Bally Bounty (wide body)
Well, this is something I've been on the look out for a very long time indeed!
This machine is my earliest memory of playing a Bally bandit at about the age of 8 or 9
and has travelled approx 250 miles to join the collection here in Croydon. This is one
of the first pics after unloading. There are a few issues to correct, most should be able to
be attended to with relative ease.
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The picture below is of the machine I remember as a child. It was in small
gamesroom at a South Devon holiday park consisting of four machines -
pool table, JPM Plus Nudge fruit machine, Gottlieb Central Park pinball &
'the' Bally Bounty! This picture was taken in about 2001 on a brief exploration
trip back whilst staying nearby. It didn't look any different!! WOW!
So, whilst this new addition gets brought back to her former glory, she
will reside in the hallway! She wont be alone though as there are always other
machines scattered around the house to keep her company!!
It's been a few weeks & I'm pleased to say we're almost there!!
See below for problems that I've encountered and solutions given!
PROBLEM 1 - Unsure of machine's history!
As a rule, before any work is started, it's always a good idea to have good look around the machine.
I bought this game on the proviso that it was complete so I wasn't expecting anything to be missing but I do
look for frayed or disconnected wires and foreign objects. I look for loose nuts, bolts, washers, coins etc!
I dont want these to short out any part of the machine after it has been recently moved - and worth it too.
I removed quite a few odds and ends including a dud 10p (only pressed on one side!!) from between two fuse holders.
PROBLEM 2 - Non working 10p mech and/or credit unit
I was told that this part of the machine (set into the base unit) did not work and hadn't done for some time!
Upon inspection, two 2p's & one 10p were removed from the coin mech - the three coins were jammed in
side by side just inside the entry slot! After a simple clean - 10p's in, 5 credits out - sorted!! That simple!!
PROBLEM 3 - Lack of illumination to reel glass
Another issue that originally sounded like it may be a bit of a headache - apart from the flourescent illumination -
no other lights were visible. Was this a possible wiring fault to the door? Er, well, no, fortunately! New bulbs in - lights on!!
This was get easier and easier!
PROBLEM 4 - Handle would not release upon being 'coined'
Now maybe I got a little complaicant with the ease of some some of the earlier jobs because this problem did
really create some head scratching I can tell you! I'll try and keep the explanation brief! As the title suggests,
I was having difficulty in getting the arm to release (well, it wouldn't!!). Coins were being accepted by the switch
below the coin mech (on the door) and in turn activating the coin relay (on the left hand side of the reels - pictured).
The coin relay manages a number of circuits but quite simply prepares the payout unit circuits, switches the 'deposit coin'
lamp for 'coin accepted' and equally as important, powers another coil to release the handle. All of the machine's
blade switches were cleaned and the wiring was checked for continuity but still nothing! These Bally machines are
very robust and have relatively simple electrics - why wasn't it working? Just to add, I had already checked the coil
itself on another machine and it worked perfectly.
After cycling the reel assembly on the bench a number of times, it eventually became obvious that one single switch
at the end of the coin relay was not actually making contact! With the asistance of a super bright led lamp,
it really needed a close look to become apparent! The key thing - there was the fault. It had some very fine adjustment,
put back in the machine and Bob's your uncle! Job done!
PROBLEM 5 - Payout unit not resetting & 'Winner Paid' lamp staying illuminated.
Both of these symptoms are part of the same problem. The picture above shows the the payout counter unit
which sits on the back of the hopper in the lower part of the machine. When coins leave the hopper they
are mechanically counted and step this unit forward one tooth per coin. Once the payout is complete the
machine resets itself on the next spin of the reels. The green solenoid is the acting force behind this 'reset' sequence.
Again, with a bit of patience, problem found - another switch not making. You have to really pay attention to spot it!!
PROBLEM 6 - Base unit repair (cosmetic)
On the whole this machine is in rather good condition considering. It did have some gaming labels on the side of
the cabinet indicating that it had been on an arcade floor within the last few years (Legacy Machines)!!
Whether it happened recently or not, the base unit had suffered a small amount of damage to the front edge
of it's kick step. For the time being it has been tidied up and repainted. Personally, I think it looks a lot better
than seeing the exposed chips that stand out like a sore thumb!
PROBLEM 7 - Warped reelband (Reel A)
Not exactly visible from this pic but the left hand reel has been near something hot at one stage or another and
has deformed a little (in about three places). Good news, by absolute fluke, a Bally spares company in
the USA has an exact set for this machine!!! Brand new and delivered for under £25.00!! Bargain is what I say -
they should be on route now!
These pics better show how deformed reel 1 was in places!
New reel bands in from USA - now just a case of measuring up and fitting.
PROBLEM 8 - 10p Credit Unit - again!
It became apparent that upon using the lower 10p credit option, I was able to obtain over the correct
of plays. There was no hard and fast rule but it would enter into a 'runaway' style situation. Sometimes it would
give 6, 7, or 8 plays. Other times it would give over 25+ credits before halting action!!!!
This unit is mounted to the back of the base cabinet and it was clear that there wasn't enough
return pressure on the solenoid spring for it to 'count' the set 5 steps permitted - It could not progress itself properly.
The solenoid was cleaned out and a slightly more powerful spring added (from a fruit machine button!)
and she is now working absolutely perfect - all the time, every time!!
Looking good so far!!
More news very soon!!