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miner2049er
26-05-10, 07:55
A couple of weeks ago I was offered a fruit machine for free if I went and collected it by that Saturday. So I've had it a couple of weeks and finally plugged it in last night and it works but it has a couple of issues.

(1) It is set to old coinage
(2) The paper on one of the reels is slipping so when the reel stops the paper doesn't stop at the same time so I need to realign it correctly and stick it down.

Cosmetically it is a beater but as long as it works I'll keep it. I don't wanna throw good money at it though because it is not going to be a keeper.

http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/images/moonraker/

I would like to convert the coin mechs to new coinage but if it means shelling out good money on new ones I'll just buy a bag of old coins instead.

retroshaun
27-05-10, 12:28
That looks nice Mike, should clean up great! I have seen, and owned, far worse!
Usually with vids you simply change the coin mech and its a very easy job and they can be picked up cheaply but it may be different for old fruitys, I have no experience of them.
Thats one thing I miss about not being in the UK - no fruit machines (at least none worth talking about - those casino style machines are poo!)

miner2049er
06-06-10, 07:19
I'll do a segment on this at some point but it is now fully operational.

I removed the reels from the machine and reset them before reattaching the paper strips to them and for the coin conversion I converted the existing coin mechs to new coinage which was very easy to do, just 2 screws to adjust for the coin height and 2 screws to adjust for the coin width.

The token slot and the 10p coin slot have collection chutes that coins are pushed out of into the payout chute and these may need replacing for the newer smaller coins if coins get stuck with heavy use but so far the new coins are working just fine.

One potential problem was the token slot because I also adjusted that to take 10p coins as oppose to the 10p tokens but it has been disconnected by a previous owner and doesn't register a credit. That would be a problem because the jackpot on this machine is paid out in tokens rather than coins so I had 2 options really:

(1) Manually fill that slot with 10p coins from time to time so that it pays out for a jackpot win.
(2) Disconnect the payout coil on the token chute and wire it up to the 10p coin payout chute, so that a token win is paid out in 10p coins instead.

Lo and Behold, this afternoon my kid won the jackpot and it paid out in 10p coins so somebody has already done that for me.

I now have a fully operational and free fruit machine which in some small way atones for the frigging Pinball machine that sits in the corner like a weight around my neck.

retroshaun
07-06-10, 04:39
I now have a fully operational and free fruit machine which in some small way atones for the frigging Pinball machine that sits in the corner like a weight around my neck.

LOL! We all have at least one broken machine sat in the corner daring us to fix it! I have several in the garage getting in the way of the washing machine and therefore annoying the wife!

miner2049er
09-06-10, 09:09
Here are some updated photos:

http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/images/moonraker


Here is a video including a Jackpot win:

http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/videos/moonraker.htm