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Help with 1930's Watling Twin Jack Pot slot machine


By mjthompson

5 months ago



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#1 5 months ago

I'm looking for information about a Watling Twin Jack Pot slot machine that's been in my family since the early 70's. I thought I'd turn to the Pin community in hopes someone might have a list of sites that document restoration, parts suppliers, etc. Any info would be great.

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#2 5 months ago

Nice Watling!

One Community is KLOV.

https://forums.arcade-museum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=5

You can find parts there, as well as Ebay. Im unsure of a dedicated Watling Parts Site, but if yours is working,
Youll likely not need any HTF Parts.

As Far as restoration, Purists will appreciate the nice original condition yours is in, executing only a good cleaning on the
outside, and a clean and lube inside. Likely the better choice for "Value" retention.

A full restoration can be done, if you wish. It isnt too hard to restore the cabinet and polish/plate metal and repaint.

If you need any manuals, I likely have several that I was going to throw up on Ebay, that you might like.

#3 5 months ago

At this point id just like to get it working a little more smoothly/reliably. So a good clean/lube. I'm also planning on reworking the payout cards & reels. I'd like to repaint/polish at some point too but I also have pin projects to work on

One part I know I need is a reel catch lever. I replaced one many years ago but it's not a perfect match and doesn't work as well as the originals.

Thanks for the klov suggestion, I didn't think to look there (not sure why). I also found http://coinopcollectorforum.com which seems to have some activity for older slots.

I'm definitely interested in the manuals you're planning on selling. Please let me know what you've got. I have do have Geddes' "Owner's Pictorial Guide" for Watling slots that I picked up many years ago and it seems pretty good.

#4 5 months ago
Quoted from mjthompson:

I'm definitely interested in the manuals you're planning on selling. Please let me know what you've got. I have do have Geddes' "Owner's Pictorial Guide" for Watling slots that I picked up many years ago and it seems pretty good.

Good Book. I checked thru the Pile, About 10 are General Slot History/Picture Books. Others are guides for other Manufacturers.

The One I find now related to Watling, is the Watling Operators Companion.....Slot Machine of YesterYear.

All Watling Pics, Info, and some schematics.Hardcover version
$22 inc shipping....Excellent, Like New.

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#5 5 months ago

Sold. I'll PM you.

#6 5 months ago

I would leave the paint, reels and payout card (yours looks to be in pretty good shape) in there original condition. That usually only decreases the value of the slot machine.

#7 5 months ago

This site has a UK bias, but lots of friendly people there....

http://www.pennymachines.co.uk/Forum/index.php

#8 5 months ago

I'm not sure whether I'm going to repaint the slot but either way I'm planning on waiting before jumping into an unreversible change. I am going to make/buy new award cards but I'm hoping to overlay them so the "change" is reversible.

I'll checkout the UK site, thanks!

#9 5 months ago

I own the same machine, it's 5 cents also and it's working.

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