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Putting pinball cabinet in SUV

By northvibe

10 years ago


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    #1 10 years ago

    So I may be buying a pin machine today. If I do get it, I need to pick it up Sunday. But all I have in my car fleet big enough is a Ford Escape. Cabinet is a F-14 Tomcat. I looked at the manual and the backglass can fold down. Are the legs easy to remove? Should the pin always be upright? Any tips on transporting it? I was going to bring blankets and such to protect the glass. But I don't know how the legs attach exactly.

    #2 10 years ago

    The legs remove easily. Some form of padding between the folded top and the cabinet is nice but, for a short trip is probably not needed. Most people also remove the pinballs to prevent possible damage in transport, though I have not needed to do this either. However, I only have moved my own pins a maximum of 30 miles....

    #3 10 years ago

    The legs come off with 2 bolts each. Either a 9/16 or 5/8 socket with do the trick. The head will lay down, just put some cardboard or carpet between the head and the cabinet. If the seats lay down in the Escape then you shouldn't have any problem. Good luck and enjoy your new pin.

    #4 10 years ago

    This is about 150 or so miles from my house. Are the pinballs easy to remove? I'll bring some sockets and tools for the legs! thanks for the sizes

    #5 10 years ago

    Pinballs are easy to remove. Just lift glass.

    I put pins in my Jeep grand cherokee no sweat.

    #6 10 years ago

    By the way, when you load the machine into your SUV, it's not critical, but it makes it easier on the unloading end if you put the front end of the pinball machine into the SUV first. It makes it so when you unload the heavier end comes out first, which makes it far more stable to take out.

    #7 10 years ago

    if you have the head room a few short pieces of PVC pipe as rollers,
    watched a guy roll a pin to the back of his mini van with one hand - real pro

    #8 10 years ago
    Quoted from Blackbeard:

    Pinballs are easy to remove. Just lift glass.

    So like this?
    http://www.pinball-fixers.com/PINBALL-BASICS/how-to-open-a-pinball-machine.html

    Then they should be under the glass?

    Ah jar155 good point. I'll do that.

    Hellodeadcity - HA! good tip. I'll snag some pvc. With the backglass folded down, there should be room, easy.

    #9 10 years ago

    Yes open coin door, move lever and take off lockbar. Glass then slides out. Take out ball. Put the glass back in while transporting though. It safer I think.

    Honestly, you'll be ok. If you have to remove the backbox just mark connections so you know how to reconnect things when you get home. Some back boxes fold, which is easier.

    #10 10 years ago

    f-14 folds down. two bolts in the backbox hold the backbox up when it is in it's set up position. Moving these things is easier than it looks

    #11 10 years ago

    Not sure about a Ford but I use a Tahoe to move pins with the back seats down. To get the pin in and over a small lip in the carpet from the seats being folded down I use a PVC pipe. Set the game on the pipe and roll it into the vehicle. I usually then turn it to the side so the pin doesn't want to try and crush me if I have to stop suddenly. Tried to lift it over that lip once it was in before with out the PVC and it was not easy. Just a tip for folded down seats. Makes getting it out that much easier too.

    #12 10 years ago
    Quoted from MES:

    Not sure about a Ford but I use a Tahoe to move pins with the back seats down. To get the pin in and over a small lip in the carpet from the seats being folded down I use a PVC pipe. Set the game on the pipe and roll it into the vehicle. I usually then turn it to the side so the pin doesn't want to try and crush me if I have to stop suddenly. Tried to lift it over that lip once it was in before with out the PVC and it was not easy. Just a tip for folded down seats. Makes getting it out that much easier too.

    I have a Yukon, which is basically the same thing, that I use for moving pins. You can throw some cardboard into the back to bridge that lip. With cardboard over it and on the carpet, it slides easily, but it won't move while driving.

    #13 10 years ago

    I curious about this as well, I'm looking to buy my first pin but would only have an Escape to transport it in. Keep us informed of your progress (or lack thereof).

    #14 10 years ago

    well the price went a little too high for my taste. So I didnt get F14 but I'm still looking at other options. I'll remember all the tips though, thanks!

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    #15 10 years ago

    Ok so I'll be getting WW gottlieb 1995 I think this weekend. I have the money at least...ready. I'll being some pvc to slide it in and I have my ratchet set...and a few blankets. Hope this works out!

    #16 10 years ago

    I am about to go pick up a TFTC from a pinsider and I will have to remove my back seats out of my RAV4 but I will make it work. I am more worried about the tiny stair case I will have to ascend once I am home. Is it easy to completely remove the backbox? I assume it is just a few bolts for the hinges and some connectors??

    #17 10 years ago

    Well I think most backglasses fold down, so I think it would fit in your rav4.

    #18 10 years ago

    Yeah if I fold it down it will fit in, but to make the way to my bedroom it is going to have to go up the stairs. The pin is 27 3/4 wide and my doorway is 28 1/4. now the weird part is that my doorway is at the 90 degree turn. So to make it through there I am going to have to take the backbox off completely and actually load it on the dolly sideways where it will be much thinner.

    #19 10 years ago

    I have a ford escape and I moved a pin no problem! It was a williams hurricane by the way. What you do is move the table with all the legs still on it to the back of the car - then have someone lift the back end of the machine and remove only those back two legs, then set the back end of the machine onto the back end of the truck. Then have the person lift the front end of the machine while you remove the other two legs. Then push it in. I was super worried about moving one at first but it is no big deal.

    #20 10 years ago
    Quoted from futurepinhead:

    Yeah if I fold it down it will fit in, but to make the way to my bedroom it is going to have to go up the stairs. The pin is 27 3/4 wide and my doorway is 28 1/4. now the weird part is that my doorway is at the 90 degree turn. So to make it through there I am going to have to take the backbox off completely and actually load it on the dolly sideways where it will be much thinner.

    OHHhh now it makes sense. Ya you may have to unplug the backbox but ya it should come off.

    Quoted from practicalsteve:

    I have a ford Escape and I moved a pin no problem! It was a williams Hurricane by the way. What you do is move the table with all the legs still on it to the back of the car - then have someone lift the back end of the machine and remove only those back two legs, then set the back end of the machine onto the back end of the truck. Then have the person lift the front end of the machine while you remove the other two legs. Then push it in. I was super worried about moving one at first but it is no big deal.

    oh good to know. Ya its scary the first time :s Hope it goes well!

    #21 10 years ago

    If you need to remove the backbox to move it in, then you'll also need to undo all the connectors for all the wires between them. I'd recommend getting some sticky labels and labeling both sides in a clear way, you'll be glad you did when you go to reassemble.

    #22 10 years ago

    It fit great into the escape! I used 4 short pcv tubes as rollers (thats how the guy I bought it from helped me load....) and it rolled right in. Was lots of room on the sides and front/back. It did block my view from the rear view mirror, but I make sacrifices

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    #23 10 years ago

    LOL the guy i bought my white water from said he had a guy who fit a damn pin in his pontiac sunbird somehow !

    #24 10 years ago
    Quoted from dvandentop:

    LOL the guy i bought my White Water from said he had a guy who fit a damn pin in his pontiac sunbird somehow !

    hahah wHAT?! He must of left some door, trunk or hatch open!

    I have a cobalt SS but I didnt want the pin hanging out of the trunk hahah.

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