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  • Gottlieb Jacks Open - Revised

    I poorly documented this restore in 2006 (http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php?t=3087), and I thought I'd start a new thread with all of the additions for reference for Pinheads that want to "have a go" at these "in depth" restores. I have not restored another EM (to this level) as yet, but I have started a Pro Football, which is on hold - But will be documented here as well.

    Jacks Open is a game a decided deserved a full restore. I started the restore about 2 1/2 years ago and it took me a year to restore. It used all the skills I had learn and some new techniques I pickup up along the way.

    Background

    I bought the cheap from a guy who wanted to sell the game with a Juke Box - a package deal. I had no interest in the juke box, but I wanted the pinball. So I drove over and picked it up. I set it up in my games room that night, and of course, like all EMs - It just worked.

    Condition

    Well - it worked ! The playfield was filthy, the cabinet was terrible - someone tried a repaint with house paint (why do people do this?), the backglass was very good, except a scratch on the outside of the glass.. What impressed me was the condition of the mechanics. The steppers, relays and score motor were "as new". The only really bad thing was that there was a coil the must of burnt the score reel at some time, as it was melted out of shape

    Starting Point

    After the excitement of getting it home had settled, I had this idea to restore the game as best I could. After a couple of days, and after some thought - I took it a step further and decided it needed a repaint.. Not satisfied - I then wanted the machine to be restored "Nearly In Box" (NIB)
    Very Happy ... So there's the challenge ...

    Here's the game the day I bought it.. A bit sad looking, and it needed some attention ;



    The Journey

    Since this game is finished, I'd like to post progress pictures from the first day, right up to the end result.. Kind of a journal..


    First step was to remove the legs & head and have a good look around the structure of the cabinet and the paint work. Structure was ok - no repairs needed. But the paint work was CRAP.. Looked like crayons were used and a dry brush and crap paint were applied. On top of that - Some of the wood under the housepaint had reacted in some way and it looked more like bark off a tree. Nope... I'm painting this...




    I used Citrus Strip from Bunnings to strip the cabinet. No fumes, no mess and it washes off in water. I used two scrapers, one wide scraper to remove the paint, and other to scrape the residue off the first scraper. I had to do it twice in some sections as the red paint was really deep into the wood. It took 3 hours and I left the game in the sun for a few hours and waited a week before prepping it.

    I tried a few different wood fillers on this cabinet, none that I was pleased with.. But I did fix most of the dints etc... Sanded with 150, 180, 320 then 600 before the first undercoat



    I masked off the insides of the cabinet from the undercoat.



    OK - I don't recall the number of undercoats, but I think it was four. We used 600 grit wet / dry between coats, and waited about 20 minutes between coats. I used Dad's compressor and paint guns - he has been doing this for years (spray painting) - so it was easy for him - and me !



    The cabinet was left out in the sun for two hours, and then placed in storage for a week...

    Playfield


    Whilst the cabinet was getting a make over.. the playfield strip commenced. Everything was removed from topside. Boy was it dirty. First clean was with a wet rag, then nifti (sprayed on the wet rag). I spent the next 3 Days removing the ball swirl. I used ISOCOL from a chemist with 3 packets of chux magic erasers. Lots of care needs to be taken while doing this. There are sections that wore away the lacquer, and sections where the paint just lifted. Care needs top be taken here. I think it took 20 hours to get it perfect.

    Before Pictures






    Progress pictures - post cleanup with ISOCOL and MAGIC ERASER






    While this was happening, I ordered EVERYTHING topside From Pinball Resource.

    Bumper bodies, skirts, caps, flipper, posts, acorn caps, rubbers, nails, coils, rebuild kits, side rail nails, flipper buttons and housings, pincushions, legbolts... and heaps of other bits..

    Sidenote - I PESTERED steve to remake the plastics set, and midway through the playfield clean, he emailed me with a release date.. So I ordered them as well !!

