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Help...I inherited this machine from My Dad.  It was in his father's store, saloon, back in the 30's.  Someone painted the outside, which we can re do, but it had a backplate on it at one time. That is missing. Does anyone out there have this part, or is it hopeless.  Would like to restore it for my son to keep, but seems impossible to find parts.  It does work, and the glass has been replaced .  other then the glass and paint, only on the box, the legs are still original, it is in great shape.

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Rockola: WORLD\'S SERIES TABLE 1933
Rockola: WORLD'S SERIE  
Hi Shirley,
What a wonderful story! How cool that you have all this history on this machine, and to know that your father was running it in his store and saloon back in the 30's when this machine must have been brand new! This is just fabulous and makes this a family heirloom for sure! This is a great story and thank you for sharing that with me. Attached you will find some history on this machine. You didn't say who made the machine but I was able to figure that out, it was made by Rockola. You should be able to enlarge the attached history information and be able to print it out, if not, just write me at Rodger@coinslots.com and I'll email it to you. As for parts, that is going to be hard to find but maybe not impossible. I would suggest that you check with a friend of mine that can be very helpful if you let him know it is a family heirloom that you trying to fix up and not something that you just want to sell. Maybe give him a link to you question here so he can better understand what you want to do. I am sure he might have some ideas as to who to contact in you search for parts. His name is Richard Conger and his email address I will give to you if you write me. I would put it here for you but that would not be fair to him as some web crawler might pick it up and then the spam will fly. I hope you understand, and enjoy the attached information I have found for you on this machine. There are other sources also, one would be to type in a do an ebay search for old pinball machine or along those lines, and this would give you a category like this one:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=antique+pinball+machine&_frs=1
If you could find out just what all models of the machines that a part you need fits, this would give you a greater chance of finding whatever it is your looking for,  as some parts may fit other models of machines made by Rockola around the same time. If you watch that link above you might find someone parting one like yours out and then you have it made. You can even add this to a notify list on ebay and you will get a notice if this part shows up, or if you add 1933 Rockola, anything that fits ebay will automatically send you a notice. What a great machine and a great project, full of personal history! I wish you lots of luck on this project and I am sure with a little research you will do well on it. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need help along the way.
Thank You
Rodger Knutson
Http://www.coinslots.com  

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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: info@coinslots.com My web site is at: http://www.coinslots.com

Experience

I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

Organizations
C.O.C.A. and other slot and coin operated machine groups, associations, groups, and clubs.

Publications
Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Education/Credentials
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

Awards and Honors
Take a look at my allexperts rating, and my guest book, links to these are at http://www.coinslots.com Also you can check my 100 percent rating on ebay, as I have been there with ebay from their day one, I am user coinslots at ebay. My other awards come from the very people that I deal with, I always make them happy, no matter what it takes, but they always are happy anyway as the countless thank you letters testify to me, so I know I am doing right, and the best I can. I have found so many hard to find parts for people, I hunt them down and don't stop until I find what is needed to get that customers machine running again and back to life, that is my main goal.

Past/Present Clients
Client privacy prevents this answer, as some are VIP and famous and I will not betray the trust.

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