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General Chat / Re: New to me Tornado Coin-OP Marble Brown
« Last post by jmyers on July 01, 2020, 07:10:27 PM »
Congrats on the new table.
I tried to find a used one but no luck. So I did as Alaskan Thunder suggested. :)

I live in the Dallas area and found out that their headquarters is here so that helped with shipping.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do.

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General Chat / Re: New to me Tornado Coin-OP Marble Brown
« Last post by alaskan thunder on July 01, 2020, 10:44:56 AM »
I agree w/ ST. Do the sidestrips, new bearings, and get some new balls. All the other stuff won't matter unless you get really serious, in which case you are better off buying a new table anyways.
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General Chat / Re: Best place to sell a vintage table?
« Last post by alaskan thunder on July 01, 2020, 10:43:16 AM »
FB and craigslist are the only real options unless you know a bunch of local players. You likely need to sell it locally because shipping costs eat up too much profit. I will also add that vintage tables are a very small market (I know from personal experience) and they have very little value to foosball players except for someone who happens to want that specific table. I bought a vintage RP some years ago for very cheap but once I realized how narrow the market was, I decided to just give it away, and even that has been difficult. 
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General Chat / Re: Table is slick
« Last post by alaskan thunder on July 01, 2020, 10:38:04 AM »
New balls would be my first suggestion. If that doesn't do it, I would a small amount of all purpose cleaner (simple green is what In use) and then follow that up with water. I use microfiber rags and lots of elbow grease.

I have owned some tables over the years that just had a slick playing surface. Not much you can do about that other than selling and buying a different one. Newer tables are less prone to this issue in my experience.
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General Chat / Re: Tornado Foosball Bearing Nut Dimensions? Leg bolt size?
« Last post by kgstewar on June 30, 2020, 10:55:02 PM »
1. Remove handles by punching out the roll pins. To do this, slide the rod so the handles are as close to the cabinet as possible. That way there is less chance of bending the rods. Tap with the roll pin punch and a hammer until the pins come out. Handles then slide off easily.

2. Remove scoring beads. Phillips head screw holds on each post, just unscrew these and each scoring unit can be removed, intact.

3. Remove bearing hex nuts with a Tornado wrench. These come off easily. You can use channel lock pliers if you're gentle.

4. Remove split bearings.

5. Now the rods are loose. Slide the rod until the bumper on the end of the rod slips into the bearing hole. Once you do this the end of the rod will be JUST inside the cabinet and you can lift it up and out. This method allows you to remove the rods without removing the men.

6. On the hinges holding the top half to the bottom half is a small acorn nut (7/16). Remove those.

7. Raise top (with help) and slide the top unit off the hinge.

8. Unscrew the nuts (9/16) holding the legs on. 2 nuts per leg.

9. Again with help, lift the bottom half off the legs.
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General Chat / Table is slick
« Last post by Foosballallah on June 29, 2020, 10:41:19 AM »
I've gotten back into foosball after a long hiatus and have been playing at some local places before the covid. I've had a table for over 20 years but never played on it much since I had no one to play against. It's a Tornado Storm II non coin op. Since getting out and playing I feel like I've lost a step but also the tables out there seem a little stickier and slower kinda favoring the snakeshot but working against the push/pull shooter. I get back on my table and it seems super slick and tough to manipulate. The balls want to slip away and it's tough to toe them. Is it the table? Is it the balls? I just bought brand new balls to see if that's the problem. Your thoughts?
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General Chat / Best place to sell a vintage table?
« Last post by jollydaaang on June 29, 2020, 10:25:15 AM »
I have acquired a rare vintage table and I'm looking for the best place to sell it other than ebay or facebook marketplace.

#18000 Rene Pierre Blue Top Table
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General Chat / Re: New to me Tornado Coin-OP Marble Brown
« Last post by ShopTeacher on June 26, 2020, 04:08:59 PM »
I would do clear plastic side trim, new thin style bearing halves, and probably new style handles. I think the guys are optional but that might be just because Im not good enough to feel the difference between new and old style guy. The new style guy has cross hatching on the front of the foot that goes up higher and the corners are not rounded as much but the change is minimal. If you want to upgrade guys, you could just do the 3 and 2 rods to save a few bucks.

Play it for a while before upgrading tho and do this to the bearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRpQzCT5GKs
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General Chat / New to me Tornado Coin-OP Marble Brown
« Last post by quimbola on June 26, 2020, 01:50:32 PM »
Hi All,

I just picked up a Brown marble coin-op, it is in great shape, super stoked. It has the plastic feet.

Would it be worth it to do a full upgrade kit?

Any idea on date, etc from the photo?

Thank you!

20200625_200031 by Quimbola, on Flickr
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General Chat / Re: Tornado Foosball Bearing Nut Dimensions? Leg bolt size?
« Last post by ShopTeacher on June 26, 2020, 08:12:40 AM »
Bearing wrench - 1.85" across flats (about 1/2" thick)
Leg bolts - bring 9/16" socket with extension
Top of cabinet is two small nuts - maybe 1/4-20 (so 7/16" wrench) i think... being a few around that size.
Bring your punch - youll have to remove the handles to remove your rods but you will not need to remove any guys.

Good luck
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