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  • So it begins - Evel Knievel resto

    So I picked up a couple of projects a few years back and the one I most wanted to do was EK.

    Came with a ton of chrome work (which has since been pinched an put into Playboy), as well as new playfield parts and new BG. Also a big bucket of parts.

    The cab was a lost world cab already sanded back, glued and bogged. Stencils for EK included as well as the old cab Front and one Side to show where artwork goes.
    Back box is original.

    Also the extra parts from the lost world ended up included in the parts bucket so ton of extra coils and parts.

    Old PF


    Parts bin




    So it finally begins.

    After ordering a new repro playfield and plastic set , it's time to do a playfield swap before anything else.



    The old playfield had a dodgy overlay installed which looked crap.

    First up is install all the lamp sockets, solid GI wire and T-socket hardware.






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    Love this game


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    Putting out the feelers for my next early Gotlieb project

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    • #3
      good one edy, will watch with interest and hope it inspires others to doco their restorations
      looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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      • #4
        I'm following too.
        Go Edy

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        • #5
          Evel was my first ever pin I bought over 25 years ago for $250 I wonder if thats it.

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          • #6
            Here's the cab, just need to strip the last few parts off then it can be started. Might get my mate to start it.





            Back glass looks to be a good original






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            • #7
              First string of GI is done. Just need to wait for more sockets and wire to show up and then continue.
              For now work calls.




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              • #8
                Will watch this thread with interest, good luck with the restoration. Where do you buy your bare wire braid for the GI?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pinballer View Post
                  Will watch this thread with interest, good luck with the restoration. Where do you buy your bare wire braid for the GI?
                  John's_arcade sells it on here
                  you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by narf_ View Post
                    John's_arcade sells it on here
                    The one installed on the photo above looks narrower than the 1/4" stuff that John's_arcade sells. Maybe not, but it looks it to me, that's why I asked.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pinballer View Post
                      The one installed on the photo above looks narrower than the 1/4" stuff that John's_arcade sells. Maybe not, but it looks it to me, that's why I asked.
                      Ah cheers I'm pinball resto noob but recall it being mentioned on the site
                      you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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                      • #12
                        Yeah. It's not the braid wire that goes in the cab for earth. Is the GI string. Just as if you stripped the plastic off.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dedrok View Post
                          Yeah. It's not the braid wire that goes in the cab for earth. Is the GI string. Just as if you stripped the plastic off.
                          Where did you source the stuff you used on your new playfield Dedrok?
                          Last edited by Pinballer; 1 November 2016, 04:11 AM.

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                          • #14
                            So it begins - Evel Knievel resto

                            PSPA.
                            I just got 1 metre to get me started.
                            Not sure if they have whole rolls for sale.


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                            • #15
                              Buy a roll of .75mm or 1mm tinned flexible cable.
                              Strip of plastic of the length needed.
                              Put one end in the vice and the other in your drill.
                              Stretch out cable and turn for a bit.
                              Your done.
                              Roll last for ever.

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