EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

5 years ago



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#10302 1 year ago

We have a winner!

and I'm sure Nic got it from the 1st pic.

#10303 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

We have a winner!
and I'm sure Nic got it from the 1st pic.

YAY!

(2nd pic was needed however... d'oh!)

#10304 1 year ago

Still, that was pretty good.

Why oh Why do people grease steppers?

#10305 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

Still, that was pretty good.
Why oh Why do people grease steppers?

You don’t prefer to coat the rivets with the thinnest, slightest veneer of dry teflon lube after cleaning?

I mean, it’ll work dry, but what about preventing future wear? Nearly every ball bowler/pinball machine maintenance manual from the manufacturer refers to adding lubricant on stepper rivets. Luckily, we’ve got much better formulas to choose from nowadays...

#10306 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

You don’t prefer to coat the rivets with the thinnest, slightest veneer of dry teflon lube after cleaning?
I mean, it’ll work dry, but what about preventing future wear? Nearly every ball bowler/pinball machine maintenance manual from the manufacturer refers to adding lubricant on stepper rivets. Luckily, we’ve got much better formulas to choose from nowadays...

I think "DT" is referring to previous folks who used a pound of axle grease mixed with glue! Now when we find these games, we need a hammer and chisel to free the steppers!

#10307 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I think "DT" is referring to previous folks who used a pound of axle grease mixed with glue! Now when we find these games, we need a hammer and chisel to free the steppers!

That's what I'm talking about.

They aren't locked up, but there's a ton of grease on all of the plungers and shafts on the score reels and ball count unit. . It's still yellow and gooey. Gonna have to clean that up.

I'm also going to have to fix the previous owners cabinet "repairs" and "repaints"

I'll post more pics win a few days.

#10308 1 year ago

Ahhhhh gotcha. Yep, nothing like over-greased, under-serviced mechs sitting dormant for years... solidifying into an immobile dust-cake of sadness.

One thing which I haven't seen addressed in pinball circles is "Black Lube" (traditional grease - most often found around gears and latches, always gunked up). Common advice is to remove it all and run dry... but I'm concerned about minimizing wear over time. At festivals or busy arcades on free play, it's pretty easy to log hundreds of plays over a single weekend. Multiply that all year long and it might become a concern. Obviously not an issue for home use.

The modern equivalent would be a synthetic grease like Royal Purple Ultra Performance Grease. I've seen some worn gear teeth and latches in EM's... wonder if that could have been prevented with a little grease like they did at the factory and how long it would last.

Just thinking out loud. Might have to apply some to a test game and observe how quickly it dusts up and affects movement.

#10309 1 year ago

Probably for a different thread, but I use just a then coating of a silicone lube that Radio Shack sold years ago. I don't think it's available anymore.

#10310 1 year ago

Good luck getting that Volley going; I bought one in very nice condition last year that I enjoy playing very much, mine is set for 130,000 for a free game and that's tough to achieve, much easier to try to get all the drop targets down and go for the special alternating up top; it's definitely one of those games that you want to always play just one more to try to beat!

#10311 1 year ago
Quoted from ckcsm:

Good luck getting that Volley going; I bought one in very nice condition last year that I enjoy playing very much, mine is set for 130,000 for a free game and that's tough to achieve, much easier to try to get all the drop targets down and go for the special alternating up top; it's definitely one of those games that you want to always play just one more to try to beat!

Thanks,

I've gone through most of it and it's just about 100% playable. I just need to find why the 100's relay gets stuck sometimes, I'm thinking the pop bumper switch stack. And the FS relay needs to be rebuilt. The 10,000 pt score reel wasn't counting up, that was due to the globs of grease on it, I'm still scratching my head on that one, will have to go through all of the steppers.

The seller was so proud of his work.

It will need some cosmetic TLC, but overall, it's pretty much playable now.

#10312 1 year ago

A few pics.....

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#10313 1 year ago

Looks good. Is this playfield clear coated even with the paint missing from the sock or are you planning to touch that up?

#10314 1 year ago

what is the issue with you head?

#10315 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballFever:

Looks good. Is this playfield clear coated even with the paint missing from the sock or are you planning to touch that up?

Thanks,

not clear coated, just cleaners up with 2 coats of wax. I am planning on doing the touchups.

#10316 1 year ago
Quoted from boilerman:

what is the issue with you head?

Yea, wazzah mattah whicho haed?

#10317 1 year ago
Quoted from boilerman:

what is the issue with you head?

lol, I knew you'd ask that.

The face has been replaced. It's not the correct size, and poorly attached. The glass can fall between the head and the face. The repaint job is horrible, it's glossy, no webbing and the wrong colors. The head is also held together by dry wall screws. I'm sure I'm missing a few things too.

Oh yes, the top right corner of the left side looks like, for lack of a better description, an abrasion. The plywood has beef scraped or maybe sanded bellow the 1st ply. It’s going to take some skill to square that corner, and it would cause me to repaint that side. And with having to repaint the side and front, I’d have to repaint the entire head. Which I’m sure in turn would require an entire cabinet repaint.

The pictures are deceiving.

#10318 1 year ago

Not really bad looking in the photos, but why do the score numbers look blue?

#10319 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Not really bad looking in the photos, but why do the score numbers look blue?

Too much to mention, and kind personal

#10320 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

Too much to mention, and kind personal

Did I OD on Viagra?

#10321 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

not clear coated, just cleaners up with 2 coats of wax. I am planning on doing the touchups.

Look forward to seeing it when finished. Vid's playfield restoration guide is the best.

