So here is the progress on this Flying High I bought in September 2017.
Wanted a wood rail to add to the Gottlieb line up. Woodrails are hard to find for sale here in Alberta. Found 2 of the same wood rails for sale in Saskatoon, a pin and a parts pin. This is a great way to start as the parts pin can be compared to the game being repaired. That is roughly a 9 hour round trip. The game has been well played, and had been in storage for 17 years. The backglass was no good, and could pass a window. The rails and legs were also in tough shape, very little original finish remaining. Cosmetically this game was showing its age.
Flying High is a 'Trap Hole Game', Gottlieb made many trap hole games. The game ends with all 5 balls trapped in the holes. If you can get 4 balls in a row a Replay is rewarded. There are a few ways to win replays. 4 trapped balls in a row, hitting the pop bumpers 1 thru 7 lights the Special Hole and Special Button, High Score, and High Points.
The trip to Saskatoon and back was an adventure for 2 of my employees. One from India and one from the Philippines. Driving East from Edmonton, they both kind of freaked out that there were no people or houses for miles. On the return trip we took a secondary road, to which my guy from India asked to stop so he could take pictures of nothing. Open fields of Canola and Wheat, He states, "We have been driving for 2 hours, and haven't seen a farm house yet". It was kind of funny.
Got the 2 games home and almost immediately plugged in the complete pin, and it had power, manually tripped some relays and it slowly sparked up. Motor was spinning, score relays trying to click. Well that made me feel much better. The score relays were gummed up with 65 year old grease and graphite, which was expected. That old graphite is tough to get off your fingers as well. Even the plunger was gummed up. For the mechanical stuff I think I have around 20 hours of filing, soldering, and cleaning. As for the cabinet, legs, and lock down bar, that was another 35 hours of cleaning, sanding, and staining the wood.
Loaded up, heading home.
Flat on the floor, assessing the next step.
Set up on its legs, looks even better than 6 hours ago. Need to order some parts.
Things that were inside. Nice fuses, with foil from a cigarette package, these were in the fuse holders. The white rubber ring was interesting, first thought it was something dead. Nice string tying.
Polished up the coin chute and both plungers. Cleaned the red Shooter Base, and the Ball Lift Base.
New glass on, with the redone rails and legs.
This playfield was the best one of the 2. Cleaned, buffed and waxed, as much as I can.