1934 - Rock-Ola World Series - Club

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1934 - Rock-Ola World Series - Club


By scampcamp

2 years ago



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#1 2 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 2 years ago

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

#3 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Thanks Nate! I will try like this.

#10 2 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 2 years ago

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

#12 2 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 2 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

#17 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

I'm in!

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

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#23 4 months ago

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

#24 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

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#31 3 months ago

My plunging skills are constantly improving

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#32 70 days ago

Off to be fixed and restored!!

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