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Repairing this for a customer.

Issues:
* Background sound does not work Fixed on 7/12/2012
* Lower lights don't work on back box. Fixed this by adjusting connectors.
* Beacons don't spin. Never did. Motor is missing. Middle reflector is missing.
* Replace lights with LEDs (not flashers)
* New plastics
* New protectors
* New posts
* New rubbers

I bought a decal kit to fix the inserts as shown below.

The pictures have been taken with the glass off to get a better picture.

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Lower lights did not work. I fixed them. Not sure what I did except reseat the connector at the bottom right of the power board.

 

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Inserts missing.

 

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Inserts missing.

 

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Top insert could be replaced. Bottom is under mylar and ok.

 

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These are all under mylar so okay.

 

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The beacon motor and middle reflecting plate is gone. I couldn't find the wires for the motor. Look closely at the connector at the left with the wires going up to the lights. You will see where the yellow wires were cut off at the base. This is an example of how an idiot -- err, sorry, I need to be more politically correct, a less experienced person fixes a machine. Just rip off the motor and hide the fact that there was one by cutting the wires really short.

The metal base was also very lose. I used a 1/4" nut driver to tighten the base.

 

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Here are the parts to replace the motor. I needed to find a #6 1.25" flat head bolt. I couldn't find one but found a 1.5" #6 bolt that will work. I originally tried a rubber tube to space the motor. This was not solid enough. I found better posts as shown below in the final product.

 

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The two pulleys are on the motor. The 2 rubbers to attach to the outside beacons are on. I always mess up. The rubber needs to go between the pulley and the back screw, but in front of the front screw. So I always put this on several times to get it right.

 

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The motor is in place. Note that the black rubber was replaced with a thinner plastic post in the front (and a metal post - which was what I had) in the back [not seen].

Note that the sound board and the driver board are missing. They have been sent to Coin Service Technology for repair.

 

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Here is a close up of the cut off yellow wires.

 

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I cut the two wires and soldered the yellow wires for the beacon motor in.

 

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I covered the soldering with electrical tape. I can't test this until I get the boards back.

 

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Boards back in. Sound works.

 

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Replace right sling.

 

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New shiny bllue posts.

 

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Posts in. LEDs in. Rubber on and plastic protector on. Picture was taken just as lights turned off for show.

 

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Old broken plastic on left. New plastic on right. Picture was taken before I removed top plastic protection.

 

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Right sling complete.

 

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"Lites Flyby" Plastic also replaced. New red rubber on flipper.

 

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Left and right sling complete. Left and right "Lites Flyby". Left and right flipper rubber.

 

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Backglass with regular lights.

 

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Backglass with LEDs.

 

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Backglass on with LEDs. It really does look nice in person. Couldn't capture with a camera.

 

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I use another game to map out the parts I take off a game so I can put them all back and in the correct place.

 

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The game, again, before the ramps come off.

 

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The long ramp on the right is attached under the playfield. You can see the right side has a bolt, the left side does not. I will try to find one.

 

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The clear plastic is connected with this screw to the back of the play field.

 

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The left clear plastic.

 

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THe back ramp is connected to the playfield with 2 screws. I needed a longer screwdriver to get the left screw out.

 

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Note that when the ball comes into this location, it can bounce off the back plate into the hole. Note the left screw is loose.

 

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THe back ramp is connected to the black plastic ramp by two screws on top.

 

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I was showing that each ramp had a wire I would have to disconnect. As shown below, these wires and the lights all come through the play field using two connectors.

 

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The ramps that will be removed. The center triangle plastic will need to be removed to unscrew the ramps.

 

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The back ramp about to come off.

 

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The two ramps connected to the play field.

 

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Clearly pointing to the two screws that will be removed.

 

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One more view before disaasembly.

 

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Items being mapped.

 

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Back ramp removal.

 

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Right ramp removal.

 

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Partially removed.

 

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Noting the plate that sites on top of the screw plate on the left.

 

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Showing all ramp's wires connected to black plastic ramp which goes down under at the right.

 

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The wire strand going below the play field.

 

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The two connectors I marked and disconneected.

 

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The two connectors pulled through the hole on the right (that can't be seen).

 

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Look Ma! No ramps.

 

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Close up of no ramps.

 

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All ramps, and other stuff mapped on other play field.

 

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Once I get the scrapper tool, I will remove the rest of the bad decals and replace.

 

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Close up of decals.

 

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Using scrapper tool to remove decals.

 

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Some decals removed. Doesn't look bad.

 

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Notice the little pile of decal dust.

 

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The light above is partially under a mylar covering. This is why the bottom is on okay condition and the rest of the decal is missing. I cut up a small part of the mylar to get to the decal.

 

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Peeling up the mylar.

 

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Decal removed. Below you will see I fixed up the wood painting a bit.

 

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This plate was under the ramp that brings the ball to the right lock location.

 

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Play field cleaned and all decals installed. It looks nice.

 

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Back to replacing plastics. before...

 

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These two targets are missing the foam.

 

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Now they are not.

 

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This is the before picture. I think I forgot to take the after picture. Oh well.

 

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Replacing bumper cap.

 

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Red LED.

 

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New red bumper cap.

 

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Right most plastic. Before...

 

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With plastic removed, only 2 flasher lights....

 

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Before... Note 4 flasher domes but only two actual lights.

 

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All plastics before ramps installed.

 

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Top

 

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Middle

 

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Lower middle

 

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Bottom

 

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Old decal

 

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New Decal

 

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Old decal

 

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New Decal

 

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Ramps attached.

 

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