Caille Bros. Detroit Ben Hur Slot Machine

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Re: Caille Bros. Detroit Ben Hur Slot Machine

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There are several pictures of it here, but unfortunately too small to be very helpful. Anyone got one of these to hand?
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Re: Caille Bros. Detroit Ben Hur Slot Machine

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I do, but need to dig out , possibly tomorrow unless someone else comes to the rescue. There are at least two type obviously the 25 stop and 50, I do have both, but no access to the 50 stop version…..
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Re: Caille Bros. Detroit Ben Hur Slot Machine

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Hello, does someone have some measurements of the spare part for me? I'm not getting any further with my project!
I would be very happy, thank you very much!
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Apologies, haven’t had time to dig machine out, I am sure there must be dozens on the site that must have one closer to them :o
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Re: Caille Bros. Detroit Ben Hur Slot Machine

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treefrog wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:15 pm I have fully converted to grease now on most moving parts except where there are oil points and items like clocks.

Every machine I have stripped and rebuilt before getting into the hands of collectors were caked in it for a good reason, it works and does not dry out quickly like oil. Every machine I have serviced only using oil, needed redoing after a short period of inactivity. Grease takes a long time to dry or go hard.......so oil not grease IMO is bad advise.. :tut
I agree in principle.
During their working lives most if not every machine was caked in grease, and the reason tended to be laziness and lack of maintenance during the season.
When a mech was down it was common practice to tend to the machine with a screwdriver and a pot of grease. The screwdriver was for stabbing at coin jams and the grease for everything else.
The laziness aspect was waiting for something to go wrong before applying it and perhaps the biggest sin, not cleaning off the old cruddy residue first.
I still prefer to oil my mechs as it ensures I get into a regular maintenance cycle with them three or four times a year. It's easy to hear if a mech is running dry.
pennymachines wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:36 pm The question now is which is the best grease.

I do however use grease if and when oil would quickly run off. There's only one I ever use though "Bostik Never-Seeze" I don't know how easy it is to buy in UK as I've never had to find any. I inherited a very old tin, it's described as consisting of millions of ball bearings in suspension. I first used it on a 60 year old Lister diesel which after several hours running under load would drop a cylinder due to a sticking exhaust valve. It's made to operate under pressure and very high temperatures. Hardly needed for slots, but it's most useful attribute is it doesn't seem to dry out!
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I believe my can dates back to the 60s and is still very liquidy.
Bostick don't use the word grease to describe it they call it a lubricating and ant-seize compound.
In fact I stopped using it at one point back in the 1980s because of its refusal to dry. I delved into a Günter Wulff that I had repaired, sold on and then bought back a few years later. Withdrawing my hands I was proper pee'd off to find my hands covered in the stuff. Instead of being pleased that it was still gooey I tutted and wiped it all off. DUH!
Caution though, I doubt it's cheap and it stains, get it on your hands and within moments it'll be on your face, car keys, clothes, door handles, wife.
eBay or Amazon are your best bet, you'll not stumble over it in any shop.

BP :cool:
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