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    Hello! Well, after having this beauty hidden under my daughter’s bed for the past eight years, I am finally beginning the restoration process. From what I have learned online, this is a 1974 Sanyo. I know they are a dime a dozen. But, it belonged to my grandfather, so it is special to me.

    My mom/uncle/cousins let me claim this after my grandmother passed almost ten years ago (we were going through the house she shared with my late grandfather). We were able to locate a large bag of balls and several fuses in original packaging. It hung on the wall of my grandparents’ den as long as I can remember. I do remember the lights functioning when I was very young (late 70s). At some point, however, the machine stopped working…most likely because no one could remember how to reset it (and we were still using dial-up internet).

    I promised I would make it functional again…the time is now.

    This forum has been so helpful. I had no idea that the machine worked on gravity and that a battery/electrical charge is not strictly necessary (see, I told you I’m a newbie).

    I am currently focusing on cleaning everything on the front panel.

    It’s amazing what a difference polishing the brass pins makes!!

    I’ve attached some pictures of my progress thus far.

    Many thanks for all of the sage advice I have learned by lurking to date.

    Cheers!






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    WELCOME!!!


    Just moved this to the vintage section so more vintage people will see it!!

    "Blowing smoke rings at the moon."

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    Hello NOLACeleste and welcome to the group

    Nice looking machine, glad to see you are restoring it.

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    Welcome to Pachitalk
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    When things don't go right the 1st time , Step back ,Take a break and come back renewed. RGS

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    looking at your pics..

    do you have the ball load mech?? the part that loads one ball at a time to the shooter..

    I dont see it in any pics you posted above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moparformances View Post
    looking at your pics..

    do you have the ball load mech?? the part that loads one ball at a time to the shooter..

    I dont see it in any pics you posted above
    Hello. I do…I believe it is hidden by the front panel being open and faced downwards. Thank you!


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    it attaches to the back side (inside) of the "door facing down"

    from the front the balls are forced single file from left to right.. they go on to the sq hole where they would enter a seesaw 180 degree ramp mech.. this mech loads one ball at a time to the track so the shooter can strike it..

    I don't see it in any pics.. bummer if your missing that.. its going to ba a hard one to replace if you are..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moparformances View Post
    it attaches to the back side (inside) of the "door facing down"

    from the front the balls are forced single file from left to right.. they go on to the sq hole where they would enter a seesaw 180 degree ramp mech.. this mech loads one ball at a time to the track so the shooter can strike it..

    I don't see it in any pics.. bummer if your missing that.. its going to ba a hard one to replace if you are..
    Oh, got it! Yes, I do have that. I had removed it from the back to start cleaning it. It was really dirty. Thank you so much!


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    Being a Sanyo, it mounts to the playfield.20210719_200807-1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink View Post
    Being a Sanyo, it mounts to the playfield.20210719_200807-1.jpg
    Yes, thank you! It was one of the first parts I removed to clean. It was quite dirty! I’m still not pleased with its level of cleanliness…I recently ordered a small rotary tool (waiting on Amazon). Hopefully that will help!!


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    For some reason, I am not seeing my replies.

    Many thanks to all of you. This needs some additional TLC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NOLACeleste View Post
    For some reason, I am not seeing my replies.
    New members need to have their first few posts approved before they show up..So if a Mod or Admin isn't around it can take a while!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGneiss View Post
    New members need to have their first few posts approved before they show up..So if a Mod or Admin isn't around it can take a while!!
    Ah….understood. Thank you! As you can tell, total newbie here

    I really appreciate everyone reaching out to me. What a great community! I’m sure I will be reaching out with questions.

    Cheers, all!


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    “Oh my goodness! Where has this been my entire life???” (Celeste, as she walks around her house looking for other things to micro-polish)




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    Please post link so maybe some members here has a chance to get this .
    When things don't go right the 1st time , Step back ,Take a break and come back renewed. RGS

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