    Next Update - Back to the cabinet repaint..
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    Cabinet Repaint

    This is the hardest part of the resto imho. LOTS of time and patience required. Unfortunately, I don't have detailed pictures of these steps, as I just forgot. The white base color was sprayed on in one long session. I think it has 3 coats - first was thin, then two thicker. The entire cabinet was painted and left to dry in the sun, then left for 2 weeks to dry. During the two weeks, I made the stencils. Here's how I did it;

    Bought a roll of tracing paper, .005 Acetate sheets, black thin permanent marker, and an exacto knife.

    Prior to the resto, I traced the entire cabinet onto tracing paper and I took heaps of pictures. Initially with pencil on the tracing paper and then thin perm marker. When it was time to create the stencils, you use the tracing paper image on the bottom, and secure it to the acetate sheet on top. Trace the section that you need to be cut out of the stencil to allow the paint to pass on to the cabinet. That's a BLACK stencil for the sides of the body, head, front of the body and head. The the same for RED. So that's 12 stencils in all..Time consuming, and you need to be accurate. Then all the stencils need to be labeled and store them under a rug or the carpet so they stay flat....

    The "Splatter effect"...

    This is easy - but you need to test on a piece of cardboard.. All Gottliebs of this era had little specs of black paint all over the cabinet - The story is that the specks detract the eye from the lack of registration of the stencils and the over spray and under spray. When researching the way the original cabinet was painted, a thin sheet of brass was held against the cab and then the color was sprayed through the brass stencil. Then the next color was sprayed. So stenciling a cabinet from the factory in the old days took minutes, not hours. But there was always overspray and underspray. The "splatter" was there to distract from these problems. So in faithfully restoring a cabinet, I wanted it as authentic and accurate as possible.

    All that's needed is a toothbrush and thick black paint, although I thinned mine out and "flicked" the paint while the side I was "flicking the paint" was flat (horizontal) - that way, paint does not run. Dipping the brush into the paint than running your finger from away from you towards you along the brush "flicks" the paint randomly on the cab.. easy..

    Once "splatter" is done, the RED is applied. I started on the sides. The cab must be on a flat surface with the side to be painted horizontal. The RED stencil is registered (important) on the side to be painted and then some 3M blue tape used to hold the stencil down. Mask off everything else around the stencil. Here's the secret - use large nuts, bolts, steel offcuts and anything heavy (get creative), and lay them on the stencil - this creates pressure around the edges - BUT - It keeps the end product faithful to the original, as there WILL BE overspray - because the stencil will not be completely flat..So it will look natural - not like the perfectly laser cut stencils...

    Then, using a smaller volume spray gun, spray the red paint - thin coat first, then wait 5 minutes, another thin coat, than a thicker coat. All over in 10 minutes.. BEFORE the paint dries - remove the metal parts holding the stencil and carefully remove the stencil...It should come off nicely..

    Repeat for all RED parts of the game...

    Fast forward a week..

    Repeat the process for BLACK...

    Very time consuming - you need patience and a willing helper. After a week of storage..It was ready to come home. Here are the results ;

    Side of the Cabinet





    Front of the Cabinet





    Front View - including the installation of polished parts





    Side view with "splatter" !





    Side view of the Head





    Now it's just a matter of polishing and cleaning EVERY single part and installing them back on to the game...
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    • #3
      keep the updates coming nino

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      • #4


        Drool!

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        • #5
          I'm still waiting for you to come up and help me restore my 50s and early 60s pins

          Seriously Nino - f**king awesome work my friend. I find you inspirational even after collecting and restoring old pins for 30 years.

          Cheers

          Tony
          looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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          • #6
            cant wait to get into my old girl

            keep the thread going strong
            you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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            • #7
              Great work Nino,
              Good to see the Jacks Open resto again.
              More inspiration for me to get stuck into one of my EM's.
              Great to see you back mate.
              cheers Steve.
              ps: I haven't got back to the Golden Arrow but I'll keep you posted.
              DE Lethal Weapon 3
              Williams Space Shuttle
              Stern Nugent
              GTB Pioneer, Bally HI-LO Ace
              48 in 1 Lowboy, Final Lap3.

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              • #8
                Playfield !

