My grandparents have had a Hokus Pokus living in their basement since at least the early 90’s. I’ve played what seems like thousands of games on it. It was always in pretty decent shape, but it never, ever had any love shown to it, no cleaning or maintenance or anything. In the last 10 years since I moved further away, I don’t think the machine has been played much at all. My grandparents have opted to move to a condo, and as a result I now have the machine! I’m super excited, however a cursory look has shown the machine is much rougher than I remember. I know some of the standard things to do, but I need a bit of help and advice.
New Rubber- Any kits better than others?
Playfield Posts- Many of them have broken. What size are these on this particular machine? I can’t seem to find those details.
New Plunger Springs- These seem pretty standard across all EM Machines...
Playfield Cleaning- I’ve seen people use alcohol and Mr. Clean magic erasers, specialized cleaners, and soap and water. What’s a good place to start? Does it make sense to wax the playfield?
Lubrication and Cleaning of Mechanical Parts- What should I be looking for to lube and clean, and what are some good products to use?
Locks- Had to drill the back box lock out, but I’d like to avoid that on the coin door... can I really pick it with a nail clipper file? I believe the locks are 7/8”.
Currently none of the playfield lights are illuminated, but I’m pretty sure all the functionality of the targets, roll overs, and spinners work. I think it may be a fuse, but I can’t get into the box just yet (see lock comment).
Any advice or experience you guys can share would be amazing. I’m looking forward to learning how to get this machine restored and playing great for a long time coming, and also learning yet another new hobby.