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Home used Williams Hurricane PINBALL!!!


By ChezArcade

2 years ago



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  • Do it, Do all the LEDs 26 votes
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#1 2 years ago

One of those finds!

Buddy of mine Jared Guynes was contacted about a Pinball the other day. The Next day was sent photos, and the day after that he went to go see it. Then, the following day we went to go pick it up!

One of those " I can't pass this up " Opportunities, but I always say that to justify a new game purchase ha.

Here you see one of the nicest Hurricanes I have ever ever seen. Has been in a home, and at said home for over 20 years. (They had it first in another state and once they moved to Texas it sat in the house there for over 20 years) The game is so mint it hurts. Besides a few things like the leg marks, and one side is faded.. it's BEAUTIFUL! So stoked! All original! I did have to clean the rubber belt on the ferris wheel as the first one would get stuck when the ball would enter. Just used some alcohol on the rubber belt and on the actual ferris wheel. Need to do this again to keep it from sliding. I do have a replacement belt but I've read on here on how much of a B#$%^ that is to do. Anyways..
The game was upstairs. We had two flights of stairs to choose from (Large House). The first flight we made it halfway but couldn't get it to turn around without damaging the walls or ourselves, so back up we went. We then had to go down a spiral staircase very carefully. Let's just say my arms and legs are still weak. Nonetheless, I couldn't be more happy! Ghostbusters will come soon, I just couldn't pass this up! <-- See I said it again.

What do you guys think, also LEDs or no LEDs... I can't decide.

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#2 2 years ago

Trust me, LEDs. That game is naturally DARK AS F... it NEEDS MORE LIGHT.

Get the good ones that don't strobe, but stick with warm white, as bright as you can get them. An extremely fast well playing Hurricane is pretty fun. I've given up trying to find one...one guy up in Frisco had one but sold it, pretty sure it did not stay local. Was the fastest example of the game I've ever played.

#3 2 years ago

Calling dibs on the next cheap pin too.

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from Frax:

Trust me, LEDs. That game is naturally DARK AS F... it NEEDS MORE LIGHT.
Get the good ones that don't strobe, but stick with warm white, as bright as you can get them. An extremely fast well playing Hurricane is pretty fun. I've given up trying to find one...one guy up in Frisco had one but sold it, pretty sure it did not stay local. Was the fastest example of the game I've ever played.

Yeah I'll do the non ghosting probably from Marco specialties if I did do it. The back PF is super dark especially the left side! How long ago did the one in Frisco show up? Still trying to reset the Hi Scores. I have followed everything in the book and it still shows 60Million Hiscore... INSANE.

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from Frax:

Calling dibs on the next cheap pin too.

Aren't we all :p

I'll be bringing my Tag Team to TPF. But now I kind of want to bring this instead. Not sure...not sure...

#6 2 years ago

What's up with the sticker on the coin door? Were those stickers put on from factory? Good looking game/find.

#7 2 years ago

I vote tasteful LED's. Don't make it look like a clown threw up on it even though there are clowns in it.
Sweet ass looking game. Very cool find.
Congrats!

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from PaulCoff:

What's up with the sticker on the coin door? Were those stickers put on from factory? Good looking game/find.

Thanks! I don't thinks so. They said they wanted the feel of having it in an Arcade. Assume they added it themselves. There were extras in the coin box too.

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from dgoett:

I vote tasteful LED's. Don't make it look like a clown threw up on it even though there are clowns in it.
Sweet ass looking game. Very cool find.
Congrats!

Lmfao. Yeah I saw one that Todd Tuckey did. I liked it, but a little too much for me. I don't want it to be too "colorful" but be "Colorful" that make any sense? ha

#11 2 years ago

Everyone to their own but IMHO Led's do not look good on the older games. You are a very lucky man; I know hurricane is or was not as popular as comet but, I loved this game and you will too!

