Just brought home this unrestored Bally Model T Amusement ride. It came from the B and I Circus
Store in Tacoma--- it has never been outside like most of them. I had never heard of B and I , but in talking to my collector buddies that grew up in Tacoma area, the place was the highlight for them as a kid. Amusement rides, arcade games and the home of Ivan the gorrila!! Its next life will be on our front porch entertaining our grandkids-- one dime at a time. When I opened the coin box yesterday, the last 2 tokens from B and I Circus rolled out.
That's a really nice one, how's it work, does it need some pre ride adjustments or plug and play, with a dime of course.
Great find Jim. That beautiful little gem belongs in an arcade museum! What does it do? Bounce up and down like a real T on a rough road? Does it make noise? have a horn?
I had a little motorized T about that size when I was growing up in the 60's, which is still at my parent's house. It had two red handled levers on the left side above the running board just in front of the rear fender. One lever was for the brakes and the other lever was for the forward and reverse. All the way down and it went forward. All the way back and it went backward. Halfway between was neutral. For lights it had two tin cans about 4" in diameter and 3" deep with lids. The cans were affixed to rods on each side of the radiator. It also had a windshield made of bent brass tubing clamped to the top of the firewall. It didn't go very fast but it was sure fun. Jim Patrick