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  • Bally Rolling Stones Restore

    A Classic Bally restored for MarkC's personal collection !

    Background

    Whilst a couple of us AA pinheads were assisting the unloading of the EM container at Childs a few months back, we were astonished to see a Bally Rolling Stones body half way through. As we dug deeper into the container, we found the head right up the back. While removing the head, I nearly broke the Backglass by accident, thankfully, my hand was in the way of some nasty Backglass breakage. After removing the machine and having a look over it - the machine was average - at best...But the backglass was a nice.....

    Obviously, I love Ballys of this era, so I took a liking to it immediately and I wanted to check it out. It had heaps of problems that needed attention. Mark had plans to
    keep the game for his own collection, so I though I'd ask if I could work on it.

    I figured that Mark had done me so many favors locating a Medusa, CV and a really nice JP - that I oferred to restore the game for his own personal collection..In fact, I insisted...After all - it was going into his personal collection, and I saw the game restoration as a challenge.

    Condition

    Backglass - 9/10 - Really nice. No fade, no flaking. Just a couple of minor scratches.

    Cabinet - 7/10 - Faded, but structurally ok. No repairs required. Repaint is a possibility in the future

    Playfield - 7/10 - Day 1 Mylar on the bulk of the playfield. Not on the top ball arch and the area under the flippers.

    Electronics - 6/10 - Some real ugly "route" repairs done by a bushman mechanic....

    Objective

    To restore the game - not recondition. The cabinet will remain unpainted, the electronics will be rebuilt and the playfield will be restored using some interesting techniques. I've never used a airbrush, and I didn't for this playfield. Read on to see what I mean !

    Starting point

    So here is what the game looks like, an hour after being removed from the container. I was sprung admiring this game, and I just had to assemble it to see what it looked like. I was a Rolling Stones fan, so it was pretty cool to see the game up close.











    The playfield was filthy and the non mylared section had a fair bit of wear. Had it not been for the mylar, this playfield would have been "shot". Bumper caps were yellowed and burnt, targets worn - usual problems.. But look closely under the flippers.. What the hell is that ?










    Now this picture takes the cake for the biggest butcher job on a power supply.. This was just shite..BRs just floating in the air, wires soldered directly to the connector pins, wires joined to other wires with gaffer tape...sigh...



    Under the bonnet - Filthy.. every moving part was seized from lubrication gone mad. Ever screw was glued to its bracket or to the base. Dirt was forming around the dirt that was stuck to the dried grease...




    First step is to take HEAPS of photos, and strip the playfield..
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  • #2
    Man that machines got more hax then a non steam CSS server

    Need the progress pics.

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    • #3
      Hey Nino,
      What is that blue stuff under the flippers??
      How 'bout the bridge rectifers & the gaffa tape.
      It would be great to see it restored.
      Don't see too many of those.
      Last time I saw one it was getting trashed by those F*@wits !!
      ( everyones probably saw the vid )
      all the best.
      keep us posted.
      Steve.
      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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      • #4
        Originally posted by jyebow View Post
        Hey Nino,
        What is that blue stuff under the flippers??
        I believe that would be some type of tape, you know a typical proffessional repair job


        Oh , and Nino- you need to cut your thumbnail a little closer ......to your elbow !!!!

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        • #5
          I am sure Nino and the boys that helped restore this beauty back to life have finished pictures, if not I have some
          I wont put them up as its Nino's restoration thread

          i still cant beleive its the same pinball machine. well over 200PLUS hours has been spent on this one. My wife picked it and loves it. Such a masterful job has been done. Nino well what can i say your a ****ing mad man with what you did. and the silent ones thanks for the hours you did one this.

          its sit now next to my MM and Shrek , but it is awaiting its new buddy Rocky to come home and sit with it.

          mark
          Last edited by markc; 27th June 2008, 11:21 PM.

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          • #6
            I'll draw the thread out a bit... I have most of it documented. Just in case there are questions, comments etc...
            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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            • #7
              Just one question...pics!

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              • #8
                Just got one thing to say .....





                DAMN NICE JOB NINO (AND OTHERS )

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                • #9
                  All I can say is thanks for coming back here Nino...

                  So much great stuff already!

                  I love these posts... Makes me want to grab a project machine.... even though I have 3 already

                  Look forward to seeing more on this one.

                  Surely if you were to put this on location all it needed was more tape to stop the bridges rattling and an under playfield squirt of WD40 and she'll be right for another 6 months

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AskJacob View Post
                    All I can say is thanks for coming back here Nino...

                    So much great stuff already!

                    I love these posts... Makes me want to grab a project machine.... even though I have 3 already

                    Look forward to seeing more on this one.

                    Surely if you were to put this on location all it needed was more tape to stop the bridges rattling and an under playfield squirt of WD40 and she'll be right for another 6 months
                    Thanks for the kind words - I have another Restore that is current that I will put up as well, and the list of machines "in the works" just keeps getting longer - just the way I like it...

                    One observation of mine since I "returned" - There are a lot of very savvy restorers (including yourself ) that have come along, with really impress me and inspire me to post more restores..

                    WD40 ? Standard kit in the "old days"
                    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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                    • #11
                      Sweet project, I like the blue tape touchup, nice!
                      sigpic

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                      • #12
                        Update - Whats under the Blue Goo ?

