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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#10151 1 year ago

so that golden bells was put in a trade winds cabinet? so an original golden bells in a woodrail with a wooden ockdown . that one from the tradewinds blue looks wood. is that stock ?

#10152 1 year ago
Quoted from singlezero:

so that golden bells was put in a trade winds cabinet? so an original golden bells in a woodrail with a wooden lockdown . that one from the tradewinds blue looks wood. is that stock ?

It was wood painted red. I stripped it and painted it blue to better match my colour scheme. Have no idea if was stock.

#10153 1 year ago
Quoted from Adrian:

I've had this game for over two years and it took about half that time to restore new playfield from Wade and backglass from Shay everything is brand new. The aim was to rebuild the machine to a new in box condition.It's a pleasure to play and just as good to look at hopefully it will servive another 40 years. I have a sky jump and a Abra that I will be completing in the near future.

Nice!
But why a single coin slot?

#10154 1 year ago

The game is set to free play so having two or more coin slots doesn't really matter, and the machine looks better with more chrome on the game a personal choice I guess

#10155 1 year ago
Quoted from Mcshaney:

Pick it this up two months ago for a decent price . I can't get over the instruction cards

Those instruction cards are cool. I hope you keep them there.
E.

#10156 1 year ago

I picked this game up almost 15 years ago. It was one of my first pinball machines I ever bought. I think I paid $150 back then. I remember I got it mostly working all those years ago, but being new to Pinball, some of its issues were a little above my head at the time—so into the crawl space “storage” of the basement it went.

Over Christmas break this year, between getting the stomach flu and a head cold, I managed to clean up the ‘ole basement just enough to make room for one more game and pull it out for the first time since I bought it all those years ago. It still looks pretty good, and it mostly works, but it’ll need to be gone through.

I’ve always liked the artwork on the game: Frankenstein, Laurel and Hardy, references to Gone with the Wind... it’s a delight to look at, but a bummer to play. That “STAR” feature is neat. Once. Then it’s just a waste. Much too easy to rack up piles of bonus points, and once the 4 targets are down, the game becomes a ghost town. Oh well. She’ll probably stick around for a while for the sake of nostalgia, then off to someone’s else’s collection.

Funny thing about this era of Chicago Coin games: the chime unit is literally just a door bell. DING DONG DING DONG. Every. Single. Point.

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#10157 1 year ago

Just picked up my first pinball a couple weeks ago. A friend asked me to look at a paragon to see if it was worth buying. While talking to the owner of the game he told me had had an older pinball if I wanted to look at it. Said that the pinball was stuck somewhere in the game and a floor fan had burned part of the cabinet. Everything powered up,perfect backglass, decent playfield, pinball missing and slightly damaged cabinet. Price = Free $3 pinball and the cabinet is almost fixed already. Plays 100%

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#10158 1 year ago
Quoted from Jaymach1:

Just picked up my first pinball a couple weeks ago.

Good deal. Yea, that didn't happen from just a couple of sparks. The guy was fortunate that
someone must have been around to put it out fairly quickly..

#10159 1 year ago
Quoted from Mopar:

Good deal. Yea, that didn't happen from just a couple of sparks. The guy was fortunate that
someone must have been around to put it out fairly quickly..

Hey Tim, how have you been? Ya, it looked like it was really close to going up in flames. They caught it just in time. Yet another game slowing down my progress on finishing the game room. Lol

#10160 1 year ago
Quoted from Jaymach1:

Hey Tim, how have you been?

Jason, it just dawned on me that it was you. It's been a while.
Nice repair job on that front corner. I imagine a little bit of sanding
was involve..
Yea, repairing these games can take away from other projects, but
at least once you have the Game Room completed, you'll have working
pieces to put in it..
I've been working on the Time Trials (car race game), and now putting
a little time in a stand up grip tester. This is the time of the year that
I enjoy working on the machines.. (T)

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#10161 1 year ago

New Year family time is a time for my Grandsons to sharpen their EM skills!

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#10162 1 year ago

Not new to me, but I just completed the PF restoration....

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#10163 1 year ago

I know you put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that playfield restoration....and it truly looks magnificent. Congratulations!

#10165 1 year ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

I know you put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that playfield restoration....and it truly looks magnificent. Congratulations!

Thanks Vic

#10166 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

Not new to me, but I just completed the PF restoration....

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Wow, really nice. Just learning the basics of playfield restoration but I know enough to see a quality job. Congrats

#10167 1 year ago

Now that is one hell of a nice looking Playfield. You should be proud. Cant wait to see your next project.
Mike

#10168 1 year ago

Hopefully I can play a game on it when I get back home from Florida at the end of the month?

