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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago



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#11801 11 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

And then there were six.

Is that six (EMs) in the garage?
Did you part with Big Daddy?

#11802 11 days ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Is that six (EMs) in the garage?
Did you part with Big Daddy?

I would never part with Big Daddy. It takes on all comers and takes no prisoners. Nothing's changed. The Fun Park in the background left a month or two ago.

It is seven including my yet to be finished Arrow Head project.
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#11803 10 days ago

I have a theory that Big Daddy is older River Boat guy.

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#11804 10 days ago
Quoted from Pablito350:

I have a theory that Big Daddy is older River Boat guy.[quoted image]

Rounding up prospects on the bayou.

#11805 10 days ago

And all this time I thought it was this dude.

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#11806 10 days ago

This is what it looked like when i first got it
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And after
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#11807 10 days ago
Quoted from Sea_Wolf:

Not perfect by any means but I repainted almost the entire playfield by hand (brush) then clear coated and waxed. It was pretty rough when I got it and I still need to paint under the Mylar where the pop bumpers are but I’m going to wait till I try to rebuild the middle pop.
Now I need some ideas on what to do (if anything) with the bad touch up on the backglass.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

That looks a million times better!

#11808 10 days ago
Quoted from mark532011:

That looks a million times better!

Thanks. Took awhile to match the green/blue, pink and yellow. Surprising what you can do with a set of good brushes and patience.

#11809 7 days ago

New mouths to feed:

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I now have 2 Jumpin' Jacks... twice as many as any other Jumpin' Jack's owner.

#11810 7 days ago

pinball419 how wide is your room in that panoramic?

#11811 7 days ago
Quoted from pencilneck:

New mouths to feed:
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I now have 2 Jumpin' Jacks... twice as many as any other Jumpin' Jack's owner.

Heck, if they ate, I'd be broke!

#11812 7 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Heck, if they ate, I'd be broke!

Mine do eat. I just didn’t know it when I bought them.

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#11814 7 days ago
Quoted from pencilneck:

I now have 2 Jumpin' Jacks... twice as many as any other Jumpin' Jack's owner.

I had two, but one was just a parts game, both are now at PPM.

#11815 6 days ago

Jumping' Jacks looks cool with those drop targets hiding those gobble holes. There is only one other game I can think of that had both features.

#11816 6 days ago

Wow that is a nice Hearts and Spades! Did you do the restore? Put a few PF shots up.

#11817 6 days ago
Quoted from RWH:

Wow that is a nice Hearts and Spades! Did you do the restore? Put a few PF shots up.

Still in progress but almost done- Have to work on the legs and the backglass and pretty much finished.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hearts-and-spades-

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#11818 6 days ago

Love the PF, no one did it better than D. Gottlieb. You've done a great job so far just remember to repost when it's finished.

#11819 5 days ago
Quoted from RWH:

Love the PF, no one did it better than D. Gottlieb. You've done a great job so far just remember to repost when it's finished.

Some better pictures, just finished touching up the backglass tonight.

Playfield has automotive clear coat, I have to re-do it in the future, it was real bad condition when I got it.

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#11820 5 days ago

In May 2017, I was fortunate to pickup a 1967 Bally Surfers single player zipper flipper from a nice family in Bradford, PA. The game was a prized possession for their kids and the neighborhood kids and I promised to give it a deserving restoration. untitledq (resized).png

I immediately breezed through the teardown and rebuild in a couple months but I never fixed a couple stumping issues that prevented the game from playing. My focus to complete Surfers was quickly overtaken by the desire to find more 60's Bally gems. As my collection of projects swelled, Surfers sat looking pretty but waiting to be fixed and played.

Fast forward 2 years to last month and in a spat of bravado, I offered to bring Surfers to the August 16th "Island Party" themed season launch event of The Fitton Center for Arts in Hamilton, OH. My wife is a mosaic instructor for the past 4 years at The Fitton and my son also started working there earlier this year. The launch party attracts over 1,000 members, guests and soon-to-be new members to preview all the cultural offerings at The Fitton and this is the second year that pinball will have a showing. The big question was did I have the ability to get Surfers ready for the masses?

