THIS OLD PINBALL DVDs on pinball repair! Shows how to fix, restore broken games.



 
Games Wanted.
I am looking for the following games to restore for my personal collection (I really don't sell games). If you have any of the following coin operated games for sale, please email me at cfh@provide.net

I Buy, Collect, Repair Pinball & Coin Operated Games!
 
I Buy Coin-Operated Games (Buying Pinball Machines and Non-Video games!)
I collect and restore coin operated games, especially from the 1930s to present. I'm buying pinball machines (from any era old or new), coin operated sports and arcade games (no video games), and 1990s and newer pinballs, working or broken. These are the machines I restore and collect. If you have any for sale, in any condition, please email me at cfh@provide.net for more info. This is my hobby, not a business. Generally pay anywhere from $100 to $5000 for a game (title/condition dependant.) Located near Novi, Michigan (Southeast Michigan), but I can pick up a machine from just about anywhere in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada. Check out some of my 1950s to present restored pinball machines.

In-Home Pinball Repair Service - I can FIX your game!
I do pinball service & repair in your home (no need to move that machine). In-the-home pinball repair & service done in the Detroit, Southeast Michigan, NW Ohio and surrounding areas (Grosse Pointe to Walled Lake to Jackson to Ann Arbor to Monroe to Bloomfield Hills to to Toledo Ohio to Flint to Port Huron to Kalamazoo). Click here for more info on In-Home pinball repair and pinball service. Mail-in circuit board repair and Parts links are here.


Pinball games wanted:
Skyway (Williams 1954)
Thunderbird (Williams 1954)
Grand Slam (Gottlieb 1953)
Twin Bill (Gottlieb 1955)
Harbor Lites (Gottlieb 1956)
Roto Pool (Gottlieb 1958)

Sports games wanted:
K.O. Champ (Mutoscope)
37 World Series (Rockola)
Play Ball (Evans 1941)
Bat-a-Score (Evans 1948)
Batter Up (CCM 1958)
Quarterback (Genco 1957)
Mini Golf (Williams 1964)

Arcade games wanted:
Space Age (Genco)
Jet Fighter (Williams)
Mystic Swami (Mutoscope)

Bowling games wanted:
Midget Skee Ball (CCM)
Skee-Ball-Ette (Gottlieb '40)
In the Barrel (Evans 1940)
Ski-Ball (Evans 1940)
Skee Jump (Scientific)

 
Coin-Operated Game Info:
1930s to 1970s Penny Arcade Games
Tons of information and pictures on EM arcade games,
fortune tellers, driving games, diggers/cranes,
gun games and sports games.


Pitch & Bat Baseball, Sports, Manikin, Mechanical
Animation Games

Games. Tons of information and pictures on Pitch & Bat
Baseball, Manikin and other mechanical animation sports
games from the 1940s to present.


Bowling Alley & Shuffle Alley Games, 1949-1990s
Tons of information and pictures on bowling games
from 1949 to the 1990s.
Gottlieb Pinball Evolution 1947-1979
Chronologic information, pictures & features of Gottlieb
flipper pinball games from their classic era.
Williams Game Evolution 1943-1960
Chronologic information, pictures & features of Williams
pinball and arcade games from their classic era.
Penny Arcade Pictures
Pictures of old arcades. A step back in time!
TOPcast
Hear about pinball history by the people involved, and in their own
words and voice! TOPcast is a series of downloadable MP3 podcast files
with interviews of pinball designers and engineers - The people that
have brought their pinball ideas to the marketplace.
Pinball & Coin-Op Game Repair Guides:


Beginning Pinball Repair
Read before working on a pinball or a pinball circuit board!


1930s to 1978 EM (Electro-Mechanical) Pinball Repair Guide
Guide for fixing electro-mechanical coin operated games
of all types including repairing pinballs, bowlers, pitch & bats, etc.
made before 1978.


1978-1980 Gottlieb System 1 Pinball Repair Guide
Game such as Joker Poker and Incredible Hulk.


Pinball Online Webzine
All the info on pinball repair making your head spin? Need to know more about new games and events? Want an online pinball magazine with updates several times a week? Well the Pinball Ninja's pinball webzine is to the rescue! The Ninja will show how repair info is applied in real life situations, and the thinking process involved. Game and show reviews too. Join the Pinball Ninja daily for repair tips and tricks and other commentary. The Ninja reports and blogs every few days, with repairs and detailed pictures, cataloged by system type (for easy reference.) There are over 600 specific game repairs from EMs to Solidstate, and review and news articles, with more added each week. Note the Ninja is only available to those that have donated to this site.
 
Pinball Restoration Guides:


Pinball Restoration Guide
Includes touching up the backglass and playfield, and
general tips on restoring a pinball game. Includes
clear-coating a playfield with Varathane.


Clear Coating Playfields with Automotive Clears
An extension of the above Restoration document.
Describes "diamond plating" a playfield using Automotive
clears (opposed to Varathane, as described above).


Playfield Touchup (1963 Gottlieb Slick Chick)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows the playfield finish restoration of a game that was left for 30 years in an open barn and no top glass. Raccoon damage to the playfield finish. Different format as this is documented at our pinball repair blog at MichPinball.com/blog


Playfield Touchup (1977 Gottlieb Jetspin)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows the playfield finish restoration of a lightly worn but very dirty game that is cleaned, touched up, and clearcoated.


Playfield Touchup (1973 Gottlieb Jumpin Jack)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows the mechanical restoration of the under-playfield components, and how a lightly worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and clearcoated. Also shows how to Replace Gottlieb Drop Targets.


Playfield Touchup (1975 Gottlieb Fast Draw)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored.


Playfield Touchup (1971 Gottlieb 2001)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored. Also shows how to reset sunken playfield lamp inserts.


Playfield Touchup (1975 Gottlieb Quickdraw)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored.


Playfield Touchup (1975 Gottlieb Gold Strike)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored.


Playfield Touchup (1976 Gottlieb Jacks Open)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored. Also shows how to reset sunken playfield lamp inserts.


Playfield Touchup (1973 Gottlieb King Pin)
An extension of the above Restoration documents.
Shows how a very worn playfield can be cleaned, touched up, and restored. Also show how to use water slide decals for playfield touchups.


Plastic Ramp Repair and Protection
Instructions for fixing and protecting plastic ramps on
late model games.


Vacuum Forming Plastic Game Parts
Instructions for making your own game parts using a
home-made vacuum form. Great for older games where
game-specific parts can not be found. Also shows how
to make your own custom water-slide decals.


Gottlieb Roto-Target Restoration
Instructions for re-facing your worn Gottlieb roto-targets.
 
Other Pinball & Coin-Op Stuff:


Pinball Connector Information
Info on connectors used in Solidstate pinball games.


Resistor Color Band decoder
Resistor values and their color bands.


Video Game Conversions/Repair
The documents that started it all here at PinRepair Multi
game Pacman conversion instructions, etc.


Suggested Coin-Op Parts & Repair Sources
Places to buy game related parts, manuals, etc.
and professional repair people.
 
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04/15/11, cfh@provide.net
Disclaimer: These repair guide documents for fixing/restoring coin operated games are a best effort on my part. However, I screw up now and then, so it would be unwise to trust the contents in its entirety. And if you do something silly based on what I say, well please don't blame me.

Guide History. These guides originally because as a series of notes and tips which I gathered from many sources (of course I also did a lot of research on my own too!) After a short while, friends would ask for copies and make suggestion, enemies would critize them, and overall the guides evolved and got better because of it. As new information becomes available, I add it. Hopefully this process will continue for the foreseeable future. All the work here is my work though, unless otherwise noted.

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