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Transporting Gottlieb Tee'd Off Machine - Help/Advice

By tad1

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

I'm looking for advice for preparing and transporting a Gottlieb Tee'd Off pinball machine. This is my first pinball machine and I've never owned or transported one before. I won it through an auction and their staff will help me with loading it to my truck, but they don't have any idea on how to prepare it for transport. I've read some articles on how to transport it, but seeing if anyone is knowledgeable enough with the game to answer the following questions:

1) Will I need to remove the glass to remove the balls (from what I've read I believe there are three)?
2) Does the head fold down on this machine or will it need to be removed?
3) If it folds down, are there any bolts holding it place or is there just a latch to fold it down?
4) Can the front and back legs be removed from the outside bolts or are there nuts in the inside that I'll need to access?
5) Are there any other game specific things I should be aware of when transporting it?

Excited to own my first pinball machine, but want to make sure I don't make any missteps that will be costly. I should also mention that it does have the keys to access the coin door. Thanks in advance!

#2 2 years ago

1- Yes. A telescoping magnet is handy for helping with this. Harbor freight has them for a few bucks.

2- It folds down. Take a blanket or cardboard to place between the head and the rails to protect the machine when folded.

3- There SHOULD be bolts securing the head in place but many times they are not installed. Open the backbox, remove the glass, and look at where it connects to the cabinet. Could be four bolts, could be two, could be missing.

4- No nuts. Use either a 9/16” or 5/8” socket and a cordless drill to make your life easier.

#3 2 years ago

Keys to the backbox are important as well. If you don't have them look around inside the coin door. There is a hook in there that often has the backbox keys in it. You turn the key and slide the trans light up and tilt it and take it out giving you access to the hinged door which will give you access to the head bolts.

here is a good video.

YeOld PinPlayer is right on the money.

Once you understand how they get put together it really isn't too hard to move them. It is often just the leg bolts and head bolts. When tilting the backbox down keep an eye on the wires and make sure that none of them are binding up.

I like to strap the head to the body once it is folded down with a ratchet strap (if the cabinet is nice use some protection between the strap and the cabinet). Then I take the legs off and tilt it on its back so I can use a hand truck to move it around.

Good luck!

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#4 2 years ago

Thanks for your help and advice, it's truly appreciated. I was able to get it home without issue. There weren't any bolts securing the head, so I'll need to look for them online.

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from tad1:

There weren't any bolts securing the head, so I'll need to look for them online.

I think these are the ones but double check with Marco: https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/FA-162

#6 2 years ago

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