#10322 1 year ago

I was playing my Volley with my wife last night and she said we were only getting like 30 and 40,000 per game that I'd never hit a free game but the next one I got just over the 130,000 for the free game, but that's not an easy task, challenging game.

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#10323 1 year ago

Did I OD on Viagra?

Pinsude had a glitch when I posted that. I was in reference to the what’s wrong with my head question.

#10324 1 year ago

The numbers look blue because that’s stencil material that I used to mask the score reel windows for triple thick. I left them in place for when the white gets touched up.

#10325 1 year ago

Look forward to seeing it when finished. Vid's playfield restoration guide is the best.

Lol, I’m looking forward to it as well!

Yes, his threads have been priceless.

#10326 1 year ago

This weeks handiwork, my technique is getting better.

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#10327 1 year ago

Humm... a white wooden box?

Oh it was a Volley!

#10328 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

A few pics.....

I'd like to see a pic of the candy (cig) machine. I had a much larger once but would like to some day find one like you have. A pic of her when I first got it. I ended up selling it to a prop crew for something HBO was filming in New Orleans. I liked that it was all mechanical, the only thing the electricity was for was to turn on a light.

Then back to EMs

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#10329 1 year ago

not an EM but for some reason i just had to have it. not even sure were i am going to put it. it is 4 foot

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#10330 1 year ago
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:

I'd like to see a pic of the candy (cig) machine. I had a much larger once but would like to some day find one like you have. A pic of her when I first got it. I ended up selling it to a prop crew for something HBO was filming in New Orleans. I liked that it was all mechanical, the only thing the electricity was for was to turn on a light.
Then back to EMs

I'll get some pics is a few.

#10331 1 year ago

So, ya think this needs cleaning?

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#10333 1 year ago
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:

I'd like to see a pic of the candy (cig) machine. I had a much larger once but would like to some day find one like you have. A pic of her when I first got it. I ended up selling it to a prop crew for something HBO was filming in New Orleans. I liked that it was all mechanical, the only thing the electricity was for was to turn on a light.
Then back to EMs

Looks like the ones I used to see all the time when I was young. I remember the cigarette machines too. I remember back in 1973 the one my uncle had in his theater in Marathon Florida.

#10334 1 year ago

My buddy made me a BG for my GTB Stock Car

It’s actually a decal applied to my assisting glass

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#10335 1 year ago
Quoted from TheCnyPinGuy:

My buddy made me a BG for my GTB Stock Car
It’s actually a decal applied to my assisting glass

Looks great!
Can you post a photo of it lit up?

#10337 1 year ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Looks great!
Can you post a photo of it lit up?

I was thinking the same thing.

#10338 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

So, ya think this needs cleaning?

Wow! When in doubt - keep on applying more lube I guess. Still learning but not quite sure why so many in this hobby think that lube, more lube, followed by a can of WD-40 is going to finally get everything working

#10339 1 year ago
Quoted from spinal:

Still learning but not quite sure why so many in this hobby think that lube, more lube, followed by a can of WD-40 is going to finally get everything working

Generally they are not in the hobby, there're just folks who own a pinball machine or two for their game room along with many other toys and don't know the first thing about fixing them, just playing them to death without anyone properly servicing them, then selling them to us after they beat the shit out of them at eBay pricing.

#10340 1 year ago

Lol yeah the cabinet was trashed so I swapped cabinets to keep it alive

See attached pic

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#10341 1 year ago

Pinball machines are not, "Personal Floatation Devices!"

#10342 1 year ago
Quoted from TheCnyPinGuy:

My buddy made me a BG for my GTB Stock Car
It’s actually a decal applied to my assisting glass

So, it's applied to the FRONT of the glass?

#10343 1 year ago
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:

Quoted from dasvis:
Looks great!
Can you post a photo of it lit up?

I was thinking the same thing.

Does it look as good as the original when lit up? The BG resto glasses just don't look the same as the originals when lit up.

#10344 1 year ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Generally they are not in the hobby, there're just folks who own a pinball machine or two for their game room along with many other toys and don't know the first thing about fixing them, just playing them to death without anyone properly servicing them, then selling them to us after they beat the shit out of them at eBay pricing.

I'm newer so trying to learn all I can and came across this: seems very experienced and spraying WD-40:

#t=27m53s

Advocates for spraying with WD-40, he says that "electronically it dries out anyway". At 48:31 you can watch him spray all over score motor including switch stacks etc. I own a machine where score motor, relays and much of everything else on bottom board is covered in something so now I think I know what it is.

#10345 1 year ago

(dup)

#10346 1 year ago
Quoted from spinal:

I'm newer so trying to learn all I can and came across this: seems very experienced and spraying WD-40:
» YouTube video
Advocates for spraying with WD-40, he says that "electronically it dries out anyway". At 48:31 you can watch him spray on score motor. I own a machine where board is covered in something so now I think I know what it is.

Well now I know ill never buy anything from those guys. There is no reason whatsoever to use WD-40 in a pinball machine. A dab of Teflon grease and/or oil on a few parts like steppers, score motor, metal to metal moving parts, and that should be it.

#10347 1 year ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

There is no reason whatsoever to use WD-40 in a pinball machine.

Well you go ahead and drill out that perfectly good rusty lock cylinder, and I'll give it a little spritz of WD40 and keep on using the original key!

#10348 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Well you go ahead and drill out that perfectly good rusty lock cylinder, and I'll give it a little spritz of WD40 and keep on using the original key!

Teflon oil my man!

#10349 1 year ago

WD-40 seems like a great way to have a flash-fire inside your cabinet. No thank you.

#10350 1 year ago

I'm surprised none of the commenters said anything about Ray using the WD-40!

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