1938 Swing Mystery balls, posts

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1938 Swing Mystery balls, posts


By DCRand

11 months ago



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    #1 11 months ago

    Anybody have these posts, missing 4. What was the original bumper material? So deteriorated can’t tell what it was.

    Also, balls that came with the game are larger than modern standard size. Can I just use modern ones?

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    #2 11 months ago

    It appears that the failing parts are rubber bumpers, which would make sense. Someone could turn new rubber ones on a lathe, or you could build some up maybe using a 1960s pinball top arch rebound rubber? If the game had larger balls originally, why would you consider switching them?

    #3 11 months ago

    Larry, thanks hadn’t thought of rebound rubbers. Larger balls are pretty heavy so thinking new would be less wear on the pf. There is a fair amount of paint loss at the upper left already.

    #4 11 months ago

    Bumpers do look like old gum rubber, in an oversize version of a "T" post rubber. Could get them going functionally by cleaning up a post and trying standard rings to see what fits (stack them up perhaps). Or find something else, stacked rubber shoulder washers, or put on some sort of sleeve with a rubber ring on top.

    Like to save the weird old original parts and keep them with the machine.

    I've had some games which used the larger 1-1/8" balls. You could measure the old ones, and buy new from a ball bearing supplier, or a well stocked pinball parts outfit. If you check the wear marks on the game you might be able to tell if it was operated with smaller pinballs at one time.

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