Bingo Pinballs

Created on 5-22-2010 _ Last update 3-19-2016



How apropos, due to the laws we had to start sending our bingos abroad to destinations like Belgium, and a handful of years later, a few of them get caught in a similar trap and have to start sending them back! _ A few other imports to America had to do with security and how robust the machine were at controlling and guarantying the odds – Many of the games were simply outlawed / restricted and could no longer be used in the pubs _ Many found their way into the public sector and many others were shipped abroad _ Full-Circle for some of the games! _ Another example of how lucky we are that any of these survived!

~ The Taito Miss America Supremes ~





Miss America Supremes from Belgium.

Here's a bingo story.  I got a friend who knew a guy who mentioned he knew a guy who had ten bingos but never got around to fixing them. 

The guy was willing to give seven of them away to the person who was willing to fix three.  Well I volunteered. 

I'm an idiot, so I picked the coldest day of the year to go get them.  I think it was minus twelve or something.  I made the three hour trip in the van.  When I got there it was too cold out to really get a good look at them.  We just hustled them into the van and trailer as quick as we could.  The only thing I really noticed on them was that some of them had digital replay meters.

The guy was real hospitable and gave me a tour of his rec-room.  It was Supercool with a capital S.  He had flipper pins from many different era's, a

duel car racer, a bowler and some really unique coin op stuff that is just impossible to describe.  You'd have to see it.

After a few hours I went home with the bingos.  The temperature warmed up to about six degrees but the wind was kicking.  Still, my son is a good kid

and he helped me get the machines into the basement.  His face was so red from that wind but he never complained or even ask me if I was truly

crazy.  I gave him twenty bucks for helping.  He probably felt like John McCain when they gave him backpay for seven years as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton.

Once I got the games into the basement I got the first thrill of my new find.  Every single lock on all the machines was in tact and securely locked....Not one single key.  I drilled for about four hours to get in them all.  I finally got a chance to take inventory and see what I had.  Unfortunately the bingos were

stored in a barn.  The barn had a lot of moisture and a lot of vermin.  The games had been water damaged.  The critters

got in there and ate wires, made nests, shit and pissed on everything.  It was a mess but I hated to give up on them.

After taking a closer look, I noticed the games had been set up for European voltage.  I saw some kind of foreign coins in the bottom of one cabinet.  The interior service outlets had been changed and the plug was a different shape.  One of them had a ticket to the Grand Prix of Belgium inside the cabinet.  Another one had a very odd looking light inside it.  Some had these real big capacitors in them.  Finally the last one had a tag on the backglass that said the game was property of "camp willys" located in Tessenderlo Belgium.  Hey, I'm not a complete fool.  I started to figure out these machines had been in Belgium.

I had a heck of a time returning these machines to an operational state.  They needed switched over to US volts and hertz.  They needed extensive cleaning. 

Wires needed repaired.  The digital replay meters had failed and needed replaced.  Everything was gummed up and rusty.  On top of all this the operators

had modified them.  I am truly just an avid enthusiast.  I was in way over my head.  If it wasn't for the help of Phil Hooper, Bingo Joe, Franz Pilger

and Coos Hackvort (Spelling?) I would have never, never been able to fix these.   I wish I could find a way to thank them.

I'm not going to bore you with all the details about the modifications but I would tell you about one neat little modification.  One of the Miss America Supreme machines had been modified so the only way to put games on it was for somebody to literally call the pinball.  Yep.  You had to call it.  There was a telephone modem in there.  It was cleverly wired in through the wires of the key switch or kumbackey if you prefer.  You couldn't put a coin in this game.  The coin return was jammed open and the wires to the coin switch were cut.  How cool is that?!  I wonder what the number was?  1-800 BINGO?  You could probably stand there in front of it and use your cell.  Maybe it was a 900 number and they would charge your cell phone two bucks a minute to gamble.  Wonder if they had a girl talk dirty to you at the same time?  "Oh baby.  I love the way you hit that sixteen.  Spank my ass!"  :-)  LOL

Anyway, in the end I was able to get his three games back to him.  Five of the seven games I kept were pretty much beyond any reasonable repair.  Too much water damage and/or too many wires ate through by the critters.  However, I did get to save five games from the landfill and I got a bunch of extra parts.

Think about the trip these bingos took.  They were made in Chicago.  Went to Belgium. Somewhere in there they went to Taito for an overhaul or modifications.  I think maybe Saito put the modem in.  Then they somehow made it back to America.  An operator in Columbus had them.  He went belly up and they sold in a local auction.  An old farmer down the road saw them at auction.  He had fond memories of these machines from his youth so he bought them.  Then I hear from a guy who heard from a guy, so I go get them and they end up in my basement in the thriving metropolis known as Salineville Ohio.  That's really a hell of a trip.





_ Thxs Keith _






















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