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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

Just like the subject says. Show us your EMs! Show us those shiny Ems that you spent hours restoring. Show us the rare EM that you spent 10 years tracking down a pristine example of. Show us that game that you played as a child/teenager/young adult that you just had to have. Best of all show us your EM pride!

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from Mr68:

This is my EM baby. O-din stole my other child...
Playfield has been clear coated and its perfect to this day.

OMG that C-37 is like pinball porn. I feel like I just found my Dad's old stash of 70's stag mags. That thing is beautiful!

Quoted from MrBally:

This one took me 18 years to find:

4 Queens looks cool. I have never heard of one let alone played one.

#20 6 years ago

Atlantis is on loan too me by Xerico Pinball (pinsider) and Abra-Ca-Dabra will get a full resto a few months from now.


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#58 6 years ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Here's a few quick shots of mine.
John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, MI.

Dayhuff...Nice Canada Dry and rare Charlie's Angels EM

Quoted from BenetBoy78:

The Frontiersman and Daisy May are unmatched and gave the players the same feeling in 1954-56 as AC/DC does today. Pinball.....it's timeless.

Nice Woodrails!

Oh Dr. Joe! I love Slick Chick! It is on my gotta have list.

5280wzrd..Nice Buccaneer!

Garrett : I recently got to play a Cleopatra EM and loved it!

Stevens: Your machines are a true work of art! I love the Flying Carpet resto! So salmon pink!

Tallblonde: Use Simple Green (full strength) and a Magic Eraser (get them both at Walmart) Use it slowly at first inch by inch and start with an area that is inconspicuous first. Use shop towels wipe it clean. You will be shocked at how much dirt and nicotine comes out of the original paint. Just go slow and rub lightly in 1-2 inch patches at a time.

O-din: I have to agree. I looked through all 15 pages of the EM forums and couldn't believe someone hadn't started a thread like this already.

Everyone else: I love all the posts! Keep them coming! I love getting on pinside and seeing this thread full of cool pics.

#74 6 years ago
Quoted from Drano:

Bummer, had this thread come out in a year or so, I could show off my wedgehead lineup.
I bought each machine to be fully restored and I'm working my way trough them... starting with C37. Just applying the final clearcoat this week.
The others are El Dorado, Spin Out, Jacks Open and Volley.
All are folded up or in pieces right now. I'm in the process of moving.
Kim, that's a beauty!
My first EM and still my favorite!

Well you know this thread will still be here and you can show them off one by one as you complete them.

#92 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

So why are the pics blowing up to monster size?

Because EMs are the best and they are bigger than life!

#101 6 years ago

Connect your phone to your computer.
Copy the files over to your computer hard drive.
Use "Windows Photo Viewer" to flip them the right way.
Post them again.

#120 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Didn't they have barbers back then?

He needed the money to play Pinball.

#135 6 years ago

Man! Everyone has a C-37 in this thread. I need to join the C-37 club soon!

#140 6 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

Here is a small row of classics:

You gotta love it.... jack in the box.... ACDC PREMIUM.......quick draw

LOL! Nice collection! I love Jack In the Box!

#146 6 years ago
Quoted from Juggernaut:

Just a little over a year into the hobby,
four of my six machines.

Yeah...I am drooling! Very nice pins Juggernaut!

#178 6 years ago

EM-PINMAN...Nice lineup especially the SO '76 and Space Mission/Odyssey.
Jasonsmith...Cool game. I would love to have that game next to a 74 Gottlieb Skyjump even though I am not a skydiver, because I just love the theme.

I feel like my head is going to explode like the guy in scanners because of all the nice pictures of C-37.


#195 6 years ago

*WARNING* I have never tried this myself. I hear there is a method where you take the playfield out. Turn the playfield upside down. C-clamp (gently) a piece of used clean glass to the insert you are trying to level. Use a heat gun on the bottom side of the insert to flatten it out against the glass. I have never tried this. Maybe people will chime in on any success rate with trying this method. If I were to try this myself I would try it on a trashed playfield project to get some practice. As for clearcoating....there is a method to clearcoating where it looks "matte" instead of looking like an over-glossed bowling lane. Others may or may not chime in or may just PM you with a cost to do such a restoration. My Abra-Ca-Dabra will be going through a "matte" finish where there is traction for the ball to grab onto something instead of sliding around like a piece of glass.

