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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

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#80 6 years ago

Thanks to everyone who has posted. It is nice to see so many well kept EMs. It makes my sad to think how many EMs ended up in dumpsters back in the day when they came off route. Here is my latest.

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#139 6 years ago

Here is a small row of classics:


#210 6 years ago

I'd really like a Canada Dry if anyone has one in the southeast to sell! C37 would be nice too.

I just fixed up a sweet Outer Space for a friend.

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#226 6 years ago

PT : That Outer Space playfield looks beautiful. All the examples I have ever seen are worn to crap. Nice machine!

Outer Space is a really fun game. I have never seen one before this one. I stripped it and put on all new white posts, rubber, bulbs and rebuilt the flippers. It now resides at the Pinball Asylum in South Florida. It was used in an IFPA tournament there last weekend and performed flawlessly. The spinner and vari-target are really satisfying shots. And yes, the playfield on this one is beautiful. Very low plays.


#250 6 years ago

Nice to see EMs burning some Pinside bandwidth!! Keep them coming. I am loving this thread.

#297 6 years ago

Nice 2001. I bought new bulls-eye targets to put on mine. I went to do it one day and then saw how the targets are soldered into place with all those bare wires. I realized it was more than the simple 20 minute job I was hoping for, so I put it off. I need to dig back in there and finish it after seeing how nice yours look.

#306 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

I replaced the bulls eye targets on my 2001. Just take off the last blade of the target assembly that holds the target and with the exact size drill bit drill the rivet out holding the old target. Place your metal piece on a flat metal table with a towel underneath. With the new target in place use a Pinball Resources semi-tubular rivet and flare it with a 3/16" flared tool like a nailset or a punch that will flare the rivet. Then, flatten with a hammer. Worked for me.

Great idea!! I will try to do it this week.

#310 6 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Looks good. Grand Prix is the first machine I actually remember playing. My Dad had one in his motorcycle dealership when I was a kid.

Grad Prix has simple but fun rules. It is a really good game. I love the two spinner setup.

#351 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

In the middle of a 2001 restore........I REALLY need to get this done this year. It keeps getting put on the backburner.

I'll say!! Those pictures are dated 2003!

#363 6 years ago
Quoted from johnf:

Another restoration I did back then was a Spanish version of a Royal Flush. Got it at the Allentown flea market, the cabinet was made of particle board and was in a real bad shape. But because of a full acrylic overlay the PF was in a perfect shape, BG was nice too. Still, I passed on that day it but then made a 2 hr drive each way on Sunday just to pick it up. As I hoped, it was still there, probably because the back of the cabinet was falling apart, and maybe because it was made by Maresa and not Gottlieb.

I have two really beaten down Royal Flush in storage right now. The plan is to try to turn them into one nice RF with restored cabinet and touched up/cleared playfield. Definitely a good game.

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#444 6 years ago

Here is my brand new run Quick Draw playfield before it headed to Kruzman. This will be combined with a completely maniacally restored cabinet and Shay backglass by year's end.

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#698 6 years ago
Quoted from JohnC78:

this is my 1973 Gottlieb Hot Shot pretty fun

I have a Hot Shot in storage. It needs a new lower cabinet and a lot of other work. I hope to get to work on it by the end of the year. It looks fun but I have never played it!

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#786 6 years ago

2001 freshly shopped with the BGResto backglass. I will be finishing up a Target Alpha soon and will put up some pictures.


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#4099 4 years ago

Had some friends over to play last night we all had a blast. After everyone left I decided to take some video with everything powered up.

Please excuse the presence of DMD and SS games in this video. Also, excuse the absence of my Atlantis, Hot Shot and Fire Queen which I am restoring.

#4101 4 years ago
Quoted from Pinhead-Seattle:

Very nice gameroom, looks awesome. I really like the gameroom carpet as well.If you get tired of your Centigrade 37, let me know. I want.

I really like the Centigrade 37. It took me about five years to find a nice unrestored one, so I doubt I will give it up too soon. Thanks for the compliments. This room has obviously been a lot of labor of love!

#4104 4 years ago
Quoted from marksf123:

What is the title of the EM game you show right after you come out of the bathroom with all the drop targets. That is beautiful. I am looking for an EM game for my game room.

That is a 2001. It is a beautiful and simple game that will test your metal. It can be brutal at times!

