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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#1651 5 years ago

Sounds like you want to see more...here some pic's from 2006. I can't believe 2014 is in less than two weeks.
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#1652 5 years ago

That gameroom would be what most Em`ers would be asking Santa for Christmas ^^ thats for sure.

#1653 5 years ago

Funny you should say that...I remember buying myself a pin for a Christmas more than i few years. Actually the one that stands out in my mind the most is my Buckaroo christmas present i got myself. Still have it too.Thanks for the nice comment.

#1654 5 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

OK. But don't say I didn't warn you.
First I will post the nice backglass and then onto the carnage.
I have not taken any after photos yet, but these before shots show what a real challenge this bad boy has been.

jrpinball said: This is what I started with. Granted, my plastics were better than yours, but that "red grunge" cleans up pretty easily.
The backglass is pretty nice; the worst thing is a scratch in the girl's red sweater. I kept that glass and used a slightly poorer one in the game.IMG_8121.JPG

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#1655 5 years ago

That's a good player that there Flip a Card....

#1656 5 years ago

This is how the "Flip A Card" turned out. I didn't do a totally hog-wild restoration on it, but it turned out very nice.
The spin feature needed a lot of work, and when I was done with it, it spun like no other I've seen before or since!
I also repro'd the score and instruction cards and the "tax stamp" on the left side of the upper arch.
As I mentioned, it is now part of the collection at the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park, NJ. Still plays great last time I was there.

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#1657 5 years ago

Awesome. Thanks for the photos.
Your plastics started off better then ours for sure.
However our playfield wins out as it buffed up very nice with no cracks or repainting.
We almost have it completely playable, just a scoring issue to work out.
When your spinner went off on the cards in the center, How far did it spin?
Currently ours is moving just 3 to 5 cards, so I'm sure we will need to get it moving better at some point.
The only other difference I see is that our door has the nickle slot as well as the dime and quarter.
Also our flipper bats are missing the blue on top of the FLIPPER letters as well.
Can't wait to get it going perfectly.
Also did you repaint the white on the cabinet? and if so what do you normally use for that?
Here is ours so far.

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#1658 5 years ago

When you mix talent and passion together JR's Flip a Card is the end result. Great work Joe! Another wedgehead that will be around hopefully for a long time.

When we were at the Silverball the last time Joe checked the game meter plays and i think it had 15,000 plays put on it since its been at the Silverball and still plays great too.

Flip A Card is at the top of the early 1970's list of great playing Gottlieb Wedgeheads.

The jukes in the pic are a Rock ola #1448 with rotating title drum and a AMI 200.
My garage was more a workshop then a gameroom back then.

Here's some pic's of my Flip a Card restorations that i did in 2003.

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#1659 5 years ago

Love seeing all these EMs...

#1660 5 years ago

I still haven't played your 'Flip A Card' Vic... Still trying to work my way around your wedgehead game room... She is a beauty though...

#1661 5 years ago

Vic, I see you went with the nice creamy white inserts on the Flip-a-Card instead of the ugly redish brown. lol
Nice machine.

