When I was a kid I didn’t had the change to play with a lot of Pinballs. In fact in the place where I lived, there weren’t that many places where you could play one, but there were some… so the few pinballs I played, got a special place in my heart.
This is an amazing but simple gameplay machine which I personally like … a lot. If the memory doesn’t betray me, I think I played it for the first time somewhere between 1993 and 1995 in an arcade hall in a dark basement.
This pinball will in the future require a complete restoration in the cabinet and the playfield, but for now I just wanna play with it xD
This pinball is now with me thanks to PinballPT. They made an impeccable cleaning and put it to work. Awesome work as always … and I managed to fit the machine in my car loool
This topic will be fully dedicated to the restoration of one of my favorite pinballs of all time. I played it a lot as a boy and since then this is one of my favorite pinball themes.
As I said before in my first post about the CFTBL, I bought this pinball from the same guy who sold me the Terminator 2. At the time I changed some rubbers and did some cleaning but now it was imperative to make a massive restoration on it
To do that I had to disassemble this to the last screw. Here is the full restoration process!
I first started to disassemble all the parts from the backbox, boards, cables, coils, etc.. It´s very important to label everything, specially the connectors, so that in the end it’s easier to connect and assemble everything.
Sometimes, you find some weird things… take look at these plastics!!
All of my ramps are in very poor shape…some day I have to change it, but not now…
Another problem was the wood, it needed a properly repair in some parts…
Although the playfield was in good conditions some inserts were cracking…
… the exit ramps of the playfield are a bit cracked. I used a piece of mylar so that area can resist the fallen balls.
Removing all the artwork decals to apply the new ones…
In such situations the best thing to do is to use a heat gun to take off the entire artwork and with the aid of a spatula remove the loose pieces.
The cabinet needed to be strengthened, because some parts were badly damaged and could compromise the stability of the cabinet.
After this I had to sand the entire cabinet…
It was time to take care of the playfield and prepare it for polishing
Novus 3 and Novus 2 were already shinning, I only gave Novus 1 when I assembled the playfield.
Cleaned all metal parts. They looked like new…
The wonderful technique of flame polishing puts your ramps like new.
Now look at the differences between them…
With the cabinet repaired and sanded is time to start painting…first, the backbox.
…and now the cabinet…
I saw on the internet a restoration project of a CFTBL where they painted the inside of the cabinet in green and decided to do the same in my pinball.
These are my “Home Made Leg Plate Bolt”.
These are the decals by PinballPT. They look great!!.