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Shuffle/Ball/Skee Club. Join Us!


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3 years ago



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    #551 64 days ago
    Quoted from AntennaMan:

    what's the trick to getting more slack on the underside power switch, so I can replace it?

    I only work on the EMs, but that switch doesn't go up through the hole, or even if it
    does, it goes up in where you can't get to it?
    It'll be a little tough to extend the wires from there, but I've done it to what I believe
    was tighter places..

    #552 63 days ago
    Quoted from Mopar:

    I only work on the EMs, but that switch doesn't go up through the hole, or even if it
    does, it goes up in where you can't get to it?
    It'll be a little tough to extend the wires from there, but I've done it to what I believe
    was tighter places..

    It will go inside. I had it up there and almost didn't get it back. I took the coin box off assuming there was access that way. Then off came the legs. Finally the piece of fiber board on the underside. Nothing, Nadda. The switch appears to be in a sealed wooden box, for no other reason to make it hard to get to this switch.

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    #553 50 days ago

    Hey guys, I just picked up a 13' model S a few weeks ago and I'm loving it so far. The only thing I'm a bit annoyed by is that it doesn't have an on/off switch, but instead needs to be plugged and unplugged for power. Anyone ever add a power switch to one of these? I'm a novice with electrical work and I want to make sure it'll be safe to do.

    #554 49 days ago

    Could get a "smart" power strip that you could use a phone or tablet to turn on and off? Or one of them extension cords for Xmas lights with a remote switch.

    #555 48 days ago

    I was thinking of doing that, at least as a temporary solution until I get around to wiring in a switch. I still have some cleaning to do and I have to get the ball release solenoid working, so it's not high priority right now. Thanks!

    #556 42 days ago

    What’s the value on this old ski-ball machine? I am thinking about picking it up. It’s look pretty cool.. Guy said he’s not sure if it’s working or not. Thanks!

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    #557 42 days ago

    That is pretty cool. Never seen that one before.

    #558 42 days ago
    Quoted from pacman11:

    What’s the value on this old ski-ball machine?

    That has the Rolling Barrel at the top? I think made by Square Amusements maybe.
    Years back, I restored one for a collector. I'm not sure what he sold it for, but I'm thinking
    around $3,000.00 or maybe a little more..
    I'd pick it up if the price is okay..

    #559 42 days ago

    Square Amusements Roll-A-Ball is very similar but also different.
    http://www.pinrepair.com/bowl/rollaba.htm

    I used to have a 1946 Premier Barrel Roll that I bought cheap. Sold it to well known collector, he did a nice restore (with some creative license), sold it to another guy and now is on Ebay for crazy money. Wish I'd have kept it now.

    #560 42 days ago

    Does this ski-ball machine come apart so I can put it into my truck?

    #561 42 days ago

    I suspect the lane section disconnects from the head? That's how my Premier was.

    #562 40 days ago

    Looking to join the club! Might pick up a Fab u Ball Aladdins Castle from a guy I know. He’s asking $700. Is this close to what’s its worth? I’ve never shopped for a Skee Ball machine before.

    #563 40 days ago
    Quoted from Slips:

    Looking to join the club! Might pick up a Fab u Ball Aladdins Castle from a guy I know. He’s asking $700. Is this close to what’s its worth? I’ve never shopped for a Skee Ball machine before.

    Yeah me neither, that's why I posted a picture of the one I am going to be picking up. Do you have a picture of it you could post?

    #564 40 days ago
    Quoted from pacman11:

    Yeah me neither, that's why I posted a picture of the one I am going to be picking up. Do you have a picture of it you could post?

    Only one I have right now. He lives right by me and I might go see it tomorrow.

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    #565 40 days ago
    Quoted from Slips:

    He lives right by me and I might go see it tomorrow.

    I'm into the more vintage machines, but if it works, it has to be worth all of that..

    #566 40 days ago
    Quoted from Slips:

    Only one I have right now. He lives right by me and I might go see it tomorrow.
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    Looks like Skee-Ball Model H or thereabouts. I'd say it is worth it also.

    #567 39 days ago

    My custom painted Skee Ball lightning. When we have guests this gets played more than anything else. Go Dawgs!

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    #568 38 days ago
    Quoted from dawgs:

    My custom painted Skee Ball lightning. When we have guests this gets played more than anything else. Go Dawgs!

    Seriously looks better than it ever did in the arcade. Nice work.

    #569 38 days ago
    Quoted from dawgs:

    My custom painted Skee Ball lightning. When we have guests this gets played more than anything else. Go Dawgs!
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    Yeah that ski ball game looks sweet! Nice job with the paint and LEDs..

