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Pinball Collection of surfchamp
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Member: surfchamp
From: Clarion,PA USA (find on the map)
Specialty': Electromechanicals from all ages
Member since: 03/11/2015
22 pinball machines
last updated: 10/03/2017
 
 
pinball nameDBmanufacturerconditionis it for sale?notespictures
BOWL A STRIKE Williams (USA)Set up, plays!MaybeBought it & my Williams "Big Deal" at the same time, paid $250 dollars for the Bowl a Strike. Serial #35208. There were 60385 plays on the counter when I bought the machine. Very, very nice playfield, the plastics are almost perfect and the animated back glass is sweet! I have cleaned and shopped it with new rings, done the high tap on it and it will get all led's after it is completely sorted out. I have it mostly working with the kickers yet to fix, also I can't get it to reset for game start. When I turn it on it just starts from where it was last turned off from. One side of the cabinet has been repainted rather poorly, sounds like a good excuse for my first cabinet repaint. I don't really care for the original artwork and will most likely do a custom design that looks era correct.....Update....Will be trading the machine with member dannyb62 after the cabinet repaint. He had contacted me here on the site and was very interested in purchasing it but we decided on a trade instead. He has a very nice Gottlieb Ship Ahoy that I think will be coming here and his brother gets Bowl a Strike like he played many years ago!....Update 5-13-17. After exactly 2 years to the day from the rubber kit arriving I got back to work on Bowl a Strike. I was able to fix a couple of the problems it had right away. Amazing how much you can learn over a span of a couple of years!
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverActually my son's game but since he doesn't have time to add pictures I thought I would. We bought it for $150 dollars on New Years day 2015. Fully shopped and clear coated the playfield with all led lights throughout. We also replaced the boards with a Pascal Janin board which I would recommend to anyone! The clear coated playfield plays very fast and the led lights really add to the machine.
COMET Williams (USA)Set up, plays!MaybeBrought home Comet and a Jokerz today(2-26-17) for $750 for both. Actually, brought them and the van home on a tilt bed truck but that's another story! Comet is 95% working and Jokerz looks to need some board work.
DRAGON Gottlieb (USA)Parts machineYes!
contact me
Very nice populated playfield and cabinet only.
HAYBURNERS II Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationMaybeSwung a sweet deal today(4-17-16)kind of out of the blue on four machines! A Williams Hayburners II, a Space Invaders upright, a Williams Hyperball & an Allied Spookville. I restore the Hayburners II for the guy and I get the other three machines for 0 dollars! All but the Space Invaders are in decent condition and the Spookville only has 6, 834 plays on it!.....Update 10-20-16. Started cleaning today and trying to see what it needs.
HIGHWAYS Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationMaybeI got to add a rare game to my collection today(3-18-17) and couldn't be happier. That also makes 6 new games around here in 49 days, I'm starting to like this new trend! The game is rough everywhere, from the backglass to the playfield. On the plus side the plastics are in great condition and there are only 8042 plays on the clock. I think the cabinet will cleanup pretty good and you have to love the classic mid-century design. I want to put this machine beside my United Viking shuffle bowler, I think they will look awesome together.
HYPERBALL Williams (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverSwung a sweet deal today(4-17-16)kind of out of the blue on four machines! A Williams Hayburners II, a Space Invaders upright, a Williams Hyperball & an Allied Spookville. I restore the Hayburners II for the guy and I get the other three machines for 0 dollars! All but the Space Invaders are in decent condition and the Spookville only has 6, 834 plays on it!........Update 6/28/16. Didn't intend to work on it but did anyway. The game is better than I first thought and the cabinet cleaned up great. My son laid claim to it and it's now setup in his place.
JOKERZ! Williams (USA)Set up, plays!MaybeBrought home Comet and a Jokerz today(2-26-17) $750 dollars for both. Actually, brought them and the van home on a tilt bed truck but that's another story! Comet is 90% working and Jokerz looks to need some board work. Jokerz is a home use only machine, originally bought for a Penn State University student new and sold after graduating in the early 90's to the woman we bought it from. She last played it in 2002 when it stopped working. Backup battery corrosion looks to be the problem and the board will be sent out for repair soon.
MARS GOD OF WAR Gottlieb (USA)Set up, needs some workMaybeBought on 3-10-17 at a live auction for $100 dollars. Game boots up and lights all seem to work just no displays. All back glasses are good and the playfield is not bad at all. Better than average cabinet and plastics. That makes 5 machines in under 5 weeks, 41 days to be exact!!......Update 9-22-17........Started messing with it a little this week, still don't have any displays but have a 95% functioning game. The MPU board has the usual battery leak problem but a little cleaning helped a lot. Two rollovers and 2 drop targets not scoring but have not cleaned anything on the playfield yet but am spending the next day or so doing just that. Looks to be a very fun game. Put it all together and played it for about 2 hours before it started having some issues but WOW, what a fun game!........Update 10-2-17.........Turned the game on tonight and everything was working perfect except for the displays and speech. All the rollovers, all the drop targets and the multi-ball worked as it should.
MINI CYCLE Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverBought as a package deal with my United Viking shuffle bowler. Delivered on 6/29/15 by Shannon Jacobs, the owner of Pinhead Amusements in Bedford, Pa. The playfield has already been converted to led's and I'm going to do the rest of the bulbs soon. The gameplay is very good, 2 player mode is a lot of fun with the ability to steal points from the other player! This is a very challenging game and any score over 5, 000 is hard to attain. Current game room record of 7550 held by myself. The vari-target is tough to hit but can add a lot of points quickly. The playfield is pretty decent and the plastics are very good. I'll do some touch-up work on the playfield soon and clear coat it to preserve it. I'm looking for a better backglass for it, if you have one please shoot me a message.
ON BEAM Bally (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverPicked it up for $550 dollars along with my Gottlieb Sunset. Backglass and playfield are both a solid 9.5+ condition and the plastics are near perfect. The cabinet has cleaned up nicely, I might do a little touch-up on the worst places but rate it as a strong 7 condition. Very low plays with 34, 426 on the meter. The guy I bought it from had owned it for the last 30 years but had never played it. The score motor unit was badly damaged by a coin mechanism and will need either repaired or replaced.....Update 5-25-17. Replacement score motor unit and a few other parts found and are on their way. I consider myself lucky to have found them due to the low production numbers of the machine.
ROYAL FLUSH Gottlieb (USA)Set up, needs some workMaybeI got a call from the auctioneer who had sold the Black Pyramid I have about this pin. They were going to auction it off until one of the slingshot coils stuck and burned-up. They called me and I tried everything I could to not buy the machine but I couldn't pass up my first wood rail for $300 dollars. Home use only since 1963 & I bought it from the man that said he got it for his birthday when he was 12 yrs. old. 6970 plays on the counter when I got it, near mint backglass & nice playfield that needs cleaned and shopped. I also need the plastics as the originals are completely toast. The cabinet & backbox are from an "Ace High" machine but were what he said it came with. I bead-blasted the legs and painted them the same red as on the cabinet, I think they look much better than the tan color. The cabinet is in great condition and will be left as found. I suspect the machine was put together by a vendor from a couple of used machines and wasn't brand new as the guy thought it was..............Update on 2/16/16. Had to move the machine to get at a Fender Rhoads 73 keyboard I was selling so I decided to tinker around with it a little while it was in the open. It had a burnt slingshot coil when I bought it and some other gremlin I had yet to find. I traced out the electric problem it had to the 10, 000 point unit, just a burnt out coil. Also found a broken connector on the 100, 000 point unit that needs replaced. Getting a list of parts together to order and started cleaning the playfield...... It's now a week later and I'm getting ready to shoot the first layer of clear-coat to seal the playfield before a few touch-ups I want to do. The playfield cleaned up much better than I ever thought it would. Can't wait to get the parts and see if I got it fixed! ........Update in December 2016. Rubbed the clearcoat out and it is nicer than I expected, decided not to touch-up the playfield at this time. Started reassembly of the playfield and am finally getting around to ordering the parts I need.
SPOOKSVILLE Allied (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverSwung a sweet deal today(4-17-16) kind of out of the blue on four machines! A Williams Hayburners II, a Space Invaders upright, a Williams Hyperball & an Allied Spookville. I restore the Hayburners II for the guy and I get the other three machines for 0 dollars! All but the Space Invaders are in nice condition and the Spookville only has 6, 834 plays on it!..........Update (5-17-16) Got it home tonight and my daughter-in-law laid claim to it, guess that saves me finding a place to put it! Fired it up (5-18-16) and it is a mostly working game! Everything but the left flipper, ball release mechanism and it also doesn't go to game-over after the 5th ball.
