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(Topic ID: 277455)

70's Williams Flipper Replacement: Any Issues?


By Dono

9 days ago



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    #1 9 days ago

    I'm restoring a '75 WMS Toledo for a client, and the flips are toast. At this time, replacements are a bit different; the shafts no longer have an indent where the set screws hit when they're tightened down. I remember using these replacements on a 73 WMS Gulfstream and I had a had difficult time getting the shaft out of the crank because of the metal displacement no longer having an indent to collect in.

    Any one out there created an indent mimicking the original shaft? If so how did you do it?

    #2 9 days ago

    Without using a small lathe to machine it down, I would assume you could file/grind a couple of flat spots around where the set screws would dig in and create a burr. You could also tighten them partially to mark the spot, then pull it and sand off the burr and repeat.

    #3 8 days ago

    Are you saying you had trouble getting the shaft out of the crank after initial usage and tightening down the set screw, because the screw indented and left a small raised area?

    I've never had the issue but I'd say just remove the crank and flipper arm from the game and pop the bottom of the shaft with a punch.

    #4 8 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    Are you saying you had trouble getting the shaft out of the crank after initial usage and tightening down the set screw, because the screw indented and left a small raised area?
    I've never had the issue but I'd say just remove the crank and flipper arm from the game and pop the bottom of the shaft with a punch.

    Yes, had trouble getting the shaft out... I did end up using a punch-like tool to finally extract it. I'm now doing a client's game, and plan on creating a small indent with a grinder, but I'm wondering if that would create the .chance of creating a bind between the shaft and bushing once the set screws are tightened down hard.

    #5 8 days ago

    I'd leave it alone. After all how many times will that shaft be removed in the future?

    #6 8 days ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    I'd leave it alone. After all how many times will that shaft be removed in the future?

    Yeah, probably not worth the bother. Thanks for the input.

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