Funhouse was always one of my favorite pinball machines.
I eventually found one locally that had seen better days.
I picked up the machine and there were so many things wrong
with it that I didn't know where to start. I decided to install
a playfield overlay from Phoenix Arcade. Darin did a great
job on these and they were all that was available at the time.
The cabinet was fairly beat-up as well. I tore the cabinet
completely down. Used bondo to rebuild the areas with gouges
and dings and sprayed the cabinet in my garage. I also installed
Darin's cabinet decals (wet method) and they looked great.
After a few months I started seeing a bubble in the overlay.
Since this was my first time ever installing one I would have
done a couple of things differently. Recently IPD came out
with new Funhouse playfields. I looked at about 20 of them
and found the one I wanted. I recently installed it in my
machine and it looks great. I've restored 3 machines since
the original Funhouse restore, I did a much better job this
time. All of the assemblies were hand cleaned. The wiring
harness was completely removed and cleaned. You want to get
a machine as clean as possible. The cleaner it is the less
wear you will see on the playfields and assemblies.
I always wonder how can you NOT like Funhouse? This game is
a great shooter and Rudy is arguably the coolest pinball toy
ever made. It's a simple game so people who aren't pinball wizards
can enjoy it and then there are the combo shots and the frenzy
mode for the advanced players. Something for everyone. Besides,
it reminds me of my younger days in the summer going to the
county fair and seeing the side show barkers and actually going
in a working funhouse. Good times.
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