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uberhare wrote:So I told myself not 2 hours before I am not going to get into another pinball restoration. I'm done. I even said that when someone was picking up Alien Poker just before I got into this.

I've had a Force II sitting on the back burner for years...Long enough I don't even remember where I bought it from or how much I paid for it! I was always waiting on finding a replacement backglass, as both the ones I have are in very poor condition. Until today I had never even plugged it in. I told myself, I'll just plug it in and see if it boots. Well the CPU boots but lots of issues that prevent play. First thing I wanted was to tackle the GI circuit it was out on the PF. Turns out there is a short somewhere. So i start my removing all the plastics to get to the bulbs/sockets.

2 hours later I have a mostly bare playfield and wonder what the hell did I get myself into? What is with this hobby??

ps - BG Resto has the artwork now for this machine.



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I don't know why but this followed me home today. It is sitting in quarantine in the van for a few days before it comes in. I said no more projects & I just moved a couch back into the games room. Now the damn couch has to move again.
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uberhare wrote:
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I don't know why but this followed me home today. It is sitting in quarantine in the van for a few days before it comes in. I said no more projects & I just moved a couch back into the games room. Now the damn couch has to move again.
Hate when that happens. Hates it we do.
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I replaced all the back-box locks in my 11 pins to have the same key. I bought the locks about 6 years ago and just never got around to doing it. Boy the newer Sterns with metal backbox (wooden sides) are a pain in the ass. It was so simple on the original style. But I guess the new ones are certainly more secure as you can't break in to the back-box by simply removing a few screws.

It is also a pain in the ass when you have 7 pins tightly packed together - so little room to work. Oh well, it is done now. One of those tasks that I put off for way to long. :D

Anyway, I put together a quick guide for anyone that needs to replace the lock on a newer Stern pin.
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3 days of pins and connector will watching smoky and the bandit 1-2-3- and cannonball run 1-2on the computor :D :shock:
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djsupermariobros wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:00 pm
3 days of pins and connector will watching smoky and the bandit 1-2-3- and cannonball run 1-2on the computor :D :shock:
Great, inspiring resto work and excellent movie reminder suggestions!

Unfortunately, I was working on something other than my games but recently enjoyed First Blood! Rambo is coming soon! Might follow up with ... gosh ... forget the movie name. Lemme ask sumbody ... ADRIAN? ... ADRIANNNNE???

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Crazy weekend again. I needed to pull out World Series out of the shed for long-overdue pics for Cait (MY BAD!!!), and it never stopped this weekend. I should have known it would be nuts. LOL

Hobby-wise?
- I reorganized the shop and brought a project downstairs to make room for World Series to finish that off.
- Helped a friend buy a game and set up the deal for both parties
- I bought a game :FP: :FP: :FP: LOL

Non-hobby-wise?
- Cleaned up the yard
- Changed the brakes on wife's car
- Fixed my son's bike
- Chatted on zoom with the boys
- Took the kids to see, pet and feed some horses
- Washed the dog
- Cleaned my truck interior
- Fixed a railing on side entrance deck
- Cut up some old wood for external fireplace.

Damn... I am almost looking forward to another 2-week furlough starting this Friday evening. lol

Jesus, life is a damn rat race. LOL
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Getting near the end of a major project fixing up BSD. I rewired the entire playfield (yup that took a long time) everything on connectors and colour-correct wire. Redecaled the cabinet. Looked at the speaker panel figuring I'll just do a quick clean and install the new plastic and new Flipper Fidelity speakers. Ugh! Looks like a home-made MDF replacement (which is okay actually not perfect but works). WRONG lamp PCB! It has a 7 lamp board instead of a 3 PCB flasher. Not even sure what it does. Wrong fasteners, wrong spacers...all those parts available from Marco anyway.

There is a possibility I can get the right PCB, BestOfPinball in Germany has it but not currently in stock.
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Busy weekend, and Monday for me.

My wife has been asking me to build her a trellis for our raised garden beds. I started building it, but noticed one side of the garden bed had rotted out. Rebuilt the side. Trellis is scheduled for tomorrow.


Our basement has been getting a pretty big makeover. Wall repairs, ceiling repairs, fresh coat of paint, new ceiling, new lighting. Finally got around to hanging a television in the basement. Hung it using a French cleat, build a small shelf for my son out of some leftover cedar decking. Just need a grommet to finish off the hole in the wall.
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The back room in the basement has been used for loose storage of pretty much everything. I want to turn it into a soldering/pin fix room so I removed everything from it. Walls were beat to hell and punched full of holes. 2 of the 3 outlets were so old (house was built in 1960's) that they had corroded and didn't work. A couple coats of putty, light sanding, and then painted to match the rest of the basement. All 3 outlets replaced. Still need to redo the ceiling and add different/more lighting, and paint the window(s) trim. I'll purge the storage items and put some things back into the room. Need to work out where my workbench will be located.
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Started cleaning out my gameroom. The idea is to fit pinball machines in here. I can probably fit 3, but I don't know if I'll ever get that many. Anyway, started selling off some of my non-nostalgic game items using eBay.
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Picked up a really nice Countdown today.
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Nice score Bruce, I was eyeing that myself!
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Xylog wrote:
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It is a Good Day.
Did you pick that up in England Rob ? The god-dam plunger is on the left, you know you are not suppose to travel like that for trivialities. :lol:

