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Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush/Jackpot Club - All Are Welcome

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#1 1 year ago

For any true fans of Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush or they love to talk like an old prospector, have been bucked by a horse while confronting bear cubs, danced while playing a harmonica by an open fire while camping, heating up coffee and/or chopping trees with your pointy elbows.

Klondike has both replay and Add A Ball features. Single Player.
Gold Rush has both replay and Add A Ball features. Multi Player.
Yukon has Add A Ball feature only. Single Player.
Yukon Special is like Klondike but has Add A Ball feature only and numerals on it's reels. Single Player - Export market. Playing field has different artwork with prospector cooking food and bear sniffing behind him - cute fun stuff. It also has only four pop bumpers instead of five allowing a clear shot at the reels ("not quite the slot machine feel and more skill").
Jackpot is like Gold Rush but for the export market and has slot machine pictures (bars, cherries, bells, oranges) on the reels. Export market.

If you love Klondike, Yukon, Gold Rush, Jackpot (or pinball machines with casino style slot reels) please let us know.
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#2 1 year ago

If you play these by the rules they are difficult and challenging. I had a friend told me he was going to drop off a gold rush for me to fix. When I got home I found it in the garage. It was a pile of parts. He said he paid $150 bucks for it and another game. (Gay Time) I said he paid too much! The head was ripped off the cabinet (most likely a large prybar) It took me about a month but I did get it back together and with some help from a friend, playing correctly. I ended up selling the game to a very famous Gold Miner. ( Freddy, I hope you are still enjoying it.)

#3 1 year ago

Sounds like you put in the sweat equity for salvaging the game. Thanks for that . Yep, this is truly a game of extremes. For the few pictures I have posted with somewhat decent scores they don't reflect the dozens (hundreds? ) of games where the scores were dismal. The game can be very brutal and I know some people hate it for the luck factor with the reels but it is a nice change up for me.

#4 1 year ago

My first EM restoration. Love the unpredictability of Klondike a great EM. Waxed? Fast as hell, as any modern pinball.
Replaced the small primitive chime unit with a Williams 3- Bar.Added some green LED at the Jackpot Unit at top and the drains.
The Pop-up ball block between the flippers got a Fire LED from Comet.
I hate that you rarely see the pop bumpers lit, the play field is really pretty when they are.
Set the rotary bonus unit in the head to Novelty, its great hearing that thousand unit clicking over, a special sound.
I must have done something right, still plays great 4 years later. It gave me confidence to refurbish 6 Ems.

#5 1 year ago

Thank you phil-lee. I had no idea there was a Novelty setting on this and I need to play with that sometime . You learn something new even years later in our hobby . Your color enhancements sound awesome, too!

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from pinball2020:

Thank you phil-lee. I had no idea there was a Novelty setting on this and I need to play with that sometime . You learn something new even years later in our hobby . Your color enhancements sound awesome, too!

I think it ups the scoring for each switch/ 10 points=100, etc. Some may call it cheating but unless you are a phenomenal player you will rarely hear the sound of that 4th/5th score reel combination.
I will try to Post updated photos soon.IMG_1622 (resized).JPG

#7 1 year ago

Klondike, great game and fond memories!
For a couple years in the early 70's there was a Klondike in a Kmart foyer in Ottawa. We used to spin pennies in the coin slots and about every tenth spin chalked up a game. Well...us kids just moved into the place after awhile and played that machine for hours on end...and that's where it all started!
I remember keeping the three wagons aligned was the hot ticket but difficult to cash in on and that down post button right before the drain...many a penny game ended because of that!
Haven't played Klondike in forty odd years. It's on my wish list.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

I think it ups the scoring for each switch/ 10 points=100, etc. Some may call it cheating but unless you are a phenomenal player you will rarely hear the sound of that 4th/5th score reel combination.
I will try to Post updated photos soon.[quoted image]

Woof! I love your colors in the picture. Thanks for sharing. Jeeze, now I need to think about getting a Williams 3-bar chime. And throwing in some different colored bulbs.

Quoted from ManyQuarters:

Klondike, great game and fond memories!
For a couple years in the early 70's there was a Klondike in a Kmart foyer in Ottawa. We used to spin pennies in the coin slots and about every tenth spin chalked up a game. Well...us kids just moved into the place after awhile and played that machine for hours on end...and that's where it all started!
I remember keeping the three wagons aligned was the hot ticket but difficult to cash in on and that down post button right before the drain...many a penny game ended because of that!
Haven't played Klondike in forty odd years. It's on my wish list.

It is still awesome, ManyQuarters. And it is just as frustrating when you have three wagons lined up and then you roll through and change a reel but raise the center bumper. Ah and yes, you might drain if you hit that down post button, too, but it is still fun.

