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Eight Ball (1977) Club - Old, simple... but wonderful!

By nibre

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

I have just picked up my Eight Ball (1977) and I love it! The sound, the playfield, the backglass... and the spinner!

Welcome owners, past-owners, future-owners and fans!

Share your images, experiences, thoughts, questions and advice.

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#2 2 years ago

Had one of these for a while, great game to set up super fast and then slap around. Wish there was an option to light the spinner by default so I don't just sit there trying to plunging the 4 every ball

#3 2 years ago

I still own two. One is the first pinball machine I ever bought (1991). The other has a CPR playfield, backglass, Alltek, etc. One is set on 3 balls and one on 5. I just can't part with either of them.

#4 2 years ago

I've got one that is awaiting restore. CPR glass and playfield. I just moved so as so I need to wait until space opens in the garage.

BTW, anyone have any advice to getting the CPR glass to stay in the backbox (CPR printed these on the wrong size of glass)? I've got it shimmed up by chopsticks but it still won't lock in place.

#5 2 years ago

I've posted this before, but it is still my favorite "non-pinball party" pin. Whenever we have a game room party with non-pinball friends this is the game I give away two or three bottles of wine to the high scores of the night. Simple, straight forward game anyone walking up to can understand, games are quick so everyone can have a turn, etc. Great introduction to pinball, with a big "one more game" appeal.

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#6 1 year ago

Pretty quiet club over here... let me bump it with this sorta barn find. I bought it from a guy who had bought it from an operator back in the early 80s and kept it pretty much unplayed in his basement ever since. From the box of parts that came with it I think it's a "best of" put together from the best parts of two machines.

Everything is "original" except the MPU. By that I mean that I haven't replaced anything (except some LEDs) but you can tell from the Stern boards that some stuff was replaced back in the day.


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#7 1 year ago

Congrats! Nice find!

#8 1 year ago

I'm a card carrying member of this club! Mines been around the block a bit. I picked it up as a non-working beater. But I figured there were enough parts that if it couldn't be saved, I'd get my money back out of it. It was a bit of a mess. The person that "maintained" it owned a pair of wire cutters, and that's about all. When something would short out, he would clip the wires. He got lucky with the fire in the chime box, because the wires melted and desoldered themselves. The MPU was a lost cause. However, an altek, a bunch of parts, and she lived again. Since then I kept making it a bit better as I went. It's still kind of a beater, but it's also a total bitch. It will kick your ass, and you will say thanks, or it will kick you harder. Great game!

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#9 1 year ago

Good old fashioned Bally goodness there. A lot of those were around back in the day. May pick one up one day if price and condition are right.

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#10 1 year ago

Eight ball was my first pin, a gift for my 50th bday. Apparently it arrived pregnant because it now sits next to a couple other pins.

I have a question for the club...does your break shot lane kicker sometimes activate when the ball hits one of the slings? I’ve tried adjusting the switch to reduce the frequency of this happening but if I widen the gap too much I run into the problem of it activating too late to save the ball. Argh! Maybe it’s a trade off...

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#11 1 year ago

Eight Ball was my third pinball and 1st restoration. Eight Ball came to me with a totally worn out ball rack section that somebody further ruined with a poor paint job that then lifted. The cabinet was missing a ton of paint and along with cigarette burns. I redrew the artwork from scratch, sent the playfield through a modern flatbed printer, then clear coated it and rebuilt it. Found a CPR backglass since the original was mostly empty spaces.

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#12 1 year ago

I have mine for years and I will never let it go!

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#13 1 year ago

I've owned this title twice. I wish I had never sold them. I wonder if a pinsider owns my last one I had. It's not hard to miss. The guy I had bought it from.....well, his son laid on the floor under the cabinet and drew a self-portrait on the bottom of the cabinet.

#14 1 year ago

I got a well played one last year as my first project. Its been a lot of fun and well worth the time. The play field has seen better days and has a protective sheet on it, so I'm looking for someone who can restore mine for a reasonable price or Im looking for a play field thats in great shape.

Please keep me in mind if you see one, thanks.

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#15 9 months ago

I just came across one of these. What an addicting table! I just started clean up.

What angle do you all normally keep this machine? I haven't measured yet, but I've noticed that a return from the right multiplier lane routinely bumps the right sling, and gameplay videos I've seen don't show that behavior. I probably have it a bit steep. This is my first early Bally, and the manual doesn't have a suggestion.

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#16 5 months ago

Quiet club....

Yesterday I took off the spinner to finally apply some new stickers I’ve had lying around. I gave it a quick clean, and before putting it back on I thought about lubing it. Not having any appropriate lube I simply applied some carnauba wax to all the contact points...

Wow.... it changed the game! 10k spinner rips are now 25k at least! I had a blast playing it into the night, something I haven’t done on eight Ball in a while.

#17 5 months ago

I picked up a basket case for 200. It took a couple of months to put back together. What a fun game it will not go anywhere.

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#18 3 months ago

There may have been 20,000 produced but most are blown out. I just finished the restoration of mine. I installed a CPR playfield and plastics, a BGResto backglass and Pinscore displays.

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#19 3 months ago

Schematic error? Can someone verify where the wires for the side kicker and the out hole kicker go on the SDB? My wire colors don't match the wiring diagrams, and there's no way the colors could have been mixed - the wire lengths are not long enough on either end. Thanks

#20 3 months ago

For any one who owns this game, please do the right thing and change out the steel ball for a ceramic power ball. Gameplay speed will be crazy fast in a good way, plus the ceramic ball matches the theme by having you also around a “cue ball”.

#21 3 months ago
Quoted from Billc479:

Schematic error? Can someone verify where the wires for the side kicker and the out hole kicker go on the SDB? My wire colors don't match the wiring diagrams, and there's no way the colors could have been mixed - the wire lengths are not long enough on either end. Thanks

Power comes from J1-6 on the rectifier board. It is a brown wire on the rectifier board side of the under playfield fuse. On the other side of the fuse, it’s yellow and hits every coil.

Ground is J5-10 on the solenoid driver board. It’s kind of a burnt orange with a black trace.

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#22 80 days ago

Hello all! I have Eight Ball machine that I picked up as a basket case. About the only items I can salvage is the playfield (just a couple wear spots on the lower slingshots and some sunken inserts) and the back glass(it's mint). I framed the back glass to carry it with me the past 35 years or so as I traveled the SE for my job. Now I'm settled for good and it's time to get the restore started. If like to join the group. If accepted can you let me know what I'll have to do to become a card carrying member.

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