    #570 38 days ago

    I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have the lane only to a 13 foot classic skee-ball? I have a working 10 foot model H (that or an S), but would love to upgrade to a 13. As far as I understand, the only difference between the two is the lane; not the body itself. So, if someone has a parts machine and would sell OR be interested in trading for my 10 foot lane, let me know!

    #571 37 days ago
    Quoted from Slips:

    Only one I have right now. He lives right by me and I might go see it tomorrow.
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    Easily worth it! Super cool that it has the Aladdin's Castle marquee too.

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    #572 28 days ago

    Joined the club today... Mall arcade closing down=cheap skee balls for me. All need plenty of work, but function. Thankfully the rain generally stayed away on the 7 hour round trip

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    #573 27 days ago

    Selling my Williams Strike Master shuffle bowler. Located in Monmouth County NJ.

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    #574 25 days ago
    Quoted from eharan:

    Selling my Williams Strike Master shuffle bowler. Located in Monmouth County NJ.
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    “Williams Strike Master Shuffle Bowling machine.

    This is a fun shuffle bowling game that the whole family will enjoy. Up to 6 players can play at one time.

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    Tinton Falls, NJ

    1,200 (OBO)

    eharan

    Nice price, wish you were nearby. I'd love to get one of the later SS or DMD bowlers but they're incredibly scarce around my part of the country.

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    #575 1 day ago

    Does anyone on here have any leads on where I may find a bottle pin or a set of bottle pins for a Williams alley cats? If I can just get one pin I can get these reproduced! I can’t seem to find any sources.... anyway here is a picture of my alley cats in my living room.

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    #576 1 day ago

    Anyone on here have access to a manual for a 90s Lazer-Tron Lazer Ball skeeball machine. I have never seen one until this popped up a few years ago I got it running but I would like more info on it.

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    #577 1 day ago

    FYI these are the bottle pins I’m looking for on the Alley Cats....

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    #578 1 day ago

    Count me in! I just wrapped the final touches on a Williams United Triple Strike we hauled out of a barn in Clifton, VA. I don't have the latest pic, which has updated veneers on the side rails - that was the last step along with new back, front, and side rail rubbers. This game has been an unusual hit in the home arcade, not just with the family, but with our small boy cat - he comes running whenever he hears it fire up, and all he wants to do is track the puck.

    The entire job is a testament to what I can do in COVID when I know something will take hours of monotonous work, as this rig had been sitting dormant in my project pile. First order was the rewiring of the alley as the original harness was cut up in at least two places. A few beers, some tunes on the radio, and lots of splicing and crimping and testing, and that hard work was done. From there, I decided to cannibalize my old Williams Comet gas displays for the four bad displays in the bowler, and that went fairly well - lots of desoldering and fine soldering work, removal of old tape, and the like, and now all six players work.

    The original CPU, a System 6, still works, but the 40 pin connector was riddled with corrosion and driving me nuts, and the driver board needed work, so, an Alltek MPU was the fix while I restore the original boards for backup or sale. Alltek's test routine for the bowler doesn't work, but some experimentation showed me that when in Firepower game config, I can reasonably test the game out for switches and lights and the like. Alltek never replied to my email for support...

    I had to wash the pin assembly with soap and water - DO NOT do this if you're not confident you can dry it well and be sure not to destroy any wood features. I used an air compressor to go behind and get out any water. I also made the TNT Amusement "fix" on the pin reset relay - I have two shots of the switch and relay at the end. Once we had it running and played it a lot, the relay piston became lightly magnetized, which is a known issue (but not known to me) so multiple annoying pin resets started to occur. Tuning the switches helped only a little - the fix was the thin piece of manilla paper in the relay to buffer the EMF from causing the piston to get magnetized again. 100s of games later, that seems to work.

    Removing and replacing the rail veneers along with the rubbers was last, as the rubbers are easy, but woodworking is not my gig. I ended up buying a roll of walnut veneer from the Woodcraft store by me, along with a hard veneer roller, and a razor veneer trimmer. It went fairly well, as we used a large spackle knife and heat gun to get the old veneers off (in mostly a single shot a side!), and then we used an orbital sander to clean the old rail glue off. The old veneers were split, cracked, smacked up, and worse. The new walnut ones went down exactly as cut, and I used some very light sanding on the edges to roll them off. Five coats of water based poly and wet sanding between coats, and then now glow and will tolerate a drink being placed on them.

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