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1981 Bally Eight Ball
Deluxe Pinball Machine - Restoration
It's been about 2 years
since my last pinball restoration, a 1965 Gottlieb Paradise.
So I was eager to get
started on a new machine. I've still got lots to do. But the most time
consuming part is now completed. In February of 2003, I purchased from Dan
Crouthamel in Pennsylvania via a for sale post, his Eight Ball Deluxe on
The machine was in overall
good working condition, however the playfield needed some attention as
well as some buffing and cleaning on the exterior of the machine. Since
then I have been working on the machine regularly in my spare time and
I've probably at this point got as much invested into this machine as it's
worth. But it's fun, and that's what counts.
As you can see in the
before pictures, the playfield was wearing out in the middle section of
the playfield and between the flippers. Also some of the words and
numbering on some of the inserts had worn away and there was some amature
looking touchups on the field.
The playfield restoration
involved me sanding the playfield down to bare wood, spraying 3 coats of
polyurathane, installing a Herb Silvers playfield overlay and then sealing
the overlay and playfield with about 6 coats of Diamond Elite Varathane.
As you can see the end result looks outstanding!
Not only was the
playfield clearcoated, but I have installed the following new
-new pop bumper bodies and skirts
-new drop targets
-new rubber ring kit
-new clear plastic set
-new silkscreened plastic set
-new shooter springs
-new instruction and pricing cards
-new pop bumper assemblies
-new playfield glass
At this point my
restoration is near completion with just some minor touch ups remaining on
the cabinet and tracking down a couple non-working feature lamps.
Thanks to each of y'all that
have helped me out along the way with parts and expertise.
...and anyone else I may have
Enjoy, thanks for reading!
Last Updated: 5/28/2003