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Gemini2544
23rd April 2015, 06:50 PM
Hey Guy's, Well I got Cleo home & yes I drilled the lock out, dismantled it & breaking nothing. Now to business! There is good & bad news-

The Good news- no problems with the power supply, displays, driver board, transformers, retifiers.
The bad news- The control board is beyond the cost & time to rebuild due to major corrosion on both sides, the translite has a lot of paint cracking, the front coin door ply panel needs replacing.

Today-
i've checked the power supply & transformers...All Good, correct voltages everywhere.
I've ordered a new Flipp P1-1 control board (MPU).
I've replaced all the corroded & worn pins in the PCB harness & plugs.
I've removed the coin door panel & metal hardware to start making a new Ply front panel.


Next to do-
Finish the wood work & prime for base coat.
Rebuild power supply ( Replace Caps ).
Start cleaning the playfield & replacing all rubbers.
Fit new legs & feet.
Source a few minor bits.

Any recommendations on repairing or replacing the translite, I'm all ears.

Some more pixs soon!

wiredoug
23rd April 2015, 06:56 PM
just buy another backglass .. they come along from time to time

Gemini2544
23rd April 2015, 07:00 PM
just buy another backglass .. they come along from time to time
Only one i've seen is in the US and would be around $350 excluding postage of around $145.

wiredoug
23rd April 2015, 07:00 PM
Only one i've seen is in the US and would be around $350 including postage.

thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.

Gemini2544
23rd April 2015, 07:07 PM
thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.
My Wife says she has a friend that does Art on glass with special paints, Might look into her friend. :lol

rod71
23rd April 2015, 07:30 PM
thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.

Yep, I'd be after a better one if the game warranted it. Sure it's not overly rare, but the majority are flaky.

wiredoug
23rd April 2015, 07:41 PM
or leave it, play it, sell it .. someone else will buy it the same as you did.. cant make them all perfect.

Gemini2544
24th April 2015, 08:39 AM
cant make them all perfect.
So true!

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Some more pixs of where I'm at. Sorry there sideways, AA wont allow adjustment to vertical.

angs1957
24th April 2015, 04:54 PM
Good to hear it arrived in one piece :D put it together & have some fun, collect what you need then tear it down :o

Gemini2544
25th April 2015, 10:08 AM
Good to hear it arrived in one piece :D put it together & have some fun, collect what you need then tear it down :o
Don't worry I plan to, however some repair work had to be done on the front panel first due to the bottom falling out.

Gemini2544
28th April 2015, 02:19 PM
Well today I completed the front panel, fitted new locks, re-rubbered the playfield & fitted the new chrome legs. Next to do will be cabinet scratch repair & painting of the front panel to match. It's going very well!

Gemini2544
29th April 2015, 09:01 PM
Not much to report today other than I got an email saying my Flipp PCB is in the mail, I painted & speckled the front panel, filled in the deep scrapes on the sides ready for touch up paint & refitted the coin door & Ball launcher properly. Cleo is looking younger everyday!

Fire_Power
30th April 2015, 08:51 AM
What paint did you end up using?

Gemini2544
30th April 2015, 11:34 AM
What paint did you end up using?

Oil base paint. I've now done a test repair on the side to see how it would go. I made a masking tape and paper stencil, worked great but some of the finer details will be troublesome.

Gemini2544
1st May 2015, 03:11 PM
It's Friday and the front panel is finished. I was amazed that I found paint that matched the 38 years of fade & stain matching the side panel's background white.
I recreated the original design the best I could. The first photo was at purchase & last photo is off the internet to show what it was like. I'm happy with my result.

Gemini2544
3rd May 2015, 12:25 PM
Well it's Sunday & over the weekend I put my wife's art skills to work- see pixs.

She has very steady brush control, She should have been a sign writer (old school).
Once the Purple is dry & finished she'll be on to the Orange parts.

Gemini2544
3rd May 2015, 01:50 PM
Also I've been painstakingly repairing the damage to the back glass. I'm not finished yet but here is a before and after to date.
It can be done!:cool:

Gemini2544
6th May 2015, 12:20 PM
Not too much done over the last couple of days, However the replacement for my cracked plastic sent over from hamo54 is already on.
I'm very grateful for your generosity.:ty Geoff.