#12 2 years ago

If you want to buy a Home use only Comet to go with this let me know.

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from PaulCoff:

What's up with the sticker on the coin door? Were those stickers put on from factory? Good looking game/find.

It's obviously not a Home Use Only game - it's got fade all over, it's got that arcade sticker and wear at the coin slots from thousands of quarters (clear as day worn to the metal on the left slot), and of course the telltale dirty fingerprints underneath the cabinet under the coin door from moving, service, and general on-location stuff. Looks like there's wear on that A insert of PALACE as well on the playfield. The game obviously spent some time on location, and that's just from looking at these low-res photos.

Not trying to piss in anybody's cornflakes - it's a nice looking game. But this will save the OP the abuse he's going to get when he tries to advertise it as HUO when he decides to sell it.

I'd skip the LEDs personally but it's a matter of taste.

#14 2 years ago

Put the stickers on for an arcade feel??

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from ChezArcade:

Aren't we all :p
I'll be bringing my Tag Team to TPF. But now I kind of want to bring this instead. Not sure...not sure...

Tag Team is the better game, IMO, though I'm not sure many will agree with me!

#16 2 years ago
Quoted from ChezArcade:

Yeah I'll do the non ghosting probably from Marco specialties if I did do it. The back PF is super dark especially the left side! How long ago did the one in Frisco show up? Still trying to reset the Hi Scores. I have followed everything in the book and it still shows 60Million Hiscore... INSANE.

No no no. Buy from Comet Pinball for LEDs man

#17 2 years ago
Quoted from pinbum:

If you want to buy a Home use only Comet to go with this let me know.

Would be nice ha I have one though.... How much?!

#18 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

It's obviously not a Home Use Only game - it's got fade all over, it's got that arcade sticker and wear at the coin slots from thousands of quarters (clear as day worn to the metal on the left slot), and of course the telltale dirty fingerprints underneath the cabinet under the coin door from moving, service, and general on-location stuff. Looks like there's wear on that A insert of PALACE as well on the playfield. The game obviously spent some time on location, and that's just from looking at these low-res photos.
Not trying to piss in anybody's cornflakes - it's a nice looking game. But this will save the OP the abuse he's going to get when he tries to advertise it as HUO when he decides to sell it.
I'd skip the LEDs personally but it's a matter of taste.

Hmm you could be right. Just what I was told. I can pull the DSLR out there is hardly any fade. One side of the Cabinet is faded to to it sitting next to a window. Game can fade without being on route. The inside is spotless, the play field is near perfect, I'm not sure by the photos how you can tell it spent some time on location when in fact you can hardly tell its been played in a home for 20+ years lol.

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from ChezArcade:

I'm not sure by the photos how you can tell it spent some time on location when in fact you can hardly tell its been played in a home for 20+ years lol.

I explained that to you

1) nobody would ever put that sticker on a HUO game. That's an op sticker and didn't come from the factory. Seems unlikely a homeowner would actually go through the trouble of obtaining that sticker and placing it on their brand new, $3,500 (or more if they bought it retail) HUO game.

2) there are dirty finger prints underneath the cabinet - this comes from dirty gloves, dirty hands, and dirty techs, moving and monkneying around with games. You will never see that telltale "dirt zone" underneath the cab at the front that all routed games have on an HUO game.

3) there is CLEARLY coin slot wear - this is wear the paint on the coin door has been worn away from fingers and quarters entering the coin slot. You'd never see this on a HUO game.

4) there is fade on all three sides of your cabinet. One side is completely faded, the other two are slightly faded. Again a pretty sure sign of a route game.

Like I said, I'm just trying to save you the trouble. One day you will put this for sale on pinside as HUO with better pictures and the jackals are going to pounce on you like you are freshly killed carrion.

I can't tell you how many route games I've been sold by homeowners who said "it's home use!" Most of the time these people aren't lying, they just don't know any better. Their dad bought it 20 years ago from a gameroom store and they don't realize it was in a bar at one point, or something like that. That's pinball and all of us who buy and sell games a lot are familiar with this kind of thing.

