Dimensions of Bally Williams pinball machines
Here are all dimentions of Bally/Williams pinball machines. These remain the same for all their WPC games,
made from 1990 until 1998. Older types (system11) had backbox that was a bit more wide (about a centimeter).
Other brands and types of pinball machines are similar in size. The size of the playfield glass remained the same for many years, most differences are only in total height and width of the backbox.
I hope this helps you to check where you can put a pinball machine in your house, or to check if you can move it in your car.
In a Ford B-Max a Stern pinball machine fits exactly. And I do really mean exactly, it just reaches the ceiling.
Here are all dimensions of a pinball machine (in centimeter)
A: 131,5cm. Note this is just the cabinet, the plunger sticks out a bit.
B: 140cm. The legs are a bit more wider at the bottom (for stability), especially in the back.
C: 60,5 cm is the cabinet height at the back.
D: 25cm is the deepest part of the backbox, at the top.-
With the backbox folded down on the cabinet (and legs removed) the total height of a pinball machine is 75cm.
You need this when you want to load it in your car.
Total height, from top of the backbox to the floor is 193 cm. This can change 1 to 2 cm if you change the position of the leg levellers.
E: cabinet with of a regular size pinball machine is 56cm.
Williams widebody games measure 63cm. That's their only difference, as their backbox has the same size as a regular pin.
F: Height of the cabinet in front is 40cm.
G: Width of the backbox is 73cm. Keep in mind there are metal bolts that stick out a bit on both sides, so total width becomes 74cm. If you want to put many games very close together, keep at least 75cm so they don't scratch eachother.
H: Height of the backbox is 73cm.
Dimensions of pinball machine playfield glass
The dimensions of the playfield glass have not changed since the 1960ies and are the same for most manufacturers.
Default playfield glass is 109,3cm on 53,3cm and is just less than half a centimeter thick (3/16inch).
A WPC superbody glass is wider: 60,3cm.
Be careful and do not have window glass cut into these dimensions ! Regular plate glass is not strong enough and can hurt you a lot when it gets damaged.
Real pinball glass is tempered. It's very strong, and when it breaks it shatters in thousands of small pieces so you can not cut yourself on sharp edges.
Tempered glass is very strong and as you can see, it will hold the weight of an adult !
Only try this when you are absolutely sure the glass in your machine is tempered and in good condition ! Regular plate glass will not hold this weight !