Quoted from vid1900:
A nice restorer's trick is as follows:
The side rails on classic Bally games take a beating in the outlanes.
The wood rails can be protected with the same L Brackets that protect the shooter lane.
Is it original? Nope.
Does it look like a stock part? Yes (it kinda is, if you think about it).
Does it look kick ass? Yes.
Does it fit a blinged out, high end restoration? Hell yes.
Vid, I like your idea here but I have a question about Strikes and Spares.
First, I thought it might be nice to get a new L Bracket, the one that is there is not bad, just a little beat up (you can't really tell from the picture) and its a beautiful new CPR playfield so I thought what the heck a new one would be nice.
L Bracket orig (resized).jpg
Then I thought might as well get a new shooter lane arch as well. And then, after seeing your post above, sure enough the side rail by the outlane (both sides) is getting torn up so adding additional L brackets would be cool too like you said. But, it is a problem because of the location of the arch as shown here:
outlane side rail right and shooter lane arch (resized).jpg
The shooter lane arch is sitting in the exact spot where I would need to mount the L bracket to protect that area just to the right of the Special insert. It doesn't look bad in the photo but it is getting beat up just like you said, and a bracket there would be spiffy. I could actually mount the upper hole of the L Bracket with the same screw for the ball arch, but it will look funny because then the left side of the arch will be higher than the right. I guess I could shim the right side up with a washer but I think it will end up not looking nice.
What is the function of the shooter lane arch anyway? My guess is that it is put there to ensure the proper spacing between the 2 rails for the ball to shoot up through? Can it be moved to a different position? Problem is, there isn't room upward because that plastic extends way up the rail. So I would need to move it down toward the shooter until it cleared the L bracket. Seems like it would be OK but I'm not totally sure about what that arch actually is there for.
There is another problem too. Wouldn't you want to put an L bracket on both sides to protect that rails by the left and right out lanes? I only see one orientation of the L bracket. You could flip it over and install it on the left side, but then it won't be symmetrical because of the shape of the bracket. The bottom part that extends past the top part will point in the opposite direction. I think it would look strange?
EDIT - Adding a Photochop!
Orange arrows show the "add-on" L brackets. The left one is flipped over so it will mount on the rail, It won't match the orientation on the right (I'm too lazy to fix the skew angle on the left one but you can see what I mean).
Yellow arrow shows the right side L bracket fitted right under the arch. It might look Ok that way but the left side will be elevated just a bit.
Red arrow shows alternate location for the arch. Of course if I do that, then there will be a hole to patch and paint up above on the right rail where the arch was screwed in, dang it.
EDIT 2 - fixed the skew angle on the left bracket, can't help myself, too OCD.
l brackets and shooter lane arch 1 (resized).jpg