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Williams toggle switch

By scottacus

2 years ago


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#1 2 years ago

Probably a goofy question but which direction (towards front or back) should the power toggle switch flip to turn on a 70’s Williams EM? My Tropic Fun toggles to the rear and Darling to the front...

#2 2 years ago

I set them to turn on when the switch is flipped toward the rear of the machine.

#3 2 years ago

Ken is right that anyone can set them to preference.

My 2 Williams EMs and 1 Williams SS all came to me with the switch toggling forward to the on position.
Not sure what the factory position was.

#4 2 years ago

I prefer towards me as ON. Pretty sure I remember another thread on this.

Next topic: lock key slots - vertical or horizontal when locked?

#5 2 years ago

The standard for a long time....older Gottliebs and the such circa 1960's is "toggle on towards player". This was pretty much the standard since.

#6 2 years ago

Thanks for the replies I'll spin Tropic Fun's switch around to turn on to the front. I did complete restores on both tables (Repair and clean machine, paint cab, touch up playfield, new mylars, clear coat, made new backglasses, made some new plastics...) and I think that I pulled the master switch on Tropic Fun and might have put it in backwards. I didn't notice it until I repaired Darling and didn't pull that switch and found that they turn on in different directions.
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#7 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

The standard for a long time....older Gottliebs and the such circa 1960's is "toggle on towards player". This was pretty much the standard since.

Don't think I've ever seen a Gottlieb EM with a toggle switch. All my Gottliebs either had no switch at all (much of the '60s) or a push button switch. What years did they go with toggle switches?

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from Runbikeskilee:

Don't think I've ever seen a Gottlieb EM with a toggle switch. All my Gottliebs either had no switch at all (much of the '60s) or a push button switch. What years did they go with toggle switches?

Didn't the push button go away about 68-69?
Thought williams was about the same time?

#9 2 years ago

Lock keys always horizontal when locked.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Didn't the push button go away about 68-69?
Thought williams was about the same time?

I have a 1971 Gottlieb Home Run with the push button style switch.

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from hazmat7719:

I have a 1971 Gottlieb Fun Land with the push button style switch.

Fun Land is 1968. (I was looking at purchasing one recently.)

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from PSchwisow:

Fun Land is 1968. (I was looking at purchasing one recently.)

You are correct, I mistakenly entered that game instead of my Home Run (has the push button).

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Didn't the push button go away about 68-69?
Thought williams was about the same time?

No. Grand Prix was released in 1976 and has a toggle switch. Jacks Open was released in 1977 and has a push button.

#14 2 years ago

I have a '65 Gottlieb with no switch at all. Then, jump to '71, which has a push button. Every other Gottlieb I own from '73 up to System 1, was also a push button. Perhaps they went to toggles during the '80s, but I don't know.

#15 2 years ago

For Gottlieb, late 60's they started putting switches on cabinets - a push button type. In the 1980's they changed to a toggle switch.
Any others that I've seen that don't fit the above statement have been modifications that owners have done to the machine.

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