About Slot Restoration

777_Before-017.jpgThis site chronicles my efforts at resurrecting, repairing and restoring an antique slot machine. The machine is a Mills High Top 777 Bell and dates to roughly 1949-1952.  Although some of the information presented here will be specific to Mills High Tops, a lot of it will apply to antique slot machines made by Jennings, Watling or other manufacturers, or to different models of Mills machines like the half-tops, goosenecks and others.

The information presented here may prove helpful to collectors who are contemplating a restoration project of their own, but should not be taken as the last word on the subject. Any slot machine restoration project requires a lot of research, time and know-how, and no single reference can hope to provide every bit of knowledge necessary for a beginner to undertake a project of this scope. Likewise, some antique slot machines are very rare and valuable, and a poorly-done restoration can do irreparable harm to the machine and destroy a lot of monetary value.

The information contained herein is provided as-is and without warranty of any kind. Use it at your own risk.  In other words, if you disassemble or destroy your antique slot machine and can’t get it back together, that’s your own fault… not mine :-) That being said, working on antique slot machines is a lot of fun and not terribly difficult if you are patient, careful and inquisitive.

Still interested? If so, start reading here: In the Beginning