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#4206 4 years ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Where did you get that carpet? We are buying a new house in the next month or so and I'm starting my shopping early.

I got it from here:

I called them and worked with a guy named Tony. He was really helpful. The carpet I got was leftover from a huge corporate buy. It is really high quality and has what is called "Kanga trac" backing. Basically it is a polyurethane backing instead of rubber. It commercial grade, wears like iron, is made for airports and places with heavy equipment rolling around. It also does not allow spills to go through or soak in at all, so they can be cleaned up. It is great stuff. Has to be glued down by someone who knows what they are doing. Tony knew what I was looking for and sent me pictures of this when the leftovers came in stock and I got it for very cheap at $2.89 per square foot.

#4213 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

what is the definition of skill shot?
my understanding it is a shot that scores a lot but it is only lit until a point is scored then goes away for the rest of that ball?

Exactly. I'm trying to think of ANY Gottlieb EM that has a skill shot? I can't think of a single one. Maybe Jack in the Box because you can't hit the ball back up there at any time during the ball?

#4239 4 years ago
Quoted from jathomp22:

I picked up my first EM last month. It's been surprisingly fun to play. I would definitely consider buying another one.

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C37 is a great game! Looks like you got a nice one. The wood tone on the playfield is still nice and light. Sometimes they are really yellowed/browned and make the girl look like she has a cheap spray-on tan.

#4252 4 years ago

Has anyone tried these? Even in the picture on their website you can see the concentric rings and it looks like it makes the insert cloudy?

Does anyone sell insert decals for Gottlieb?

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#5763 3 years ago

Here is the current gameroom lineup. I have a few more EMs in the garage to be repaired or restored. Just picked up a Paul Bunyan too!



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#6104 3 years ago

Ding Dong!



#6130 3 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Here's a fun little row. I like drop targets! They all compliment each other I think with their layout and play. I always start out by playing one till I beat it, then move on to try and beat all three in a row. It's only happened a couple times.


That is a nice little row! All three are great games. Right now Volley is my #1 ranked EM. I've had it a few years now but I have been playing it more than any of my other games lately.

#6161 3 years ago

Just picked up a Bally Quarterback today. My first Bally EM. Will have pics soon. It's kind of a project machine.

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#6217 3 years ago

New machine moved into the service bay for a full shopping out.


#6222 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Where is it going to be shipped to?

Haha! Fixed! This one looks like a lot of fun, so its not shipping anywhere in the near future. Also, I am going to try my skills at making a poly carbonate playfield protector for this one. The reason being there are a ton of really cupped inserts directly in front of the flippers. The game will play like the lunar surface without some sort of leveling on the inserts.

#6236 3 years ago
Quoted from DaveBuckholts:

My Jungle Queen inserts are cupped pretty badly. I'm interested in this approach. How thick is the poly used?

The commercially available protectors use 0.03" thick Makrolon. That is 0.75mm. That seems thin until you try to cut it. This stuff is TOUGH to cut.

ebay.com link » Playfield Protectors For Pinball Machines F O

I bought two sheets of it on Amazon. I am still working out my techniques for cutting it since I don't have an automated laser or anything fancy. I have come up with a few methods depending on the type of cuts needed (holes, curved lines, straight lines, etc). Soon I will give it a shot.

amazon.com link »

#6284 3 years ago
Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

Going with a space / sci fi theme on this wall. Circa 1971/2 Outer Space , Astro, Dimension .

Awesome lineup. I LOVE Outer Space.

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#6780 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Gottlieb's Wild Wild West also does similar things, you hit vari-targets to score points but they don't release and score points until you get them in the kickout hole connected to that particular vari-target unit, and this is also preserved between players so one player can steal your score if they get it in the kickout hole after you hit the vari-target but failed to grab your points from that same kick-out hole on your turn. This game has been on my list for quite a while now. They also made a very rare add-a-ball game called "Lariat" of this, but in my opinion it looks kind of goofy because they had to edit the art to accommodate the extra reels they added. Well done, just looks nicer on Wild Wild West in my opinion.

There was one for sale down here in Florida for $350. It looks like it finally sold. If it wasn't a 3+ hour drive out into the boonies, I would have bought it. I have enough machines to keep me busy though...

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#7018 3 years ago

Yeah baby! Look what Don Bosworth brought today. It starts up and plays. Needs some TLC, but the playfield is beautiful.

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#7618 2 years ago

QB is restored and playing AWESOME. Such a fun game.