I am happy to report that I pushed through and my restored Surfers is now ready for prime time. Problems addressed included: finding / fixing the stuck switch that caused the 0-9 unit stepper coil to lock on and a complete teardown and cleaning of all steppers. The biggest head scratchier was that pressing the left flipper button would tilt the game. Suspecting a short somewhere in the harness, I tried a direct jumper but ultimately replacing the flipper coil solved the problem. I also did my first ever high tap and the game has peppy play.IMG_2117 (resized).JPGIMG_2118 (resized).JPGIMG_2119 (resized).JPG

The eagle-eyed Bally aficionados will notice the yellow insert light on the right side of the apron. My Surfers does have the installed Add-A-Ball relay but I have not explored how it actually functions.

This is the first time I have taken one of my games to a public event and I'm excited to see if any older patrons remembers Surfers from their youth or if younger players can appreciate the coolness of zipper flippers and the Actual Reality of electro mechanical pinball.

I'll take plenty of pics at the event this Friday and report back on how many plays it racks up.

#11821 5 days ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

In May 2017, I was fortunate to pickup a 1967 Bally Surfers single player zipper flipper from a nice family in Bradford, PA. The game was a prized possession for their kids and the neighborhood kids and I promised to give it a deserving restoration. [quoted image]
I immediately breezed through the teardown and rebuild in a couple months but I never fixed a couple stumping issues that prevented the game from playing. My focus to complete Surfers was quickly overtaken by the desire to find more 60's Bally gems. As my collection of projects swelled, Surfers sat looking pretty but waiting to be fixed and played.
Fast forward 2 years to last month and in a spat of bravado, I offered to bring Surfers to the August 16th "Island Party" themed season launch event of The Fitton Center for Arts in Hamilton, OH. My wife is a mosaic instructor for the past 4 years at The Fitton and my son also started working there earlier this year. The launch party attracts over 1,000 members, guests and soon-to-be new members to preview all the cultural offerings at The Fitton and this is the second year that pinball will have a showing. The big question was did I have the ability to get Surfers ready for the masses?
I am happy to report that I pushed through and my restored Surfers is now ready for prime time. Problems addressed included: finding / fixing the stuck switch that caused the 0-9 unit stepper coil to lock on and a complete teardown and cleaning of all steppers. The biggest head scratchier was that pressing the left flipper button would tilt the game. Suspecting a short somewhere in the harness, I tried a direct jumper but ultimately replacing the flipper coil solved the problem. I also did my first ever high tap and the game has peppy play.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]
The eagle-eyed Bally aficionados will notice the yellow insert light on the right side of the apron. My Surfers does have the installed Add-A-Ball relay but I have not explored how it actually functions.
This is the first time I have taken one of my games to a public event and I'm excited to see if any older patrons remembers Surfers from their youth or if younger players can appreciate the coolness of zipper flippers and the Actual Reality of electro mechanical pinball.
I'll take plenty of pics at the event this Friday and report back on how many plays it racks up.

Good luck at the August 16th event. Excellent restoration! Looks fantastic!

I think that Surfers has the best flow of all of Zale's zipper flipper designs as well as the most appealing Kelley art package.

#11822 5 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Playfield has automotive clear coat

Yeah it looks like it is dimpled up on you. I love the colors on that playfield though, especially the diamond pattern at the top. Nice work, enjoy it!!

#11823 5 days ago
Quoted from RWH:

Yeah it looks like it is dimpled up on you. I love the colors on that playfield though, especially the diamond pattern at the top. Nice work, enjoy it!!

Not sure how much is dimpled vs minor imperfections in the clear coat. I didn't bother to block sand the final two coats as it was already substantially better than when I started and have plans to redo the whole playfield in the future. This will be my first major dive into playfield restoration and winter is a far better time to do it as I anticipate it will take several weeks if not a few months. Since clear coating is the first step in a playfield overhaul, I'm not wasting time here and get to enjoy the game in the meantime.

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