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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#3551 4 years ago
Quoted from dtown:

I REALLY like drinking. Except when working on a pin. Then I end up with a solder burn on my person. Yes, it has happened.

What amazes me is that after a night of heavy drinking somehow the next day I find my machines all fixed. But can never remember where those cuts on my fingers came from.

#3552 4 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

It takes courage.

The drinking usually just influences my purchasing, not so much my selling yet. It's amazing how something that I'm on the fence about buying normally, is so easy to pull the trigger on after a few Gin and tonics or a couple of large Scotches. A few days before Christmas I bought a 3d printer after reading an article that you might be able to print pinball parts - a few drinks and that article was all it took. Come to think of it, the price of Scotch should come with the average price of the stuff you are going to buy when drinking it factored into it!

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#3553 4 years ago

Finished the full restoration on this beautiful and highly collectable Gottlieb SING ALONG pinball machine. Countless hours of labor were involved. The cabinet was fully repainted, a new playfield was installed, every metal piece was polished, all switches were cleaned, etc., etc.

Many more pictures on this other thread:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottlieb-sing-along-fully-restored-many-pics

Robert Urbanowicz

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#3554 4 years ago

With special thanks to The Original Pinball Exchange Club, my Bon Voyage is alive and well.

Nice original machine. 32045 plays on it. Now that it's working, I still need to do some cleaning and polishing
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#3555 4 years ago
Quoted from bigdaddy1:

Finished the full restoration on this beautiful and highly collectable Gottlieb SING ALONG pinball machine. Countless hours of labor were involved. The cabinet was fully repainted, a new playfield was installed, every metal piece was polished, all switches were cleaned, etc., etc.
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https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottlieb-sing-along-fully-restored-many-pics
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I want this machine!!!

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#3556 4 years ago

Got my Slick Chick, which has been on my wish list. Thanks Odin!

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#3557 4 years ago
Quoted from bellbrand:

I want this machine!!!

you are not alone...

#3558 4 years ago
Quoted from bigdaddy1:

Finished the full restoration on this beautiful and highly collectable Gottlieb SING ALONG pinball machine. Countless hours of labor were involved. The cabinet was fully repainted, a new playfield was installed, every metal piece was polished, all switches were cleaned, etc., etc.

Really looks outstanding. Such an awesome game. I've had mine for about a year (often about the time I'm itchy to trade out) but I think this is an all-time keeper.

#3559 4 years ago

That's a fantastic restoration Robert! An excellent example of a great machine now. Guess I'll have to get in line with Lisa and Chris as I too would love to buy it.

#3560 4 years ago

beautiful job on the sing along.
i had one for some time and sold it with the plan of picking up another at some point. mine was in really, really bad shape. great art and theme.

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#3561 4 years ago

1975 Williams Triple Strike going to TPF 2015.

Just need to touch up the right Flipper gouge in the Playfield paint, clearcoat, and install 2 new Flipper Bats and linkage for proper alignment. Most likely I will Triple Thick the Backglass too. Game has been sold so I thought I better post pics now before i forget.

Ken

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#3562 4 years ago

you know you have a lot of pinball machines when you have to put an "out of service for repairs" sign on one to remind you it doesn't work...

on the serious side, someone is getting a nice machine...

#3563 4 years ago

Nice looking Triple Strike Ken!

Coincidentally, just 5 minutes ago I realized that my Triple Strike, which I have planned to include in a group of EMs I'll be selling, is located in the back corner (of course) of my packed storage unit. Between that and seeing how nice yours looks, I may just hang onto it for a while yet!

#3564 4 years ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

Coincidentally, just 5 minutes ago I realized that my Triple Strike, which I have planned to include in a group of EMs I'll be selling, is located in the back corner (of course) of my packed storage unit. Between that and seeing how nice yours looks, I may just hang onto it for a while yet!

Thanks Tim! It is a great player and flows well with a rather intricate Ruleset for a Williams 70's EM. If I had the room I would keep it but I'm going for an all Gottlieb 70's Wedgehead lineup for my small collection except for Williams Gun Games.

Ken

#3565 4 years ago

Got my Gottlieb rollercoaster working almost flawlessly except for the center dial which I think is going to live as it is just scoring whatever it feels like. Man this is an uneventful pin!!! I think I'm going to try to trade it for a Williams pin or something.

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#3566 4 years ago

I had a Roller Coaster, only cool thing about it was the ramps!!

#3567 4 years ago
Quoted from Its_me_aj:

Man this is an uneventful pin!!!

That's a euphemism for "this game sucks!" I said it, you didn't!

#3568 4 years ago

Stock Car has that same nothing-going-on feel to it and not coincidentally also has one of those flipper clock wheels in the middle.

Blech.

#3569 4 years ago

Ah sometimes it is just nice after a hard day to settle into a game with no twists & turns, ups & downs. Rollercoaster is such a game. It has its place in EM history!

