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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

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#7419 2 years ago

Spot Bowler: Found at estate sale, was painted blue, had scratched three piece acrylic playfield "glass", old varnished play field, hard brittle rubber, etc. Stripped varnish, blue paint, replaced rubber, polished all metal, cleaned all plastic, replaced ball shooter cover. Now for the electrical work......

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#7433 2 years ago

Thanks shapshifter for lead on score card downloaded it this morning. But I am also looking for the artwork on the wood under the score card. Not talented enough to paint it, and trying really hard not to screw up my spot bowler with bad paint. So looking for a high resolution image of this area, thinking I could laser print it on to photo paper and gently spot glue it to the varnished bare wood. Have even sent private messages to a couple Spot Bowler owners, with no luck yet. Any ideas?

#7435 2 years ago

Thanks for the link Shapshifter. Unfortunately, had seen those pics, but they are cut off on the part I need. And probably aren't hi def enough if downloaded from the web site. Think I need someone who has a SB to take a good hi res pic of the score card area and email tome directly. Have emailed / messaged three people who have Spot Bowlers, but no answers yet.

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#7499 2 years ago

Question re Big Hit. Found one here and they are asking $300. It's a big project, cabinet paint very rough, and multiple electrical problems, but playfield and back glass are pretty good. I just don't think worth $300. Any input?

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#8536 2 years ago

Glad to hear 4 Square getting some positive comment. Was my favorite game at the the roller rink as a teen, and was the first game I bought when getting into this hobby just over a year ago and will be the last game I sell. It is not in perfect condition, some small back glass issues, and has the stupid white latex cabinet paint job. I am hoping to strip the latex someday. But play it 2 to 3 times a week.

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#9649 2 years ago

Recently picked up this 4 Roses. BG is pretty rough. But the reverse wedge looks good between my two wedges. Cab was covered in decades of nicotine stains, pf pretty dirty and because game so difficult to win, someone had put posts in outlines, in three places!!!! Also had totally frozen red side stepper unit, and a couple bumper issues. Still missing chime unit and bell from backbox, so looking for replacement, but not critical now. Overall nice machine and fun but frustrating to play.

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#9653 2 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

4 Roses is cool but violent nudging is necessary to save the ball from those tiny outlanes! I took the tilt off... helped!

Yep, finding those "tiny" out lanes are like giant vacuum cleaners. And while tilt not off, the only thing left hanging through the tilt mech hole is the wire below the bob.

#9657 2 years ago

Until you have played this one, don't judge taking the tilt off. At least that is better than the previous owner of my game who put plastic posts with rubber rings covering half the out lanes.

#9663 2 years ago

Nico, sorry to get you in trouble. Lol but I understand, thought my Drop a Card was one of the hardest games to play ( certainly has the most frustrating problem to track down ) but 4 Roses definetly more challenging. Even with tilt at least sensitive setting. Of course like scoring a goal in Soccer, when you do well, feels great.

#9668 2 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

I'm not too fond of games with wildly inconsistent scoring regardless of skill level. Generally the pros should be able to distinguish themselves most of the time except for the occasional breakout game.
Wasn't happening that way on 4 Roses. Too many 300-400 scores for the pros, and 600-900 for beginners. Is this a pinball or a slot machine?

I have only had the machine for about a month, and with all the "make it easier" modifications have just this past week got the machine playing like originally designed. But finding that scores vary wildly and haven't "won" a free game since. Will keep it for a while and see how I like it long term. It does look good between the two Gottlieb Wedge heads.

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#10076 1 year ago

Picked up my first Bally machine Saturday. BG in great shape, PF has some wear areas and some idiot put home made posts in the outlanes that are already gone. But other than the flippers being a little soft, plays well.

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#10135 1 year ago

Dan, so sorry. Been there myself. But there is life after divorce. And do your best to keep it civil. For your benefit. Hope to see u back.

1 month later
#10404 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

We got it goin on now.

Wow, you get the whole garage for pins? I only get half. LOL

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#10462 1 year ago

Just finished fixing up Bally Time Zone. Unfortunately I don't have the skills or time for full restoration. But rebuilt pop bumbers, and installed new caps and skirts. Cleaned and waxed pf. Fixed bad flipper and a few other elec issues. Cleaned 50 years of smoke stain from cabinet and waxed it. Repaired some cabinet delaminating. Removed and polished all metal on the pf. Cleaned score reels, and behind back glass. Triple thicked back glass and touched up 1 small area. And for those purists out there, sorry didn't change out the colored LED bulbs a previous owner installed. Kind of like the color. And yes, the legs are painted silver, not Bally gray. Sorry.

