Hey all I just purchased and moved a Empire VIII that predates the sale of Fischer in 1968, or at least the slate does. The manufacturer of the slates label was still on the bottom.
Mine is the 101 length (88x44 play field). It was owned by the same family for most of it's existence and hadn't been moved in over 15 years.
The rails come off easily by removing the V-shaped panels and loosening the 12 14mm bolts. The panels you have to slide one way and up find the edge and work the bottom out.
The slate is very heavy. My buddy and I managed to load it using dolly straps about 40 ft and into a moving van, but it took 5 of us to get it into the house with 3 stairs.
Leveling the table was super easy to feel free to ask any questions.
Next is to redo the rails (pretty sure mine are the original rubber) and recover in a nice worsted fabric.
Here are the photos of the stuff I've done so far:
All finished and installed:
The tag that was attached to the bottom of the slate:
This metal with the screw seems to be holding the rail to the frame of the pool table. I don't know. I am planning to re-felt and replace the rubber soon but I won't know until I get it apart
Table top flipped over after removing the 12 14mm bolts holding the rail frame to the table base:
Break end of the table I had to slide the inserts from left to right and up to get them out. They are not screwed in or attached in any way.
Frame bolts on the sides shown below. You don't have to remove the nut entirely just loosen enough to twist the metal clamp that hooks onto the table base.
The ends were a little different they have a small metal plate that twists out of the way:
View from the side with the inserts removed:
Pool table leg:
Clip that holds the table legs in place.
If you would like more I have some but these cover what I have done so far.
The pool table came apart pretty easily albeit a behemoth to lift as it has a 1-piece slate.