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Bally Zipper Flipper Club .. AKA .. All Hail Ted Zale

By jasonp

2 years ago


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#151 11 months ago
Quoted from Kickout:

Picked to RockMakers. Never had a zipper pin so this is new to me. Looks like to will be a fun restore.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

If you need any help with the Zipper mechanism, please let me know (PM me). I sourced replacement bushings and other things when I rebuilt my zipper last year. I guarantee it will be gummed up at minimum and will require a good cleaning.

We are not too far away from each other too.

Dave

#152 11 months ago
Quoted from Skidave:

If you need any help with the Zipper mechanism, please let me know (PM me). I sourced replacement bushings and other things when I rebuilt my zipper last year. I guarantee it will be gummed up at minimum and will require a good cleaning.
We are not too far away from each other too.
Dave

I've got a cosmos and a 4 queens I want to bring back to life this winter. Can you share where to order the replacement parts you used for your flipper zipper rebuild?

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#153 10 months ago

1969 Gator arrived today and is up and running. This game will be for sale, in the near future.

I am seeking a better backglass of any Gator version, crystal glass, plexi, USA or German Aligator version. Also, the 1 point bell appears to be absent so I'm looking for one of those. Third, I need a "palm corner cap" for the canopy frame (which I imagine are scarce). Last, I need the proper scorecard (I haven't yet checked the online scorecard database).

This example has what I suspect is a prototype head because it has a 5th digit dummy reel. I have seen 5 digit dummy reel examples with squared-off score windows. This one has rounded score windows like the 4 digit production version, which is interesting. Perhaps it was a transitional/alternate prototype.

Below are photos of the game, upon arrival, with its decades of dirt and degraded rubbers. The playfield will likely clean up very well. The plastics are intact. Two of the pop bumper caps somehow escaped burn stains. All inserts are level.

The aprons, legs and door are all in good shape. The leg bolts are correct.

The cabinet graphics are bright, even before cleaning. This game has one of the best overall original cabinets of the 9 zipper flipper games I've had in my line-up.

The canopy is nice (save for the missing corner cap) and the top glass is good.

After I complete the cosmetic restoration, this game will be for sale.

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#154 10 months ago

I just got a gator home as well, so excited! Such an awesome game. I saw BGResto does the backglass, is it available anywhere else?

#155 10 months ago
Quoted from Chalkey:

I just got a gator home as well, so excited! Such an awesome game. I saw BGResto does the backglass, is it available anywhere else?

No silkscreened ink versions are available. If I can't find a better original, I will opt for the BGresto.

4 months later
#156 6 months ago

I just got my freshly acquired Bazaar up and running. I did not expect to be this drawn in!

Here are a few "just got it home" pics.

Surprisingly, the playfield is in pretty decent shape. Everything works as is, old rubber and all. Only thing that truly needs tweaking at the moment is a weak flipper. I guess I'm about to get a crash course on Zipper Flippers, , ,
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#157 6 months ago

Bally 1968 RockMakers
Picked this up about a month ago, just started working on it.

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#158 4 months ago

Ok I want to test the waters. I took a complete set of clear plastics out of Fireball to a shop and asked for a price for 25 sets. I did complete sets and not just the two pieces that break because my guess is most Fireball clear plastics are yellowed like mine and the difference in cost was only about $15. Why not get a complete set. You will need to transfer the small bell shaped stand offs but a post in this topic covers how to do that. It does not look hard once you know the tricks. If someone finds that before I do please repost that here. Cost for the 6 piece set will be $50 plus shipping. I'm new at this so I'm not sure how to deal with the shipping part. The plastics will be made of a material that will stand up to any type of shipping so it may be possible to use bubble wrapped envelops. Not going to get rich with this project but it should be some fun helping out other Bally and Fireball Fans. If this works out I may do other Bally games from this time period. Let me know what you think and send me a PM if you want to get on the pre-order list. Thanks

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