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1976 Gottlieb Sure Shot fires up but then nothing....

By Press57

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by currieddog
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    #1 2 years ago

    I just purchased a 1976 Gottlieb Sure Shot and prior to the purchase, I played it, everything worked, etc. I moved it and set it up at my home and it powers on, the lights come on, ball is kicked to the plunger.... and nothing. No flippers flipping, no scoring, no bells ringing, no bumpers bumping. If you let the ball go through it kicks back to the plunger for a repeat performance. I am able to advance the score wheels through the relays so they do work and do reset to 0 if I power off and on and then start up a new game.

    While I don't have a lot of trouble shooting skills, I have set up several EM Pins I've bought over the years and I know everything is plugged in correctly and as I did the move of the machine, I know it wasn't handled improperly during the move. I called the guy I bought it from and he just shrugged and said it sounds like something simple. That could be but that wasn't much help. It is frustrating as I payed a bit more than usual for this as it was supposedly a complete 100% working PIN with no Gremlins... oh well, let the buyer beware and the plan is not to leave anything for the kids

    I thought I would throw this out there to see if anyone has any suggestions in the hope that it possibly could be something simple. Otherwise, I'll probably have to take it in to a shop about an hour away for a professional look see as I have no real "fix it" skills other than cleaning contacts and checking relays, etc. Any ideas out there?


    #2 2 years ago

    Sounds tilted. Did you check the tilt and slam switches?

    #3 2 years ago

    currieddog - I actually did think of that as well (should have mentioned that in my post) but the tilt light isn't on when I power it up and I can get the tilt indicator to come on by bumping the PIN hard enough. I also checked the tilt mechanism in the machine and it looks correct and I can get it tilt through the switch directly. Just to be sure, I disconnected the tilt switch completely and I have the same problem... Thanks for the suggestion.

    #4 2 years ago

    Do your Ball in Play lights show up on the backglass and step up after each kickout?

    #5 2 years ago

    edednedy- It does not (another bit of info I should have provided). When it kicks the ball to the plunger, no first ball indicator comes on which tells me, it doesn't register that a game has been started.

    #6 2 years ago

    Make sure the switch in the ball trough
    Between the outlane and shooter alley is closing.

    #7 2 years ago

    That's out hole and shooter alley

    #8 2 years ago

    Also just curious...of the 3 copies of that game I owned...all the playfield posts were cracked split vertically....how do yours look?

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Press57:

    it powers on, the lights come on, ball is kicked to the plunger.... and nothing. No flippers flipping, no scoring, no bells ringing, no bumpers bumping

    These are the 4 switches that can interrupt power to the playfield. Inspect and diagnose them with Alligator clip jumper wires

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    #11 2 years ago

    Drain1 - I attached a picture of the switch I think you are talking about as it is the one directly under the ball trough, right before the shooter alley. It does move freely and is back in the original position after the ball goes through. And to your other question, the playfield posts look good.

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    #12 2 years ago

    HowardR - Thanks for the info, I did buy some Alligator jumper wires based on your recommendations in an earlier post but I think the trouble shooting steps you've suggested are over my head for now. I don't want to do more harm than good. The info you provided could be helpful when I find someone local here that has more skill than me. thanks....

    #13 2 years ago

    currieddog - I owe you... I had (I thought) triple checked all the jones plugs but I did it again and one small six prong plug was not seated completed and I redid and it works! I feel very humbled by my stupidity but hey, I'm used to it. I was so focused on the bigger plugs, I missed the real issue. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions... I'm sure I'll be back asking for help again

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from Press57:

    I was so focused on the ___

    This has distracted all of us at one point or another!

    Please check as 'resolved.'

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