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Repo Plastic Question

By troxel

5 years ago

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#2 5 years ago

I posted a pictorial on it a few years ago.

Here is a condensed version:







After the flange has been straightened the post can then be easily inserted into the new plastics piece.

Then install the plastic to the playfield and as you tighten the screws they will mushroom the post again to the plastic. If the piece is a lower plastic (like this EBD lane guide is), you can use a shorter screw to mushroom the post and then remove it or leave the post as-is because there is another one that goes on top and after the screw is tightened it won't be going anywhere.

If you are afraid of stripping the holes in your playfield trying to mushroom the post you can use a separate piece of wood or make a metal fixture (a piece of metal with a tapped hole) and use a machine screw to do it and then install the plastic on the playfield.

Of course if you want to get real fancy you can use a rivet tool to mushroom the post too.

#4 5 years ago

It's not much work really. It only takes a couple seconds to remove each one. Don't heat them up too much though or the plastic melts and then it can be messy. All it takes is a couple seconds with the lighter to the metal post and then they pry out real easy.

Then use your crimper to straighten the flange by giving it a squeeze and then turning it a few degrees after each squeeze and working your way around a few times until it is straight. You'll get good at it after a few and it gets real easy. Don't squeeze too hard though or the screw won't fit through the hole anymore.

Afterwards, you can throw them in your vibratory polisher with some walnut shells or use a Dremel buffing wheel to clean them up.

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#7 5 years ago

They won't always clean-up nice depending on how far gone they are.

If rusted and pitted badly enough they won't ever clean up to like new.

They have never been reproduced but they were used on several Bally pins from the 70's and 80's and you can usually find some used.

Eight Ball Deluxe uses two different sizes. How many do you need?

#9 5 years ago

That's interesting. It looks like someone may have decided to reproduce them or are they used?

I've never seen repops but wouldn't mind checking them out. I thought about making them.

#12 5 years ago

If you only needed 2 each of the two normal Bally sizes used in EBD you could have found used ones pretty-easily.

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