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


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#26 5 years ago

All from the basement. Not quite all organized yet, since i just moved, but it's getting there. Ball bowler is a 20 foot model. Other smaller bowlers too (probably way too many of them.) Fortune tellers...

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#114 5 years ago

Here's my pinball-ish skee ball machine, the 1947 P&S machine "Tom Tom":


#115 5 years ago

Here's some videos i did of various stuff from the basement.

1965 bally ball bowler
1957 Genco gypsy grandma
1957 Genco horoscope grandma
1969 Zoltan fortune teller
1941 Evans tommy gun
gun slinger

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#131 5 years ago

I use the doc doom shin stuff. Bottom of page listed above. Works well but expensive.

#141 5 years ago

I had a chance to buy one of these Bally hockeys locally last fall. it had sticks, but they were these wooden mini hockey sticks. couldn't figure out if that was original or not. the game was cheap, a couple hundie, but i passed. the problem with this style of game is the amount of floor space it occupies, since it need space on both sides. same problem with chexx hockey too. also you have to have two players for both of these games. i have no friends, this isn't a very good option for me. hahaha.

#148 5 years ago

The Irving Kay batting practice just seems cheap to me. I much prefer the version I have by keeney in 1958. (Though many prefer the original 1947 batting practice.)

#152 5 years ago

The Kay, scientific bat practice, and the keeney are all the same sort. Also add Texas leaguer which I have too, it's really cute.

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#207 5 years ago

bowlers from left to right, all pretty rare.
bally all star bowler (1958)
sega pro bowler (1971 manikin)
gottlieb bowlette (1953)
United Midget alley (1958)
bally alley (1939)
Williams ten pins (rare 7 foot version, 1957)
United Pixie bowler (1958)

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#238 5 years ago

If monster gun is like the other Bally and Midway equivalent games (which I'm pretty sure it is), they don't use an air compressor. they actually use shop vacuum guts. the "suck" part of the vacuum loads the ball into the chamber. and the output "blow" part is what propels the ball. but it's not a compressor. For example here's my Bally Sharp Shooter, which i uses the shop vac technology. The joke is, do these games "suck, or do they blow?" These are great games, really fun, because they propel an actual ball to physically hit the target. The downside is though, they have a slight delay. Because when you press the trigger, the shop vac has to ramp up its RPMs to propel the ball. so there's probably a 1/4 second delay after you pull the trigger. It makes timing the shot more challenging on moving targets (which adds to the skill factor.)

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#242 5 years ago

wow that's crazy that's different than the bally/midway model, they use a shop vac. clearly the monster steps it up to a diaphragm style compressor. never seen the guts of that one before. pretty cool.

#254 5 years ago

The delay is minimal, but it is there. It's not a factor in the fun value. The blow/suck gun games are awesome.

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#305 5 years ago

Bgresto.com doesn't do a lot of bowler glasses. they aren't time effective because there are so many different variants, no one wants the same one. it's a total time suck to do a glass and never sell more than just that one. they loose money on the first several glasses sold. it isn't until a glass is sold about 3 or 4 times that they actually make any money. so they are very hesitant to take on bowler glasses.

#309 5 years ago

2.25" pucks are difficult to find. no one has remade them. steve does not have them. you have to get it from an old operator. you can use the larger puck, but the game will be a lot easier.

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#360 4 years ago

Just put a "new" 16 foot 1962 CCM Royal Crown ball bowler at the VFW to compliment the 20 foot 1964 Majestic ball bowler. I really like this Royal Crown, the game selection is excellent on this model. Also it has the "traditional" style wedge pin hood. Looks very 1950s.


#362 4 years ago

Ok here's a picture of that bracket for ya.


#369 4 years ago
Quoted from DB62:

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This is the part, that I NEED. Thanks!

the part you need bolts to the top of the longer bracket with a single bolt.

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#372 4 years ago

Bob that looks very nice.

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#459 4 years ago

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

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#512 4 years ago

Here's my version of the 1965 Bally ball bowler video (I have since added a 5 foot lane extension by the way.) Note i think this series of Bally ball bowler are the best. I like them better than Bowl-a-rama/MBA bowlers.

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#707 3 years ago

Bowlarama and the Bally contact reciprocating bowlers 1963-1969 have really wide lanes. The early gutter-less bowlers by united have the narrowest lanes. Pretty much everything else is somewhat consistent in lane width.

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