Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

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Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby ShootAgain » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:47 pm

Eight ball always been one of my favorite early classic Bally. I had one few years ago and always regretted selling it. I think its one of the nicest package from that era and it make me travel back in time each time I play it.
I always wanted to get one back and to make her a beauty. The problem here is that reproduction and/or nos playfields and backglasses are almost onobtanium.

I was lucky enough to secure an average condition 8 ball at a reasonable price (cheers to Sylvain).
...and lucky enough to find a playfield..
The playfield is a used playfield that has been re-screened and clearcoated by CPR.
CPR used to offer re-screening services about 10 years ago. They were offering costumers to sand their old playfield down to bare wood and to re-screen them using the same process they use for their repro playfield.
The good thing here is that all the holes/dimples are at the right place and already pre-drilled...+ the inserts are the right colours!!

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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby ShootAgain » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:11 pm

..and now the playfield swap...

Here is the photo story:

New sockets.
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I need some fuel..
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Wiring harness removed from old pf.
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Rebuild the mechs.
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Wiring harness installed on the new pf.
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More fuel.
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My Apprentice
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby ShootAgain » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:27 pm

I’m getting there...

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And..voilà!

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Next steps:

1- find a backglass

2- redo the apron

3- repaint the cabinet with stencils

To be continued...
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby TwilightZone » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:05 pm

Your girlfriend helps you with playfield swaps? She's a keeper! LOL

Great work. Looking forward to playing it some day.
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby DrDude » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:58 pm

Ah, Yuengling! After all my trips to the York and Allentown pinball shows, I can't help but think of Yuengling as the perfect accompaniment to Meatball Pinball Repairs and Parking Lot Pinball Purchases. Pinball "fuel" indeed!
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby tinyrodent » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:26 pm

Very nice project! :D
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby andre » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:50 pm

Nice job! Congrats!
Definetely a keeper!

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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby Blackghost4 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:33 pm

Looks good Robert. Nice Job.
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Re: Tales of a Bally Eight ball...

Postby tombiosis » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:47 pm

C’est formidable Rob!
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