Power Play Progress

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I had some free time over the holidays so I spent a great deal of time working on my recently acquired Power Play pinball. My first priority was a complete cleaning on the top side of the play field. Since I’m admittedly a novice with pinball machines, I decided to clean the play field in sections, always leaving a parts placement reference on the opposite side of the machine.

Each section was completely disassembled. All metal parts were thrown in a vibratory tumbler with walnut media for a thorough cleaning. Plastic parts were cleaned with Novus 2, a polish specifically designed to remove fine scratches and haziness.

Cleaning the play field was a multi-step process. It was initially cleaned with Simple Green cleaner. After that, I cleaned the play field lightly with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Be very careful with the Magic Eraser! If you have areas of wear, which I certainly did, the Magic Eraser will continue to eat paint off of these areas...

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Power Play Pictures

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I had a chance last night to snap a few pictures of my newly acquired Power Play pinball.  As usual, all of these pictures can also be found in the Power Play section of the photo gallery.  Here are a couple of overview shots of the cabinet, one showing the side art, one showing the back glass and play field and the last showing the boards located inside the backbox:

Placed in the back box and illuminated, the back glass shows a lot more wear than it does out of the cabinet. The biggest thing I plan to do right now is apply some Krylon Triple Thick clear glaze to prevent further damage from occurring. The artwork on the cabinet is in decent shape, but the entire thing still needs a good cleaning, as does the playfield:

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Hockey With A Silver Ball

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A few weeks ago, I was checking the local craigslist for sale section and noticed an entry simply entitled “pinball machine”.  There was no mention of the name of the machine, no pictures and no description other than it needed some work.

I sent an inquiry to the seller and learned that the machine was a Power Play machine manufactured by Bally in 1978.  The seller also gave some additional information on the condition of the machine.  It would power on, and the lights would come on but the rest of the game was essentially dead.  The machine was complete with the exception of the glass, which I discovered I could replace for about $45.

We reached an agreement on price and I picked up the machine on Monday (my Christmas present to myself).  Power Play is a solid state game with a hockey theme featuring then Chicago Blackhawks player Bobby Orr.  While it’s a solid state game, it has the look and feel of an electro-mechanical game.

Cosmetically, the machine is in decent shap...

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