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#10709 1 year ago

Posted these pics in the wood rail thread, but thought some of you non - wood rail em fans would appreciate these two games. Just picked them up last night. I know as pre WWII flipper less they aren't worth much. But thought they were great looking enough to save from the possible coffee table conversions that might have been in their future. BTW looking for a good home for Triumph, as can't keep them both.

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#10794 1 year ago

Yesterday was a good day, picked this great looking Mayfair up in the afternoon. Went to the first stop on the Train, Hall & Oats concert tour, here in Sac, last night with my honey. The Mayfair had been restored about 5 years ago according to the family selling it. And looks like it had. No project pin here, just need to clean and wax the play field and enjoy.

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#10799 1 year ago
Quoted from MikeO:

Nice find.
I have to ask, what does your comment regarding going to the Hall and Oats concert have to do with the pick up? Was that to settle your wife due to the game purchase?

Lol no, concert just made a good day better.

#10800 1 year ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Just curious if your Backglass is glass or plexi?
Or maybe a Webb repro?
(Mine was an original plexi BG)

It’s original glass. Looks like has been triple thicked, and touched up in one area.

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#10864 1 year ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Long time no see. Not a machine but working on a new interactive guide to beat my old one as a part of a much healthier and less controversial comeback of my true self. Coming back to help out around the EM tech forums and staying away from any general or controversial discussion.


Want to thank you again for your help today with my Hokus Pokus post, it really helped and appreciate your knowledge and willingness to help a still relative newbie sort through learning the trouble shooting and repair side of this hobby, or as my wife says, addiction.

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#10930 1 year ago
Quoted from JethroP:

Last week bought HOKUS POKUS to add to my magic (and pinball) collection. Shopped it, cleaned it up, and its working perfectly!

Nice. Working on a barn find one. Down to one electrical problem, and ordering a bg resto back glass. So will be a while before done. Yours looks really good.

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#11247 1 year ago
Quoted from JethroP:

My magic/magician pins...
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Great idea w magic pins. Nice collection.

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#11291 11 months ago
Quoted from Flamingo43:

I've had this Hokus Pokus for a few months, and thanks in large part to the helpful folks at Pinside, it is now pretty much at 100% (minus some sockets that need to be repaired/replaced). Could have never done it without all the help - thanks.[quoted image]

Nice game. Pinsidrra helped get my HP going too. And my plaffueld doesnt look nearly as nice as yours. But I did get a great BG Resto back glass.

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#11297 10 months ago

I think this qualifies as an em? Although made in 1996. Just picked up last night. Oh, it’s a Hallmark Snowball Blaster.

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#11319 10 months ago
Quoted from cp1610:

Got my 1st and 2nd em Hokus Pokus supposedly works and Night Rider EM well it looks to be complete but needs a back-glass and a playfeild. Its got bad planking and paint falling off just looking at it was told its a parts box this i don't believe unless it all chewed up inside.
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Nice looking Hokus. Fun playing game. Just finished resurrecting mine from the dead, ie a guys front yard with a tarp over it.

#11324 10 months ago

Wow, great North Star. Jealous too.

#11327 10 months ago

Beautiful PF

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#11339 9 months ago

Almost finished refurb of 4 Square. Need to find new back glass and have 1 annoying electrical issue. But play field was really rough and came out much better than I expected.

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#11364 8 months ago

Latest project. Lots to do. And had some interesting wood modifications have to undo. Including bolting lengths of 2x2 inside the legs to reinforce them.

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#11461 7 months ago

Doodle Bug done. First large area PF repaint. Not perfect but looks great from the players position.

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#11487 7 months ago

Picked up this nice Travel Time. The PF was really dirty, but cleaned up really well. And interesting playing against the clock, rather than 3 or 5 balls.

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#11500 6 months ago

Turned a down and brown Jack in the Box into a proper looking machine. Several nights striping dark chocolate (or turd if you prefer) brown paint off of back box and lower cabinet and found what was surprisingly a pretty great looking original paint job beneath. And before the paint stripping, spent a week or so tracking down and fixing the electrical problems including among a number of others, a couple of hard to find broken leaf switch blades causing no 10 point scoring, and the upper red / yellow scoring kick outs not to switch back and forth when the pops fired. Didn't take a pic of the entire machine brown, didn't want to memorialize it. Now if the back glass wasn't faded, it would really look great.