#219 6 years ago

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

Stevens : Hi Diver is a neat machine. I got to play one years ago at Fabulous Fantasies showroom floor in Los Angeles.

#224 6 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

el dorado is a great game but it is not my top 3 3"wedgeheads
2-jacks open
3 abra ca dabra
4-el dorado
I have wanted one for a long time but can not find one or I am to late or they want more than it is worth to me.
When you can not have something you tend to want it more
I just got a basket case el dorado but when i'm done it will be a very nice players machine
but really want a nice one to add to my 19 other wedgeheads

Boiler, our taste in pins are almost exactly the same.
I want in the following order
1. Abra-Ca-Dabra (acquired)
2. C-37
3. Atlantis
4. El Dorado
5. Sky Jump

#233 6 years ago

That Strange World looks cool! I have never seen or played one before. They must be pretty rare. What is like to play and do you have more pics of it?

#239 6 years ago

I figured it was time to bump this thread to get more pictures posted.

#251 6 years ago

I figured I would bump this thread to keep it active. Hopefully you guys will check out this forum as well and review some of your favorite EMs.


#260 6 years ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Here are a couple of my restores.


#274 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

And then some!
It has it's own special spot. Now the TV room has been invaded. Who watches TV anyway?

Man that thing is beautiful! Who do I have to have sex with to get a EM Joker Poker like that?! Jeesh! That thing looks like it was taken out of the box and forgotten about for 34-35 years. Did anyone ever play the damn thing? Man I am so jealous! Congratulations!

#275 6 years ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Here's another shot of El Dorado and World Fair along with one of the two Spin Wheel's I restored.

I would have sold a kidney to have an El Dorado that looks like that!

#277 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

No wonder you were so excited to get that. That would be a holy grail pin to me.

They would have to pry the flipper buttons from my cold lifeless hands before I would part with that machine.

#299 6 years ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Seeing these is nearly motivating me to finish this...

John, this is a machine I don't get to see very often. I am loving the restore. It looks fabulous!

#314 6 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

fathers day bump...

So perty!
I would like to hump your Sky Jump. LOL! What a nice line of pins! Looks like the flies love your 2001.

#331 6 years ago

Bring on the pictures! Encore!

#343 6 years ago
Quoted from pbkzo:

Here are some of them. Mostly 50s and 60s.

Now thats a "Stairway to Heaven" encore! *lights lighter* Slick Chick and Knockout in the same room. What more could you ask for?

#344 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

For the sake of keeping this thread going here's a couple more pics.......

Hoov that is a beautiful Queen of Diamonds. I almost bought one back in 1998. I ended up buying a Bank-A-Ball instead.

#348 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

You did good. I personally think the 50's games are better to look at but the classic 60's Bank a Ball that you bought is more fun to play. JMHO though.......

That is exactly the way I felt at the time. I wish I still owned the Bank-A-Ball... Oh well, I will have it back someday.

#353 6 years ago
Quoted from ReallifePin:

I can see where you're coming from but picture yourself in that room and tell me you'd see anything but those machines.

Exactly. There could be somebody panhandling. I could be standing in 4 inches of mud and I wouldn't notice.

#364 6 years ago
Quoted from BenetBoy78:

Hey Rat,
Should we vote? This is the best collection so far, IMHO.

Benet, I like them all. I don't want to say I have favorites because I don't want to discourage other people's posting of pictures. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Someone's Mona Lisa might be another person's Medusa and vice versa.

#365 6 years ago
Quoted from johnf:

Some pictures of the telecard didn't upload, here they are. Looking back at the pictures, I should have kept it.

Johnf, thanks for sharing. I love the restores you did on both games.

#371 6 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

I'm sure I'm missing something here.......

He is quoting from song and albums of Frank Zappa. Frank Zappa is the musician featured in my avatar.

#382 6 years ago

I am in the minority of liking replay games better than AAB. When I play a game I want to barely light the special on the 4th or 5th ball. I want to earn that knocker or get close to the knocker so I want to play that 15th game in a row. I want to flip the score reel with 5 balls not 9 balls.

