Super Challenger restoration

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raj
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Super Challenger restoration

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Does anyone have a scan of the top flash for a Super Challenger. I can't find one in resourses, only photo's
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pennymachines
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Re: Bradley Challenger Top Flash scan

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The flash above seems to be hand written, which is why I wondered if this oak version was a prototype, but I think I've seen a similar one in recent years. Anyway, it's tricky to scan because disassembly is required to remove it. I lifted one from another Super Challenger, because the dovetailed top of the cabinet was loose, but unfortunately the flash also appears too distressed to copy. Will a close-up photo do?
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Re: Bradley Challenger Top Flash scan

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I can work with a photo, that would be great. I realised when I posted the picture that the stock photo is of the oak cased example, which is the one I have, which currently has a piece of coloured perspex mounted. I doubt if it went from the factory like that, so the later example of the name marque should be correct I guess.....many thanks.
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Re: Bradley Challenger Top Flash scan

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OK, I was being a wimp. I loosened four screws, a bit of wiggling and viola! It's the later printed version.

I'd like to see a picture of your oak-cased machine.
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Re: Bradley Challenger Top Flash scan

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Many thanks Mr P...I'll send pictures when it is back together... !THUMBS!
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Re: Bradley Challenger Top Flash scan

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well, here it is in finished condition. New back, base, cash doors, payout cups, perspex, glass etc etc. A very frustrating rebuild, every screw was rusted or broken, chipboard had been used for the cash box doors & base with bits of an old tool box for the payout cups...... :dammit: :smash:
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Yale locks for Super Challenger

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I’ve just acquired a Holt Super Challenger.

There are no keys for the locks and they may have been damaged anyway so a re key is probably unlikely. Does anyone know of a modern source for similar replacements or anyone got any old ones?
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Re: Yale locks for super challenger

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These Yale square locks are still made as discussed on the Bryans locks thread and cost between £10 and £15 each depending on locksmiths.......I bought 10 at £10 each a couple of years ago
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Re: Yale locks for super challenger

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Thanks for that. I must admit I started with the assumption they wouldn’t be available and went from there... how wrong was I?!

A bit of searching suggests they look like Yale lock s236. Prices seem to vary from £9 to £25! I need to get the machine open to confirm the barrel is the same etc but looks like a result. Thanks!

A couple more questions.....
My machine needs a bit of a general tidy, removing some scratches in the wood and but appears to be working ok. Looking at pics the original cash door had the same Formica surface as the main case front. However, mine looks like it’s been replaced at some point and is a cheap, plain piece of wood. Not making the mistake of assumption above does anyone know if this stuff is still available in that pattern. Go on, amaze me! Assuming not and someone doesn’t have an old cash door lying around they want to sell I’m thinking the alternative is to make a nicer wood replacement. The case looks like it might be beech. Is that correct?
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Re: Yale locks for super challenger

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You would be lucky, very very lucky to find the same Formica. I oddly like old '60s Formica on machines and stands, but impossible to get the same today with the classic patterns as well as same thickness and quality.

Beech comes to mind on these. I know they are bloody heavy. !OMFG!
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