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My first pin

By gouache

6 years ago


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#1 6 years ago

Hi there -

I just inherited my first pinball machine (Top Card). Any tips for a new owner? Cleaning/waxing? New rubbers?

Thanks!

#3 6 years ago
Quoted from gouache:

Hi there -
I just inherited my first pinball machine (Top Card). Any tips for a new owner? Cleaning/waxing? New rubbers?
Thanks!

Great pin.
http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index.htm

#4 6 years ago

Aah hemm..(throat cleared)... http://www.pbresource.com/

#5 6 years ago

Thanks! One question - how much do I need to worry about killing myself, poking around in the machine? Like are there any capacitors I need to watch out for?

#6 6 years ago

No caps to look out for, but do read the http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index.htm

This is the best reference for EM repair & maintenance IMHO

#7 6 years ago
Quoted from gouache:

Thanks! One question - how much do I need to worry about killing myself, poking around in the machine? Like are there any capacitors I need to watch out for?

There is line level voltage in the machine. Best practice would be to keep it on a powerbar and shut off the powerbar when you are playing around under the hood. Eventually you will need to track down issues so you should buy a schematic. It will clearly show what parts of the machine run on line level voltage (if you don't have the manual/schematic already).

http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/DOC1684

#8 6 years ago

Congrats! My advice? Start making space for pin #2.

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from dr_nybble:

There is line level voltage in the machine. Best practice would be to keep it on a powerbar and shut off the powerbar when you are playing around under the hood.

Sorry, by power bar do you mean a power strip? Couldn't I just unplug it?

#10 6 years ago
Quoted from gouache:

Sorry, by power bar do you mean a power strip? Couldn't I just unplug it?

yes

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from SunKing:

Congrats! My advice? Start making space for pin #2.

this

#12 6 years ago

OK thanks!!

Any idea where I can buy a schematic?

#13 6 years ago

Pinball resource for schematic, read the link above 10 times before you start poking around or you will end up calling the guy who wrote them. He is local and can come out to fix it for a couple 100 bucks.

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from MotorCityMatt:

Pinball resource for schematic, read the link above 10 times before you start poking around or you will end up calling the guy who wrote them. He is local and can come out to fix it for a couple 100 bucks.

Good advice, thanks!

#15 6 years ago
Quoted from gouache:

Good advice, thanks!

But do try to fix it yourself, if you are into pinball it's a needed skillset.

Actually, you never said, is it currently working?

#16 6 years ago

Well it kinda works .... when you turn it on, it doesn't work right for awhile. But after a bit it seems to ... ? Also I think the play surface could use some new wax and maybe new rubbers?

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from gouache:

Well it kinda works .... when you turn it on, it doesn't work right for awhile. But after a bit it seems to ... ? Also I think the play surface could use some new wax and maybe new rubbers?

Yeah, EM's will do that if they sit for a long time. It's better to play them once in a while to keep all of the switches clean.
Pinball resource will have everything you need for this - schematic, rubber kit, switch adjusting tool, bulbs, new power cord to replace the no doubt questionable one that's on there, etc, etc, etc... Call & talk to Steve, tell him you are a newbie & need supplies to get you going. He will fix you up. If he gives you grief, don't freak out, that's just his way of welcoming you to the hobby. He's really a super nice guy with more Gottlieb pin knowledge than anyone around.

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