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Plunger retaining clip question


By pinheadpierre

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I want to remove the plunger from a 1964 Williams San Francisco so I can give it a good cleaning and polishing as part of an overall restoration. The clip that prevents the plunger from pulling all the way through the cabinet does not appear to be an e-clip like I am used to seeing. It also does not have a sleeve on the cabinet side. It is pretty stiff and brittle. I do not know how to remove it without wrecking it. Even if I did manage to remove it, I am unsure that I would be able to put it back in.

Any insights or suggestions on how to proceed?

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#2 1 year ago

It looks like someone did that as a hack. Rip it off anyway you can without damaging the plunger and then put a standard E clip on it.

#3 1 year ago

I just bend it to remove it and replace with a standard e-clip snap ring. A lot of older games didn't use plunger sleeves but had a nylon or brass bushing installed. You could drill the housing out large enough to add a sleeve.

#4 1 year ago

This is how I remove those old "C" clips:

Use a pair of standard slip joint pliers with a good grip at the tip of them. With one hand, slide the long shooter spring back. Now with the other hand use the pliers and grab that C clip tight and quickly yank it hard. It will come right off.

I don't generally reuse the original C clip. I replace it with a conventional 3/8" E ring.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

This is how I remove those old "C" clips:
Use a pair of standard slip joint pliers with a good grip at the tip of them. With one hand, slide the long shooter spring back. Now with the other hand use the pliers and grab that C clip tight and quickly yank it hard. It will come right off.
I don't generally reuse the original C clip. I replace it with a conventional 3/8" E ring.

Thanks - that's what I was looking for.

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