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  • Williams APOLLO 1967 Restoration

    This restoration page will probably take 3 to 4 months to compete but by the end there will be one real nice game. This game is one of the classic pins from the 1960s era.

    The game being restored is Williams Apollo which was released in June 1967. The game was designed by Norm Clark and the art by Art Stenholm. Williams made 3100 of this model.

    This game was purchased off eBay last year - see the AA posts:

    http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthre...ghlight=apollo

    I'm hoping that some of the younger guys on the forum will see some beauty in these old pinball machines, maybe even inspiring them to seek a electro mechanical pinball machine for their own collection.

    Taken from Pinball The Lure of the Silver Ball (to set the scene): Apollo was released in June of 1967, at the time when public consciousness of space travel was riding high. Earlier that year the US space program was preparing its astronauts for flight to the moon when tragedy stuck. In January, during a practice countdown, astronauts Virgil Grisson, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed when a flash fire swept through the command module. The program was delayed wile safety modifications were made. The Apollo 7 mission was finally launched in October of 1968. After 3 more test flights the Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th 1969 and successfully reached the Moon.

    The point I'm trying to make here is this game was released before man landed on the Moon. This game captures a major point in history.

    The game is at the point of being stripped of all parts and is in the early stages of being resprayed. All parts have been purchased from Pinball Resource.

    OK, enough of the history - to the restoration!

    Enjoy the journey

    PHOTOS TO FOLLOW TOMORROW!
    looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

  • #2
    Look forward to it love seeing old machines brought back to their former glory.

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    • #3
      Good Luck with the resto. Tony.
      It's great to see another EM being restored to it's former glory.
      One of these day's I might bite the bullet & have a go at one of my two.
      PS : & a resto thread as well . Nino will be happy!!!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jyebow View Post
        Good Luck with the resto. Tony.
        It's great to see another EM being restored to it's former glory.
        One of these day's I might bite the bullet & have a go at one of my two.
        PS : & a resto thread as well . Nino will be happy!!!
        Nino who?

        He was the one that egged me on to start this thread! Not to forget Wotto who lives 20 minutes away.

        Have some serious restoration ahead to match those 2 guys

        Have just committed to buying 5 more pins from the 1949 - 58 era so there will be lots of restoration ahead.

        Next project will be a Gottlieb PICNIC from 1958 - another old girl brought back to her former glory
        looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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        • #5
          Yeah Tony,
          Those two guy's pretty much set the standard for resto's.
          cheers Steve.
          hey Nino should of chimed in by now.
          wheres Nino ??
          DE Lethal Weapon 3
          Williams Space Shuttle
          Stern Nugent
          GTB Pioneer, Bally HI-LO Ace
          48 in 1 Lowboy, Final Lap3.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jyebow View Post
            wheres Nino ??
            In the shed - working on the Flash.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jyebow View Post
              Yeah Tony,
              Those two guy's pretty much set the standard for resto's.
              cheers Steve.
              hey Nino should of chimed in by now.
              wheres Nino ??
              Steve - Gimmie a minute here...(well 6 to be exact ).

              Looking forward to this restoration. This game too, was one of my favorites. Dad had one in the "old days" and I really wanted to keep it.. oh well.. It will bring back some memories..

              I might have some bits hanging around, Tony - so if you need anything - let me know .

              Keep the updates coming !!!
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              • #8
                Was meaning to post some pix over the weekend.

                Have been so busy on the rebuild. Photos are loaded into Photobucket and will be loaded up in the next few days.

                Update:

                * Game has been fully torn down
                * All paint stripped, will ready for undercoat/primer next Saturday
                * Every available part orderd from PBR last Wednesday
                * Have fully rebulit the bottom relay board (including motor)
                * Have fully rebuilt the 'head' mechanics - all score reel assemblies and stepper units were fully pulled apart and rebuilt from scratch (not an easy or quick job).

                So it doesn't seem like I have got anywhere looking at the mess in my gameroom (and man is it a mess - can't believe that one game can make such a mess).

                http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/j...t=DSC07096.jpg

                I know this isn't the ideal way to view images - but this is my work bench - the foosball/soccer table!

                To the left is the 'head' during rebuild - notice to the 2 spare 'stepper units' in the top right of the photo. There is a tip for the new guy rebuilding an EM pin for the first time, if you can have a complete unit on hand it sure makes putting back together a fairly complex unit like this much easier.

                The kero was there for cleaning, not drinking, the DVD remote was there for a heap of 'The Angels' bootleg DVDs I have been playing while rebuilding
                Last edited by illawarra_steelers; 29th June 2008, 09:08 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
                looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                • #9
                  In Order

                  Looks tidy to me Tony, seems to be a lack of chaos!

                  AAAAHH Rebuilding stepper units - ya gotta love it - absolutely essential work.

                  BTW - i have several purpose built workbenches all set up for various tasks, and yet the pool table in my games room is the preferred choice to work on and the Galaga cocktail never gets cleared of essential crap.
                  keep the posts coming mate,


                  Gav
                  Supplier of licensed Gottlieb restoration tools.

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                  • #10
                    Hey Tony - What's wrong with the original artwork ??

                    After nearly 40 years of gathering crap, those steppers always need work. Maybe 1 - 2 hours per stepper, but they will never need to be looked at for another 40 years..

                    That's no mess - its organized chaos..
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
                      Hey Tony - What's wrong with the original artwork ??
                      http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/j...t=DSC07064.jpg

                      This is what is wrong with the 'original' art work What a shame. Another problem is the original paint wasn't under this mess. So making the stencils match the original design will be a little bit more difficult.

                      http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/j...t=DSC07083.jpg

                      Here is the pin with most of the paint removed. This was Saturday afternoon. One major positive point is the actual timber cab is very solid without many nicks so it wont need too much work with the fill

                      http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/j...t=DSC07067.jpg

                      This is the game all pulled down in a corner - a sad sight!
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                      • #12


                        That cab artwork is awesome. I hope you have soem Hi res pics to archive that one, in case you ever need to restore it

                        Seriously, how do you go from "my kids first space drawing" from the fridge to cabinet art like that! Amazing...

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                        • #13
                          Do you have any good pic of what the artwork is supposed to look like?

                          IPDB didn't have too much. I'd like to see it
                          "Beer, it does a belly good!"

                          Wanted: Pacman Cab Next Project: Skinny MAME Cab for Samfoot, thread soon, no really. I might even do one on my Pole Position cab!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Foot View Post
                            Do you have any good pic of what the artwork is supposed to look like?

                            IPDB didn't have too much. I'd like to see it
                            Yes, have organised with another Aussie collector to supply some high quality pix of the cabinet art.

                            A twist is that it looks like the Apollo wont be sprayed with paint. That is all I can say at this point as I don't want to take away some pending news from a fellow AA member. Watch this space!
                            looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Foot View Post
                              Do you have any good pic of what the artwork is supposed to look like?

                              IPDB didn't have too much. I'd like to see it
                              I'm assuming it's the same as it's AAB brother Blast Off.

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