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Anybody have an extra front rail for magic line bingos?

By alb0711

55 days ago

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#1 55 days ago

I'm restoring my Big Time, the front rail had formica added to it sometime during its life. I've tried to pry it off but am damaging the metal plates that are held on with a security nail. I'm at a place where I either damage the rail to remove the metal plates or damage the plates to restore the rail. I'm guessing big time wasn't the only machine with 3 move control knobs on player left and 2 move controls on player right. Wondering if somewhere out there in Bingo land someone has one that needs a new home? Photo is my current front rail...


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#2 53 days ago

I think this one will clean up okay. Make a trip over to Aurora and it's yours. Glad to see the Big Time coming along.

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#3 53 days ago

I usually pound a putty knife / paint scraper under the edges of the plate to raise the nails far enough to grab with vice grips so you can twist and pull them. Often the metal plate will get bent up a little, but it can be pounded flat again by putting it face down on an anvil. You may need a lot of prying/force to get the nails to move.

if you're refinishing the side rails, you'll need to remove the plates from okoranges rail to refinish that as well.

#4 53 days ago

Looks like I've got a trip to Aurora soon! If it weren't for the formica and not knowing
what is underneath it I'd keep working at my existing rail, okoranges looks like it'll be a better option. Pm sent..

#5 52 days ago

ya got nothing to lose ... stick the prying device under the formica and lever up the plates a little. You'll want to start with something thin and heating the formica will probably help detach it from the glue.

after removing the formica, you'd need to sand your rail to remove the glue anyway, so scratching the wood a little won't matter.

if nothing else because OKO's plates are in better shape, remove your coin entry plate. Those people sometimes need.

#6 51 days ago

This may save you from scratching the wood. I used Goof Off spray with a saturated paper towel letting it set for a few minutes to remove the glue from my County Fair. Half of the cabinet was covered in formica. I like original and I think that stuff worked well I was able to save the artwork pretty well.

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#7 51 days ago

Great tips! You are right, I've got nothing to lose. Whoever put the darn formica on my lock bar decided to use good security nails on the metal plates. I've been prying at them and am really starting to bend them. But what the heck, I've got a better one coming soo. Once I get the metal off, I'll work on the formica with the goof off.

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