Oh and obligatory prospector talk - Consarn that hi-falutin' down post button, by thunder. There's gold in that thar game! Gold, gold, I tell ya!

#9 1 year ago

Nothing better than scoring those wagons and making the whole rest of the arcade look.

One of my very first pinball loves/addictions.

#10 1 year ago

I changed the Bonus lights to LED, first solid, next two flashing, and Grand Bonus a color changing so you can see it. Now need to get the knocker working, set up for free play you don't win games, but when that 100,000 light comes on it would be nice to make some noise.

Hope to see some others machines, especially Yukon and Gold Rush.

#11 1 year ago

Just in case there might be anyone out there that does not know, Pinball Rescue has plastics for these including the slot reel cover which you can buy separately however the shipping costs suck. (not their fault)

They also have the slot reel cover for Top Hand / Full House

#12 1 year ago

Wayull thar Pintwinny.....
...ifn I do say so muself, she was jus a copper Kmar thang we gave lots a luvin an up postin to but we all figured she was settin on a lil ol gold mine!

#13 1 year ago

phil-lee,
How did you get the green lights to shine underneath your flippers like that? Where did you put the lighting? I went now for two red LEDS for the Pop-Up Ball block because it is just underneath the campfire picture and the deeper red just "lit my fire" . I am dying to know though how to get the green light under the flippers like that. Very cool. Ah, you also have green bands on the flippers?
Thanks in advance!
Kim

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from pinball2020:

phil-lee,
How did you get the green lights to shine underneath your flippers like that? Where did you put the lighting? I went now for two red LEDS for the Pop-Up Ball block because it is just underneath the campfire picture and the deeper red just "lit my fire" . I am dying to know though how to get the green light under the flippers like that. Very cool. Ah, you also have green bands on the flippers?
Thanks in advance!
Kim

2 green LED under the apron, one on each side. Double sided tape.
I used to "Fire" LED in the Pop up they look good but didn't really give the Campfire effect I was looking for. I bet your Red looks as good or better. Red bands on white flippers.

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

Just in case there might be anyone out there that does not know, Pinball Rescue has plastics for these including the slot reel cover which you can buy separately however the shipping costs suck. (not their fault)
They also have the slot reel cover for Top Hand / Full House

I bought one of the Slot Covers and its really good quality.

#16 1 year ago

Since I plan on keeping this game going to get a new back glass (BGresto) and strip it down and clear coat. Hard to photograph LED, when I did it people were cussing about souping up an EM but got used to it. Would really like to find a way to light up the center field,which is really dark.

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#17 1 year ago

Looks good. I like using green towards the top and put in two green LEDS there. Added three green LEDS in the center bonus lights and did put a color changer too on the 5000 Bonus score. I placed two red LEDS in the pop up blocker and it makes for a nice campfire embers effect . Oh and the credit light that is in the apron to the left had a dead bulb and put a green LED there. On my Dealer's Choice I gave it a color changer. I don't worry what purists think. Pinball is fun for me and they are our machines and we can do what we want with them and if people freak out they don't have to play 'em .
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#18 1 year ago

Nice machine! If you get a chime unit try to find a Gottlieb, they sound better. If you want to try something different throw an extra ball in, this would have made a great multi-ball.
Hope Pinsiders will join in with pics/stories of their machines.

#19 1 year ago

LOL - Okay, I'll bite. If I throw another ball in the machine won't it end as soon as one of them drains or at the very least make for a bit of a goofy game? How do you play it that way? With the glass off and quick plucks of the ball? Might be fun for a party game.

#20 1 year ago

Daditude has a Gold Rush for sale in Texas for a good price if anyone is interested.

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#21 11 months ago

I missed out on getting the slot plastic cover before pinball rescue closed. Super bummed. I don't even have an old broken one. Its just naked. Does anyone have an extra or know of another source? Thanks.

#22 11 months ago
Quoted from drypaint:

I missed out on getting the slot plastic cover before pinball rescue closed. Super bummed. I don't even have an old broken one. Its just naked. Does anyone have an extra or know of another source? Thanks.

Damn, didn't realize that they were the only source. Mine is in ok shape but I was meaning to pick up a spare.

#23 11 months ago
Quoted from GSones:

Damn, didn't realize that they were the only source. Mine is in ok shape but I was meaning to pick up a spare.

After shipping from Australia that was an expensive plastic.
To the Owners out there, what is a GC Klondike worth?

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#24 7 months ago

I have just started to restore a Yukon and it seems that cosmetically it will be fine, except for that awful slot cover. I too missed out on getting one from pinball rescue, and there don't seem to be any available anywhere.

I would like to take a shot at creating it myself. I know a little about vacuum-forming and silk screening and with the right artwork it should be possible.

Does anyone know how pinball rescue recreated these covers? I know they are retired, any contact information so I could ask them myself? Anyone willing to help?