#414 6 years ago

Bumping this thread to see some more juicy pictures of EM Machines aka "Pinball Porn"

#422 6 years ago

I would have taken the Space Mission in a heart beat and bought a repro backglass. Too far away.

#440 6 years ago

Weekend BUMP! Lets see more EM candy!

#447 6 years ago

Dirt...I have a special request. Some nice pictures of the Kings and Queens in the background. I love Kings and Queens!
PT...Holy SNIKES! Brand new playfield! Lookin nice! Is that NOS or repro? Doesn't matter either way. Just looks so nice!

#451 6 years ago

Closer Clarise! CLOSER!

#453 6 years ago
Quoted from manitouguy:

here is a pic with my beautiful new Eldorado in part of the lineup

Pinball porn! That '75 El Dorado. One of these days I will have one.

#463 6 years ago

Nice score! Can't wait to see how the playfield cleans up. I see Magic Eraser, Simple Greenand 91% Alcohol in your future.

#470 6 years ago

Unfortunately almost every Williams game from that era had some kind of spinner in the middle.

#473 6 years ago

Go to internet pinball database and type "Williams" in the advance search box along with specified dates of 1965-1970 and look at each game. Most likely 12 games for each year produced. It will be fun to look at because you will see games that you have long forgotten about since you were a teenager.

#484 6 years ago
Quoted from ReallifePin:

Not mine but my uncles machine we got running again this weekend. 1966 Williams Hot Line.

Is it fun to play?

Quoted from Pafasa:I agree. Thanks to Rat for starting this thread!
Following this thread motivated me to go after this pin. I am looking forward to cleaning it up and playing a bunch. Now I have two Wedgeheads and two early SS Williams AND I have a third wedge in my sights. Sweet Hearts! It is in bad shape. Playfield glass is broken and game has been sitting in a garage/shed for years. Lots of dirt and flying bugs been in there. The backglass is about 1/3 gone as best as I can tell. I am going to ramp up my efforts on the owner and see what I can accomplish. I'm thinking of offering $50 because I know what I'll have to put into it just to get it to play again!

Pafasa, I am very happy that this thread has made you want to buy up some EMs If this thread made that ONE person buy an EM or two then part of the mission of this thread has been accomplished.

#486 6 years ago

You will find tons of them in Missouri.

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#539 6 years ago

I am getting a Gottlieb Spirit of 76 soon. Just agreed to the price today and they agreed to the wait of 4-8 weeks of waiting for the funds.(insurance settlement) The pin looks very cherry from the pictures I looked at.

#564 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Welcome back Rat!, was wondering where you were.

My newest purchase (a 65" top end Samsung TV) has kept me rather busy. Recuperating from my car accident is easier on the couch in front of my new TV instead of standing on injured hips playing pinball or even sitting in a computer chair. Thanks for welcoming me back. It is nice to be back.

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#575 6 years ago

Nice machines Wizzardz and sjohn. Bumptiy bump...I love seeing those machines.

#599 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Always nice to hear from you Rat. How's the recuperating going?

Feeling good O-DIN! Within a month or less you should see me posting one or two EM machines that will end up in my collection. Haven't decided what yet but definitely a Spirit of 76 someone is holding for me.

#672 6 years ago

Man all those pics of Jacks Open makes me wish I had one. O-din nice score on that Fireball (I'm jelly) I miss my Fireball. Thanks guys for posting more pics this week. I go away for a week and come back to some fantastic pics of EM LOVE.

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#866 6 years ago

Jason that collection is amazing. They look so nice a pretty with the lights on don't they? I love my Abra-Ca-Dabra and would never part with it. That picture makes me want a Jet Spin.

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#906 6 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

RAT!!! where did you go? How have you been? I definitely noticed your absence and am glad to see you back. Got me an ACD while you were gone. Still in transit (sort of) but I own it! Really looking forward to playing.

I have been lurking here and there. I have been just waiting for my insurance settlement so I can pick out a new EM or two and restore my ACD.

Boilerman...I want that Slick Chick! I would pay top dollar for it.

#909 6 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

what this old thing?

