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Williams Lady Luck Service


By phil-lee

8 days ago



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    #1 8 days ago

    !968 Williams Lady Luck Project, first inspection. Backless shot but salvageable (more on that later) until a new one is available.
    Obviously taken off line in 1977 (9 years routed and all the original stickers are there. Probably a Carolina thing to leave the stickers, it came from Myrtle Beach. Coin units removed and coin slots blocked.
    Bottom cabinet graphics are good enough to keep, the head another story. I glued up a gap in the upper boards.
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    #2 8 days ago

    Rotten rubber stuck to the playfield, heat? The paint is actually good, faded but intact. Plastics will clean up, so will the Flippers. Rebuild kits from PBR are on their way.
    Front worn and faded, will probably power buff it back "To the best it can be".
    New Ball shooter bezel coming (Didn't find a Williams metal unit).
    No burnt coils need replacing, but the Reset bank coil had a copper insert that was worn to shreds so another one of those is coming along with a used plunger.
    The Funky switch in the ball guide gate is a new one on me. If the Machine Busts and the gate opens it has to reset the "21" Score to zero when the ball is delivered again, this switch registers it.
    Lastly, quickly replaced the Joker kick outs with new Gottlieb seats from..who else? Pinball Resource. The only difference is you have to drill a 1/8 hole to allow the Williams wire seat install.
    Hope the pictures show it.

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    #3 8 days ago

    Yeah, it's a Beater. But with new flippers, pop bumpers and a heavy Shop this thing will play like new.
    Going to "Enhance" the Back Glass with colored Theatre Gels and construction paper (Pics to come no matter how bad)
    The top Corralled Pop Bumper caps is unique to this pin as far as I know and unavailable.

    My Goal is to get this Pin playable 100% by Christmas, we have a Family competition (7th year) and Lady Luck will fit right in with my other Low End Pins.

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    #4 8 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    !968 Williams Lady Luck Project, first inspection. Backless shot but salvageable (more on that later) until a new one is available.
    Obviously taken off line in 1977 (9 years routed and all the original stickers are there. Probably a Carolina thing to leave the stickers, it came from Myrtle Beach. Coin units removed and coin slots blocked.
    Bottom cabinet graphics are good enough to keep, the head another story. I glued up a gap in the upper boards.
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    Haha, have the same stickers on my Royal Guard, kind of cool being able to document some of its history. I got the game as a project from a collector in NJ. some 20 years ago.
    Good luck with your project!

    #5 6 days ago

    Anyone restoring/ shopping an old pin reaches a decision point.
    Clear coat? Cabinet paint?
    This one will be returned to 100% working order.
    I was afraid PBR took the week off for Thanksgiving but the confirmed my order.Good news.
    So I scrubbed all plastics with Dawn in warm water, dried and detailed with Novus 1.
    No cosmetic restoration work, no touchups, no polishing to be performed at this time.
    I want it back together, new Pops, Flipper units, sleeves and cleaning for every coil, new cord.
    It would be sacrilege to repaint a 1968 Telecaster, this is the same kind of thing. Every yellowed plastic,
    paint flaw and nicotine stain tells a story.
    Intend to play it awhile, see if its as good as the Reviews say. Then the total Restore makes sense.

    By the way, the Lazy Susan Hardware rotisserie idea came from someone here who I give all the credit to.
    The way he did it is really the cheapest, fastest way to do it yet it works so well! Thanks!

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    #6 2 days ago

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    I want to clear coat this thing. The Original graphics are faded. There was NO nicotine on the outside of the cabinet.
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    I did touch-up the Rollovers mid-field with new blue paint.
    Best to stick with the original plan, see how it plays and if its a keeper tear it back down, paint the cabinet and clear the playfield

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