EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#9751 1 year ago

My $100 Card Whiz! Picked it up about 4 years ago. Finally got her all cleaned up and running flawlessly. Time to get a back glass!

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#9752 1 year ago

Here's my Zig Zag. I might touch up the play field in the future, but for now I'm just having fun playing it.

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#9753 1 year ago

I always liked the colors, artwork and theme of that game. I actually played one a long time ago too. Great addition to your collection.

#9754 1 year ago

You do beautiful work, Boilerman!

It was a pleasure meeting you at York.

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#9755 1 year ago
Quoted from electricsquirrel:

You do beautiful work, Boilerman!
It was a pleasure meeting you at York.
E

thanks!
it is always nice putting a face to the guys on the em group.
i really enjoy the restoration side of the hobby, that is now that i am better at it..

#9756 1 year ago

I caved... again. But this classic has Norm Clark's whimsical inventiveness written all over it.

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#9757 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

I caved... again. But this classic has Norm Clark's whimsical inventiveness written all over it.

Expo?

#9758 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

I caved... again. But this classic has Norm Clark's whimsical inventiveness written all over it.

So how is buying a game on your wish list caving?

#9759 1 year ago

It's easy for Alex to guess, as he has owned or thought about owning most EM's at one point or another - sometimes twice .

#9760 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

this classic has Norm Clark's whimsical inventiveness written all over it.

Nice.

My 60s lineup seems to have been taken over by Norm as well. With Stop N Go on the way...

#9761 1 year ago

Monsonb, that Zig Zag is killer! Love to have one.

#9762 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

I caved... again. But this classic has Norm Clark's whimsical inventiveness written all over it.

Nic's got his Expo!!

I'd recognize the side of that backbox anywhere.

Now, I want you to wipe that frown off your face and post some pics of of one of your favorite games with a huge smile on your face!

Congratulations Nic!

#9763 1 year ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

I always liked the colors, artwork and theme of that game. I actually played one a long time ago too. Great addition to your collection.

Quoted from phil-lee:

Monsonb, that Zig Zag is killer! Love to have one.

Thanks, guys! I appreciate it.

#9764 1 year ago

Today's pick up. Cab has been repainted so will need a restencil. At least it's white...

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#9765 1 year ago

Nice, I saw that add and thought about calling on it, glad someone picked it up so I didn't have to

#9766 1 year ago

Looks like I need to straighten out a bunch of those pool ball numbers, too. And triple-thick that backglass.

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#9767 1 year ago

Finally got around to changing up the line up- Hi Flyer is out and for sale, Touchdown in the workshop for cabinet repaint and Space Odyssey and Star Action are in! My wife can kick ass on Star Action, her new favorite.

Gary

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#9768 1 year ago

Nice lineup Gary. I love the art work on the Chicago Coin "Moon ?" Kinda looks like Bally art from that time period. If you have the time post some close up pictures of the backglass and the playfield. I don't think I have ever seen this game. Thanks. Don

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#9769 1 year ago
Quoted from fingersport:

Nice lineup Gary. I love the art work on the Chicago Coin "Moon ?" Kinda looks like Bally art from that time period. If you have the time post some close up pictures of the backglass and the playfield. I don't think I have ever seen this game. Thanks. Don

Moon Shot artwork was by Christian Marche and it is a really fun game.

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#9770 1 year ago

not the most desirable of 1950's gottlieb pins by any means..but woodrails very rarely surface down here in australia.

gottlieb just 21 from 1950

been collecting since 1977, lost count of the amount of games that have come and gone but this would be only the 4th or 5th woodrail found 'in the wild'

still in 2 minds about what to do: restore (which would need a repro backglass), sell or trade.

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#9771 1 year ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

With me its been really pretty much making room for another pin or two or so each time, or getting over capacity. A necessity of thinning the herd. If I could have a some back, the first one though not an EM, was my first pin that got me started. Stern Stingray.
Gulfstream and Ship Ahoy were games I enjoyed and miss. The Sure Shot I had was beautiful and was also fun to play.

How about that- this swam up to my door last week....

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#9772 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Moon Shot artwork was by Christian Marche and it is a really fun game.

Very nice looking game! Never seen that one before.

#9773 1 year ago
Quoted from pinzrfun:

Very nice looking game! Never seen that one before.

Two player version has different back glass art and playfield colors!

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It is a solid effort by Chicago Coin and goes toe to toe with many other titles from this era in my opinion. Tough game with high rewards if you know how to play the table (rack up the bonus and collect via center lanes, harder than it looks) and game play gets very exciting when the ball is trapped "down in the pocket" as you try to boost it out with those 2" flippers.

If I had a complaint the bells are a little weak, I should look to see if there is worn bushings.

On reflection, the 50's and 60's were the high water mark for Chicago Coin, once the 70's picked up speed they seemed to head downhill as far as pinball goes. The '74 Hi-Flyer I have is ok and very similar to the Williams Star Action (2 upper lanes, 4 drop targets, 2 return lanes, 3 bumpers) with a spinner instead of a disc with 2 posts.. Great "wood block" triple chimes too.. from what I have been reading they got cheap after that.

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#9774 1 year ago

Not a lot of difference between the two.

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#9775 1 year ago

Beer o'clock

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#9776 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Not a lot of difference between the two.

What's the "CC" game?

#9777 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Moon Shot artwork was by Christian Marche and it is a really fun game.

