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The EM seeking parts thread.

By Shapeshifter

5 years ago

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#4133 1 year ago

Anyone know where I might be able to find a red, opaque, smooth, 1 3/16 inch post like those shown in photo below?

I haven’t inquired at PBR but don’t see them listed/shown on the PBR website.


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#4139 1 year ago
Quoted from boilerman:

pbr doesn't have them. how many do you need? i have some in red, blue,green and yellow

Only need one red one!

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#4181 1 year ago
Quoted from boilerman:

one like this will be on its way

Thanks so much boilerman. Not just one but two (a spare) arrived! Looks great and fits perfectly!!!

#4216 1 year ago

I am in search of a plastic insert from a 1950s Gottlieb (see photo below). PBR has something similar but it is a tad smaller in diameter (not sure about height). These go in the apron area to indicate balls played or gobbled and appear to be relatively common for the era. One can be seen in the photo of a 1954 playfield below. The dimensions are 13/16” in diameter and 3/8” in height. Anyone have any from a parted machine or know of any potential sources? Thanks for any leads!

I am also looking for a couple of slotted playfield screws like the one shown in the following screw photo that I assume are common screws on 1950s Gottliebs that attach plastics/posts (see photo of playfield). Apparently these aren’t even available new as my good local hardware shop doesn’t have anything close (even in Phillips) and I can’t find them with the google. They are #6, oval, slot screws, 1-3/4” in length. Thanks! I could also use six of the #8, oval, slot screws that attach the playfield to the cabinet if someone has a bunch of playfield screws they’d like to sell.

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#4222 1 year ago
Quoted from newmantjn:

The major difference between wood and sheet metal is the length of the threads. Sheet metal is fully threaded.

Thanks for the info on the screws newmantjn!

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#4245 1 year ago

Anyone have an extra plastic insert from an early to mid-1950s Gottlieb that is used to keep track of balls played/gobbled (as in following photos)? They are 13/16” in diameter and 3/8” in height (and I only need one).

Thanks and sorry for the low res pics!

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#4594 10 months ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Example with lights on...
Can barley see the seven

Gottlieb’s Three Musketeers has a similar projection system and the projected number is not very bright either in normal light. I thought that the bulb was weak, but replacing it with a fresh one gave the same result. Perhaps this is as good as it gets...?

Machine looks gorgeous!

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#4755 9 months ago
Quoted from Mahoyvan:

whatever else goes with it.

What appears to go with the rod is a spring, retainer clips and unit that interacts with the ball loader mechanism.

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#4758 9 months ago
Quoted from Mahoyvan:

Thanks so much for the diagram! Glad to have the part numbers for PBR if I need to go that route.

I just looked at a 1949 Gottlieb (Three Musketeers) and the ball lifter rod from that one is different from the one in the parts manual and the other photo I sent before (of a lifter rod from a 1952 Quartette). See photo below. I assume the other configuration could work, but perhaps your 1949 Gottlieb had something similar to that on the Three Musketeers. The lift rod is threaded at the end with the end unit threaded onto it. Then there’s a metal sleeve that keeps the rod from moving too much (I suppose). There was no spring on this one apparently. The external part of the rod has a red plastic cover on it (as opposed to a metal knob on the rod of the Quartette). And I don’t have part numbers of these...

Good luck!

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#4930 6 months ago

Does anyone have any leads on a source for wiper fingers for Gottlieb stepper units (part number A-306)? These are the 0.023” thick ones and apparently are sold out at Pinball Resource (see link below). I searched for them with the googly and saw that Marcos and a few European sites list them but that they are out of stock at these suppliers too (also see below).

I have several on a couple different steppers of Gottlieb’s Three Musketeers that are worn flat with sharp corners instead of curved edges. Although they are functioning well currently, they are gouging grooves into the rivets and boards of the steppers. It appears that attempts to file the sharp corners will remove the outer edges that hold the wiper finger springs and so replacement of the wiper fingers seems to be the best option to avoid further damage.

Thanks for any help!



#4932 6 months ago
Quoted from boilerman:

how many do you need?

Five are badly worn. Two I haven’t touched given how little metal is left on the edge that contacts the rivets. I did file the corners of the other three—there’s just enough of an overhang on these to hold the spring and just enough of a curved edge to not continue to damage the rivets and board, but I am not sure how long they’ll last.

#4934 6 months ago
Quoted from boilerman:

so you need seven?

Sorry for my confusion. I really just need five--these will replace the ones that are badly worn.

#4936 6 months ago
Quoted from boilerman:

let me see what i can dig up

Thanks much for checking!

#4938 6 months ago
Quoted from boilerman:

found 5, do you need the springs also? pm me your info

Wow—cool! Will pm now. Thanks!!

5 months later
#5469 32 days ago

I am looking for an old original white rollover for a mid 50s Gottlieb to replace a non-original red rollover in a Twin Bill. I have a new one from pbresource, but the color is too white compared to the other four original white ones.

These are the ones that have posts that are attached to the spoon (seems like part of the base was melted to attach it to the spoon). Sometimes the melted plastic that holds the rollover to the spoon breaks, but I have been able to reuse them by reaming out a hole in the base of the post and tapping the hole for a screw.
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#5471 31 days ago

I haven't seen these from a Williams machine, but given that pbresource sells "old style rollover buttons" for machines from the 50s through 70s (from pbresource website: "Used on games from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's."), I suspect they should work.

#5474 31 days ago
Quoted from John_In_WI:

Shoot me your address and I'll send you a couple.

Thanks so thanks so much John! PM sent...

#5481 26 days ago
Quoted from John_In_WI:

Shoot me your address and I'll send you a couple.

They (white old style rollover buttons) arrived!

I haven't had the chance to put one in yet, but they are indeed the correct sizes and the color is a great match for the original ones. Thanks so much John_In_WI!

#5496 21 days ago
Quoted from bonzo71:

2 Green short

I can send two short green ones. PM me.

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