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(Topic ID: 266390)

World Fair —latest “get flipping” restore


By lyonsden

6 months ago



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  • 45 posts
  • 11 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 5 months ago by phillyfan64
  • Topic is favorited by 2 Pinsiders

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#1 6 months ago

A friend in Tucson was cleaning up a rental and the old tenant left this pin behind. He called and asked if I wanted it, and I said I did. At first I gave it to a fellow pinball friend for him to learn to work on pinball machines, but after a couple of years, he gave it back saying it was taking up space and he didn’t have the time. This will be the third EM I’ve picked up and I’m looking forward to getting this game flipping again. From what I hear, this is a really fun EM from Gottlieb’s heyday.

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#2 6 months ago

One thing I enjoy is checking out what junk was left in the game. This one has the original coin box and what looks like all the original paper work.

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#3 6 months ago

I wonder what would happen if I mailed this in.

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#4 6 months ago

This is NICE to have! It will probably be very useful. And I have seen the wiring diagram symbol insert before.

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#5 6 months ago

Playfield looks surprisingly good!

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#6 6 months ago

24-hour service and radio dispatched!

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#7 6 months ago

Back looks pretty good and clean.

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#8 6 months ago

Almost 38,000 plays. I should probably clean the playfield and check those bulbs.

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#9 6 months ago

Brain board looks decent.

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#10 6 months ago

Bottom of the playfield looks amazingly clean. But the Bulb socks have that white corrosion.

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#11 6 months ago

Power cord is a bit suspect. Need to replace that before it gets plugged in.

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#12 6 months ago

Nice looking game, the wedgeheads are my favorite EM's!

#13 6 months ago

Nice and bright colors on the wires; always a good sign. Have fun!

#14 6 months ago

Wow, looks great. That is the first EM I ever played and it is still in our family.

If that was an east coast pin, it would have rust everywhere and the playfield would be planked to hell.

Nice find!

#15 6 months ago

Good Luck with the restore
Actually looks in pretty good shape
except for some of the corrosion dust on the light bulb receptacles.
The fact that your cloth wire colors look crisp and clean and bright is a plus
for tracing down possible troubles on the schematic.
You may want to also post in the EM Hangout subsection
to show off your progress to pinheads that really appreciate older pins
and also get a few pointers and tips from that helpful EM crowd.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-are-you-working-on-right-now

#16 6 months ago

Looks to be in great shape! Nice little project. Coming from the digital world, EM's are a fresh new set of problems to overcome.

#17 6 months ago

Brains are out. Time to clean some switches.

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#18 6 months ago

Switches cleaned and new power cable. Checked the fuses too, for good measure.

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#19 6 months ago

I have this game. I love mine. I’m looking to replace some fallen off labels. Your pictures just helped me immensely. Thanks and good luck on the restoration! I’ll be following.

#20 6 months ago
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#21 6 months ago

That’s a beautiful game in Amazing condition. .

#22 6 months ago

GTB World Fair is one of my all time favourites. Terrific theme and graphics and classic play. Your machine is in remarkably good condition-the paperwork is a bonus.

#23 6 months ago
Quoted from phillyfan64:

I have this game. I love mine. I’m looking to replace some fallen off labels. Your pictures just helped me immensely. Thanks and good luck on the restoration! I’ll be following.

Let me know if you need more photos. I did suck one up using a central vac system and spent way too long trying to find it by tearing through the collection bag. Never found it. . .

#24 6 months ago
Quoted from lyonsden:

Let me know if you need more photos. I did suck one up using a central vac system and spent way too long trying to find it by tearing through the collection bag. Never found it. . .

Thanks. Check out this photo from my machine. I’m trying to find where this Spotting Rollover Unit label is supposed to go. Mine was floating around loose so I glued it here but I realize it’s not the right place. It may go somewhere under the main roto unit but I’m not sure. I made up a new tag from your photo for the correct Rollover at Start of Game.