That's a cool machine. Can't say that I've ever seen one. Very Bally-like in appearance.

#9778 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

What's the "CC" game?

Hi-Flyer

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#9779 1 year ago

Ah, I should have known. Vic Camp once had one that I saw and played.
That was a long time ago though.
One main difference between that game and "Triple Action" is that it has return lanes.

#9780 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Ah, I should have known. Vic Camp once had one that I saw and played.
That was a long time ago though.
One main difference between that game and "Triple Action" is that it has return lanes.

Minor difference, overall the same pf.

Enough so my wife agreed to let it go for Star Action.

#9781 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Minor difference, overall the same pf.
Enough so my wife agreed to let it go for Star Action.

Your just going to have build on your house or buy a larger one!

Just a question do find working on Chicago Coin's machines hard? I have come across some repairmen who will not work on them.

#9782 1 year ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Your just going to have build on your house or buy a larger one!
Just a question do find working on Chicago Coin's machines hard? I have come across some repairmen who will not work on them.

Very easy and the two I have here really do give me the least amount of trouble.

The most PITA? Gottlieb.

#9783 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

The most PITA? Gottlieb.

SHHHUUSH! You'll get hate mail for days!

(I agree tho... Gottlieb is the fussiest all things considered)

#9784 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

SHHHUUSH! You'll get hate mail for days!
(I agree tho... Gottlieb is the fussiest all things considered)

It is too late, now.

#9785 1 year ago

Gottlieb are tough but very dependable once they're right.

#9786 1 year ago
Quoted from Darcy:

It is too late, now.

Is what it is. Both almost caused me to rip out what little of my hair is left.

The two Gottlieb left in my collection are largely reliable.. mostly. Domino has been pretty good since put in the line, though it seems to have an appetite for 47's for some reason down in the slingshots.

On the Chicago Coin reliability I can only speak for machines made from 1969-1974, the later ones look like they might have gotten cheap so can't say.

Doorbell chimes to save money? That is scraping the barrel.

#9787 1 year ago

When we picked up this 1953 Gottlieb Flying High, one of the guys says, "Hey! where are all these coloured flakes coming from?", as he was brushing off his clothes. I looked at him and said, "What is left of the Backglass artwork"

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Lots and lots of flakes.

#9788 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

SHHHUUSH! You'll get hate mail for days!
(I agree tho... Gottlieb is the fussiest all things considered)

Those damn Gottlieb relays with the short blades & tiny throws.
.... Then there is the feared Gottlieb "AS" relay, the ones that have two switches are an absolute bitch to get setup just right...

Gimmie a big 'ol Bally relay any day.

#9789 1 year ago

I have worked on quite a few Gottliebs and find their materials and general workmanship better than others, but they do have sensitive relays, for example, the dreaded AX relay. But once, set, they keep going and going and going...

#9790 1 year ago

I've worked on quite a few Gottliebs myself now, along with all the others and from what I can tell in many instances they were able to save on materials by over-engineering some of the parts like score reels for example.

I mean you get a lot more plastic and thin copper where others didn't. And the size of some of these components tend to be smaller.

#9791 1 year ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

The backglass on that Dodge City looks really nice. Usually the animated cowboy cuts into the blonde girl's hair. Very good pickup. Took me awhile to find a decent example.

I've been looking for a nice Dodge City for a long while. I have a Paradise, which is a similar game with the spinning projector under the playfield. Paradise is unfortunately 99% luck because you can't shoot directly to the drop holes to collect the big points. The ball simply drops in as it is rolling around randomly. Dodge City on the other hand is a shooters game (pun intended) with the gates. It is basically an early Steve Ritchie fan!

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#9792 1 year ago

Domino and Stop N Go arrived yesterday and I am very happy. Backglass on Stop N Go is about as perfect as a 50 year old glass gets and Domino is so clean inside and out, it is verging on collector quality.

And you just never know what you will find inside of these machines...

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#9793 1 year ago

What a find! Amazing condition.

#9794 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

And you just never know what you will find inside of these machines...

I think we have a thread for that here on pinside.

50 year old beer!

#9795 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Domino and Stop N Go arrived yesterday and I am very happy. Backglass on Stop N Go is about as perfect as a 50 year old glass gets and Domino is so clean inside and out, it is verging on collector quality.
And you just never know what you will find inside of these machines...

Wow, I thought Vic Camp had the nicest "Domino" on the planet. Yours might be better. Nice pair to add to your already staggering collection!

#9796 1 year ago

They aren't the only thing that was staggering.

#9797 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Domino is so clean inside and out, it is verging on collector quality

That is a really nice Domino. It was the second EM game I ever had and a lot of fun. I'm a pop-bumper lover and the pb action on Domino is one of the best.

#9798 1 year ago

So far so good on Domino. I completed the pattern and got a special last night. The roto target is a little sticky but I will fix that this weekend. What's the star for? I haven't looked into that yet. I'm guessing it might give you the next domino.

#9799 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

They aren't the only thing that was staggering.

Don't tell me you power pumped all that beer at once?

#9800 1 year ago

No, I'm saving it for the weekend. It was the usual Jack and Coke night and make it into work the next day. My buddy Bob did come over and we initiated Stop N Go, and he beat me! After I beat him on a couple other games. Some times I am real hot out of the gate..

Stop N Go looks to be a shoe in in the multiplayer lineup, with unique features and rules, flippers in the correct direction, and that beautiful Stenholm art package.

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