The right way to do things…… and the wrong way

Friday, June 30th, 2017

In repairing pinballs, there are some rules you want to follow and one of them is…… DO NOT try to modify the coils. Here is an example on a Pinbot of what can happen if one were to make their own diode bridge on a flipper coil. As you can see the coil clearly is shot and this was due to the fact it only had one diode across the terminals. This is a HUGE mistake since the coil actually needs two. You can see the damage it also did to the end of stroke switch which actually has melted plastic from the coil on it. Fortunately, the fuse that cuts off power to the flippers when something bad happens did its job and blew which saved countless other components. Pin-bot will be back in action, but this could have been a very costly repair.

 

One cooked coil!

One cooked coil!

 

 

The culprit, one diode, where there should be two. The top lug has actually burned off the wire to the windings.

The culprit, one diode, where there should be two. The top lug has actually burned off the wire to the windings.

 

The End of stroke switch with melted plastic from the coil.

The End of stroke switch with melted plastic from the coil.

 

 

this thing got hot!

This thing got hot! You can see that it burned through the inner plastic AND the coil sleeve!

 

what they normally look like.

What they normally look like inside.

Stumper

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

So we did a repair on a Star Wars arcade machine and it was nearly impossible to tell why the machine was having the issues it was exhibiting. When we took apart the controller, nothing jumped out at us. The gear looked fine until we took it off and it literally started falling to pieces. Here are a couple of pictures of the gears. Star Wars can now continue to rule the galaxy!

The Broken Gear

The Broken Gear

 

The New Gear

The New Gear

 

New and Old

New and Old

Game On

Friday, June 9th, 2017

We recently participated in Battle of the Arcades 2017 and our team won again. If you get a chance, check out the site, you will see the games we played, our scores, past events, and records that were set.

bota

https://www.battleofthearcades.net/

Pole Position Awesomeness!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

We just got this one in from a friend that we used to work with and can’t wait to get it to 100% again. The electronics are all ready to go after a few hours of work….. now we just have to put the cabinet back together! Pole Position is a game that still holds up amazingly well despite being 35 years old now. This machine is the harder to find cockpit version and it comes with a Pole Position II boardset which has 4 tracks to pick from instead of just 1. We feel like we are ready to take the actual Fuji race track in Japan!

 

Pole Position

Welcome to Xenon!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Here are a couple of pictures of another Xenon that we brought back to life. The power was shot to the point of the traces coming off of the board, the solenoid driver board had so many bad parts on it, we lost track….. and finally, the sound card was shot. We went through and replaced the components this time rather that fixing them due to the extent of the issues and it turned out fabulous! After all was said and done with our repairs, we only had to exchange 3 bulbs in the entire machine! Gorgeous cabinet and playfield too!!!

 

What an awesome machine!

What an awesome machine!

Beautiful playfield!

Beautiful playfield!

Side Project Pacman Coolness

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

We had the opportunity to work on a Pacman cocktail arcade game and it turned out really nice! The power supply, main PCB (Turbo Pac-man version) and CRT all had issues. We fixed the issues and cleaned it up and got Pacman eating again! Here are some pics.

 

pacman ct1

pacman ct2

pacman ct3

Stern’s Pabst Can Crusher Pinball is Awesome!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We had the privilege of working on a rare Pabst Can Crusher Pinball recently and wanted to put up a few pics of it. This is a really cool throw back pinball to the 60’s style “make your best shots on the way down” style pinballs. The machine was created by STERN and has all digital components which should make it pretty reliable. We really enjoyed working on it and testing it out afterwards. We recommend trying to find one near you if you can just to check it out. Dirty Donnie did the artwork and Red Fang did the soundtrack.

 

cc1

cc2

cc3

Plunger issue

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

We went to work on a Pinball that was having quite a few issues, but the biggest complaint was the fact that the ball was hard to get into play. We replaced the coil for the shooter lane and noticed that the springs seemed a little weak. It wasn’t until we pulled the plunger apart that we saw just how bad they were. The top springs in both pictures were the ones we took out of the machines. After the repair, the plunger worked like magic…..Pinball machines work better with a good plunger……. go figure!

That little bit makes all the difference

That little bit makes all the difference

 

Smashed!

Smashed!

Funny Repair

Monday, March 6th, 2017

So I regularly scratch my head when doing some repairs, but no repair on a Pinball or Arcade Game recently has been this much of a “What the heck?” moment! I got a call from a customer stating that their pinball machine was unable to take any quarters, but the bill acceptor was working perfectly. I went into the repair thinking that there was just a regular jam on both sides. What I found was pretty wild! The left coin slot was jammed with a Canadian coin as I find in many of these instances. The right side however….. well take a look at the pictures below. Keep in mind that there is a bill acceptor installed in this pinball a mere 4-5 inches from the coin slot. I was speechless!

 

The victim, the right side coin slot. Can you see the problem yet?

The victim, the right side coin slot. Can you see the problem yet?

THE CULPRIT! A one dollar bill!!!

THE CULPRIT! A one dollar bill!!!

Black Jack Fix

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

This Black Jack pinball by Bally was really a find when the customer bought it and up until recently it worked great. Unfortunately it had some board issues that were just not improving. As with many pinball machines from this era, corrosion had taken hold. We are so glad when folks call us to get their machines fixed and as you can see, this pinball was definitely worth saving.

Nice playfield

Nice playfield

Back glass is gorgeous!

Back glass is gorgeous!

Just awesome!

Just awesome!