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Man that is not fair! LOL! But seriously how much would it take to pry it from your collection?

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#1045 6 years ago

That T.K.O. is rarer than hen's teeth. Very nice machine.

Quoted from Tyamry:

Here are a few pics of my TKO. Fully restored (not by me) with a Shay repro BG.

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#1047 6 years ago

I just want to bump one of the coolest threads ever to the top.

#1058 6 years ago

Very nice machines Nick! Thank you for sharing.

#1060 6 years ago

Nick, The prices quoted on that sight are just beyond stupid. I can see why you guys import machines. 3500 quid for a Gottlieb Atlantis??!! WTF moment. That is 7k American! I could get 3 Atlantis's in better condition for that price.

#1061 6 years ago

6000 quid for a Kings and Queens? What planet is this guy on???

#1071 6 years ago

To quote the movie "Oliver"....

"Please sir may I have some more" (pinball pictures)

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#1076 6 years ago

Only 170 EM Mata Hari's made. Nice CPR playfield.

#1078 6 years ago

I will help you move it.....to my house in Texas.

Very nice machine!

#1082 6 years ago

Man you guys don't miss a thing. I have an Atlantis being stored at my house where it has been since April (almost 7 months now) We have beat each other up over the price. It may end up with me or it may not end up with me. He is in no hurry to get it back right now and I am in no hurry to pay him for it right now. The inserts are cupped badly where it traps the ball.
My pecking order for money is the following...
1.) When two pins (EMs) I purchased show up I will see if there is anything I need to fix or restore. I will reveal the two pins I got in a week and a half when they arrive. (There shouldn't be anything. Both are collector quality)
2.) New backglass for Abra-Ca-Dabra...trading the old one in + cash to a friend for the repro (150 dollars)(it's a maybe deal)
3.) Repaint on Abra-Ca-Dabra (500 dollars approx)
4.) Abra-Ca-Dabra, New coin door, legs,shooter assembly, and anything else metal. (300-400 dollars)
5.) New plastics for Abra-Ca-Dabra from Australia. (150 dollars)
6.) Debating if I want to touch up, level inserts and have a light clear coat done to Abra-Ca-Dabra (500+200 for shipping back and forth)
7.) Then I buy Atlantis....LOL (price undisclosed)

Atlantis needs the following...repaint (500+100 for stencil) touchups and clearcoat 500+

#1089 6 years ago

Thank you Easter Bunny...I mean Dave....Bawk Bawk!!

#1090 6 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I'm guessing the shippers just picked up Rat's Slick Chick? Lucky dude.

I would have never found that perfect Gottlieb Jungle without Dave's Help.

#1100 6 years ago

Here's the pin I am getting in a few days. I can't wait!

#1102 6 years ago

Touch up? I like original condition.

#1104 6 years ago

It effects the natural cupping effect.

#1113 6 years ago

Long live EMs! Gotta bump this thread!

#1123 6 years ago

I had no idea Golden Arrow had one of those big 1960's 100 point gong type bells in the back. Pretty sweet!

#1126 6 years ago

I have never heard of any 70's machines with a big 50's / 60's bell. So at first I thought you had bells hooked up instead of the typical xylophone chimes. I like it!

#1128 6 years ago

I am BROKE! LOL. Wish I had more money. I had to spend 2200 on a Washer/ dryer and that new expensive Dyson Vacuum. I had to keep the wife happy.

#1131 6 years ago

Odin, that thing is a work of art! Congratulations!

#1141 6 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

someone here will be getting a new pin in a few days

As I write this the pin that Boilerman sold me is 8 hours away on the truck in Memphis, TN. That means my new pin will be in the Dallas area at 8:30am CST. Man I hope they actually deliver the machine today instead of dropping it off at a warehouse and then delivering it the next day.

#1146 6 years ago
Quoted from Pin-it:

Screw Dyson this is better. @ 4m22s
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We have a pond in the back. We have a pool and a pond. The pond would be good for you.

#1147 6 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

they will take it to the warehouse then call to set up a delivery date. you might have it by monday if you are lucky.
i hate knowing it is here but i don't have it yet.
enjoy it dan! i miss it already (seller's remorse)

Yeah it is in Irving. I wish I could just pick the thing up at their warehouse. The anticipation is driving me nuts!

