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  • Gottlieb Rocky Restore

    System80 Time !


    Background

    Another machine destined for Mark's Collection. This is his "Holy Grail" pinball machine, so it will get the "full treatment". Rocky is a rare and very sought after System80, probably the most sought after Gottlieb SS machine built. I think Mark spent about as much time looking for a Rocky as I did, when I was looking for a Fathom.


    Condition

    Backglass - 4/10 - Poor. Will be replaced at a later date

    Cabinet - 8/10 - I didn't see the cab when it was purchased - But Mark's in house team did the touch ups & repairs

    Playfield - 8/10 - Day 1 Mylar on the bulk of the playfield. One wear area around the ball kicker at the top of the playfield.

    Electronics - 6/10 - Some real ugly "route" repairs done by a bushman mechanic....Ground mods need to be done

    Objective

    To restore the game - not recondition. The cabinet will has already been done (externally), the electrical section will be rebuilt, electronics "bullet-proofed" and the playfield will be rebuilt with replacement parts. Hopefully, with the impending purchase of a NOS Backglass it will be a solid 9/10 all round.

    Starting point

    The game was delivered after the touch ups were completed. The front door is removed - no point in re installing it as it will be cleaned and rebuilt. Here's some pictures before I started;





    As mentioned, the door is removed so the front section could be touched up.





    Playfield "Before" shots - There is one broken plastic that resides above the Top Drop Targets








    The wear spot is at the very top of the playfield, just above the "when lit" writing.




    New targets will be installed to replace the worn out set




    Artwork has been redone in sections and looks very good.





    "Mix and match" the flipper coils ! All are worn and need rebuild kits. EOS are from a different game on one of the flippers.





    Playfield Stripped - Most of the easy to remove parts have been removed. The factory mylar is in great condition, just very dirty. Should come up really nice.






    FILTHY - Thats all I can say.. Years of dirt and filth have accumulated. Needs a good clean.





    Power Board - Will be removed and cleaned. There have been a few dodgy repairs here. There should be FOUR Bridge Rectifiers, not three. Two sets of wires have been connected to one BR !! I'm waiting on the Schematic from PBR to work out what's going on here. There's also a different capacitor mounted, so I need to check that out as well





    The playfield is stripped topside and underside. All the mechanisms will be rebuilt, playfield parts polished and cleaned etc.Once the manual arrives I'll place the first order. Here's a list of what I need to do;

    * Rebuild 5 X Flippers - Flipper Rebuild kits to be installed
    * Rebuild 3 x Target assemblies - New Target set
    * Rebuild Bumpers - New bumper bodies & Caps
    * Rebuild every mechanism and install coil sleeves. Incorrect coils will be replaced
    * New transparent posts
    * New Rubbers, globes etc
    * New flipper bats, lane guides, post caps...

    Cabinet work will involve a total stripdown, check for breaks in the grounding, clean and polish metal parts and check the power board. At the moment the body is stripped and components are ready to reinstall - except the power board will need another BR and Capacitor.
    We are the largest supplier of Pinball Ramps in Australia.
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  • #2
    I'm assuming that is the Rocky that John, Dan, Theo and I saw on our last Melbourne expedition out the back of Mark's.

    Bit of work to do there, but not too much.

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    • #3
      Seriously mate.......dont you ever stop

      That liquid paper artwork on the drop targets looks great - why change it ??

      That PF wear is minimal and looks quite an easy fix.

      And I expect to be playing this in 3 weeks - so get cracking!!



      Last edited by Wotto; 4th July 2008, 12:35 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Darksoul View Post
        I'm assuming that is the Rocky that John, Dan, Theo and I saw on our last Melbourne expedition out the back of Mark's.

        Bit of work to do there, but not too much.
        Yep - that's the one.

        Originally posted by Wotto View Post
        Seriously mate.......dont you ever stop

        That liquid paper artwork on the drop targets looks great - why change it ??

        That PF wear is minimal and looks quite an easy fix.



        Seriously mate.......dont you ever stop

        That liquid paper artwork on the drop targets looks great - why change it ??

        That PF wear is minimal and looks quite an easy fix.

        And I expect to be playing this in 3 weeks - so get cracking!!



        Stop ? Are you mad ???

        I HOPEFULLY will have it ready by then Mate - All depends on how quick the parts arrive.
        Last edited by Strangeways; 4th July 2008, 12:32 PM. 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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        • #5
          Always get excited when I see a new thread started by Strangeways. Lovely work on these restores. Keep em coming
          AROUND THE LEFT ORBIT, THROUGH THE POP BUMPERS, OFF THE STAND-UPS, INTO THE RIGHT VUK, DOWN THE RIGHT INLANE, UP THE CENTRE RAMP;NOTHING BUT JACKPOT!