#10169 1 year ago

Bally-Odds and Evens, Williams OXO, Williams Lucky ace.

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#10170 1 year ago
Quoted from wayner:

New Year family time is a time for my Grandsons to sharpen their EM skills!

Looks like your Grandsons are having fun Wayne!

#10171 1 year ago
Quoted from Jaymach1:

Wow, really nice. Just learning the basics of playfield restoration but I know enough to see a quality job. Congrats

Quoted from packie1:

Now that is one hell of a nice looking Playfield. You should be proud. Cant wait to see your next project.
Mike

Thanks, My 1st attempt. Don't know if there'll be a next project. I prefer if EM's aren't clear coated.

#10172 1 year ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Hopefully I can play a game on it when I get back home from Florida at the end of the month?

sure thing. I still have to fix some scoring issues that the game has had since before I got it. No-one has noticed them, but it doesn't score properly.

#10173 1 year ago

Found this all jammed in one coin slot of a Gottlieb Pro Football. 1977 was the latest year in the bunch.

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#10174 1 year ago
Quoted from ryan1234:

Found this all jammed in one coin slot of a Gottlieb Pro Football. 1977 was the latest year in the bunch.

Maybe the guy thought it would give him change for $1.00?

#10175 1 year ago
Quoted from ryan1234:

Found this all jammed in one coin slot of a Gottlieb Pro Football. 1977 was the latest year in the bunch.

Ok, so that's where I left it. Could you kindly return it?

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#10176 1 year ago

Nothing like the feeling of taking a broken EM and making it come to life again! This was in a sorry state when I picked it up and finally got it cleaned up and working 100%.

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#10177 1 year ago
Quoted from n1teowl:

Nothing like the feeling of taking a broken EM and making it come to life again!

That's at least half of the fun of this hobby for me: Seeing the fruits of your labor literally come back to life, and being able to revive a something that's been dead for years and years. It's like reviving a small window of nostalgia and americana each time one is brought back to life. I know pinball machines were only designed to be operated for a rather short amount of time, but their build quality is excellent. How many things in this day and age will still be working and repairable 40+ years from now? Very few, I'd imagine.

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#10178 1 year ago

Just in today, long time favorite and finally I snagged one! Put it together, fired it up and played. Got excited and tilted the last ball.

Plays much better than the one I played in Asbury Park a few years ago and that one interested me enough to buy one.

So need to clear it, LED it and paint the cabinet. Joking this one I leave alone.

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#10179 1 year ago
Quoted from n1teowl:

Nothing like the feeling of taking a broken EM and making it come to life again! This was in a sorry state when I picked it up and finally got it cleaned up and working 100%.

That's a great looking and great playing game.

#10180 1 year ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

Just in today, long time favorite and finally I snagged one! Put it together, fired it up and played. Got excited and tilted the last ball.
Plays much better than the one I played in Asbury Park a few years ago and that one interested me enough to buy one.
So need to clear it, LED it and paint the cabinet. Joking this one I leave alone.

Needs some toy figures hot glued to the playfield.

#10181 1 year ago
#10182 1 year ago
Quoted from Casinorun:

Any chance I could get a hires scan of your paddock backglass?

Pm sent

#10183 1 year ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

Just in today, long time favorite and finally I snagged one! Put it together, fired it up and played. Got excited and tilted the last ball.
Plays much better than the one I played in Asbury Park a few years ago and that one interested me enough to buy one.
So need to clear it, LED it and paint the cabinet. Joking this one I leave alone.

Looks to be in better shape than most I see. Especially the playfield - usually the paint is wore to the wood in places (sometimes big areas).

#10184 1 year ago
Quoted from hoov:

Looks to be in better shape than most I see. Especially the playfield - usually the paint is wore to the wood in places (sometimes big areas).

The game is quite original. The kickouts after much use over 68 years wear a pair of tracks or grooves and this has been touched up. The game was well set up by the previous owner and quite lively. Need to check if the game shuts off when all 5 balls are played.

Other than that my scores are deteriorating as usual as I get used to the game and I stop concentrating.

#10185 1 year ago

Beautiful game Steve.

#10186 1 year ago

I picked up this Marathon recently. The front has been painted black, the door ...original? Anybody have a picture of a original design? Also curious on the green legs. Did Gottlieb just randomly paint the legs different colours?