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#25 6 months ago

Mine is a different label, but it the approximate spot as where you put yours.

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#26 6 months ago
Quoted from lyonsden:

Mine is a different label, but it the approximate spot as where you put yours.[quoted image]

Yours is correct. Mine should be going with a coil somewhere.

Edit. It goes to the main roto unit. I didn’t realize that’s what they called it but the wire colors match the schematic.

#27 6 months ago
Quoted from phillyfan64:

Yours is correct. Mine should be going with a coil somewhere.
Edit. It goes to the main roto unit. I didn’t realize that’s what they called it but the wire colors match the schematic.

Glad you figured it out. Just found the sticker as well (it is out of sight when I was standing with the playfield lifted).

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#28 6 months ago
Quoted from lyonsden:

Glad you figured it out. Just found the sticker as well (it is out of sight when I was standing with the playfield lifted).[quoted image][quoted image]

Thank you for that photo.

#29 6 months ago

That machine is in great condition.

#30 6 months ago

Cleaning up a switch wheel that was sticking. Broke this screw that holds one of the levers. Anyone know where there is a replacement?

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#31 6 months ago

Is that a shoulder screw? PBR’s description says 70’s EMs but maybe one of these?

http://www.pbresource.com/news/gtb-a1058.jpg

Or maybe https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/530-5248-00

#32 6 months ago
Quoted from phillyfan64:

Is that a shoulder screw? PBR’s description says 70’s EMs but maybe one of these?
http://www.pbresource.com/news/gtb-a1058.jpg
Or maybe https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/530-5248-00

That looks like it! Thanks.

#33 6 months ago

Made good progress today. Had one hangup with the rollover spotting unit not stopping after it started spinning the central wheel. Found the switch that wasn't making contact on relay K (took way too long). Cleaned up the contacts on the score reels (100 was sticking a bit), and got the bulb sockets cleaned and working in the backbox. Time to attack the playfield.

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#34 6 months ago

Stripping down the top and putting everything through the tumbler to clean them up.

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#35 6 months ago

A note on those steppers. I’m working on mine too so I’ve been doing a ton of reading on them. It’s very easy to shear those shoulder screws. There’s a technique to getting them off. Clay’s guide discusses it. About halfway down the page.

http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index2.htm#steps

#36 6 months ago

Polished the top playfield parts. Nice, clean, and shiny!

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#37 6 months ago
Quoted from phillyfan64:

A note on those steppers. I’m working on mine too so I’ve been doing a ton of reading on them. It’s very easy to shear those shoulder screws. There’s a technique to getting them off. Clay’s guide discusses it. About halfway down the page.
http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index2.htm#steps

Thanks for posting that. Yes, I caught the nut on the back of the stepper and it was torquing that to take it off that lead to the bold snapping. It was seized on (perhaps by the old grease?) and while I was careful, I didn't put some liquid wrench of similar to help loosen the nut. In any case, a good part to have on hand for the future.

#38 6 months ago

Thanks for Sharing! Really Enjoy watching you bring this one back!

#39 6 months ago

Starting to come back together. Need to flatten some of the plastics tomorrow in the sun.

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#40 6 months ago

This is a great thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-safely-flatten-warped-playfield-plastic#post-4717547

My post is #29; worked great. I would be careful with the sun and colors. That game is so nice, I personally would not expose those pieces to UV.

#41 6 months ago
Quoted from Skidave:

This is a great thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-safely-flatten-warped-playfield-plastic#post-4717547
My post is #29; worked great. I would be careful with the sun and colors. That game is so nice, I personally would not expose those pieces to UV.

Thanks for the link! I have the plastic slowly cooking.

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#42 6 months ago

Wow! That worked amazingly well! Thanks for the recommendation skidave!
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#43 6 months ago

Awesome!

#44 6 months ago

Got it all back together and flipping! What a fun game!

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