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Putting a Fish Tales back together


By tbaum

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Hoping someone can give me a bit of help here. Just got a Fish Tales (my first machine) and did a full shop job (took everything apart and cleaned it and put it all back together). Thought I did a good job of taking photos and putting things into tupperware containers, but apparently not perfect. I have a few pieces that aren't complete and I'm hoping for some help.

I have one 03-8319-9 Star Post #8 left over and I think it goes here, but wanted to check (I couldn't find their locations in the manual) https://photos.app.goo.gl/JjXx6cxBNeHqaUrZ6

I also seem to have mixed up two screws and am hoping someone can tell me which ones I need. The first is for this Star Post just above the right outlane (above the Special light) https://photos.app.goo.gl/3DGJCgtgv2DUcJoV6

The other is a long screw that goes through the plastic on the right side (just above and right of the Star Post in this image) https://photos.app.goo.gl/BAGpiepzCKx5hZQd9

Any help would be greatly appreciated... the machine is cleaned and waxed and I can't wait to start playing it again!

#2 1 year ago

If you go to https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/forum/restoration-showcase and search Fish Tales, there is lots of documented posts that may help.

#3 1 year ago

Answer #1 Nothing goes there seems to be an error in playfield as that hole doesnt get used
Answer #2 I have seen various screws in the 3 i have worked on sometimes its a metal wood screw and others is a metal
Answer #3 that will be a plastic post that should be attached to your plastic and if not just use a long plastic post

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

Answer #1 Nothing goes there seems to be an error in playfield as that hole doesnt get used
Answer #2 I have seen various screws in the 3 i have worked on sometimes its a metal wood scre and others is a metal
Answer #3 that will be a plastic post that should be attached to your plastic

Answer #1 - Thanks - so I still have a mystery post, but I will look again.

Answer #2 - Any idea the length? I have one in but it must be too short because the post just spins right now (although it is held in place)

Answer 3 - there is a plastic post, but there is also a screw that goes through the plastic post and I'm not sure what length the screw needs to be

#5 1 year ago

1- only one that comes to mind is there is one under the plastic hidden above the ramp and another under left plastic below reel....it will be the post your long rod plastic gets attached to.
2 - not sure on length but if it is just catching and you are going to use the middle hole just bend the metal inward a bit up into the playfield hole and should be able to grab
3 - again not sure of length but it will be a wood phillips head screw that will look like it has a built in washer if that makes sence ....sorry dont have pics available

#6 1 year ago

If you zoom in this picture you can see what screw that used for plastic

#7 1 year ago

I guess picture would help

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#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

I guess picture would help
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Thanks! I think I have that one, but I'll check when I get home

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from tbaum:

Thanks! I think I have that one, but I'll check when I get home

Can you post photos of the areas/parts you're unsure about?

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Can you post photos of the areas/parts you're unsure about?

Sure thing - I had links in the first post, but I've added arrows to make it clearer:

The first is for this Star Post just above the right outlane (above the Special light). I have a screw in there, but the Star Post keeps spinning
Picture https://imgur.com/a/Tw8IqF8

The other is a long screw that goes through the plastic on the right side. It has a long plastic post that the screw goes through before going into the playfield. Picture: https://imgur.com/a/OVszNZ5

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#11 1 year ago
Quoted from tbaum:

The first is for this Star Post just above the right outlane (above the Special light). I have a screw in there, but the Star Post keeps spinning
Picture https://imgur.com/a/Tw8IqF8

That one might be a machine screw (rather than a wood screw) and secured with a nut on the underside of the playfield. It is meant to be adjustable between the 3 positions to open or narrow the outlane.

#12 1 year ago
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#13 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

That one might be a machine screw (rather than a wood screw) and secured with a nut on the underside of the playfield. It is meant to be adjustable between the 3 positions to open or narrow the outlane.

Yep that was it! Thanks.

Everything is up and running again, although I still have a star post without a home.

#14 1 year ago

Star post probably goes under the huge beck left plastic. Here is a link to my teardown that might shed light for ya.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WveNpWYZWCTHfp4MWjN0kh6UB77p4VVt

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from northerndude:

Star post probably goes under the huge beck left plastic. Here is a link to my teardown that might shed light for ya.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WveNpWYZWCTHfp4MWjN0kh6UB77p4VVt

That's got to be it - I was wondering if it was under there somewhere (seemed to be the only possible spot). I'll check later this morning. Thanks for sharing!

Any chance I can add your album (typo!) to my drive? Your photos are much better than mine and I'd love to have the reference.

#16 1 year ago

Add my dinner? Typo? Or I don’t now the lingo! Ha.
Is there a way to move my pics to your google drive?

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from northerndude:

Add my dinner? Typo? Or I don’t now the lingo! Ha.
Is there a way to move my pics to your google drive?

Ha - yeah... that's what I get for replying first thing in the morning on my phone. But yeah, I'd love to have a copy of your album.

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