(Topic ID: 30431)

TFTC Captive ball playfield screw?


By gjbwalker

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

I am shopping out my new TFTC and I found a hex screw in the captive ball lane towards the right side. It seems like an odd place for a screw and wanted to know if anyone else has that or if someone just didn't know what they were doing.

#2 7 years ago

I can have a look when I get home tonight if no one else chimes in.

#3 7 years ago
Quoted from sysprog:

I can have a look when I get home tonight if no one else chimes in.

Thanks!

#4 7 years ago

Bump for the evening crowd.

#5 7 years ago

Pretty sure that's not normal. I can't think of a reason why someone would do that.

#6 7 years ago

Not really sure what you are talking about. If you take a picture I will compare it to mine.

#7 7 years ago

In front of the stand up target next to the metal ball guide? Nope

Behind the stand up are some screws securing the spinner assembly.

#8 7 years ago

Nope, mine definitely doesn't have a screw in that area.

#9 7 years ago

Not the best picture, but you get the idea.

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#10 7 years ago

Mine does not have that and there is no pilot hole or any indicator that it should be there.
I would snap a picture for you but I'm out of town and can't get my crypt jam on.
It's totally off topic but...
I found a No Good Gophers near by to play.
I love that illusive 18th hole shot.
I hit it once out of about 15 games.

#11 7 years ago

No mine does not have that either. I can't imagine what kind of damage that does to the captive ball.

#12 7 years ago

that is definitely one of the screws used under the playfield though, like the ones that hold the motor gearbox to the under playfield.

#13 7 years ago

Mine does not have that either.

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#14 7 years ago

I've seen this before, can you check if the metal 'guide' just next to it is broken at the side where the screw is? I believe when I saw this, the guidewas broken, and someone placed this screw to prevent the guide from moving inward.

#15 7 years ago

My TFTC had one FOR SURE, i remember that screw, cause it made no sense

#16 7 years ago
Quoted from knapejor:

I've seen this before, can you check if the metal 'guide' just next to it is broken at the side where the screw is?

It doesn't look like the guide is broken.

Thoughts on leaving it in or taking it out? You can't see it with the playfield plastic on, but I'm afraid that the guide might bend into the captive ball area if i take it out.

#17 7 years ago

is it to hold something under the pf?

if the screw is there for nothing or if the captive ball hits it then i'd remove it and fill the hole, maybe put a little piece of mylar on top.

#18 7 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

is it to hold something under the pf?

Nope. I might fill it in and have the girlfriend touch it up (I have no artistic ability), and yeah put some mylar over it. I can always put the screw back in if the guide starts bending.

#19 7 years ago

Can you still hit the captive ball and get the ball to hit the switch with that screw?
I have a hard enough time hitting it 5 times in a game to get my reward.

#20 7 years ago
Quoted from renodakota:

Can you still hit the captive ball and get the ball to hit the switch with that screw?
I have a hard enough time hitting it 5 times in a game to get my reward.

Yes, I can, but I too have a hard time getting it 5 times.

1 month later
#21 7 years ago

Ah, funny! I have noticed this screw on mine too!!

#22 7 years ago

Just got mine today and does not have that screw. I think this is the hardest shot in the game to hit by the way. I did get screwed on my door handle not being original.

#23 7 years ago

Mine has that screw in the exact same spot as well......

#24 7 years ago

Hi
Mine has screw as well. To me it doesnt really look like it would hurt captive ball though.

#25 7 years ago

Mine also has that screw. I think it may be there to keep the metal from bending if hit from the outside.

#26 7 years ago

Strange, Do you think these screws came from the factory?
Should we all compare serial numbers or production dates?

#27 7 years ago

I ended up putting mine back in after shopping it out. It doesn't seem to affect the captive ball, and others have mentioned, it looks like it keeps the metal rail from bending.

#28 7 years ago
Quoted from renodakota:

Strange, Do you think these screws came from the factory?
Should we all compare serial numbers or production dates?

That is a good idea, I will look at my production date and ser# whe I get home. We should add screw or no-screw in with the dates and ser#'s.

4 years later
#29 2 years ago

Not sure if reviving a 4 year old thread is kosher or not....but I checked my TFTC and it has the screw there as well. I didn't take a picture but it's exactly like the OP's picture.

Looks like it's meant to keep the metal rail from bending. They would have put a bracket (like the above rail screw) but that would have obstructed/impeded the captive ball. Seems like a cheap and easy fix.

TFTC with a screw
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