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          • #6
            Are you removing the playfield mylar?
            BEEP BEEP Richie! They ALL float down here. When your down here with us, you'll float too!

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            • #7
              Does it have the bell for inside the cabinet that rings at the start of each round??

              If it does can you please post a photo of it? This is the only component missing from my Rocky and i would like to find something suitable.

              I also look forward to see more photos of the work as you progress.
              DEAN MORGAN

              Looking for a good Klondike pinball

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mickey Juice View Post
                Are you removing the playfield mylar?
                No mate. Mylar is in great shape. There's a couple of areas that I will trim back.

                Originally posted by Dean Morgan View Post
                Does it have the bell for inside the cabinet that rings at the start of each round??

                If it does can you please post a photo of it? This is the only component missing from my Rocky and i would like to find something suitable.

                I also look forward to see more photos of the work as you progress.
                Yes it does, I will post a picture for you.
                Last edited by Strangeways; 4th July 2008, 03:36 PM. 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
                  No mate. Mylar is in great shape. There's a couple of areas that I will trim back.



                  Yes it does, I will post a picture for you.
                  Thanks for that

                  If you have trouble getting the electrical schematics, let me know and i will photocopy mine and send to you.

                  Dean
                  DEAN MORGAN

                  Looking for a good Klondike pinball

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                  • #10
                    First Update

                    The upper and lower playfield have been stripped and placed in boxes for now. I'll sort through what needs to be retained, and what needs to be replaced.

                    Cabinet

                    Everything is removed. Earth straps included. The cabinet is returned to an empty shell. First, all the parts that have been removed are washed and then polished. The screws are 1/4 inch hex heads and they will not be cleaned in a tumbler. So each one is cleaned with the wire wheel mounted on my bench grinder.

                    Then the inside of the cab is washed several times. After drying, the cleaned parts are returned back into the cabinet.





                    The powerboard was disassembled and everything is washed, including the wiring and the cable guides. The transformer and wires are all checked, as well as the connectors. Then it is re installed. It will need a new BR and Capacitor.




                    The ground strap from the power supply is bolted on the earth point from the mains filter, and the main loom is fitted.




                    Knocker assembly and fuse "box" - again, cleaned. checked and reinstalled.





                    Lock down bar assembly - Free of rust and crap.. Nice and clean. A drop of machine oil in the mechanism and it is installed.





                    Power supply board installed and it looks alot better than before !





                    ..and finally - the bell ! Polished and installed ;





                    Next update - The Head and Door !
                    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
                      Cabinet update

                      Just a "min"i update this weekend !

                      Front Door

                      The Door was filthy and it had a few scratches in the front skin and the inside of the door was the usual, ugly dirty affair.. I stripped all the parts off the door, washed and cleaned with scotchbrite on the rusted and corroded areas. I polished some of the parts with the buffer. I tried a new technique in cleaning the skin;

                      - Wash with windex and an old paintbrush, with the end trimmed so that the brush is "harder"
                      - Wash again with windex and hit the stubborn dirt with a toothbrush - again, trimmed
                      - Let it dry
                      - With a different toothbrush, scrub with Brasso and leave it dry for 5 minutes. Polish with a rag. Will look great
                      - Here's a trick - scrub the skin GENTLY, in a circular motion, with a small square of green scotchbrite.. WOW.. All those years of scratched and marks - gone forever. Buff the doorskin and here are the results;





                      HEAD

                      The head was removed and EVERYTHING stripped out of it. Earth straps were checked and the hardware was washed and or buffed. Its really clean.. (I hate rust, corrosion and dirt)





                      Here's a picture of the head and the lower cabinet..





                      Finally, the door and tilt mechanism from inside the machine. The tilt mechanism was rebuilt. All I have to do is double check the ground points and tighten everything up.





                      Like the FLASH restore - This game is now waiting for parts. Heaps of them ! I deliberately waited until I started this game so I could double check the Electronics and order parts for both games..

                      Enjoy !
                      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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                      • #12
                        That door looks bloody fantastic! Nice work. I like the stumpy brush idea!

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                        • #13
                          wow. i saw this machine before it left for down south. already a huge transformation. great work. your threads are good nino because mug punters like me can start to get the process clear for a ground up resto. undertaking one is still daunting but every one of these posts helps. cheers.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by stuba View Post
                            wow. i saw this machine before it left for down south. already a huge transformation. great work. your threads are good nino because mug punters like me can start to get the process clear for a ground up resto. undertaking one is still daunting but every one of these posts helps. cheers.
                            Cheers Mate - Thats why I document the restorations here, so that others can "Have a go" at restoring their own games. Believe me, I learn something new on each game and also from others here who undertake their own work.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Great work nino, have you ever recorded a resto vid before? im sure it will be well sought after and watched by many. Looking forward to more pics.

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