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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:40 am

PM, I wonder if you can please post any photos you have showing the complete cabinets of the two Motorcycle machines you restored? I'm trying to figure out the correct instruction card holder and marquee for the game I'm restoring. There are marks and two holes on the left door side of this one showing it once held a rectangular frame vertically, and when I fitted an Essex Corn Exchange frame casting it fit perfectly. Bit I'd be interested to see what the later games had, possibly the streamlined version as on the Greyhound? And did either of those have the original instruction card because sadly it's too small to read on the Racing Investor photo you posted earlier? Cheers.
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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby pennymachines » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:39 pm

Hi Rory,
Responding to your PM reminder - unfortunately I don't think I took a picture of the one I restored and returned, but it was identical to the one I kept. Both were identical to Roger's in the very first post of this thread, except they had bikes, and large round crank handles (of thermoset resin?). Both lacked original paperwork, including totalizators I'm afraid. It's frustrating, isn't it? As the frame is mounted sideways on your machine, the text would have to be configured differently anyway.

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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:23 pm

Thanks PM. But at least an instruction card in any shape would have yielded the original wording. Maybe the owner of the apparently complete Racing Investor version will come to light one day? Other than that I do still have one last iron in the fire that might just pay dividends regarding these games........ :!?!:

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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:16 pm

As a prototype this machine turned out to be a hell of a lot of work to get right - over 140 hrs! Overly complicated due to the fact it hadn't worked very well from new!! Knowing the high quality of other Essex machines I'm certain this was only supposed to be a proof of concept and design test, and never ever meant to be operated. Well, other than possibly very short location testing to see if players liked it. My theory as to why this machine survived and was actually well used is this: The Essex company closed in 1931 and an advertisement in 1930 stated "machines to clear", so it probably escaped then into the hands of an operator. The company was revived in 1935 but possibly only in name.

Due to almost no surviving information on this mech or cabinet I had to fill in most of the blanks as best I could. I based the missing marquee on other Essex machines, the Corn Exchange and Stock Exchange, both having used the earlier Clown design. As for the name and lettering I stole that from the only other Horse Race version known. Though I later decided this probably wasn't quite right as I think the Investor name related to the fact the other machine is a Future Pay, as all the others are too I think. While this prototype pays at the end of the race. Anyway I'm happy to redo the marquee if any new information comes to light.
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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby bryans fan » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:35 pm

!!GOODJOB!! CoNgRaTs

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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:39 pm

jailtime10 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:50 pm
ESSEX AUTO MANUFACTURING CO. LTD..............In a more serious mode...has anyone ever researched the history of this company to see how an auto company evolved into making WATLING(see note **) slot machines.
Jailtime alias Roger, nothing to do with automobiles, the Auto would mostly likely be a shortening of Automatics, which was a very common term for coin-op machines at the time and used in many company names.

Update:
I just enlarged the above Stock Exchange advert photo and the decal on the marquee clearly says "E. A. M. C. - Automatic". So no s.
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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby treefrog » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:28 pm

Very nice GW, would have that in my collection anytime ;-)

Did the lower cash door get changed in its travels as it looks different to the picture with the carved horse marquee

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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:36 pm

Cheers Tree. When the game went to auction in 1975 (photo below) the door was already lost so someone added that (rather poorly and using a drawer handle upside down) in the intervening years. The standard Essex cup as copied from Watling would not have fitted such a thin door, so without any photos to work from and based on the pieced together and recycled nature of the rest of the machine I opted for what I guess they'd have used, an Allwin cup.
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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby john t peterson » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:30 pm

Outstanding work, Gameswat. You are still the master.

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Re: Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby gameswat » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:46 pm

Thanks JP, but the more I look at the cashbox door the less I like it. I'd toyed with the idea of making a three piece door that would match up with the structure of the upper door that I thought might look more original. But that got quickly left behind when the mechanism restoration moved well past the 100 hr mark with no sign of stopping anytime soon! Working for other people can get frustrating when things don't go as quickly or easily as they (or I) imagined. My friend totally believed the auction blurb that this only needed minor adjustment and lubrication!! :oops:


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