                The cleaning of the playfield took a lot of time and elbow grease. While the cabinet was drying, I started on the underside of the playfield. I replaced playfield contact switches where necessary, rebuilt the flippers using new coils, stripped and rebuilt the stepper units (bonus etc), rebuilt the bumper assemblies and tidied up any wiring.

                The next part was easy - installing the new playfield parts. I think just about everything is new here except the ball arch and metal guides . The wooden siderails were sanded right down.

                Here's a picture in between waxing the playfield before installing the playfield parts ;





                Notice the "flipper drag" - The only downside to this playfield. Not much that can be done about this without touch up and clearcoat. I never touch up or clearcoat EMs. New bushings are included with the flipper rebuild kits.

                The YELLOW area under the targets is always a high traffic / wear area. After a good clean, it has come up really well. I used a sharpie to color the black circles around the inserts. This area was plagued with "ball swirl" - I'd say at least half the time was spent cleaning this area !





                The Target Bank was completely rebuilt - eve to the point of polishing the mechanism. I works perfectly. Here's a progress picture of the playfield;





                You can see the lines (very thin) where the paint raised and peeled off. Especially in the LHS topmost "heart" in the yellow section. There are also other areas in this picture that have raised paint ;





                Lower Playfield and the NEW Plastics Set installed !! I BEGGED Steve from Pinball Resource to remake these plastics as the plastic above the target bank is ALWAYS broken. Cost US$76 at the time. There's some nice "shine" just below the target bank.





                Here's what 4 coats of paste wax and buffing can do to a playfield. It's no clearcoat, but it is so smooth and shiney, it does give the impression that is is a clearcoat. Just hard work... Very Happy





                Finished Playfield - With the apron installed and instruction cards. I scanned the cards, printed them on high quality paper and then laminated them. I've cheated for this shot as the game is actually turned on - but it is a great picture to showcase the results that can be achieved with hard work and some great new parts !





                Next update - Cabinet completion !

                Back on to the cabinet

                I restored this game before I bought a tumbler. So every metal part, from assemblies to screws were hand polished and buffed where possible. Putting it back together meant checking 100's of photos I'd taken, and constant reference to other EM's I had access to at home. The lock down bar assembly was washed, scrubbed and buffed. It took almost a day to get it to shine - and it's a part that should never bee seen ! Chimes DO sound different when they are buffed and the rubber grommets are replaced.




                The score motor is even polished !!!! All relays and switches were cleaned. A new power cable was installed. Every connector was painstakingly cleaned with 320 grit and a wire brush. All these little things ensured that when I switched the game on - it would work and be reliable.





                Chimes and inside of the cabinet ;





                Under the bonnet... EVERYTHING rebuilt !!!





                Early shot of the insides of the front door;





                Legs are NOS and polished along with leg bolts etc... Front door is regrained with windex and 320 wet/dry. Siderails are also regrained using a straight edge, sanding block and 320 wet / dry with windex. New siderail nails were used as well.





                Next Update - Playfield competed !
                Last edited by Strangeways; 14th June 2008, 10:52 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
                We are the largest supplier of Pinball Ramps in Australia.
                Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
                http://http://www.rtbb.com.au/
                http://https://www.facebook.com/RideTheBoneyBeast

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
                  The cleaning of the playfield took a lot of time and elbow grease. While the cabinet was drying, I started on the underside of the playfield. I replaced playfield contact switches where necessary, rebuilt the flippers using new coils, stripped and rebuilt the stepper units (bonus etc), rebuilt the bumper assemblies and tidied up any wiring.

                  The next part was easy - installing the new playfield parts. I think just about everything is new here except the ball arch and metal guides . The wooden siderails were sanded right down.

                  Here's a picture in between waxing the playfield before installing the playfield parts ;

                  Notice the "flipper drag" - The only downside to this playfield. Not much that can be done about this without touch up and clearcoat. I never touch up or clearcoat EMs. New bushings are included with the flipper rebuild kits.

                  The YELLOW area under the targets is always a high traffic / wear area. After a good clean, it has come up really well. I used a sharpie to color the black circles around the inserts. This area was plagued with "ball swirl" - I'd say at least half the time was spent cleaning this area !

