2009, 07:35 AM
Thanks for all the kind words guys. :D



I want one of those backglasses. How much was it?

From memory, it ended up costing between $500 - $600AU. Not cheap, but couldn't resist.



Well Done, lot of hour's here i can see.
Now, What's the next project ?

I'm not sure yet, maybe a couple of Vids I have tucked away. :)

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

Skybeaux
27th March 2009, 07:56 AM
Simply beautiful John:cool:
All your hard work and patience has paid off and i'm sure it would be easily the best Black Knight in the country.

I wish it were mine:cry

Fish Tales
27th March 2009, 08:18 AM
10/10 :)

LOTR4U
27th March 2009, 08:42 AM
WOW nice job John.

I have NEVER seen a better Black Knight resto! :D

this is going to be the best one in AUS!

ANT68
27th March 2009, 08:56 AM
Beautifully done ,congratulations.
Don't want to be nosy but what sort of money has it set you back .
I've got a BK in storage ,it's been there for the last 17 years ,last think done was remoting the batteries .
Tossing up what to do to it .
Hey maybe we can do a swap:lol

con
27th March 2009, 09:26 AM
All time classic such as BK deserves the attention to detail you have gone to. It is truly looking mint even though u used decals for the cab.

Top effort well done.

AskJacob
27th March 2009, 09:54 AM
That will be a whole new machine soon!

How did you clean the mechanical assemblies under the playfield? They look like new!

(or ar they new?)

I have to admit, I'd like my machines to look that good from underneath, but seem to run out of puff (and can't figure out how to get them that good short of re-plating them).

Cheers
Jacob

Johns-Arcade
27th March 2009, 10:27 AM
Beautifully done ,congratulations.
Don't want to be nosy but what sort of money has it set you back .
I've got a BK in storage ,it's been there for the last 17 years ,last think done was remoting the batteries .
Tossing up what to do to it .
Hey maybe we can do a swap:lol

I never keep a tally of all the individual costs, as I'd have trouble sleeping at night if I knew how much money I spend on my hobby. :D

If I had to guess I would say somewhere around the $4000 mark all up, maybe a bit more.

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.


That will be a whole new machine soon!

How did you clean the mechanical assemblies under the playfield? They look like new!

(or ar they new?)

I have to admit, I'd like my machines to look that good from underneath, but seem to run out of puff (and can't figure out how to get them that good short of re-plating them).

Cheers
Jacob

Hi Jacob,

That's the sit in front of the telly bit :D All I do is fully disassemble all parts, grab some steelwool and dip it in brasso and clean away. On the smaller parts, they get a light clean then into the tumbler for 24hrs.

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

4_amusement_only
27th March 2009, 04:47 PM
Freakishly good job

Thanks for the write up with hi-res pictures as well!

Gav
27th March 2009, 05:14 PM
Great stuff. Brings back all the great memories of playing BK back in the day. Looks like it could be brand new. Thanks:023:

Fair Dinkum Dan
28th March 2009, 11:51 AM
Top stuff John. Great write up too.

I have been fortunate to see this pinball go through it's transformation over the last year or so and, it is truly a beautiful looking machine. It is virtually a brand new Black Knight pinball machine. An outstanding achievement. :023:

I have provided a link to the pictures from the Decal day, (click here (http://picasaweb.google.com/danieljrobar/PinballDecalDay?feat=directlink)) where we not only did John's Black Knight pinball, but Mark (Shock & Awe's) Medieval Madness pinball as well. Ryan's (LOTR4U) Cirqus Voltaire did not get done that weekend because it was put back a week, due to him being so bloody anal. :lol

Cheers,

Dan

Foot
28th March 2009, 12:43 PM
Cool extra pics! The BK photo post decaling is fantastic

wonder1
29th March 2009, 10:43 AM
John a credit to your restore,it look fantastic.


Did the decals come up better than if you stencil it.Would like to do mine one day but was going to stencil the cabinet as had no i dear that decals were available.
Any problems with the play field when you installed it as i got number 7LD and will be doing the same as you one day.
Will be looking at a new back glass as you cant go wrong with NOS.
Any other things i should watch out for.

thanks
Craig

LOTR4U
29th March 2009, 07:59 PM
John a credit to your restore,it look fantastic.


Did the decals come up better than if you stencil it.Would like to do mine one day but was going to stencil the cabinet as had no i dear that decals were available.
Any problems with the play field when you installed it as i got number 7LD and will be doing the same as you one day.
Will be looking at a new back glass as you cant go wrong with NOS.
Any other things i should watch out for.

thanks
Craig

personally i thought the decals looked better then slapped on paint with a stencil. i am of the younger generation tho who thinks stenciled on art look old.

wouldn't be great if the surface wasn't 100% prepped, ie smooth/dust free.

Pinball Warehouse
29th March 2009, 08:05 PM
What a fantastic effort to bring that old girl back to a better then new condition.
I would pay good money to play that game.
Even just to look and feel it in the flesh.
I'm excited.

Keep up all this great restoration work guys. They just keep on getting better and better.

Johns-Arcade
29th March 2009, 08:54 PM
John a credit to your restore,it look fantastic.


Did the decals come up better than if you stencil it.Would like to do mine one day but was going to stencil the cabinet as had no i dear that decals were available.
Any problems with the play field when you installed it as i got number 7LD and will be doing the same as you one day.
Will be looking at a new back glass as you cant go wrong with NOS.
Any other things i should watch out for.

thanks
Craig

Hi Craig,

I'm not sure if the decals are still available. I have a funny feeling I purchased the last set as they disappeared from the site after I purchased mine. I had intended to re-stencil, but decided that I wanted my Black Knight to be more of an updated version in appearance. The back glass came from Mayfair Amusements, but be quick if you want one, as they didn't have many left when I bought mine. No major issues installing the new playfield, but one thing I did do was open the holes for the wire forms with a small drill bit, as the clear coat had blocked quite a few. I also found a few dimples were missed under the playfield, but that was no big deal.


What a fantastic effort to bring that old girl back to a better then new condition.
I would pay good money to play that game.
Even just to look and feel it in the flesh.
I'm excited.

Keep up all this great restoration work guys. They just keep on getting better and better.

Your welcome to play it for free anytime Tony! :)



Top stuff John. Great write up too.

I have been fortunate to see this pinball go through it's transformation over the last year or so and, it is truly a beautiful looking machine. It is virtually a brand new Black Knight pinball machine. An outstanding achievement. :023:

I have provided a link to the pictures from the Decal day, (click here (http://picasaweb.google.com/danieljrobar/PinballDecalDay?feat=directlink)) where we not only did John's Black Knight pinball, but Mark (Shock & Awe's) Medieval Madness pinball as well. Ryan's (LOTR4U) Cirqus Voltaire did not get done that weekend because it was put back a week, due to him being so bloody anal. :lol

Cheers,

Dan

Thanks for posting the link Dan!

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

Ballypinball
29th March 2009, 10:04 PM
I notice our hologram on the coin door of the decal set, it must have come from classic arcade, so ye should be able to supply more