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Gottlieb Bank-A-Ball - broken break switch

By Fred17

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

Bank-a-Ball (resized).jpgHello everyone, thanks for letting me join the crew. I've got a 1965 Bank-A-Ball which I've owned for several decades. Now that I'm retired, I'm starting restoration of this machine. So to start, I ordered the missing pool balls from Pinball Resource (4 missing). I've just finished installing them (picture shown as I'm proud of the results).

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In doing this repair, I notice that a connector was broken off of outer break switch (right term?) of the #1 ball - shown in the pictures.
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My question is to how to best repair? Do I try and find a replacement break switch? Do I try and wedge the broken connector back in the switch and solder it in place? If so, is there a specific solder I should use?

Thanks in advance for all advice / opinions / etc. Ken

#2 6 months ago

I haven't had much luck trying to re-solder the tabs back on the switch leaf. Even if I get it soldered on, the rest of the stack doesn't sit quite right with the solder lump there. Maybe someone else has had better luck.

I'd just find out which leaf you need and order one from PBR along with the contact.

Did you order the entire set of plastic balls from PBR? Ouch!$$

#3 6 months ago

Welcome to Pinside. You could replace the switch or you could stack the bottom half of another switch with a good solder tab next to it in the stack. PBR should be able to set you up or you could ask here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-em-seeking-parts-thread.

/Mark

#4 6 months ago

Here’s an old thread addressing this issue. It includes options for repair and how to disassemble the switch stack to do the repair. (Removing the bakelite separators to get to the broken blade can be challenging - those separators have been squished together for 57 years!)

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottlieb-em-broken-switch-tab

#5 6 months ago
Quoted from paulace:

Did you order the entire set of plastic balls from PBR? Ouch!$$

I replaced the 1, 3, 12, and 15 ball - yes, hobbies cost money

#6 6 months ago
Quoted from DaMoib:

Here’s an old thread addressing this issue. It includes options for repair and how to disassemble the switch stack to do the repair. (Removing the bakelite separators to get to the broken blade can be challenging - those separators have been squished together for 57 years!)
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottlieb-em-broken-switch-tab

Awesome! Thanks a million!

#7 6 months ago

See post 8415 in the EM parts seeking thread........

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