One of the drop targets were broken on my El Dorado pinball game. I looked online and really didn’t find too many sites regarding how to replace a single drop target. At the time of this post, I didn’t want to buy new drop targets or rebuild the whole unit. I just simply wanted to fix one drop target.
Here are the steps that I took in order to complete that goal.
- I took the playfield out of the game by removing the three jones plugs and placed the playfield upside down on a couple blocks of wood.
- Next, I unscrewed the legs (“L” brackets) that hold the drop target onto the playfield.
- With the unit removed from the playfied, I could then remove the other screws attaching the legs to the plates.
- I then removed the screws holding the back plate and moved the back plate to the side. This gave me access to the drop target and the two springs.
- The next step was to remove one c-clip from the shaft and remove the retaining ring (white stopper) that holds the shaft in place.
- Tip: You can remove the spring on the edge of the shaft, and use it to help install the drop target springs.
- Grab the other end of the shaft and slid it down the other side. I followed the shaft with another wire (a bent clothes hanger works fine, too). This will keep all the drop targets in place. Leave a gap between the wire and the shaft for the one drop target that you want to replace.
- Remove the top spring attached to the top plate.
- Unscrew the top plate, but keep the screws in. Keeping this loose allowed me to tilt the top plate and slide the drop target out.
- With the drop target at a 45 degree angle, I removed the springs and the trigger (metal tab) that goes between the drop target.
- I then took the drop target out of the unit.
- To reassemble the unit, just follow the directions in reverse. One note is that I used the spring that I removed earlier and lowered the top spring and used a needle-nose pliers and attached it to the trigger. I then attached the top part of the spring to the top plate. **Don’t forget to reattach the shaft spring when reassembling.
I do appreciate Pinsider, Pinjunkie16. He sent me 3 used drop targets for free,and they cleaned up nicely!