First, some flyers followed by Cliffy's repair for the red vortex that is often broken in a Pinbot game. I no longer have my Pinbot game due to selling it to free up some space, but I'm leaving this page here for others that may be interested in the vortex repair job by Cliffy.

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Flyer 1


Flyer 2


Flyer 3 Flyer 4


Broken Vortex Repair

Does your Pinbot have a black vortex at the upper right side of the game?  This is probably because the original vortex was broken and someone used a Jackbot vortex (black) for replacing the original broken red vortex.

The pictures below show the fix Cliffy used for fixing the red spiral vortex found at the top right of the game.  The tip of the vortex is often broken and to repair this, Cliffy constructed a metal protector that is held in place with a screw and nut with epoxy putty or bondo used to fill the gap between the stainless repair.  The screw Cliffy used has a 4-40 thread that is 1.5 inches long.  Cliffy recommends that the fix not be applied to an unbroken vortex since the clearance between the pinball and the metal may be too tight.

The pictures below are photos taken by Cliffy outlining his repair.  Thanks to his hard work, we now have a way to repair this often broken piece of plastic.  Be sure and check his website since he also shows other professional protectors he has created for a variety of games that are worn.  I have an Attack From Mars protector and it looks great in the game and prevents further deterioration of the playfield.


This is the original vortex showing
the broken tip.


Metal is shaped like this to form the protector.


A threaded screw (4-40 thread, 1.5 inches long)
is inserted in to the metal.
Be sure and grind the screw
head flush with the stainless steel
so that the screw head won't interfere
with the ball as it goes
up the vortex.


Plastic is ground flush on the
top of the vortex.



Plastic is ground on the underside
of the vortex where the nut will be seated.


The point where the screw goes through
the vortex is marked.


This is the location where a hole
will be drilled for the screw.


The hole is drilled for the screw
using a pinvise.


Here is a topside view showing
the metal repair screwed in place
with the nut just visible on
the underside.  You can use
bondo or epoxy putty to fill
the gap between the stainless
and then paint it to hide the filler.


This is a view from the bottom showing
the nut holding the screw in place.



The metal is fastened in place
and ready for the vortex decal.



This is the finished product.  Notice
the pinkish area where the gap in
the stainless is filled with epoxy putty
and then painted to mask the gap.


The repaired vortex installed
in the game.



All Graphics & Text Steve Corley

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