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  • #16
    A month has gone by since my last update and I have stalled at bit on this project.
    I have finished making the stencil but haven't had a chance to used them on the cabinet yet due to the weather etc.

    I have spent a few hours cleaning up the bottom board though, I did the following:
    - stripped off everything and gave the wood a good sanding
    - reproduced all the labels as the old one were torn and filthy
    - replaced the power cord and plug
    - replaced the EMI line filter even though it was still working, it is over 40 years old so time to change it
    - added the 2 extra fuses to protect the small transformer

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    • #17
      Nice work Judge. I have replaced the EMI filter in my Joker Poker the same as yours. I purchased again now for Genie but it looks a bit fatter than the one pictured. Where did you purchase the filter from?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by kimbleseven View Post
        Nice work Judge. I have replaced the EMI filter in my Joker Poker the same as yours. I purchased again now for Genie but it looks a bit fatter than the one pictured. Where did you purchase the filter from?
        https://www.jaycar.com.au/240v-ac-emi-filter/p/MS4001

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        • #19
          A long time between posts on this "quick" project, but as I have fully retired now, hopefully full steam ahead.

          I have completed painting one side of the cabinet, just waiting for the weather to heat up a bit before finishing off the front and the other side.

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          I didn't have any problems and I am happy with the result. Pictures not that good as it's a bit gloomy today.

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          • #20
            Looks great Trev .. nice one . Looking forward to retiring myself , mid 2021

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            • #21
              Cabinet painting and stenciling finished at last.

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              I am very happy with the results, the stencils worked out fine with only a few over-spray areas which I fixed up.

              Now starting to populate the cabinet.

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              Have installed the base board which I refurbished a few months ago. Put in a working power switch and cover which was missing.

              Working on the coin door now, just have to finish the re-graining on the front.

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              • #22
                Finally got the coin door finished today. So much time pulling it apart, de-rusting the metal parts, re-graining the door and polishing everything, then of cause putting it back together again.

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                There were quite a few dents in the door but it didn't come out too bad in the end. The only things missing are the coin return flap and the Gottlieb decal. As I don't need anything else at the moment these parts are a bit too expensive to just order by themselves. I would normally also replace the red coin entrance plates but managed to find a couple that were acceptable for now.

                One thing that I did spend a fair bit of time on was the coin door frame. As you can see from this image, someone damaged the frame near the lock with a crow bar or something similar.

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                Using several different metal punches and a metal file, I managed to get it looking respectable.

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                Next thing to do is to nail on the new side rails. I put them in position today but I will have to slightly move the flipper buttons to make them fit.
                I've had enough today so thats a job for tomorrow.

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                • #23
                  Great job on the door and trim judging by the pics !

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                  • #24
                    Machine looks sweet. It looks better than I remember on the street and they were only 1-2 years old then. The frame is fine. Why bother replacing it I say. Credit to your repair skills. I really appreciate a good repair over a replacement. As a tech where replacement was often out of the question, I have a bit of an idea how hard it is to do such repairs. Under a hour to swap a door frame or a couple of hours with a pin punch with the frame in a vice. I know what's quicker but you miss the satifaction when done the hard way.
                    Great job.

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                    • #25
                      That door frame repair looks really good in the photos. Good job!
                      This is where it ends!

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                      • #26
                        The cabinet is now done.
                        New rails and ball shooter have been installed and the playfield is in.

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                        Now have to de-rust the legs and start on the head.

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                        • #27
                          Nice work! I'm about to start on a Count Down resto myself

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