This Old Pinball Repair/Restoration Video - TOP#1

The first This Old Pinball (TOP) video (aka TOP#1), covers the restoration and repair of 1960s Gottlieb 'wedgehead' pinballs (but certainly does apply to other EM pinball games too). Video concentrates on restoring a 1964 Gottlieb World Fair pinball. This video is hosted by Norm and Shaggy. Two hours long, NTSC video format, DVD media. The following is a list of the DVD chapter titles. This does not encompass all the information in the video, just where the chapters are marked.

TOP#1 DVD Chapters:

  • Introduction of "Norm" and "Shaggy", TOP's hosts.
  • Initial game evaluation
  • Disassembly of lower cabinet
  • Rust removal
  • Buffing and Polishing of metal parts
  • Tumbling parts (more polishing tips)
  • Paint Stripping
  • Removing old Latex paint to uncover original finishes
  • Paint prep and cabinet defeat repairs
  • Cabinet paint "webbing" and splatter
  • Bottom panel EM repair
  • EM Switch maintainence, switch adjustment, switch contact cleaning
  • Connectors cleaning
  • The Hold relay
  • Cleaning the cabinet
  • Painting cabinet stencil art
  • Reproducing score cards
  • EM backbox repair
  • Stepper unit rebuilding and cleaning
  • Score reel rebuilding and cleaning
  • Light socket fixes
  • Misc. EM start-up problems
  • Reading schematics
  • Playfield switch adjustments
  • Contact cleaner and WD-40 spray Warning!!
  • First power-on
  • Playfield touchup
  • Backglass touchup
  • Clearcoating the playfield with Automotive Urethane
  • Marvelous Marvin's Mechanical Museum short tour
  • Rubbing out the playfield
  • Pop bumper rebuild
  • Making the bumpers more 'peppy'
  • Flipper adjustment and rebuild and EOS switch
  • Playfield assembly
  • Flattening warped playfield plastics
  • Re-inking bumper caps
  • Adjusting playfield relays
  • Final testing and playing of the finished game

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The 1:30 minute intro video for Windows-based computer with Windows Media Player.

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