(Topic ID: 120193)

My Williams Strato-Flite Restoration


By Mikala

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Hello All,

This was my first full restoration and IMO it came out really nice. I bought the machine from a guy who had it in storage for many years sitting in at least of an inch of water in a nice humid southern state. The only good thing about the deal was he brought it up to me at no charge. Other than that, this machine was in sad condition. All of the switches and contacts were covered in a nice shade of green corrosion, and some of the wood was rotted.

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As you can see, the front of this machine was not pretty either.

I did a full tear down of the machine, replace all coil sleeves, wet sanded all of the plungers nice and smooth (a lot of them had rust), gaped and cleaned all switches and contacts. ME'ed the PF and removed all inserts. Gel glued and leveled all inserts back into PF.

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#2 4 years ago

The rest of PF

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Backglass Touched up

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Front of cabinet repainted and sides touched up

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and Check out that coin return!!!!!

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#3 4 years ago

Lighting mods I did that I strongly urge all Strato-Flite to consider. I experimented with all kinds of LED's and colored 44's, and this is what I think looked best. Not many, but subtle enough to make a difference.

I put 2 red LED's (the kind that look like 44 bulbs) under the double and triple bonus lights in the playfield. This really makes them pop when you achieve.

In the top of the playfield, I put Blue 44's under the 5000pt, open side gate and open bottom gate inserts. Looks good and helps you know where on the bonus rotation you are at. I also added a 44 Bulb light under the Saucer kick-out hole, really makes it pop. I also have tried this with a 455 blinker, looks good to me both ways. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will add picks of where installed it underneath. It was a little tricky to get the light in the right place without the kicker knocking it out.

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Bumpers, I put a Blue 44 in each one. Make the blue bumper glow really nice.

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Lastly, This one is optional to your taste. I added blue 44's under the 1000-10,000 bonus lights. Looks better to me than the bright white. I experimented with blue LED's here, but it made the machine look to modern.

Thanks to all for looking.

#4 4 years ago

Nice. I have a Super-Flite and your playfield looks pretty good compared to mine. You even have an intact center cloud plastic (mine's held together with superglue and tape).

I put color-changing led's in the pop bumpers on mine. I like the look it has with those.

#5 4 years ago

Great job!

#6 4 years ago

Nice save and restoration!

Ken

#7 4 years ago

Awesome job. I'm working on one also. I get this thing to reset the bonus and I'm flipping.

#8 4 years ago

Very nice. I love my Strato Flite.

#9 4 years ago

Nice work. Another game saved.

Steve J

#10 4 years ago

Thank you for your comments. When I brought this machine home, my wife had a fit, not because I bought another machine, but because it smelled bad and as I mentioned before, it was in really sad shape. I actually cleaned the cabinet and PF some before I started taking pictures. My wife's only concerns were how it is going to look in our basement. The work and time I put into my machines is for myself and not resale. When I was finally done, my wife could not believe it was the same machine. I received the same reaction from my friends who helped me carry it into the house.

My wife was so pleased with how this turned out, that she said I could buy another machine anytime I want. It's a good thing, 'cause I already did. I am picking up my Aztec next month.

Just remember all, "Happy Wife, Happy Life"!

1 year later
#11 3 years ago
Quoted from Mikala:

Thank you for your comments. When I brought this machine home, my wife had a fit, not because I bought another machine, but because it smelled bad and as I mentioned before, it was in really sad shape. I actually cleaned the cabinet and PF some before I started taking pictures. My wife's only concerns were how it is going to look in our basement. The work and time I put into my machines is for myself and not resale. When I was finally done, my wife could not believe it was the same machine. I received the same reaction from my friends who helped me carry it into the house.
My wife was so pleased with how this turned out, that she said I could buy another machine anytime I want. It's a good thing, 'cause I already did. I am picking up my Aztec next month.
Just remember all, "Happy Wife, Happy Life"!

I was doing a pinside search on Super-Flite and ran across this thread (nice job). I know it's old but I just picked up a fairly decent Super-Flite today and want to do something like this with mine. I have already got all but three of the inserts out. they came out super easy, 4 of them were already out and laying around in the playfield, luckly they're all there and in good shape, all seem to be nice and level just a lil dirty just like the rest of the machine is. I am not sure what gel glue is but will do a search on it unless you have some tips for me on regluing the inserts and best way to clean them and PF without damaging it. I hope mine cleans up as well as yours did. I am having to glue the center plastic cloud piece back together too, the rest of the plastics looks good.

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