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STTNG fix up
« on: July 17, 2017, 01:43:20 PM »
I have started a fix up of a Star Trek the Next Generation so I thought I would share some of the stages as I go.

The machine was looking very tired and well used.
Have fixed a coupe issues with the trough and some switches before starting and am happy the machine is in full working order.

I will fix, paint and re-decal the cabinet and also install a shiny new repo playfield which I am super excited about.

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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 01:46:50 PM »
Almost finished stripping the playfield and now have loads of stuff to clean, polish and plate. Looking forward to this!  ^&^

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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 12:15:34 PM »
Thanks for sharing, I have a STTNG coming (very excited!!) and enjoying the info.
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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 04:18:42 PM »
Has anyone had experience restoring the spinner in this machine? Not to sure what to do with it.  !@# I can't find one to purchase so figure there is no exact replacement so don't really want to trash it.
I am keen to keep the same original decal. I have thought about trying the Williams generic spinner that you bend to your own shape and somehow transfer the decal but not sure how successful that would be. I have also thought about just touching up the black paint and live with the slightly out of shape metal. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 07:34:49 PM »
A game I use to hate for the wrong reason. Seldom is this title reconditioned "shopped" or "fully done up" correctly. Once I restored one myself and it was working 100%, I could appreciate how deep and enjoyable this game is. There is so much engineering packed into this game. A widebody with the under playfield packed with mechanisms, switches, boards and the diverter subway ramp.

Tips - Replace ALL the optos. Every single one of them. Do the jumper from the AUX Driver PCB to the DT "drop" coil to solve the diverter coils cooking that PCB. Replace the cannon loom. The entire assembly. No joke, almost every game with silly problems leads backs to these not working.

Cliffy protector for the Nuetral Zone.

Shameless Plug - We have the full set of ramps and the plastic set on it's way - so if you want to go the full hog  #@#

Restoring the spinner - I think you can still buy the silver decal from Marcos. You will need to powdercaot the spinner or replace with a black blank.

Keep the updates coming  ^^^
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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 08:10:24 PM »

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A game I use to hate for the wrong reason. Seldom is this title reconditioned "shopped" or "fully done up" correctly. Once I restored one myself and it was working 100%, I could appreciate how deep and enjoyable this game is. There is so much engineering packed into this game. A widebody with the under playfield packed with mechanisms, switches, boards and the diverter subway ramp.


This why I liked the game back in the 90's during my apprenticeship. After playing and loving it I bought a game off a local operator just to see how the thing worked. Regret selling that machine so this one is a keeper.


New ramps and plastics will go in it for sure. I will get a order list together as I go. I will keep my eye out on your site. Do you have the subway as well?


I checked Marco. They seem to have similar spinner decals but not the same. They do have the black spinner though which you must have to bend yourself. Plenty of time to ponder which way I want to go.

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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 07:29:02 PM »

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A game I use to hate for the wrong reason. Seldom is this title reconditioned "shopped" or "fully done up" correctly. Once I restored one myself and it was working 100%, I could appreciate how deep and enjoyable this game is. There is so much engineering packed into this game. A widebody with the under playfield packed with mechanisms, switches, boards and the diverter subway ramp.


This why I liked the game back in the 90's during my apprenticeship. After playing and loving it I bought a game off a local operator just to see how the thing worked. Regret selling that machine so this one is a keeper.


New ramps and plastics will go in it for sure. I will get a order list together as I go. I will keep my eye out on your site. Do you have the subway as well?


I checked Marco. They seem to have similar spinner decals but not the same. They do have the black spinner though which you must have to bend yourself. Plenty of time to ponder which way I want to go.

Subway is not in the current order (40 Ramps) - But I will append it and it should be here in 4-6 weeks.
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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2017, 05:05:56 PM »
Sttng in a thousand pieces!!!! I have been chipping away at it slowly. Most of the playfield parts have been cleaned and bagged ready for the rebuilt. I am going to work on the cabinet next. I also need to order a big list of parts.  ^&^

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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2017, 06:01:19 PM »
Good to see moving along. Have mine up and running and I love it!!
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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2017, 07:33:51 PM »
Currently chipping away at a High End resto as well. A really tough machine to restore, but I've said it before - the peak of Williams' Engineering. If the game is setup 100%, it has the rules to make it in the top 5 DMDs. 
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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2017, 01:58:58 PM »
Ive had mine for 4 - 5 years and still havnt striped it down for a good clean/ restore. There is so much on it, and the canons scare me a bit, ive had a new plastics set for a few years for it. Ive had a spinal fusion 3 years ago so not able to bend much or heavy lifting, and that playfield looks heavy.

Im following with interest, you are inspiring me to start mine.

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Re: STTNG fix up
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2017, 11:44:27 AM »
More damage on the cabinet than I expected but nothing that can't be fixed.