Gemini2544
10th May 2015, 12:05 PM
Update, My wife finished the art work on the right hand side today, and I finished cleaning, waxing & replacing globes on the playfield. The first photo is how I found the machine. There really isn't much more to do now at lest till the Flippp PI-1 mpu board arrives. I need to play it now to see if there are any problems.

angs1957
10th May 2015, 05:03 PM
Your Mrs sure did a great job with the cabinet, BG came up trumps too

Gemini2544
18th May 2015, 02:43 PM
Well The Flippp PI-1 finally arrived, fitted & everything works 100%. Only had to change 3 bulbs. The bell chimes are bit different when your used to electronic sounds, a bit of nostalgia. Anyway Cleo is about as far as I'm prepared to go to with this restore, she looks great & is now fully operational.

I would like to thank Boots, Wiredoug, Hamo54 & my clever wife "Leanne" for their input & parts to see "Cleo" living again! THANK-YOU!

shedpinball
18th May 2015, 09:19 PM
Great read Gemini2544 have got a cleo with the Flipp board in it am a bit jealous that mine is no where near as good knick as your thanx for sharing the progress

wiredoug
18th May 2015, 09:39 PM
& my cleaver wife "Leanne"

yeah ...mine chases me with the cleaver too...

Gemini2544
19th May 2015, 07:48 AM
yeah ...mine chases me with the cleaver too...
Bloody auto spell check.. :lol

JOKERPOKER
19th May 2015, 02:18 PM
That turned out really nice. Great job.

Gemini2544
19th May 2015, 04:48 PM
My wife said to me last night, that when she first saw "Cleo" on arrival that she thought it was going to be a total loss. Four weeks later & "Cleo" is fixed, looks great & fully functional, I think I have enough browny points to start another pinball project.;)

angs1957
19th May 2015, 06:48 PM
They just keep growing fantastic restoration good to see another one saved and not scraped

Fire_Power
20th May 2015, 08:06 AM
Great to see a machine come back from the edge. Also good to see some different techniques for BG and cab touch up. The cab looks really good and has to be so much easier than stenciling the whole thing.

Gemini2544
20th May 2015, 08:13 AM
Great to see a machine come back from the edge. Also good to see some different techniques for BG and cab touch up. The cab looks really good and has to be so much easier than stenciling the whole thing.
As long as the person holding the brush has the skills. My wife is very good with art & craft, so the odds were in my favor.

Jesder
20th May 2015, 09:11 AM
I'm a bit late to the party, but awesome thread Doug and thanks for taking the time to share the progress as you went. It's great a great result!

Gemini2544
21st May 2015, 09:54 AM
Well it's job done, Cleopatra is in the game room.

wiredoug
21st May 2015, 12:03 PM
is she getting a new coin door sticker to finish her off?

Timbo
21st May 2015, 12:40 PM
Now you've done it. New thread. :rolleyes


is she getting a new coin door sticker to finish her off?

Gemini2544
21st May 2015, 12:41 PM
is she getting a new coin door sticker to finish her off?
Yes Doug, already ordered, Just waiting for it to arrive.

ctucker
28th May 2015, 09:38 PM
Mate,
Lovely work to get her running and looking good!
I wish my wife could get into the artwork.
Its very satisfying bring these to life.
Well done and have fun.

cliff

Rich
30th May 2015, 08:29 AM
Love Cleopatra, one of my faves, had the option to buy one many years back that had a metal cabinet. Never seen one before.
Cleo is nice to play, not too easy and nice colours, well done.

Gemini2544
4th June 2015, 12:42 PM
Just a small update, I put 20 volts DC though the filament wires on the main displays for 5 seconds & 8 volt DC though the 4 digit filaments for 5 seconds. Wow! did that brighten them up, All displays came up like new. This process really works well & was a great tip I got from Pinrepair.com/sys1, page 170.

angs1957
8th June 2015, 10:10 AM
That is a fantastic tip, saw it done with a step down power pack 12VDC for 5 seconds with leads connected one way then swapped over for another 5 seconds on a display that was really dim, burns off the crud built up

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BTW excellent job on the pinny, sure looks like its at home :038: