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#1751 5 months ago
Quoted from kangourou:

Restoration of my DROP A CARD bought in 2013, in progress.
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Nice, had a DAC for a while. Was a game I loved to hate playing.

#1752 5 months ago
Quoted from kangourou:

Restoration of my DROP A CARD bought in 2013, in progress.
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That looks great! It must be a tough play, trying to hit those sideways drop targets with the small flippers

#1753 5 months ago
Quoted from DCRand:

Nice, had a DAC for a while. Was a game I loved to hate playing.

The AAB version is much better.

#1754 5 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

The AAB version is much better.

DAC was the game in college in 1974 that hooked me on pinball. It was the one game in the dorm game room that was three games for a quarter where the rest were only 2 games for a quarter. Being able to win games and keep playing was perfect back then. Had no idea that AAB was a thing.

But based on opinions here I let my DAC go because I was able to find a nice PAC. Now to get it shopped to really experience it. I hate it when work gets in the way of pinball.

#1755 5 months ago
Quoted from MikeO:

It was the one game in the dorm game room that was three games for a quarter where the rest were only 2 games for a quarter.

By the early 70s, 2 games for a quarter was the going rate. Less than 10 cents a game was a deal..
Back in the early/mid 90s, a working buddy that read the water meters said that there was a pinball
in this repossessed house. I went there, the door was unlocked, Kids used it for a partying place, but
the pinball was fine. It was a Drop-a-Card. By phone, I bugged the lady at the bank for a couple weeks,
and she gave in and met me there and picked it up for $25.00 It was like my 4th pinball machine and
didn't even know about Replay machines, but I did know that I didn't care for it's game play too much and
it's still in storage still in decent shape..
Since then, a Friend said that he really liked his Pop-a-Card, so I traded in a pretty nice one. I haven't
gone through it yet, but plan on doing so before too long..

#1756 5 months ago

Recently got all the electromechanics working on this Stardust. (Playfield restoration done by owner Grusom.)

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#1757 5 months ago

Got Hi-Hand working.

Just need to polish the card holders and ball gate and I’m done.

Next projects are figuring out why the red pops on Heat Wave sometimes get stuck down, and then start on the Flipper Fair project.

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#1758 5 months ago

Pulled a bow and arrow out of an unheated junk shop in VT. It was literally piled above, around, and underneath with layers upon layers of junk. I wish I’d taken a picture before I spent the better part of an hour clearing everything away, but I did remember to grab a shot before I carted it out.

Serviced or rebuilt all the steppers and soaked the flash motor in alcohol to free it up. It still whines a bit (getting better the more it runs) and skips over one of the insert lights, but I’ll get it dialed. Cleaned and adjusted the score reels and gapped any switches that needed it.

Ordering sleeves to replace all the metal ones, and will rebuild flippers/ pops and put new skirts and rubber on.

Now that I have it working 100%, going to touch up a couple spots on the playfield and install a playfield protector that’s on the way from Germany. I bought a set of used plastics just to get a replacement for the broken sling.. still deciding if I’ll buy replacement pop-bumper caps.

The backglass is near perfect , which is surprising given the wildly varying temperatures of its previous location. The cab is really nice on one side, but peeling on the other, so I’ll put that side facing a wall. Maybe repaint it some day.

The game will be a surprise gift for my parents. They lived together in a tipi up until I was born, and my dad just spent 5 years living in one again (year round in western NY!). They have lots of beautiful native /western artwork in their house, and the Marche artwork will be a nice addition to their basement. They aren’t into pinball at all, but it’ll be a riot to have when my young nephews visit.

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The junk shop!
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#1759 5 months ago
Quoted from BeachPickle:

The backglass is near perfect , which is surprising given the wildly varying temperatures of its previous location.

It's one of those Bally backglasses which always seems to be found in good condition. There are several, mostly multi-player backglasses which seem to be impervious to the thermal damage which typically ruins most other backglasses.

#1760 5 months ago
Quoted from AndrewP:

Just got a 1954 Gottlieb Jockey Club for my birthday. The playfield is in rough shape, and some parts are loose in the back box, but the horse racing theme is right up my alley. Looking forward to poking around it this weekend.
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It's a very interesting game, not sure I've had the pleasure to play one though, seen several beat ones over the years. Can't tell from the phoo

Quoted from pinhead52:

Just finished an Abra restoration, put it next to my custom retheme of TeamOne
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Looking forward to doing my TeamOne with da package! BTW both of your games look oh so sweet!!! Nice work.

#1761 5 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

The AAB version is much better.

No question, not even close. I remember when Abra came out... we loved the look but something was missing. Team One is one of my favorite DT games, and with the re-make, it's gonna really be something.

#1762 5 months ago
Quoted from Dono:

No question, not even close. I remember when Abra came out... we loved the look but something was missing. Team One is one of my favorite DT games, and with the re-make, it's gonna really be something.

