Category: Pinball

Creature from the Black Lagoon Pinball Restoration

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.

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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 :D

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.

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Sometimes, you find some weird things… take look at these plastics!!

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All of my ramps are in very poor shape…some day I have to change it, but not now…

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Another problem was the wood, it needed a properly repair in some parts…

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Although the playfield was in good conditions some inserts were cracking…

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… the exit ramps of the playfield are a bit cracked. I used a piece of mylar so that area can resist the fallen balls.

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Removing all the artwork decals to apply the new ones…

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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.

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The cabinet needed to be strengthened, because some parts were badly damaged and could compromise the stability of the cabinet.

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After this  I had to sand the entire cabinet…

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It was time to take care of the playfield and prepare it for polishing

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Novus 3 and Novus 2 were already shinning, I only gave Novus 1 when I assembled the playfield.

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Cleaned all metal parts. They looked like new…

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The wonderful technique of flame polishing puts your ramps like new.

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Now look at the differences between them…

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With the cabinet repaired and sanded is time to start painting…first, the backbox.

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IMG_2649_zps7176d724…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.

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These are my “Home Made Leg Plate Bolt”.

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These are the decals by PinballPT.  They look great!!.

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You can find this decals at http://www.pinballpt.com

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It is now time to begin assembling…

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…and applying some restored labels and decals…

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I also had to do a clean sweep on the bottom of the playfield…

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…and assemble the playfield …

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The first lighting test…I changed most of the conventional lamps by LEDs

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Almost done. I decided, after some advise, to place the overlay of the Best of Pinball. It was very easy to assemble and you don’t have to attach it to the playfield.

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Finally, the restoration is ready and the pinball is like new. It was hard work but worth it. I leave you with photos of the end result of the restoration.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1993 pinball released by Williams. It was based on the 1992 Dracula movie. The game was characterized by its unusual blood-red DMD display (most other games at the time used orange for their color) as well as a “Multi-Multi-Ball” mode, where up to three different multiball variations could be active at the same time, with each successive active mode providing a jackpot multiplier of up to 3x.

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It also featured a unique variation on the usual multiball mode known as “Mist Multiball,” where a magnet would drag a pinball across the playfield and the player would be required to knock it loose from the magnet’s grasp to start the mode.

The PinballPT guys Worked on the pinball decals and the machine became so much more interesting!Dracula_Decal_Set-PinballPT.com_

They applied their own decals on the cabinet, both inside and out. See for yourself:

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The inside decals, available for purchase

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Williams Bram Stocker’s Dracula Cabinet Decals Restauration done!

Visit PinballPT at www.pinballpt.com