Dolly Parton

Personal Collection of David Spake

Dolly Parton


November, 1979

  • Flippers (2)
  • Pop bumpers (3)
  • Slingshots (2)
  • Standup targets (7)
  • Kick-out hole (1)
  • Spinning target (1)
  • 4-in-line drop targets.
  • A ball return to shooter lane with a rollover in the middle right playfield scores 5,000 points

Maintenance / Cleaning / Repair project list


A friend emailed me about an opportunity to get this Dolly Parton machine out of the clear blue.  I had not been looking for one, but once I heard that it could possibly be available I knew that it was something that I should consider acquiring.

I called the (previous) owner to find out more about the state of the game and its location.  Very nice guy from LaGrange Georgia answered the phone. He originally had purchased the game because he is Southern, and what southerner doesn’t appreciate Dolly?!?   However, he is a hunter and the machine just didn’t fit in his shop / space with all of the taxidermy samples of his hunting prowess and his deer heads on the wall.

So, a tentative deal was struck and he brought the game to my house for inspection and hopefully follow through on a purchase.

I was impressed with the fact that the backglass is in tremendous shape. Only one small chipped area, and another small partial flaking.  The partial flake is still attached though you can see a bit of light peeking out from behind.

Major Tasks Completed:

  • Initial Cleaning – Some nice before and after pictures attached to the task
  • MPU Corrosion – All corrosion gone, and associated damage repaired and components replaced. (9/15/2013)

Recent Blog posts referring to this machine

Dolly Rectifier Board - trios

Well sh#t, I just put in the Pin-logic board I got from Kevin.  But alas – upon testing it – the 6.5vdc test point is putting out 44vdc. I’m getting tired of these things – why can’t they just be easy for once. <heavy sigh inserted here> Any ideas?

Dolly – rectifier board part deux

I’d mentioned in the previous post on this subject about maybe bugging my friend Kevin. Well Kevin responded to being bugged, and had on hand 3 boards or solutions for me. He actually had an extra board that I now have at the house. I hope that this week I’ll have time to pull the old board – and be able to give it to … Continue reading

Dolly - rectifier board

So, those waiting along with me with baited breath for Dolly to come to life will have to wait a few more days. I replaced the verified boards in the machine, and everything continued to work as it had previously.  I looked at the rectifier board – and tried to swap out the F1 fuse. No joy. I tested all the test points (TP1~TP5) on … Continue reading

Dolly - she's coming to life

The continuing saga of the Dolly Parton pinball machine… I bought an Alltek MPU which arrived last week.  Immediately I swapped the old MPU out, and with fingers crossed I turned on the power… (baited breath inserted here) The game scores, and plays – but the feature lights aren’t working… darn it! (something else inserted here). After reaching out to GAPAS ( with requests for ideas, … Continue reading

Dolly - why won't your switches work for me? - aka the Bally Pinball switch matrix

I have been trying to figure out how to address the Bally switch matrix.  I have found (as I have recorded on my issue tracker) that I have 8 switches that aren’t responding.  I looked up how to build the visual diagram of the switch matrix – a grid of 5 columns, and 8 rows.  The first column (0/zero) has switches 1-8, the second column … Continue reading

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3 Responses to Dolly Parton

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  2. WeBuyPinball says:

    I actually never realized that Dolly had 4-in-line drop targets on the playfield! I’m glad I could help you find this game!

  3. David says:

    It’s the only way to be a Super Star. I think Mary Katherine Gallagher should have had the opportunity to play this pinball and achieved her major goal in life.

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