1967 Bally Wiggler

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1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:51 pm

Here is a free form log of my repairs on the Bally Wiggler I brought back from A-town.

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A-Town bounty


This is not a formal restoration. I wouldnt even call it a refurbishing by my standards. I'm just making it work for myself. As I write these words, I'm a bit blasé about repairs. I'm repairing the game on auto-pilot. With a direct approach. Some games, I clean, burnish, polish every single switch. In this game, I'm just targeting what's faulty.

The game came with a replacement BG resto backglass that I have yet to install.

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BG resto spare bg in bubblewrap


The game seems to be an abandoned project by the previous owner.
The cabinet was poorly repainted. That doesn't really bother me tho. I'm only interested in gameplay, I have a fixation with the Bally EM multiball games. I couldn't pass this rare title. The game, when it was for sale was listed as working... I guess if the flippers can flap that counts as working :FP: The game when first plugged in played like garbage.

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Bad paint job


The game was from Georgia and it seems the Operator used only contact cleaner and oil to "fix" the game. All the steppers were stiff. The pads on the wired discs were beyond oxidized. All the labels on the score motor panel have gone black from all the contact cleaner. There was some overspray (from the bad paint job) on all the steppers in the head.

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The innards


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Inside the backbox


Someone added a post on the left outlane to make the game a bit less brutal. I removed the post. I rather have a hole in the playfield than have a post that isn't supposed to be there. It's the friggin' Wiggler! It's supposed to be brutal.

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Superfluous Gottlieb post


I had a spare wireform gate for the wiggle alley exit, donated from a trashed bally Dixieland.

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Wireform gate replacement


More to come...
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Playfield shot
"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
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Re: Bally Wiggler

Postby WARLOCK » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:53 pm

Well done.

Dibs... very serious.

Too soon ?

GREAT WORK.

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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby cait001 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:38 pm

that's a lot of relays!
BLY Mousin' Around, WMS No Good Gofers, WMS Triple Strike (loan), DE Jurassic Park (loan)
backglasses wanted: Fairy, Centigrade 37, Fire Queen, Dimension, 2001, Out Of Sight
marquees wanted: R-Type (w/ship), Strider, Astro Invader
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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:50 pm

cait001 wrote:that's a lot of relays!


Yup. And as you can see from this picture, you can barely make out which relay is which.

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Dirty, Filthy
"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
Quality EM repairs & refurbishing

http://pindude152.blogspot.ca/
http://www.pinballowners.com/pindude152


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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:57 pm

I had this crazy idea of getting the rust off the wiggler's lift channel.

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Rusty channel


So I went to princess auto and bought a gallon of evaporust. Then I went to Home depot and bought some ABS parts to make a tube to soak the part overnight...

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Soaking chamber


The result was awful. I didnt even bother taking a picture. After soaking for 24 hours the trim was black grey. I guess the surface rust was too far gone. The piece was structurally sound but it looked like shit. I ended up cleaning the channel with cleaner and steel wool and painting it with Tremclad hammered grey. Looks decent now.

Now I'm waiting for some LED's to put behind the repro backglass...

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the Wiggler in the lineup


I played a few games on it already and I think it's a fun game. Better than what I remembered from test playing the NS/Warlock Wiggler awhile ago. Wiggler is brutal, but fun once you get the hang of it. Then again, all the Bally Multiball EM's are brutal. That's what makes them so "special".
"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
Quality EM repairs & refurbishing

http://pindude152.blogspot.ca/
http://www.pinballowners.com/pindude152

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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:43 pm

@Scott
Yes. Too soon
It's a permanent collection game anyway.
It would take a really good trade offer to make me part with it.
"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
Quality EM repairs & refurbishing

http://pindude152.blogspot.ca/
http://www.pinballowners.com/pindude152

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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:26 am

Pics
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Lit BG


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Rattle can lift channel
"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
Quality EM repairs & refurbishing

http://pindude152.blogspot.ca/
http://www.pinballowners.com/pindude152

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Re: 1967 Bally Wiggler

Postby Pindude152 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:50 pm

Here is a cool short old super8 home movie found on youtube of a Wiggler in it's natural element .
If the machine seems to be playing super fast, I think it's because the movie was originally shot at 16 or 18fps but replayed at 24fps


"It's heavy. What is it? ... The, uh, stuff dreams are made of"
-The Maltese Falcon

"Every ball for me's another game.For you this always looks the same [...]
I know for you this doesn't look a lot. For me this is the only thing I got"
-Yello - Pinball Cha Cha

"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life"
-Homer Simpson

Wanted: Bally 20 hole Bingo machine: Orient, London, Safari, Super 7, Bonus 7 or Hawaii. Bally Capersville
Quality EM repairs & refurbishing

http://pindude152.blogspot.ca/
http://www.pinballowners.com/pindude152



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