Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted! Time to do some catching up. This past winter I finally tore down my World Cup Soccer 94 to give it a good cleaning. I’m not sure of the history of the game as I’ve only owned it for a few years, but based on the condition of some of the crumbling rubbers it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this was the first time the game had ever been torn down and completely cleaned. As you’ll see below, it was VERY dirty, especially in the back which is covered by a few layers of ramps – definitely not possible to get back there on this game without quite a bit of disassembly.
But thankfully, underneath all that dirt the playfield was in excellent shape. Check out the shine after cleaning the mostly-bare playfield.
In the end I got a new set of plastics, rubbers, a new soccer ball and brass wireform ramp (because why not!) and the game looked completely transformed. Probably the most time consuming part was the number of riveted plastics that required drilling out and re-riveting. Here’s the pile of old yellowed plastics ready to go into the “just in case I ever need this” drawer: