Game/Type: Stop 'N' Go / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: August 1964
Location: Woodstock (Chicago/Rockford), IL
Link/Contact: ebay.com link » 1964 Williams Stop N Go 2 Plyr Pinball Machine Great Car Policeman Graphics
Condition: This could be someones PHD dissertation! OP:
"If you are drawn to themed 1960’s pinball machines, especially with cars, transportation, and policemen, this Williams Stop ‘N’ Go machine is for you! The backglass includes FANTASTIC graphics of two cars heading towards each other with a traffic signal and policeman between them! The playfield continues the theme with a couple more cars, a horse drawn wagon, and a street car, all with a policeman in the middle trying to maintain the disorder! (Pun intended.) If your gameroom or collection revolves around machines with great period graphics, cars, transportation related features, or especially policemen, then this is the machine for you! The cosmetics on this machine are starting to show their age since they are over 50 years old, but they are still in nice enough shape to allow you to bring this machine back as far as you want in a restoration. This era of machine is fantastic for period, colorful graphics. Make sure you look at the detailed photos of the backglass and playfield and judge for yourself. This machine has a great family-friendly theme that is sure to bring a smile to your face.
This machine is unshopped and will need some time spent on cleaning and adjusting contacts in order to have everything working correctly. The good news is that it does spring into action when you press the credit button and the score reels start to reset to zero. A couple are having a hard time stopping at zero and continue to spin, a couple stop short of zero, and the score motor continues to spin. After manually triggering a couple relays, it will go into game mode and most of the playfield targets do register, with the flippers working, but the score reels are sluggish in moving when points are scored and not all features are registering or working correctly. These are all classic signs of a machine that has been sitting idle for a long while and needs someone to show it some love! It does appear to be mechanically complete and untampered with, so you should be able to bring this one back to a fully working life. I lack the patience and the time to do that, so I’ll leave that up to the new owner. It will need a new rubber ring kit (about $15-20) since many rings are missing and those that are in place are pretty tired. There is one ball in the machine. I’m not sure if it works with only one ball or if it was supposed to have five, but there is only one, now. So, plan to spend some time on this machine in cleaning and adjusting contacts before you are able to play a game. You aren't going to need to start from scratch since many of the features are already working, so you'll be able to concentrate only on the functions that don't seem to be working correctly. With the nice theme and graphics that this machine offers, this is a good candidate to spend some time bringing it back to life.
The original backglass is in fair condition. It does have some noticeable chipping paint throughout with some small areas of paint that has flaked away. There is also a small area of lifting paint in the solid yellow near the bottom in the lower left corner. But even with all that, the glass still presents itself fairly well. It was sealed on the backside at one time to try and prevent any further issues with the paint, but there remains a little lifting, as I mentioned. Again, there are graphics of a couple cars heading towards each other with a traffic signal and policeman between them. Add in humorous graphics of the passengers and cops and you have a nice period scene. There is a light bulb behind each of the Stop, N, Go lettering so during the game, as certain targets are hit, a different light will come on and have different effects to the playfield targets. The colors are in nice shape with no sign of any fading. Although this glass is far from perfect, it still presents itself fairly well, as the photos show. In this era of vendors scanning single backglasses, digitally correcting the paint imperfections, and then producing a one-off new reproduction, this glass may be a perfect candidate for you if you wanted to fully restore the machine. In the meantime, though, this glass will suffice.
The playfield paint is in real nice shape. There is a LITTLE bit of wear on the top of each round pop bumper, and a couple other very small spots of missing paint, but nothing really bad anywhere. All of the paint and graphics look VERY nice. Near the bottom, you can see the two older cars, horse drawn wagon, and streetcar, all being directed by the policeman in the center! All colors are nice and bright with no signs of any fading. As the photos show, this is a nice looking playfield! There is one missing plastic rollover button in the lower right side of the playfield, but these can be purchased from parts suppliers. All of the playfield plastics are in place. The lower right one has a crack and full break in it, but can be glued. A couple others are starting to show a little bit of age with some chipping of the paint on their undersides, but not real bad. The four round dead bumper caps are in place across the top. The two outside ones have some bulb burn-through, but again, new ones are available if you want perfection. The far lower right plastic lane guide has a broken right side (outside the play area.) Nothing is affected in the play (and, again, new ones are available.) The three round pop bumper daisy caps are in great shape with no broken petals. The painted graphics in their centers have faded over time but you could take a Sharpie pen to them to brighten them back up. The lower metal playfield apron does have some noticeable surface rust and scratching, but I think new decals are available for this, too. There are original score, instruction, and coin denomination cards in place.
