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Show us your EM Bowlers, Mechanical, and old Electrical Toys in your Gameroom!


By EM-PINMAN

5 years ago



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#451 3 years ago

I am currently restoring a United 1962 Tropics ball bowler which is complete apart from the coin & front locking plate mechanism. I am working through the coin mechanism by modifying a GTB coin mech bracket assembly & fabricating one side of the coin chute-that's ok.
But the locking mechanism is quite ingenious but seemingly very difficult to procure & I am starting to think just as difficult to fabricate. This is a pic of the locking mechanism (not easy to see) kindly provided to me by feveredpinhead:

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and this is the overall retaining bracket showing the locking rod guides at the bottom:

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The locking mechanism consists of a normal lock but the rear tab is replaced by a circular toothed gear. In turn there are two rods; each one on either side of the gear which have a series of spiral grooves creating teeth to mesh with the circular toothed gear. When the key is turned to lock one rod goes up to lock the top & the other rod goes down to lock the bottom. Unlock is a reverse of that process. The meshing of the circular gear tab with each rod is therefore key to the mechanism.

Has anyone come across such a mechanism beyond a United ball bowler which might broaden the ability to purchase the rods & the circular gear? Thanks.

#452 3 years ago
Quoted from novaguy:

Hey all.just picked these up at an auction and the one United shuffle bowler has a couple of pins missing.any ideas where I could find some?
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www.bigballbowler.com under the "Now Available" heading.

Note that there is a new owner of this website and it is now current.

#453 3 years ago

Or give Chris a call at St Louis ball bowlers, or Ebay has pins.

#454 3 years ago
Quoted from MrBally:

http://www.bigballbowler.com under the "Now Available" heading.
Note that there is a new owner of this website and it is now current.

The new owner is in hiding-never replies to messages

2 weeks later
#455 3 years ago

I picked these up over the weekend.

Also picked up an Attila the Hun over the weekend (not pictured).

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#456 3 years ago

Wow very nice haul!

#457 3 years ago
Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

I picked these up over the weekend.

Also picked up an Attila the Hun over the weekend (not pictured).

Very cool, that Ten Strike will be super fun once restored.

Ken

#458 3 years ago
Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

I picked these up over the weekend.
Also picked up an Attila the Hun over the weekend (not pictured).

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Where do you keep finding so many great games?

#459 3 years ago

That is the most faded 10 strike back glass I've ever seen!

#460 3 years ago

Tell me about it clay. At least I can pick up a repro for $275. Highlight is that the game has a new reproduction plastic dome.

#461 3 years ago

Great haul!

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#462 3 years ago

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This is what followed me home last week. 1960 MBA Big Ball Bowlers at 40'.

#463 3 years ago

God those are awesome.

#464 3 years ago

Get your binoculars

Neat find!

#465 3 years ago
Quoted from Bowlerguy:

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This is what followed me home last week. 1960 MBA Big Ball Bowlers at 40'.

A REAL BOWLING ALLEY IS 60 FOOT YIKES!

#466 3 years ago
Quoted from bob_e:

A REAL BOWLING ALLEY IS 60 FOOT YIKES!

Scaled to 4.5" balls, these are longer than a real bowling alley

#467 3 years ago

Wow!

#468 3 years ago

Whens league night?

#469 3 years ago

Every night is League night,lol

#470 3 years ago

Those are amazing!

#471 3 years ago

And I'm hoping to just get 1 bowler at ~13'. That picture has some serious cool factor!

#472 3 years ago

Loads of great machines on here, but I'm more amazed by the size of your garages and basements, they're bigger than my house where four people live....

#473 3 years ago

Here's my new old toy. Cant wait to get it running.
-Jeff

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#474 3 years ago

Seeburg! Needs some TLC. Those are larger than most people imagine...

#475 3 years ago

I had a 1947 Trashcan. They are really cool and look great restored. They are huge though.

#476 3 years ago

Most think they're like a 28 or 33 gallon Rubbermaid. Actually larger than a 55 gallon drum!

#477 3 years ago
Quoted from way2wyrd:

Here's my new old toy. Cant wait to get it running.
-Jeff
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Looks like it is missing the innards. but kool when project is done.

#478 3 years ago

Might need a lid as well. Can't use one from Rubbermaid either. They are beautiful looking when lit up. Kind of odd that Seeburg completely hid the mech during this era.

#479 3 years ago

They are big. I certainly didn't realize quite how big. Luckily it can with all the pqrts. The selector is out and I'm starting the rebuild on that first. I'll get the plastic dome from victory when I get the wood lid refinished.
She's a beaut.

-Jeff

#480 3 years ago

A clear dome would be cool and wouldn't be that hard to make..... hmm mm

#481 3 years ago
Quoted from way2wyrd:

A clear dome would be cool and wouldn't be that hard to make..... hmm mm

That's a great idea. Maybe even have the outer circumference painted to match the original with most of the plastic clear to view.

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#482 3 years ago

Here is my last project: a Chicago Coin Sharpshooter. The original rifle stock was broken. Waiting for the replacement rifle that I found in the US to arrive to finish this one.

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#483 3 years ago
Quoted from Bowlerguy:

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This is what followed me home last week. 1960 MBA Big Ball Bowlers at 40'.

Hey, invite PDW over for some cold ones and rip a few racks!

#484 3 years ago
Quoted from reppie:

Here is my last project: a Chicago Coin Sharpshooter. The original rifle stock was broken. Waiting for the replacement rifle that I found in the US to arrive to finish this one.

Those are some angry ducks! The interior panels look great! Thanks for posting the photos - good find.
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Jeremy

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#485 3 years ago

This just came in the mail yesterday. Just finished getting it into the basement. Oof!!

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#486 3 years ago

Just got ours relocated in the shop.how's your back?

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#487 3 years ago

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Built myself a ramp system and slid it down the 6 stairs on moving blankets. The hard part was making room for it and rearranging my arcade, but totally worth it.

#488 3 years ago

When I was a kid, we had a bowling machine. My dad bought it for $300 in 1973, and sold it in when we all left for college.

We never had any pictures of the game, so I searched for the model from my memory. I saw an Internet picture identifying our old game as a1961 United 7 Stars Deluxe, that had seven games in one. We loved playing Flash the most.

It was a great machine. I miss it. Anybody here have this particular game?

#490 3 years ago
Quoted from parkway:

All set up. Long day.

Looks great. Did it work properly on the first try?

#491 3 years ago
Quoted from cad-kid:

Looks great. Did it work properly on the first try?

Thanks. It was 99% "out of the box". Just needed one pin adjusted and it was good to go. There's some cosmetic stuff like bad lamp sockets and some missing rubber to attend to, but that's about it.

#492 3 years ago

Ya that's a cool looking game.ours is really getting a lot of play since I got it going.should be a lot of fun at Christmas time.

Ted

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#493 3 years ago

Not a game in and of itself per se.....my 40's era EM Keeney shuffleboard scoreboard. Buttons wired to both ends of the board advance the scores. Even has a bell!20151229_145444.jpg20151229_145350.jpg

#494 3 years ago
Quoted from Bowlerguy:

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This is what followed me home last week. 1960 MBA Big Ball Bowlers at 40'.

DANG! That is massively cool! Did not know they made them nearly THAT big.

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#495 3 years ago

Here are my two contact bowlers:
1) 1960 MBA (set up at 28' but have the extensions to make it 40' if I ever have the space)
2) 1969 Bally Super Bowler (21')
Both great games!

Here is a link to a video of my MBA:

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#496 3 years ago

Cool games! Lame guy!

: D

#497 3 years ago

That is a sweet sweet bowler!

#498 3 years ago

Here's my Bally ABC bowler next to a skee ball machine. The bowler is 14 ft. long:
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And a United puck bowler, 11 ft. long:
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This 1948 United "Wisconsin" pinball is unique in that it is called a "Roll-Across" design. When playing the ball, there is no shooter; you press a lever and the ball drops into a pocket outside the machine. Then you pick up the ball, and roll it across the playfield glass, which then drops into the playfield. Apparently, in 1948, shooter-equipped pinballs were illegal due to "chance" win, where rolling the ball added skill, which then made it legal.
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Here is a 1933 Mills trade stimulator "Bell Boy". It is actually a big-time gambling machine that takes any coin denomination. Works with numbers, not symbols, and will give you a gumball if you choose. That was pretty much a smoke screen to make it look like a glorified gumball machine instead of a slot machine.
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1911 National cash register, restored:
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Lineup of old portable TV's, 1 inch CRT. They came equipped with a magnifier attached to the front to make the picture larger:
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#499 3 years ago

Your National cash register in particular is just a beautiful piece!

#500 3 years ago
Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

Cool games! Lame guy!
: D

Why I oughta!!!

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