Electromechanical Pinball Machine Shop Outs

Have had several calls over the past couple weeks about shopping games out. Out of the lot, three have been electromechanical machines.

The first two, a 1970 Bally 4 Million BC and a 1971 Williams Stardust, were both owned by the same gentleman. He’d owned them both for nearly 35 years and they were both in really nice shape outside of the dry rotted and broken rubbers. His 4 Million BC was interesting in that it was a German imported version and all the writing on the backglass and playfield was in German.

I shopped them both out with new rubbers, cleaned and polished the playfields and plastics, waxed the playfields, and added in new balls. They cleaned up real nice and new, clean white rubbers make a world of difference in how a game both looks and plays.

Bally 4 Million BC shopped out with new rubbers, polished and waxed.

Bally 4 Million BC shopped out with new rubbers, polished and waxed.

The second electromechanical shop out of late was for a 1972 Bally Nip-It machine. The owners had owned the game for 41 years, so HUO for the majority of its life as well, and also a beautiful machine. Probably the nicest Nip-It I’ve ever seen. Not sure if it’s true or not, but the owner said when she bought it, the seller told her it was the machine they actually used on “Happy Days”, so if so, pretty cool little piece of memorabilia.

Likewise, I replaced all rubbers with new white rubbers, cleaned and polished the playfield and plastics, waxed the playfield, and added in new balls. It was really dirty and most of the rubbers were dry rotted, but it cleaned up and looks like a whole new game now.

Bally Nip-It Shopped Out and looking sharp.

Bally Nip-It Shopped Out and looking sharp.

So, as you see, repairs aren’t the only thing I do. If you have a game that works well but is in bad need of a freshen up with some new rubbers and a good cleaning, shoot me a line!

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About Matthew Mandarano

Matthew is a cinematographer and video specialist by day and pinball fanatic at night. Somewhere in between he also finds time to play the guitar, collect vinyl records and watch a good deal of movies and TV shows.
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