                        Body

                        The body is a straight forward procedure covered in my Strikes and Spares restore. Yep - I forgot to take pictures of the process on the Rolling Stones.. The body is stripped completely, washed and cleaned, the metal parts are removed and polished in the tumbler. Legs are cleaned and new legbolts and leg levellers are installed. A new power cord is installed. The door is stripped, washed - all parts in the tumbler. The door skin, side rails and lock down bar are regrained simply by using 180 grit wet/dry followed by 320 wet/dry with windex. The ball plunger is polished on the buffer wheel, and new springs installed.

                        Electronics

                        Solenoid Driver has the ground mods done and a new 5V Cap is installed. check the display voltage is regulated to 174VDC. MPU has its battery removed - luckily - not much corrosion. But the area was cleaned and a new battery installed with a diode to prevent recharging. Lamp Matrix needed a couple of SCRs replaced - no big deal. The Rectifier board was a disaster - see the picture above.. The fuse holder, connectors, bridge rectifiers and ceramic resistors are replaced - the whole board gets an upgrade ! The connectors and pins are replaced on the harness itself as well. When completed, it looks like this ;





                        Displays are all checked and connectors re flowed. All the digit resistors are replaced with 100K OHM 1/2 Watt resistors.

                        The Blue Mess

                        Whats underneath the gaffer tape ??? Well after a few Beams, I decided it had to come off...Pictures describe it better than I ever could !!!



                        Here's an ever "better" picture...







                        There were two options - Airbrush or Decal... I can't airbrush for crap, so its going to be a decal. first thing to do is trace the area up and then think about how to fix this problem - biggest challenge I've had so far !

                        Here's the trace...




                        Hmmm.... What to do next ??

                        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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                        • #13
                          Wow. All I can say is I'm glad for your sake that none of the wallpaper pattern above your stencil was missing <- how you'd end up trying to recreate that!

                          Looking forward to this!

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                          • #14
                            cmon cmon!

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                            • #15
                              The "wallpaper" effect was not part of the area to be touched up - thankfully

                              Up until this point, I had never had to deal with this kind of wear, but I guess it makes sense. There are plenty of examples where a playfield is completely worn to wood in the "high traffic" areas. Well I think this game was one of them. Thankfully, this game had "Day One" mylar (installed on the production line), so 80% of this playfield was protected and the artwork is intact. So you should be able to work out the areas where the mylar is. It ends under the "1000 Bonus" light - in the shape of a "V". So there are three different levels to contend with.

                              The highest section was above and beyond the "V" in the section between the flippers. This is where the Mylar is applied from factory. Then there is the area below that, which is simply the bare playfield with its protective clearcoat (factory). Finally, there is a section "worn to wood" - and within that section, there is some sort of reaction with either water damage or the adhesive backing from the gaffer tape than was applied.

                              So there was some method in my mad idea to apply a decal here. The first thing to do was remove the existing wear by creating a "flat" area. The areas left with artwork just peeled off - it was unstable anyway. So I used a chisel and just lifted it gently, but creating a border beforehand. This would give me a stable and flat area to work with.

                              The bare playfield is porous, so no decal will adhere to it for a long period of time - something I learnt from another pinhead . So I had to seal the area with some sort of lacquer or sealant. I found a can of Cabots clear lacquer finish at bunnings and started to experiment on pieces of wood. The aim was to have a level area that would be a great preparation to lay down the decal.

                              Decal

                              The trace was scanned into photoshop and with a bit of time and luck, some "mock ups" were printed out - using no colors - no color matching yet. Just the size and alignment were important here. Here is an early sample of the decal ;





                              Bit of fiddling around, but the idea is starting to look like it might work. So once the size and aspect is right, we add color ;





                              Were is the writing ? There is no such thing as a "Rollings Stones" font, so it had to be created. Few hours later and viola ;





                              The color matching was a headache... All the colors were close except the light blue. That was near impossible to match... So the art is printed on vinyl adhesive paper and left aside for a while...


                              So now the area that the decal will be applied needs to be sealed and raised to the playfield "artwork + clearcoat" level. By doing that, the decal can be added to that level and BE level with the MYLAR... so that the additional mylar I will apply to protect the decal, and to keep the bottom of the "V" flat will be one level.. Hard to follow

                              The aim is to have the entire area LEVEL, by raising the non mylared areas, adding the decal and then applying the new mylar..

                              So first the area is prepared with a light sand and then the surrounding area masked and covered.





                              Thin coat first
                              Wait 4 hours
                              Thick coat
                              Wait 4 hours
                              Sand with 800 grit
                              Thick coat
                              Wait 4 hours
                              Sand with 800 grit
                              Thin Coat
                              Wait 4 hours
                              Sand with 800 grit

                              Test for level with the mylar - and it is JUST under.. Perfect height. Now with the application of the decal, it will be level..

                              Remove the paper and test the section with a "mock run" of the decal installation.. The decal has to be trimmed to "butt up" against the mylar "V"..Note the "V" is "dead centre" between the flippers, but the artwork is not. So the Decal has to be trimmed ! I did this by tracing the "V" area on the playfield and transposing that onto the decal in "reverse" - ie the underside. I trimmed the decal so that it "meets" the "V" and it does !

                              Further trimming is required, with a straight metal ruler and an exacto knife.





                              After COUNTLESS hours working on this decal, I had to remove the backing and line up the four corners - with those lines in the artwork - and I had once attempt. It took 30 minutes of procrastinating, and it was all over in 15 seconds.. It was either going to fit, or I was going back to the printer !!!

                              Here it is - installed ;



                              Keep in mind that with the flash on the camera going off - if "changes" the color slightly - so it might not look that great, but it looks better in real life !

                              This was the most time consuming and difficult process of the restore.
                              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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