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  • New addition .. Old Chicago

    Picked this up from Daniel (Borgattard) .

    Won't be playing it till
    1) Replace power cord
    2) Strip, clean and wax the playfield
    3) Give her a full mechanical overhaul.

    Playfield has wear around the upper post above the flippers and a bit of planking, otherwise pretty good.
    Backglass condition is one of the best I've seen.

    Cab is pretty faded , especially front and one side .

    Will post some more pics when I make some progress on the tidyup.
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  • #2
    I am pretty much single-eyed gottlieb when it comes to EMs, but this pin really does it for me. Am sure it will look sweet for ya.

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    • #3
      Played this many years ago and still have fond memories
      PINBALL gotta love it

      "There's no such thing as too much bling"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Extra Ball View Post
        I am pretty much single-eyed gottlieb when it comes to EMs, but this pin really does it for me. Am sure it will look sweet for ya.
        +1. The whole John Dillinger gangster theme and the Jumping Jack lower playfield does it for me.

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        • #5
          Looks a nice pin Dave - the BG is great. Look forward to seeing the progress pics.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rod71 View Post
            +1. The whole John Dillinger gangster theme and the Jumping Jack lower playfield does it for me.
            Yeah .. when i saw this for sale I couldn't resist it . Its a great looking game and bonus that the BG is in excellent shape.

            Made a start yesterday afternoon on the tidy up.

            Replaced the original power cord. Started stripping the playfield . Playfield is dirty which is a good reason not to play this game yet. Also looks like pretty much every plunger has been lubricated so will be stripping and cleaning all mechanicals (which I planned to do anyway). By doing a full mechanical overhaul you know the exact condition of your game.

            Here's a couple of pics of where I'm up to so far . The wear above the flippers is much more evident now in the 1st pic.
            Hoping to remove most of the inground dirt with careful use of ME and Eucalyptus oil . Will be attempting to touch up the wear areas . Fortunately all inserts are pretty level so won't have to remove/reseat those.

            Flippers are original so a new flipper kit will be installed (I do this with every game I buy now) and all bumper skirts need replacing .
            I will be trying to spend no more than $100 on replacement parts (fingers crossed)
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            • #7
              Good start

              Usually the collect bonus text below the centre kick out is hammered on these. Oh, and be sure to get rid of those Gottlieb flipper batts

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rod71 View Post
                Good start

                Usually the collect bonus text below the centre kick out is hammered on these. Oh, and be sure to get rid of those Gottlieb flipper batts
                Yeah Rod, the Gottlieb bats will be replaced , one is cracked anyway.

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                • #9
                  Nice pickup Dave, I saw one of these at a local guys place in bits a year ago and thought it would be a nice player. Enjoy.
                  http://www.aussiearcade.com.au/forum.../138-RAIL-WAYS

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                  • #10
                    Very nice Dave,

                    This game doesn't turn up for sale often and you did well on the price.

                    So what are yor plans from here? Do you have the nerve to respray this? Noticed you mentioned not wanting to sink much more cash into this but for around $100 extra dollars you could really make this shine. Repro Pinball Rescue decals for both the card tray and spinner, repro bumper caps (only $5 each!), new posts and possibly new targets - go on I dare you
                    looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                    • #11
                      Gday Tony .
                      Yes, I think its a good one to add to my small collection .

                      Thinking about redoing the cabinet , but will probably play it for a while first.
                      Unfortunately Pinball Rescue don't have the correct Apron decal for this title, but luckily the apron is in good condition ( 9/10) . Will grab the spinner decals when they become available.
                      Already putting together a parts list .. think I will be blowing my $100 budget a bit

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                      • #12
                        Progress update .
                        Finished under the playfield last week and finally finished all the score reels today .
                        Have decided I will be repainting the cabinet before putting the machine back together

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                        • #13
                          Stencils are done and just finished removing the siderails (one of my least favorite jobs)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by goodolddays View Post
                            Stencils are done and just finished removing the siderails (one of my least favorite jobs)
                            Oh your a brave man taking that on

                            Looking forward to more progress and the stress ahead
                            looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                            • #15
                              Good on you for going for the repaint. You can see how good the original colouring looks under the coin door surrounds and legs, so it'll be worth it.

                              Keep the pics coming, particularly during the repaint progress. I'm building up courage (or stupidity) to have a go at one!

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