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#7647 2 years ago
Quoted from twoplays25c:

I don't own many EMs, but

they sure are nice ones!

#7662 2 years ago

The girls on the Flip a Card backglass just finished smoking pot and put the pipe into the open drawer.

#7675 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Silverball Museum in Del Ray Florida is a fantastic place

Yeah it is a great place. I was shocked by how crowded it was when I was there. Next time I go on a weekday morning...

#7682 2 years ago
Quoted from poppapin:

Sweet!! A bar too!! Something Asbury Park Silverball doesn't have.

I was there on a family day (Sunday afternoon). I saw tons of kids, but also tons of young, good looking moms walking around with nice tall glasses of beer.

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#7755 2 years ago

Just got Paradise cleaned up and running. Sweet playing game!

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#7759 2 years ago
Quoted from TopMoose:

Paradise was one of my favorite games at ReplayFX last year - yours looks gorgeous!

I only wish the cabinet was as nice as the playfield. The playfield was dirty but cleaned up beautifully. Looks like I will have to do a stencil job on the cab at some point. For now I will put it in a row where the cabinet is kind of hidden...

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#7797 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

EM restoration specialist.....Nick Raschilla had a pinball gathering today at his home in PA. Here is a sneak peak at his remarkable collection of Gottlieb wedgheads and other games.

Whoa! Incredible.

#7849 2 years ago

I love my Volley. Might be my desert island game. Mine needs a cabinet stencil though...

#7862 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Ding Dong which I'll probably sell.

Ding Dong is an awesome game once you play it a bit. Definitely shop it out and give it a chance...

Possibly my favorite wedge head.

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#8061 2 years ago

Nice having room for the bowler. Those are always a ton of fun.

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#8463 2 years ago

Yeah Flip a Card is a lot of fun. The way it is set up, its fun to try to light up the whole guitar and go for multiple specials. It is still a decent tournament game, though you are always shooting for the ace or trying to get back in the top inlanes. When I had one, I definitely found myself shooting for specials more than score.

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#8710 2 years ago

It's great to see so much love lately for Volley. Definitely one of my favorite games of all time. Mine still gets tons of play and it's not going anywhere soon.

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#9791 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

The backglass on that Dodge City looks really nice. Usually the animated cowboy cuts into the blonde girl's hair. Very good pickup. Took me awhile to find a decent example.

I've been looking for a nice Dodge City for a long while. I have a Paradise, which is a similar game with the spinning projector under the playfield. Paradise is unfortunately 99% luck because you can't shoot directly to the drop holes to collect the big points. The ball simply drops in as it is rolling around randomly. Dodge City on the other hand is a shooters game (pun intended) with the gates. It is basically an early Steve Ritchie fan!

#9824 2 years ago

Just brought a couple in this weekend. Buccaneer is really nice original game. It's just here in the garage holding area and will probably go to a local friend. I'll tune it up and play it some of course. The Twin Win is destined for my main gameroom to replace the Bally Quarterback. Hate to give up the QB, but it is going to a good friend who has done me right many times.

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#9849 1 year ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Just 1 question. Just above the 'Spin Roto' on the lower playfield, there appears to be a 1 circle in each side of the pin. Were playfield posts put there once? Or from another pin, the art work covers an insert?

Those are inserts on Paradise which it the replay version. See it in my picture here:

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#11188 1 year ago

Ship-Mates just moved into the game room two nights ago. This machine took me more time repairing and troubleshooting than any game I can remember having. First I completely stripped, shopped it and rebuilt everything including new pop bumper bodies, the correct caps, all coil sleeves, etc. Fortunately playfield, cabinet, plastics and backglass are acceptable without repainting or having to touch up. Once it was cleaned and shined, I literally had to clean and adjust every switch and mechanism in the game to get it working 100%. There isn't a single wire on the schematic that I haven't covered in my troubleshooting at this point. It plays great now and is pretty snappy without having to high tap it. A new slice of playfield glass was the last addition and it looks amazing in my game room!

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#11189 1 year ago

While I'm posting, I'll throw in a second EM that's new to me. I got this beautiful Bally Expressway from Pinside member "docquest" during the pre-Allentown for sale thread. This game arrived in beautiful shape and unlike the Ship-Mates above required a minimum of repair and troubleshooting. I cleaned and shopped the heck out of it and finished it off with a new slice of playfield glass. The game sure is a beauty. You have to look close at the cabinet to tell that its original. It almost looks too nice not to be a really good re-stencil job!

