This section is a build log of the restoration of a recovered 1977 Bally Eight Ball pinball machine.

I acquired the machine in a non-functional state and repaired/upgraded it with some vintage and modern hardware.

I should really buy a flash. I decided to set up the Nikon and take some marginally better photos of the Eight Ball machine. Please enjoy.    

28Feb

Surgery

Surgery
The parts I ordered came this week. New rubber pieces. A new lock. More #44 light bulbs. A new ball. A new flipper. A new flipper solenoid. So today, I had some time to do repairs so I heated up the soldering iron and jumped in. The dead flipper was […]

…just a few interesting details: Here, I took some detail photos to show off some of the design elements of the game. Sometime soon I’ll have a proper shoot with a better camera. I promise. You should be able to click on any image, or just page thru the gallery […]

Interesting facts from the Internet Pinball Database. Manufacturer: Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983) Project Date: January 17, 1977 Date Of Manufacture: February 21, 1977 Model Number: 1118-E Production: 20,230 units (confirmed) Notable Features: Flippers (2), Pop Bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Stand up targets (4), Roll under spinner (1), Left out lane […]

Just picked up the 1977 Bally Eight Ball machine yesterday February 21st 2009. Here are the initial observations. This is a compilation of several build log entries from before the site was online. Here are the original sales brochures: for the machine         And here are some schematics: […]