(Topic ID: 265582)

The restoration story of my 1968 Williams Cabaret Pinball Machine


1 year ago

Topic Stats

  • 5 posts
  • 2 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by WIRTZ
  • No one calls this topic a favorite


Linked Games

Topic Gallery

View topic image gallery

DSC_9646 (resized).JPG
DSC_9645 (resized).JPG
DSC_9644 (resized).JPG
DSC_9643 (resized).JPG
DSC_9642 (resized).JPG
DSC_9641 (resized).JPG
DSC_9638 (resized).JPG
DSC_9637 (resized).JPG
DSC_9636 (resized).JPG
DSC_9635 (resized).JPG
DSC_9634 (resized).JPG
DSC_9630 (resized).JPG
DSC_9632 (resized).JPG
DSC_9627 (resized).JPG
DSC_9626 (resized).JPG
DSC_9624 (resized).JPG

#1 1 year ago

Let me tell you how I got the pinball machine and what happened to the pinball machine before I bought it for € 360.
the previous owner had tried to clean the pinball machine.

He uses compressed air for this. But no compressed air from the compressor but compressed air from the can (compressed air spray). After blowing out the pinball (the field glass was not installed), he closed the front door and pressed the start button.


The pinball exploded because the canned air contains flammable aerosols and, as is well known, it always sparks in electromechanical pinball machines. The pinball machine was pretty much destroyed.
The backglass was pushed out and shattered into a thousand pieces.
The playfield was pushed out and rotated 180 degrees.Explosion (resized).jpg
The front door was blown out.
The backdoor was deformed.
The floor of the cabinet was blown out
The ball shooter including housing was blown out.

Luckily the owner was only slightly injured and had two pieces of glass in his calf. He could have been dead.

That's how I saw the pinball in an ad on eBay.
Since the seller lived only 3 miles away from me, I made him an offer of € 250 for the scrap heap. He wanted € 750.
We agreed on € 360. A day later, I picked up the pinball machine with a friend.

The specimen is a so-called sample, of which there are very few. It does not yet have an up post in the middle, which was later installed and put into series production from 1969. The pinball machine was used in the officers' mess of the US armed forces in Frankfurt. Obviously little. He now has about 1700 games on the counter. That is very little for 52 years. All keys original.


I had to suck it out for 3 hours to get all the small and large pieces of glass from the backglass. They hung everywhere between the contacts of the relays.
Then I started to restore it, which I think I managed quite well for my first pinball restoration. I found a backglass on the Internet and got it for € 150. However, somebody in the 70s covered the counter windows from behind with cardboard and a nasty glue.

When removing these adhesive strips, the paint of the back glass naturally came off

I could have bought a second backglass in the convenience store in May, but the pinball fair is canceled due to Corona 19.
I also discovered a retro in South Africa, but shipping to Germany is too expensive.

I will try to repair the damaged areas from behind with a translite film.

More in the future

stay healthy


0F62EE99-EB33-4777-A787-FFFB683B8901 (resized).jpg3793CF7C-419C-497E-885A-F40A1B511541 (resized).jpgScreenshot_2020-01-09 Reserviert Flipper Cabaret von 1968 (Pinball Machine) (resized).png13Forum2cabaret (resized).jpg14Forum2cabaret (resized).jpg2Forum2cabaret (resized).jpg4Forum2cabaret (resized).jpg5Forum2cabaret (resized).jpg
#2 1 year ago

MAN! Thats one for the books! Looks good though, surprised. I have used the colored photography Gel material with good results on a back glass, wish you the best with the restoration.

#3 1 year ago

colored photography Gel material

Details please

#4 1 year ago


Screenshot_2020-01-09 Reserviert Flipper Cabaret von 1968 (Pinball Machine)(2) (resized).png
#5 1 year ago

Clean the Cabinet, clean all contacts an mechanics

DSC_9521 (resized).JPGDSC_9522 (resized).JPGDSC_9525 (resized).JPGDSC_9527 (resized).JPGDSC_9528 (resized).JPGDSC_9529 (resized).JPGDSC_9530 (resized).JPGDSC_9531 (resized).JPGDSC_9532 (resized).JPGDSC_9533 (resized).JPGDSC_9534 (resized).JPGDSC_9535 (resized).JPGDSC_9536 (resized).JPGDSC_9537 (resized).JPGDSC_9538 (resized).JPGDSC_9539 (resized).JPGDSC_9540 (resized).JPGDSC_9541 (resized).JPGDSC_9542 (resized).JPGDSC_9543 (resized).JPGDSC_9544 (resized).JPGDSC_9546 (resized).JPGDSC_9550 (resized).JPGDSC_9551 (resized).JPGDSC_9552 (resized).JPGDSC_9553 (resized).JPGDSC_9554 (resized).JPGDSC_9555 (resized).JPGDSC_9556 (resized).JPGDSC_9603 (resized).JPGDSC_9604 (resized).JPGDSC_9605 (resized).JPGDSC_9606 (resized).JPGDSC_9607 (resized).JPGDSC_9608 (resized).JPGDSC_9609 (resized).JPGDSC_9611 (resized).JPGDSC_9613 (resized).JPGDSC_9614 (resized).JPGDSC_9615 (resized).JPGDSC_9616 (resized).JPGDSC_9617 (resized).JPGDSC_9622 (resized).JPGDSC_9624 (resized).JPGDSC_9626 (resized).JPGDSC_9627 (resized).JPGDSC_9630 (resized).JPGDSC_9632 (resized).JPGDSC_9634 (resized).JPGDSC_9635 (resized).JPGDSC_9636 (resized).JPGDSC_9637 (resized).JPGDSC_9638 (resized).JPGDSC_9641 (resized).JPGDSC_9642 (resized).JPGDSC_9643 (resized).JPGDSC_9644 (resized).JPGDSC_9645 (resized).JPGDSC_9646 (resized).JPG

Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside