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Have you done a Fathom playfield swap? I need help/pics!

By RobertWinter

88 days ago

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#1 88 days ago

Since I've been stuck at home for a while, I've decided to finally finish my Fathom restoration. Problem is, I originally tore the machine apart over 15 years ago (don't ask)! I still have all my written documentation but I cannot locate any of the photos that I took.

I have all the parts, the cabinet/backbox was finished a few years ago, but the playfield is still in pieces. It's ready for reassembly, I just need a little guidance on details.

If anyone has detailed pictures of their teardown/reassembly, I would greatly appreciate a copy. I may also need some wiring questions answered as well.

Please PM me if you can help.

#2 88 days ago

I did one last year. I’ll fire up the way back machine to look for the pics. Is there anything specific you need?

#3 88 days ago

The Internet Pinball Database would be a good source of information.
The Bally manuals (available on E-Bay or through The Pinball Resource) also details how to populate the playfield.
Most Bally machines are build in the same way and you could take a Medusa or Xenon or Eight Balls DeLuxe and get inspiration from them.


#4 88 days ago

I did a Fathom PF swap several years ago.

I PM'd you a link to my reference photos

Doug D.

#5 88 days ago

HEP usually has all the pics you need, He has done a few Fathoms recently0

#7 87 days ago

Thanks everyone for the pics, links and PMs. Hopefully I have enough to go on.

#8 83 days ago

Is there a way to adjust the height of the inline drop targets in their down position? Right now they are too low.

I'm thinking of adding an adjustment screw to the bottom of the assembly to set the resting position of the reset bar.

Is there an easier way?
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#9 83 days ago

I'm pretty sure those drop target banks have an adjustment on them to raise the targets.

#10 83 days ago

To my knowledge, there is no adjustment on this era of targets. If there is, please describe how to do it.

This is what Tractordoc did for his. I'm looking for a simpler solution.


#11 83 days ago

Contact Brady from pinballShark. He might still have some photos of a Fathom swap he did awhile back.

#12 83 days ago

You adjust these by this plate on the bottom.
Loosen the screws slide it up or down to get a good level with the playfield.

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#13 83 days ago

Aha! My assemblies didn't have those plates attached. After some searching I was able to locate them . Thanks Chris!

Is there a way to adjust the 3 and 6 bank target assembles?

#14 83 days ago
Quoted from RobertWinter:

Aha! My assemblies didn't have those plates attached. After some searching I was able to locate them . Thanks Chris!
Is there a way to adjust the 3 and 6 bank target assembles?

The in-line styles have the adjustment plates.
Those side and direct shot styles don’t.
If they are setting way too low or creating hang ups you can install a strip of foam double sided tape leaving the protective cover on there and it should give a permanent but easy solution to that problem.
You can add another strip if still too low.
Easy to reverse as well.

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#15 83 days ago

Perfect! Thanks for the tip.

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#16 41 days ago

Anyone know where I can purchase the trough switches pictured?

#17 41 days ago

They’re the same as coin door switches except for the wire form. Marco and Pinball life have them.

#18 41 days ago

Thanks. Didn't even think of those coin door switches.

Does this look correct for the wire forms? They look broken.

#19 40 days ago

They look ok.

#20 40 days ago

Can someone post a picture of their trough wire forms?

#21 40 days ago

Those look correct.

To test, just put the balls in the trough. Listen for the “click” sound as you load each ball in.

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#22 40 days ago

Thanks for the confirmation on those wire forms.

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