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#3570 4 years ago

Just finished a resto on my Pro Football prior to advertising for sale to enable space for imminent new arrivals Golden Arrow, Atlantis and maybe Spin Out.
When I got this machine it was pretty sad - poor cabinet, operational issues; flaking backglass; poor flipper power and a really badly mylar applied playfield (common on a number of Australian games).
So after a cab touch up, operational issues resolved (thks Kerry Imming & Dirt Flipper) including motor board, playfield & backbox rebuild; a bgresto backglass; flipper coil upgrade re Clays guide for this game and replacing the playfield this is now a fast & enjoyable machine-as always it will be sad to see it go.

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#3571 4 years ago
Quoted from wayner:

Just finished a resto on my Pro Football prior to advertising for sale to enable space for imminent new arrivals Golden Arrow, Atlantis and maybe Spin Out.
When I got this machine it was pretty sad - poor cabinet, operational issues; flaking backglass; poor flipper power and a really badly mylar applied playfield (common on a number of Australian games).
So after a cab touch up, operational issues resolved (thks Kerry Imming & Dirt Flipper) including motor board, playfield & backbox rebuild; a bgresto backglass; flipper coil upgrade re Clays guide for this game and replacing the playfield this is now a fast & enjoyable machine-as always it will be sad to see it go.

Nice work. That came out great.

That's a lot of love applied to a game you plan to sell. Someone is going to have a really nice game.

#3572 4 years ago

Looks great wayner!

#3573 4 years ago

looks great wayne...

shame to see it go...

#3574 4 years ago

Nice work!

#3575 4 years ago
Quoted from wayner:

Just finished a resto on my Pro Football prior to advertising for sale

Great job! You should have no problems selling that one pretty quickly.

Ken

#3576 4 years ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Great job! You should have no problems selling that one pretty quickly.
Ken

yea, i wish mine looked that good... my cabinet is, umm, rather weathered...

#3578 4 years ago

Thks for the really gracious comments. As a relative newby to this hobby those comments from each of you mean an awful lot to me.
This one DF I actually purchased within about 45 minutes from my place. It came from a solid state guy who had bought it and decided not to carry through with it. It came with a really nice 'spare' playfield and associated parts so this resto includes that playfield which I did not touch up at all including the dreaded ball kick out area so it would retain its originality.
This was also the first time I used automotive acrylics to touch up the cabinet which I am now very much wedded to. This includes the use of MDF board stencils which I mentioned in a separate post.

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#3579 4 years ago

I love the EM games . In about a week I will have an old williams EM shuffle bowling in my collection

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#3580 4 years ago

Well my Gottlieb Golden Arrow, which I purchased from Michigan Pinball last November finally arrived in Sydney late last week and I picked it up from Port Botany today.

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Craters & Freighters Detroit coordinated the packing, crating & shipping and did a great job. I was stunned by how well in particular the light box was protected within the crate by strong but cushioned & indented foam and vapour barrier wrapped. As a consequence the machine arrived as it left.

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The machine operated straight out of the crate so I am quite happy. It needs some work on the cabinet, the playfield and the motor board but overall not a bad unit.

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#3581 4 years ago

Congrats wayner!

Great addition to your collection.

#3582 4 years ago

Well done Wayne !

The work of Craters & Freighters Detroit is extraordinary.

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Wanted : Dead or Alive - In any condition
Gottlieb SPACE WALK
You find, you win : REWARD USD 500 !

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#3583 4 years ago
Quoted from wayner:

Well my Gottlieb Golden Arrow, which I purchased from Michigan Pinball last November finally arrived in Sydney late last week and I picked it up from Port Botany today.

Congrats indeed Wayner!

Now I want one!

Ken

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#3584 4 years ago

Finished restoring this rare (only 375 produced) and beautiful Gottlieb HIT THE DECK.

Robert

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#3585 4 years ago
Quoted from bigdaddy1:

Finished restoring this rare (only 375 produced) and beautiful Gottlieb HIT THE DECK.
Robert

Very very nice Robert-congrats

#3586 4 years ago
Quoted from bigdaddy1:

Finished restoring this rare (only 375 produced) and beautiful Gottlieb HIT THE DECK.

Does look great. Can you elaborate on the work you did?

#3587 4 years ago

And why only 375 produced? End of Gottlieb's EM era?

#3588 4 years ago

Gentlemen, start your engines!

#3589 4 years ago

Hit the Deck is such an odd beast, it's so strange to see the score reels moving with their fake segmented LEDs.

#3590 4 years ago

Most. Hilariously. Suggestive. Backglass. Ever.

#3591 4 years ago

Man that is clean!!!

#3592 4 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

Most. Hilariously. Suggestive. Backglass. Ever.

A bit more suggestive perhaps?

#3594 4 years ago

That's the Italian version. American is "only" 1 million

#3595 4 years ago

Robert - what's the ser# and play meter count on that HtD? (just curious, I know of 4 in the area here.)

#3596 4 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

10 million to roll it over?!?

My understanding is they added two more dummy score reels on the right.

