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Wish lists work and how Bryan Kelly gave me Pleasure... Isle


By Beemus

3 months ago



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#1 3 months ago

For the last few years I’ve been on the hunt for a Gottlieb Paradise from 1965. Played a buddy’s and loved it. As a surfer, I love the islands and the wife’s family is from Hawaii.

A few months ago I learned about the add-a-ball version of this game called Pleasure Isle. With only 235 made I figured the chance of finding one was slim. Nonetheless I added the machine to my want list. Whether replay or add a ball this title would be my first gottlieb em at some point.

A few weeks later I receive a message in my pinside inbox from Peggy claiming she has a pleasure isle in her barn basement that no longer works and is headed for the junk pile unless I would like to have it. Peggy is in Wisconsin and she had joined pinside the day before.

Following my first instinct I IM neoskywalker and ask, “Are you ***ing with me?!” I share the same investigative query with another collector buddy in Milwaukee. Nope... neither of them fess up.

I reply to Peggy, thanking her for the generous offer and ask her to snap a pic or two so I can simply verify it exists. She obliged and sure enough, it’s the real deal. I ask and she tells me where the game is located. I had no idea Wisconsin was so big! She is located many many miles from Madison (Neo), Milwaukee or Land o Lakes... locations where I have pinball buddies who might be able to checkout the game and grab it for me. I quickly realize she is actually closer Minneapolis and it hits me...oh goody, I get to talk to Bryan “Effin” Kelly again!

If you’ve never met bryan_kelly you are missing out. Yes, he does great restoration work. Yes, he can spin wood circles like nobody else. The term is thrown around all the time but he is truly one of the good guys and is an absolute hoot to be around. Needless to say, he was gracious enough to join this little adventure. With a note from the department of corrections, his parole officer and a day pass out of the retirement home he headed across the state line.

Peggy was kind enough to have a crew ready to help Bryan load the machine into truck. The machine was in an unfinished basement and was home to a rodent nest. This wouldn’t deter me.

Bryan got it home, packed it up like the master packer he is and a couple weeks later Michelle Bianchi’s team had her in my garage.

First task was to get the white latex paint off the front of the cab and head. I’ll take scratched, missing original art over a repaint any day. Many hours of elbow grease and a few drums of 99% rubbing alcohol did the trick.

Next was getting the playfield clean. With all the parts tumbling in walnut, soaking in evaporust or in the ultrasonic, I started with rags and naptha soak but ultimately had to breakout the novus 2 and magic eraser. I was very careful and she cleaned up beautifully. The hardest part was the rodent blood/post birth gunk. Ick!

Once cleaned and assembled I started in on why she didn’t run. The start relay was disassembled but all the parts were there including a fresh coil. Granted the plate, spring and pin were scattered all over the bottom of the cab along with the old burnt coil, but the parts were there to fix the relay. Not sure why previous repair person gave up. Turned out the coin eject button that serves as the start button on these relays was dirty and oxidized causing it to stick when pushed in. Put it is the drill and cleaned it up wit some 800 grit and novus 2.

Next issue was the kickout holes weren’t kicking. I knew the coil was good since I could fire it from the relay. It took awhile staring at the schematic but I eventually found a 1/4” jumper wire in the switch stacks on the score motor that had a break. Kickout jokes now working.

Cleaned and tightened switch stacks, cleaned the hula girl which was filthy along with the Roto wheel, installed a power switch and new cord, unwound wire from top two pops to give more action, rebuilt flips, pops, slings, etc.

Took a few weeks but here you go.

A huge thank you to the following who made this happen.

- Obviously Peggy for offering me this beautiful machine and saving her from the junk pile. I hope to meet you someday, hopefully over a game of pinball.

- Bryan Kelly and his bride for taking a road trip to get the machine and for the incredible packing job. The straps will go out in the mail Monday back to you.

- The pinball resource, Steve/jimmy for the parts and guidance to get her going again. Never thought my biggest pbr invoice ever would be for an old EM. Love their business model. Great people.

