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Bally Skill Roll Restore


By Trizel

14 days ago



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#1 14 days ago

BALLY SKILL RESTORE

I recently acquired a shed kept (guessing) skill roll that to the best of my knowledge hasn't been played since the 70s. (purely a guess it came with a hand full of nickels newest was 1976 or so).

Initial Condition: All there minus one foot, Not working, Repainted, Smelly, Full of bug houses, dead bugs, and random stuff. Lastly, all the metal was covered in a build-up or unknown variety.

Pros: no water damage All there, no severe structural damage, minimally modified, Salvageable.
Cons: Super dirty, Needs Love, Time, and money but that's the restore game.

I have been working on bringing it back and a few people I reached out to for help. Have asked for pictures and status so I thought I might just create a blog or sorts.

Here are some initial pictures.
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#2 14 days ago

The first step was the power to get an initial understanding of what worked or didn't. So fuse block and new power cord. Taking the door off for this is almost required but highly recommended. I got 10' wire from home depot and an outlet end. I didn't grab a picture of the replaced fuse block and fuses but you get the idea. Then I thew in a new fluorescent bulb.
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#3 14 days ago

Then I fired it up with minimal understanding as to how it worked. Hindsight Sequence motor, Tilt Relay, and Row and Score Counters are key.

Had to fix/unbend sequence motor switches and I was able to get things moving. Granted the game did not play but I was able to verify everything worked to some degree.

After that, I thought I might try to see if I could save the original paint. Denatured Alcohol and 45 mins of elbow time got me some sight on the original. However, with so many pits and the dark color it was repainted with in addition to the smell attached I just gave up on the original paint.

While I had the original colors showing I used a color grabbing tool I picked up a while back to grab the colors. Sharing the results of that also. This is for the red and yellow on the front and sides.

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#4 14 days ago

For internal mechanics and cleaning, I can't recommend any more the fantastic work and videos done by Gutz

link here

Shout outs to gutz, dudah, shawn1976, and edward472 for help and guidance!!!!!!

After cleaning all of the door parts and adjustment the game was alive and I was able to actually play!!!! Super exciting moment!!!

#5 14 days ago

Next, I had some simultaneous efforts. Almost in order.

Acquire a painter
Put new feet on
Find a decal for the coin cost
Remove all the metal
Remove the front playfield frame
Sand and repair body wood.
Clean the playfield and switches,
Clean all the metal (handles, plates, coin receiver, etc)
get the cab repainted

This is a lot to tackle so I started with removing the playfield. Note when you do this watch the video series above it is pointed out you can remove the playfield and you can remove the handle railing system. The latter isn't great if you aren't expecting it.

After I got the playfield out leaving the plexi on I laid it yellow side down and removed all of the screws for the switched and pried all of the light sockets out. Then carefully slid a piece of cardboard under all the parts move it. Once that was out of the way I can clean the playfield but I wasn't sure how yet.

Wow the original yellow was awesome.
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#6 14 days ago

After researching cleaning techniques and ordering cleaning agents. I decided to remove the handles from the cab. Always staring with pictures first I took a panoramic of the hand inside and out. I removed the handle bolts slide the handles out then I removed the handle rails. After I got the rails out I wanted to remove the handle faceplates. So with patience and gentle touch, I tapped the back of the plates through the handle holes. Then I pried the screws up from the front.
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#7 14 days ago

After this i took off the rest of the metal inside and out bagged and tagged everything.

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#8 14 days ago

Now I wanted to take the playfield frame off. There are four nails in the front and two nails on the sides. I pushed the side nails in and pried the front nails and frame off. Use extreme caution here I was lucky and patient and I didn't break anything. If you zoom in on the side shot you can see the two nail holes.
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#9 14 days ago

Now with the frame off, secured and safe I could sand the body inside and out! One extra point of caution I couldn't tell if it was glue or the bonding of woods but I did get a little bit of wood loss under the bottom frame piece.

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#10 14 days ago

Looking good!

#11 14 days ago

Let the sanding and wood repair begin!

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#12 14 days ago
Quoted from dudah:

Looking good!

impressive you found this before I finished the initial drop!!!

#13 14 days ago

This is is where i am currently in the restore.

Next items
Get the cab painted i am hiring out for this task. (the guy is very busy so while I wait)
Paint Score light box
Clean playfield
Clean Playfield Switches
Clean playfield Glass and install decal
Clean and polish all the metal
Restain and laquer playfield frame
Reassemble

#14 13 days ago

Those sequence motor switches I'd guess that some random heavy object fell into them when the door was open. Getting it playing was the easy part, good luck with the cosmetics

#15 11 days ago

Light box repainted small progress is progress. Cab goes to paint shop tomorrow.

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#16 11 days ago
Quoted from dudah:

Looking good!

spoken like someone who knows a thing or two about Skill Rolls!

#17 10 days ago
Quoted from Trizel:

Light box repainted small progress is progress. Cab goes to paint shop tomorrow.[quoted image][quoted image]

Replacing the bulb sockets or going back to the original ones?

#18 9 days ago
Quoted from edward472:

Replacing the bulb sockets or going back to the original ones?

New sockets

#19 9 days ago

Sanded the door and removed the parts. Insurance against theft or damage while getting painted

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#20 8 days ago

Cleaned the handles today but looks like the coating is coming off. Now I am thinking about recoating them.....

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#21 6 days ago

Cleaning more parts last picture I took before it went to the paint shop. Deleting some backglass art for a new decal. I felt a little sad for it. My glass has some chips at the very bottom waiting to get it back in the cabinet with the light and to see if it bothers me before I install the decal.
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#22 6 days ago
Quoted from Trizel:

Cleaning more parts last picture I took before it went to the paint shop. Deleting some backglass art for a new decal. I felt a little sad for it. [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

#23 6 days ago

is there anyway to scan that coin acceptor? or something..... be nice to be able to make a new one of sorts.

#24 5 days ago
Quoted from northvibe:

is there anyway to scan that coin acceptor? or something..... be nice to be able to make a new one of sorts.

If you have an idea its probably a couple weeks before I put it back together.

#25 4 days ago
Quoted from northvibe:

is there anyway to scan that coin acceptor? or something..... be nice to be able to make a new one of sorts.

I’ve got measurements and was planning to model it in Fusion

#26 4 days ago
Quoted from dudah:

I’ve got measurements and was planning to model it in Fusion

that would be awesome! I knew a guy on the vpin forum in MN that had a 3d model scanner, so if I ever was able to get items I could hit him up. But Mine is missing and the one project one in MN sold for waaaay more than what I was wanting to pay for a parts game.

#27 2 days ago

Sanded the playfield frame today with 80 and 120 going to finish it out with 220 hopefully tomorrow. Phone was dead for sides and bottom before shot. You can see get the idea with the head piece shot though.

Next I will be conditioning the wood and staining a few colors on the back of the headpiece to choose from.

Notice: If anyone else tries to do this make sure you move the frame around all together you don't want either side drooping it could crack the wood. So hold it like a big square.

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