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

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#2301 1 year ago

Purchased an extremely rare Gottlieb 1930s Trading Post rotary merchandiser (Ex Palisade Amusement Park, New Jersey) last May,22 and picked up from shipping today. My slowest shipped machine from the US. The coin mech was removed for shipping and castors now installed for handling. A full resto to now take place.

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#2302 1 year ago

Very cool Wayne. I know you will do an awesome job restoring it. Most rotary merchandisers I've seen in this style were made by Exhibit Supply. Neat to see a Gottlieb version.

#2303 1 year ago

Also got a rotary merchandiser project recently. Some ding-dong sawed a hole in the front to put in the 90s era coin mech, and covered all sides in orange formica (albeit he did a good job). The chrome is peeling off the rotary part and she ain't going to win any beauty contests so was thinking of putting orange felt on the top!

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#2304 1 year ago
Quoted from dudah:

Also got a rotary merchandiser project recently. Some ding-dong sawed a hole in the front to put in the 90s era coin mech, and covered all sides in orange formica (albeit he did a good job). The chrome is peeling off the rotary part and she ain't going to win any beauty contests so was thinking of putting orange felt on the top!
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I have seen your skills. That modern coin door has to go. You can bring this one back to glory.

#2305 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I have seen your skills. That modern coin door has to go. You can bring this one back to glory.

Appreciated! It'd be a real chore to fix up the gaping hole. I was thinking paint/powdercoat the coin door something metallic and maybe 3D print something to make it look older than it is. The formica is well placed with what I'm guessing was contact cement, having ripped up similar before on a Bally cocktail, I don't want to go down that path!

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#2306 1 year ago

I brought this cool oddball home this weekend. 1967 Crompton's Star Soccer. Interestingly I had a 1970 Sega Soccer a couple years back that was essentially the same game. They are both very similar with some minor cosmetic/electrical design differences. This one has Nixie tube score displays! That is a first for me.

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#2307 1 year ago
Quoted from wayner:

Ex Palisade Amusement Park, New Jersey

Very cool. I used to go there as a kid.

#2308 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

Very cool. I used to go there as a kid.

Ride the Hootenanny!!!

#2309 1 year ago
Quoted from MrBally:

Ride the Hootenanny!!!

#2310 1 year ago

rotary merchandisers are one of the few prize-based machines that I still think are cool. And what PRESENCE.

#2311 1 year ago
Quoted from cait001:

rotary merchandisers are one of the few prize-based machines that I still think are cool. And what PRESENCE.

I agree. I searched for a long time to find mine. It’s fun collecting old memorabilia to put in it.

#2312 1 year ago
Quoted from Chippewa-Pin:

I agree. I searched for a long time to find mine. It’s fun collecting old memorabilia to put in it.

Would love to see a pic on what you have decided to include as prizes Thks Wayne

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#2313 1 year ago

Finally scored a Par Golf pitch and bat! So stoked. Was hoping to get the 2 player version, but I ain't unhappy at all. Works perfectly. Only thing missing is the little golfer dude statue that sits over the bat. I'ma have my son 3d print me a 3d version of the woman on her follow thru on the BG.

Prolly paid a tad much, but I don't care. So much fun.

Also bought a beater CC pitch and bat from the same era for playing and backup parts.

Bargains galore at Pinagogo!

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#2314 1 year ago
Quoted from wayner:

Would love to see a pic on what you have decided to include as prizes Thks Wayne

this is my australian built rotary mercho from circa 1940. have mostly local memorabilia inside mine. old long gone league, rsl, soccer club badges, old local bottles from around 1900. also a heap of old postcards that have been originally sent from bulli (where i live) with handwritten letter and stamps on them. most of the old postcards are circa 1910 to 1920 and have come back 'home' from all over the world.

for people outside of australia - bulli is about 50 miles south of sydney. it was one of the 1st areas settled and coal production was the reason.
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#2315 1 year ago

For what it is worth, we had my daughters wedding with about 75 people over. I have eight pins, mame, air hockey, bubble hockey and billiards. By FAR the United 7 Star bowler was the most played, most commented and most trouble free of all. Also little kids just start pinball and walk away.

#2316 1 year ago
Quoted from Farmboss:

For what it is worth, we had my daughters wedding with about 75 people over. I have eight pins, mame, air hockey, bubble hockey and billiards. By FAR the United 7 Star bowler was the most played, most commented and most trouble free of all. Also little kids just start pinball and walk away.

Yep that is my experience also. The ball bowlers are really quite popular and with a 6 player capability they really bring the whole family into the action.

#2317 1 year ago

Looking for a motor for a Williams Mini Bowl era 1970. This game is not listed on pinside so I cannot link to it. I know this is not a parts wanted post.. but bot getting help elsewhere.
This is the PIN RESET motor 7858. My motor is fine... but the fiber gear us stripped.
Even a gear would be great! I can rebuild mine..
Any help appreciated. Thanks Matt

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#2318 1 year ago
Quoted from mtbpinball:Looking for a motor for a Williams Mini Bowl era 1970. This game is not listed on pinside so I cannot link to it. I know this is not a parts wanted post.. but bot getting help elsewhere.
This is the PIN RESET motor 7858. My motor is fine... but the fiber gear us stripped.
Even a gear would be great! I can rebuild mine..
Any help appreciated. Thanks Matt
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ebay.com link: itm

They are all similar. Use whole or re-build.

#2319 1 year ago
Quoted from rod90:

ebay.com link: itm
They are all similar. Use whole or re-build.

Not the same...

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#2320 1 year ago
Quoted from mtbpinball:

Looking for a motor for a Williams Mini Bowl era 1970. This game is not listed on pinside so I cannot link to it. I know this is not a parts wanted post.. but bot getting help elsewhere.
This is the PIN RESET motor 7858. My motor is fine... but the fiber gear us stripped.
Even a gear would be great! I can rebuild mine..
Any help appreciated. Thanks Matt
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Mine is also stripped. Steve at Pinball Resource rebuilds these for about $100 or less. Shoot him a call and he’ll have it back in a few weeks

#2321 1 year ago

Def the coil guy to call
He still does mail order!
And helped me replace a really odd coil found nowhere else but him. Believe he just made me one. Really an expert!

#2322 1 year ago
Quoted from mtbpinball:

Looking for a motor for a Williams Mini Bowl era 1970. This game is not listed on pinside so I cannot link to it. I know this is not a parts wanted post.. but bot getting help elsewhere.
This is the PIN RESET motor 7858. My motor is fine... but the fiber gear us stripped.
Even a gear would be great! I can rebuild mine..
Any help appreciated. Thanks Matt
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Try out this site: https://gearsmade.com/

#2323 1 year ago

I would love to add this to my collection but I’m sure it will sell for big bucks!

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#2324 1 year ago
Quoted from mtbpinball:

This is the PIN RESET motor 7858. My motor is fine... but the fiber gear us stripped.
Even a gear would be great! I can rebuild mine..

I'm pretty sure Steve at PBR sells the motor gears and bushings individually.

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#2325 1 year ago

Early birthday present from my wife. 1935 Exhibit Supply I.O.U. trade stimulator.

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#2326 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Early birthday present from my wife. 1935 Exhibit Supply I.O.U. trade stimulator.
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Very cool! Love the art in that one!

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#2327 1 year ago

Just finished this Mills 123 pinball I picked up on Craig’s list, my game paid out like a slot machine which is pretty cool. I had to make one of the reels that was missing. Original chrome playfield and bumpers were shot so I replaced playfield with a sheet of stainless steel and replaced all the bumpers. Originally the bumpers had steel skirts and used the steel playfield as part if the circuit, so I had to rewire the bumper circuits too. The weird thing is that bumper circuit was 327 volts! I still have a little more touch up on the back glass but finding it hard to match the mirrored finish. Works great, fun to get payouts!

