I had to put this project a side last summer to finish another project; a Bally Can Can Bingo machine (Pictured behind the 1962 World Series). https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-1961-can-can-bingo-machine-restoration-by-a-newbie
Enough of bingo let’s play ball.
1a Finished game
1b Running Man refurbished diamond
1c Finished game and our new 2015 star attraction
This is the follow on to the Part 1 topic; https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/williams-1962-world-series-pinball-restore-story .
To people not familiar with this story’s origins, it was advertised last year as parts of a game for sale; the head on Craigslist in Houston, Texas and the cabinet was on eBay for sale in Louisville, Kentucky. It had a severed harness with one half still in the head connected to the Jones plugs. I bought both parts thinking the cabinet would have an intact harness never realizing I was buying two halves of the same machine.
I have hyper-linked suppliers and information I referenced used, not because they need a plug but to assist you the reader quickly find parts you might need for a similar restore and it will save you time. I use the words restore and restorer in this topic. I only know what I know, so please go kindly on me.
Here we go.
The head urgently needed a new bottom panel like the cabinet received earlier to stop further damage and the severed wire harness had to be reconnected thereby giving me the excuse to upgrade my soldering iron with a Weller S51 station amazon.com link »
1. Damage to the bottom of the head
2. New wood bottom piece with door slot groove
The wood repair came out better than I expected. It needed a slotted groove for the new door to be located.
The harness reassembly was next. I was able to identify easily most of the cut wires with the schematic as the original colors were still good. A few wire colors were reused on this game and about 10 wires needed to be carefully traced and continuity tested to ensure they were the correct. So over a week in the evenings I completed this activity.
3. New Soldering Station
4. Harness reconnection repair
5. Harness reconnection repair 50% complete
6. Harness repair all complete
I am still not sure why the head and cabinet were separated and the harness cut, there are two likely scenarios what happened.
The first scenario follows a clue discovered during the strip-down of all the different parts. I found the running man assembly motor first reduction gear wheel was totally stripped so the running man would not have worked.
Obviously this machine was not able to be on location from that point on. Eventually someone would have had to disconnect the harness at the head to get the running man assembly out and that is where the disaster probably happened and the harness was severed. From some Pinsider’s comments in this topic harness severing happens periodically! I however now believe the original operator did it for small minded business protection reasons and kept the game for parts. The two halves were never rejoined as the running man motor was never fixed and the harness was severed. The head of the game probably sat forgotten somewhere separated from the cabinet. The cabinet was stripped of parts when needed and in a worse condition than the head is evidence they were stored separately. Probably then sold off as separate pieces.
The second and most likely scenario is the head was forcibly removed in the middle of the night and held for a ransom which was never paid. Yup I am leaning towards this scenario as more likely and probably what happened.
The coin door had been painted black and had been forced open and twisted so did not close, so off it came and the internal coin parts removed for cleaning. I used paint stripper to remove the paint from the door and its surround. The paint came of pretty easily and the door on examination was in reasonable shape except for the hinge. I was able to straighten out the hinge and was pleased with the results as it squarely fits the opening surround.
7. Door before restoration
8. Door post restoration
I sanded off the original hammer finish and with a dremel got any minor rust off prior the repaint with silver hammer paint. I set the door aside for a couple of weeks to let the paint harden. I made a waterslide decal using Microsoft 'Word' and PowerPoint for the logo. I used a clear to protect it and am very happy with the results. From review of the flyers I believe that this logo is what the 62 World Series and the 63 Major League pitch and bat games had originally on the doors not the round Williams 2 1/2" logo.
The coin 5¢/10¢ and sometimes the 25¢ coin plate are missing but we were fortunate that a bunch came up on eBay recently from Pete at ‘Vintage Pinball’ and I was able to get what I needed for all the games I have to currently restore.
Possibly I should have installed the grey background color coin plates also have them now, does anyone know for sure the correct color? I have seen 4 different color examples of these coin plates.
9. Different coin plates found.