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Model S = How Good for Pinball Owners?

By freakandgeek

4 years ago


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    #1 4 years ago

    I like a lot of things about the Tesla Model S...but worry about how well a pinball machine can be loaded in and out with that weird drop it has in back.

    Can any owners chime in on their experience?

    I like a lot about the car, but don't want to own something I cannot haul a game inside fairly easily.

    #3 4 years ago

    The guy from the Pinball Amigos has one that he has hauled a Baby Pacman in...

    #4 4 years ago

    I might have to look and take some measurements on mine but I really doubt it would fit a pin unless you took the backbox off.

    #5 4 years ago

    I can't imagine trying to haul a pin in mine. If you want a Tesla, buy it but don't think of it as some sort of SUV. It is not even though it does have a nice cargo space/trunk.

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    #6 4 years ago

    I'm probably picking up a pinball machine (or try) in my Tesla in a couple days, so I'll let you guys know if it fits!

    #7 4 years ago

    I have a Model S and have often wondered if a pin would fit in the back. I think it would with the head removed, but it wouldn't be fun getting it in and would be even more difficult getting it out.

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    #8 3 years ago

    Anyone try this yet?

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    #9 3 years ago

    Bumping this outta curiosity! Used Teslas are becoming reasonable in my area. (Within another decade or so).

    #10 3 years ago

    I saw someone with a regular size pin in one at Expo one year. I don't rememebr if the head was detached or not, however.

    #11 3 years ago

    I have measured my model S and think it could work, but the logistics would be difficult. I’d imagine a model X would work easily.

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from tamoore:

    The guy from the Pinball Amigos has one that he has hauled a Baby Pacman in...

    I'm pretty sure iirc bas also had it hanging out the back of the thing the entire drive...

    #13 3 years ago

    It can be done, but not easily - you need to take the head off and put the head in first. When I tried it, we didn't do that. We put the body in, which was a very tight fit, then had no way to get the head in. We didn't want to try taking the body back out to fit the head in, so it came home in another car.

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    #14 3 years ago

    Third world problems.
    If you can afford a Model S, then you can afford to simply pay someone to deliver your pins. Why trash your back, the pin or chance scratching up your Model S?

    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from ToucanF16:

    Third world problems.
    If you can afford a Model S, then you can afford to simply pay someone to deliver your pins. Why trash your back, the pin or chance scratching up your Model S?

    1. I think you mean first world problems.
    2. The model 3 is reasonably affordable, even with only 1/2 of the tax credit.
    3. Just because someone can afford nice things doesn’t mean they spend frivolously.

    #16 3 years ago

    Seriously, the used market is really COOLING DOWN. 10K by Xmas 2029.

    Model X: I gotta see if it can be done! Someone find a millionaire soccer mom and try it out!!!

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from DANGERTERROR:

    Seriously, the used market is really COOLING DOWN. 10K by Xmas 2029.
    Model X: I gotta see if it can be done! Someone find a millionaire soccer mom and try it out!!!

    There’s plenty of room in a Model X. I had one as a loaner for a few weeks.

    #18 3 years ago
    Quoted from shakenbake:

    There’s plenty of room in a Model X. I had one as a loaner for a few weeks.

    Nice. So: Confirmed?

    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from DANGERTERROR:

    Nice. So: Confirmed?

    In a Model X yes. Model S you have to pull the head.

    #20 3 years ago

    Ha - I opened this thread thinking it was going to be about model S Skee Ball! Now a model S wouldn't fit in a model S for sure!

    I do remember when Bas put that game in the back of his car. I agree with his ops concept - you have a vehicle to use it! Scratches add charm...

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #21 3 years ago

    Model X will fit a pinball machine with head on easily. There is more room in the back of a model X with seats down than in my huge ass Mercedes GL450.

    My wife is also anything but a soccer mom.

    #22 3 years ago
    Quoted from f3honda4me:

    Model X will fit a pinball machine with head on easily. There is more room in the back of a model X with seats down than in my huge ass Mercedes GL450.
    My wife is also anything but a soccer mom.

    Thanks!

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from andrewket:

    1. I think you mean first world problems.

    Ha, you’re right!

    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from DANGERTERROR:

    Seriously, the used market is really COOLING DOWN. 10K by Xmas 2029.
    Model X: I gotta see if it can be done! Someone find a millionaire soccer mom and try it out!!!

    the mom or the car ?

    #25 3 years ago

    I have an S and an X. If a pin will fit in an X depends on the seat config. I have the captain seats with the rear center console. I had to take the head off to fit a Tron. If you have the 7 seater with the foldable seats, it would likely fit.

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from andrewket:

    1. I think you mean first world problems.
    2. The model 3 is reasonably affordable, even with only 1/2 of the tax credit.
    3. Just because someone can afford nice things doesn’t mean they spend frivolously.

    I guarantee a pin would not fit in a Model 3, unless it's one of the 1930s machines that are like a quarter sized, or unless you took it apart with a hammer and just loaded the pieces.

    When I need to move a game, I rent a truck or borrow my parents mini van.

    #27 3 years ago
    Quoted from goatdan:

    I guarantee a pin would not fit in a Model 3, unless it's one of the 1930s machines that are like a quarter sized, or unless you took it apart with a hammer and just loaded the pieces.
    When I need to move a game, I rent a truck or borrow my parents mini van.

    Agreed. I just parked my S next to a model 3 at garcade this weekend and the model 3 is significantly shorter in the back.

    #28 3 years ago
    Quoted from f3honda4me:

    Agreed. I just parked my S next to a model 3 at garcade this weekend and the model 3 is significantly shorter in the back.

    The hatch hole also isn't big enough. I could barely cram two boxed hdtvs in mine.

    #29 3 years ago

    No way a pin fits in a 3. I was merely replying to the comment about anyone who owns a Tesla is rich and therefore can hire help. The model 3 is far more affordable.

    #30 3 years ago
    #31 3 years ago

    That’s good for a couple pins!

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    #32 2 years ago

    Nettek had the right idea (and great advice!) With the head removed and placed firmly behind the passenger seat, a stern fits with room to spare!

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    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from Poopiehead:

    Nettek had the right idea (and great advice!) With the head removed and placed firmly behind the passenger seat, a stern fits with room to spare![quoted image][quoted image]

    So that is an "S"? Can the front seats still be far enough back for driver & passenger? Would the head fit back there too? I have a '14 with the large frunk, but don't think it will fit up there, so need to fit everything in back. TIA!

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from SerendipitySail:

    So that is an "S"? Can the front seats still be far enough back for driver & passenger? Would the head fit back there too? I have a '14 with the large frunk, but don't think it will fit up there, so need to fit everything in back. TIA!

    I know this car, so I can help answer. It's an S, and it drove a pretty far distance like this. The head is in the photos above, it's under the pink and white sheet.

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