#1154 6 years ago
Quoted from Pin-it:

Christmas comes early.

I tell ya! I feel like I am 8 or 9 again and waiting for that toy I wanted all year. In this case it was a 15 year want.

#1156 6 years ago

My tongue is still stuck to the pole.

Actually at 40 years old I am more like the Dad in the movie waiting on the leg lamp. "Fra...GEEE. Laay! Must be Italian." My woman would be the typical wife that would knock over the leg lamp.

#1165 6 years ago

Gov that is a great title and tons of fun! You couldn't have picked a better title to start an EM collection with. The best part is...it's a 2 player! Easy to work on. I look forward to the thread you start with people helping you with any troubles. It is always nice to get someone converted over to buying EMs.

#1169 6 years ago

Get the following from Steve at PBR right away
On this page...

order a flexstone the one that is 1.66 get a couple of them.
Get the metal contact file ( or buy the the small file from an autoparts store for 5 bucks. Or you can get a pack of them at Home Depot for 10 bucks)
Rubber Light bulb remover (save your hands or you could just use the rubber tip of the shooter. (trick I learned))
Light socket cleaning stick is a must for those flakey / crusty bulb sockets that flicker.
L-contact adjuster. A MUST! get 2 or 3 of them because the break easy. You will be using this the most of all the tools.

#1171 6 years ago

EMs are addictive once you have one that works well and plays well.

#1172 6 years ago

I took some better pictures of my Abra Ca Dabra tonight with a nicer camera. I felt the need to share.
Zoom in on them and you can really see the detail.


#1181 6 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

Rat, that playfield looks amazing! THe colors are so bright and I cant see any swirl marks. Very nice.
Did you do any cleanup or is this how you got it?

I got it this way. There were zero swirl marks. It only has 17,800 plays.

#1182 6 years ago

My new Slick Chick (Thanks Dave!)

#1185 6 years ago

Yup everything is working with the exception of one socket on one of the 1 point roll over buttons. I will figure it out today. I am having too much fun playing it right now.

#1200 6 years ago

Hoov swap the parts on the bottom of the playfield. Don't deal witht he drilled hold and contact paper. It will be more difficult but more rewarding in the end. Oh and congratulations on the score.

#1209 6 years ago

Very very nice machine you got there...Welcome to the EM club!

#1210 6 years ago

I almost rolled it tonight. I scored 1955!

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#1236 6 years ago

LOL at the hand print comments. I spent time under each one making sure they were level. I had to move and re-arrange them around to my liking. A big thanks to one of my friends that spend the day helping me pick up the Card Whiz at the STI terminal. Again they sat on my machine for over 24 hours without calling me for a delivery. We ate pizza and had a blast! Thanks for all the nice comments guys! BTW I still have room for 2 more machines in this room and then I have a whole other bedroom (nursery size) that will fit another 3 or 4 machines.

#1239 6 years ago

Hahaha. Funny you should say this. I did the math...6 in one bedroom, 3 in another bedroom not being used, 3 in my computer room, 4 in my dining room that doesn't get used and then after that I could move the TV and couch across the room to the other side of the living room to make room for another 4 machines. In my master bedroom I have room for 1 machine near my side of the bed = room for 21 machines. LOL. My wife would tolerate maybe 12-16 of them. The first 9 would see no resistance since we never have guests since our immediate families live a long way away. Mine are 1800 miles away in California and Ohio. My wife's relatives live in Hawaii. We have no kids or I would make them sleep on the porch.

#1240 6 years ago

Can't do that car outside the garage. I don't feel like hail damage on my car. Even thought that could be another 15 machines. LOL!

#1242 6 years ago

I have a King Kong, a Krull, a Lochness Monster.....

#1252 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Baby can wait.

My wife is 48 years old. I don't see any babys in our future. I also hope that I never have someone 18-22 years old look for his long lost father either.

#1254 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I wouldn't mind having someone 18-22 years young looking for me.

Brian, I wonder about you sometimes.

#1258 6 years ago

So O-din what you're really trying to say is......

