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Ahoy Matey! There be a SEAWITCH a restoring...


By seshpilot

3 years ago



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#101 3 years ago

It was a brass washer. I will try to get you guys a pick. I bought a bunch at my local hardware store and keep them for my games with these types of flipper bats and obviously for my Classic Stern restores.

#102 3 years ago

is there any advantage to using copper over brass washers? I can see copper being softer being advantageous, but it also oxidizes easier than brass

#103 3 years ago

Copper would oxidize and turn green. Don't want that around playfield.

#104 3 years ago
Quoted from Classic_Stern:

Copper would oxidize and turn green. Don't want that around playfield.

Thanks for demystifying these old Sterns for us! I love these games!

#105 3 years ago

I have had to use steel washers on Bally flippers also. Just see how close they are to the playfield, if too close use a washer.

#106 3 years ago

Okay, the brass washers did the trick. FYI for anyone working on a classic Stern that the size you need is a #14 washer. They lift the flippers ever so slightly above the field and gives piece of mind.

Got a few games going last night and noticed that the orbit shots were brutally hard to hit. Like not intentionally hard, but like the geometry was off or something. Frustrated, I checked the flipper coils to make sure I had purchased the right ones. Ooops. The bottom 2 flippers were 500s (but are supposed to be 475s -- stronger than what I have) and the tops were 475s (supposed to 600s! Much weaker coils). I'm wondering if that's contributing to the problem. Going to swap all those out, but can't find 600s right now. I'm going to adjust in the meantime by gaping the EOS switch a bit closer so it's not hitting at full force. Anyone have a source for 600 flipper coils?

Really hope this helps the shot geometry to hit the left and right orbits.

#107 3 years ago
Quoted from seshpilot:

Okay, the brass washers did the trick. FYI for anyone working on a classic Stern that the size you need is a #14 washer. They lift the flippers ever so slightly above the field and gives piece of mind.
Got a few games going last night and noticed that the orbit shots were brutally hard to hit. Like not intentionally hard, but like the geometry was off or something. Frustrated, I checked the flipper coils to make sure I had purchased the right ones. Ooops. The bottom 2 flippers were 500s (but are supposed to be 475s -- stronger than what I have) and the tops were 475s (supposed to 600s! Much weaker coils). I'm wondering if that's contributing to the problem. Going to swap all those out, but can't find 600s right now. I'm going to adjust in the meantime by gaping the EOS switch a bit closer so it's not hitting at full force. Anyone have a source for 600 flipper coils?
Really hope this helps the shot geometry to hit the left and right orbits.

Yup. And add some speed to the "whack"./......

3 weeks later
#108 2 years ago

And the restore is complete. Brand new backglass came in yesterday, which was the last piece I was waiting for!
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Here's 2 side-by-side shots with the old one on the left:
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Honestly, the old one wasn't really all that bad, but because I'm a perfectionist, I decided to order a new one from John Greatwich. I'm selling the old one for $125 shipped if anyone is interested.

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Soooooo....what game is going next to Seawitch in that blank spot? Stern Nine Ball! I'm starting a new restore blog on that baby soon. For now, I've reserved a parking space here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1980-stern-nine-ball-restore-seshpilot#post-3124449

#109 2 years ago

And now the crazy part: I'm not sure I'm going to keep her. I've really enjoyed restoring the witch! I'm looking at a few other games right now (and just bought a Barracora and Nine Ball). If you're interested in a fully restored Seawitch, PM me. Still not completely sure if I'll sell, but thought I'd throw it out there.

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#110 2 years ago

Looks awesome, you did a great job! Gameplay video?

#111 2 years ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

Looks awesome, you did a great job! Gameplay video?

I've never taken a video of pinball before! Perhaps I should do one. Thanks for the idea!

#112 2 years ago

She's a beauty, mate!

1 month later
#114 2 years ago

Let's see a movie -- it will help with the sale for sure.
-mof

(Here's an old low-rez movie, but a goodie...)

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