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#2328 1 year ago
Quoted from DJ1953:

that bumper circuit was 327 volts

hahahaha holy shit, whyyyyyyyy

I just read the instruction card and that is exactly what I was hoping it was. I love that you hit the bumpers to advance the reels! It reminds me of the pop bumpers in Stern Ghostbusters, where you advance the options with each bump

#2329 1 year ago
Quoted from DJ1953:

Original chrome playfield and bumpers were shot so I replaced playfield with a sheet of stainless steel and replaced all the bumpers. The weird thing is that bumper circuit was 327 volts!

The bumper "switch" was just the metal bumper skirt tilting and touching the steel playfield. The contact point between the two was probably tiny so the voltage had to be high to make driving the stepper and scoring more reliable. Other games of the era with metal bumper skirts also used higher voltages like '39 Bally Champion. Details at https://www.funwithpinball.com/resources/1939-Bally-Champion

#2330 1 year ago

I wasn’t sure the new contacts would hold up with the high voltage but it seems to work fine. Should have a warning high voltage sticker on the bottom of the play field to remind me. I couldn’t fine orange skirts and caps so i spray painted white ones. Pretty fun game to play.

#2331 1 year ago

Picked up this baffle ball game made by heighway pinball.

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#2332 1 year ago

I just finished up restoring this 1946 Chicago Coin Goalee. It was bought in a package deal about 10 years ago. At the time, getting it working again was well beyond my skill set. To say it needed work was an understatement. Years of hacks and quick fixes had done a number on it. Everything had to be gone through. But over the last 9 months I was able to get it looking good and playing again.

I am completely amazed at the guys who can make a game look like it did the day it rolled off the assembly line. But my interests are more in complete, original games that look like they’ve been played but also taken care of over the years. Bringing a game up to these standards also happens to align with my skill set. That’s what I did here.

The game is actually very fun. In single player mode, the player competes against the “robot mannequin” which is controlled by the game. This causes the player to rotate clockwise and then counter clockwise repeatedly. Chicago Coin patented this feature. In two player mode, each mannequin is controlled independently. The balls alternate where they enter the playfield so each player has an equal chance of hitting it first. It’s surprisingly challenging against an equally experienced foe. The mirror above allows those a chance to watch the game as they wait their turn to play.

Spending so much time on a game like this makes you appreciate the effort that went into designing and building it. It sure is a great feeling to breathe some new life into it to ensure it’s around at least a little while longer.

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#2333 1 year ago
Quoted from Gotemwill:

I just finished up restoring this 1946 Chicago Coin Goalee.

Looks nice!

#2334 1 year ago

Nice job. I really like the mirror. The playfield and castings look the same as those in '41 All Star Hockey:
https://www.funwithpinball.com/resources/all-star-hockey

#2335 1 year ago

Well done! Congrats and happy new year! J

#2336 1 year ago

Thank you!

Quoted from MarkG:

Nice job. I really like the mirror. The playfield and castings look the same as those in '41 All Star Hockey:
https://www.funwithpinball.com/resources/all-star-hockey

That is really interesting. I was unaware that there was an earlier version. There are at least 5 other variations on this theme that CC produced over the years with similar playfield features. Seems like they had a good thing going.

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http://www.pinrepair.com/baseball/twinhoc.htm
http://www.pinrepair.com/baseball/cchock.htm
http://www.pinrepair.com/baseball/slapstick.htm

Quoted from oldcarz:

Well done! Congrats and happy new year! J

Thanks! Same to you sir!

#2337 1 year ago
Quoted from Gotemwill:

I just finished up restoring this 1946 Chicago Coin Goalee. It was bought in a package deal about 10 years ago. At the time, getting it working again was well beyond my skill set. To say it needed work was an understatement. Years of hacks and quick fixes had done a number on it. Everything had to be gone through. But over the last 9 months I was able to get it looking good and playing again.
I am completely amazed at the guys who can make a game look like it did the day it rolled off the assembly line. But my interests are more in complete, original games that look like they’ve been played but also taken care of over the years. Bringing a game up to these standards also happens to align with my skill set. That’s what I did here.
The game is actually very fun. In single player mode, the player competes against the “robot mannequin” which is controlled by the game. This causes the player to rotate clockwise and then counter clockwise repeatedly. Chicago Coin patented this feature. In two player mode, each mannequin is controlled independently. The balls alternate where they enter the playfield so each player has an equal chance of hitting it first. It’s surprisingly challenging against an equally experienced foe. The mirror above allows those a chance to watch the game as they wait their turn to play.
Spending so much time on a game like this makes you appreciate the effort that went into designing and building it. It sure is a great feeling to breathe some new life into it to ensure it’s around at least a little while longer. [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Never seen one with the mirror before, perfect!