I was referring to "Pop A Card", but I do agree that "Team One" is a great player, but not so good a looker.
The "Wizard" conversion is the best of both worlds, between T.O. and Abra.

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#1763 5 months ago

Williams 3 Coins playfield paint touch up and clear coat finished. Clean and flattened plastics, new rubbers and pop bumper caps. Just have to replace a few target faces and then on to the cabinet repaint.

A few before and after pics of the machine that sat idle for close to 30 years. Really liking this Pin and I never thought I’d enjoy one this old.

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#1764 5 months ago
Quoted from Sea_Wolf:

Williams 3 Coins playfield paint touch up and clear coat finished. Clean and flattened plastics, new rubbers and pop bumper caps. Just have to replace a few target faces and then on to the cabinet repaint.
A few before and after pics of the machine that sat idle for close to 30 years. Really liking this Pin and I never thought I’d enjoy one this old.
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Wow! Great job. It looks new. A lucky day for that pin when you rescued it!

#1765 5 months ago
Quoted from Sea_Wolf:

Clean and flattened plastics, new rubbers and pop bumper caps.

Were you really able to flatten them? Gives me hope! Looks great.

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#1766 5 months ago

Playfield work continues on Gigi restoration...

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#1767 5 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Wow! Great job. It looks new. A lucky day for that pin when you rescued it!

Thank you.

#1768 5 months ago

Looks beeuutiful

#1769 5 months ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Playfield work continues on Gigi restoration...

Nice work, KC.

#1770 5 months ago

Finally pulled this Big Deal out of storage. I have not found much info on the game play online. I do have the schematic, but does someone have the manual to understand the game play?

Lots to sort out before this game is done.

Alberto

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#1771 5 months ago

Looks clean on the inside!

#1772 5 months ago

I’ve seen some great looking games being saved and brought back to glory... hope some of these can make it to Allentown this year if we can actually have a show.

Love this thread!

#1773 5 months ago

I was not aware that Williams used that type of score motor. Looks like a Gottlieb score motor at first look.

#1774 5 months ago
Quoted from Peruman:

Finally pulled this Big Deal out of storage. I have not found much info on the game play online. I do have the schematic, but does someone have the manual to understand the game play?
Lots to sort out before this game is done.
Alberto
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No manuals for that era Williams. Rules are similar to Palooka. Knock down all 4 drop targets, rinse and repeat. You win replays instead of extra balls.

Williams used similar equipment to Gottlieb in those days. Score motor, as well as back box design with tilt back light board/lift out glass from behind.

#1775 5 months ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

No manuals for that era Williams. Rules are similar to Palooka. Knock down all 4 drop targets, rinse and repeat. You win replays instead of extra balls.
Williams used similar equipment to Gottlieb in those days. Score motor, as well as back box design with tilt back light board/lift out glass from behind.

Starting to figure out the rules by actuating switches and looking at the schematic. The Advance Unit stepper was seized (no surprise) along with the credit unit and the match unit. That’s all being sorted out.

I’m looking forward to getting this game playing

#1776 5 months ago

Working on a Bally Rock Makers. Cleaned the playfield and checked all switches. Got a problem at start up, no power to playfield or backbox. Going to have to start checking voltages.

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#1777 5 months ago

Finished Gigi. Now working on Gottlieb Merry Go Round from 1960. I'm in an old school run right now. Got the head done, moving to the cab now. 20210413_164325 (resized).jpg20210415_111728 (resized).jpg

#1778 5 months ago

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#1779 4 months ago

Bought this 1969 Williams Paddock some days ago. Cleaned all contacts and switches I could find, and now it resets and starts. The playfield is dirty but in good condition. The "A" bumper makes one of the backbox relays hang up, otherwise it seems like everything is working.
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#1780 4 months ago
Quoted from sizteves:

Bought this 1969 Williams Paddock some days ago. Cleaned all contacts and switches I could find, and now it resets and starts. The playfield is dirty but in good condition. The "A" bumper makes one of the backbox relays hang up, otherwise it seems like everything is working.
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There is a relay that corresponds to the A pop bumper that gets pulled closed when the bumper pops. There’s an end of stroke switch that is opened when the pop bumper pulls all the way down. When the EOS switch opens, it releases the relay. As long as the relay is closed it’s going to keep the 1 point or 10 point (when lit) score relay in the back box energized. So, either your pop bumper isn’t popping or the EOS switch is shorted.

You’ll probably want to start a new thread on this.

Good luck, it’s a great game.

Dave

#1781 4 months ago

Black Jack is now number 1 in the shop. Had to clear up some issues on other games before I could start on this one again. Thanks to Larry in Olympia for his help with the other games.

We had everything working on this game then the “Winner” horn stopped working. It is the same as the “Over the Top” horn on some of the last Bally EM games. I did find a used Bally horn replacement, but the 3-figure price, while justified, left me looking for alternatives. Then I remembered my old Bally Money Honey slot machine had a bell for each “Winner”. So I started looking for a 6 vac bell and found one for $14. I think the bell is more appropriate for a winner than a horn. I will photograph the bell after I get it installed.