#1266 6 years ago

This is how you show off one of my favorite Classic Rock groups "Free"

#1275 6 years ago

I have 800 cds of Classic Rock that I will never part with. I sold my LPs in 1987 and I regret doing so. I have all of my cds converted to Flac files as well on my computer.

#1320 6 years ago

I have the Black Sabbath "Black Box" with the first 8 albums remastered. 20 bit? 24bit? (too lazy to look) Some people in the music forums I am in say that they are too "hot" in the mastering. I have listened too these cds for about 9 or 10 years now and I like them. The first thing I did when I got the box set is throw trade in the crappy 1980's 16 bit masters that sound like ass. The Heaven and Hell box set of Dio's Black Sabbath years sounds okay still miles better than the 16 bit masterings. I just wish Warner Brothers and Rhino would master shit properly like Columbia / Epic Legacy and Universal Music does. My Frank Zappa remasters sound absolutely amazing. (Universal Music) My Kansas, Cheap Trick, Heart, Mountain remasters sound amazing.

#1321 6 years ago

Vic you have an absolutely amazing collection. One of these days I hope to have a bigger collection of EMs

#1325 6 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Dan...thanks for the compliment. I am still upgrading my collection and only have two games left with painted cabinets but the rest of them are all original condition and very low plays.
Good luck on your growing collection.

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Bank A Ball and KOD should be easy to find in unmolested condition. I prefer the repaints (shrug) but I am one of those 5 per centers that prefers them that way.

#1327 6 years ago

Vic I am shocked that you don't have your Atlantis that you sold. I am also surprised you don't own a Slick Chick or an Abra-Ca-Dabra

#1330 6 years ago

Vic, Abra-Ca-Dabra is very addictive and goes well with Atlantis and El Dorado for a '75 wedgehead trifecta. Abra-Ca-Dabra can be had for about 700-1000 dollars in unmolested condition. (I don't mention Spin Out because I feel it is meh) You make the first person I have encountered that didn't care for Slick Chick. I also wish you had more room because your amazing collection would then get bigger.

#1346 6 years ago

ABCD is just cool with the game play. This game will leave you one away from the special and you saying "One more game!" The artwork is beautiful. Yes I am biased because I own one. Team One is just plain funky. And the AAB makes it even funkier.

#1349 6 years ago

I think a Kings and Queens or El Dorado are next on my list followed closely by a 2001.

#1354 6 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

I have them all Rat and they're all great games.

Gaaaaaaar. But they weren't for sale.

#1355 6 years ago
Quoted from Basil:

here are 2 of mine just setup for the turkeyfest all EM tournament this weekend. 1969 Bally Cosmos and 1971 Bally Vampire.

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Cosmos looks like a cool machine!

#1358 6 years ago

Fun stuff! Congratulations on your new pins!

#1365 6 years ago

I second that motion.

#1367 6 years ago

Thanks for the videos Vic. This year's videos in 1080p?

#1392 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

It's such a beautiful morning. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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I didn't know you had a time machine. We missed the unboxing.

#1458 6 years ago

You are now in a controlled environment of your house where you may turn the machine on for 30 min at a time a few times a week. At the most you leave it on for 3-4 hours during a party once or twice a year. Maybe you bring it to a pinball show once or twice in your lifetime of owning it. It simply should be left alone unless it was flaking to begin with. With pinball the general rule if it works then leave it alone. I have learned this the hard way. We all learn. I know I learned from Hoov's post on how TT a back glass if I absolutely have to.

#1465 6 years ago

I always love taking off the top apron and getting 35-50 years worth of dirt out of that area. It's the little details that make a pin pop. You should show off Captain Card when it is finished. Like Alex said make sure you add it to your Pinside collection.

#1533 5 years ago

Jeff, It looks like your cat is laying a deuce on your machine. LOL Looks like a fun game to play.

Dirt, Nicest Hit the Deck I have seen yet.

Ken I love that Sure Shot. Nice cosmetic updates and touch-ups. The playfield reminds me of an updated '65 Bank-A-Ball.

#1535 5 years ago

I like 2" and 3" games. Depends on the game really. I like the idea of 3 inch bats on the Sure Shot and those kick out holes. I also love the backglass all lit up. I might search for that title later on in 2014. They do seem to pop up a lot on ebay.

