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Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« on: June 05, 2017, 09:19:28 PM »
This machine is different from what we normally do, it is a resto, but not "High End". It was meant to be done inbetween High End Restorations, so it dragged on for a while. The major issue was a lot more work was required than planned - I'll address that during the course of the thread. This game was started almost 2 years ago and was finished recently - more on that later !

The game was sourced in 2008 ish from a private collection in Germany. Just to be clear, it was a genuine private collection.

Condition Report ;

Cabinet - 9/10 - For a 43 year old machine, it was really good.

Playfield - 8/10 - Planking and some wear around the saucer.

Backglass - 10/10 - Absolutely perfect

Electrical - 7/10 - Some nasty transformer hacks

Mechanical - 7/10 - Never tested the game prior to the work commencing. I never do that with EMs. Steppers were sluggish.

I lost a lot of photos of the teardown, so the photos are not consistent in size and there are "gaps" in the documented resto.

Starting point ;





Inside the cabinet






Transformer hacks !





Decided to start off rebuilding the base board - rebuild steppers and relays - attend to the Transformer issues. Each Stepper is stripped, cleaned and rebuilt with new spring kits. They start off looking like this ;







Reassembly ;




Baseboard fully overhauled ;





On to the lower cabinet. Remove the siderails with their rusty nails





Clean the inside completely.





The Door is rebuild - The "before" pictures" ;








Regrained (not polished) as per factory ;





Inside ;





Repaint some of the metal cabinet parts with Chrome paint - which looks great and is durable ;





Painted the bracket the same - looks good !





Rebuilt internal cabinet ;





So far so good. The "fun" starts soon !
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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 09:37:40 PM »
I don't have the "before" pictures of the playfield or the teardown thanks to a dead hard disk.

Here are some progress pictures of the playfield. The scope was simply to clean and protect the playfield with wax. I ended up doing a small touch up near the saucer. I used a paint pen to fix the insert borders ;




All the inserts had to come out as they were either loose or dropped to far ;





The touched up area in front of the saucer ;





Completed playfield ;





So here's where the work took a turn - and the time blowout starts ! All the globe holders were rusted. Head and playfield. This was not factored into the job, but I could not just leave it.







Replacing the bonus area lamp sockets.








The targets were all stripped and claened. Re riveted back into place. Makes a huge difference !








Playfield side rails repainted and all other hardware installed ;





A close up of the detail - looks great !



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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 05:07:09 AM »
Looks great. Never seen a pin with so many targets.
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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 08:20:48 PM »
One of the reasons I don't restore a lot of EMs is due to the amount of unforeseen work that I don't mind doing, but the time lost always seems to spiral out of control. I ended up having to replace all the sockets and the GI wire throughout the entire machine. Not factored into the initial scope, but I cannot leave a machine with green GI braid !







All the steppers and relays are rebuilt in the headbox, and the time consuming rebuild of 20 X Scorereels ! At the end of this process, I know all the hard work is behind me !







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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 08:06:00 PM »
A real find with this game was the condition of the original documentation. Everything was intact !





Playfield reassembly complete.








Lit up and being tested





Backglass is perfect !






Game complete and ready for the new owner (pickup up and been in it's new home for a couple months at least !)

Inside the cabinet and mechanical sections ;













Final outdoor shots of the finished machine !

















There were a few teething issues and the first Transformer I've ever seen died - Thanks to Daniel for his spare that he had which worked perfectly !

Definitely a FUN game and challenging as well !
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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 03:56:37 AM »
Wow top job - might not see customer EM reco from you for a while after this one :(. Always really liked the colours and design of this game. Space exploration and air travel was advancing fast by 74' - anything seemed possible. Nice Norm Clark design as he was finishing up his design career.
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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 08:57:43 AM »
Wow top job - might not see customer EM reco from you for a while after this one :(. Always really liked the colours and design of this game. Space exploration and air travel was advancing fast by 74' - anything seemed possible. Nice Norm Clark design as he was finishing up his design career.

I have a few I'm doing, the "high Hand" which is awaiting playfield stencils for the card section, a "Bow and arrow" that's had a cleared playfield, two "Old Chicago's", a "Jet Spin", a "Soccer" two "Sky Jumps" and a "Free Fall". There are others, but these are next. There's a lot of work that goes into EMs, and the return is minimal, so I spread them out.
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Re: Williams Strato Flite Reconditioning
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2017, 11:52:08 AM »
Very nice, love these aviation themes - nice US Concorde copy on the BG (Boeing's never got past being a mock up).
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