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Wooden legs

By PinballFever

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

I recently pulled the legs off my 50's Williams woodrail and found two of them weigh about 2 pounds where the other two weigh about 3 lb 6 ounces minus the leveler hardware and they're all the same length.

Are the heavier ones supposed to go in the back to support the back box?

#2 3 years ago

I wonder if there is some variation in species of wood used. I don't think the weight variation would be intentional.

#3 3 years ago

I'm not sure. I believe these are the original legs from my game. I'll have to weigh the ones from my other game for comparison.

#4 3 years ago

Williams painted their legs red during this period correct? Based on that I'm wondering if they may have been less concerned with being consistent with wood type. Mixed species could explain the variation in weight. Just a theory...

#5 3 years ago

Wow, that's quite a difference! I'm with Alex on this one as the best guess.
Would certainly be interesting to know.

#6 3 years ago

I believe some Williams legs were painted red like mine and some were brown during this period. The wood on the heavier legs is probably a harder wood but I'm wondering if that was intentional for additional support in the back?

What about your wooden legs? Do they all weigh the same?

#7 3 years ago

Here's a picture of them. They look the same except 2 of them are heavier.

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#8 3 years ago

Myself, I don't have any Gottlieb specifically laying around to weigh. I have a set of Esco ones I'll try to look at tomorrow for the heck of it.

#9 3 years ago
Quoted from PinballFever:

Are the heavier ones supposed to go in the back to support the back box?

Did you check for hidden treasure?

#10 3 years ago

Are you sure they are the same?

Looks like bolt holes in a different place ie higher up on one leg?

Also check width of legs.

#11 3 years ago
Quoted from currieddog:

Did you check for hidden treasure?

That's actually not a bad idea LOL. I took a quick peek inside the hole with a flashlight. Would be interesting to run one of those wifi endoscope cameras inside and take a look.

Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Are you sure they are the same?

Looks like bolt holes in a different place ie higher up on one leg?

Also check width of legs.

The bolt holes are the same height and leg widths the same.

I asked DirtFlipper if the heavier legs are intentional and this is his answer, "Not really. It’s just random wood selection and aging."

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