(Topic ID: 219298)

Can a broken wire on a spinner be replaced? The answer is yes.


By cottonm4

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    This subject has been addressed on an old post. I'm going to link the post and start new.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/is-there-a-way-to-add-wire-on-spinner#post-3722534

    I have a Gottlieb Snow Derby I am working on and one of the wires on one of the spinners broke off at the edge of the spinner. I have some spare spinners but I don't have one with the checker board pattern.

    First, what I did was to drill a hole into the side of the spinner with a small hand drill and some jewelers drill bits.

    To make the "Z" bend in the .047 piano wire I have I did not use a wire bender. I figured out how to make my bends with a pair of alligator vise grips.

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    The problem for me with making the "Z" bend and then trying to install the bent wire into the drilled hole was getting the wire in the right position before I bonded it into the spinner. The advantage of using vise grips to make your bends as opposed to using a wire bender tool is that you can bond in a nice long straight piece of wire and then bend it to what you need after the installation.

    I used a piece of straight wire.

    After I drilled into the spinner as deep as I could I proceeded to bond the wire. What I finally wound up doing is bonding in the straight piece of wire that was long enough to give some working room. My epoxy of choice is PC-11. But I suppose JB Weld or any other 2-part epoxy will work just as well.

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    After my bond sat for 48 hours to cure, I started making my bends. Again. for making my bends all I used was a pair of alligator vise grips. I have two pairs of alligator vise grips. One pair has a wider nose. I used the pair with the narrower nose.

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    Then I clipped off the excess.

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    The spinner is installed and is working good.

    Here it is at rest.

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    And after I gave it a spin.

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    Eventually, I want to buy one of those wire benders but for .047 diameter wire my vise grips seem to be working OK for me

    #2 2 years ago

    Nice job. Thx for posting, very nice explanation and photos.

    #3 2 years ago

    Wow very nice! I thought for sure the only way to fix it would be to drill out the welds between the spinner halves and replace the wire.

    I'll have to give this a try.

    #4 2 years ago

    Are you drilling out the actual wire bit that’s left in there?

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from MrArt2u:

    Are you drilling out the actual wire bit that’s left in there?

    There is no wire left in there. I always thought the wire went inside the two spinner halves and came out the other side. It does not.

    Instead, the wire travels up one side of the spinner, then bends around and comes down on the other side. The wire is locked in each side of the spinner by being staked in.

    I am not home in front of my computer right now. I'll post more pics when I get home.

    #6 2 years ago

    Look closely at this pic. I used a small piece of wire to lift the spinner wire from its channel.

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    The wire looks like this

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    At both sides of the spinner, at the arrow points, the wire dips in a little bit. And then both edges of the spinner has been pinched to lock the wire into the spinner. I do not know how the wire is being locked in across the top of the spinner. This Gottlieb checkerboard spinner is hard to find and I did not want to press my luck.

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    However, I am going to take a junk spinner apart and see what exactly holds the wire in place all of the way across. I think I can make a complete replacement wire just using my narrow nose alligator vise grips. I use the grips on the right hand side as the narrow nose gives me more room to work and make small "Z" bends.

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    First thing to do is make a 90 degree bend. This is .047 piano wire ( This hand job will not work on larger wire and a wire bender will be needed).

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    After the 90 degree bend, the other side is pulled in the opposite direction and you now have a "Z" bend. This how I bent the straight piece of wire that I bonded into the spinner.

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    Using these same vise grips is how I bent my bonded wire into proper configuration. The reason for the narrow nose vise grips is that the fatter nosed grips will make the "Z" bend too large which would cause the wire(s) on both sides if the spinner to not be on the same axis.

    You would not be able to make this "Z" bend on a wire bender as the spinner would get in the way of the bending apparatus.

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