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By chuckwurt

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

My ultimate EM grail is in the house! Been looking for at least a couple years for the right one. This thing has been in storage for a long time and has about 90k plays on the ticker.

Here are some pics after dusting it off:

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#2 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

My ultimate EM grail is in the house! Been looking for at least a couple years for the right one. This thing has been in storage for a long time and has about 90k plays on the ticker.
Here are some pics after dusting it off:

That's not Star Wars

#3 1 year ago

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#4 1 year ago

This time next year maybe. I think I'm gonna have to go premium there. That's some serious cash sheesh for me. For now this beauty will have to do.

#6 1 year ago

First question as this is my first Gottlieb EM. Having trouble getting the lockbar unlocked. The latch seems stuck. I am just suppose to pull it down so it swings to the left right?

#7 1 year ago

Swings to the left , towards coin door opening . Try pressing down on the lock bar as you try to release it .

#9 1 year ago

There is adjusting screws on the lock bar they might be too tight . Or Your lock down reciever might just be rusted and not want to slide , might take some force to get it to release the first time if this is the problem .

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from trilogybeer:

Swings to the left , towards coin door opening . Try pressing down on the lock bar as you try to release it .

Just to be sure before I get forceful with it.

It has some play but after a tiny bit of pulling down it stops and doesn't budge at all.

So I want to swing that down and clockwise right?

#11 1 year ago

Congrats man - nothing like scoring a grail pin!

Looks real purty too. Enjoy!

#12 1 year ago

Thanks! Got the bar off. Man that was stuck. Just made me nervous going with a wrench. All good.

#13 1 year ago

yeah Gottlieb lockdown bar latch swings down to the left

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Just to be sure before I get forceful with it.
» YouTube video
It has some play but after a tiny bit of pulling down it stops and doesn't budge at all.
So I want to swing that down and clockwise right?

From the video it looked as though your lockbar might be binding with the reciever a bit. Glad you were able to get it , if they haven't been used in a while or adjusted to tight the can be tough .

#15 1 year ago

Congrats!!! Looks to be in fantastic condition.....happy for you!

#16 1 year ago

A local collector has a really nice one here. Great game. I really enjoy playing his.

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Thanks! Got the bar off. Man that was stuck. Just made me nervous going with a wrench. All good.

Son these games have been around for a long time...they can take it!

Congrats, That is a great game.

#18 1 year ago

Congrats! Have not played that one since it came out new. Fun game!

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Son these games have been around for a long time...they can take it!
Congrats, That is a great game.

Yeah I know. Just always been taught not to force things. Could hear my dad in my ear the whole time I was trying to pry it loose. Haha

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Congrats! Have not played that one since it came out new. Fun game!

Wow! Can you remember if it was popular when it came out?

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Wow! Can you remember if it was popular when it came out?

Back then all the kids flocked to try out new machines and that one was no exception, especially when it had lots of drop targets, 4 flippers, and a hot chick on the backglass, so yes!

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Back then all the kids flocked to try out new machines and that one was no exception, especially when it had lots of drop targets, 4 flippers, and a hot chick on the backglass, so yes!

Haha. Has all the ingredients.

I originally flocked to it when I was doing research on games cause of the cabinet art. Bengal tigers are my thing (bengals fan). So I've wanted a Big Game and this ever since I got into the hobby. Found Big Game right away. Took a while to find this one.

Just saw that monkey targets are available new! Awesome!

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Wow! Can you remember if it was popular when it came out?

90 thousand plays popular, that's pretty popular in my book!

#24 1 year ago

Killer game Chuck I never seem to go more than a few months without owning one.

This is exactly what I'm talking about when people complain about high prices or how pinball is a "rich man's hobby."

You can pick up one of these for $1000 or much less.

So what's the problem?

