(Topic ID: 266398)

Reviving a 1963 United Sabre Ball Bowler

By PinDeLaPin

3 months ago

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  • Latest reply 4 days ago by speck7
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    #6 3 months ago


    That's a nice looking game!

    I've used LA Amazing (or Awesome) to clean things up. It's cheap, like dollar store cheap, and really works.

    As to smell, I've placed an opened box of Irish Spring in the coin box of some old pins, and the alley of my United bowler. Mostly to deter critters in the garage, but I think it might help you out here. Won't remove the cigarette odor, but should mask it nicely while you dig in.

    Really looking forward to this clean up!

    #8 3 months ago

    Ha ha! I'm living vicariously through you guys!

    #16 3 months ago

    You've had an hour, where are the pics!!!!!

    #29 89 days ago

    Good to take care of that now.

    You're in High gear on this thing!

    #42 88 days ago

    Solid days work my man!

    #49 87 days ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    I put my 8yr old to work filing switch contacts under the playfield. Helps them understand you rarely get to plug things in and they work fine. Gotta teach em early how much more you appreciate something after you put in a bunch of work on it.[quoted image]

    I just layed a yard of gravel for our fire pit. Employed my son to rake it out. 2,700 lbs worth! I slept well, and he can brag to his friends.

    #57 87 days ago

    Sometimes I shake my head, and sometimes I'm the guy making a "quick fix" that I tell myself I'll get to later.

    Glad you are taking the high road.

    #69 85 days ago

    Looks fantastic.

    I'm jealous mine won't have that "bowler" look.

    I'd bet you're enjoying this more than the shuffle project!

    #72 85 days ago

    What's your estimated ready to play this thing time frame?

    #74 84 days ago

    2 weeks is fantastic! That's a quick turn around in my book, especially doing it right!

    #88 83 days ago

    Wow man, you are kicking ass with this thing!

    #91 82 days ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    When I get to the ball lift motor assembly what exactly are the steps for getting it cleaned up? Are there any specific points that I should lube/grease and for the chain assembly anything special for that?

    I plasti-dipped my "forks" that carry the ball as they had no soft coating, just metal.

    Does your motor turn freely?

    #102 81 days ago

    Here's what I've got.

    Which size do you need?

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    #108 80 days ago

    It's always something.

    So close now!

    #116 79 days ago

    That's a nice neat job Bill.

    #118 78 days ago

    Of course it's the #1 pin!

    #122 78 days ago

    Really nice Bill. You're doing great!

    #143 72 days ago

    All part of the process brother. Every day can't be your birthday.

    Keep it up!

    #147 72 days ago

    Ceiling tile,,,, for sound dampening?

    #160 70 days ago

    I take full responsibility for all of this!

    OK, maybe not this one, but I'll harass anyone enough to buy a bowler. These things are just the bee's knees!

    As to the chroming, yeah, I'm in the same boat. For now I'll go with my Brasso upgrade, but eventually, when the new paint comes out, I'm going to need something more shiny!

    Chris, I "may" be looking for a different color shin guard in the future.

    Bill, you keep plugging away buddy. I'm anxious for a video soon!

    #162 69 days ago

    I was just going to post a sarcastic remark about you taking a day off!

    #166 68 days ago


    #169 67 days ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    Okay I got her all hooked up I started a game in regulation threw one ball and this is what happened. It just kept cycling through the first ball of the first frame and it wouldn't advance to the second ball in regulation. So what needs to be adjusted?

    Bummer Bill. Keep at it though, probably a small fix.

    #179 65 days ago

    It's going to be worth it Bill!

    #187 63 days ago

    Good sleuthing Bill!

    #192 63 days ago

    Maybe there is no "6" switch?
    No idea, but maybe it can't be left standing in real bowling, so it can't be left here. Similarly, I doubt you could hit the 6 without hitting other pins.

    Just thinking out loud.

    #194 63 days ago

    So apparently the lane switch determines the lit pins on the lower backglass.

    Wish I knew more about this stuff. Guess I should buy another one!

    #220 59 days ago

    My bowler had the credit button placed under the coin box. The power toggle is just in front of that, under the gutter area.

    I'll send you a pick.

    #225 58 days ago

    Any luck?

    #227 58 days ago

    Sometimes a short break from a project offers a different perspective upon return.

    #231 53 days ago

    I'm guessing that the next few games went well also? Would love to hear this thing is officially up and running!

    #236 52 days ago

    I love that stuff!

    #239 51 days ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    I'm going on a journey today for some parts.
    [quoted image]

    Hmmmmmm, road trip for, , , ,

    #241 51 days ago

    I think I know where this is headed!

    #245 49 days ago

    When I did mine I just loosened one end, which allowed me to pull the chain (in my case a belt) out and angle each set of fingers. But that's the lazy way!

    You'll probably have to remove the ball lift motor, and 2 guides

    #247 48 days ago

    I had a belt on my 56 United.

    #248 48 days ago

    Did you get yours apart?

    #251 48 days ago

    How will you remove the old plastic/rubber coating?

    #254 48 days ago

    Good idea.
    Plasti-dip is great, except for the "hurry up and wait" part.

    #257 47 days ago

    Good stuff Bill!

    #260 46 days ago

    Good to know! And cheap is good!

    #264 40 days ago

    Hey on the bright side, it's nice that it broke BEFORE you had everything done and were moving it into place

    #266 36 days ago

    Atta boy!

    #268 35 days ago

    That looks fantastic!

    1 week later
    #287 27 days ago

    If you're just making a game from scratch I'd say pick up some wood formica without the dots, etc.

    If I ever completely change mine I'll be going the blue/grey wood look for my lanes. Resale blah blah blah, I think it would look neat!

    Shoot me your email or start a new thread and post some of my end of lane pics for you as well.

    Bill, keep at it man!

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    #300 20 days ago

    One day at a time.

    #304 17 days ago

    I love the idea of starting over with games played. Maybe run both counters?

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