This Gottlieb Fast Draw pinball machine was manufactured in 1975. I didn't have any real experience with pinball machines when I purchased it, but I had a lot of fun learning. (There are some truly excellent resources on the web, particularly pinrepair.com). Apart from some dirt and a few missing parts, the machine was in pretty good condition.
The machine has an unusual provenance: it was originally owned by the The O'Jays and was a fixture in their Ohio studio.
This is the machine's backglass (let's see... sexism, racism, imperialism.... a trifecta!)
Not much peeling of the backglass paint, but I sprayed it with glazing to keep it that way.
Here are some before-and-after shots of the playfield. (Use the slider to alternate between the “before” and “after” shots.)
The playfield itself was in good shape, apart from some "planking" in the upper playfield area.
Here are the drop targets.
Hitting all of the targets causes the horseshoe target to pop back up for a chance at 5,000 points.
Because this is a four-player game, there were 16 score reels to disassemble and clean.
The official looking "manufacturer's certificate" is a sly bit of visual rhetoric; it lends an air of legitimacy to the machine. Pinball had a reputation of being connected to gambling and the Mafia and machines were banned in many jurisdictions.
Cool side art.
The machine is completely electromechanical—all relays, switches, and solenoids—nothing digital here.