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Bally Speakeasy restoration


By Daditude

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I just bought a 1982 Bally Speakeasy in need of restoration. This thing is farm fresh...literally. It is the dirtiest game I have ever seen! It was/is missing the playfield glass.

This is my first restoration, so we will see how far I can get (either with my skills...or my patience).

It pretty much needs a full resto: Deep cleaning all over, bulbs, rubbers, replacing some plastics, backglass, playfield glass, probably some cpu stuff, and who knows what else?

To this point, if anyone has spares or knows of where I can find parts and pieces, please message me.

If there is any "beginner restoration advice," also feel free to share.

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#2 1 year ago

I've had it a little over 48 hours. I have done just a bit of cleaning, mainly to the legs, coin door, and cabinet sides. I wish I took before pics of these because this is a HUGE improvement!

The inside of the cabinet and cab head have been given a light cleaning. I will go back over them again for finer detailing.

I just barely started on the playfield. Pic for reference. This is easily the worst/dirtiest part. Seriously...who lets a pin get this way??!

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#3 1 year ago

Beautiful machine and one of my favorites. I will be following with a lot of interests.

Yves

#4 1 year ago

The playfield on these games were a test run for a different technology back in the day. More like a screened hard plastic. Extremely durable and always clean up nicely. Much more durable than the wooden playfields.

Not too many of these out there, 2 player or 4 player games. Kinda simple but fun play for early 80’s.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from athens95:

The playfield on these games were a test run for a different technology back in the day. More like a screened hard plastic. Extremely durable and always clean up nicely. Much more durable than the wooden playfields.
Not too many of these out there, 2 player or 4 player games. Kinda simple but fun play for early 80’s.

Ive just started cleaning it, but there are parts that look brand new

#6 1 year ago

I have been incredibly busy at work, so restoration has come along slowly...but below are a couple of progress pics:

One pic shows the sheer dirt and debris on the playfield. The plastics have been wiped down, but not fully cleaned (they were covered as well).

The other pic shows a cleaned and polished plastic. It looks like new! Juxtaposed however, is the dirt of the playfield. Yikes! It shows how far it has come...and has yet to go.

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#7 1 year ago

I have ordered most of the basic parts needed (rubbers, bulbs, plunger tip and springs, 1 1"16 balls, rubber screw tops, ball for the roulette wheel, etc.

Ordering these was the easy part, but at least i am starting to feel like i have accomplished something. I have also found a playfield glass and backglass that i will be ordering soon.

#8 1 year ago

I have had a tough time finding plastic replacements. I hope someone can lead me in the right direction soon.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I have had a tough time finding plastic replacements. I hope someone can lead me in the right direction soon.

The plastics look very nice and completely salvageable. Of course, it is hard to say from the pictures, but you should try cleaning them with Rubbing Isopropyl alcohol (very gently) to remove the grime and then go with the NOVUS process (medium and fine). You will be amazed at what you can get.

Dirt does not damage plastics, on the other hand it protects them with some kind of cocoon. Heat and light will damage them.

Yves

#10 1 year ago

I have received most of my basic replacement items (bulbs, rubbers, post tops, etc.), and I have started taking apart the playfield and cleaning. I will likely have to do this a bit at a time due to the extreme dirt.

The deep cleaning has begun.

As an aside, i have decided to test/replace the bulbs to see which work and which need new wiring. Fortunately, most are working...with the exception of a couple. One cannot even go into the socket due to debris (which i will clean out). Several didnt work in the pin head that were in a grouping, but that is likely a connecting wire issue.

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#11 1 year ago

I haven't done much to this pin lately because...well...the Holidays! Happy holidays to all!

I am about to get back to it. I have been able to find some plastics, parts, and a playfield glass.

Below is a pic of plastics coming to me:

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#12 1 year ago

I've got a few detail photos of the Speakeasy I once had if you need a reminder of where things go.

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#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Canoe223:

I've got a few detail photos of the Speakeasy I once had if you need a reminder of where things go.
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Funny enough...but i just might. I had all pics on my phone and the battery gave out on me! I had to get a new phone, and i havent been able to charge the old one to get the pics!

#14 1 year ago

Update: I have done the clean up of major debris and have moved to finer detailing. I have done the first 2 coats of novus 1, and I am starting novus 2 on the playfield.

I will also be cleaning the plastics thoroughly.

I have the above playfield parts headed my way via mail. I have rubbers and bulbs waiting for when I finish cleaning. I am picking up a freshly made playfield glass tomorrow. I have contacted mayfair amusements and they have the backglass I need. They are sending pics tomorrow.

Everything is coming along nicely.

#15 1 year ago

Updated pics. One iswith my oldest son, who is interested in helping restore:

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#16 1 year ago

Looking good so far!

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from Canoe223:

I've got a few detail photos of the Speakeasy I once had if you need a reminder of where things go.
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I need to locate the blue plastic parts in tbe upper slings (is there 1 or 2)?
Can you give me detail photos of the following areas?

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#18 1 year ago

I received all my plastics in the mail today and cleaned them all.
A big thanks to @JAHpinWizard for selling me the plastics. He was very helpful and shipped them incredibly fast. Thank you!

#19 1 year ago

Playfield glass and cleaned plastics pics:

Don't worry about the spiders next to the plastics, they didn't crawl out of my machine. They are mod figures for my gottlieb haunted hause.

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#20 1 year ago

Those are blue lane guides under both of the plastics and my machine didn't have those. When I replaced the rubbers, the photos are what I ended up with. However, I scavenged a few pics of a supposedly HUO Speakeasy way back when and those lane guides existed there. First two pics are from my example and the smaller photo is of the HUO machine.

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#21 1 year ago
Quoted from Canoe223:

Those are blue lane guides under both of the plastics and my machine didn't have those. When I replaced the rubbers, the photos are what I ended up with. However, I scavenged a few pics of a supposedly HUO Speakeasy way back when and those lane guides existed there. First two pics are from my example and the smaller photo is of the HUO machine.
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I am looking for where to put the extra large blue piece (pictured below). It looks like it goes on the left side.

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#22 1 year ago

I think that is it underneath the playfield plastic. Can you confirm?

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#23 1 year ago

I would put it where it fits on the posts under the plastic.

#24 1 year ago

daditude the longer one to the left the short one to the right glad you got everything so quick.

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#25 1 year ago

My wife helped me make custom apron cards

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