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    Default Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    I just got this thing home, found this ďChinese pinballĒ advertised on FB marketplace for $75; took a chance on it at $50 since Iíve got the pachinko restoration bug; itís also got a single solenoid i would assume spices up the gameplay not unlike a Powerflash, UFO, Pirahna, Curcuit racer, super Don, Ski Jump, or Special Roulette. I just finished a Model A recycler, and now Iíve got a Model B Sausage model and this Model C as my winter projects!

    Seller had it 20 years and had no idea what it was or how to use it; looks like it was stored in a shed or under a carport because it is NASTY, rusty and had stink bugs living in it!

    As you can see itís got a few issues:

    1. Rust on the chrome; looks like 90% of it will polish out; any tips on the heavier rust areas?

    2. Itís missing a large panel/jackpot cover; anybody have a parts machine model C?
    I guess Iíll be looking around ebay or see what I can rig up if not.

    3. The wiring for the solenoid is cut; any ideas on how I should connect it to the power connector for the lights?

    Plan is to find out if the solenoid works; evaluate if this thing is restorable or just a pricey parts machine. I guess I can part it out on ebay if itís not repairable. I saw Naha13 has one of these; anyone else have one? I wonder just how ďrareĒ this model is?

    After a couple mins of polishing with Blue Magic:
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    Looks awesome! Also looks like almost every pachinko I've bought...

    I want one.

    As to the solenoid, what does it do? Does it make the big fish --looks like an angler fish--pop out? You might try to sneak up on it voltage wise and see if it fires. Solenoids can be sourced fairly easily if it has failed, which is rare under normal use.

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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    I got a little "chuckle" when you said " Iíve got the pachinko restoration bug", cause I think I do to. After doing the Circuit Racer machine, I've been searching for another machine to do.

    You might remove the plastic cover for the solenoids and see if they are marked, as to the voltage. The ones on my Circuit Racer, were labeled with the voltage, part#, etc..

    I can't wait to see it restored. I LIKE IT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by machgo View Post
    Looks awesome! Also looks like almost every pachinko I've bought...

    I want one.

    As to the solenoid, what does it do? Does it make the big fish --looks like an angler fish--pop out? You might try to sneak up on it voltage wise and see if it fires. Solenoids can be sourced fairly easily if it has failed, which is rare under normal use.
    I think the solenoid opens the side pockets? Not sure yet...

    The good news is the chrome wasnít quite as bad as it appeared originally; thereís a bit of pitting but not terrible. I think I can just cut a piece of plexiglass and screw it on the the rear to serve as the cover for the rear jackpot mechanism.

    Bad news itís thereís a tiny plastic hinge thatís broke off on the center angler fish (right side) you mention; he rocks back and forth and thereís 3 different holes the ball can fall into. I need to fix that hinge so the fish pivots easily. Iím assuming one lucky hole might activate the solenoid to open some or maybe all tulips?

    Iíll fiddle around with the solenoid this weekend for sure.

    I think I could probably come up with a fix with a fix though:

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    neat machine.. never seen that center feature before.. huge
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    Quote Originally Posted by lotsoballs View Post
    ya might consider cutting a slot in the plastic near the edge.. finding a washer the right size to fit the rod. then epoxy the washer in place and grind smooth
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    Default Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    I found an old thread with pics of how the wiring is supposed to look; if anyone knows what transformer this one needs please chime in. Itís been a few years since I fixed up a Powerflash and that one has a 24v transformer; I guess I need one of those? I didnít see any marking on the solenoid to indicate voltage.

    https://www.pachitalk.com/forums/sho...n-payout-light

    Turns out how itís supposed to work is if a ball goes down the center hole it triggers a switch for the solenoid to open all 3 upper tulips; if you go in the left or right hole, only the left or right corresponding tulip opens.
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    Good news; Iíve deemed it worthy of full restoration! The payouts are now working with the help of a jerry-rigged piece of cardboard (temporary hopefully haha).

