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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#6201 3 years ago

Look nice, never played this era Williams game, I'm sure you have them dialed in just right

#6202 3 years ago

Finally got off my ass and lugged this one out of storage and upstairs and set it up.
Not playing 100% yet, as the 5000pts and 500pts are not registering,
probably some open switch on the score motor
will have to get a schematic to trace it back.
Got this Jacks Open along with some 9 other wedgeheads in a batch deal
one Super Bowl Sunday about 10 yrs ago.

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#6203 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Finally got off my ass and lugged this one out of storage and upstairs and set it up.
Not playing 100% yet, as the 5000pts and 500pts are not registering,
probably some open switch on the score motor
will have to get a schematic to trace it back.
Got this Jacks Open along with some 9 other wedgeheads in a batch deal
one Super Bowl Sunday about 10 yrs ago.

I've had a few machines sit packed up for a few months but I couldn't imagine 10 years!

I would imagine most of your games are in storage or do you have one kickass building? Longest machine in storage you've got?

#6204 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Longest machine in storage you've got?

Most of my games are in storage in California, though most of them now under the control of the PPM,
since it was getting too costly paying for storage;
and my prospects of finding a building to house them here in Oregon
will probably never come to fruition.
The EM pin that has been in storage longest and never truly set up to play
is probably my 1963 WMS Big Deal that I got in the mid 90s.
Someday, I plan on telling the story behind each game that I have acquired over the years.

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#6205 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Most of my games are in storage in California, though most of them now under the control of the PPM,
since it was getting too costly paying for storage;
and my prospects of finding a building to house them here in Oregon
will probably never come to fruition.
The EM pin that has been in storage longest and never truly set up to play
is probably my 1963 WMS Big Deal that I got in the mid 90s.
Someday, I plan on telling the story behind each game that I have acquired over the years.

Yes, that would be interesting to hear. That looks to be one very nice JO. One of my favorites!

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#6206 3 years ago

Here's a row I tried to mix up a little (yes I know all wedgeheads 4 flippers, 2" and 3", drop targets, standing targets, spinners, aab, roto target.
*and a good game on Buckaroo. Not with score, but I drained on ball five to get the 4, and heard the four rapid fire knocks. First time getting that on the last ball! (It scared me a little)

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#6207 3 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Here's a row I tried to mix up a little (yes I know all wedgeheads 4 flippers, 2" and 3", drop targets, standing targets, spinners, aab, roto target.
*and a good game on Buckaroo. Not with score, but I drained on ball five to get the 4, and heard the four rapid fire knocks. First time getting that on the last ball! (It scared me a little)

I would love to be greeted by that sight ^^^^^ every time I entered my family room!

#6208 3 years ago

Thank you, yes I feel very lucky to have them. The two on the left came from DirtFlipper, and the two on the right from Boilerman...so they have been bullet proofed for me.

#6209 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Most of my games are in storage in California

I'll take that Eager Beaver off your hands any time you're ready! You can send the parts game too!

#6210 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I'll take that Eager Beaver off your hands any time you're ready! You can send the parts game too!

Now look who has turned into an Eager Beaver!

Ken

#6211 3 years ago

Zaccaria Circus, A real bargain, bought 2 weeks ago at a local pawnshop, the guy actually brought the machine! State then; some lights worked and the scoremotor going bezerk, now with some tweaking, waxing and cleaning it's totally working! And a really challenging game indeed!

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#6212 3 years ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Now look who has turned into an Eager Beaver!

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#6213 3 years ago
Quoted from Star_Gazer:

Zaccaria Circus, A real bargain, bought 2 weeks ago at a local pawnshop, the guy actually brought the machine! State then; some lights worked and the scoremotor going bezerk, now with some tweaking, waxing and cleaning it's totally working! And a really challenging game indeed!

Beautiful.

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#6214 3 years ago

Here is a freshly shopped 1956 Gottlieb 'Harbor Lites'. Simple game but great looking!

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#6215 3 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

Here is a freshly shopped 1956 Gottlieb 'Harbor Lites'. Simple game but great looking!

WOW, I love that theme, mainly the backglass.

Nice machine!

#6216 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I'll take that Eager Beaver off your hands any time you're ready! You can send the parts game too!

Love it when the beavers are eager.

#6217 3 years ago

New machine moved into the service bay for a full shopping out.

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#6218 3 years ago

You do not see many BLY Quarterback pins,
as one might think. Or BLY Kick-Off for that matter.

#6219 3 years ago

Never saw that one before. Looks pretty neat.

#6220 3 years ago

I had a nice one and enjoyed before I let it go.

#6221 3 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

for a full shipping out.

Where is it going to be shipped to?

#6222 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Where is it going to be shipped to?

Haha! Fixed! This one looks like a lot of fun, so its not shipping anywhere in the near future. Also, I am going to try my skills at making a poly carbonate playfield protector for this one. The reason being there are a ton of really cupped inserts directly in front of the flippers. The game will play like the lunar surface without some sort of leveling on the inserts.

#6223 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Where is it going to be shipped to?

My house?

#6224 3 years ago

Hey O din
There is an Eager Beaver for sale on Mr Pinball this morning.

