Gallery of some restoration work to a 1960 Gottlieb “Flipper” machine.

Gottlieb’s ‘Flipper’ playfield in its ‘as-found’ state.
Upper view of playfield
Deep cleaning in progress. Great care is necessary so as to maintain its artwork.
After cleaning and polishing. The white areas rate discoloured form many years of nicotine. As little of this is on show, no further cleaning was done so as to avoid artwork damage.
New, licensed reproduction pop bumpers fitted. Note shine! The owner wanted those white protective bumper rings left in place, in case removal might have damaged the artwork underneath.
And here it is, finished and working, after some 30 years of being left in a shed! Unbelievably, It actually started up on it’s first attempt! Sure, it still needed a lot of adjusting and fine tuning, but it was very satisfying to get it running again.
And this is the ‘brain’ of a pinball machine, with dozens of switches to dismantle, clean and adjust. [this is in its original state]
2 from the standard 5 balls played, and only 358 points scored 🧐 Must try harder!
Note the original cabinet artwork, really nice for almost 60 years old.
The motor board, everything on it was stripped down, cleaned, and the switches re-gapped. In addition, a 3 core mains lead was fitted and an extra earth-lead was run up to the metal front door because there is high voltage on it. Old machines were not earthed when new!
A typical fault on a stepper unit. The coil had overheated so its inner sleeve had scorched. This would make the stepper run erratically or even stop working. The plunger inside the sleeve had jammed solid, hence the coil began to overheat.
A new coil sleeve, and its plunger cleaned. The coil itself, despite having overheated, was still in operational range and some 9 months later, is still working perfectly.
One of the score-reel mechanisms, stripped down for cleaning and checking over. If any of the copper contact strips are faulty, it will never work properly.
The score reels, reassembled and cleaned. Note that the two orange wires on the lower stepper unit were replaced with correct loose-link type wires. They are designed to flex as the disc moves. Solid wires are not reliable so are always replaced with the correct ones to ensure reliability.