Thanks to docquest for a smooth purchase and a game that was if anything nicer that what I expected! Also, thanks to Pinside member Rixzilla for the excellent and unbelievably fast shipping service to Florida.
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#11192 1 year ago

Must be the elbow grease. I did use LEDs but just on a few really dark inserts on Ship-Mates. Other than that both games have #44 bulbs and no LEDs in all of the playfield inserts and GI.

The Ship-Mates is a great head to head game because of all the progressive rules and extra ball robbing that are possible!

#11201 1 year ago
Quoted from Inkochnito:

Very, very nice!
Good looking machines.
Nice to see my score and instruction cards are being used.
Is that a F14-Tomcat left of Lawman?

Notice your cards on the Ship Mates too! I was glad for the Word files so I could modify the free game scores a little and make it 5 balls.

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#11290 10 months ago

Just bought this from a local friend. Nice to get an EM that doesn't require 40 hours of work to get playing. This one is turnkey!

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#11641 4 months ago

I've been playing with my new 3D printer. This might offend some purists here but I started making replacement start buttons for my 60s and 70s Gottlieb EMs to make them more obvious. They are now similar to the newer Gottliebs. I won't be having to point out the start button to people any more and it actually makes it easier on me too! I do plan on making some other EM parts that are not available new. The old card guides for 60s Gottlieb score reel assemblies are coming up soon.

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#11673 4 months ago
Quoted from woody76:

such a cool pin. all I need is a top score now and I will have my 3 favorite EMs.[quoted image]

Congrats! Dodge City is a great game. I'm about to do a playfield swap on mine.

#11675 4 months ago
Quoted from woody76:

sweet, did you get someone to restore a PF for ya?

No I got a second parts machine that is missing a lot of parts in the back box including the dancing guy. It does have a really nice playfield though. I'm just going to clean it up, shop it out completely and swap it in.

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#11709 3 months ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Dodge City looks nice. Interesting layout too. Should be fun trying to hit those gates.

It's like an early Steve Ritchie fan. I love Paradise as a similar game, but hitting the kicker holes in that game is pretty much pure luck. The gates on Dodge City are great for sharpshooting.

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#11737 3 months ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Actually I have little confidence for 3 reasons- Limitations of the scanner software, tool calibration and cabinet fade. However it does get you close and what I will do is take some good size blobs of the paint and will tint them up and down and proceed from there.

I used an app called color grab on my phone. Helps a lot to have a really nice phone camera like the latest samsung or apple model and good natural lighting.

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#11772 80 days ago

Mean Green? Novus 2?

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#11853 53 days ago

When you post pictures please post the name of the game(s). It will help future searching within the thread. Thanks

#11858 53 days ago
Quoted from Playdium:

That's fine example! Very good looking machine.

Indeed, I love Paradise and that is certainly a beauty!! That is a keeper!

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#11900 39 days ago

I finally finished swapping to a better playfield in Dodge City. Now I have the lineup the way it's supposed to be with Dodge City sitting right next to Shipmates! Someday maybe I'll stencil both games, but for now it's good enough to have them both playing 100%.

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#11904 38 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Agree. Not every game needs a museum-quality restoration, but if that's what you want and you can do it, go ahead. I like the original look to a point. Nothing like a mint original though.

I have learned to live with some significant patina on the cabinet. I would rather have the game original unless it is really bad or it is de-laminating from water damage or something. Both of these games above have cabinets that are rough, but I can live with for now. I did replace the bottom board in the Dodge City because it was basically disintegrated. I put in a 1/2" plywood sheet and now it is rock solid when it is riding around on my cart!

#11921 37 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Magic Town in the line up!
Not sure I like this one yet, need to tune it up though before making judgment.[quoted image]

There is one for sale here in Florida. Let us know how it plays!

#11933 35 days ago

That thing is beautiful.

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#12000 13 days ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

I am drooling over that Ship Mates? How fun is it to play? I never was able to finish my project Ship Mates due to personal issues a few years back. One day I hope to at least get to play a game on one.

It's a great playing game, especially for multiple players. It has great progressive rules and satisfying shots. Fun to steal the extra ball after someone else leaves you set up! This is my go to game when friends come over and it's time to go head to head and lock horns.

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