(Topic ID: 156168)

Williams Teacher's Pet Flipper Bushing Holes


By monsonb

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

The left flipper on my machine started dragging across the playfield tonight, so I checked underneath. The previous owner had installed a larger wood screw to hold the bushing tight, but it had come loose. The others weren't in much better shape, and I couldn't get them tight. I tried toothpicks, but that didn't help.

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I'm thinking I'll just rotate the bushing to solid wood and drill new holes. It will throw off the return spring tension between the two flippers slightly , but I can live with that.

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Does this make sense, or does someone have a better solution?

Thanks for any input.

#2 3 years ago

Clean it right out and use plastibond. It can be drilled and screwed just like wood and is very, very strong.
I hope you can get this in U S of A

#3 3 years ago

Can't get plastibond around here, so I rotated the bushing, drilled new holes, and installed new screws.
Seems to have solved the problem.

#4 3 years ago

If it's fixed to your liking and works leave it. If not, I would suggest Bondo or Quick Wood putty. (I believe that's the name.) I've used it before p/Cliffys recommendation to fill in/around a kick out hole on Getaway and it worked great and easy to use.

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from Cash_Riprock:

I would suggest Bondo

BUT remember you want the FIBERGLASS Bondo, not the body filler stuff.

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#7 3 years ago
Quoted from Cash_Riprock:

If it's fixed to your liking and works leave it. If not, I would suggest Bondo or Quick Wood putty.

Quoted from vid1900:

remember you want the FIBERGLASS Bondo, not the body filler stuff.

Where were you guys yesterday?
The left flipper seems to work fine now, and I don't notice a difference between the two flippers. If it starts to feel wrong, then I'll give your suggestions a try. I can always fill the new holes, too.
Thanks.

#8 3 years ago

I don't see a problem with the way you fixed it, in fact I thought it was a good idea.

The part works the same way no matter how you look at it, 360 degrees.

And when you encounter stripped out holes again... use something stronger than toothpicks.

I use popsicle sticks and they work fine, make sure to completely fill the hole.

A lot of people like to use bamboo skewers.

I'm sure they work fine too, might even be better due to their strong tensile strength.

#9 3 years ago

Your solution is just fine - should be able to play it 30 more years on that fix........or you can trade/sell it to me when you tire of it

I use toothpicks or bamboo skewers depending on the size of the hole I need to fill.

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from Pinballprowess:

I don't see a problem with the way you fixed it, in fact I thought it was a good idea.

Quoted from hoov:

Your solution is just fine - should be able to play it 30 more years on that fix........or you can trade/sell it to me when you tire of it

Cool! Thanks. I thought my idea was solid.

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