(Topic ID: 248119)

Genco lucky 7 restoration


By amkoepfer

89 days ago



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    #1 89 days ago

    Im just starting this, and its going to take awhile, so bear with me. From what i can tell this is 1 of 3 known to exist. Here is the starting pics.

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    #2 89 days ago

    Another one? Lucky bastard, I'm so jealous. Best party/dollar game ever. Following!

    #3 89 days ago

    Ya, now there are 3 known games. Hoping mine turns out as nice as mitchs. Mine came with the schematics so now those can get out. Mailing copies to clay and if mitch wants a copy ill send them to him, and hopefully i can scan and upload to the interweb as well.

    #4 89 days ago

    Started disassembling for cleaning. Mystery writing on the wood over the lane. Can anyone make decals with dimensions and hi res pics?

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    #5 89 days ago
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    #7 88 days ago

    Ok, so im going to talk to a printer for decals for the lane. Does anyone think that it will cause the ball to change paths? Or if i wax it will that kind of help? Decal is the only solution i can think of. Mine has nothing, this pic was from mitch

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    #8 88 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    Ok, so im going to talk to a printer for decals for the lane. Does anyone think that it will cause the ball to change paths? Or if i wax it will that kind of help? Decal is the only solution i can think of. Mine has nothing, this pic was from mitch[quoted image]

    I would doubt a vinyl reproduction on the playfield would affect the ball path, especially on thin vinyl. Those balls are BIG...compared to a pinball. And I've seen decals printed on thin vinyl that don't effect the trajectory of a pinball moving slowly. If you're concerned, you might even talk with manitouguy who has produced a number of wonderful decals, like his Spin Out decals:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-protector-decal-for-my-beloved-spin-out-em-purists-hide-your-eyes/page/2#post-4507139

    ...and others. (I even have one of his Spin Out decals and I don't even have a Spin Out ! Ha-ha! Very good quality.)

    Regardless of what you decide, congrats on the find and best of luck with the restore. Following!

    Sincerely,
    Ryan

    #9 88 days ago

    Thanks for posting about this restore thread, following. Looks great!

    #10 88 days ago

    Ok, so this is frustrating that another lucky seven has popped up and I missed out. Where did you find it? Happy for you.

    #11 88 days ago

    It was actually pretty close to me. I pretty much bought it to save it from becoming a table or some other nonsense, and it looked like a fun restoration. It may come up for sale once im done, but with all the time and cash i may keep it awhile. Had fun tearing it apart yesterday, im going to go through and clean every part. Hoping to have it playable in a month or so.

    #12 88 days ago

    Following!

    Interested in more of the backstory on your find. Were you looking for it or did it happened to fall in your lap ? Was it in someone’s basement or lurking in a barn? I’ve never played a roll down like this but they are similar to the roll down midway games I remember playing as a kid in the Cedar Point arcade.

    Cool find and good luck with your new treasure.

    #13 88 days ago

    I wasnt searching for one, but happened to see it at an auction and knew what it was due to the other restoration thread and having played one at clays. There were several other people there for it, but i decided i wanted it bad enough lol. I was at knoebels in pa last summer and they had a lot of rolldown games similar to this.

    #14 88 days ago

    Finished with it or not, I’m your huckleberry when you are ready. . Let’s keep it in Ohio

    #15 88 days ago
    Quoted from Rody:

    Finished with it or not, I’m your huckleberry when you are ready. . Let’s keep it in Ohio

    Haha, ive already had offers in the multi thousands. So far ive turned them down, but maybe in the future

    #16 88 days ago

    Back to the restoration, the Genco logo and related lane information can easily be reproduced in vinyl with appropriate pictures. More on point, would be to create spray masks and use a single stage urethane.

    Would simply take a little time in adobe illustrator and the plotter/cutter

    If Clay or Mitch is able to provide Hi-Rez photos and dimensions, we would be well on our way.

    #17 88 days ago

    I am hoping to get hi res pics and dimensions, and then take that to an artist/printer that can get it made for me. Spray masks would probably be the way to go, id just be very nervous doing it!

    #18 88 days ago

    You just let me know what you need. I'm here to help.

    I'm supposed to get measurement of mine for another pinside member, but I'm having trouble finding the email he sent me.

    #19 88 days ago
    Quoted from Rody:

    Finished with it or not, I’m your huckleberry when you are ready. . Let’s keep it in Ohio

    The crazy thing is that I pulled mine out of a Ohio basement.