#3597 4 years ago

That Hit the Deck looks great! Another great restoration.

I played one of dirt's (he had two at the time) and was surprised how fast and how fun that title was. Some of these low production games made at the end of the em era are snooze fests but not this one.

#3598 4 years ago

Thank you for your comments! Probably, I'll be listing this Gottlieb HIT THE DECK for sale on the Pinside Market tonight.

Robert

p.s.: DirtFlipper, I sent you a pm with some information about all the HtD I have owned.

#3599 4 years ago

Got it - thanks!

#3600 4 years ago

G'day from Australia. Just discovered Pinside and this amazing thread.

Congrats to everyone on their beautiful machines....I have never seen a lineup like this and I'm only at page 25. Just one gorgeous thing after another and so far I have seen the lions share of my collection all sparkling and pristine.... No pics from me yet but I'm just about to start 6 weeks of holidays and have a ton of work to do and I'll be sharing a bunch of pics eventually.

I'd like to do a shoutout to aussiepinball.com which has made owning e/ms a reality for me. A really talented and friendly crew that help keep the Aussie pinball scene tight knit, generous and knowledgeable. Special mention to Mitch Styles aka Mr Pinbologist, my local guru. Check out his YouTubes and detailed how to's at aussiepinball. I own 4 of his restores and would take more if he had them.

I'm primarily into 70s 3" flipper preferably wedgeheads but anything with chimes. My collection in no particular order:

1972 GTB outer space: 2 player in poor condition-Nice b/g restore by Mitch who's currently doing the playfield. for a cabinet repaint and eventual total cosmetic job as it's my grail pin....Currently looks like roadkill and smells like a rats toilet....a great player with a killer backglass.

1961 GTB Big Casino. Has had a restore but is far from original with a different cabinet design, multiball(!) and repositioned flippers. Lots of repro plastic including a pinballrescue.com plastics set. A shoutout here to Lee who has sold me a ton of repro plastics all beautiful quality and very faithful. My only 2" model because it's my birthday pin (July '61).A fun player if you are prepared to use some brute force and a very pretty special light.

1976 GTB Volley: Unrestored, needs a p/f tidy and Mylar. Excellent backglass, cabinet needs a respray. New plastics to be fitted. Great player but cosmetically sad.

1975 GTB Abra Ca Dabra: A Mr Pinbologist restored machine. Mitch honed his skills early on in the piece on this one. Known as "Old Smoothy" a lovely machine to play. B/g a little fade but otherwise very clean, lovely mylared p/f. New Pinball Rescue plastics. Never disappoints, always brings out my best playing instincts.

1977 Zaccaria Universe: 4 player, high end restoration by Mr Pinbologist. A beautiful player, one of my favorites, fast, great simple ruleset. Incredibly lurid colored playfield (been described as looking like "the killing floor in a unicorn slaughterhouse") Everyone loves Universe.

1971 WMS Klondike. Another Mr pinbologist restored machine. fun and tricky, currently set to add a ball. backglass has a few faults but it is very tidy otherwise.

1972 WMS Superstar: My 1st pin, messy but original with a pretty degraded backglass. For and eventual facelift and getting a p/f spruceup shortly to protect the very good bits and repair the insert wear. The fastest, trickyest game I own, underrated with some excellent shots.

1976 WMS Space Odyssey: Currently sitting in a barn in Cootamundra, 1000km from home. bought unseen from another forum member to save it from the scrappers...I've managed to track down a NOS wms plastics set and a half decent b/g for eventual restoration. Needs a lift home to be with it's friends.

1974 GTB Sky Jump. picked this up last week on Ebay. Rough as hell and another rats toilet, currently drenched in Febreeze but will probably need a deep steam clean to purge the smell. I'm currently teaching myself to trace faults and do jobs like clean and rebuild steppers....still won't start. Really good b/g but p/f is planked and the last person to pull up the mylar took a fair amount of artwork with it.. this machine needs a ton of love but I'm prepared to give it my best shot as it's such an iconic 70's title.

1978 GTB Hit The Deck: Picked this up on Ebay a couple of days ago for a reasonable price...looks like a very clean example...for delivery this coming week...you can imagine my excitement. I did not expect my offer to be considered and it was a little tricky bring it up with my wife (who is actually just as pleased)...Will be getting professional advice about sorting this one out. I found Pinside while researching this one so that's got to be a good omen

1973 GTB High Hand: Currently being totally restored by APR in Melbourne. My other grail pin. Nino at APR is one of the top restorers in Australia. He's been having problems with this one but the work so far has been stunning. To my mind the most beautiful pinball ever made and a great player. I want to be buried in this machine.

Lots of words, no photos so thanks for reading this far. give me time. I still have 50 pages of e/ms to drool over.

If anyone has a 1969 GTB Wild Wild West 2 player they want to part with drop me a line at greenechidna@gmail.com

Also cheers to Rat-Tomago for a great thread(the best e/m thread I've ever seen) as well as being named after a cool as hell guitar solo by St Francis DeZappa

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