#1662 5 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

Awesome. Thanks for the photos.
Your plastics started off better then ours for sure.
However our playfield wins out as it buffed up very nice with no cracks or repainting.
We almost have it completely playable, just a scoring issue to work out.
When your spinner went off on the cards in the center, How far did it spin?
Currently ours is moving just 3 to 5 cards, so I'm sure we will need to get it moving better at some point.
The only other difference I see is that our door has the nickle slot as well as the dime and quarter.
Also our flipper bats are missing the blue on top of the FLIPPER letters as well.
Can't wait to get it going perfectly.
Also did you repaint the white on the cabinet? and if so what do you normally use for that?
Here is ours so far.
JR PINBALL said:
Wow, a vast improvement already! Great work!
If you look at the "before" photos, my game was also a triple coin chute game.
I had a double chute coin entry bezel laying around as a spare, so I used what I had. My spin unit didn't work at all.
The protrusion on the fiber cam that whacks the spinner inside the cabinet was worn away. I made a piece from an old flipper link, and using an extra long screw, I installed it over the existing cam. That unit and all the associated components are quite tricky and intricate. It requires lots of tweaking to get it just right. Of course, your AX unit (the part that lights and selects the cards during and after a spin) must be adjusted and working correctly.
I believe "FAC" has two of these units; the other being used for the match feature as it is in most other games of this era. The two switches that pulse via the spinner must also be precisely adjusted. The capacitor/diode/resistor plug-in unit must be good as well. This unit is used to delay one of the relays involved with the spin/spot feature (I believe it's the delay relay.) If you put a piece of electrical tape on the armature plate of the spin pulse relay, it will make the spin faster because the tape keeps the armature plate from actually sticking to the coil when it's energized, but rather the plate is only momentarily pulled in without sticking to the coil. This makes the action of this relay faster, which pulses the AX unit faster as well. You may notice that there are two types of spin sequences.
At the start of the game, and after a ball leaves the playfield, the coil that pulses the ratchet to "wind up" the spinner cam winds it all the way back. So, the first spin of each ball utilizes this "full whack" of the spinner on the spin unit. Each subsequent spin on the same ball will only partially wind up the cam. Oddly, (on my game anyway) this partial "whack" sometimes spun the spinner faster that a full whack. The cards on the playfield would sometimes make 2 1/2 to 3 quick revolutions where a full whack (first spin on any ball) would do maybe 2 revs.
You can easily reletter the tops of the flippers with a blue sharpie. Since the letters and all the colored areas are raised, even a reasonably steady hand can get them just about perfect. Of course Pinball Resource sells them too.
As far as the paint, I was able to remove most of the ugly hand brushed stuff with "Goof Off". I actually hand brushed the red graphics back in, but I used good quality brushes and "One Shot" sign painter's paint. I also hand brushed the black stripes, but black is very easy to do. I did not repaint the white, but just touched it up as best as I could with regular latex house paint which I tinted with a bit of yellow. Sometimes I just rub the paint on with my fingers, then when it's partially dry, I will smooth it up with a damp paper towel. Sounds odd, but I get decent results that way. As I said, I did not do a full bore professional restoration, but just did the best I could with what I had around. I was very happy with how it came out, and it played like a dream. I may try to buy it back from the museum some day!

Post edited by jrpinball : clarification

#1663 5 years ago

Thanks for all the awesome info on the spinner unit.
The black and red on our cabinet are very nice. The white however sucks.
I think we could get away with taping off the red and black and just repainting the white.

#1664 5 years ago

My brother picked up this cool topper for our Lucky Ace/High Ace at Hobby Lobby last week.
They had them on for half price and make a cool topper for most any card themed game.

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#1665 5 years ago

That Lucky Ace looks like a fun player especially with the four flipper arrangement.

Here is my garage gameroom in its early stages in 2005.

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#1666 5 years ago

Garage gameroom so packed with games that i couldn't use the side door to get in and out of the garage because this woodrail blocked the way.

I just listed this game with other pictures on IPDB and PinballOwners website since it was one i forget i hunted down and had in my collection. I found the JC in a NJ basement but sold only after having it a few weeks. Went to a good home for sure in South Jersey.

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#1667 5 years ago

Far Out playfield...Wish i held on to that game a little longer.
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#1668 5 years ago

cool back glass

#1669 5 years ago

oh yeah...
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#1670 5 years ago

Slightly off topic but would appreciate some opinions - i can get 1 of these 2 - Big Brave or Sweet Hearts - similar conditions - and what are reasonable prices for each?

#1671 5 years ago
Quoted from Ice9ers:

Slightly off topic but would appreciate some opinions - i can get 1 of these 2 - Big Brave or Sweet Hearts - similar conditions - and what are reasonable prices for each?

condition is everything... playfield, backglass and cabinet what do they look like?
big brave is not a bad player not great IMO
sweet heart is one of my favorites great game

if in good condition
big brave 400-600
sweethearts 600-800

that is my opinion

#1673 5 years ago

Sweet Hearts is great early Gottlieb wedgehead!

#1674 5 years ago

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#1675 5 years ago
Quoted from kovalski3:

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A thumbs up on those pins. Abra Ca Dabra, a Strange World, good machines there.

#1676 5 years ago

Yeah....great line up low production wedgeheads.That Abra Ca Dabra looks nice too!
Way to go Adam!

#1677 5 years ago

Forget Big Brother - Big Boy is watching!

#1678 5 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

Forget Big Brother - Big Boy is watching!

Now your making me hungry^^

http://www.bobs.net/menu/burgers

#1679 5 years ago
Quoted from kovalski3:

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Nice looking low production/wedgeheads Adam........ That looks to be a Blue Note with the playfield out of it. There's a rare game you don't see much.

#1680 5 years ago

I'm shopping out the Playfield. I'll post pics when it is back together.

#1681 5 years ago

I have 7 EMs. 4 Gottlieb, 2 Williams, 1 Bally.

Here's my Williams Triple Action. In excellent condition. Up for sale right now on eBay. I need to make room for another project.

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#1682 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Very nice looking Triple Action by the way.