Here is a photo or two of the shop job starting. I think the playfield will clean up.

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#1782 4 months ago

Please post a video of some gameplay / tutorial once you have it dialed in, along with winner bell/horn sounding.

I obtained mine from some old retired couple in Arkansas off of eBay, if I remember correctly,
but never got the time to get it up and working.

#1783 4 months ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Please post a video of some gameplay / tutorial once you have it dialed in, along with winner bell/horn sounding.
I obtained mine from some old retired couple in Arkansas off of eBay, if I remember correctly,
but never got the time to get it up and working.

Is your Black Jack a Four player or two player? Looks like there were only 120 two players manufactured?

#1784 4 months ago

Working on cleaning up a Strato-flight. Can anyone confirm if these nuts are original?

I’d like to tumble them but it’s a nightmare trying to get the media out of these things when they’re done.

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#1785 4 months ago

That pf will clean up very nice.

#1786 4 months ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Is your Black Jack a Four player or two player? Looks like there were only 120 two players manufactured?

Mine was the rarer EM version, actually I had both the EM and SS at one time.
Can not remember if there is any real play or rules or scoring differences between the two.

#1787 4 months ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Working on cleaning up a Strato-flight. Can anyone confirm if these nuts are original?
I’d like to tumble them but it’s a nightmare trying to get the media out of these things when they’re done.
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Pretty sure those are original.

Instead of tumbling them, do this. Screw them onto a playfield post. Chuck the post into your drill. Dip the nut in chrome or metal cleaner. Hold a rag against the nut and hit the drill. On the first pass you'll come out with a whole lot of black on the rag. Move the nut a couple times to different areas on the rag. It will shine right up and way quicker than tumbling.

If you have a lot of rust drop them in Evaporust first.

#1788 4 months ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Pretty sure those are original.
Instead of tumbling them, do this. Screw them onto a playfield post. Chuck the post into your drill. Dip the nut in chrome or metal cleaner. Hold a rag against the nut and hit the drill. On the first pass you'll come out with a whole lot of black on the rag. Move the nut a couple times to different areas on the rag. It will shine right up and way quicker than tumbling.
If you have a lot of rust drop them in Evaporust first.

I do that trick with carriage bolts. Good idea!

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#1789 4 months ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Please post a video of some gameplay / tutorial once you have it dialed in, along with winner bell/horn sounding.
I obtained mine from some old retired couple in Arkansas off of eBay, if I remember correctly,
but never got the time to get it up and working.

Hi Tom,

Will do. I blindly inquired about buying your Black Jack a few years ago...
Everything works on mine now. That is the way I start all my shop jobs or restorations. My hope is that it is not too easy to win extra balls or free games.

#1790 4 months ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Is your Black Jack a Four player or two player? Looks like there were only 120 two players manufactured?

Hi Vic,

I love you collection. You are correct, this is the 2-player EM version of the 4-player solid state game. I have a new BGResto backglass ready to install. Also came with the original EM manual and schematic, schematic is my current record holder at about 25 feet long. My research also indicates 120 manufactured.

#1791 4 months ago
Quoted from atpcfiaim:

Hi Vic,
I love you collection. You are correct, this is the 2-player EM version of the 4-player solid state game. I have a new BGResto backglass ready to install. Also came with the original EM manual and schematic, schematic is my current record holder at about 25 feet long. My research also indicates 120 manufactured.

Oops. I just flunked reading comprehension!

#1792 4 months ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Working on cleaning up a Strato-flight. Can anyone confirm if these nuts are original?
I’d like to tumble them but it’s a nightmare trying to get the media out of these things when they’re done.
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Put the nut back on the post then tumble the post also. media will not get into the nuts thread

#1793 4 months ago
Quoted from kayakkingoz:

Put the nut back on the post then tumble the post also. media will not get into the nuts thread

That too! What’s wrong with me why aren’t these ideas just natural thought after doing this to 8 games???

#1794 4 months ago

Working on a Bally Freedom. The playfield luckily cleaned up really well. Underneath is another story. Found at least one burnt/seized coil and there’s an oily substance over the entire motor/relay bank.

Almost have the entire machine cleaned and ready to troubleshoot

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#1795 4 months ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Working on cleaning up a Strato-flight. Can anyone confirm if these nuts are original?
I’d like to tumble them but it’s a nightmare trying to get the media out of these things when they’re done.
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#1796 4 months ago

Quite a spread of genres....

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#1797 4 months ago

Making good progress tonight with Buccaneer. Getting new plastic set in tonight.

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#1798 4 months ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

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Aha! The secret is out. You use crabmeat to clean your playfields!

#1799 4 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Aha! The secret is out. You use crabmeat to clean your playfields!

Absolutely! Old Yankee trick. I'm from coastal Maine!

#1800 4 months ago

Psyched to play this classic! Love multiple Slingshots!

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