#6225 3 years ago
Quoted from Budman:

Hey O din
There is an Eager Beaver for sale on Mr Pinball this morning.

Yea, Astro and 4 Roses too! Good day for EMs.

#6226 3 years ago

I bought a pin from the guy selling the Eager Beaver before. Nice guy. Does a decent job of 'shopping'.

#6227 3 years ago
Quoted from Chippewa-Pin:

I bought a pin from the guy selling the Eager Beaver before.

Hey O-din wake up
I have bought nice pins from "pappers" out of Pittsburgh also.

#6228 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Hey O-din wake up

I'm up!

Quoted from Budman:

Hey O din
There is an Eager Beaver for sale on Mr Pinball this morning.

Thanks! I have been informed.

Quoted from stashyboy:

Good day for EMs.

indeed!

#6229 3 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

Here is a freshly shopped 1956 Gottlieb 'Harbor Lites'. Simple game but great looking!

Incredible

#6230 3 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

..... Also, I am going to try my skills at making a poly carbonate playfield protector for this one. The reason being there are a ton of really cupped inserts directly in front of the flippers. The game will play like the lunar surface without some sort of leveling on the inserts.

My Jungle Queen inserts are cupped pretty badly. I'm interested in this approach. How thick is the poly used?

Thanks,

Dave

#6231 3 years ago

I took a pass on the Eager Beaver although it was offered to me. Overall it was in decent shape but I'm looking for one with a near perfect backglass which this one was not. So it's still available if somebody else wants one. But thanks for all the heads up!

Doesn't mean something else won't be coming soon though....

#6232 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I took a pass on the Eager Beaver although it was offered to me.

Another one will come along.

#6233 3 years ago

Eventually. I just made another purchase of a few machines that should be here in the next day or two, so really my eagerness for the beaver is not what it was a couple days ago.

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#6234 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I took a pass on the Eager Beaver although it was offered to me. Overall it was in decent shape but I'm looking for one with a near perfect backglass which this one was not. So it's still available if somebody else wants one. But thanks for all the heads up!
Doesn't mean something else won't be coming soon though....

Could always get it in the meantime and wait for a rough one with a nice backglass, swap and sell, or just wait for a nice one overall.

It's somewhere in PA but $750 is a bit rich for my tastes. I stumbled upon this machine myself by browsing IPDB and loved it before it became the "Odin thing". Cool looking machine, wish there was more around.

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Anywho, I just got back from picking up a 1962 Williams Vagabond reverse wedgehead. Somebody sanded down the whole machine, painted it black, then glued this weird colorful paneling (like wood paneling, but a different pattern) stuff over it that will peel/snap right off.

Backglass was a lot rougher than I thought from the picture but Ron Webb did make a reproduction a while back, might be a little annoying to find one so maybe I'll just let it "come to me". Going to make this shine with ease (and do a light refresh), playfield is beautiful with minimal touchups and glass is rough but touched up pretty decently so it'll do until I can get a nicer one. Not going to put a ton of work into it but going to do a "close enough" restore. Going to repaint it white tomorrow or so before I even bother setting it up again. Leaving the sides blank for now (even though the sideart wouldn't be hard to recreate) since in my setup you can't see the sides much anyways and going to redo the classic pattern on the front of the head with some very particular painters tape and some spray paint. Sounds kinda rushed and cheap but I'm not even sure how it could get much better than that, all the rest is already pretty nice including the irreplaceable playfield. Need a few tweaks under the hood but other than that it's fully working, too.

Felt pretty unsure about this one especially after sleeping on it (after making an offer) as I'm really just trying to stick to Gottlieb Wedgeheads nowadays as I quickly run out of room, but I have an extra "slot" nothing sits in on the other side of the room for this and I'm feeling better about it now. Of course not putting it with the wedgeheads, that'd be wrong. Playfield was way too nice to pass up for a very reasonable price even if it wasn't what I was looking for.

I'll post pictures in a bit. First AAB as this game I own as this didn't have a replay version. This game was the first game to use a traditional drop target, also looks like they put the drop target face big on the flyer conveniently if it needs to redone, didn't peek at it yet, it was pretty dark in the room it was in.

#6235 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Could always get it in the meantime and wait for a rough one with a nice backglass, swap and sell, or just wait for a nice one overall.

The thought had crossed my mind. But I've got four on the way so I'm holding back for now. One thing I can never resist though is a single player Williams from the early 60s when and if available including this one.

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#6236 3 years ago
Quoted from DaveBuckholts:

My Jungle Queen inserts are cupped pretty badly. I'm interested in this approach. How thick is the poly used?
Thanks,
Dave

The commercially available protectors use 0.03" thick Makrolon. That is 0.75mm. That seems thin until you try to cut it. This stuff is TOUGH to cut.

ebay.com link » Playfield Protectors For Pinball Machines F O

I bought two sheets of it on Amazon. I am still working out my techniques for cutting it since I don't have an automated laser or anything fancy. I have come up with a few methods depending on the type of cuts needed (holes, curved lines, straight lines, etc). Soon I will give it a shot.

amazon.com link »

#6237 3 years ago

Here's some photos of the my 1962 Williams Vagabond pickup. Unfortunately I noticed the awful touchup job as I was taking the pictures and I'll have to try my best to fix that eventually somehow. Weird, because the rest of the playfield is pretty mint besides a few spots here and there so whatever they covered up probably didn't look too bad at all.

