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Can I combine a shuffle/bowler to create one machine?


By RonSS

82 days ago



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    #1 82 days ago

    Have a crazy idea racing through my head!

    I have a 1956 United Bowling Alley (regulation scoring only). I may have an opportunity to snag a 1953? United 3 Way Shuffle. Would it be possible to use the head/scoring mechs from the Shuffle and just somehow connect the rollovers from the bowler to give me the 3 games? A hybrid if you would? A "Frankenstein" game! <insert maniacal laugh here>

    Anyone attempted this before?

    I'd hate to ruin a game, but I'm thinking this might be possible, and beneficial.

    Thoughts?

    #2 82 days ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I have a 1956 United Bowling Alley (regulation scoring only). I may have an opportunity to snag a 1953? United 3 Way Shuffle. Would it be possible to use the head/scoring mechs from the Shuffle and just somehow connect the rollovers from the bowler to give me the 3 games? A hybrid if you would? A "Frankenstein" game!

    I'm sure it would be possible, though things may need to be added to the head. You also need the proper assistant, and a good I-gor is hard to come by ...

    #3 82 days ago

    Ha! Yes, I would!

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    #4 82 days ago

    I'd get the bowler up and running before you do anything crazy. It's not like you can just plug a head from another game in and expect it to work.

    Bowling Alley is a coffin style game where a lot of the mechanicals are under the lane. 3-Way is a shuffle alley with all the game logic in the head. Not to mention I think your reasoning is to add two game options to your bowler but one of those on 3-Way is flash. Flash utilizes lit inserts on the lane that are not on the alley in your ball bowler.

    There are guys that can do this sort of thing but it would require some serious re-engineering to make it all work. You'd be better to sell your Bowling Alley and put the money toward a later game if multiple games is super important.

    #5 81 days ago

    Thanks Alex. Yes, I did notice the little inserts and that was a question in my mind.

    I'm just spitbawling here, but certainly something to consider.

    #6 81 days ago

    Sure and I understand what your thinking. The Bowling Alley is neat game and I like '59 3-Way too. I really like this era of shuffle alley. It retains the charming woodrail style of an earlier machine but offers a few game options. I'd consider adding it if you have the room. Having two of them running would be much better than eliminating both to have one mixed up Frankenstein version in my opinion. And as mentioned if you wanted a multi-game ball bowler you'd have more to put toward it. That mash-up machine would be a tough sell later on.

    #7 81 days ago

    If your sole purpose is to add more games, than no, it is not possible without re-wiring. The 1956 score motor, bank relay, and step up units are only wired to score regualtion play,it would not mater what head you put on it.

    #8 81 days ago

    Sounds like I'm not attempting this. Long shot anyway. Figured I ask though.

    Thanks all.

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