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1980 Williams Black Knight pinball machine

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2009

This is a video of the classic Black Knight pinball by Williams. Classic, because in its time it was hugely popular. The machine has got a lot of features for its day: Multiball (2 and 3-ball), magnasaves, speech and the first double level playfield in pinball. It was designed by living pinball legend Steve Ritchie, who also designed machines like High Speed, Terminator 2, Star Trek the Next Generation and, more recently, Spiderman.

When I got the machine, al lot of things were wrong with it. The legs were missing, the sound board was missing, and most importantly, it didn't work.

First, I found a replacement sound board. This also turned out to be broken. Then I sent all of the broken boards to my friend Ben, who is a master of pinball repairs. He repaired the boards for me.

Now the machine worked and it did make sounds, but they were the wrong sounds. It turned out to be a PIA. So, I replaced it, and the machine was working perfectly.

The machine was dirty as hell when I got it. The playfield was covered in a thick layer of black dust. So the next job was cleaning the machine. And with cleaning, I mean the full monty. I took all of the playfield parts off and gave them all a seperate cleaning before I put them back on. The playfield itself was also cleaned thouroughly. Then, I put all of the parts back on, installed new rubbers, new lamps, new drop target stickers, new flipper mechs, new flipper buttons and new batteries (so the machine remembers high scores and settings). The cleaning took about a full week. Yes, this baby was that dirty.

I am one of the lucky basterds that has a Black Knight pin with a backglass in great condition. Most of these backglasses have flaked badly over the years, but for whatever reason, not this one. To make sure it stays as beautiful as it is, I sprayed it with three layers of clear varnish. This makes sure the paint stays where it should be.

In the video you can see what the machine looks and plays like now. It has found its (temporary) home at my brother, who is very happy with it. When I have room for all of my pins, he will have to give it back. I'm preparing for a fistfight.

I'm very proud of the machine, as it was restored from a pretty much a basket case to what it is now. A classic pinball, playing like it once did: When it just got out of its box. It's my goal to keep it in that shape.

I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for watching.

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