    #20 88 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    The crazy thing is that I pulled mine out of a Ohio basement.

    Add in clays, and 3 in ohio area? A pinside member needs the artwork? Is there another game out there?

    #21 88 days ago

    This looks like a gem ...

    #22 88 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    The crazy thing is that I pulled mine out of a Ohio basement.

    That is what is so frustrating. I’ve had want ads, a saved Google search, saved eBay search, and a craigslist search for over five years now and somehow keep missing out on these

    #23 88 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    I am hoping to get hi res pics and dimensions, and then take that to an artist/printer that can get it made for me. Spray masks would probably be the way to go, id just be very nervous doing it!

    That is why I offered, this skill set is what I do for a living.

    #24 88 days ago
    Quoted from Rody:

    That is why I offered, this skill set is what I do for a living.

    Perhaps we can work something out. Id really like this to look amazing when im done

    #25 87 days ago

    Just ordered the new glass

    #26 86 days ago

    this is so cool

    #27 86 days ago

    Hoping to do some more work tuesday and next weekend, will update when i do, going on vacation in a week so that will stall it a bit, but i dont think itll take as long as i thought it would, its cleaning up nice!

    2 weeks later
    #28 71 days ago

    Took the top off and bell board off today, started cleaning the inside of the cab, it is very dirty. Most switches on the holes look good, just need cleaned and adjusted. Legs are off being remade.

    #29 71 days ago
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    #30 71 days ago

    Pinball break

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    #31 71 days ago

    I just looked at the score reels, 2 of them are slightly chewed along the edges. Not sure if its from the mech, or possibly mice? Anyone know if theres replacements for these?

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    #32 71 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

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    What the heck! Is this YOUR line up? If so, it's been a while since I took a gander at your collection.

    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    I just looked at the score reels, 2 of them are slightly chewed along the edges. Not sure if its from the mech, or possibly mice? Anyone know if theres replacements for these?[quoted image]

    These look a lot like the reels on my Williams Struggle Buggies. I was surprised to see they were made out of some kind of cheap chipboard. Anyhow, all that to say, if you're unable to find a replacement it shouldn't be too hard to make a printout cover for what you have.

    Quick question: Can you even see the chewed parts when the BG is on?

    #33 71 days ago

    Older United Shuffle alleys used these cardboard reels as well. You'd have too double check on size and how they mount, vs what you need, but it might be easier and cheaper to find some from a shuffle alley.

    #34 71 days ago

    Ya i had a chicago coin shuffle alley that had the same thing, those are easy to come by.

    Yes ryan, thats most of my collection. And i doubt you can see it with the glass on, but i will verify

    2 weeks later
    #35 57 days ago

    Ok, getting some work done today. Cleaned the bottom of the cabinet, cleaned the ball return wood, the "flipper", now im painting the bells, board the bells and ballast sits on, and the coin chute cover.

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    #36 57 days ago

    Nice progress

    #37 57 days ago

    Thank you. Hoping to have the body completely done and back together this weekend, then ill move on to the backbox. Im still waiting on the legs and backglass

    #38 54 days ago
    Quoted from cad-kid:

    Nice progress

    Agreed!

    #39 52 days ago

    While waiting for parts in the ultrasonic cleaner, moved on to the back board. Before and after

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    #40 52 days ago

    Looking great... so rewarding when you can see a physical difference with a little bit of work

    #41 51 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    While waiting for parts in the ultrasonic cleaner, moved on to the back board. Before and after[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    What did you clean it with? Looks great!

    #42 51 days ago
    Quoted from cad-kid:

    What did you clean it with? Looks great!

    Novus 1. I didnt want to use anything too harsh and risk losing any artwork.

    Coin door is back on

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    #43 51 days ago

    Bell and ballast unit back together. 1 bell sounds great, other not so much, someone cut it it looks like

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    #44 51 days ago

    I saw the 1 bell was cut. Factory? Possibly to make it sound different from the other one?

    #45 51 days ago

    I wondered that too, possibly mitch can chime in, but i am thinking no not factory. Its just a dull thud

    #46 51 days ago

    Ball return board back in, coin cover painted

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    #47 51 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    I wondered that too, possibly mitch can chime in

    Do you have his phone number? Maybe give him a ring.

    #48 51 days ago

    Ill shoot him a pm, im sure its not stock though. The coil was disconnected as well

    #49 51 days ago

    Bottom of cab is back together, next step is clean the lane and adjust the switches.

    #50 51 days ago
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