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  • Gottlieb "Cleopatra" Restore

    Hey Guy's, Well I got Cleo home & yes I drilled the lock out, dismantled it & breaking nothing. Now to business! There is good & bad news-

    The Good news- no problems with the power supply, displays, driver board, transformers, retifiers.
    The bad news- The control board is beyond the cost & time to rebuild due to major corrosion on both sides, the translite has a lot of paint cracking, the front coin door ply panel needs replacing.

    Today-
    i've checked the power supply & transformers...All Good, correct voltages everywhere.
    I've ordered a new Flipp P1-1 control board (MPU).
    I've replaced all the corroded & worn pins in the PCB harness & plugs.
    I've removed the coin door panel & metal hardware to start making a new Ply front panel.


    Next to do-
    Finish the wood work & prime for base coat.
    Rebuild power supply ( Replace Caps ).
    Start cleaning the playfield & replacing all rubbers.
    Fit new legs & feet.
    Source a few minor bits.

    Any recommendations on repairing or replacing the translite, I'm all ears.

    Some more pixs soon!

  • #2
    just buy another backglass .. they come along from time to time

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wiredoug View Post
      just buy another backglass .. they come along from time to time
      Only one i've seen is in the US and would be around $350 excluding postage of around $145.
      Last edited by Gemini2544; 3rd May 2015, 01:43 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gemini2544 View Post
        Only one i've seen is in the US and would be around $350 including postage.
        thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wiredoug View Post
          thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.
          My Wife says she has a friend that does Art on glass with special paints, Might look into her friend.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wiredoug View Post
            thats what they cost. 250-350. you get the odd 150-250 bargain .. but its patience vs dollars.. they are out there. its not overly rare.
            Yep, I'd be after a better one if the game warranted it. Sure it's not overly rare, but the majority are flaky.

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            • #7
              or leave it, play it, sell it .. someone else will buy it the same as you did.. cant make them all perfect.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wiredoug View Post
                cant make them all perfect.
                So true!

                - - - Updated - - -

                Some more pixs of where I'm at. Sorry there sideways, AA wont allow adjustment to vertical.

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                • #9
                  Good to hear it arrived in one piece put it together & have some fun, collect what you need then tear it down

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by angs1957 View Post
                    Good to hear it arrived in one piece put it together & have some fun, collect what you need then tear it down
                    Don't worry I plan to, however some repair work had to be done on the front panel first due to the bottom falling out.

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                    • #11
                      Well today I completed the front panel, fitted new locks, re-rubbered the playfield & fitted the new chrome legs. Next to do will be cabinet scratch repair & painting of the front panel to match. It's going very well!

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                      • #12
                        Not much to report today other than I got an email saying my Flipp PCB is in the mail, I painted & speckled the front panel, filled in the deep scrapes on the sides ready for touch up paint & refitted the coin door & Ball launcher properly. Cleo is looking younger everyday!

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                        • #13
                          What paint did you end up using?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fire_Power View Post
                            What paint did you end up using?
                            Oil base paint. I've now done a test repair on the side to see how it would go. I made a masking tape and paper stencil, worked great but some of the finer details will be troublesome.
                            Last edited by Gemini2544; 30th April 2015, 04:19 PM.

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                            • #15
                              It's Friday and the front panel is finished. I was amazed that I found paint that matched the 38 years of fade & stain matching the side panel's background white.
                              I recreated the original design the best I could. The first photo was at purchase & last photo is off the internet to show what it was like. I'm happy with my result.
                              Last edited by Gemini2544; 1st May 2015, 05:25 PM.

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