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  1. Gottlieb's Abra Ca Dabra PF Swap The playfield swap by the goatshed is about ready to start very soon. I will try to be very much as involved as I can in a supporting part but learning all the way, Kim and Graham, however both will led the project with their expertise with this work. I will be super excited with Abra Ca Dabra once that it is all completed in the future as enjoy. The playield is a Wade Krause and was purchased some time ago, the Tim Reid at Hot Rodded Pins inspected, detailed and then clear coated to my direction to suit and compliment an Electromechanical the same as produced for CETK restoration. Please see a separate post on this Playfield process Wade Krause - Abra Ca Dabra Playfield - Hot Rodded Pins Final inspections of the new Playfield and the old Playfield, ensuring that a "Scope of Works" is finalised, to produce a fantastic playing machine. Seriously, it just not just a playfield swap but the complete restoration of the Drop Target banks, Pop Bumpers, Flippers, Kickers, all new lamp sockets (original bonus array may be restored). Whilst on top of the PF lots and lots of new parts, existing metal parts will be polished, and the timber rails will be sanded and lacquered with the arch being painted. So it's just a bit more work than a PF swap, I am sure that Graham & Kim love a challenge, and will get much pleasure from this work. Many parts have been already purchased for this PF process: Ride The Boney Beast (RTBB) - Coils, LED's, Clear PETG Fender Washers, Lamp sockets, Uninsulated tinned copper wire Scribbly Gum Technologies - LED's Pinball Rescue - Plastics set & Apron & shooter decal (before they closed) The Pinball Resource (PBR) - Rebound rubber bracket, Ball gate, Ball arch stick, Drop target, DT Springs, DT Triggers, DT Grommets, Pop Bumper rebuild kits, PB Caps, PB Skirts, PB Bodies, PB Rod & rings, PB Lamp sockets and insulators, Flipper shafts & screws, Flippers Islands, Flipper rebuild kit, Plastic posts, Split posts, Tent posts, Steel posts, Bulls eye target, Lane guides, Wire forms, Coil sleeves, Rubber kit, lamp sockets, Acorn nuts, incandescent bulbs, and the list just keeps going on and on....... I already have a cabinet that is fully restored, painted and stencilled, a new Ron Webb backglass and many other nice new parts when the machine is fully assembled in a couple of months. Currently I am fitting existing and also new cabinet hardware after the paint work, a nice repo gottlieb small door, repo striker plate and repo coin entry, PLUS all of the other existing hardware that will be polished before refitting. But that's for separate post later. I am hoping to update this post regularly as the Goatshed work commences to finally show you the finished product. The Goatshed EM Pinball Repair Specialists Facebook page
  2. Gottlieb's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (CETK) was a real chance meeting and playing this machine. Back in the early part of 2017 I visited the GoatShed were the boys had just finished repairs to a CETK Electromechanical machine was had been previously owned by another AA member and then sold to another AA member. As the machine required a fair amount of testing before being returned to the owner, I took on the challenge and played several exciting games with the installed Sys 1 sound card "Beeping" & "Booping" as there were no chimes fitted, sound was an option from the factory at this time. CETK played very fast and it was unforgiving in its play at times, however with the roto target (with multipliers), ABC lanes, Drop targets that reset, stand up targets and a spinner there is always something to shoot for on this machine. The beautiful backglass is mirrored and very much different to the SS version. The love affair for this title had grown strong, only 470 EM machines were manufactured in 1978 compared to nearly 10,000 Solid State machines. After making a very solid offer on the machine I had just played, I was unsuccessful and the search began. Late in 2017 I was in luck when I secured my own CETK serial 6026. After having a playfield restored and clear coated on a GTB Jacks Open, I believe that the playfield on CETK was acceptable, however I was never going to ever sell CETK so the decision was to do justice to the CETK playfield and bring it back like new. There was some paint loss near the pop bumpers, slight pf planking and many of the inserts were cupped and a decision was made to explore Tim Reid at Hot Rodded Pins for this High End PF restoration. I commissioned Tim Reid of "Hot Rodded Pins" (HRP) to carry out a High End restoration of the Playfield, levelling all inserts, repairing the damage and then to clear coat the playfield so as it didn't look out of place being an EM. Several discussions with Tim and he fully understood the scope of works with my specific instructions. HRP was straight to work to ensure that my PF was safe, the manufacture of special jigs were completed to hold this special work request. The removal, sanding flat or replacing the inserts was such a large task with well over thirty inserts to be restored, then also they will require the text returned to them on completion The playfield had been given a light coat of clear ro protect through the restoration process, the touching up of the Art/paintwork had commenced including the restoring of the varnished areas. Playfield inserts now levelled With all touch up completed the playfield , the the inserts were installed and painted. With all of the work completed the Pf was ready for the finish clear coating and doesn't look just fantastic !!! Thank you Tim Reid - Hot Rodded Pins. Upon receiving the Pf back for CETK, a further decision was made to restore the cab (have Pinball Pimp) Jeff Miller commissioned to make the stencils, and a NOS back glass from Mayfair was purchased, new side rails, legs etc , but all of that is another story. MY CE3K when purchased had installed both chimes and SYS 1 sound. This machine is nearing final completion and will be fully re assembled very soon Footnote: This is a very fast playing four-player game, released in October of 1978. This is one of the last electro-mechanical designs from the manufacturer, which utilizes many complex features in its design, including a factory installed solid-state System-1 sound board. It's a fun game, and one of only very few EM's to feature a mirrored backglass. The glass artwork from Gordon Morrison is very different than that of the solid-state version. It has lots of detail and features Devils Tower, which is not seen on the solid-state version. Gottlieb’s electromechanical Close Encounters of the Third Kind was based on the 1977 science-fiction film of the same name. Gottlieb had recently been purchased by Columbia Pictures, and Close Encounters represents one of the first attempts at synergy between a Columbia property and their newly acquired pinball division. A solid state version of this game was also made by Gottlieb in greater numbers. Slight differences between artwork and rules exist between the two versions. NEXT: Bally - Centaur CPR Playfield - HRP enhancement