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#10187 1 year ago
Quoted from willbeEM:

I picked up this Marathon recently. The front has been painted black, the door ...original? Anybody have a picture of a original design? Also curious on the green legs. Did Gottlieb just randomly paint the legs different colours?

Original colours on IPBD:
http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1540&picno=9769

#10188 1 year ago
Quoted from willbeEM:

I picked up this Marathon recently. The front has been painted black, the door ...original? Anybody have a picture of a original design? Also curious on the green legs. Did Gottlieb just randomly paint the legs different colours?

the pics at ipdb appear to show a painted door, yours looks to be original according to the flyer

#10189 1 year ago

As I recall Wade Krause did a reproduction of the Knock Out playfield back in April of 2016. He may have some left, and for sale. https://pinballplayfields.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/knock-out-almost-done/

#10190 1 year ago
Quoted from willbeEM:

Did Gottlieb just randomly paint the legs different colours?

Looking at the flyer on IPDB. It appears the legs are the same finish as the rails and lock down bar.

#10191 1 year ago

scored a bally hoo today, needs some tlc
has some backglass flaking, but allready plays verry nice

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#10192 1 year ago

A couple of months ago I found this Genco 1950 Flying Saucers in an old barn in the south of Belgium. It had been asleep for many years, maybe even decades! Nowadays it plays really well. Need to restore the outside of cabinet. Almost all pinballs I ever bought in Belgium had been painted over.

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#10193 1 year ago
Quoted from wayner:

Original colours on IPBD:

My game has the original paint on the side, unfortunatly a previous owner decided to touch up the red centerpiece with a bright red rattlecan and let it run down the cabinet.

Quoted from singlezero:

the pics at ipdb appear to show a painted door, yours looks to be original according to the flyer

It's a generic door Here's a qoute from IPDB description of Southern Belle"and indeed the flyer shows the game with the same generic door.
http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2248&picno=4739 All of the hardware has been removed so I'll make a new door for now until I can search out some hardware replacements. Actually I'm kind of lucky the holes are all in the door because a few year later Gottlieb moved the coin holes above the door into the cabinet.

Quoted from Darcy:

Looking at the flyer on IPDB. It appears the legs are the same finish as the rails and lock down bar.

I like that idea, the legs are made of good solid oak I believe. The grain has swollen and cracked the paint, so I am considering sanding off the paint and sealing the wood. I like to use a hemp-oil wood sealer. It's locally made and doesn't smell, get sticky and cures quickly.

#10194 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballPianist:

A couple of months ago I found this Genco 1950 Flying Saucers in an old barn in the south of Belgium. It had been asleep for many years, maybe even decades! Nowadays it plays really well. Need to restore the outside of cabinet. Almost all pinballs I ever bought in Belgium had been painted over.

That is awesome. What a great piece of playable art.

#10195 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

That is awesome. What a great piece of playable art.

Wow! That's one great looking game!

#10196 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballPianist:

A couple of months ago I found this Genco 1950 Flying Saucers in an old barn in the south of Belgium. It had been asleep for many years, maybe even decades! Nowadays it plays really well. Need to restore the outside of cabinet. Almost all pinballs I ever bought in Belgium had been painted over.

Worth buying for the artwork alone!

Fantastic.

If you are really lucky maybe original cabinet paint underneath the re-paint so strip carefully to see if it is.

#10197 1 year ago

With some games coming and others going, here is my current lineup (also have a KOD in the room next door). Pay special attention to the King Pin which I just picked up from Nic. Very nice with clear coated playfield, beautiful back glass, 'cabaret' light modification, etc. I have it dialed in to the angle and speed I want and it is a blast to play.

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#10198 1 year ago

Genco had some really cool and farout space age themed pins for the early 50s.
Also curious about the BG with rectangular area (see thru) for viewing the tilt bob;
supposedly to dissuade rough play.

#10199 1 year ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Worth buying for the artwork alone!
Fantastic.
If you are really lucky maybe original cabinet paint underneath the re-paint so strip carefully to see if it is.

Hi Shapeshifter, unfortunately a high quality car paint was used, so it's almost impossible to get it off. But I've dealt with that problem before. I'll restore it next spring

#10200 1 year ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Genco had some really cool and farout space age themed pins for the early 50s.
Also curious about the BG with rectangular area (see thru) for viewing the tilt bob;
supposedly to dissuade rough play.

Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Worth buying for the artwork alone!
Fantastic.
If you are really lucky maybe original cabinet paint underneath the re-paint so strip carefully to see if it is.

Yes the original paint is still there so I can reconstruct the graphics!

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