                  The Target Bank was completely rebuilt - eve to the point of polishing the mechanism. I works perfectly. Here's a progress picture of the playfield;

                  You can see the lines (very thin) where the paint raised and peeled off. Especially in the LHS topmost "heart" in the yellow section. There are also other areas in this picture that have raised paint ;

                  Lower Playfield and the NEW Plastics Set installed !! I BEGGED Steve from Pinball Resource to remake these plastics as the plastic above the target bank is ALWAYS broken. Cost US$76 at the time. There's some nice "shine" just below the target bank.

                  Here's what 4 coats of paste wax and buffing can do to a playfield. It's no clearcoat, but it is so smooth and shiney, it does give the impression that is is a clearcoat. Just hard work... Very Happy

                  Finished Playfield - With the apron installed and instruction cards. I scanned the cards, printed them on high quality paper and then laminated them. I've cheated for this shot as the game is actually turned on - but it is a great picture to showcase the results that can be achieved with hard work and some great new parts !

                  Next update - Cabinet completion !

                  Back on to the cabinet

                  I restored this game before I bought a tumbler. So every metal part, from assemblies to screws were hand polished and buffed where possible. Putting it back together meant checking 100's of photos I'd taken, and constant reference to other EM's I had access to at home. The lock down bar assembly was washed, scrubbed and buffed. It took almost a day to get it to shine - and it's a part that should never bee seen ! Chimes DO sound different when they are buffed and the rubber grommets are replaced.

                  The score motor is even polished !!!! All relays and switches were cleaned. A new power cable was installed. Every connector was painstakingly cleaned with 320 grit and a wire brush. All these little things ensured that when I switched the game on - it would work and be reliable.

                  Chimes and inside of the cabinet ;

                  Under the bonnet... EVERYTHING rebuilt !!!

                  Early shot of the insides of the front door;

                  Legs are NOS and polished along with leg bolts etc... Front door is regrained with windex and 320 wet/dry. Siderails are also regrained using a straight edge, sanding block and 320 wet / dry with windex. New siderail nails were used as well.

                  Next Update - Playfield competed !
                  ****ing unbelievable, I am completely awe-struck!

                  Matthew

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                  • #10
                    Very nice pin!

                    Would you be interested in selling it?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PeterW View Post
                      Very nice pin!

                      Would you be interested in selling it?
                      Peter - Sorry, It was sold about 12 months ago - To the second Collector who played it. He also owns the "Strikes and Spares" and "Genie" that I restored (resto threads are in this section as well) - I am 50% through a restoration on a Gottlieb "Pro Football", and I have another "Pro Football", "Sky Jump", "Volley" and "Spirit of 76" which will have the same level of work done. The first "Pro Football" is on hold until Summer, when I can spray the cabinet....
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                      Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
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                      • #12
                        No probs, thanks.

                        I'd be very interested in the Sky Jump. I just checked it out on IPDB and when I saw the backglass had a flash-back to my youth. I must have played that one back in my teens.

                        When do you think you'd work on that one? Perhaps PM what type of price you'd put it?

                        Thanks heaps.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PeterW View Post
                          No probs, thanks.

                          I'd be very interested in the Sky Jump. I just checked it out on IPDB and when I saw the backglass had a flash-back to my youth. I must have played that one back in my teens.

                          When do you think you'd work on that one? Perhaps PM what type of price you'd put it?

                          Thanks heaps.
                          I honestly can't say "when" or "how much", as it is in working condition, but I want to restore it when the plastics become available. It is missing the center plastic above the targets. I intend on restoring it after the Pro footballs and Volley are completed. It takes around a year to restore games to the level I'm happy with (Jacks Open), so it could be three years before I even start it. I rarely put a timeframe on the games because its a hobby, and things can change. Should I decide to sell it "as is" - I'll let you know.
                          We are the largest supplier of Pinball Ramps in Australia.
                          Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
                          http://http://www.rtbb.com.au/
                          http://https://www.facebook.com/RideTheBoneyBeast

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                          • #14
                            OK, thanks! Do keep me in mind. I'd love to own a Gottlieb EM one day.

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                            • #15
                              Awesome job, well done!
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