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

I explained that to you
1) nobody would ever put that sticker on a HUO game. That's an op sticker and didn't come from the factory. Seems unlikely a homeowner would actually go through the trouble of obtaining that sticker and placing it on their brand new, $3,500 (or more if they bought it retail) HUO game.
2) there are dirty finger prints underneath the cabinet - this comes from dirty gloves, dirty hands, and dirty techs, moving and monkneying around with games. You will never see that telltale "dirt zone" underneath the cab at the front that all routed games have on an HUO game.
3) there is CLEARLY coin slot wear - this is wear the paint on the coin door has been worn away from fingers and quarters entering the coin slot. You'd never see this on a HUO game.
4) there is fade on all three sides of your cabinet. One side is completely faded, the other two are slightly faded. Again a pretty sure sign of a route game.
Like I said, I'm just trying to save you the trouble. One day you will put this for sale on pinside as HUO with better pictures and the jackals are going to pounce on you like you are freshly killed carrion.
I can't tell you how many route games I've been sold by homeowners who said "it's home use!" Most of the time these people aren't lying, they just don't know any better. Their dad bought it 20 years ago from a gameroom store and they don't realize it was in a bar at one point, or something like that. That's pinball and all of us who buy and sell games a lot are familiar with this kind of thing.

I hear you! Well good to know, thanks!

#21 2 years ago

Nice, but agree with Levi its not HUO. Had a buddy who had a true huo. It did have fade on one side from sitting next to a window, but no sticker, no wear on the coin slots.

Also, bear in mind that huo does not mean mint. I have a huo pistol poker. Manual is still sealed in the bag and was not told its story until after I paid for it. (Guy bought it from his friend's father who bought it new) Inside is clean, but the cab has scuffs and looks like it was near a wall that was painted as there is paint on the cab that shouldn't be. End of the day, does it really matter? Nope.

#22 2 years ago
Quoted from dung:

Nice, but agree with Levi its not HUO. Had a buddy who had a true huo. It did have fade on one side from sitting next to a window, but no sticker, no wear on the coin slots.
Also, bear in mind that huo does not mean mint. I have a huo pistol poker. Manual is still sealed in the bag and was not told its story until after I paid for it. (Guy bought it from his friend's father who bought it new) Inside is clean, but the cab has scuffs and looks like it was near a wall that was painted as there is paint on the cab that shouldn't be. End of the day, does it really matter? Nope.

Ha right, I mean no telling how these games were treated in a home for years. either way I'm still happy that is all that matters. I'll take some more photos with my dslr.

#23 2 years ago

I once looked at a HUO T2 with pictures coming out of the box and it had that orange sticker installed.

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#24 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

1) nobody would ever put that sticker on a HUO game. That's an op sticker and didn't come from the factory. Seems unlikely a homeowner would actually go through the trouble of obtaining that sticker and placing it on their brand new, $3,500 (or more if they bought it retail) HUO game.

The factory would. Pretty sure those came stuck to the coin doors already. Williams was REALLY trying to get ops to set higher game pricing... BK2K had a bunch of 50cent/game propaganda with the machine, and they switched to those preinstalled coindoor stickers at the beginning of the 90s.

Quoted from CrazyLevi:

there are dirty finger prints underneath the cabinet - this comes from dirty gloves, dirty hands, and dirty techs, moving and monkneying around with games. You will never see that telltale "dirt zone" underneath the cab at the front that all routed games have on an HUO game

Eh, if the homeowners have movers move the games for them, you'll get fingerprints.

Quoted from CrazyLevi:

4) there is fade on all three sides of your cabinet. One side is completely faded, the other two are slightly faded. Again a pretty sure sign of a route game.

