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09-21-2019, 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by rexus31 View Post
Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm planning on restoring the table as I feel it warrants it. Work has begun today. Really not concerned about my time as I enjoy making old things new again and I do not plan on reselling. This one is a keeper. As for the 1 vs 2 debate, my research has indicated the following:

1. As has been already pointed out, adjustable feet were available on the 1's

2. Early 1's had the plastic nameplate but due to the fragile nature prone to cracking, the metal nameplate was introduced somewhere in the 1's production run (most likely early on).

3. Figure 8 plates were replaced later in the production run.

4. This has been a hot topic all over the forum over the years. Whether my table has Brustone or slate, I don't know. What I do know is the tack marks from the original cloth are evident in the slate backing so my best guess is original playing surface.

There's a ton of information online (some contradictory) and what I posted up above should be taken with a grain of salt because no one definitively knows the production idiosyncrasies of a 50+ year old relatively mass produced item. Who knows, I could have a Franken-Crown, but every indication points to this table being 100% original. Whether it is a 1 or 2 is open for debate.
GREAT FIND !!!!!!!!
I can verify all of this. I have a late GCI that was bought new from a Brunswick dealer for a private residence in Lake Geneva WI. in about 1970. The table was then sold to a friend in the early 80's and moved into another private residence at which time the cloth but not the cushions were replaced. I then found the table and purchased it in Jan 2012. My table has adjustable feet, does not have figure 8 nut plates, it has Brunstone, and has a metal nameplate I have since had the rails extended to tighten the pockets to 4 3/8" (was supposed to be 4 1/2" but thats OK, I wouldnt have even noticed if I didnt measure one day) and sub-rails were machined to take current Artemis cushions. I am extremely pleased with the way the table plays. I compared it to a few Diamonds in our area and it plays at about the exact same speed with about the only difference being that mine possibly banks ever so slightly longer. The only thing I may do different is change back to Superspeeds in the future. When I had my rails modified everyone was using Artemis cushions, now they seem to prefer Superspeeds for whatever reason.

Last edited by fastone371; 09-21-2019 at 02:29 PM.
  
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