I have dealt with the full spectrum of humanity buying machines. I bought a Nascar from a very nice guy, but what the hell would go through your mind to put screws in a games playfield? Sucks because the machine is in really nice shape.
I know how to fix.
Drill them deep into the playfield and spray some clear over them. Oh make sure to touch up with a sharpie first before you spray the clear.
(that was taken from the Hillbilly’s Guide on Fixing Pinball Machines).
I have a Mr mrs pacman pinball and the previous owner used a screw too big. Drilled it right through from the underside of the playfield. So you had the nice pointy tip of a screw sticking out of the playfield.
I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve only had a few screws loose.
The amazing thing is how folks who I have never talked to about my games knew that and told me I did too.
What a bummer, game looks to be in nice condition otherwise. I once bought a game with an added center post mod consisting of a screwed-in rubber footer from a piece of equipment. Not only did it look butt-ugly it also had the typical cone shape, which meant you were guaranteed a nasty airball anytime the ball hit it at virtually any speed higher than passively rolling!
The outlane screws can be removed, the holes filled, and someone with a little skill could do at least a passable job touching up the paint.
It looks like the center screw might have borked the insert (hard to see clearly in the pic), which will require a lot more effort to correct unfortunately.
The center screw is all wood did not hit the insert, so its way better than if he did. The side drains were disabled by the screws a ball would not fit between. He should have just played with glass off. This is my second nascar. My first had a screw hole in center drain as the operator ran a screw that was way too long underneath playfield. Seems I am cursed with Nascar. The one I just got had blown power supply, blown dmd power supply, no dmd and a dead mpu. I got it cheap. He was asking way too much money for it. I threw him if you get no offers price and he took it.
Filled and cleared holes. The playfield cleaned up great. I still dont get putting the screws in. The only way the ball drained was if your flipper moved enough to let ball go between it and screw. Crazy!
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