(Topic ID: 149934)

Parting out a Mariner, what to keep?

By Axl

3 years ago

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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by EM-fan
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#1 3 years ago

Hi everybody,

I have come to the conclusion that this project is beyond my skill level.

What would you keep on this Mariner pinball?



#2 3 years ago

That thing looks ancient...I'd keep the rime atleast.

#3 3 years ago

Just give it to someone who knows EMs.

It does not look that bad.

#4 3 years ago
Quoted from Gryszzz:

That thing looks ancient...I'd keep the rime atleast.


#5 3 years ago

The plastic coin inserts on the coin door that state 5C, 10C, and/or 25C are very hard to acquire and have never been reproduced ... I'd keep those. I'd buy em from ya too if you have them.

#6 3 years ago

Thanks for the input.
The play field has delaminated and looks to me beyond repair.
Same with the cabinet, but that one is actually easy to fix.

The pin has been stored in a container for the last 15 years, and with the climate here in Norway, that is a pinball killer...


#7 3 years ago

ok its in a sad state but they arent making any more of them .. please at least try and sell it complete to someone who can save it

#8 3 years ago

I already saved it from the landfill once, but this time it is going. Unfortunately the collector community in Norway for EM is nothing, or else I would have given it away, even though I payed money for it.


#9 3 years ago

I'm currently working on a Mariner and would take this project without on in a flash if it were possible. My working one would be a great reference to line it up against. Long way between Australia and Norway though Sure yours is in bad shape, but in the right hands it can live again. Plenty there to work with If someone can take it off you together to give it a go, that would be the ideal outcome.

#10 3 years ago

A side note is that the wood / playfield and cabinet had much mildew (right word? fungus-ish), so we have had some concerts regarding health risk. Although it has been attempted disinfected by our good friend not on pinside

#11 3 years ago

Strip the playfield and keep everything. Strip the coin door and keep all those parts as well. Strip all the parts in the backbox including score reels. Keep the bottom board. Trash the backglass and the playfield because they are far to gone to even be nice wall art. Keep the empty cabinet and give it to someone to use as a pinmame cabinet. The parts of this Bally will make other Bally games come to life. They don't reproduce any of those score reels, the motor, the 5,10,25 cent coin chutes are extremely rare. The plastics look nice. You have about 200-300 dollars in parts for others, maybe slightly more. I would list the parts you have for sale in the "Parts needed" listing of our EM parts wanted thread.

#12 3 years ago

The playfield is pretty rough, but someone with restoration expertise and interested in a project could possibly salvage it. I've seen much worse brought back to life. The cabinet is not that important and can easily be replicated.

If you are definitely parting out, all the electricals and non wood parts I would keep unless you want no part of EM pinballs. The Backglass would also be of use to anyone who has this machine and is not that rough. Someone might need it. The playfield plastics I would buy off you if the price is right and they are intact.

3 months later
#13 2 years ago

In restoring a Mariner, there are some parts, that are really difficult to get to: Door coin insert plastics, door money lockout mechanics, playfield plastics, the stopper assembly at the bottom, the gate assembly on the right of the playfield. Also, the little playfield mushrooms. Happy to buy any of them - if you would ship!
Also, I have a Mariner with no Backglas - even this would be better than having nothing. Norway is probably a bit too far from Germany for this though

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