  3. Gottlieb's Abra Ca Dabra was the third pinball machine and second wedgehead that I purchased. I had never played Abra before purchasing the machine in 2016, however I was fully aware of this being a great player. This is where the addiction of playing pinball really kicked in with me and Abra Ca Dabra. Today it is my favourite wedgehead in my collection and I more than enjoy shooting the drop targets and centre target for "special". With its mysterious magic and sorcery theme and unique layout, Abra Ca Dabra is one of the most beloved games released by Gottlieb in the mid-1970s. The game features a moving lit drop target that will score an indicated bonus value, a value which is increased by completing the rollover sequence or hitting the centre target after collecting all the drop targets. Knowing that I would never let this great game leave my herd, it was time to start a restoration to make this better than the purchase condition. The restoration was enhanced with repairs to the cabinet and re stencilling using Pinball pimp stencils, PLUS the inclusion of many PBR parts such as coin door etc, PLUS a Ron Webb Repro Backglass added. The original playfield on the game is still more than really nice shape, however with Wade Krause manufacturing the repro Pf's it was time to purchase one and in time have it to improve the overall game as part of the restoration. After waiting for approx 6 months for the pf to land in Australia and allow time for the pf to breathe and condition before considering any extra work. I had just received a "High End" restored playfield (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - EM) back from Hot Rodded Pins (HRP), my decision to enhanced the pf at this time instead of installing into the game was soon realised. I commissioned Tim Reid of "Hot Rodded Pins" to then clean, prepare as necessary & thoroughly check the pf and have it 100% ready to apply a clear coat. This extra work was not to go against the great work that Wade performs, nor make an EM with a real glassy pf that looks way out of place, I that I desired was just a slight enhancement to my investment. HRP was straight to work knowing the extent with the scope of works required to refinish (including clear coating) the reproduction playfield, having a great base to start with was more than ideal for HUO, as per the GTB Jumping Jack playfield that was being completed at the same time. With several major restorations currently in place, the new playfield will be swapped over and installed in 2023 by the GoatShed. On the topside of the PF all brand new parts from PBR will be included, underneath all mechanisms will be fully restored/rebuilt new lamp sockets installed etc etc etc . The cabinet and motorboard is completed and the Ron Webb BG awaits for the completion. I will really look forward to enjoying my investment. NEXT: GTB - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (EM) - HRP - High End Restoration Now it's Tim's turn to weave some magic !!!!!!!!! I am sure that you will love the finished product by Hot Rodded Pins Next is the Playfield swap Gottlieb Abra Ca Dabra Playfield Swap - The GoatShed
  4. Gottlieb's Jumping Jack was the first pinball that I ever purchased. I still find this game addictive and more than interesting to play today, just maybe because of the pop bumper placement ? and I love many drop targets. At one stage I owned 2 x GTB King PIns (wedgehead) even with the different but very similar layout and different rules however my preference is Jumping Jack. Jumping Jack was a mild restoration completed by the Goat Shed back in 2016. The restoration was enhanced with chroming of many parts instead of painting with hammertone, PLUS a Shay Arcade Repro Backglass added later. The machine made its pinfest debut that year and also returned in 2017 being most popular to play by all. The original playfield on the game is still more than really nice shape, however with Wade Krause manufacturing the repro Pf's it was time to purchase one and in time have it to improve the overall game. After waiting for approx 6 months for the pf to land in Australia and allow time for the pf to breathe and condition before considering any extra work. I had just received a "High End" restored playfield (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - EM) back from Hot Rodded Pins (HRP), my decision to enhanced the pf at this time instead of installing into the game was soon realised. I commissioned Tim Reid of "Hot Rodded Pins" to then clean, prepare as necessary & thoroughly check the pf and have it 100% ready to apply a clear coat. This extra work was not to go against the great work that Wade performs, nor make an EM with a real glassy pf that looks way out of place, I that I desired was just a slight enhancement to my investment. HRP was straight to work knowing the extent with the scope of works required to refinish (including clear coating) the reproduction playfield, having a great base to start with was more than ideal for HUO. I am sure that you will notice the "before" and "after" pictures that are attached and that you possibly agree that the "enhancement" is more than tasteful and suitable to this style of machine with the new pf. With several major restorations currently in place, the new playfield is hoping to be installed in 2023 by the GoatShed. NEXT: GTB - Abra Ca Dabra - HRP enhancement
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