(Topic ID: 52050)

My son's first shop job...Bally Vampire

By Rody

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

My 18 y/o has had me looking for a Bally Vampire for a number of years. The campy horror artwork was the motivating factor. I was pleased when I finally found one and gave it to him for his birthday.

We took the afternoon yesterday and shopped it out and completed a few repairs.

Aside from years of built up dirt and concrete stiff rubbers, we had to replace both flipper cranks as they had broken the weldment and previous attempts at soldering them back together from a previous owner.

What a difference a clean playfield, fresh rubbers, and strong flippers now make.

He's loving it and I'm impressed with the smiles it's brought to me as well, fun game!



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#2 6 years ago

Nice, very nice.

Different experience from my early work.

LTG : )

#3 6 years ago


Thanks, this is the first machine he's taken the lead on after a few years of grudgingly holding tools and handing me bulbs

Glad to see he's taking ownership and driving forward.

Was some nice father/son time too, aside from him kicking my butt when we play.


#4 6 years ago

There was one local one for sale for around $500.00 about a year ago and it sold in a day. Fairly uncommon machine even may be on the rare side for Bally. I passed on buying it as I have limited room and the title was/is not on my Wish List.

Yours looks real good and glad you had fun working on it along with some bonding time with your son which is really the cool part.

Have fun.


#5 6 years ago


I believe this is the machine...bought it from a ID picker after he blogged about the find.

Worked out well for both of us, gave him a small profit and I pointed him toward a Whirlwind, which is what he wanted for his family.

Had to suck up the expense of shipping, but after years of looking, it was worth it.


#6 6 years ago

Looks like your son did a great job, does he give lessons? Nice looking Vampire too

#7 6 years ago

Thanks for posting, something different and nice family bonding on the first holiday weekend of the summer!

#8 6 years ago

love how the vampire looks like a cross between dracula and frankenstein.

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from Rody:


I believe this is the machine...bought it from a ID picker after he blogged about the find.

It's a small world after all.

The machine looked to be in decent shape to begin with so it's nice you had to only do some basic repairs. Shipping to/from Idaho is expensive so I feel your pain Rody.

So what's on your sons hit list next?


#10 6 years ago
Quoted from Dommer:

love how the vampire looks like a cross between dracula and Frankenstein.

You forgot the mummy too. Hybrid vampire.


#11 6 years ago

I never seen that game before. Looks like I have a new one for my wish list.

#12 6 years ago

My son can't get off the computer because World of Warcraft is his whole existance. Its nice to see that someone's son is doing something constructive and is spending some quality time with his father. I hope you both enjoy the machine. It looks great. Wish him a happy birthday from me. Good luck with future projects!

#13 6 years ago

Great looking machine for that vintage. Glad you got some quality time in with your son and of course your great Ohio location also rocks.

I will be on the lookout to play one of these some time. Thanks for sharing the experience and pictures.

#14 6 years ago

WoW, What an excellent job, Looks better than some of my work, Very Nice.

You should be proud of your son.

Keep the good work going.

Thanks for sharing.


#15 6 years ago

Firstly, I think it is awesome to read about the father and son bonding experience via shopping a pinball.
Secondly, I agree, the campy horror artwork makes this pin fantastic! I LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing the story!

#16 6 years ago

That is a pretty cool looking EM. I have heard of that machine but I have never gotten to play one. I like the theme. My wife is a huge Halloween person.

#17 6 years ago

IPDB states 799 units, pretty rare indeed.

Glad to here your son appreciates pinball and gets his hands dirty!

#18 6 years ago

Nice Shop Job!
Restorers favorite tool 'Magic Eraser'

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

So what's on your sons hit list next?

Oh boy, has his eyes set on Champion Pub. Told him he better focus on getting through Med school first then he can buy whatever pin he wants next

#20 6 years ago
Quoted from Rody:

Oh boy, has his eyes set on Champion Pub.

I guess he will have to save some money for that one.


#21 6 years ago

Nice work, and that's a great father / son project!

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