History saved if it survives the ride. 1950 Turf King

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History saved if it survives the ride. 1950 Turf King


By rufessor

4 months ago



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#1 4 months ago

Hi All-

I have found a listing (ksl.com) for a Bally 1950 PreBingo- called Turf King.

I Spoke to the current holders of the game. The machine is located in Southern Utah and destined for the dump but appears to be in very good condition with an excellent backglass.

The price is 10 dollars on their listing and I confirmed that is the price. This is not my game and this is NOT a for sale thread. If you can save this game please CHECK KSL.com classifieds and contact them ASAP.

I don’t know them- I spoke to them and they are not Pinball people and I think are helping an elderly neighbor dispose of this (literally). The wire bundle to the head was cut when the game was moved so there is some work to be done.

If you need a cabinet or backglass or parts this is a RARE opportunity to get a complete good condition game for free. But act fast cause I have no control over their disposal of the game. It may be gone already but I spoke to them yesterday and asked they hold off on disposing if possible.

If it helps there is a chance they can bring the game to a Salt Lake City or so they said. We have a day or two to save this and it’s Basically free. If you can help- please do

I cannot take the game as I already have more than i can fit in the house and my shop is full.

#2 4 months ago

Update. I just spoke to the person with the game. It’s in a garage now and will be moved to a trailer and houses outside with a tarp over it. (Southern Utah is way over 100 f now). I asked them to pull glass if possible prior to storing outside. But could not provide guidance on how to do so as this game predates and games I have by over 25 years.

sounds like I averted a dump run for at least a few more days. They don’t want to trash it but it’s not theirs and it’s a problem to store (obviously).

#3 4 months ago

Wow - that would be incredible, but so far away!

I'll see if I can share this with folks in the area.

The glass is actually pretty easy to remove - key on the right of the head allows backglass to swing out, then it is clipped in with a few screws.

#4 4 months ago

Here is a picture of what the game looks like incase anyone's interested. I had own this one in the picture and is a fun player.
Hopefully someone saves the game.

The mechanical parts tray can be slid out of the machine to make it weight less when trying to move the game. The head and legs come off easy too.

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#5 4 months ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

The head and legs comes off easy too.

You might want to edit that sentence Vic. There are no legs on the game.

#6 4 months ago
Quoted from rufessor:

Update. I just spoke to the person with the game. It’s in a garage now and will be moved to a trailer and houses outside with a tarp over it. (Southern Utah is way over 100 f now). I asked them to pull glass if possible prior to storing outside. But could not provide guidance on how to do so as this game predates and games I have by over 25 years.
sounds like I averted a dump run for at least a few more days. They don’t want to trash it but it’s not theirs and it’s a problem to store (obviously).

Good for you for trying to save it. Although I'd like to see a lot more high quality photos, it looks very sweet; the usual weak points look pretty strong - no fading on the backglass and the front door looks clean, with just a few kick marks visible. The red escutcheon plates on the front rail are the nicest I've seen, with almost no paint loss in those high-wear areas. I'd be tempted to drive the 800 miles if I didn't already have a Turf King. If anyone is interested but intimidated by the massive cabinet, it does break down into five manageable pieces: the top glass and side rails, playfield, main board (where all the circuitry lives), head, and body.

#7 4 months ago

Ok- at least one influential Bingo podcast, I mean person on this forum, has talked me into this much.

I am going to save the game if better photos reveal it to be a good to exceptional example. It’s headed north today if that’s the case. If not and the pics show it not to be presentable as an art type piece- then I am out and it’s probably gone.

I will post back as soon as I get pics. He will be leaving in 2 hrs from now so it’s do or die before then. If it’s not for me I fear it’s gone. I am going to be picky cause I really don’t need this but can’t see a good one die.

#8 4 months ago

Well....

I will be the new proud owner in about 8 hours. It’s on its way. Lets hope it survives the trip on the trailer.

I will post pics when I get it. It’s dirty but looks good enough to wash off and take a peek.

#9 4 months ago

Holy cow.

The game arrived and is a near museum quality example. Near perfect back glass and a perfect playfield and near perfect cabinet. But the whole wires being cut sets back it’s appeal quite a bit. However, I feel super lucky and have started a thread on the restoration process. It’s going to be slow and slw and more of that. I have three projects now and this one is not starting in Ernest until one of the others finish and those are maybe a year long interval. If I get 1 in 8-10 weekends to spend even 8 hours of time I am lucky so stuff crawls along.

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