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1973 Bally "Odds and Evens"
Started: January 2005
Finished: June 2005



1974 Bally
There is an old saying that "one man's trash is another man's treasure," and I would be willing to bet that the owner of this 1973 Bally Odds and Evens machine would agree. They were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and found the machine sitting curbside, waiting for the trash. As luck would have it the machine never made it to the trash.... it ended up in our shop.

The first problem I found was that someone had cut the three main cables running from the body to the head of the machine. As far as I can tell, whoever was throwing the machine away knew the head came off, but did not realize that the cables simply unplugged. Knowing that I would get no where fast if I couldn't connect power to the head of the machine the first order of business was to reconnect the cables. I had a few options for doing this. I could replace both side of the connectors with new Molex style connectors, I could remove the cut wire from the connectors then reattach the wires, or I could just reconnect each individual wire. I chose to reattach each wire. New connectors would work great, but would require me to change the direction most of the wiring in the head was run. If I removed the short, cut off end of the wire from the connectors, I would loose the length I needed to properly run each cable. So reconnecting each individual wire seemed like the best choice. It was a little time consuming but in the end it worked out very well.

Now that I could properly set up the machine I turned on the power to the game. The general illumination came on, so I pushed the start button. The game came to life but not without a few issues. The good news was that the machine did run, so things looked pretty hopeful. As I played the game and tested the feature I found a few things that needed to be fixed. The ball count was not working, the left flipper was dead, the alternating pop bumpers would not change, Getting all the "evens" would not register and the saucers would not score.

Tracking down most of the problems went fairly smooth. Someone had disassembled the ball count unit and lost a few parts, so I had to completely rebuild it. I also rebuilt the dead flipper. The "flipper crank" had a broken weld in it and needed to be replaced. I rebuilt both flippers to be on the safe side. The "evens" wouldn't score because someone had removed the part of the relay assembly that makes each contact close. The relay would activate, but it would not change the state of the contacts. The part that was missing isn't really something that ever breaks, so I figure someone removed it intentionally for some reason, but finding a replacement was easier said than done. In fact I never did, I ended up making one out of a similar relay I got out of a parts machine. It did need a bit of modification to work since the parts machine happened to be a Chicago Coin, the Odds and Evens is a Bally. Most of the other problems were solved by simply cleaning contacts.

1974 Bally
After all the bugs were worked out, I removed everything from the playfield, then cleaned and waxed everything. All new rubber and light bulbs were installed. And the playfield was reassembled. One cleaned up the game looked and worked fantastic. I dropped the game off in early July to a very excited customer.

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Bally Odds and Evens Before
Overall Machine
-Before-
Bally Odds and Evens After
Overall Machine
-After-
Backbox Before
Backbox
-Before-
Backbox After
Backbox
-After-


Cut Wiring
Cut Wiring
-Before-
Cut Wiring
Cut Wiring
-Repair in Progress-
Cut Wiring
Cut Wiring
-Repair in Progress-
Cut Wiring
Cut Wiring
-After-


Dirty Playfield
-Dirty Playfield-
Cleaned Playfield
-Cleaned Playfield-
Dirty Score Reels
-Dirty Score Reels-
Cleaned Score Reels
-Cleaned Score Reels-


Now You See It...
Sticker
Now You See It...
Now You Don't
Sticker
Now You Don't
Ready to Go
Playfield
-Finnished-
Photo By: Chystal Pennisi


Photo By: Chystal Pennisi

Photo By: Chystal Pennisi


Score and Instruction Cards
Sales Flyer
Back
Sales Flyer
Sales Flyer
Front


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