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(Below is the page that was created to advertise the machine for sale in December 2004)

Are you looking for a CACTUS CANYON that looks better than if it just came out of the box?  Do you like the exhilarating feeling of attaching the legs for the first time and peeling off that protective plastic on the side rails?  Does the shine of a playfield waiting for that first ball to roll across it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  This game will give you ALL of that and more!  Here is a perfectly restored CACTUS CANYON pinball game that looks BETTER than a NIB (new in box) game, complete with a RARE NOS collectors plaque.  You will NEVER find a nicer Cactus Canyon, even if it's in a sealed box!  

I am a private collector that takes great pride in the condition of my machines.  This is NOT a machine that was quickly shopped to make it look presentable.  This game was painstakingly restored by myself over a period of three months.  Great attention to EVERY detail was paid and the results are simply breathtaking.  This would be the centerpiece of any collection - or a collection all by itself!  There are ZERO plays on this game since the restoration and it looks like it!  Check out what was done to this machine to make it better than "in-the-box" condition -

  • New cabinet and backbox decals applied to perfection - see the details of the time-consuming process below.  The legs have NEVER been attached!  YOU will be the first person to attach the legs to this perfect cabinet!

  • New stainless side rails - still has the protective plastic for *you* to remove!

  • Brand new chrome legs

  • New leg bolts

  • New leg levelers

  • New sliders on rear of cabinet

  • NOS flipper buttons

  • NOS lockdown bar

  • NOS shooter assembly - housing, rod, springs, everything!

  • New playfield glass

  • New coin door

Add that's just the cabinet!  Look what was done with the playfield -

  • Playfield stripped bare on both sides and clearcoated with automotive clear by Bill Davis.  Inserts were meticulously polished underneath.  I laid this playfield next to my clearcoated NOS playfield and couldn't tell the difference!

  • NOS Bart head

  • NOS Bart hat

  • New Bart entrance flap

  • NOS Mountain

  • NOS Keep Out sign

  • NOS Beer mug

  • NOS inlane guides

  • NOS Pop bumper bodies, skirts, rings and caps 

  • NOS slingshot plastics

  • New clear fender washers

  • NOS slingshot switches

  • NOS slingshot arms

  • NOS drop targets

  • NOS stand-up target assemblies

  • NOS flipper bats

  • NOS flipper armatures and sleeves - a complete rebuild

  • NOS star posts

  • ALL new rubber rings and sleeves

  • ALL lamps replaced - not just the upper playfield bulbs, but EVERY SINGLE bulb in this game is brand new.  Top playfield side, bottom playfield side, backbox, even the start button!

  • Custom color-matched instruction and pricing cards

This is a domestic USA game, NOT an import.  Game comes with new legs, new levelers, new bolts and new Mirror Glazed pinballs (not shown).  Also includes coin box, NOS manual and a NOS collector plaque which is VERY hard to find.  No coin mechs are included.

Buyer will pay for all packing and shipping costs.  I prefer the game be picked up in person in the Los Angeles area but I will ship at the buyer's risk if requested.  I take no responsibility for any damage once the game leaves my hands.  I charge $100 to pack the game in a new pinball box for shipping.  Crating is extra.  Freight charges for past boxed games have been in the $250-$350 range including insurance.

Since there are ZERO plays on this restoration, buyer will have the option of receiving the game in this condition or I will play test the game no more than 10 plays and adjust any issues found during that time.  All tests have been run and everything is 100% functional.  Minor switch adjustments may be necessary after the first few games.

Enough with the talking already ... let's see the game!

Here's a picture of the overall game.  Notice there are NO legs attached.  The buyer will be the first person to attach legs to this perfect cabinet.  Needless to say, there is absolutely NO wrinkling of the new decals.


To understand the detail I put into applying new decals, let me give you an overview of what I did to the cabinet and backbox in preparation for new decals.

  • Removed side rails and discarded

  • Removed decals down to bare wood

  • Sanded bare wood smooth

  • Repaired any defects or holes (no more factory lock bar holes!)

  • Applied three coats of clearcoat to seal and fill minor imperfections and woodgrain, sanding between each coat

  • Only one side per day was done at one coat per day - the above step took almost two weeks!

  • Paint exterior edges black

  • Paint interior sides of cabinet and backbox to factory specifications

  • Applied one decal to cabinet/backbox and allowed 3 days drying time before proceeding - another 10 day process!


Here's the beautiful new coin door and decal.  Notice there are no factory lock bar holes either!  A NOS shooter assembly finished this off quite nicely.


And look at the cabinet UNDER the NOS lockdown bar - PERFECT!


Both sides of the backbox with brand new decals and freshly painted bolts.  Color mismatch is from camera lighting - they are exactly the same color.


The top of the backbox is no exception - it looks brand new!  (small circular dot near lower right is lens flare, NOT an imperfection in the paint)


Here's a view of the translite and DMD, which is nice and bright, 100% functional with no burn-in.


New lane guides, pop bumper bodies, skirts, rings and caps.


NOS beer mug, mountain and keep out sign.  And look at that ramp!


NOS Bart head and hat.  A new flap was installed in front of Bart to complete the area.  All stainless parts were re-grained to remove any ball marks.


A nice view of the ramp and beer mug.  You can see the reflection of the target in front of the beer mug on the playfield!


Train tracks were polished and new Bad Guy targets installed.


New Quick Draw target assemblies.


A view of the new Quick Draw targets on the right and the crystal clear ramps.


Clear fender washers were added under the NOS slingshot plastics for protection, on bottom AND on top.  The instruction and pricing cards were printed on a light gray paper then laminated for protection.


The sides of the cabinet were painted a semi-gloss black.  EVERY detail counts in my restorations!


New slingshot switches, arms and star posts (and bulbs, and rubber, and slingshot plastic, and clear fender washers)


All stainless steel was regrained to look like new.  NO ball trails here!


Here's a shot of one the new side rails showing the protective plastic still in place.


The inside of the cabinet is factory fresh.


Boards are in perfect condition with no GI connector burn.


Yes, even the back of the speaker panel is ultra clean.


The underside of the playfield looks as clean as the top.


And for your enjoyment, some nice beauty shots taken with the flash turned off.


And some balls-eye view shots showing the beautiful shine of the playfield.  You can see the reflection of the backbox and DMD!


Buyer will receive this NOS collectors plaque with the game including all mounting hardware.  I didn't nail it into the perfect cabinet as the buyer may wish to attach it to the coin door with double sided tape.  A much better way to display it in my opinion.

The plaque number is VERY close to the serial number of the game (871).  The plaques were originally issued long after the games had been sold so the serial numbers almost never match the plaque number.  This one is pretty close.

Thanks for looking and good luck!