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#11505 6 months ago
Quoted from Skidave:

Looks great. What did you strip the paint with?

Denatured alcohol a scrub sponge, and a plastic putty knife. Then a last clean with the alcohol and immediate waxing.

#11506 6 months ago

Look what followed me home tonight. Was in a downstairs store room for many years. Backglass a 10, playfield a 9, cabinet an 8 or 9. Only bad thing 7F513529-541C-4C21-B1DE-D85DA9AB53C7 (resized).jpegis coin door.

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#11588 5 months ago

Super-Flite cleaned up, tuned up, touched up, and playing. Ready to go to GSPF.

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#11677 4 months ago
Quoted from stavio:

New pop trigger rings and cones, new rubbers and ball, freshly cleaned and waxed... Chime time![quoted image][quoted image]

Just finished fixing up mine. Great player.

#11678 4 months ago
Quoted from JethroP:

Weeze and Nikrox2.....what have I done???? OMG....Nikrox2 you got the bug bad! GREAT COLLECTION! Seriously, nice to (re)introduce you guys to pinball. I just completed a permanent move to California and am in the process of getting machines set up. Had to downsize but kept a few.

Where in CA? And nice to hear of someone moving to here.

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#11691 3 months ago
Quoted from mark532011:

Just picked up a Miss-O, I don't know anything about the gameplay but the $200 pricetag was impossible to resist. The backglass appears to be in great shape and the pf isn't too bad.[quoted image][quoted image]

Cool artwork

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#11717 3 months ago
Quoted from Sea_Wolf:

One thing that always goes through my mind when seeing the older beauties is just how many of them still exist. Your Hearts and Spades has to be pretty rare with only 615 produced from 1969. I wonder if you have 1 of only 100 left.
With some games like my SS Bally Eight Ball, you know there’s plenty out there with over 20,000 made but my new Flip a Card is one of only 1800 produced 50 years ago and it has over 106,000 plays on it. I’m purely guessing but I’d say there’s maybe 300 left worldwide? 250?
Thoughts anyone?

I think about this with the old games too. Have a Spot Bowler, 1,000 made, and know there aren't that many of those left. Rescued a 1938 Swing, (1352 made, look up the back glass pics on IPDB, beautiful) from becoming a coffee table conversion, and could only find one other anywhere. Thankfully it is now in safe hands with Michael from PPM. Also have a 1966 Mayfair, with only 2120 made, probably not many left, and as one of Roy Parkers last games, need to keep as many of them going as possible. So appreciate that others think about the rarity and saving as many of these games as possible.

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#11836 59 days ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Had to scrape off all the old clear finish in the natural wood areas, top arch, shooter Lane and flipper area. Lots of work here. Sanding, multiple coats of oil based polyurethane and final clear coat.

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Beautiful, my favorite game (for sentimental reasons) and will always have one in my collection. Wish mine looked half as good as this. Great work.

#11838 59 days ago

Just finished refurb. Looks good and plays well. Kept orig pop caps, but wanted something better looking. Original back glass in very good condition.

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#11842 58 days ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

I like the red caps too.
Looks like you missed the post rubber above the left saucer.

Good catch. Amazing how you can look at something 50 times and miss the obvious.

#11843 58 days ago

Now that Space Mission is done, except for the missing post rubber. Picked up the next project, 1952 Twenty Grand. The play field was stripped by the previous owner. I just cleaned the PF with Naptha and a microfiber cloth. Someone has done pretty sketchy touch ups. Don't know if I should start a new thread, or post question here. There is no clear coat, and I am concerned about harming original paint trying to strip bad touch up. Could use some advice.

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#11929 40 days ago

Darn things just keep following me home. It’s an invasion. And this one has the cool 3” flipper mod. But pf in almost perfect condition and bg in pretty good condition. Cabinet, not so much. But price was right.

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#11936 38 days ago

Great looking HP. Really enjoy mine, even though my PF and Cabinet pale in comparison.

#11949 36 days ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

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

That is why I have not been able to sell my Mayfair yet, the bells are beautiful.

#11965 34 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

You funny guy!
It is without a doubt one of the most difficult EM pins I have played, I enjoy the challenge. Have broken 2000, once.
This round I managed to light MAGIC CITY and collected on it. Hitting the top most rollover on the skill shot is worth 50 points and lights the bumpers and is key to good scores.[quoted image]

OK, I just have to ask. Am I the only one that thinks the fountain looks like something you would by at an adult XXX toy store?

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