Basement treasure


About one month ago I almost dropped my coffee mug in the morning, when reading thru local newspaper and bumped into EM wizard Kauko holding a pinball.

Pinball Baron of Karvia

The story of Kauko's collection has appeared in several newspapers. It is great that this fine hobby is getting some publicity.

This time, publicity was good. The same magazine was also read by Marika, who had long ago received a nice pinball machine for her birthday. During years, the game had been on a loan to a friend, and gotten into a little bad condition. And she had found nobody to fix it. After reading the article, Marika phoned Kauko and asked for help. Because the game was located in Tampere, Kauko then phoned me and we agreed that I check it out and see if anything can be done. Indeed, it did not look bad at all. One score reel coil was missing and there were signs of some selfmade repair dude been practising with the machine, but for the great joy to the owner, I told her that we will get the game working.

Kauko took the backbox under inspection...

...and I started with the playfield.

Playfield was dirty but paint was good. All plastics were intact. Rubbers need changing but that's no problem. So, remove everything and on with the cleaning.

Mr. Repair Dude has thought that sticking paper between score reel switches is a good idea. Also he has replaced a missing coilstop with a screw.

Apparently Mr. Repair Dude did not have exactly suitable rubbers for pinball. A black O-ring replaces two rubbers nicely!

One score reel coil was missing, but of course Kauko had a spare. Probably the original fault was at the 1 point relay that had stuck and burned out the score reel coil. Kauko adjusted and cleaned every score reel and other units in backbox. Fortunately Mr. Repair Dude's WD-40 can had been empty and he couldn't use it to this game, making fixing much more difficult.

There were a few loose wires inside cabinet, that I quickly found a place for from a relay nearby that had a broken switch leaf. Easy to fix. Also a bumper relay had broken switch and had to be fixed. All seems OK now.

Playfield waxed and with new rubbers. The game is in good condition, being 39 years old!

Playfield is in good shape and nice looking. Some paint wear near one rollover button, otherwise no problems. According to game's "beat the clock" theme the playfield is decorated with all kinds of speed monsters, there are cars, boats and even rockets.

Beat The Clock is the first multiball game. Ball is locked in the Star hole in the middle of playfield, and released when the next ball hits another hole. Then a moving clock starts in the backbox, and the player must keep both balls in play until clock gets to 12. Now we know where the Twilight Zone clock has its roots!

Cabinet looks quite nice inside. There is not much flipper dust, like there are in many games this age. A piece of foam plastic has been put inside to dampen sounds.

It is great that these kind of machines are still found in basements, and especially great is that the owners understand the value of these games and do not trash them because of minor faults.