#25 1 year ago

It has more flippers then star wars

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

My ultimate EM grail is in the house! Been looking for at least a couple years for the right one. This thing has been in storage for a long time and has about 90k plays on the ticker.
Here are some pics after dusting it off:

You hit the jackpot chuckwurt. Congrats.
I'm sure it feels good having a nice example of a machine you've been hunting for.

I have a 1979 Gottlieb Pinball Pool, and it looks like this 1977 Jungle Queen upper playfield layout was utilized when designing playfield layout for Pinball Pool.

#27 1 year ago

So this isn't the CeCe Peniston fan club?

#28 1 year ago

All night long when I saw yer title on my page I quietly sung it to myself.

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

So what's the problem?

I think this question what rhetorical and about your rich mans hobby comment. But if it's about this game:

Not sure. I haven't plugged her in yet and I just left for HHI for 10 days. It needs new legs and has no head bolts so I couldn't plug it in to see.

I did take a peek under the hood and it's VERY clean, and the score reels are at zero. That's a good sign.

Talk to everyone later! Beach is calling my name.

#30 1 year ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Back then all the kids flocked to try out new machines and that one was no exception, especially when it had lots of drop targets, 4 flippers, and a hot chick on the backglass, so yes!

So while looking at the backglass, you can spank some monkeys.

My Jack in the Box has a nice backglass as well, and I can punch some clowns while looking at it.

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from SirScott:

So while looking at the backglass, you can spank some monkeys.

I'm on it!

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#32 1 year ago

Plans for repair work or preventative maintenance? Looks like it has been taken care of nicely.

Those pop-bumper caps are too cool.

#33 1 year ago

Picked up a nice Jungle Queen for someone once. Then I noticed my truck's lic plate starts JQ xxxx, so now I always think Jungle Queen in my head when I see it.

#34 1 year ago
Quoted from no_bad_days:

Plans for repair work or preventative maintenance? Looks like it has been taken care of nicely.
Those pop-bumper caps are too cool.

First thing I was really surprised about. No wear at all outside the saucer kick outs up top. Upon closer inspection, there is Mylar up there covering the inserts and playfield outside of them. I'll leave that.

There are pop bumper Mylar rings that have lost their adhesive too. Not sure how to remove those without taking off the bumper assemblies, so I'll leave those too for now.

Just still can't believe how lucky I was to find this. Hopefully it fires up nice and easy when I get back from vacation.

Are head bolts standard? If not, what size and length does this game take?

#35 1 year ago

Gottlieb mylar pop bumper discs didn't have adhesive. Just held down by the bumper body.

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Are head bolts standard? If not, what size and length does this game take?

Don't have one handy to measure at the moment, but on my 70's Gottlieb machines it seems the head bolts take a 5/8" wrench, and they are longer than leg bolts, and have a flat washer with them.

#37 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Are head bolts standard? If not, what size and length does this game take?

3/8 x 3 1/2 has worked for me on every game that I have needed them for.

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

My ultimate EM grail is in the house! Been looking for at least a couple years for the right one.

What a beautiful backglass and game. Great feeling to have the game you've wanted for so long. Congratulations!

Btw, it was a 40 year wait for mine... will post a topic about it soon.

Bruce

#39 1 year ago

I got head bolts and fired it up. It turns on. Needs lots of adjustments.

Waiting on a lot of stuff from PBR to start troubleshooting. Gonna look over clays guide too. Might give her a good cleaning in the meantime.

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#40 1 year ago

Just had the inaugural game!! I still need to clean the P2-P4 score reels, but I think we’re in business!!

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#41 1 year ago

alright! poker and and Jungle Queen look promising.

#42 1 year ago

Looks fun! The layout on this game looks pretty good- and 1000% YES to an in game special! ENJOY

#43 1 year ago

Thanks guys. Still need to replace some bulbs/sockets, but it’s been playing one player games great all day.

Man I’m not looking forward to cleaning the rest of the score reels. So tedious! They definitely need it too. Totally gummed up and barely move.

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