#1557 5 years ago

Ohio, especially Cleveland and Akron area are a treasure trove of EMs. Also check CL in neighboring states like Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. I am jealous I wish I lived in Ohio where I grew up because I would have a furnished basement and EMs galore instead of having them trucked in to Texas.

#1603 5 years ago

Tonight is a wonderful night to play Card Whiz! Wish you guys were here.

#1605 5 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

Nice. I could be there in 4 and 1/2 hours.

Let me know if you are ever in town. You are welcome to play my small collection of 4 machines. I will have a 5th title shortly and a 6th by March.

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#1702 5 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

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

Ummm. He used to. It will be in transit to my house next week.

#1708 5 years ago

I want them all! I will be a good sport and leave you with a "Popeye Saves the Earth" and a "Bugs Bunny Birthday Bash"

#1711 5 years ago

I suppose I can throw in a player quality Barb Wire as well.

I am done with my collector's quality Silverball Mania as well.

#1735 5 years ago

Nice Card Whiz! I love my Card Whiz as well!

#1739 5 years ago

NIce Fast Draw and Atlantis guys.

#1761 5 years ago

Nice collection 2step! I will take the Cross Town, Fireball and the El Dorado.

#1778 5 years ago

It finally arrived! Thanks O-din for selling me your King of Diamonds! This thing is oh so sweet! And nope not an overlay. I am posting the good and the bad. I would give the backglass a solid 9. Cab with original paint an 8.5 to 9. I would give the playfield a solid 8.5. Very, very nice example of this game. I am very happy!

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#1780 5 years ago

Yes it works 100% This machine is 100% of what I expected from the pictures that you took. The pictures don't do it justice. This thing looks stunning in my collection. I wanted to show the good and the bad. This is one nice survivor man! I am very happy! I just left you a voice mail about my excitement. This machine is kicking my ass! LOL. I am lucky if I break 1100 points and always left with a few targets short of a special.

#1782 5 years ago

We all agree to disagree. I took these pictures extremely close up. The yellows pop and the greens pop. The pictures I took make it look worse than what it is. This machine is never leaving my collection. This is the same machine that someone thought it had an overlay. Every last King of Diamonds I have come across in 15 years never looked as good as this one. Most were very faded playfields where the yellows had turned into a beige color. There was tons more planking and wear around inserts etc. Warped plastics, craptastic backglass repainted cabs with too much webbing. This is not perfect nor is it a collector quality. This is a player plus machine. The areas without touchups which is 90-95% of the machine is a solid 9. The small areas with problems that I took detailed photos of bring the playfield down to an 8 or an 8.5 IMHO.

Backglass-9 (no fade all original)
playfield- 8 to 8.5
cab 8.5
plastics 9 (original with nice patina. no fade, no warping)
Metal 10 (all brand new door, coin chute,legs,arch stick...all metal posts are shined to a high gloss, lock down bar is shinier than a brand new quarter)
insides are a 9 to 9.5. Every contact, gear middle hub thingy is perfect and gleams like they are new. Score motor is f#$%%$#ing amazing looking. It looks brand new. Original coin mecs look brand new.

#1791 5 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

The King of all wedgeheads....Looks so nice!
Great find.

I tip my crown from one King to another!

Odin is now a...

#1797 5 years ago

Shush it you two! LOL!

#1806 5 years ago

Very sharp machine! My friend picked up a very sharp King Pin tonight. I can't wait to play it!

#1807 5 years ago

I figured I would show a few more pictures of this King of Diamonds I got today. The earlier pictures did not do it any justice. I am too lazy to pull the glass off or pull the machine out and re-level it. I will leave you with some pics that O-din took before he shipped it too me. Is this better O-din? The first pic (backglass) I took.

#1810 5 years ago

Oh you mean the Fireball that will end up next to King of Diamonds next?

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#1836 5 years ago

This game is just amazing. I had an epic game this morning at 1839 points. I hope to flip it soon!

#1849 5 years ago

Boilerman, the location of the Gigi for sale is in San Francisco. He is asking 995. And I left a link for it on the most current page of the Look what came on CL forum. The play field and back glass look gorgeous on it.