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#2338 1 year ago

Help! My wife is stealing my games. Last week she decided we should set up the Skee ball in the living room. Crazy but ok. This weekend she nabbed my Set Shot basketball. She mostly just likes how they look. Anyway I agree they look better upstairs.

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#2339 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Help! My wife is stealing my games. Last week she decided we should set up the Skee ball in the living room. Crazy but ok. This weekend she nabbed my Set Shot basketball. She mostly just likes how they look. Anyway I agree they look better upstairs.
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oh wow those are stunning, and I could totally see them working from a purely aesthetic standpoint too.

#2340 1 year ago

Basketball looks cool. Who made it?

#2341 1 year ago
Quoted from gliebig:

Basketball looks cool. Who made it?

It was manufactured by Richman Corp in 1952. Branded and sold by Mike Munves.

#2342 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Help! My wife is stealing my games. Last week she decided we should set up the Skee ball in the living room. Crazy but ok. This weekend she nabbed my Set Shot basketball. She mostly just likes how they look. Anyway I agree they look better upstairs.
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what year is that skee ball, and does it have a ticket dispenser? If not, what's on the left side at the front?

#2343 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Last week she decided we should set up the Skee ball in the living room.

I'm curious, if you miss all the pockets and the ball falls into the Free Play area, does it come back to the player? Also, is the scoring done with the traditional Rolodex style score keeper?

#2344 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

My wife is stealing my games. Last week she decided we should set up the Skee ball in the living room.

Skee Ball in the (I believe 70s) made a conversion kit to replace the pull
handle on the mechanical Skee Balls and the cable would be pulled by a
motor, so all that was needed was to drop in a quarter.
Is your machine possibly motorized when dropping in a Nickle?

#2345 1 year ago
Quoted from cait001:

what year is that skee ball, and does it have a ticket dispenser? If not, what's on the left side at the front?

1937 Wurlitzer. No ticket dispenser on this one. There is a small tray on the left. A good place to put nickels but I also heard it may be an ash tray?

Quoted from MarkG:

I'm curious, if you miss all the pockets and the ball falls into the Free Play area, does it come back to the player? Also, is the scoring done with the traditional Rolodex style score keeper?

Yes, if you land in the free play area the ball rolls down the left side to be played again. Yes, it has rolodex scoring. I think it may be very similar or possibly identical to the Philadelphia Toboggan models.

Quoted from Mopar:

Skee Ball in the (I believe 70s) made a conversion kit to replace the pull
handle on the mechanical Skee Balls and the cable would be pulled by a
motor, so all that was needed was to drop in a quarter.
Is your machine possibly motorized when dropping in a Nickle?

This one resets on the drop of a nickel. It has a motor that resets the rolodex and releases the balls.

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#2346 1 year ago

Added this to the collection this week, just need to workout a couple bugs

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#2347 1 year ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

Added this to the collection this week, just need to workout a couple bugs
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Great Game!

#2348 1 year ago

Is this game popular or something, I have no idea, it was in some cat lady's house that wanted it gone so she could put up another cat pole and litter box

#2349 1 year ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

Is this game popular or something, I have no idea, it was in some cat lady's house that wanted it gone so she could put up another cat pole and litter box

If you get tired of it I know someone (not on pinside) looking for one.

#2350 1 year ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

it was in some cat lady's house that wanted it gone

Seriously, or joking around? Just interested in knowing. What do you mean by gone?
Years back, I restored a pretty rough 28' MBA ball bowler for one..

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