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  • Gottlieb Egg Head 1961 - full restore to new for 50th birthday

    Have been quiet on the pinball front for several reasons since the meet here last October.

    Anyways have been gathering all the necessary parts for a full restore on Gottlieb's Egg Head which was released in December 1961. Have been doing this over the past few months. Picked up this game off a collector and great mate Troy Meredith in Albury. Did as an straight swap for a AMI-Rowe 1962 juke. This was the juke picked up on eBay and in the shed for 6 days before it left. Once I got a sniff of the Egg Head the deal was done.

    Designed by the legend Wayne Neyens with art by the master Roy Parker.

    So she is has just turned 50. So what plans do I have instore?

    How about the purchase of an impossible to find N.O.S. playfield from the US? Repro Shay Arcade backglass, Pinball Rescue are scheduled to make plastics for this game during 2012. The game is complete except the lockdown bar (available from PBR) and the instruction card. This may end up being the hardest to locate

    The game is pulled down and in a thousand parts. Will start on the cab first. At present the game is painted in white house paint and the cab is a bit knocked about. The wedge head has a few splits in the timber along the front but good old Tony T from the Pinball Shed came up with a replacement. Have 2 boxes from PBR, parts such as all new front door, surround and hardware, coin entrance plates, all new pop bumpers, skirts and caps, flipper bats, flipper rebuild kit and excellent repro side rails made here in Oz by JPD see: http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthre...-GOTT-em-rails

    Big call but know this will be a massive job but she will look awesome once done.

    Have taken some photos and will post with a hangover News Years day

    Edit, new parts bought:

    NOS playfield
    Shay Arcade reproduction backglass
    NOS Intruction card
    Chrome leg bolts
    Reproduction side rails
    Paint for all of cab
    5 Daisy domed pop bumper 10 points
    4 Deco cap dome 10 points when lit
    Reproduction lockdown bar
    Pinball Rescue decal for score card tray
    1x Lock 7/8”
    4x Legs Tee - LEG-TEE
    1x GTB Arch stick protector (manual ball lift)
    1x GTB Arch ball deflector
    1x Red metal door push button
    1x Front door hole plug
    1x Coin reject rod
    1x Rubber set
    2x 1” white rubber ring
    1x Rubber lamp sleeve blue
    1x Rubber lamp sleeve red
    2x Leg levellers 2” stem
    2x Leg levellers 3” stem
    2x Hard plastic light sleeve red
    2x Hard plastic light sleeve blue
    1x Small chrome metal coin door shell single chute
    1x Trapezoidal coin entrance plate 5 cents
    1x Trapezoidal coin entrance plate blank
    1x Gottlieb ball shooter rod
    1x Beehouse plunger housing – red
    2x Flipper retaining Clip
    1x Old style rollover button red
    1x Old style rollover button white
    1x Trim ring for small coin door single chute
    20 x 1” carriage bolt, washer and nut
    9x Bayonet light sockets
    20x Siderail nails
    5x M/S pop bumper body
    4x Advance bumper body
    1x Gottlieb flipper rebuild kit
    2x Flipper bushings
    2x Rubber lamp sleeve blue
    2x Rubber lamp sleeve red
    1x Shooter spring inside
    1x Shooter spring outside
    2x Metal flipper buttons red
    1 Pair 2” round top white flipper plastic
    2x 1” white rubber rings
    2x Holding screws
    2 boxes of #455 blinking lamps
    5 boxes of 47 lamps
    4x 31" reproduction legs
    Last edited by illawarra_steelers; 28th July 2012, 06:26 PM. Reason: spelling
    looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

  • #2
    Look fwd to watching this one

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    • #3
      thats a massive list of new parts!
      i also will be watching this one closely
      Quoting Bart Simpson-as he walks into Homer's basement mancave
      "wow man a pinball machine, I've always wanted to play one of these!.
      The graphics are so Hi-def the ball looks real!"

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      • #4
        Major project there Tony . Looking forward to progress pics

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        • #5
          Looks to be a great project, keep the pics coming. The cabinet & BB artwork look to be very simple to duplicate for stencils etc. There is a instruction card on IPD.

          ---------- Post added at 10:25 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:10 AM ----------

          Try this as well for instruction card - http://www.pinballrebel.com/pinball/cards/
          http://www.oldpinballs.com/

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          • #6
            Will be watching.

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            • #7
              Some photos of what the game started at, these were taken a few days ago.

              Nice white house paint.


              Nice original perspex backglass has held up fairly well for 50 years. Repro Shay glass to replace.


              Closeup detail of some Roy Parker babes, some slight paint loss.


              Upper and lower playfield. All to be replaced by new parts.



              Showing the split in the timber of the head, the strange thing is both sides are the same


              Front door detail - sure looks different to the 1980-2000 front doors. Note small plunger under main plunger. This was to manually load the balls from the trough to the playfield.


              Very rare survivor! This is an Australian delievered game that spent it's location life in Queensland. Still in 2 minds about keeping the original coin plates or replacing with reproduction 5c plates from PBR.
              looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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              • #8
                Wow how sweet it that!

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                • #9
                  Should come up nicely Tony
                  Hopefully the original paint is under that house paint.
                  Personally I would leave the coin plates as 6d (Lot of younger ones dont realise this is the coin we used to use back then )
                  http://pinballaustralia.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by millsy56 View Post
                    Should come up nicely Tony
                    Hopefully the original paint is under that house paint.
                    Personally I would leave the coin plates as 6d (Lot of younger ones dont realise this is the coin we used to use back then )
                    Have just removed the house paint and sadly there is nothing under. Wont be a difficult patern to copy. Still in 2 minds about the coin entrance plates..the reason being all of the front metal will be new/reproduction and they will look out of place.
                    looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by illawarra_steelers View Post
                      they will look out of place.
                      thats the first thing that crossed my mind.
                      looking at the picture it looks like with an engraver and some black paint you could possibly change the new 5c plate's text to 6d
                      Quoting Bart Simpson-as he walks into Homer's basement mancave
                      "wow man a pinball machine, I've always wanted to play one of these!.
                      The graphics are so Hi-def the ball looks real!"

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                      • #12
                        What a great contender for a restore, looks amazing already

                        Better than most of us at age 50 I might say
                        Regards

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                        • #13
                          Looking at the machine to the left of egg head, you have all the tools needed sitting on top.

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                          • #14
                            Artwork is a real snapshot, later pins didnt come close to doing that.

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                            • #15
                              Yeh I saw this at Tony's the other day and this will be a fantastic pin to restore.

                              All the best for this one mate. It will be a classic.

                              And yeh the plunger pull up ball is where I started from, showing my age now....

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