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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago

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#9087 2 years ago

Left Saturday morning on a 18 hour, 920 mile round trip to Warren, OH to pick up a 1969 Bally Op Pop Pop and then to Bradford, PA to pickup a 1967 Bally Surfers and then back home this morning at 4:30 am.

Won the Op Pop Pop on eBay Thursday from seller Rob Berk (Expo organizer). Game was said to be operational (have not set it up to confirm), has some missing paint and flaking on BG, playfield looks good (but I can clean it better), 2 chipped plastics and solid but faded cabinet. Good candidate for a re-stencil but I'm not sure that this game is a keeper...will probably re-sell or trade for another Bally zipper: Bazaar, Rocket III, Cosmos or maybe Fireball + cash. Any takers or offers ??

More excited about Surfers. Mine is serial number 1713 and Surfers is the 2nd lowest produced Bally zipper flipper behind Joker and has some neat features: a third flipper near the top of the playfield, a left outlane kickback, right outlane gate and carryover bonus on the playfield and backbox. Game was in the seller's family for 30+ years but kept in a musty basement. Unfortunately, there is some flaking on the backglass. I have never triple-thicked a glass but this is one that needs it. May even look to BGresto. The playfield was filthy but looks to clean up nice. Planking is apparent but the cleaning is helping it to lessen the impact. Typical wear around the pops, top shooter arch and slight wear at top kickout. No flipper drag or other wear. Plastics look good with only one break that I missed when looking the first time. Mechanics look good with no hacks. The Add-a-ball relay kit is present. Game lights up and serves a ball and scores (I think) but pressing the flippers activates the tilt. Noticed that the 50 volt fuse under the pf is blown. Cabinet cleaned up a little but the basement humidity has caused the paint and plywood to swell and there is lots of flaking especially on the head. I have re-stenciled cabinets before and this one would be easy. The "chop-top" playfield glass frame has chrome finish flaking and rusting. I know the frame can be dis-assembled and I assume re-chromed? Has anyone done this and can recommend a plater? I assume the person that took over Mike Chestnut's service? Here are some pics:

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#9103 2 years ago

Whereabouts in NC? Growing up, our family vacationed in mid and late 70's on the Outer Banks in Rodanthe next to the fishing pier. No games on the pier but they built a rec hall right next to it and I remember Nip-It, Chicago Coin Casino and a few others. Tons more at an arcade in Nags Head.

#9106 2 years ago

On a related topic, is there a supplier that has the white plastic posts available for mid-sixties Bally's? Looks like PBR just has the faceted posts. Bay Area just shows red post but out of stock. Nothing at Marco or Pinball Life.

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#9170 2 years ago

Beautiful Space Mission. This is what my eyes saw playing it new in 1976.

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#9473 2 years ago

Here are some pictures of my meager collection as it continues to grow:

Flip Flop! # 1 is a cabinet re-stencil project and just have to finish putting the playfield back together
Flip Flop! # 2 is a project for restoration or parts. This is the fourth Flip Flop I have owned.
Op Pop Pop is working and most likely will be listed for sale or trade later this fall
Fireball is working and will be getting a complete playfield teardown and restoration
Surfers restoration is almost complete and then need to fix a few gameplay issues
Dixieland was purchased as a project and is awaiting restoration
Bow and Arrow (not pictured) was just picked up today and will enter the restoration que

I have been intensely searching out Bally EM's from the 60's and 70's, mainly through CL, for the past few months. The next new addition to the herd will be picked up this coming weekend. The game has quite of a lot in common with both Fireball and Surfers. Any guesses ??

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#9475 2 years ago

Cold and warmer

#9477 2 years ago

Nic, you are correct with Capersville. The one I found has some flaking on the glass and playfield wear but since they don't come up very often, I'm not being picky.

#9487 2 years ago

My memories are a little later ('74 to '76). Popcorn from the cinemas across from the Red Baron arcade in the Southwyck Mall in Toledo, Ballroom Blitz by Sweet blasting from the jukebox at the Rack and Que in Bowling Green, Bubble Yum gum had just been released and stores were limiting sales of 1 pack per person, a small vanilla ice cream rolled in nuts in a sugar cone for 25 cents from Dairy Queen if I had not spent my last quarter on pinball.

Oh, to be a kid again...

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#9530 2 years ago

Planning a road trip to finally pick this up on Friday

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#9535 2 years ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Ballypin that Searay is it working or going to be a project? If so keep us informed.

It is Capersville, not Searay, but both are Ted Zale designs. It plays but not 100%.

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#9611 2 years ago

Man, so glad you are enjoying Bazaar. I thought I wanted one in the worst way and I almost bought it twice this summer but other games kept coming along and made me keep passing. I just love the backglass and yellow reels but the playfield art and layout just doesn't seal the deal for me. If one comes up closer to me in decent shape and decent price then all bets are off. Thanks for sharing the pics.

#9614 2 years ago

I agree. 44 flexy LED's over the score reels are a must.

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#9694 2 years ago

Yea! Bow and Arrow. Mine has too many others ahead in line for resto.

#9724 2 years ago

Crap. Why don't these deals come up in my area ? Sent an email... we'll see if there is a response.

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#9911 1 year ago

Everybody owns a pair of flip flops, right ?

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#9914 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Yeah, but you only have one playfield!

