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Gottlieb Decagon Unit Parts Pamphlet

By TomVila

12 months ago


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    #1 12 months ago

    I came across something I had never seen. A Decagon Parts Pamphlet. It's a full US Letter sized tri-fold with an exploded parts assembly view and parts list.

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    #2 12 months ago
    Quoted from TomVila:

    I came across something I had never seen. A Decagon Parts Pamphlet. It's a full US Letter sized tri-fold with an exploded parts assembly view and parts list.
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    I've come across these. Thanks for sharing it here.

    #3 12 months ago

    Does anyone re-manufacture the actual decagon score reel?

    #4 12 months ago
    Quoted from BRONX:

    Does anyone re-manufacture the actual decagon score reel?

    No. Not to my knowledge. I believe someone has made a sticker strip with the numbers on it. It's purpose is to replace the worn off, or washed off numbers on the reel.

    #5 12 months ago
    Quoted from TomVila:

    I came across something I had never seen. A Decagon Parts Pamphlet. It's a full US Letter sized tri-fold with an exploded parts assembly view and parts list.
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    Exploded would be a good ending for those things

    #6 11 months ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    No. Not to my knowledge. I believe someone has made a sticker strip with the numbers on it. It's purpose is to replace the worn off, or washed off numbers on the reel.

    The file for the score reel decals can be found at: http://www.pinballrebel.com/pinball/cards/ under the Gottlieb tab. They worked great for my Quick Draw, which has round reels. FedEx/Kinkos can print them on white adhesive vinyl. I recently purchased a Flip-A-Card that has the decagon reels, spent 32 bucks for another sheet, aaaaaand they don't fit - the numbers are the right size but the spacing in between is off. The paint on my reels is pretty rough, so I'm likely going to cut each number and apply individually...

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    #7 11 months ago

    I wonder why Gottlieb did away with the flat-edge reel designs. With both upper and lower light banks working well, this style of score reel blends almost seamlessly with the white framing on the backglass.

    Maybe when the lower bank of lights went away (cost-cutting move?) they weren’t as bright as reels with a round contour.

    #8 11 months ago
    Quoted from leckmeck:

    I wonder why Gottlieb did away with the flat-edge reel designs.

    I think it was a lighting issue.
    .................David Marston

    #9 11 months ago
    Quoted from TomVila:

    I came across something I had never seen. A Decagon Parts Pamphlet. It's a full US Letter sized tri-fold with an exploded parts assembly view and parts list.

    Can you post the other pages, please?

    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    Exploded would be a good ending for those things

    I dunno about that, they'll run forever when fully cleaned and the switches are adjusted *properly* (many times someone has tried to 'fix' them by screwing up the switch adjustments or adjusting the wrong blades). All the competitors' units are simpler but also suffer from wear and can end up getting sloppy, with the numbers not lining up perfectly in the backglass.

    #10 11 months ago
    Quoted from frenchmarky:

    Can you post the other pages, please?

    I dunno about that, they'll run forever when fully cleaned and the switches are adjusted *properly* (many times someone has tried to 'fix' them by screwing up the switch adjustments or adjusting the wrong blades). All the competitors' units are simpler but also suffer from wear and can end up getting sloppy, with the numbers not lining up perfectly in the backglass.

    I've never had a Bally or a Williams reel not line up correctly. Gottlieb rat traps, though...

    Decagons are the German cars of score reels. Nice when working properly but overly complicated and a pain in the ass to work on.

    #11 11 months ago
    Quoted from frenchmarky:

    Can you post the other pages, please?

    If you open the attachment you can see the exploded view and parts list - it’s a three page pdf.

    #12 11 months ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    Decagons are the German cars of score reels.

    Great analogy. I used to service high tech German made machinery. When everything was right, the stuff ran great, but it was overly engineered, overly complicated, and prone to failure. I heard someone once say, "it's like cutting butter with a chainsaw".

    #13 11 months ago

    So that score reel would cost a total of $18.98 if it was put together in parts. I think we all would be buying new ones if they existed at that price. If this was remanufactured today they would be a whole heck of lot more than that! Interesting find, thanks for sharing.

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