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Genco 1958 Gypsy Grandma fortune teller

By wayner

7 months ago



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    #1 7 months ago

    Finally managed to snag one of these great machines. Machine is in wonderful original condition with limited use over last 20 years.

    Cabinet is in good condition and surprisingly the original canopy (which on these machines is normally damaged) is also in superb condition. Some limited tweaking got the machine working as it should. Supplied with significant quantity of fortune cards.

    During the course of the year I will service the complete mechanism, replace the right hand rubber, fabricate a coin box lid and possibly repaint the green/red side panels. I will update those developments within this thread.

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    #2 7 months ago

    Nice score ! I just posted these pics in the Do You Have or Want a Fortune Teller topic a few days ago. They are from Mike Munves catalogs from the 1950’s.
    I have a Exhibit Supply Crystal Gazer pictured second to last.

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    #3 7 months ago
    Quoted from ultimategameroom:

    Nice score ! I just posted these pics in the Do You Have or Want a Fortune Teller topic a few days ago. They are from Mike Munves catalogs from the 1950’s.
    I have a Exhibit Supply Crystal Gazer pictured second to last.
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    Wow your Crystal Gazer looks quite fascinating-never seen one before.

    #4 7 months ago

    It’s very nice but not in the same league as your grandma. At some point the front of mine was repaired/restored. The interior is original. No movement but still very nice looking and a great addition to my Gameroom!

    Quoted from wayner:

    Wow your Crystal Gazer looks quite fascinating-never seen one before.

    Where did you locate your fortune teller? They are pretty uncommon in the USA and command very high prices when they do sell.
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    #5 7 months ago

    Love these old fortune tellers. So cool.

    5 months later
    #7 55 days ago

    Now completed full restoration of this machine which was a very satisfying experience. The important aspects were to correct improper operation of Grandma; repaint the painted sides and carry out various resto issues.

    The Grandma skeleton was completely disassembled.

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    Reassembly and adjustment of the function turnbuckles x8 required some patience and perseverance. A repro rubber right hand was fitted.

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    The dispensing mechanism and switch assembly was dismantled, lubed and serviced.

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    A new power cord installed including grounding to the skeleton, dispensing unit and transformer. A friend in the aviation industry let me have a jar of 'avigel' which is tremendous for sealing joins/ties on wax lacing tape.

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    A lid per original specs was fabricated for the coin box.

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    The coin meter was inoperative and the lens appeared it had been hit with a soldering iron. Cleared grit between 3 and 4 and fabricated a new curved lens.

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    Repainted the cab sides - quite an easy stencil job!

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    Final pics. The machine is now operating correctly although I believe the 115v drive motor is struggling due to age and wear. I am exploring options to resolve.

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    Finally always a nice finish to freshen up the keys.

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    #8 55 days ago

    Great work, thanks for sharing!

    #9 55 days ago

    Great Job! Beautiful Machine..

    #10 54 days ago

    Excellent work Wayne! That looks great. Another lovely old machine restored.

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