Playfield features include a rollover button at the top, a kickout hole just below it, four round dead bumpers in the same area, another rollover button below the kickout hole, a rollover lane on each side at the top, three round pop bumpers, eight paddle targets, a moving target in the center that moves from side to side, two more rollover buttons in the lower section, a set of two rollover lanes on each side at the bottom, a kickout lane between the flippers that shoots the ball back into play, two reverse-angled flippers (showing the age of the machine,) and a bunch of other rubber ring contact points that award points. As you hit the Stop and Go targets on the playfield, that lights the traffic signal on the backglass which initiates different target values and skill shots on the playfield. As you can tell, this playfield has a LOT of different targets to aim for! You can win replays by achieving certain scoring levels or by matching your last score digit with a random number that lights on the top of the backglass at the end of each game. You can set the number of replays by means of a plug within the mechanicals. The game can also be set to allow either three or five balls per game. This is a two-player game, so it is great for friendly (or not so friendly) competition. As I mentioned, you will need to replace the rubber rings because many are missing and others are crumbling.
The cabinet has been repainted in a non-original design and colors. You can either leave it the way it is, or repaint it to the factory specs if you are completely restoring the machine. The current paint has its share of nicks, chips, and scratches. The back bottom right corner of the backbox has a sliver of wood that is missing, but is barely noticeable. The coin door looks like it has been repainted, too, with some surface rust and a few bends in the metal. There is a lock/key in place on the door. The five cent (rare) and quarter coin mechs are on the backside of the door and the machine does seem to play from coin/credit. The original metal backbox door is missing but doesn’t affect the play. Replacement metal doors can be found or you could make a replacement out of plywood, if you wanted to cover the back. The original (and RARE) lockdown bar is in place with the two chrome end caps! The center stainless portion of the bar is in very nice shape with only some minor scratches in the surface. The chrome on the two end caps has worn away over the years but could easily be replated if you wanted. The fact that this bar is even with the machine is the good news! The four chrome legs are starting to show their age with some noticeable rust. Some may buff out but you will be left with some rust in the end. A better option may be to sand them down and spraypaint them to make them look like new.
Payment for the machine is to be received within seven days of the end of the auction. Credit cards are accepted through Paypal. Provided it is paid for at the end of the auction, I can hold the machine for as long as you need so you can make arrangements to either pick it up or have it shipped. If picked up, ONLY cash will be accepted, or a Paypal payment must be made prior to pickup. Whatever pickup/shipping method works best for you, I'll try to accommodate your needs, but payment is still to be received within seven days of the end of the auction.
If you need shipping, I would recommend you contact Michelle Bianchi, Precision Transportation Agent, mbianchi at precision-nal dot com, 630-352-3312 (toll free 877-432-2646) for a quote. Available shipping options include door to door service including all of the loading, unloading, blanket-wrapping, shrink-wrapping, etc. When shipping multiple machines, the "per machine" cost is SIGNIFICANTLY reduced, so make sure you look at my other auctions and/or ask me what other machines I have available right now! In rough numbers, it generally costs about $350-375 in total to ship a single machine to the east coast from here and about $400-425 to the west coast. I have also worked with a few other shipping companies and can help steer you in the right direction. My preference is to work with a company that provides door to door service which not able to crate or palletize the machine myself, I can help to arrange for outside crating and international shipping, with you paying all of the associated costs.
For period graphics and a “look,” it is hard to do better than machines from this era. Honestly, as good as the "look" of this machine is, even if you didn't spend any time on it mechanically and just turned it on with all its lights, it would STILL draw everyone to it! Just as a decoration or piece of furniture, it is a hit. Spend some time on cleaning the mechanics and it will REALLY be a welcome addition to your gameroom or collection when you're finished. It doesn’t seem like that is going to be a huge project for you based on what is currently working on the machine Although the overall cosmetics are in fair shape for a machine that is over 50 years old, the most important aspect, the playfield, is in REAL nice shape. The backglass and cabinet have options to make them like new; the playfield is much more difficult to improve, if in bad shape. The good news, though, is that even in its current condition, this machine is still presentable! The choice is yours as to how far to bring this machine back in a restoration. The car, transportation and POLICEMAN graphics make this a nice addition for anyone with one of those themes in their gameroom.
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