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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:52 pm
by pauljt71
I think it’s a mixture of the timing out and incorrect reel labels. Misalignment and the fingers do not go into the holes correctly. I have put this one aside while I work on another machine now.

Today I learned the importance of the coin tube push lever overflow spring! Couldn’t understand why the machine was constantly jamming before discovering the overflow leave a spring was missing.

I installed a mech into the yellow cabinet machine today. It seems quite an early mech as the timing bar is different from the others. Pics attached.

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:47 am
by coppinpr
That clock needs lightly oiling. Better still, if you can remove it and totally dismantle it. Could go another 50 years if you treat it well. :D

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:43 pm
by pauljt71
I have learnt so much about these machines since purchasing them. Thank you to everyone on the forum for all of the help.
Today I have been cleaning and removing one of the clocks. I think I’ve just about cracked it now. Managed to make three good machines from the five broken ones. Need lots of bits though to make up the Boland machine. Anyone know of a good resource to acquire a hightop bonnet?

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:29 pm
by coppinpr
Well done, so pleased you have become a keen slotty... The rest of your family might not be so pleased. ^{}^

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:01 pm
by pauljt71
So, seeing as I have lots of time on my hands right now........today I stripped and started to repaint the Jewel Hi Top.

I have found some great paint online that matches the red almost perfectly. I wiped the original crinkle paint down with white spirit and then have sprayed a couple of light coats of the new paint straight on top. It seems to be drying well and the original crinkle finish is showing through nicely.

Satin black over the oak on the lower sections with the red to go on tomorrow. I found an original paper label with cabinet number that matches the one stamped into the wood.

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:19 pm
by badpenny
pauljt71 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:43 pm
...... I have been cleaning and removing one of the clocks. I think I’ve just about cracked it now ......
What size hammer were you cleaning it with?

BP !PUNISH!

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:14 pm
by coppinpr
You must be more careful when posting on threads BP reads, he will pull you up on every little mistake and play on words... It's his only bit of fun these days... We pretend not to notice. buttkick

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:39 pm
by pauljt71
It was a left handed Whitworth :HaHa:

The sun was out first thing so got some more paint on :D

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:09 pm
by pauljt71
All finished and very happy with the results. I may look for a blue and paint these areas too if I can find a match.

Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:49 pm
by badpenny
That's looking really good Paul, compared especially to when I saw it a few weeks back.
Why do you need to match the blue up? Just find one you like.

BP :cool: