Williams during the 50’s thru 1960 under Harry Williams guidance made very interesting moving mechanisms to attract interest from players and probably another watching audience that possibly gambled on the outcome. Possibly the most popular mechanism still are the baseball games with the rotating men in the light box. One of the most unique is the Nags rotating bumpers. These popular mechanical inventions have made these games hold premium interest for collectors even today. The fact that the 1960 Nags had two of these mechanisms mentioned probably explains some of its popularity. I think its bright colors are a plus too.
This moving horse or racing car mechanism was first fitted by Williams on the 1951 Hay burners, followed then other games every month such as Jalopy (cars), Nags, Sparkplugs (horses not cars) and Sea Jockeys (Sea horses). The next year was Horse Feathers and Sweep Stakes then Daffy Derby in 1954 and finally the last Nags in 1960. It is a simple and fun idea from the time and that helps make the games popular to many collectors.
Whist restoring my Nags game I needed to clean and inspect the moving horse mechanism. I have the same mechanism in my 1951 Jalopy which has a racing car theme and on review the mechanism seems to have changed little in the 9 years between the games. I like this feature as you can probably tell and it is probably why I sought out a 1960 Nags game as it is well known as the best of all these types of games.
The assembly has a 50V double motor actuated device that moves the horses individually down a track until one reaches the end, winning the game and if it is your horse the game pays you replays. On the surface it all seems simple but to work the mechanism needs to be able to move the horses individually when a bumper is actuated, or in groups when the target or lane for odd and even is actuated and then all together when game is restarted and the horses are lined up at the start line. How it does this is thanks to as the title hints is a cows assistance.
To strip down the motor to inspect there are pins through the gear wheel and shaft to be removed. Using the correct punch drive out and slip of the chain and gears. The motor can be removed by removing the 4 screws. The drive shaft sits in the assembly and once the frame side is taken apart it slides out. On my game and probably yours the shaft assembly (see picture 11) needed no further stripping down just cleaning and lubrication.
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