SUNSET Gottlieb (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverGot this beauty on 4-2-16 purchased on eBay for $411 dollars. Playfield a solid 9 condition, backglass is an 8 and the plastics are like new. The guy I bought it from said it needed shopped but it played 10 years ago when put into storage. He bought it from the homeowner who bought the machine for Christmas 1965 from the original pinball vendor. Still has a 1963 City of Pittsburgh slot machine tax decal in place on the upper apron, very cool!.......update 4-10-16 Got a chance to start tinkering with it with some encouraging progress. Looks like a couple of fried coils on the bells and a lot of cleaning needs done on everything else. The red bumper on the right sticks on when activated, the yellow bumpers are dead so far. Target Alpha is going to my daughters house soon and Sunset in it's place! .......5-5-16 Sunset is in the house and set up. Now to get it working!........Update 9-25-16 Started to strip and clean the playfield and it is even better than I originally thought it was. I'm also going through the entire machine piece by piece cleaning and looking for broken wires and the like. So far 4 broken wires in the head, several on the playfield and one on the power supply board.
SUPERSONIC Bally (USA)Set up, plays!MaybeMy sons new game, came home 2-14-17. Now that's a Valentine present I'd like to get! This is a game that doesn't get a lot of interest, that is until you play it. There is a lot to do on the field and some very difficult shots. Very good backglass with only a couple of very small marks. Beyond perfect set of plastics but some wear to the playfield. Been moved to the top of the list as the next playfield to get clear coated. The cabinet isn't to bad and will stay as is for now. They have been trying out some LED's in the backglass and it looks very good.
SURF CHAMP Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverHands down the best pinball machine ever made, at least in my opinion! Bought November of 2013 from John Reid at Pop's Coin Op. in Michigan for $2700 dollars. My first pin, home use only & I'm only the 2nd owner as the original owners had sold it to John. They bought it new & had originally lived in Connecticut before moving to Michigan. Once all the kids were grown no one wanted it so they sold it. Personal best score of 337, 400 (see picture #2) on 3 ball mode which is the game room & machine record. The previous owners wrote their high scores on the side of the backbox in pencil so I added mine when I set my high score. One chip on the playfield by the kicker & very good plastics. Collector quality cabinet to go with a flawless backglass. Recently installed led's on the entire game, what a difference in performance! When I decided to buy my first pin I searched till I found this machine because I fed more quarters into a Surf Champ in the summers of '79-'80 than I care to admit. I was trying to make the little hottie at the local State Park that worked in the concession stand with the Surf Champ in it. I never forgot my first love and bought this pin on sight!.....Update 10-30-16. The spinner from my other Surf Champ (the one I played back in the '70s, both spinners seen in picture #7) is installed and my original spinner is headed to pinball owner grady247 to make his machine all original. I know my original spinner was in better condition but this one better in my book. Besides, I'm very glad to help out a fellow Surf Champ owner!
SURF CHAMP Gottlieb (USA)Parts machineNeverI have managed to acquire the very Gottlieb Surf Champ that I played back in '79-'80(see the notes on my other Surf Champ) albeit in VERY, VERY poor condition! I know for certain it is the same machine because the chain of ownership is rock solid. I know the people that ran the concession stand and had the lease from the summers of '79-'84. The machine quit working about '81 or '82 and it sat in their barn until it fell down 15 years ago. I had tried many years ago to buy the machine but it was always a no go. I thought the machine was long since gone so I hadn't asked about it in years. I took a chance and asked them recently what became of it, turns out it was there all this time! The concession stand was only open during the summer months so it only had 12, 096 plays on the counter, if only I could have rescued it 15 years sooner! There is very little that is salvageable but to be able to put anything on my Surf Champ from this machine will be very cool. The remains are home (9-30-15) and I've added some pictures of it under the rubble of the barn and of what I got out, I even found the unbroken playfield glass in the one part of the barn that is still standing. How about that ball view in picture #9, I think it needs shopped badly! Picture #10 is my favorite, the very coin slot I used to feed. My first project of the coming winter will be to place the coin door and other bits on my Surf Champ and once again I will be feeding quarters through those slots. That may all seem a bit silly to most people but I guess they just don't have any soul! Lesson learned here though folks, don't hesitate to ask about a machine you used to know about because it may still be there!
