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1934 - Rock-Ola World Series - Club


By scampcamp

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Just thought a Rock-Ola World Series Club would be a good thing for those of us that are getting their games back in shape... cosmetically & mechanically.

Nathan Thompson at Buckwerx.com has many parts & is a super nice guy. He visited with me on the phone helping with what parts I needed & on how to go about re-doing the cabinet. He emailed how to mix which colors for the cabinet. (I'll past below)

"Walmart stocks an acrylic art paint that can be mixed to look very similar to the original (lead) paint
5 parts Folk Art 667 gunmetal gray metallic
1 part Folk Art 653 Emerald green
Mix thin with windex about 1 to 1 to thin (it’s still too thick to airbrush, but it can be done with an touch up sprayer)
Darken with Folk Art black if you are matching existing paint
The paint is a little soft, so I put a couple of coats of clear spray-varathane over it as a protective layer."

So... let's see some pictures & any tips, ideas or questions you have on this game. It's really pretty engenious how this game operated with no electricity... just a mechanism.

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#2 3 years ago

Cool! Looking forward to the progress! I'm hoping to find one of these some day!

#3 3 years ago

Ohh Ill play. I took a ribbon at TPF this year for one of mine.

I have 3 and have started working on #2 for next year

--jeff

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#4 3 years ago

Looks awesome. I may need a few tips. I'm just getting started making a list what I need from Nate at Buckwerx.

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#5 3 years ago

One of my favorite games in my pure mechanical collection.

My game is 100% original except for some parts that have been replaced for functionality and or broken replacements (star wheel, cash box, front door, marquee). But the cabinet, legs, playfield is all original great condition for its age.

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#6 3 years ago
Quoted from AsteroidsNut:

One of my favorite games in my pure mechanical collection.
My game is 100% original except for some parts that have been replaced for functionality and or broken replacements (star wheel, cash box, front door, marquee). But the cabinet, legs, playfield is all original great condition for its age.

Great post! Thank you for posting the pictures.

#7 3 years ago

Mine is disassembled in the moment. I am trying to clean the playfield in the moment. Lot of work as i do not want to damage the paintings on the playfield. Any tips to get a good result?

#8 3 years ago

I use Novus 2 with a soft synthetic cloth. Go slowly to minimize removal of the varnish.

The "paint" is actually painters ink, and will desolve with water or alcohol.

Occasionally I've resorted to a magic erasure with alcohol to clean deeply ground-in dirt from the ball track (from the shooter lane up and around), but you have to be very, very careful as that will strip the varnish. Don't touch any paint with the magic eraser.

Nate (buckwerx.com)

#9 3 years ago

Thanks Nate! I will try like this.

#10 3 years ago

Ahhhh the memories.....I had the pleasure of opening, not owning, an antique store find of a NIB World Series in 1981 or close.
A wooden Crate with straw, and a never touched game was inside.

What an unboxing experience, to set up and play a Brand New Game!

#11 3 years ago

You can see from my avatar I'm in the club. What an awesome piece of history.

#12 3 years ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

Ahhhh the memories.....I had the pleasure of opening, not owning, an antique store find of a NIB World Series in 1981 or close.
A wooden Crate with straw, and a never touched game was inside.
What an unboxing experience, to set up and play a Brand New Game!

WOW!

#13 3 years ago

I had a few PMs.....I dont know where the game is today, it was owned by Dick Proschel, Prochels Flowers in Westbury.
This was 35 years ago. The Balls were in a cotton draw spring bag, if my memory holds.
Came with a tube of lube, instructions on assembly, a polishing cloth.
It was set up in a florist shop, for either a penny or nickel play.

Everything wiped off shiny, close to new, and the game, well, it played new.....phenomenal to play the first few games!

I personally missed buying this by a few days. It was picked up around cold Spring Harbor at an antique store, that bought it from an Estate. I think he paid $200-$300...

I did a small article on this for Jim and Candace Tolbert, in Amusement Review Magazine...theres a few pictures, I think.

Thanks for letting me re live that day and share.....I went back and played every few weeks for quite some time.

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#14 1 year ago

Just joining your club!
Picked up a machine that is a bit of a project, but nearly complete. Were some versions made without the marquee and backglass stand?

Can someone please measure the backglass for me (including thickness)? I need to get a new one made as mine hadn't had a glass in decades.

Cleaned out some mouse turds from the cabinet and found a wire gate that goes above the Runs hole. So I only have one, but I figure it isn't really necessary, in that those gates are there just to be sure people don't pick the game up and try and dislodge those balls up the playfield, correct?
I'm happy to say the shooter lane gate and the bounceback spring are there and secure.

The game is cleaning up really nicely. The mechs all need to be taken apart and redone, but they fundamentally work.
Oh, and no spring on the shooter rod mech.

the springs on the the ball-loader mech and the tilt mech are also bust. Anyone know which ones I can buy to replace them adequately? (and the shooter spring)

Only other thing missing is two spacers that go under the metal rail, afaik

#15 1 year ago

Welcome to your new favorite website

http://rockola.buckwerx.com/shop/index.php?page=browse&action=shownew

you can get springs, gates,backbox etc

Shoot Nate an email for stuff not on the site. He normally has a few project / parts machines around.

#16 1 year ago

Oooohhhhhh I wish I was in this club ........
Congrats!!

#17 1 year ago

We’re fortunate enough that someone brings one of these to Pinball at the Zoo every year. It’s such a fun game to play.