#1854 5 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

I am thinking that if you are playing hooky from work. You should not be advertising this on the internet. LOL LOL.



#1872 5 years ago

Odin you can check for the actual serial number on top of the backbox unless you cab has been repainted.

#1900 5 years ago

Heat Wave and KoD are soooo much fun!

#1945 5 years ago
Quoted from Ice9ers:

WoW! To have the EM's that some of you guys have and all looking so awesome - I'm extremely envious and thrilled that these machines have found such wonderful homes. As some of you may know, I just bought my 1st EM 2 days ago, a KOD with a pretty rough cabinet but a beautiful playfield. I'm lovin' it. Would be thrilled to have a second one - one of these days.

Be careful what you wish for Ice9ers...They multiply like rabbits. Most EMs can be had for 500-2000. Typical ones are 700-800 dollars. Projects will be 200-600 dollars. Top machines will be 1500-2000 with a few titles topping out at 2500 ish. This makes buying EMs an extreme bargain considering 90's to present machines are several thousand dollars.

Hey Hoov...NICE SCORE! That Abra is super cherry! I thought mine was nice but your's takes the cake!

#1948 5 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Looking good there Hoov.
Here is my smart assed comment.
Hoov you are out of space, some of us EM guys should drop by. We will help with removing some of those old pinball machines out of that cramped space that you have. LOL
Have Fun!

I got dibs on that Kings and Queens.

I know Hoov said that would be the last pin he would sell but I just love saying it.

#1966 5 years ago

That is a gorgeous Diamond Jack. Congratulations! Very beautiful machine! Thank you for sharing pictures.

#1976 5 years ago

That is a nice Slick Chick for sale popeboy. It has an original backglass. The only bad I see is one pop bumper is not original and some flipper drag on the right flipper.

#1979 5 years ago

Popeboy, Slick Chick is one of those special machines. It ties right up there with King of Diamonds. Both machines are pure bliss. I was born in '73 so I hear ya on the not seeing the 50's and 60's machines. A few games on Slick Chick would change your mind. You would be hooked.

#1980 5 years ago

Oh btw that Slick Chick has the wrong lock down bar. The lock down bar pictured is one from 1967-1971.

#2006 5 years ago

I look forward to seeing these new platcis in person at the Texas Pinball festival in a few months. You are bringing this machine right?

#2023 5 years ago

If I won the Star Trek I would turn it into several EMs.

Stashy, nice restore!
Velcroman, nice games and a extra playfield for Diamond Jack. NICE! Was that the playfield that was listed on ebay for over a year from Italy?

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#2100 5 years ago

Please at least bring 2001 to the Texas Pinball Festival. I have not played a 2001 and would like to.

#2110 5 years ago

Ken that looks super sharp. Congrats!

#2116 5 years ago

It's been 5 days so this thread needs to be bumped and not forgotten.

#2119 5 years ago
Quoted from Gerry:

I have a treat for you guys tomarrow.

You found a one off EM Goin Nuts?

#2121 5 years ago


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#2141 5 years ago

Hoov that is crazy nice! Congrats whoever bought it!

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#2192 5 years ago

Hoov I see Sky Jump, Big Brave and Surf Champ. What is the 4th one? Jacks Open?

#2194 5 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

That 4th one be High Hand. You know, the one WITHOUT the resetting drop targets )

Ugg! You were thinking..."Oh man why can't this be a Captain Card?"

I would have been drooling all over the Kings and Queens I see in the picture.

#2209 5 years ago

Lets get back on track. I would like to see more pictures of pins. Bruce do you have pics of those 3 pins you got. Card Whiz, Abra-Ca-Dabra and Volley?

#2212 5 years ago

I have always wanted to play a Gemini. One of these days this will be fulfilled.

#2225 5 years ago

Beautiful game there DryHeat!

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#2248 5 years ago
Quoted from Scotty78:

It has significant wear at the kick out holes, and was always planked. I'll try to save the playfield best I can, and hope a repop playfield comes to fruition for this machine. Gottlieb was king in '74 when this baby rolled off the line!

Jumping Jack came out in May of 1973 5 months before I was born. Great machine! Thank you for sharing.

#2257 5 years ago