#1683 5 years ago

Finally finished shopping out my bank shot. image-956.jpgimage-606.jpgimage-488.jpg

#1684 5 years ago
Quoted from kovalski3:

Finally finished shopping out my bank shot.

Congrats! Now you have another pin to play on New Years Eve/Day!

Enjoy!

Ken

#1685 5 years ago

Love a good pool theme.
Although that man in the lower corner of the backglass looks kinda creepy.

#1686 5 years ago

Oh Yeah Bank Shot great game
addictive pin

#1687 5 years ago

You love them AAB's don't you.
Please take some clear close up detailed pictures of that beauty.
Nice game!

#1688 5 years ago

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#1689 5 years ago

Those pop bumpers caps with rack of pool balls..are they factory original?
Nice looking pin.

#1690 5 years ago

Yes Vic, those are the factory original caps. It's an add-a-ball! Lovely creature that it is!

#1691 5 years ago

What's the point value on the pop bumpers? When do they light up?

#1692 5 years ago

Here's a few of my others.

Gottlieb Royal Guard. This was a complete restoration.

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Here it is as it was when I bought it.

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Williams Ding Dong. Cabinet repainted and repro backglass

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Gottlieb Top Card. Getting ready to do a playfield swap thanks to Adam Kovalsky

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Bally Surfers. First game I ever owned, got it in 1971. Cabinet has some paint starting to flake but other wise still good. Playfield looks like the day it was made.

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I've also got a Big Indian and a Bank A Ball that I need to get some better pictures of.

#1693 5 years ago

Vic, do you still have that Hot Line? When I first got that Surfers in 1971, a buddy of mine got a Hot Line. We played the hell out of both games. It's on my "sentimental value" list if I can ever find one nearby.

I'd have thought I died and went to heaven if I ever just got to play that wedgehead collection. Just outstanding.

#1694 5 years ago

I have a '64 Bally Grand Tour. It was a bit of a basket case when I got it and I currently have it torn down for a resto, but here are some pics from before I tore it down. I've never seen another one except in a short video a friend filmed at Allentown.GT Upper PF.jpgGT Mid PF.jpgGT Lower PF.jpgGT Leftside.jpgGT Rightside.jpgGT Under PF.jpgGT Full PF.jpgGT Backglass.jpg

#1695 5 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Vic, do you still have that Hot Line? When I first got that Surfers in 1971, a buddy of mine got a Hot Line. We played the hell out of both games. It's on my "sentimental value" list if I can ever find one nearby.
I'd have thought I died and went to heaven if I ever just got to play that wedgehead collection. Just outstanding.

The Hot Line i remember i got down in the Jersey shore in a small house near the beach. I brought it home and shopped it out with JR. I didn't have it that long but enjoyed the game for a while. I forget how ,but JR ended up with the HL and he did some wood work repairs on the head and maybe more before he sold the HL to Randy in Wildwood.

#1696 5 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Here's a few of my others.
Gottlieb Royal Guard. This was a complete restoration.

Here it is as it was when I bought it.

Williams Ding Dong. Cabinet repainted and repro backglass

Gottlieb Top Card. Getting ready to do a playfield swap thanks to Adam Kovalsky

Bally Surfers. First game I ever owned, got it in 1971. Cabinet has some paint starting to flake but other wise still good. Playfield looks like the day it was made.

I've also got a Big Indian and a Bank A Ball that I need to get some better pictures of.

Your handle could be interpreted that you are in the Kansas City area. Is this true?
If so, do you go to either of the monthly pinball leagues?

Mike O.
Team-EM

#1697 5 years ago
Quoted from MikeO:

Your handle could be interpreted that you are in the Kansas City area. Is this true?
If so, do you go to either of the monthly pinball leagues?
Mike O.
Team-EM

No, I never have.

I believe we talked back earlier this year when I put the Williams Triple Action up for sale.

#1698 5 years ago

Here is a tough question. What is the minimum amount of Gottlieb pins does some one need to have most or all of the playfield features that were used? For example; rotating-target, variable-target, Drop Target, Gate to shooter lane, Captured Ball, Pop Bumper, Spinner, Roll Over, Roll Under, and any other features I did not mention. Would 8 pins cover the gamut or could it be done with just 5 pins?

Let the comments fly and I do not have a correct answer. I just putting this out there for you EM Guys.

Post edited by Darcy : clarity

#1699 5 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

What is the minimum amount of Gottlieb pins does some one need to have most or all of the playfield features that were used?

Zero.

#1700 5 years ago

Hey O-Din. Zero. As in none. I thought you had a Gottlieb pin?

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