Although I've been a member here since 2011, I haven't been active since then because of life getting in the way as it so often does - and I had to sell two of my four penny machines back then to raise funds for roof work on the house too. So this is to just say "re-hello" and I hope this time I will be able to enjoy the hobby a bit more than I did a few years back!
Anyway - I did hang on to a couple (Bullion and Bell-Fruit Cascade), and have now just got myself a third after all that time - nothing rare but a good old Elevenses.
My question is: someone's converted it from a 1P to a 1D machine - coin tray, vertical slide and coin entry are all correct for 1D. But the top coin chute part (pictured below) is still 1P and has been made to work just by strategic removal of two of the small nuts and bolts and a bit of gaffer tape added... which is far from ideal.
Although looking for a 1D replacement ideally, if I made my own, what metal should I be looking to get for a) the sheet sides and b) the square sections which form the front and prevent the coin falling out?
I've been looking at Zintec sheet steel (zinc coated) 0.9mm - too thick?