SURFER Gottlieb (USA)Parts machineNeverSpare parts only but I hope to have a working Gottlieb Surfer someday to sit beside my Gottlieb Surf Champ. Since the machine isn't anything more than spare parts to look at I'm adding some pictures of the different arcades as I fill them. I currently have three separate rooms with machines in them, two rooms in the house and one room in the garage. There are four machines in the game room, I have room for four machines in my eBay office and room for about seven machines in the garage. After that I plan on getting a storage building to connect to my garage which should take a few years to fill.
TARGET ALPHA Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!Would tradeWriting this the night of 10/30/15 and picking up the morning of 10/31/15. Bought for $500 dollars sight unseen off of Craigslist. Guy is selling it to help pay for an outdoor wood-burner, his wife said it needed to go to help defray some of the cost of the furnace. How many of us I wonder own a machine that has a similar story behind it! He said he bought it about ten years ago and hadn't played it in a couple years, worked perfect last time it was played. Says it won't set up for more than one player now and won't kick the ball out, other than that still works good. Backglass is supposed to be perfect except for the white around the numbers have some cracks in them. Good playfield and plastics plus the guy bought a new set of rubbers for it. The guy described it over the phone and I told him sold. As a side note, when I told my wife just tonight I was buying it she didn't even flinch. I guess 10 was my magic number where buying another pin became a non-event! I'll find out tomorrow morning if it was a good buy or a bad one............ Well it's home, it's very dirty and needs sorting out but I'm very pleased with the machine! The backglass is pretty nice, the plastics are very good, the cabinet is collector quality and the playfield is pretty decent. 84, 798 plays on the counter. At some point by a previous owner it had a bunch of Frankenstein wiring done to the playfield, including I think bypassing the bonus unit altogether. My son has the high score on 5-ball mode which is where I have it set for now at (52, 800) with drop targets scoring 500 points. That score may sound low but is much harder than it sounds the way it is scoring...........Update on 1/15/16, nearing 1000 plays (85, 726) since picking it up and it's starting to play pretty good. Converted all the bulbs to LED's and put super bands on the flippers. Only into the machine for about $600 dollars and it's my second favorite machine already. Switched it over to 3-ball mode for good and my son immediately set the new high score (137, 510). The drop targets score 2000 points set on three ball mode. With the exception of the bonus unit it is playing at about 98% and I'm quite pleased overall. I have done very little except play it again and again and many of the little things have sorted themselves out on their own. I think for now I'm not going to worry about getting the bonus unit fixed, it is a challenge to get a good score without adding bonus points at the end of each ball. We got used to no bonus points on Mini-Cycle and kind of like the challenge it presents......Update on 4/23/16. Moved to my daughter & son-in-law's house today, today is their first day of pinball ownership!!!!
VIKING  United (USA)Set up, plays!NeverUnited shuffle bowler, bought as a package deal with my Gottlieb Mini-Cycle for $1250 delivered for both machines. I searched a while for an E.M. bowler and could not have found a more perfect machine for the collection. The machine was built in 1961 which was the year I was born, it has a great mid-century look which we love and the salmon and gold cabinet looks great in the arcade. Both back-glasses are in perfect condition as is the Formica surface of the alley. The cabinet is good and will get a full restore someday. All 5 different types of gameplay are fun and challenging, it has already moved to the top of the list (everyone else, not me!) in the family arcade! My wife holds the game room high score with a 235 in regulation mode.
WORLD BEAUTIES Gottlieb (USA)Parts machineMaybePlayfield only.
WORLD CHAMP Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverI traded my Bally Black Pyramid today (1-28-17)for a working Gottlieb World Champ. Thank you very much Joseph and Bill, I hope you guys enjoy the Black Pyramid as much as I did! The World Champ plays pretty good as it is and will be really nice once I go through it and clean and tweak it. Almost perfect back glass, a very presentable cabinet and a somewhat worn playfield. It needs shopped badly, cleaned, waxed and a general visual look-see. But I have owned this game less than 5 hours and I already know why it is rated so high!....Update 2-4-17 Started to tear it down to clean and clear coat the playfield, seal the backglass, touch-up the cabinet and all the other details that need done. Update 5-8-17. Got her back together tonight and all is good but for a few adjustments. Glad to have it up and running again!
 
 
Pinball machines that surfchamp used to own in the past
(the following games are no longer part of surfchamp's collection)
 
 
pinball nameDBmanufactureris it for sale?notespictures
BIG DEAL Williams (USA)Sold At my sons house in Maryland.
BLACK PYRAMID Bally (USA)Sold My first "Pin-rescue" & my wife's favorite game. I placed an absentee bid of $400 dollars on it Thanksgiving day of 2014 and won the bid. It was in mostly working condition but was very, very dirty and it needed shopped badly. The playfield was covered with grinding grit and dirt and a very old layer of car wax that was never buffed off. The playfield was starting to chip in the center especially, a little clear-coat stopped it from getting any worse. I did an led conversion with blue led's on the playfield and custom made cushioned pads on the spot targets. I made the posts myself in the machine shop where I work, machined from 303 stainless steel and polished to a very high sheen. They reflect the lights and the ball very nicely and I think they have changed the gameplay of the machine to some degree. The sound is intermittent most of the time and after the machine is on for a while it starts to add points by itself. I also can't get the left rollover to work and think it may be a problem with a board. I'm looking to send the boards out to be gone over soon. Gameroom record held my me once again at 7, 536, 100, my oldest boy had it for about 8 months with 7, 210, 830.....Update 1-28-17. Never thought I would part with the machine but when offered a working Gottlieb World Champ even up I had to do it.
DISCLAIMER: This page shows the pinball machine Collection of PinballOwners member surfchamp from Clarion, PA, USA. The coin operated pinball machines listed above, including their images, were uploaded into our database by surfchamp himself; surfchamp is the sole responsible for the information contained in this page. The pinball machines shown above are not necessarily for sale! Please refer to the 4th column in the list to know whether a certain pinball is for sale or not. Most likely surfchamp's pinball machines are second-hand (used) pinballs that were once installed in bars and other public places; their value as a collectible largely depends on appearance and functionality of every single machine.
 
 
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 From glen28462 on 08-30-2017 18:46:
Awesome collection. Wide range of years and titles, but I'm especially partial to those EMs. I feel like a kid in a candy store!
 From kangourou on 12-21-2016 07:43:
Very nice collection, congrats !
 From flipparolo on 12-12-2016 21:59:
What a wonderful and immaculate surfer on that board...
Such a pinball claims a new remake of the 1978 Big Wednesday cineset!
Congratulations
 From zesurfer on 10-26-2016 10:28:
from a surf champ collector to another one! Very nice collection too, pity wa are so far away!
 From dr.boely on 10-17-2016 19:51:
Hey Man, You have very interesting machines, your Royal flush is a real beauty !!!

Shure, i must make some Pictures from my Collection, from Time to time....

Greetings from Germany from Rainer
 From maio54 on 07-25-2016 09:01:
I ENJOY A LOT YOUR COLLECTION, AND I THINK THAT WE HAVE THE SAME PASSION ABOUT ALL THE WORLD OF THE VINTAGE COIN OP MACHINES. I SEND TO YOU A "LIKE" IN THIS SITE AND I HOPE THAT YOU SEND A "LIKE" TO ME.
 From bally table king on 06-12-2016 21:51:
Cool collection. Remember EMS are for life not just for Christmas
 From pins4vr on 04-21-2016 22:02:
Wow, great collection of diverse pins you have going there. Nice job, and that is a superb example of a Royal Flush!! I'm a huge fan of Gottlieb card themes and that's a beauty. Keep the silver ball rollin'!
 From gorgar on 03-22-2016 11:21:
Hello. Greetings from Germany. Very nice collection. I really like those EM and EE-Games, too. Very nice Pictures of your machines! Hold on! With regards: Gorgar
 From velge on 06-19-2015 17:07:
Ohh man I love that royal flush! Cab is in amazing condition. That playfield should clean up real nice.
 
 
 
 
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