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1953 Gottlieb Grand Slam

By weavo24

5 years ago


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#1 5 years ago

Hello Pinsiders....I have a 1953 Gottlieb Grand Slam which is going to be my first pinball restoration project. I need recommendations on the playfield glass due to what was on it. The glass measures 21" wide and 41 1/4 long. Should I just buy a 21"x 43" and try to trim it? Not really keen on that idea though.

#2 5 years ago

My local glass shop cuts me playfield glass to whatever size I want no problem. Tempered with no logo

#3 5 years ago

I'm gonna have to check that out then....not really wanting to have one shipped either.

#4 5 years ago
Quoted from weavo24:

Hello Pinsiders....I have a 1953 Gottlieb Grand Slam which is going to be my first pinball restoration project. I need recommendations on the playfield glass due to what was on it. The glass measures 21" wide and 41 1/4 long. Should I just buy a 21"x 43" and try to trim it? Not really keen on that idea though.

All my woodrails from 1950 - 1958 just have standard size glass that fits games now. Some sheets are from B/W games from the 90's. They all seem to fit perfect.

Some had original glass from the 50's - pretty sure they were the same size but untempered, sharp as anything and decided they were too risky to leave on due to safety concerns.

#5 5 years ago

There's no way a 21x43 will fit in it....it would extend way out of the top and the wood lock would never be able to go on

#6 5 years ago

Extra piece of wood that was added at some point

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#7 5 years ago
Quoted from weavo24:

Should I just buy a 21"x 43" and try to trim it?

You can't cut tempered glass.

#8 5 years ago
Quoted from tomdotcom:

My local glass shop cuts me playfield glass to whatever size I want no problem. Tempered with no logo

This is the way to go. Probably less than you could order one for anyway

#9 5 years ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

All my woodrails from 1950 - 1958 just have standard size glass that fits games now. Some sheets are from B/W games from the 90's. They all seem to fit perfect.
Some had original glass from the 50's - pretty sure they were the same size but untempered, sharp as anything and decided they were too risky to leave on due to safety concerns.

It's all good...that extra piece of wood slides out so as it turns out shapeshifter was right.

#10 5 years ago
Quoted from weavo24:

Hello Pinsiders....I have a 1953 Gottlieb Grand Slam which is going to be my first pinball restoration project. I need recommendations on the playfield glass due to what was on it. The glass measures 21" wide and 41 1/4 long. Should I just buy a 21"x 43" and try to trim it? Not really keen on that idea though.

Good choice. Grand Slam is among the very best woodrails.

#11 5 years ago

The playfield plastics are toast as you can see from the picture. My guess is the sun shining on the machine melted them.

#12 5 years ago
Quoted from weavo24:

The playfield plastics are toast as you can see from the picture. My guess is the sun shining on the machine melted them.

50's plastics were made of different kind of plastic. They all warp badly and cannot be flattened like later ones. Very rare and nice to find a complete, non broken set on a 50's Gottlieb.

Gottlieb plastics were about the only thing that didn't stand the test of time in these games.

It's just the bulbs being on all day as they were on location.

$85 gets you a nice new set.

http://shayarcadegroup.com

#13 5 years ago

I found that one to, but $31.00 for shipping is way to much.

http://www.pinballrescue.net has some for $78.00 and a more reasonable $10.00 shipping. Plus a free key chain!

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