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Tulsa restoration help

By undergroundcanon

6 years ago



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  • 6 posts
  • 5 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 5 years ago by pinhead52
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#1 6 years ago

Hello pinsiders, I'm new to your forums and still fairly new to the Tulsa area. I have a machine that I believe is in decent shape and mostly in need of a deep cleaning and adjustments. I'm curious if there is anyone locally who works on EM machines or better yet, would be willing to share their knowledge and teach me how to do this kind of stuff. I'm not confident enough in my abilities to feel comfortable with just diving right in after watching a YouTube video or two. I also understand that for some this can be a way of making a living, so I respect that aspect of it as well. I love playing pinball and so does my whole family, so yes I purchased a machine at the auction last week. We have discovered that there really isn't any pinball in this town if you don't personally own it, so that's what we did. Thank you for any suggestions, help, or the like that you care to share!

#2 6 years ago

Unless you have a lot of experience I wouldn't recommend either a deep cleaning or adjustment of the internals. Clean and wax the playfield, install a new ball and new rubber bands, fix what's broken and enjoy playing it.

This forum is full of posts from people who tried all kinds of "fixes" to avoid the thinking that's needed to diagnose simple problems, and ended up causing way more problems.

#3 6 years ago

Question, did you buy this machine at the auction last week?

#4 6 years ago

Questions about care, maintenance and troubleshooting of pinball machines can all be answered here on Pinside and other pinball forums. It might be a little intimidating at first, but with some basic knowledge about the operation of an EM pinball machine, you'll be able to maintain and repair your pinball machine yourself. Doing it yourself will definitely increase your interest in the pinball hobby. Paying someone $50-$150 an hour to fix your pinball machine is not conducive to an enjoyable pinball experience... A great start is at Clay's EM Pinball Repair Guides:

http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index.htm

#5 6 years ago

Hello all.....Yes, I did purchase my machine at the auction. It's not my first machine, but it's the first one I have owned as an adult with the resources to properly repair and care for it. My first machine was a Gottlieb Aloha that my grandfather purchased new for my mother when she was a child. I grew up playing it every time I went to visit them and later got after they both passed. That machine was stolen about 12 years ago and has left a desire for another machine ever since. I would love to learn to work and care for my own machine and maybe make some friends along the way. I have ventured out to cactus jacks several times, and make the drive to 403 club several times a year as well. I appreciate the links to knowledgeable and trusted sites and hope maybe you could share some good sites for parts as well.

#6 5 years ago
Quoted from undergroundcanon:

Hello all.....Yes, I did purchase my machine at the auction. It's not my first machine, but it's the first one I have owned as an adult with the resources to properly repair and care for it. My first machine was a Gottlieb Aloha that my grandfather purchased new for my mother when she was a child. I grew up playing it every time I went to visit them and later got after they both passed. That machine was stolen about 12 years ago and has left a desire for another machine ever since. I would love to learn to work and care for my own machine and maybe make some friends along the way. I have ventured out to cactus jacks several times, and make the drive to 403 club several times a year as well. I appreciate the links to knowledgeable and trusted sites and hope maybe you could share some good sites for parts as well.

http://www.pbresource.com/index.html for all things Gottlieb and more

http://www.marcospecialties.com/

http://www.pinballrescue.net/index.html

https://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=home

http://www.pinballmedic.net/coil_chart.html for the coil chart third from the bottom... lots more Shay, Ron Webb, Wade Krause, pinball plating etc

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