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Gottlieb 1956 Auto Race - resto notes

By wayner

11 days ago



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#1 11 days ago

I acquired this machine a few years back

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and only just got around to ‘bringing it back’. The machine was in original condition and operational but quite sluggish in game play.

When I originally purchased the machine the front coin door and back door were damaged through forced entry. Repairs were conducted on each.

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Although the cabinet paint appeared in pics in great condition there were a number of deep scratches and gouges which I attempted to correct and touch up but I was not happy with the results so decided to repaint the cabinet – base green, yellow, orange and red colours.

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The internal side rails were severely rusted. Treated with evaporust and repainted silver.

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The motor board, under pf and backbox mechs were completed serviced.

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I always pay particular attention to the score motor assembly particularly lube of the 'hidden' lube point.

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On this era machine cold solder joints are an issue and on this one there were at least five on the motor board which required diagnosis and correction. One of the resto by-products unfortunately!

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Applied a couple of wooden blocks on my rotisserie to enable the pf apron to be housed.

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Disassembled, cleaned and waxed pf which is in quite good condition.

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I always solder bulb holder bases throughout a machine to improve reliability of illumination.

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In relation to the sluggish play I was conscious that many owners had provided critiques on this machine indicating not a good player but certainly the graphics on the machine, particularly for a former revhead, are in my view tremendous. So I decided to try upgraded pop and flipper (orange) coils in the resto. In both cases the impact, for me, was most satisfactory in that they provided subtle improvement to performance and gameplay,

Fabricated an era coin box and installed a 3pin power cord.

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Overall very happy to have undertaken the resto and pleased to have Auto Race back in my lineup.

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#2 11 days ago

Thanks for posting these photos! I just recently acquired an Auto Race and will bring it back at one point this fall.

Alberto

#3 11 days ago

Superb restoration, Wayne!

#4 11 days ago

Well done, that's an excellent restoration Wayne!

#5 11 days ago
Quoted from Peruman:

Thanks for posting these photos! I just recently acquired an Auto Race and will bring it back at one point this fall.
Alberto

Give me a hoy if you need additional pics Alberto-I have taken quite a number.

#6 8 days ago

Very nice job!

#7 8 days ago

Beautiful as always Wayne! I always thought Auto Race was a looker and this one is exceptional.

#8 6 days ago

Very nice. I owned one of these a few years back and liked it. No game over relay on it, if I recall correctly.

#9 6 days ago
Quoted from Classicpinballs:

Very nice. I owned one of these a few years back and liked it. No game over relay on it, if I recall correctly.

Yep correct.

#10 6 days ago

Just Wow! The stencils must take a lot of time. Especially like the attention to details like the coin box with operator sticker. Totally jealous of the sheet metal equipment including spot welder!

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