We’ve just finished this eye-catching vintage 1969 NISHIJIN “Front Overflow” Pachinko Machine. The front overflows are a rarer machine type and called this due to the ball tray overflow is on the front of the machine and it drops balls into the lower tray from the triangle below the ball tray. This machine we are calling “Modern Boxes” due to the custom background we created for it to replace a really boring & faded original background.
The front overflow models were one of the first of the recirculator types where all of the loose balls are returned to the payout trays automatically. And on the front overflow the win balls are sent to the front as well, the later Model A types sent the win balls to the house. This makes them the best for building into a cabinet as you don’t have to refill the machine unless you hit a major win streak. And we have rebuilt the cabinet lock & created a replacement key to allow access from the front when cabinet mounted.
Action on this machine features a pocket /karage at the top which will open the center and the lower tulips, and if you close the lower tulip first, getting a ball in the middle tulip will reopen the lower tulip, creating 4 possible wins. Hitting the center tulip will do the same thing as the upper pocket.
The middle tulip will open the lower tulip, but has a trick. If you close the middle tulip first, it closes the lower tulip. But if you close the lower tulip first, then you will get 4 wins as it will reopen the lower tulip when you close the middle tulip. The machine has 4 lower pockets that give one win each, but the red tulip pockets will open the lower center tulip, giving two wins total.
The lighting on the machine features win lights that light the center feature and the payout seesaw window, and the ball out light at the top left. The lights run on the original 9 Volt light system and the wiring has been replaced with new where possible and all the switches have been serviced. The machine includes an AC adaptor or it could be changed to a 9V battery very easily.
This machine was stripped down to the bare wood back & fully reconditioned. The playfield was replaced with a new vinyl background replacing the paper original and covered with a 5 mil thick Mylar sheet to provide the same look and durability as the original, and the original certification tag was reinstalled on the background. A bit more on the playfield, the back graphics were designed in Photoshop by Max Faiman to fit more to the late 60’s time period of this machine and to play off of the colors found on the playfield. The original playfield was heavily water-stained and was a really basic pattern of a flower, you can see it in the before pictures to get an idea. Overall the new playfield really makes this machine pop.
All of the plastics and metal items on the front were cleaned & polished back to a high luster, and all of the original components on the back were cleaned & reused. The ball trays & front panel were cleaned & polished, including a full cleaning & clear seal coating of the ashtray. The pins have all been polished along with the spinners being repainted so they look like new, fading & damage to the trim features was restored as best possible.
The chrome frame & front panel of this machine was in pretty good shape before cleaning, it’s been cleaned & polished up to a shine but if you look closely you can see some pitted areas. On the front ball tray panel, there is some signs of pitting but it is in areas that are not in a normal line of sight. Overall it has a shiny but aged look that fits perfectly with the 40+ years this machine. It will include a new Acrylic front window panel, a glass panel can be added to quiet down the machine but is not included due to the difficulty of shipping glass.
The outer face of the machine frame has been stripped down & fully refinished in a light parchment finish that provides a nice accent to the playfield and is the closest to the original finish before it had faded and then coated with UV protected polyurethane so it should stay bright into the future. It also features a functioning front lock with key so you can build this into a wall mount case and easily service the unit. The support frame was taken apart & re-glued and screwed back together to make it stronger than the original frame to support having feet installed. The frame has been finished with a semi-gloss polyurethane since the wood was in really good shape.
The machine includes the following accessories: The key for the front lock, the AC adaptor, a hardwood foot set. Balls are not included but can be purchased elsewhere on the site. For this machine, we recommend to have at least 500 to 1000 balls to have a regular play.
It also includes two reproduction owner’s manuals originally provided to these machines by the Pachinko Factory and Pachinko Palace in the late ’70s. We will also include additional owner’s information on cleaning & care for the machine, and a CD with the photos & video of the machine being restored. Support is also included for any questions on the machine.