Homeowners are just as likely as ops to stick games near windows. They don't know any better (the ops don't care)

Quoted from CrazyLevi:

3) there is CLEARLY coin slot wear - this is wear the paint on the coin door has been worn away from fingers and quarters entering the coin slot. You'd never see this on a HUO game.

Ahh, here you go. This is the only "definite non-HUO" evidence you listed, but it's damning. Homeowners might want to use games as piggybanks, but not to THAT extent!

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from metallik:

The factory would. Pretty sure those came stuck to the coin doors already. Williams was REALLY trying to get ops to set higher game pricing... BK2K had a bunch of 50cent/game propaganda with the machine, and they switched to those preinstalled coindoor stickers at the beginning of the 90s.

Asshole!

Quoted from metallik:

Eh, if the homeowners have movers move the games for them, you'll get fingerprints.

Asshole!

Quoted from metallik:

Homeowners are just as likely as ops to stick games near windows. They don't know any better (the ops don't care)

Asshole!

Quoted from metallik:

Ahh, here you go. This is the only "definite non-HUO" evidence you listed, but it's damning. Homeowners might want to use games as piggybanks, but not to THAT extent!

Never mind!

#26 2 years ago

Yeah, both my T2 and my Hurricane had that big orange sticker on the coin door.

#27 2 years ago
Quoted from jwilson:

Yeah, both my T2 and my Hurricane had that big orange sticker on the coin door.

OK I believe you guys. Even a grizzled vet like me can learn something new.

Next thing you know you guys will be trying to tell me that the factory installed all those Hasp brackets on AFM and Monster Bash!

Not that it matters at this point but it still doesn't square with the seller's story that "we put it on there for that arcade feel!"

#28 2 years ago

On pinballnews.com there was some event about 3to 5 yrs back, where durring the celebration of the new pinball exhibit (some country outside of the USA,possibly Europe) the participants opened up a NIB Hurricane. I can't find it right now, but I was able to pull this flyer that has the orange coin sticker on it.
I'd go with a warm white LED
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#29 2 years ago
Quoted from PaulCoff:

On pinballnews.com there was some event about 3to 5 yrs back, where durring the celebration of the new pinball exhibit (some country outside of the USA,possibly Europe) the participants opened up a NIB Hurricane. I can't find it right now, but I was able to pull this flyer that has the orange coin sticker on it.
I'd go with a warm white LED

Oh interesting! Hmm I haven't even looked yet but thats a pretty good flyer photo/scan. I print or purchase the flyers and frame them next to each game. I need to do it for this one now! Thanks for sharing!

Yeah so Warm White Non Ghosting sounds like a good vote, and then color coordinate from there

#30 2 years ago

The sticker was slapped on at factory from about Diner to Addams Family for domestic shipments. Stopped when games started to go above .50 cents, but came with a sheet of Orange stickers to choose pricing. I still have a few sheets of the stickers. I'll find them and post a pic.

#31 2 years ago

Congratulations on the Hurricane! I love this game. It's probably my favorite of the older machines. It's an amusement park under glass. The lights are beautifully integrated into the clown's face and hat. The ramps and sounds are fun. There was a nice example of this game for sale at TPF last year for a reasonable price and I sort of regret not buying it.

#32 2 years ago
Quoted from JJHLH:

Congratulations on the Hurricane! I love this game. It's probably my favorite of the older machines. It's an amusement park under glass. The lights are beautifully integrated into the clown's face and hat. The ramps and sounds are fun. There was a nice example of this game for sale at TPF last year for a reasonable price and I sort of regret not buying it.

Thank you sir! It really is just great. Had to mess with the Ferris Wheels again. More cleaning on those. Ball keeps getting stuck because the belt is slipping.....

I remember playing that one too at TPF, it was nice! I'm sure they'll be another this year! Not mine... Just saying another lol.

#33 2 years ago
Quoted from ChezArcade:

Thank you sir! It really is just great. Had to mess with the Ferris Wheels again. More cleaning on those. Ball keeps getting stuck because the belt is slipping.....