- Clay Harrel for his This Old Pinball Dvd series. I’ve bought all of them a few times over as gifts and I watched TOP1 at least three times over the last month to get me through this. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

- herb at fabulous fantasies who had a pleasure isle bg from shay on eBay. He knows how to pack a backglass.

- TimMe for the nudges I needed to get pointed in the right direction and for also sharing the knowledge.

- Pinside! Thanks for wishlists! They actually work. Donation sent.

#2 3 months ago

Before pics including rodent “blood”

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#3 3 months ago

More before pics and start of paint removal

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#4 3 months ago

Very Cool!!!

#5 3 months ago

Dirty girl, clean girl

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#6 3 months ago

And all cleaned up. Thank you @wojchik-arabian

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#7 3 months ago

Glad that game got saved. And such a good home.

LTG : )

#8 3 months ago

Bryan also always smells good

#9 3 months ago

I can smell him from here.

Quoted from bangerjay:

Bryan also always smells good

#10 3 months ago

Well done! It took a lot of teamwork to save that one!

#11 3 months ago

Excellent story! Some great people on Pinside that's for sure. You certainly cleaned her up nice. Well done.

#12 3 months ago

Well done in saving that one from the scrapyard!
I have one to restore at some point in time and now I've seen yours playing, I must bring that job forward

#13 3 months ago

Love my Pleasure Isle! Good job bringing her back to life, but... those are supposed stay in Wisconsin

#14 3 months ago

Great save, and great story. Yes, this is one heck of a great game.
Although it is a two-player machine, it is a true add-a-ball. The art package, backglass animation, features, and gameplay, make it one of the best ever. "Paradise" is also very good, but oddly, it seems to be more scarce than "PI".
I too have one in the restoration queue. It's the third one I've owned.
Picked it up at Pinfest last year. Although they allegedly produced only 235 copies of this game, I've come across three, and know several collectors who own one.
There have been a few offered on eBay over the years as well.
Gottlieb did produce an export version called "Hawaiian Isle", and who knows how many of them may still be kicking around.
The second one I owned started out with me as the lower box only.
A "car guy" friend of mine found it for sale in the back of a pickup at a car meet!
I thought it would be impossible to find a head for it, and was even entertaining the idea of possibly making a custom single player wedgehead for it. After about five and a half years, a lightbox for it turned up, and I was able to purchase it. That one now belongs to mopar, who has never come across one on his own, despite finding some very obscure and esoteric titles.
Thanks to you for hunting down and saving this classic!

#15 3 months ago

Was quite surprised to find this before a paradise. Still looking though. A buddy traded his off. Been pestering him to find out who now has it so I can at least get him my contact info.

The shay backglasses are very well done and plastics are available through pinball rescue so nice that more of these can be saved.

#16 3 months ago

It was our pleasure, Beriah, and a fun day trip!

To add to your pics, the day started out with a 45 minute drive to Red Wing where we had breakfast at Bev's. Then a 1 1/2 drive down the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi.

The first stairway is in the newer portion of the house we took to get to the cellar of the original house. The other stairway is the old portion of the original farm house. This is how the game got out and yes, that's Peggy and her husband.

Thankfully, there were a couple farm hands to do all the work.

Eight hours later, we were back in town, celebrating the fact we didn't get murdered in WI!

My favorite part of our conversation:

Peggy: "So what nationality is your friend." She's probably never heard the name Beriah.

Me: "I think he's Hawaiian." I honestly didn't know. I mean, I've only hung out with the guy for a few hours at the Northwestern Pinball Show.

Peggy: "So, how are planning on getting the game to Hawaii?"

Honestly, Peggy, her husband and the farm hands couldn't have been nicer!

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#17 3 months ago
Quoted from bangerjay:

Bryan also always smells good

But you say that to all the guys!

#18 3 months ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

It was our pleasure, Beriah, and a fun day trip!
To add to your pics, the day started out with a 45 minute drive to Red Wing where we had breakfast at Bev's. Then a 1 1/2 drive down the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi.
The first stairway is in the newer portion of the house we took to get to the cellar of the original house. The other stairway is the old portion of the original farm house. This is how the game got out and yes, that's Peggy and her husband.
Thankfully, there were a couple farm hands to do all the work.
Eight hours later, we were back in town, celebrating the fact we didn't get murdered in WI!
My favorite part of our conversation:
Peggy: "So what nationality is your friend." She's probably never heard the name Beriah.
Me: "I think he's Hawaiian." I honestly didn't know. I mean, I've only hung out with the guy for a few hours at the Northwestern Pinball Show.
Peggy: "So, how are planning on getting the game to Hawaii?"
Honestly, Peggy, her husband and the farm hands couldn't have been nicer![quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

The adventure of the hunt is sometimes just as much fun as the game itself.

#19 3 months ago
Quoted from Beemus:

A few months ago I learned about the add-a-ball version of this game called Pleasure Isle. With only 235 made I figured the chance of finding one was slim. Nonetheless I added the machine to my want list. Whether replay or add a ball this title would be my first gottlieb em at some point.
A few weeks later I receive a message in my pinside inbox from Peggy claiming she has a pleasure isle in her barn basement that no longer works and is headed for the junk pile unless I would like to have it. Peggy is in Wisconsin and she had joined pinside the day before.

- Pinside! Thanks for wishlists! They actually work. Donation sent.

Just a quick note affirming these thoughts. As a newish owner (two older Gottlieb games, which is my limit in terms of space) I still find myself browsing Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to see what's around. A while back I came across a strange (to me) game - Playmatic Harem - Harem 4-Player and popped over to the Machine section of Pinside to see what I could find out about it - just curious (the game seemed in decent shape and priced low). The database revealed it was pretty rate - no Pinside owners and just two folks had it on their wish list - so I messaged them. No response, but, you never know. Might just be somebody's white whale.....

#20 3 months ago
Quoted from Beemus:

And all cleaned up. Thank you @wojchik-arabian[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Is that the lockdown bar that was on the game? As you may know, it's not the correct one. It's supposed to have the narrow one with the cast metal end caps.

#21 3 months ago

I have a new, shiny proper one with caps from PBR ready to go on.

Went through hula girl unit to give her more wiggle today and battling roto projector unit to get it just right. Have some warp in it so may never be perfect but it’s close.

Quoted from jrpinball:

Is that the lockdown bar that was on the game? As you may know, it's not the correct one. It's supposed to have the narrow one with the cast metal end caps.

#22 3 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Is that the lockdown bar that was on the game? As you may know, it's not the correct one. It's supposed to have the narrow one with the cast metal end caps.

It's hard to say why they did what they did to this game, but I don't doubt it's HUO. Yeah, yeah. I know.

In visiting with Peggy, she told us her and her husband moved to the dairy farm in 1964 and bought the game a year later. I took pics of the inside for Beriah but have since deleted them. Other then tarnish on the lamp sockets, it was really, really clean!

#23 3 months ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

It's hard to say why they did what they did to this game, but I don't doubt it's HUO. Yeah, yeah. I know.
In visiting with Peggy, she told us her and her husband moved to the dairy farm in 1964 and bought the game a year later. I took pics of the inside for Beriah but have since deleted them. Other then tarnish on the lamp sockets, it was really, really clean!

It must have been changed sometime much later since this type of bar did not exist in 1965.

#24 3 months ago

Peggys hubby reminded her they bought it used. Had to be sometime after Feb. 12, 1970. Anyone know a Richard Everson?

Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

It's hard to say why they did what they did to this game, but I don't doubt it's HUO. Yeah, yeah. I know.
In visiting with Peggy, she told us her and her husband moved to the dairy farm in 1964 and bought the game a year later. I took pics of the inside for Beriah but have since deleted them. Other then tarnish on the lamp sockets, it was really, really clean!

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#25 3 months ago
Quoted from bangerjay:

Bryan also always smells good

Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

But you say that to all the guys!

Bet you say that to all the guys.

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