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Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush Club - All Are Welcome


By pinball2020

7 months ago

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  • Latest reply 6 months ago by phil-lee
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#1 7 months 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.

If you love Klondike, Yukon, Gold Rush (or pinball machines with casino style slot reels) please let us know.
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#2 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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.
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#7 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

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