Funny, but not true. The game on the left is a restore with repainted cabinet but the playfield rebuild stalled out and I misplaced some parts. Bought the one on the right so I can finish the restore.

#10004 1 year ago

Coming soon (while my wife is out) to a basement near me....

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#10040 1 year ago

WOW. Mine wants to look like this one someday

ebay.com link » Bally Capersville Pinball Machine Full Chrome New Backglass And More

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#10041 1 year ago

Picked up a Bally Amigo last week. Perfect backglass, planked but decent playfield and a so-so cabinet. Seller said a chipmunk got into it and chewed through a few wires on a Jones plug. Got the chance to start cleaning it out last night and found 2 quarters and 7 of the little critters shells.

First time I have bought a game that came with it's own tumbling media

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#10050 1 year ago

I'll second that...WOW.

#10059 1 year ago

Surprised that NBC didn’t claim logo infringement.

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#10107 1 year ago

Still on the way home tonight from Boston, MA with these 2 Bally zipper flipper games.

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The 2 day, 1,900 mile round trip is documented here:


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#10922 1 year ago

Interesting that the single player Bon Voyage features a mass capacity jet plane while the four player Air Aces has a single pilot bi-plane.

Bally got it right with Super Sonic

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#11160 1 year ago

Another week and another wishlist game enters the collection. Bally Bazaar joined the herd on Sunday and joins fellow class of 1966 Gold Rush.

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#11168 1 year ago

Bring on the Ted Zale book !!!

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#11217 1 year ago

This Bally guy is responsible for hooking Jethro up with both these sweet double-flipper Gottliebs. Paying it forward so some good Bally lovin' will come my way

#11221 1 year ago

You are truly a magician.

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#11241 1 year ago

I was fortunate to pickup this 1964 Bally Hay Ride add a ball from another pinsider in Ohio. I was initially inspired by @ryanclaytor and his journey documented on this site last year to pickup his Hay Ride. With only 250 produced, I am looking forward to giving it the restoration attention it deserves. The good is a very nice condition playfield with typical wear at the pop bumpers and the upper ball arch. Game appears to be complete except the coin mech and chute parts and typical missing back door. Backglass has some flaking but presents very well and has no fading. Cabinet, upper arch and ball shooter gauge have been painted over but I have been successful in removing paint from the right side and with pictures from Ryan, will be able to create stencils and match colors for an intended re-paint.

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#11248 1 year ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

Nice machines especially the Light A card. I don't think I have ever played a Light A Card

Welcome back !!

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#11420 7 months ago

My latest project is a 1963 Bally 3-In-Line.

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I started a thread to document it's restoration here:


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#11481 7 months ago

Newest addition to the herd is a very rare 1971 Bally Skyrocket. This has been on my wish list for 3.5 years and I finally found one through the help of bluespin that was only 4 hours away in Akron, OH.

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I have started a restoration thread here:


Thanks for following, Darrin.

#11489 7 months ago
Quoted from ckcsm:

I played Nic's at the York Show last October, he did an outstanding job restoring this machine and I really enjoyed playing it with the light show.
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Yes, I played it last August at RPM... then I had to wipe my drool off the glass. He cleared the playfield and it looks and plays better than Day 1. I'm pretty sure I want to have mine touched up and cleared...just waiting to hear back from Kruzman.

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#11510 6 months ago

Was this the one in Evansville, Indiana ?

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#11578 5 months ago

Here are the first pictures of my latest additions to the collection, picked up during my first trip to Pinfest in Allentown:

1967 Bally Rocket III
I was somewhat looking for this title when one popped up in Philly about 2 months ago. I responded to the ad but pinsider Bruce znet was able to snag it. Bruce already had this title and passed it onto his friend and fellow pinsider colsond3. Colson did some great restoration work but ultimately decided to sell the game and I was able to pick it up Friday night after Pinfest. A Ted Zale zipper flipper design with a spinning bumper and left lane kickback.
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1966 Bally Loop The Loop
I have always been intrigued by the layout of this Ted Zale game with the S-curve ball entry, spinning bumper and dual bonus ladder feature. I had passed on buying several times previously but got serious after playing it for the first time at the 2018 Spring VFW show. Pinsider Pinjunkie16 offered his for sale but since I could not meet him at York last fall, we waited until Allentown to complete the deal. This example is the add-a-ball version and will clean up very well.IMG_1349 (resized).JPG

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#11758 3 months ago
Quoted from Playdium:

More pics of the Grand Slam play field restoration please. Looks amazing!

Looks great !!

What product and process did you use to clear the playfield ??

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#11773 83 days ago

Krud Kutter and ME do wonders. Maybe even try 0000 steel wool.

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#11820 66 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.

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#11841 57 days ago
Quoted from DCRand:

Just finished refurb. Looks good and plays well. Kept orig pop caps, but wanted something better looking.

I like the red caps too.

Looks like you missed the post rubber above the left saucer.

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#11948 35 days ago
Quoted from Playdium:

Bells, bells, bells!!! I love that sound.

I was thinking the same thing. Those bells resonate so long and sound so sweet. Great job Gary.

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#12023 3 days ago
Quoted from Vreuls:

Picked up a really nice bally surfers
Playfield and backglass in very good shape
Should clean up well[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Yes indeed, looks like little to no wear especially at the pops. Great title. I love mine. Congrats !

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