Someone please sell me one!!

#18 1 year ago
Quoted from way2wyrd:

Welcome to your new favorite website

http://rockola.buckwerx.com/shop/index.php?page=browse&action=shownew

you can get springs, gates,backbox etc

Shoot Nate an email for stuff not on the site. He normally has a few project / parts machines around.

Oh hell yes, thank you! I am going to try and take apart and redo the major mechs and see if I can get them going, and then will order whatever help I need from him. Definitely the marquee and tray for it for sure!
Love that he has refined the tilt spring.
I can probably get away with a jerry-rigged ball-loader spring much more easily than a tilt spring.

#19 1 year ago

Enjoy your new acquisition, it‘s baffling to me how much fun to play that game actually is! Between TNA, Iron Maiden and Batman 66 my Rockola‘s get played the most at the moment, nearly every day! Got to 11 runs the other day. there is just such a strange fascination. It also affected my kids, it‘s awesome to see them enjoy a pin they can actually figure out on their own. they know they have to be extra careful with the „Grandpa-pinballs“
Thanks nate for making this possible

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#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Ben1981:

Got to 11 runs the other day

That is a great score. I think the most i have gotten is 8

#21 1 year ago

I'm in!

I also have a project one that I would sell if anyone is interested.

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#22 1 year ago

Im interested...PM sent.

#23 1 year ago

can anyone here get me the 3 measurements for the playfield glass pretty please?

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Tyamry:

I'm in!
I also have a project one that I would sell if anyone is interested.
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Project machine is sold.

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from cait001:

can anyone here get me the 3 measurements for the playfield glass pretty please?

pretty pretty pleeeeaasse? I would much rather go off the exact measurements of a pre-existing glass that fudge it by measuring the inner grooves of the machine

#26 1 year ago

Playfield Glass -- pretty sure mine is original "heavy" glass used in the 30's so measurements are accurate
15" by 34 1/2 " and exactly 3/16" thick

#27 1 year ago
Quoted from bigdog50:

Playfield Glass -- pretty sure mine is original "heavy" glass used in the 30's so measurements are accurate
15" by 34 1/2 " and exactly 3/16" thick

THANK YOU!!! Going to place an order soon.

#28 1 year ago

ebay.com link » Vintage 1934 Rock Ola World Series Baseball Pinball Game
Kinda trashed for that much $ with no legs. Lots of parts and the decals can be found at buckwerx.com. Just FYI

#29 1 year ago

ebay.com link » Vintage 1934 Rock Ola World Series Baseball Pinball Game

Wow - 2 up at the same time. This one must have gold bars inside the cabinet.

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#30 1 year ago

tried out my new camera, just a few quick shots. It's such a beauty

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#31 1 year ago

My plunging skills are constantly improving

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#32 1 year ago

Off to be fixed and restored!!

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#33 1 year ago

Wanting to keep this post alive! Just purchased a Rockola World Series. It's rough, it's broke and its' black...which normally these are green. Must be the first run. Here we go!

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#34 1 year ago

Rockola WS was the first game in my line-up. . .er. . .obsession.

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#35 1 year ago

Wow! Love that Army Navy game! Such a rare one!
My first issue was the runner turntable. Over the years the original was warped. I went on line and found a company that made aluminum disk, did my measurements, printed them up a CAD and use that as a template.

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#36 1 year ago

I love my Jigsaw....

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#37 1 year ago


Very nice!

#38 1 year ago

Cabinet work. I find it interesting that this World Series was black....first run?

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#39 1 year ago

Quick shout out to Nate at Buckwerx! Without his help and parts, there's no way I could get this thing going.
http://www.buckwerx.com/#

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#40 1 year ago

Here's the end result. After I got everything lined up with the baseunit, I welded the shaft, added the nubs to the bottom and it worked like a champ! Cool game!

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#41 1 year ago

Very cool!!

Oh to locate a World Series locally ...

#42 1 year ago

Probably second run as it has one hole for the legs instead of 2. But early as its black. Great work on the bases! Ive seen a few broken ones before.

--Jeff

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#43 1 year ago
Quoted from way2wyrd:

Probably first run as it has one hole for the legs instead of 2. Great work on the bases! Ive seen a few broken ones before.
--Jeff
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I think that you meant the reverse, that is the 2 hole legs being the early "1st run" Jigsaw style.

#44 1 year ago

Yes sorry brain fried today.

#45 1 year ago
Quoted from jodini:

My first issue was the runner turntable. Over the years the original was warped. I went on line and found a company that made aluminum disk, did my measurements, printed them up a CAD and use that as a template.

Any chance you would sell these? Nate should have them in stock

#46 1 year ago

Here's the CAD file. Now don't cut the holes for the balls 5/8 or 6.25...the balls will fall straight thru.

What I did is printed this file, ordered a 7" disk that was 1/8th thick, then laid a printed file of the measurements on the disk and then drilled. 1/8" is actually too thick, so I had to belt sand it to be thinner. Then I added some thin layers of wood to the outside of the disk to make it close to 7 1/8 as possible. The hole process was not easy and I probably wouldn't want to do it again, unless I had to.
Good luck!
Joe
JoePinball Model (1).pdf

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#48 4 months ago

Looking to add a World’s Series to the collection. PM if there’s one available.

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#49 12 days ago

The obligatory “coming home” photo.

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#50 12 days ago

Black older model? Or in a jigsaw cab or????

Congratz

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