Thanks in advance. I am new (as of today), hope to get active soon as this seems to be a great site.

#25 7 months ago

You would need a pattern (male) on the bottom and a heated (iron) pressing down on the plastic sheet.
We used a pattern maker (now retired) who made mahogany molds for specialty parts where I worked.
It would be possible to use High Heat silicone rubber to make the molds if you had an old plastic.
Basically this thing is a sheet of plastic with 1 bulge.
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#26 7 months ago

If you are serious about reproducing the reel cover plastic, you might put a call out to other people who are interested in buying one. The more potential customers you have could seriously reduce the unit price (plastic stock, tooling, art etc). I myself would take at least one and maybe two depending on the final price. It's a really fun game and definitely worth the effort to keep it going and looking good

#27 7 months ago
Quoted from GSones:

If you are serious about reproducing the reel cover plastic, you might put a call out to other people who are interested in buying one. The more potential customers you have could seriously reduce the unit price (plastic stock, tooling, art etc). I myself would take at least one and maybe two depending on the final price. It's a really fun game and definitely worth the effort to keep it going and looking good

I would definitely take one and also, a possible second!

#28 7 months ago

Currently restoring a Yukon now. My symbol reels are filthy dirty with black carbon dust, and they seem to be paper. Any advice how to clean them without damaging the symbols?
Is there a recommended S/I card for free ball score levels?
I had to put taller PF posts under my reel cover because it was dragging on the reels.
Bob/Vermont

#29 7 months ago
Quoted from Drain1:

Currently restoring a Yukon now. My symbol reels are filthy dirty with black carbon dust, and they seem to be paper. Any advice how to clean them without damaging the symbols?
Is there a recommended S/I card for free ball score levels?
I had to put taller PF posts under my reel cover because it was dragging on the reels.
Bob/Vermont

I purchased new ones off Mr.Pinball classifieds, a little disappointed in the colors. Remember someone here Posted the images so you could print your own off but I don't have the link.
When you remove the old they are basically strips of card stock so you could print your own with a scanner.
Just remember to index the EXACT location where they start and end.
In the photo above you can see mine are a little off. The glue had set up so I left it.

#30 7 months ago

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Maybe somebody in Photoshop can clean these up, I don't have it.

#31 7 months ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

You would need a pattern (male) on the bottom and a heated (iron) pressing down on the plastic sheet.
We used a pattern maker (now retired) who made mahogany molds for specialty parts where I worked.
It would be possible to use High Heat silicone rubber to make the molds if you had an old plastic.
Basically this thing is a sheet of plastic with 1 bulge.
Need to do a little research as to what type of plastic to use (this is what I would ask the Aussie Guys)[quoted image]

Hey, Phil...is that a flipper rubber you have around the rebound rubber? Cool idea.

#32 7 months ago

Speaking of scanning and printing my own reel strips, the end product is never to scale. Always smaller, they would never line up.
Can not find setting in PC, printer or scanner to correct scaling issue.

#33 7 months ago

I downloaded this from somewhere a long while back, I don't remember exactly where. It looks to be accurate. It is not my own original work. I hope this helps.

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#34 7 months ago
Quoted from Drain1:

Hey, Phil...is that a flipper rubber you have around the rebound rubber? Cool idea.

Not my idea, I stole it from somewhere on Pinside.
Did this on several machines, looks cool to me.

#35 7 months ago
Quoted from Install1Ball:

I downloaded this from somewhere a long while back, I don't remember exactly where. It looks to be accurate. It is not my own original work. I hope this helps.
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There you go! When you click on your image the strips appear to be to scale. Look great.
At least I got my new scanner out and running.

#36 7 months ago
Quoted from Install1Ball:

I downloaded this from somewhere a long while back, I don't remember exactly where. It looks to be accurate. It is not my own original work. I hope this helps.
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Some years back Pafasa created and offered up some free. Good guy.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/klondike-slot-reel-stripsreproduced

#37 7 months ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

You would need a pattern (male) on the bottom and a heated (iron) pressing down on the plastic sheet.
We used a pattern maker (now retired) who made mahogany molds for specialty parts where I worked.
It would be possible to use High Heat silicone rubber to make the molds if you had an old plastic.
Basically this thing is a sheet of plastic with 1 bulge.
Need to do a little research as to what type of plastic to use (this is what I would ask the Aussie Guys)[quoted image]

phil-lee Thanks so much for the info and the excellent picture of the slot cover. You have me quite jealous. Take a look below at what I am dealing with and you will understand why.

I have enough info to get started on Step 1 which is the creation of a 4 layer vector graphics image of the slot cover. After I clean my cover (and glue or at least retape it) I will use it for measurements and color RGB coding, and I'll use phil-lee's perfect top-down image for the parts that are missing from mine. Then I have to play with level 4 - the light diffusion - to make sure that the GI lighting gets through and closely mirrors the original. I will deal with Step 2 and beyond when I get there.

