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  • Twilight Zone Restoration

    Well its been a little bit too long since i've done a restoration thread, so here goes.

    This TZ used to be mine many years ago, and the guy who bought it had let it go a fair bit, added quite a few mods, never cleaned it and it had developed quite a few issues over time - many to do with the fact he shorted things adding mods and thier associated wiring!

    Here are a couple of pics when i got it - doesn't look too bad, but was pretty average close up

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    First thing was to gt the game running - it was resetting, heaps of switches not working and flippers were really weak. After a lot of mucking around, i rebuilt some of the power driver board, replaced pins and plugs, repaired fliptronics board and there were also some issues on the MPU to sort out.

    Once it was functioning, i started the tear down
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    Then into the cabinet

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    Once sanded, had to do quite a bit of bogging and sanding, also screwed and glued the front section as it had very slight separation

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    These are the only pics i have of the playfield mostly stripped

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ID:	2111367 I have old pictures of previous TZ tear downs, so i just stripped everything off without taking any pictures as i will use the old ones for reference.

    So the playfield got sent to Savage for some work, and all the parts are dumped in crates under other machines ready for cleaning.
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    So i then hooked into painting and preppeing the cab for decals - no progress pictures of this part sorry - just the end result. Got the young fella to help out, and installed protectors

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    Then started reinstalling some hardware after a cleanup/repaint of some parts, machine looks like this now

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    Progress from this time on will slow up, heading to ACS later today, then Monday morning am booked in for a double hernia operaiton....yay! Hence the rush to get all the heavy lifting stuff done. So once i am back on my feet a little, i will clean all the mechs and playfield parts.

    Also, here's a little teaser for this absolute gem (different TZ obviously) which will be feauring in an upcoming restoration thread.....

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  • #2
    Originally posted by robm View Post

    Also, here's a little teaser for this absolute gem (different TZ obviously) which will be feauring in an upcoming restoration thread.....

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    I think this one, you should name Lazarus

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    • #3
      Watching this one

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      • #4
        Big job ahead of you, respect! The colour on that PFlooks badly faded, considered a PF swap considering all the work you are doing anyways ?
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        • #5
          Good to see another robm restor thread, it's been a while. Good luck at ACS and with the operation.
          I have propelled the ball along the proper trajectory and been rewarded

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          • #6
            Hey Rob, I don't want to bring your private life onto the forum, but is that possum shit I see in the second TZ?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by furballx View Post
              Hey Rob, I don't want to bring your private life onto the forum, but is that possum shit I see in the second TZ?
              Haha. Very observant sir. That is in fact one of the original possum pins. Sold it 'as is' years ago, now bought it back 'worse as'

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              • #8
                The last restoration is in good hands and gets plenty of love.........finally took your GC score as well......it only took about a year......lol. As has been said great to see another restore thread from you robm
                Pinball...I can't get enough !!!

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ID:	2114842 well slowly recovering from the double hernia operation. Seriously don't recommend this surgery for an easy way to get time off work. I will spare you the nasty details but let's just say I was bright purple in places where you shouldn't be.... Can move around a bit but far from active at the moment.

                  So have been cleaning parts, installing the boards and small light bits of cabinet hardware.

                  Also eliminated one potential source of resets on wpc wide body games by getting rid of the 'z' connector and direct soldering the wires.

                  No pic at the moment but have also been building an Mpu which has been nice easy work while I'm still half crippled.

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                  • #10
                    What was the purpose of the z connector? Stern still use these too. I'm guessing there isn't a male and female connector in this type?

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                    • #11
                      It’s only purpose was to make assembly easier at the factory.

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                      • #12
                        That TZ is looking pretty damn good Rob. Did you get your trophy home??

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ctucker View Post
                          That TZ is looking pretty damn good Rob. Did you get your trophy home??
                          Haha. Bill should be bringing it up in the next little while I think

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by robm View Post

                            Haha. Bill should be bringing it up in the next little while I think
                            You will need to think ahead about things like this now you are a champ Rob
                            Dave
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by robm View Post
                              Here are a couple of pics when i got it - doesn't look too bad, but was pretty average close up

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                              Originally posted by bwodie View Post
                              Big job ahead of you, respect! The colour on that PFlooks badly faded, considered a PF swap considering all the work you are doing anyways ?
                              While I agree that this PF does look faded, I've discovered that due to the quantity of PFs required, B/W used multiple manufacturers (Churchill - CCC, Thomas A Grant - TAG, and Sun Process - SP) to each produce TZ playfields and these manufacturers used slightly different colour pantones and clear coats in their production. As a result not all TZ playfields look the same (and possibly some age better than others). For those interested, here's an article on the various playfield manufacturers http://www.lasvegasplayfields.com/?page_id=19

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