Cyclone Update: What the hell was living in this thing?

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Over the weekend, I finally mustered the courage to tear into the upper playfield of the Cyclone. The “upper” playfield is everything beyond the big open area just above the flippers. It also happens to be the part of the playfield that pivots down and into the machine when you lift the playfield. Coincidentally with being the least accessible part of the playfield, it is also the most complex as it is where all the tight shots, loops, ramps, and complex targets are layered together.

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In other words, there really isn’t any way to tear into the upper playfield without pretty much removing all ramps and most plastics from the playfield. That big pile you see in the first image to the left was quickly turned into a pile of ramps, screws, plastic bits, and washers/spacers seen on my work desk to the right.

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The end result can be seen to the left. Most of the toys have been removed and only a handful of plastics need to be pulled to gain access to the grime, lamps, and rubbers hidden underneath the multiple layers of playfield components.


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It has been years since this machine has been cleaned underneath the various ramps and plastics. It may never have been disassembled before. This isn’t terribly surprising given the inconvenience of doing so.

As can be seen in the image on the right, there is a pretty extreme amount of filth that has built up. I’m beginning to think this machine spent a while with the glass off in an open area with lots of wind. There are seeds, lint, cloth, bits of cardboard, etc… all piled up underneath on on the various ramps.

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Likewise, there are areas of the machine covered in drifting piles of either sawdust or paper lint.

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Where there isn’t bits of dirt on the surface, the playfield has deep set grime. Clearly, this machine is in need of a lot more deep scrubbing before it will be restored to my satisfaction.

Yet, despite all this grime, the machine is in just plain awesome shape. There are only a couple of generic plastics that need replacing. All of the unique parts are in excellent to near mint condition.

This is going to be one fine machine once it is properly restored.



One Response to “Cyclone Update: What the hell was living in this thing?”

  1. Dominik Wagner says:

    If you need any help or tools or resources for pinball restauration you should pay http://www.flipperwerk.de a visit or contact the site owner. This is a good friend of mine who’s a pinball collector and restaurator.

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