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CAM Automatics

Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:45 pm
by Newmski

I found this CAM AUTOMATICS machine in a junk shop in Richmond North Yorkshire and wondered if someone might be able to answer a couple of questions as I can't seem to find much info about this manufacturer. It says on it:

A CAM AUTOMATICS product of Seaham Co Durham

and apparently takes discs or 3d bits

Firstly, the aesthetics, as you can see from some of the pictures the coin entry has been removed, does anyone know where I could find a replacement? Similarly, the knob from the arm has also been removed, again, where would I get hold of one?

Secondly the insides, I would love to get it going again but it looks like it might be a bit of a nightmare. It has obviously been stored outside for a time as the circuit board and components are quite rusty. Does anyone know if replacement parts are available or if there is somewhere I could get it fixed. Is it going to cost me the earth? Is it worth? it or is it best left as an ornament? Anyway, I think its beautiful and its going on the wall whatever :D

Any help is much appreciated



Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:47 pm
by badpenny
Hi Newmski ... welcome to the premier slots forum in UK.

Wow! .... where to start?
I've seen these pop up now and again, rarely in working order, with luck somebody else with more experiece in these machines than me will come along and give you real life advice.

I've had machines (but not this one) from this manufacturer before and have made my own coin entries out of a bit of brass or stainless steel.
As for the ball on the end, I'd plonk on anything that looked about right, pool table balls would be too big................ try some of that adhesive putty stuff that sets hard, roll it into a ball and paint it gloss black.
Have you plugged it in yet? If not I suggest you place a residual current device (RCD), between it and your mains. You can get a plugin one from B&Q and might save you burning your house or the machine to ashes.
Also clean every leaf contact and switch even those that hold in line fuses. Then get your least favourite aunty to plug it in whilst you hide behind the coal bunker. Electrickery is funny stuff and don't half bite. I have a fine collection of half melted screwdrivers to prove the point.

In my horrible opinion the answers to your questions are: -

Don't know
Without doubt
If you think so then YES!
There is a line of thought that would support totally anyone's opinion and don't forget the number of people who turned down The Beatles. Chances are the majority of collectors would Poo-Hoo my collection, do I care? Do I :mrgreen: !!!!

However my answers may not be in the same order as your questions.......................

edited a couple of times in order to fail at making this appear helpful ..... I did not succeed! :?


Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:29 pm
by slotalot
Hi Newmski! Welcome to the site :D , Cam Automatics was a small family firm that went out of business over 30 years ago. It was owned by the Murray family and they worked out of Seaham harbour. They made and sold machines mainly around the north east of England. I think you will find it difficult to get any information on how the machines work, the only way is to roll up you sleeves and learn as you go, looking at the photos I would say that there are a couple of plug-in relays missing from the control of your machine that will have to be replaced before you start, and as Badpenny says :*** electricity will bite :*** , so use an RCD when working on it. good luck :tarah:


Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:34 pm
by Newmski
Thanks Guys thats very helpful :)

I tried plugging it in (with the RCD firmly in place) and..... nothing happened. Not a spark, not even a hum, most anti-climatic. As you said slotalot it looks like some relays are missing. Looks like this machine may be destined to become a drinks cabinet :D unless I can get hold of some old relays that is (you never know). Thanks again for your help



Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:02 pm
by slotalot
Hi, :D Sorry to hear that you had no luck when you plugged it in, at least you are still here to tell the tale! :eek: . I have found a pic of another machine that looks as if it came from the same maker as yours, no pull handle on this one. It is called Bar1. Good luck and don't give up on it. :tarah:


Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:49 am
by slotalot
:*** And another one!!!! :***....I might start collecting them :tarah:

Re: Missing Knob

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:43 am
by bryans fan
There are Two knobs for sale on eBay at the moment which may be of interest to you ... 286.c0.m14


Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:40 pm
by PSD


Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:10 pm
by slotalot
Update on Newmski and his Cam Girl slot machine :D
I liked this machine so much that I asked Newmski if he would like me to check it over for him, and although it was well beyond economical repair as a fully working slot machine I have been able to put some life back in to it, I have rewired it :zapa: and now when you pull the arm the lights flash and stop at a random selection, I have also tidied the case up and made and fitted the all important ball on the handle. Newmski now has a decorative item for his flat and I have picked up a little more slot machine knowledge along the way :-? and also made an other slottie friend, all in all a good weekends work. Check out the photo's :tarah:


Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:20 pm
by pennymachines
Slick Chick sold on ebay a few weeks ago I think - twin sister of Cam Girl.
By-the-way, CAM Automatics also produced a line of tiny one-player penny pushers - Davy Jones Locker, Mini Pusher, Aladdin's Lamp...