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little story for those interested .. 

 

as a nipper in cornwall i remember sitting in front of for what seemed like hours on numerous occasions a bank of small fruit machines in a arcade in cornwall called the "pot of gold" amongst other establishments of the time, the mid to late 80s as a rough guess .

 

the machine was called cash and carry by now i believe barcrest (back then i didnt know or care) 

 

anyway when i joined the mecca i dreamt of owning such a machine, various posts were stuck up, nothing happened apart from tumble weed blowing in .. 

 

anyway 4 or 5 years ago maybe more .... i was in cornwall on holiday at our static caravan when we owned one , and i was told to call somebody as they had seen my post .

so sitting on the caravan step trying to get a signal i rang this number and spoke to the fella on the other end anyway he said he had a cash n carry and that i could have it, however he liked "deals" not money, so what had i got ... well i dont have fruit machines so couldnt offer him any , so he said well .......ive got a list of some machines i want if you get me one of them we can do a straight swop . 

 

i had a paper and pen with me at this point and he spilled out aload of classic titles like fruit snappa, silver ghost , reel crazy,  amoungst others and right at the end he said bellfruit pussycat ....

 

and i thought to myself well i reckon i might be able to get one of those , so after about 4 hours on the phone chatting what must have been shit to eachother about our lives and what he had etc , we left it that if i could find one on his list then the deal could / would be done . 

 

off i went , within 2 weeks i had seen brought and secured a pussy cat bellfruit clubber for 50 or 80 quid locally , i let the cash and carry man know straight away . 

 

however he was having some tuff life lessons and happenings so couldnt do anything until he was sorted and clear of it all, we all know life and family etc are more important than a fruit machine ever so i left it .  

 

he made me aware he was a man of his word so i didnt need to worry as it wasnt going anywhere else, no matter how long it too , but he should be sorted soon .

 

anyway months passed , years passed with the odd message back and forth in between ourselves .

 

well ............    as of a unplanned last minute road trip of 7 hours (round trip) and a swop of bellfruit pussy cat clubber 

 

i have the machine you see in attached pictures . i cannot say how happy i am to see one in the flesh etc and actually own it now after such a long time 

 

its going to be a marmite machine for many, as many will class it as boring but for me it holds a very special bond with me .

 

so if the fella is reading this who now has a pussycat bellfruit clubber whom i met last night after so many years and things happening thank you so so very very much for allowing me to do the swop with you and for you keeping your word about the machine 

 

 

happy happy days :)      ..   if i could cartwheel i would .. i cant so i wont haha 

 

p.s there wont be a long resto thread about this machine, i want to get it working , the roms dumped and play and enjoy it :) 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well done rich .nice story and so.glad its all.worked out for you .brimg on the vid 

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Good things come to those who wait!

Well done on getting it Rich, look forward to seeing it working 😀

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36 minutes ago, booze.net said:

Nice one buddy. So glad you got it. Is it mpu2?

mpu3

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Fantastic Story Rich what a result! 

might have to pop over one day and see what all the fuss is about :-P

cheers

Stef

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4 minutes ago, matrixnetuk said:

Fantastic Story Rich what a result! 

might have to pop over one day and see what all the fuss is about :-P

cheers

Stef

nothing to see here stef

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few files ronocle supplied a while back :) 

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cash1.jpg

cash2.jpg

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cash4.jpg

cash5.jpg

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Nice one Del! :)

I used to play these at the fair in Chester many moon ago. Great little machines - in fact the first 2p machine I ever played IIRC.

Never got the unlimited nudges on this but had a few jackpots - one from a gamble all the way from three cherries. Happy days as someone I know would say.... :)

You never cease to amaze me with the stuff you find, this is a real gem and well done. Will need a bit of TLC but I'm sure it will look great when it's been restored.

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Ditto what that horrible bastard Superbank said, nice one Del.

I remember these :)

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Congrats Rich, nothing like finding your #1!

Speaking of which, have you found me a Hi-Lo Bingo yet? 😉

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Welll done rich, never seen one b4 enjoy :) if you get stuck for any parts drop us a line .. 

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1 hour ago, Player said:

Also must be a right buzz owning your first ever fruit machine :)

Ha ha brilliant.

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Awesome rich can't wait to pop over and have a look see mate love it when a plan comes together

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Romcart dumped by stanmarsh and should now be in downloads 

 

Happy days

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well after a tense week waiting for the roms to get dumped before i could have a look into whether the machine runs .. nick sulzer popping over to make the machine a lid as it was missing 

i am pleased to report that after a bit of trail and error with boards, the bridge recs on the psu and a few dip switches on bank 2 being on .. and a few bulbs changed it lives :)

i am thrilled to bits :) 

 

awwweeessooommmme  

 

 

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That’s great news Rich, and a bit of Nick love as well! would love to see a vid of it in action please?

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brilliant  vid  thanks very much for  sharing  rich . great little  machine  too 

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It's great to get a machine you really want-congrats. I always think, what one next now lol.

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