Counterforce Pinball – Gottlieb 1980

$4,498.00$8,999.00 CAD


Counter force pinball, produced by Gottlieb in 1980.

Loosely based off the hit 1977 Space Invades arcade game.

Hit the drop targets before the lit lamps reach your Green Point bases; do so while the lights (missiles) are still in the first, or second row to light specials.

The pinball that fights back.

This is a Star-80’s Series” wide-body pinball, measuring 25-1/2″ wide, and 55″ tall.

Purchase it as is, as pictured, complete, but unrestored, as a project.

Choose restored and the following work will be completed.

This pin will receive a 2 stage restoration, playfield, and board sets only.

The asking price is based on the pin being refurbished to “Collectors Quality” condition.

The photos in the gallery at present, show the pin in it’s current condition.

Major work that will be done on this unit as follows:

The cabinet on this example of Counterforce is in very good++ condition, therefore, it will receive a few minor paint touch-ups, then 4 passes of acrylic enamel clear coat which will give in the wet shine look; and protect it against light scratches.

All the cabinet metal will be sandblasted, and powder coated; I’m thinking candy lime green, to match the green in the playfield, but if your ordering, choose your own color.

The playfield will be stripped bare, cleaned, minor touch-ups completed, then receive 4 layers of 2-part automotive clear coat. Then it will be protected from wear for life.

All the electronics will be updated, and many old connectors, and capacitors changed, so the unit is reliable. On Gottlieb I always, always change each wire terminal in the edge connectors.

All playfield metal parts, such as posts, will be polished in a tumbler with a special medium, for over 1 week; end result, they will look new.

All mechanical components will be disassembled, cleaned, and rebuilt to original specifications.

All #47 & #555 bulbs will be changed to color matching 2-SMD frosted, high intensity Comet brand. All back box bulbs will usually be cool AKA natural white. Likewise, most all playfield General Illumination (GI) will also be Cool White. Unlike Warm White, which has a red hue, cool white is pure white, and will illuminate the playfield much better.

The current backglass rates a 9 and will remain, but it will be cleaned, display area taped off, and sealed with 4 passes of acrylic enamel clear coat to prevent any future degradation

Basically, 2-steps you read about under “The Restoration Process”, (which is broken down into 3-parts) Board Sets, & Playfield will be applied to this pin. As stated above the original cabinet paint job will receive minor touch-ups, then sealed with 4 layers of acrylic enamel clear coat.

Notable Features: Flippers (4), Pop bumpers (2), Slingshots (2), 7-bank drop targets (1), Stand-up targets (4), Kick-out hole (1), Left dual in-lanes.

Production: 3,870 units

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All pricing is subject to change, due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Call 306-955-6636 to inquire.

Additional information

Weight175 kg
Dimensions110 × 110 × 154 cm

As Is, Restored


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