Here’s another Genco in my collection, a 1948 Floating Power. A friend found it, apparently home-kept for many years. It was pretty much complete when found, including all the big playfield lamp/switch covers. The playfield was dirty but in good shape, likewise the cabinet. Inside, we replaced the selenium rectifier with a modern bridge rectifier (leaving the old one intact on the game). Two fuse-holders that were running very, very hot (120F+) were also replaced, which resolved the issue. There were a couple of functional issues to be worked out – which meant a lot of time wire tracing since no schematic available - but it’s up & running well now.
This game was produced only a few months after Screwball, but it’s a lot more advanced. For one thing, it actually has a score motor, as well as the funky steppers seen in Screwball. And some other neat mechanisms, like the double bell and backbox knocker that activate for each step of the bonus. Like Screwball, it’s helpful that Genco screen-printed the underside of the playfield with labels for all mechanisms.
The backglass had considerable flaking, so I replaced it with a repro, printed multi-layer on large format digital printer direct to plexiglass. Since the original glass was silvered, I had to manually do all the silvering with a paint pen. I also repro’d the paper credit reel, apron card and score card.
A very fun-playing game.
The last pic shows the three Genco’s currently in the collection – ’48 Floating Power, ’50 South Pacific (with R-rated re-themed backglass) and ’48 Screwball.
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