Regardless, it should clean up overall VERY nice. Going to sand the bare cabinet down and throw that new paint on there after ripping off those awful panels somebody glued on and it'll already look 1,000x better. Excited to get that nice purple design back on there. This is such a weird feeling sudden spur of the moment project I wasn't expecting at all but I just had to grab it because the playfield was pretty nice and also because of how easy it seemed to get to back to looking original. Almost too easy!

Saw this on the way, unfortunately didn't take a turn and stop and wait for the green.

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Apparently this game was just traded in only 2 or 3 days ago towards a Gottlieb Egg Head. Glad it finally gets to stop all of this traveling soon once I get it to NJ (in PA right now) for it's new home, sure lives up to it's name!

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Continuing... (Oh, and the plastics aren't faded if it appears that way, had some weird lighting cast on them due to it still being in the car that the camera seemed to pick up)

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#6238 3 years ago

Metal flippers and great art package, not sure about the game play though. (haven't played it, just going on reviews) Great pick up, on my wish list. Am nearly finished with my first reverse wedge head (Palooka) I consider this an honorary member as a single player from the same era. Congrats.

#6239 3 years ago

It doesn't take much to find a kinship with anything that has that much character. And it's full of character.

#6240 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Here's some photos of the my 1962 Williams Vagabond pickup. Unfortunately I noticed the awful touchup job as I was taking the pictures and I'll have to try my best to fix that eventually somehow. Weird, because the rest of the playfield is pretty mint besides a few spots here and there so whatever they covered up probably didn't look too bad at all.
Regardless, it should clean up overall VERY nice. Going to sand the bare cabinet down and throw that new paint on there after ripping off those awful panels somebody glued on and it'll already look 1,000x better. Excited to get that nice purple design back on there. This is such a weird feeling sudden spur of the moment project I wasn't expecting at all but I just had to grab it because the playfield was pretty nice and also because of how easy it seemed to get to back to looking original. Almost too easy!
Saw this on the way, unfortunately didn't take a turn and stop and wait for the green.

Apparently this game was just traded in only 2 or 3 days ago towards a Gottlieb Egg Head. Glad it finally gets to stop all of this traveling soon once I get it to NJ (in PA right now) for it's new home, sure lives up to it's name!

Continuing... (Oh, and the plastics aren't faded if it appears that way, had some weird lighting cast on them due to it still being in the car that the camera seemed to pick up)

be careful when you try to remove that Formica... if they used contact cement you will pull wood up with it.

#6241 3 years ago

You don't really notice the clown after a while. And drop targets every where.

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#6242 3 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

be careful when you try to remove that Formica... if they used contact cement you will pull wood up with it.

Good tip, thanks. Waiting to get some time to do it. Was a beautiful day today but unfortunately was pretty busy all day, heard it's gonna rain tomorrow. Might just put it off until I get back to NJ and just do it in the basement.

I've been looking at palm sanders and had a strong flashback of shop class in middle school I totally forgot about, those things are really great handy little tools, the ones with the bags attached on the back. I remember making a project with one. They're $30 at Harbor Freight, there's like 5 different ones on the site all by the same manufacturer, all with the same price and color, same specs, with minor body shape changes, but the one I clicked on seemed to have some good reviews with it.

Is there any reasonable way to get the awful playfield touchup off without damaging the paint on the playfield, including what may be underneath? Careful alcohol or something? I was thinking maybe like using Magic Eraser and alcohol (I worry normal, but this time we're TRYING to get the paint off) and just being really careful with it once I start getting through most of the touchup. I wonder if alcohol alone would do it, paint doesn't look like it's that high quality.

#6243 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

You don't really notice the clown after a while. And drop targets every where.

Did you repaint that head or did you buy it that way?

#6244 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

You don't really notice the clown after a while. And drop targets every where.

o-din, It will be interesting to hear whether you like Big Daddy or Big Deal better as far as play-ability.

#6245 3 years ago

It was already repainted. But the playfield and backglass are in amazing condition. It's beautiful!

#6246 3 years ago

Anyone like Skill Pool?

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#6247 3 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Anyone like Skill Pool?

You know I do! What a fun machine.

#6248 3 years ago

Just picked this up. Hopefully I'll have some time to work on it soon!

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#6249 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

You don't really notice the clown after a while.

I always thought of the guy on the BG as a happy hobo instead.
My 1st WMS reverse WedgeHead, another great nudger game at the bottom end
and who does not love drop targets.
Your '63 Big Deal looks terrific.

#6250 3 years ago

It's not really a clown on Big Deal. More of a hobo. Or as the guys that were over last night said, it's me.

Quoted from MeNaCeFiRe:

Just picked this up. Hopefully I'll have some time to work on it soon!

Pit Stop rules the multiplayer universe! Congrats and enjoy!

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