GM Laboratories Soccer pinball

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GM Laboratories Soccer pinball

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I recently bought a GM Laboratories Soccer pinball machine. Barn stored for 40 years but needs some restoration. I wondered if anyone on here could point me in the direction of someone that could assist with some work on the cabinet and also the electronics?

I am based in Hampshire in the UK!
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Welcome to the site Paul!

Unless you've already been contacted, it would appear we're unable to suggest someone to restore the cabinet or electrics on your interesting pintable. I think that reflects the fact that most forum users, although keen to help with restoration advice, are busy working on their own projects. No doubt there are people in your area with the requisite skills, but you may need to search locally to find them. If you need specific information about the wiring or components of your game I can help, as I have a working example.
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Nice looking item, looks to be a bagatelle board with a bit of electrics going on. If you are going to renovate it to keep then what you spend doing so is relevant to how much you like it. If you are renovating to sell you wont make much if anything on it as the ones ive seen similar to this have only fetched £100 mark.
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i think he would get a lot more than £100 for this one :) it sold for £500 last month.
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£500, well I guess value in eye of beholder. The electrics don't look too complicated from the photo. I presume in those pin 'cups' there is some sort of kicker to score goal?!? As we all know with our own renovations, the costs soon mount up. I was trying to raise the point that if its to resell then not sure whether the return on it would be significant; for example the top glass needs replacing and so it goes on. But its a nice looking thing and sure it would look great. Maybe some sort of partial sympathetic renovation as I like seeing the patina, gives it charm. To lose the aged looked IMO for me erases its history of use.
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Funny how different people see things. I was very happy to find one of these myself in the UK years ago for a bit more than 100 pounds! Then air freighted to Aust and still needing a full restoration but I was thrilled to get it. Animated games of any kind are desirable, and such pinballs of the 30's are very rare and this is one of the most desirable as really fun and a great looking game. Didn't sell well in the US for obvious reasons and now highly sought after over there especially. A batch of rough machines surfaced in the UK years ago and most were sold to the US in very distressed states, to be sold for many thousands needing lots of work! So far every example is ex UK.
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Thanks for the feedback. I am not looking to sell it on- I would just like to get it working and cleaned up a bit.
pennymachines wrote:If you need specific information about the wiring or components of your game I can help, as I have a working example.
That would be very helpful, thanks very much!
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Just let me know what info/pics you need.
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Hi Paul,
Spooky, I'm also Paul, in Surrey, and bought one of these machines around six months ago to restore/display.
Get in touch, happy to share knowledge. Mine is missing the door but otherwise complete apart from a broken piece of the internal mechanism.
Currently replacing the spring borders before putting back together even has three original ceramic balls.

Paul
www.oldfootballgames.co.uk
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