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Xylog wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 9:51 pm
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It is a Good Day.
Mousin Around won't be happy :FP:

Nice score
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I found that my BSD had an Addams Family lamp board in the speaker panel! I learned the basics of KiCad and created the right board based on a BSD #2 I have here. Sent to China for fabrication, $50 for 5 boards shipped.

I also paid more for Marco shipping than the parts cost ouch.
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steamfitter wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 5:58 am
Xylog wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 9:51 pm
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It is a Good Day.
Mousin Around won't be happy :FP:

Nice score
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R.A.B. wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 4:36 am
Xylog wrote:
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It is a Good Day.
Did you pick that up in England Rob ? The god-dam plunger is on the left, you know you are not suppose to travel like that for trivialities. :lol:

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CRANK THEM UP AND LET THEM FIGHT!!!
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Well, I brought in a friend's games to clean and shop out at his request. The game play great but need new controls and a good cleaning.

And fun for me, they are small... NOT. LOL. A 4-player Simpsons, a Mortal Kombat II and a Champion Edition Super Street Fighter 2.

So, they are in my shop now but will go downstairs once washed down. I will get that done in a day or 2. The World Series pins are priority 1. I promised Cait.

So these ginormous games will have a spot in Sparky's Power Room for a little while.

And that makes another golden rule broken. NO FIGHTER GAMES. LOL

Who knows. I may like them. I know the kids will love Simpsons. LOL
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MK2 and Simpsons are now downstairs.

Owww...... lol
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I looked around for my next arcade and figured it could be Xevious or Battlezone... before remembering about a beat up Sinistar I used to play... Then I realized none of those must be easy to find or even fix, so I called it the day, still dreaming of a Tron pinball (or was it the original Tron arcade?)

Definitely a Tron pinball would work!
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R.A.B. wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 4:36 am

Did you pick that up in England Rob ? The god-dam plunger is on the left, you know you are not suppose to travel like that for trivialities. :lol:

The other Rob
Hey wait a darned minute. "Trivialities?" Pinball ain't trivialities! :o

Fight me.
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I picked up a decent condition Pike's Peak circa 1939-1941.
Problem is one of the internal metal bars is broken & missing.
It's a metal bar that would get pushed by the coin slide to let everything reset. Not super complex, but metal is not my forte at all.
Anyone have any experience working on metal levers? Maybe a local slot machine expert?
Willing to pay for your talents!

Everything else about it works great.
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Xylog wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:07 pm
R.A.B. wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 4:36 am

Did you pick that up in England Rob ? The god-dam plunger is on the left, you know you are not suppose to travel like that for trivialities. :lol:

The other Rob
Hey wait a darned minute. "Trivialities?" Pinball ain't trivialities! :o

Fight me.
LoL, congrats on the cat and mouse thang coming together side by side in your abode Rob.

Being a cat person myself, can't say this would necessitate any sort of dog fight on either side of that equation. :lol:

As far as the hobby pissing on my leg is relevant, I woke up this morning with the idea of heading out to my parts locker because I think that after two months of not messing with much pinball related stuff, I kinda mostly miss parts. So maybe I should have a look around at some stuff that I have already forgotten about in such a relatively short period of two months. After that proposition came forth in the A.M., I thought about pinball events and gatherings possibly being of the same nature on the " I miss you" scale for me. The last OPGS and Pincon @ the Oylmpia Bowl seemed to have occurred such a very long time ago, but that is not really true. Both were under a year ago, so why does it feel like so much longer than that ? I think that the latter question answers itself. It's like being married to a tax accountant, 6 months would tend to feel like 5 years.

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=25426&p=216706#p216706 No way that was last summer.

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=25716&p=219129#p219129 No tornado that time.

Well, no more cheek to cheek dancing, hugs and kisses with whoever you fancy anymore or even pinball tournaments for a long while yet, oh well. Methinks it's gonna be a cold pinball summer on the social side of things.
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Une règle suivi gueri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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cait001 wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:11 pm
I picked up a decent condition Pike's Peak circa 1939-1941.
Problem is one of the internal metal bars is broken & missing.
It's a metal bar that would get pushed by the coin slide to let everything reset. Not super complex, but metal is not my forte at all.
Anyone have any experience working on metal levers? Maybe a local slot machine expert?
Willing to pay for your talents!

Everything else about it works great.

20200510_173314.jpg
That thing is cool. I had to watch a YouTube video to see exactly what it does. I Can't help you with the levers.... sorry

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