Have you changed the belt? At this age the belt will need to be replaced regardless of overall condition of the game.

#34 2 years ago

I took some updated images with the Camera. I have not cleaned this game one bit other than the playfield. #Hurricane

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#35 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Have you changed the belt? At this age the belt will need to be replaced regardless of overall condition of the game.

No sir. I have a replacement I just want to avoid changing it until I have to...ha. I have been cleaning where the belt hits the ferris wheels with Alcohol, and it's starting to rotate better when the pinball enters.

But yeah, I am sure I just need to suck it up and replace.

#36 2 years ago

Very clean pin

#37 2 years ago
Quoted from ChezArcade:

No sir. I have a replacement I just want to avoid changing it until I have to...

Too late dude. That nylon band is almost 30 years old and the only way to fix it is to replace it. You can clean it all you want it's not gonna fix it. It's not slipping because it's dirty, it's slipping because that belt was installed during the G H Bush Administration.

Game looks very nice! If it weren't for the coin slot wear I'd buy the HUO claims.

#38 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Too late dude. That nylon band is almost 30 years old and the only way to fix it is to replace it. You can clean it all you want it's not gonna fix it. It's not slipping because it's dirty, it's slipping because that belt was installed during the G H Bush Administration.
Game looks very nice! If it weren't for the coin slot wear I'd buy the HUO claims.

HAHAH! That was great.

Yeah, wish there was an easier way for such a small fix. Oh well. Suck it up buttercup.

#39 2 years ago

Wow, great looking game

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

Wow, great looking game

Thank you!

#41 2 years ago

Sweet. Obviously very lightly routed.

Do a nice job of painting coin door slot wear and stick with HUO.

#42 2 years ago

I'm sure it's a Diamond plate field. Nice looking pin, goes great with LED lighting.

#43 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

I'm sure it's a Diamond plate field.

Aren't they all?

#44 2 years ago

The 2 cone bumpers in front of the dunk tank switch are upside down.

#45 2 years ago

Use a large white rubber for Ferris Wheel not the clear, had the same problem. And all Hurricanes are Diamondplate, also pop bumpers do not have lighting.

#46 2 years ago

There is an adjustment for the Ferris wheel belt tightness. See if that works for now as a temporary fix but if it's all the way out you are going to have to change the belt.Most of the upper playfield will need to come off to change it. It was the first thing I had to do when I got my Hurricane.

#47 2 years ago
Quoted from pinbum:

Use a large white rubber for Ferris Wheel not the clear, had the same problem. And all Hurricanes are Diamondplate, also pop bumpers do not have lighting.

I've heard that before and wonder why no pop cap lighting? My Hurricane has lighting in pop caps, something special? Or previous owner fixed that? My project Hurricane also has lite pop caps.

#48 2 years ago
Quoted from moto_cat:

The 2 cone bumpers in front of the dunk tank switch are upside down.

Oh! Well, you are correct! Nice catch lol, I shall fix.

#49 2 years ago
Quoted from pinbum:

Use a large white rubber for Ferris Wheel not the clear, had the same problem. And all Hurricanes are Diamondplate, also pop bumpers do not have lighting.

Oh, interesting any idea off the top of your head what that size was? Will save from playable down time. The pop bumpers work ball was in play sitting, once its plunged out they come on. Should it not be like that?

#50 2 years ago
Quoted from PonchoPinDude:

There is an adjustment for the Ferris wheel belt tightness. See if that works for now as a temporary fix but if it's all the way out you are going to have to change the belt.Most of the upper playfield will need to come off to change it. It was the first thing I had to do when I got my Hurricane.

Oh shoot, where the heck is that? I haven't read about that anywhere. Not even in the Manual unless I just skimmed to fast and missed it. It still works just have to shake the machine a bit for the back wheel to grab on

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