With pinball making a big revival throughout the country, Gentle Giant desires to make certain that these classic, gorgeous devices remain damage-free while being transported. Oh, and we want the individuals moving them to be safe, too.
At very first look, pinball machines can appear daunting to move since of their size, weight, and fragility. Fortunately, our competent Giants have a couple of techniques up their sleeves to ensure your pinball is moved with ease.
Folding Down the Headbox
Most of contemporary pinballs (made in the last Twenty Years approximately) have a hinge system which allows the headbox to be folded down. Early pinball machines had their headboxes bolted on, using either 2 or 4 bolts. All Electro-Mechanical pinballs utilize this system, along with the early Solid State devices.
Later on makers have hinges and utilize a latching system to keep the headbox upright. There may also be 2 bolts inside as included security, in case the latch is broken or unintentionally un-latched.
For Electro-Mechanical pinball devices, you have to get rid of the headbox rear gain access to panel to access to the bolts and plugs inside. Typically this panel has a lock on it to keep it in location, however with time the key may have been lost. Quite frequently, there is a screw keeping this panel in location.
As soon as within, get rid of the bolts and unplug the large ports that have electrical wiring decreasing into the maker. You might want to label these connectors to put them back in the best area, however they must be various sizes, making it difficult to plug back incorrectly.
You can now eliminate the headbox totally, or fold the headbox down onto the playfield glass. Ensure you utilize some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to secure the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will assist keep the back glass in place.
Early Solid State Pinballs
For early Solid State Pinballs, you will have to eliminate the back glass. There is a lock located on the headbox in one of three places: the left-hand side at the top, right-hand side at the leading or on top of the headbox in the.
When opened, get rid of the back glass by raising it up utilizing the lift channel (at the bottom of the glass), and then pull it out from the bottom.
Open up the back box light panel by raising the lock situated on either the left-hand side or right-hand side. The panel can now swing out to you, and give you access to the circuit boards, plugs, and the bolts. Some Gottlieb pinballs require you to lift up the lamp panel in order to swing it open.
Now that you are within, you can eliminate the bolts, and any plugs that have wires decreasing into the maker. You might desire to identify these plugs to put them back in the right spot. You may not have to remove the plugs, as the electrical wiring ought to be long enough to enable the headbox to be folded down.
At this moment, you can secure the light panel and change the back glass.
Modern Strong State Pinballs
For Data East, Sega, and Stern Modern pinballs, there is a turnable lock system situated at the back of the headbox. Utilizing the provided secret, turn the lock 90 ° counter-clockwise.
For Williams, Bally, and Gottlieb, you can quickly unlatch the back box at the back of the maker. This is a basic setup and needs no tools.
If you can now fold down the head box onto the cabinet, you're done. Make sure you use some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to protect the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will also help keep the back glass in place.
You need to get inside if you can not fold the head box down. There is a lock located at the top of the back glass in the center. Use the supplied key to unlock, and eliminate the back glass by lifting it up from the bottom, and after that pulling it out from the bottom.
Next, you will have to eliminate the screen panel. You can do this by lifting it up and out. Open the lamp panel. There will be a latch located on either the right-hand or left-hand side. (Some newer Williams and Bally pinballs do not have a separate amp panel, it is part of the back glass panel. And later on Sega and Stern pinballs utilize a fluorescent tube for the back glass lighting).
Remove the two bolts, put the back box back together, and fold down the head box onto the cabinet. Make sure you utilize some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to secure the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will likewise assist keep the back glass in location.
Eliminating the Legs.
Pinball Maker legs are held in location by 8 bolts. The contemporary pinballs have captive nuts or threaded plates inside for the bolts to screw into.
But these captive nuts and threaded plates can be damaged, and using additional nuts might have been needed. If this holds true, you will need to open up the front door of the pinball, slide out the playfield glass, and raise the playfield.
With the front door (coin door) useful reference open, move the lock down bar lock throughout and get rid of the lock down bar. Then move out the playfield glass, and put in a safe place. Next, raise up the playfield by positioning your hand where the ball drains pipes, and raise the playfield up.
You ought to now have access to any nuts that may have been used. As soon as any nuts have actually been eliminated, replace the playfield glass and lock down bar, and lock the front door.
Make sure to mark or remember which legs are for the front and back, as they will be changed in a different way to match.
Packing the Pinball.
You are now prepared to transport your pinball maker. Prior to you pack it, ensure you remove the pinballs so they don't bounce around throughout transportation.
If you are moving the pinball using a van or SUV, it might be simpler to eliminate the legs just prior to loading the maker. Grab a buddy to have and assist one of you supporting the pinball, while the other eliminates the front legs.
Make sure you strap the pinball in, as you do not want it moving if you need to stop all of a sudden!
For Electro-Mechanical pinball devices, you need to get rid of the headbox rear gain access to panel to acquire access to the bolts and plugs inside. (Some more recent Williams and Bally pinballs do not have a different amp panel, it is part of the back glass panel. And later Sega and Stern pinballs use a fluorescent tube for the back glass lighting).
If you are moving the pinball utilizing a van or SUV, it might be easier to remove the legs simply prior to packing the machine. Get a pal to have and help one of you supporting the pinball, while the other gets rid of the front legs.