    I learned a cool trick that does wonders for rusted chrome; rubbing a wadded up ball of aluminum foil soaked in salt water takes the rust right off without scratching it badly like steel wool.

    Iíve ordered a 24v transformer for testing the solenoid; hopefully I can get that working!

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    Good news folks; I got antsy about waiting days for a new transformer I just disconnected my ďwall wartĒ for my Powerflash and hooked it up to my single lonely solenoid on the fish machine, hit the activator switch and it jumped to life first time in decades!

    So this machine is all systems go ready for restoration! Please let me know if anybody has a parts model C they might have a jackpot cover and track cover... apparently model Cís are way more scarce than Aís or Bís
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    stupid expensive but its the one i have used for lots of powerflash and other vintage that require power

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-Shack...wAAOSwpoVdNKxX
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    still to much $$$ but heading the right direction

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-Shack...gAAOSwJHhepmvy
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    search this on das e-bay

    " radio shack 273-1512b "

    nothing at a fair price point.. ya I'm cheap... but a few options
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    When I saw your post I title I thought you were referring to another Special Elec "fisherman" game that I will post a couple photos of. When I saw your photos, I couldn't remember where I had seen that machine before. I thought maybe one had been for sale locally recently on CL. I was looking through my phone for something else and look what I found! I have one of the same machine stashed somewhere, although I have no clue where. I guess I may have to start looking through my racks this weekend. LOL.

    Here is the machine I thought you were referencing.
    IMAG0339_resized.jpgIMAG0298_resized.jpg

    Here is the unboxing photo I do not remember taking. Only difference is that mine has the Special Elec background. I believe most Special Elec machines had the green background as seen in the first 2 photos I posted. I think the only other Special Elec I have with the blue background is the Super Don.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyder138 View Post
    When I saw your post I title I thought you were referring to another Special Elec "fisherman" game that I will post a couple photos of. When I saw your photos, I couldn't remember where I had seen that machine before. I thought maybe one had been for sale locally recently on CL. I was looking through my phone for something else and look what I found! I have one of the same machine stashed somewhere, although I have no clue where. I guess I may have to start looking through my racks this weekend. LOL.

    Here is the machine I thought you were referencing.
    IMAG0339_resized.jpgIMAG0298_resized.jpg

    Here is the unboxing photo I do not remember taking. Only difference is that mine has the Special Elec background. I believe most Special Elec machines had the green background as seen in the first 2 photos I posted. I think the only other Special Elec I have with the blue background is the Super Don.
    IMAG0748_resized.jpg
    WOW, I like the blue background on this one...very tempting! I already ordered a different fish/ocean themed playfield though 1976 ďBonefishĒ.

    Hopefully mine turns out as nice as yours! I like the colorful ďsunriseĒ playfield mine came with from the factory, has but it doesnít really go with the center feature. Not to mention itís got bad water stains so itís got to go!

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    Making some progress; machine is completely disassembled; new transformer arrived and solenoid is ready for action; all thatís left is sand the playfield board, apply the new playfield and reassemble which is super easy on a Model C compared to a model A or B.

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    Itís done! Well, 99% done; I think Iíve got a bad micro-switch on the low ball warning light as it stays on all the time regardless if full of balls or not, so I unscrewed that bulb for now. Most importantly the solenoid and payout lights work fine though.

    I like this one; itís nice and colorful, good theme and getting a ball in the middle hole is a nice treat that opens all 4 tulips so it pays out really well!

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    Well done!

    The Fishbone playfield suits it well.
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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    Nice job. Hows your light power connected? Have seen power to wrong connectors make the low ball light stay on.

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    Default Re: Special electric 1976 Nishijin Model C fishing theme

    Nice job!
    I'm not addicted to Pachinkos. I can quit at any time. Did I tell you about the three machines that I have on the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink View Post
    Nice job. Hows your light power connected? Have seen power to wrong connectors make the low ball light stay on.


    Iíve got the lights on a separate 9v battery source for simplicityís sake for now. Havenít converted the lights to 24v like my Powerflash.

    I tried the white and orange but nada.

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