In terms of selling them - first off assuming I make it to the end of the process, yeah I will make more and won't leave anyone hanging. Probably sell them in pairs, price would be reasonable. My target customer would be an owner that has a slot cover like mine and agrees with me that pretty much anything else would be better. My goal is 99% identical to the original. So an anal retentive perfectionist collector would not be my ideal customer. No worries, if I do end up selling them, I will post a ton of pictures of the cover inside and outside of the machine so that you can make your own informed decision.

I am really new to this site so I will post updates here unless someone tells me of a place that would be more appropriate.

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#38 7 months ago
Quoted from Install1Ball:

phil-lee Thanks so much for the info and the excellent picture of the slot cover. You have me quite jealous. Take a look below at what I am dealing with and you will understand why.
I have enough info to get started on Step 1 which is the creation of a 4 layer vector graphics image of the slot cover. After I clean my cover (and glue or at least retape it) I will use it for measurements and color RGB coding, and I'll use phil-lee's perfect top-down image for the parts that are missing from mine. Then I have to play with level 4 - the light diffusion - to make sure that the GI lighting gets through and closely mirrors the original. I will deal with Step 2 and beyond when I get there.
In terms of selling them - first off assuming I make it to the end of the process, yeah I will make more and won't leave anyone hanging. Probably sell them in pairs, price would be reasonable. My target customer would be an owner that has a slot cover like mine and agrees with me that pretty much anything else would be better. My goal is 99% identical to the original. So an anal retentive perfectionist collector would not be my ideal customer. No worries, if I do end up selling them, I will post a ton of pictures of the cover inside and outside of the machine so that you can make your own informed decision.
I am really new to this site so I will post updates here unless someone tells me of a place that would be more appropriate.
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Wow that puppy is beat up! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

#39 7 months ago

I bought this Gold Rush and it was a disaster. I thought I would have fun with it and painted the polar opposite colors. I was lucky enough to get the score reel cover from Pinball Rescue before Lee retired.

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#40 5 months ago

Got my grail machine - a Gold Rush to go with the Klondike. Is it worth looking for a Yukon? I consider the set complete as of now

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#41 5 months ago
Quoted from pinball2020:

Got my grail machine - a Gold Rush to go with the Klondike. Is it worth looking for a Yukon? I consider the set complete as of now [quoted image][quoted image]

If you get Yukon, do you add Jackpot?

#42 5 months ago

OMG I guess I might have to. Looks like there are suppose to be thousands of them out there. I had never heard of this variation before but what the heck. This never ends, does it?

Update: My saving grace is it appears that Jackpot was the export version which accounts for why I haven't seen them and may save me from actually getting one.

Updated Forum post thread to include Jackpot pinball machine.
Updated Forum post thread to list different machines and differences (that I am aware of).

Quoted from AlexF:

If you get Yukon, do you add Jackpot?

#43 5 months ago

I just got a Klondike this weekend and looking for some guidance on scoring. There are a bunch of times the scoring is about to hit 10k and it just starts back to 0 instead of 10,000. It’s the only digit that does it, but doesn’t every time. Is that a scoring thing or does the number roll have an issue? Also what are the numbers for at the top of the machine that light up at the end (00-90). Appreciate the help!

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#44 5 months ago

Numbers in white 00-90 are your MATCH numbers. If they match the last two numbers on your machine, you win a free game.
Congrats on the purchase by the way! Welcome to the club .

As for the scoring going to 10,000 and then zero sounds like the scoring reels might need to be checked or cleaned carefully at first. Then maybe look at the switches.

#45 5 months ago

First step is to tighten the small screws on the score reel assembly switch stacks. Always tighten the screw farthest from the wire tabs first, followed by the other screw on each stack. In this case, the ones on the "thousands" reel are suspect. But I would tighten all four of them.

2 weeks later
#46 5 months ago

For any Klondike or Gold Rush owners, I have some reproduction symbol reel strips made from Pafasa artwork that are excess from a run I did a year ago. You can get a set for $10 sent to you via USPS Priority Mail as long as they last.

Send me a private message and I'll get a set out to you.

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#47 22 days ago

I picked up a Klondike several years ago for $300 and the good folks here on Pinside guided me through step by step to help me bring it back to life.
I wanted it because it has a Canadian gold rush theme, and I was born in Canada. And I really like the embedded slot reels.

My plastic one-sided rollover covers at far right and far left of the machine are green, and every photo I've seen has them in yellow. I wonder if mine are original color? At any rate, green is no longer available at PBR. So I just ordered some yellow ones as mine are cracked.

Thanks guys!
-Karen

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