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1973 Williams Gulfstream


My father originally purchase this machine from the Salisbury Beach Pavilion Arcade in 1977 where it had saw a lot of use. It's was in home use at my father's house from 1977 all the way to 2016, when I was sold as part of his estate to someone local who likes to tinker with coin op stuff. Shortly after purchasing it from my father the new owner started having trouble with the flippers and the center Target and lost interest in it. They were kind enough to offer the machine back to me before they sold it. So I decided to take this on, as a project to bring to the Pintastic Pinball and Game Room Expo.

Although my father had owned this game for many years, it had been a long time since anyone had gone through the game. There were even still some questionable fixes that were still left over from the machine being on location. The fist thing I had to fix was the issues with the flippers. The left flipper would chatter pretty bad. I found that one of the winding in the coil had gone bad. looking at both flippers I found that none of the hardware was correct, or was even the same. The flipper brackets also had a few stripped threads. I replaced the flipper Brackets, both coils, and replaced all the hardware. Once all the new parts were in I made a few adjustments to the EOS switches and the flippers worked great!


The next big issue to deal with was the posts for the center target plastic had seen so much action over the years that the playfield was full of holes and could no longer support the posts screws. It looks like this may have been an issue for a long time, because there were multiple holes where the posts had been placed. Since this area gets so much abuse, I decided to replace the original posts with extra long posts with t-nuts on the back side of the playfield. Once installed not only did the area look much better, but those new posts should take years of fast pinball action without any issues.

Once the major work was done to the machine, it was just a matter of shopping out the machine. I decided to replace all the feature lamps with frosted LEDs and keep all the General Illumination lamps good old incandescent lamps. Replacing the feature lamps with LEDs makes them brighter and more reliable, and keeping the General Illumination lamps as incandescent keeps that original EM look with no "Hot Spots." I also added a lot of custom touches, such as Purple Acorn Nuts for the plastics, Purple Pop Bumper Skirts, and purple flipper rubbers.

1973 Williams Gulftream





Here’s a list of what was involved With this Restoration:

• Replaced flipper coils
• Replaced flipper brackets
• Replaced all flipper hardware
• Replaced original red flippers with white flippers
• Replaced original red flipper rubber with purple "Superbands"
• Replaced original acorn nuts with purple acorn nuts
• Replaced flipper bushings
• Cleaned and adjusted flipper assemblies
• Replaced all rubbers
• Replaced all Feature Lamps with frosted LEDs
• Replaced burnt out GI lights
• Replaced original white pop bumper skirts with purple skirts
• Touched up offensive graffiti on cabinet
• Painted inside walls of cabinet(custom green)
• Painted Backbox Frame (custom green)
• Cleaned and Waxed Playfield
• Painted in-rails & lane guides (custom purple)
• Added "Bonus" Lamps to Out Holes
• Cleaned and Polished Coin Door.
• Polished Ball
• Replaced Broken Plastic Shooter housing, upgraded to Metal Housing
• Reproduced Score and Instruction Cards.
• Cleaned Cabinet

Photo Galery
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Williams Gulfstream - Before
Overall Machine
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Williams Gulfstream - After
Overall Machine
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Williams Gulfstream Backbox - before
Backbox
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Williams Gulfstream Backbox - After
Backbox
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Williams Gulfstream Playfield - Before
The Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream Playfield - After
The Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream - Center Target Before
The Center Target
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Williams Gulfstream - Center Target After
The Center Target
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Williams Gulfstream - Center Target
The Center Target
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Williams Gulfstream - Center Target
The Center Target
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield Fix
An Interesting Playfield Fix
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield Fix
An Interesting Playfield Fix
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield Fix
Another Interesting Playfield Fix
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield Fix
Another Interesting Playfield Fix
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Stripped Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Stripped Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Pop Bumpers
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Pop Bumpers
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Arch
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Arch
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
A pile of Parts Ready for Some Polishing
Williams Gulfstream - Pintastic New England Add
Received a Box of parts that included an add for Pintastic!
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
New Parts Ready to be Installed
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
More New Parts Ready to be Installed


Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Old Pop Bumper Parts
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Right Pop Bumper Area
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Right Pop Bumper Area
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Some Custom Painted Playfield Parts


Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Custom Painted Ball Guides
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Ball Trough
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Ball Trough - Stripped and Cleaned
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Ball Trough
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Left Slingshot
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Left Slingshot
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Left Outhole
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Left Outhole
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Top Left Part of the Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Top Left Part of the Playfield
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Cleaning the Inserts
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Frosted LEDs Installed in the Feature Lamps


Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
These Frosted LEDs Look Great!
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
Frosted LEDs Installed in the Feature Lamps
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Trough Kicker
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Trough Kicker
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Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
New Flipper Bracket
-Left-
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
New Flipper Bracket
-Right-
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Playfield: Cleaned, Waxed, and Bulbs Re-installed
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The Playfield: Cleaned, Waxed, and Bulbs Re-installed


Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The reassembled pop bumpers
and repaired center target.
Williams Gulfstream - Playfield
The New White Flippers
and purple Flipper Rubber
Williams Expo - Playfield
The Purple Lane Guides
Look great installed!
Williams Expo - Playfield
Added lamps so when the bonus is lit
the out holes light up too!


Williams Gulfstream - Cabinet
Touching up the Cabinet
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Williams Gulfstream - Cabinet
Touching up the Cabinet
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Williams Gulfstream - Cabinet
Dirty Flipper Buttons
Williams Gulfstream - Cabinet
Clean Flipper Buttons


Williams Gulfstream - Backbox
Painting the Backbox Trim
Williams Gulfstream
Loaded up and ready for the Pintastic Pinball Show!
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
Set Up at Pintastic!


Pintastic New England
Just finished setting up and people are already playing!
Williams Gulfstream
The younger generation enjoying the game as well!
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)


Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)


Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)
Williams Gulfstream
More Coming Soon :)


Resources:

For More Information About William's Expo Vist:
The Internet Pinball Database - Williams Gulfstream

Pinside - Williams Gulfstream

Marco Specialties has a great selection of parts specifically for this machine:
Marco Specialties - Williams Gulfstream


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