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daveo138 last won the day on August 20 2019

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  1. daveo138

    Help request from a noob.. Astra Joker Reel machine

    Not a machine I have seen before, sorry.
  2. daveo138

    Bell-Fruit Bell Trail

    I remember converting Bell Trails back in 1980/81. I can’t remember what the conversion was called, but it changed from red to green. Anyone jog my memory?
  3. daveo138

    good looking electro on ebay

    Looks like eBay have pulled it.
  4. daveo138

    cam setting tools on ebay

    Blimey, that was a good price. I was only thinking about these recently. I remember using the ‘non-offset’ tool and the light grey wheel, back in the day.
  5. daveo138

    ebay machine

    Seller has removed it.
  6. I wouldn’t scrap it, as anything electro should be fixable, theoretically. I’m not familiar with Collosus, unfortunately. Do you have a wiring diagram for it?
  7. Bell Fruit were operators, nationally. They had several branches around the country and I worked at Birmingham - later Bilston. All we did was repair faulty machines, black boxes, etc. We also prepared new machines - our own, as well as other manufacturers: JPM, Barcrest, Maygay, etc - which were going out to pubs. There were six guys with three Transit vans, each taking about ten machines each day, as well as videos, Juke boxes and the occasional pool table. The best pubs, in terms of takings, would get the new machines. The old machines would come back to base to be refurbed and sent out to other pubs, the oldest would be scrapped.
  8. Blimey, I remember when people wore suits! Great photos - takes me back. I worked for BF in Birmingham from '80-82. Had a week in Lenton in '81 for my Grade 4. We scrapped hundreds of electros during that time. We used to take a Transit full of machines to the local tip and throw them off the back. They broke up as they landed. Brings a tear to the eye to think about it.
  9. daveo138

    New addition to the family

    Nice machine. I would like one, too...or SNG.
  10. daveo138


    Could this be related to your reel alignment problem?
  11. daveo138

    JPM, my view from the inside. Frank Bird.

    I've probably got a few of those keys, somewhere. When I was at Bell Fruit (Birmingham, then Bilston) we had the occasional lorry load of JPMs turn up. First job was to remove the top lock on the back door, then fit a lock from the big box of locks salvaged from scrap machines. Reading this thread really does take me back. Edit: Oddly enough, having looked through my key collection - another weird hobby - I can't find any 92250s. However, I have found half a dozen 92208s, which I have a feeling may have been from Maygay machines, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
  12. daveo138

    Wanted bell fruit electromechanical power cable

    Yes, as you can see, this one's been not too professionally modified. I'll have to sort this out before I plug it in for the first time!
  13. daveo138

    New Bell Fruit Project

    Probably more a case of getting it playable, rather than a full resto, particularly as Ron has pointed out that it is a conversion. I can now see that it was originally a Fruit Drop, according to the control board layout schematic on the back door.
  14. daveo138

    New Bell Fruit Project

    Excellent. I might try printing them on matt photo paper. There will have to be more than one join, though.