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Gottlieb Playball


By northvibe

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Just picked up a 1971 Gottlieb Playball and while it is in good shape. I wanted to start the club to keep info and tips in!

I picked it up with the seller saying it turns on but does not play/credit up. When I went to break down the game, I noticed the jones plugs very corroded. However everything in the head and cab looked really clean. There were a few bulbs out, paint on pf looks pretty darn good, and the rubbers looked original and cracked/broken.

Got the game home, wanted to clean the jones plugs before powering it on. Finally got a file and cleaned the female side, then used a dremel w/ brush bit on the male side. Plugged the game in...powers on, the button on the coin door w/ the red edge fires the game up. Must be wired for free play? Need to verify how they did that.

Things to do:
New rubber kit
new ball
New bulbs - I like the incandescent but may try sunlight leds to keep the heat down (not color matched)
Clean the pf and wax
Seal backglass?
Clean legs
new leg bolts
new foot adjusters

fixes:
Right varitarget plastic is broke. Thinking of scanning all plastics then remaking that right side one. Pinball rescue does not remake these plastics.

Once the game is cleaned up I can start the process of making sure all switches etc work. This is my first EM so it is a new adventure Loving the bells, chimes and clicking though!!!

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#2 1 year ago

Here are the pics I received before committing. Saw these and said, unless it is ultra hacked up or broken, you have a deal.

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#3 1 year ago

Here is my right broken plastic. Going to scan both sides, then have my graphic designer redo the right one. I'll have to look at the plastic making threads to see how people do this. If it isn't horrible maybe I'll do all the plastics and keep these w/ the machine.

For the backglass, not sure if I should scan it and maybe get a translight made or what. It has some look of start of flaking...so I need to think about sealing. Otherwise it is pretty darn good shape.

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#4 1 year ago

For your broken plastic.
amazon.com link »

Use a Q-tip to apply to both pieces. You don't need much. Try not to get it on the bottom art.

#5 1 year ago

I worked with Jimmy at PBR to get some things ordered...

Parts I found for the game:
21? metal acorns
1 x ball
35 x 1" White post C-11561

Rubbers: At PBR you can just list the game and rubber ring kit and they will basically build you a kit. White rubber w/ red flipper rubber
But here are the parts inside that:

15 x A-10217 - 5/16"
2 x A-10220 - 1 1/2"
2 x A-10222 - 2 1/2"
4 x A-10224 - 3 1/2"
2 x A-13151 - 3/8" Wide x 1 1/2" flipper rubber (stock is red RIN-WFR pbr p/n)

I have the schematics and manual incase people need info. I also think PBR may sell these though too, if you'd like.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from brenna98:

For your broken plastic.
amazon.com link »
Use a Q-tip to apply to both pieces. You don't need much. Try not to get it on the bottom art.

Thanks!

#7 1 year ago

Great game! Love mine.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinballlew:

Great game! Love mine.

Hahah we had/have a few of the same games over the course of the last year :-p

I think I'll snag sand paper and pvc w/ evaporust and see if I can reuse the legs and leg bolts.

I asked a few people about cleaning the pf. Was told naphtha or novus 2. Still freaks me out like I'll pull paint up using those

#9 1 year ago

Anyone that needs or wants replacement plastics. Demand has to be shown to pinball rescue.

http://www.pinballrescue.net/

Email sales@pinballrescue.net and request the game plastics. They make a list and if demand is enough, produce them.

#10 1 year ago

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#11 1 year ago

wiped the game down with naphtha, little novus 2 and waxed. I didn't want to go too deep to wreck paint, so it isn't perfect but it is nicer.
I pulled the pop bumpers up and cut the mylar out from under those. All the white posts were yellowing and meh, so I put an order in for all 35 1" posts c-11561w. Also a few of the screws w/ acorn tops as 1 or 2 of mine were bent. While I wait on those, I'll rebuild the flippers. I also scanned ALL the plastics. I was going to have my designer remake them in vector but he said it would take way too long. I may do the quick/dirty method to make the 1 broken plastic on petg and then in free time turn my scan's into nice vector files.

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#12 1 year ago

Used my dremel with wire brush, 220/420/1000 grit wet sanding and got all 4 legs in okay/decent shape from what they were when I grabbed it. The legs were pretty rusty and pitted. I was just looking to clean them instead of buying new. I have a dremel polish wheel so I may do that but I'm pretty happy with them. I'll snag a pic.

Now onto leds/lights. Tried one set of retro and they were white way too white. I ordered a handful samples of retro, sunlight and frosted and I'll get pics of those. Trying to get as close to incandescent as I can without using them for heat reasons.

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#13 1 year ago

I tried
PBL warm white
Comet retro
Comet warm white
CT retro
CT warm white
CT frosted warm white

I only liked CT frosted warm white. It was a decent color but too bright still, however that will be fine. All others just did not look remotely close to incandescent

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#14 1 year ago

House projects took over...

Have some switches to adjust/tighten and need to figure out some light bulb issues. Back gi isn't on but the 10 point targets to the side of each varitarget turn on/off, maybe randomly. Is that supposed to happen?

#15 1 year ago

Hello northvibe. Good looking machine. I just started on the same exact machine yesterday, but mine's not nearly as good a shape as yours. I'm hoping to try and fire it up tonight, but I need to drill out the back lock first, as I don't have the key for it. Thanks for the post.

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from Jc-trout:

Hello northvibe. Good looking machine. I just started on the same exact machine yesterday, but mine's not nearly as good a shape as yours. I'm hoping to try and fire it up tonight, but I need to drill out the back lock first, as I don't have the key for it. Thanks for the post.

Welcome to the club!

Post pics! Hope you get yours up and running tonight.

It is pretty fun. I need to do my flipper rebuild kit and level the game but love the game. Hitting a triple is hard!

#17 1 year ago

I got the back lock drilled out and everything looks pretty clean inside. The score reels and baseball score board reels all moved pretty freely when manually engaging them. I turned on the power and the lights came on, and with credits on the credit wheel, I tried to start a game, but all the score reels didn't reset. Upon further inspection, I noticed that the stepper unit in the back was pretty gummed up and wouldn't move freely. It looks like I'll be giving that a cleaning tonight. That's where I'm at so far. Progress I guess.

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#18 1 year ago
Quoted from Jc-trout:

I got the back lock drilled out and everything looks pretty clean inside. The score reels and baseball score board reels all moved pretty freely when manually engaging them. I turned on the power and the lights came on, and with credits on the credit wheel, I tried to start a game, but all the score reels didn't reset. Upon further inspection, I noticed that the stepper unit in the back was pretty gummed up and wouldn't move freely. It looks like I'll be giving that a cleaning tonight. That's where I'm at so far. Progress I guess.

How is your stepper?

I need some tips/opinions on sealing my back glass. It’s pretty good but the game over is almost gone. Before that spreads I’d like to seal it... just rattle can clear?

6 months later
#19 10 months ago

Thanks for starting this thread. I just bought one in San Antonio and will pick it up in August. The playfield apparently is not in as good of shape as the pictures indicated (bought it long distance and family picked up). The batter, ump, and catcher are pretty messed up. Once I get the machine, I may try and do some sort of decal for that playfield area if I can get a good image to produce it. Once I get the machine back to Atlanta, I'll post again. Great thread. Thx

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