Motörhead is one of the GREATEST bands ever and have been my absolute favorite band for about 38 years now. I'm not gonna go into the merits of why or try and win anyone over, if you know- you know! Lemmy was a huge fan of pinball, as well as slots and other pocket change emptying arcade games. It's only fitting that someone pay tribute. I'm not the kind of guy to wait for something cool or that I want to be made, frankly- if one of the big pinball manufacturers decided to make a Motörhead pinball machine, I wouldn't touch it (for any price). I feel like Motörhead’s ethos has always been “fuck you, we don’t need any corporate suits to help us” so I’m carrying on this project with that spirit. I'm not gonna go into a rant about how I feel about modern pinball machines, I'm just going to do something about it.
Even though it's always been a dream to have (or build) a Motörhead pinball machine, it's only in the last 6 months i've gotten more serious about actually doing it. I started looking around for a donor machine and decided to go with the simplicity of an EM. Most early EMs had open layouts and minimal insert lights in the playfield. I didn't want a machine that had specific insert patterns, just something that would lend itself to a good design without being overly complicated.
After looking for a while, I came across a fully functioning 1962 Gottlieb Sunset. The cabinet wasn't original to the Sunset machine, but was correct for 1962 Gottlieb machines. The playfield was worn, but not terribly and all of the playfield plastics were warped/yellowed/chipped. I paid $200 for the machine and started planning out my attack.
This is what it looked like when I brought it home (and started stripping it down):