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Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby mei-mei » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:23 pm

Hi, I have just purchased the front glass and shell of the above game. (Pic below) I would love to restore it but it is in pretty poor shape. Does anyone have pics of the workings of this machine and some advice on how to proceed? Thanks Guys, Mei-mei
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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby pennymachines » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:45 am

As you've probably discovered, there are no 'workings' as such, just some wiggly tracks (of plastic, wood or metal) that the penny runs over, fixed to a metal backplate. So it's just a matter of carefully removing, and even more carefully cleaning the glass without damaging the graphics. The tracks may need repairing, but it should be easy to see where they were, and the backplate will probably need rubbing down and repainting to make it perfectly smooth. Then you'll have to decide if the coin slots need re-plating or just polishing. As you can see on this similar example, the missing cash door is just a piece of matching wood with centre lock, hinged from the bottom. I'm not sure where the returned coin (for successful play) exits on the below example - probably a capture-slot on the left, but it looks like yours may have originally been built into a stand (as many of these were) with the coin dropping to a cup below. Sometimes I think this was accompanied by the coin striking a bell.
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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby coppinpr » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:22 pm

Unless the glass is very bad (it doesn't look too bad) you can repair/repaint the missing paint from the inside. Actually, the glass looks pretty good. If I remember correctly there is some art work on the back board as well. This you will have to care with. Looks like it might restore well. !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby mei-mei » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:32 pm

Thank you pennymachines, unfortunately the one I have has only the glass supported with wooden struts behind. There is no back plate at all, and it looks as though someone has just tried to stabilise the glass to use it for display purposes only. Would I be right in thinking that these 'tracks' follow roughly the design on the front and periodically have gaps where the penny can fall through into the cash box, I'm guessing where the hazards are?

Hi coppinpr, good to hear from you again. As I have just explained to pennymachines there is absolutely no inner workings or back plate at all. It looks as though someone has just stabilised the glass for display purposes. I could really do with a pic of the workings to make sure I get them in the right place. Mei-mei

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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby coppinpr » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:13 pm

Ah, I see, well the good news is that I don't think there was any artwork on the backboard after all. The bad news is you're going to need some sort of bendy substance to replace the tracks and a smooth backboard perhaps painted (green?) with penny sized holes cut in the hazard positions. What might work, and I say might, as a track would be the flexible plastic edging that fits over the edge of glass or metal. It's flexible(up to a point) about the width of a penny (when pressed lightly into the gap between the backboard and the glass) and it has a chrome finish which might look good (there are other finishes). It would also be pinable to the backboard. Others will have better more authentic ideas I'm sure.
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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby mei-mei » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:28 pm

Thanks coppinpr, just to clarify are the holes cut into the back board or into the track? Can't quite work out how the pennies would fall towards the backboard if they are moving forward? Mei-mei

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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby mei-mei » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:14 pm

Hi, I found a solution to the track, pics below. Using a bit of right angled plastic trim I have cut little notches in it and it bends without any difficulty on the notch. I can then drill through that edge and screw it to the back board. I have used this material before and with a light sanding it will hold a coat of paint so can make it silver coloured. It is also stiff enough to hold the penny without bending further. It comes in different sizes the one pictured is too large to use in the slot machined.
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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby coppinpr » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:13 pm

If they were cut in the track you would never get a winner :lol: You will notice all the holes are on the low points of the track. If the coin fails to climb a slope it falls back into the dip, settles, and falls backward through the hole (which is, of course, if you're an operator, bigger than a penny) :cool: When you restore this machine you may well make it too fair - it wasnt. If you were careful, after a lot of practice, you might get your penny back!! :dammit:

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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby mei-mei » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:49 am

Hi, thanks coppinpr for the heads up. The part of the plastic track that has the notches in is the part I will screw to the back board. The remaining flat surface will become the track for the penny to follow. I like the idea of the hole being larger than the penny approximately how much larger would you suggest? Mei-mei

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Re: Play Nine Holes golf penny game

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:44 am

As Coppin says, the tracks are continuous, but they end just before the red flag to let the penny drop to the track beneath. The tracks are simply jig-sawed out of a flat material (slightly thicker than a penny) and glued or pinned to the backboard. So the penny is sandwiched between glass and backboard with just enough space to roll freely. I have one of these, but won't have access to it for a week or more, if you need an accurate template.


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