1972 Midway Haunted House Gun Game Restoration

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1972 Midway Haunted House Gun Game Restoration


By PACMAN

4 years ago



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    #151 1 year ago

    Gun shot

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    #152 1 year ago

    Ready for action.

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    #153 1 year ago

    Amazing thread! I just recently landing a mostly working Haunted House. The main problem right now is with the motor control board. The speed control on the targets is definitely not working right and changes randomly as the game warms up. The control board appears to have many replaced components and some burned components. To make matters worse the board is broken at the connector and only the traces and contacts are holding it together at the break. I went on GPE and ordered replacements for every component on the board figuring I would not even mess with trying to figure out what is wrong and simply replace all of the 45 year old crusty cracked parts with new ones of verified values. Simple right? I actually thought about having a new PC board spun and just populate that with new components.

    Oh well, the game is pretty nice and lights up nice and the targets look sharp. I don't plan on doing a restoration much beyond getting it working 100% at this point, but I am absolutely drooling at the restoration being done in this thread. Great work!

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    #154 1 year ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    Amazing thread! I just recently landing a mostly working Haunted House. The main problem right now is with the motor control board. The speed control on the targets is definitely not working right and changes randomly as the game warms up. The control board appears to have many replaced components and some burned components. To make matters worse the board is broken at the connector and only the traces and contacts are holding it together at the break. I went on GPE and ordered replacements for every component on the board figuring I would not even mess with trying to figure out what is wrong and simply replace all of the 45 year old crusty cracked parts with new ones of verified values. Simple right? I actually thought about having a new PC board spun and just populate that with new components.
    Oh well, the game is pretty nice and lights up nice and the targets look sharp. I don't plan on doing a restoration much beyond getting it working 100% at this point, but I am absolutely drooling at the restoration being done in this thread. Great work!

    Would you mind sharing your parts list, if you are certain they are correct replacements? I have two boards to rebuild and it would save me the homework.

    #155 1 year ago
    Quoted from PhilC:

    Would you mind sharing your parts list, if you are certain they are correct replacements? I have two boards to rebuild and it would save me the homework.

    I'm about 75% of the way through the swap and so far the parts coming up match up to what is on the schematic. Hopefully it works properly. Once it is up and running and everything is verified I will post a parts list. The board schematic is not part of the game schematic. I will try to post a good picture or scan of that too.

    #156 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, Pacman!!

    #157 1 year ago

    Another great pacman restore. Most excellent!

    #158 1 year ago

    Getting back to this. Not getting power to the coin door so i went online and printed, cut and taped up the schematics.

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    #159 1 year ago

    Front door is finally done.

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    #160 1 year ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Front door is finally done.

    Amazing. Brings back memories of helping setting one of them up when it came out.

    Thank you !

    LTG : )

    #161 1 year ago
    Quoted from PhilC:

    Would you mind sharing your parts list, if you are certain they are correct replacements? I have two boards to rebuild and it would save me the homework.

    The board rebuild turned into a project due to the broken connector. As a help to those who might be rebuilding the motor speed board, I will share this tip on the transistors:

    If you look at the schematics you will notice that each pair of transistors has a connection from the Collector of one to the Emitter of the other. Rather than having that connection from pin-to-pin on the circuit board, the connection is through the metal on the back of the transistor where it is in contact with the heat sink. I didn't notice this at first, so when I was replacing the transistors it was natural to me to clean off the heat sinks and apply some heat sink grease! It took me a while troubleshooting to figure out that the grease was keeping the connection from being made! So make sure you don't use heat sink grease. Also, if you aren't replacing the transistors you might want to remove the screw hardware and clean all of the backs of the transistors and heat sinks to make sure the connection is good.

    I hope to have this complete soon and I will post the parts list and any other lessons learned.

    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Front door is finally done.

    Wow! Just...wow! Great work.

    #162 1 year ago

    A little more progress

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    #163 1 year ago

    That finished head relay board is a work of art.

    #164 1 year ago

    I very much want this game in my life. Someday...

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    #165 1 year ago

    This is a wonderful source for the project I am about to undertake. I have just taken delivery of my own HH and intend refurbishing back to 100% playability and a light cosmetic touch up. I like a little patina. But of course the game has many issues. The first being the fuse assemblies are populated with anything but the correct rated fuses. For the life of me I have searched and searched for a relevant fuse list but with no luck. Could you share what fuses your game has please. And whether they are fast or slow blows. Many many thanks in advance.

    Oh and by the way....your work on this machine is astounding. I take my hat off to you sir.

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    #166 1 year ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    A little more progress

    Fantastic!!!

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    #167 1 year ago

    Selling my project Midway Haunted House $700 pick up only in SO CAL.

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    #168 1 year ago

    Still available. I paid $1200 for this thing. Come get it, I need the room!

    #169 1 year ago

    Missing coin door, easy to find. And a couple grave stone pieces.

    4 months later
    #171 8 months ago
    Quoted from hassellcastle:

    Ill see if I can find you that motor/gearbox assembly for yours.
    FYI you are also going to need 2 nylon couplings that attach to each side of the motor assembly and attach to the score reel assemblies.

    Just picked up a Haunted House that is missing these 2 nylon couplings.... anywhere I can find those?

    #172 8 months ago

    They always seem to be missing on non-working machines.

    Seems like it would be a good project for 3D printing?

    #174 8 months ago

    Sure looks like it!

    Guess I need to place an order for spares!

    #175 8 months ago

    That's awesome! Just placed an order and I'll update when they arrive and are installed

    Thanks for posting the link!

    I was going to try and find someone local and borrow the part and stop by Pinball Life since they are only 20 min from me. They do some 3d print projects and this seems like it would be the perfect project for them too.

    #176 8 months ago

    I'm not affiliated with the seller. I was randomly researching 3d printers and came across it. I then remembered reading the warning on pinrepair.com about midway motorized reels and thought how great it was that someone was selling this part. I almost want to buy a couple in case I come across a good deal on one of these..

    #177 8 months ago

    Does any one have a source for the 8 track player belt? Mine is dry rotted and broken. I've read that the guy who used to sell the 8 tracks and belts is not doing well and his store is closed. Pinpal was it?

    I did look in the coin box finally and there was one of the original nylon couplets in there, and a piece of copper that had been pinched on each end for the other couplet..... totally works though and turns the rod through the score assembly, but after 30 sec or so the motor seems to bog down and stop turning.

    Seems like the score motor pair may be wearing out but everything is moving freely on the motors themselves when not hooked to the score/shot assemblies.... probably need to take apart the score/shot assembly and clean all that old grease out of there to get them moving nicely again.

    3 in 1 oil, or just let it ride?

    I started taking apart the shot assembly and the leather washers were stuck onto the metal plates they are sandwiched between.

    I also took a pass through all of the contacts on the back door, taking apart the spring and locking piece on the coils to get at the contacts really well and shine them up. I like the little "car wash" looking wheel for the Dremel tool for shining up the contacts and getting all that thick black crusty stuff off. Typically I just use rubbing alcohol and q-tips, but that doesn't always do the trick when its dark and thick. Made a few adjustments on contacts that weren't make/break properly, cleaned up the plug connectors throughout the machine, cleaned up the card edge connectors, replaced some missing screws here and there.... cleaned the contacts and disc for the monster that moves left, right, and I can see the witch and 2 cat assembly needs to be cleaned up as well to get the parts freely moving again.

    Lots to do!

    #178 8 months ago
    Quoted from Pin-up:

    Does any one have a source for the 8 track player belt? Mine is dry rotted and broken. I've read that the guy who used to sell the 8 tracks and belts is not doing well and his store is closed. Pinpal was it?

    Keeping an eye on this thread... Mine is in the same bad condition. Also considering the MP3 upgrade. I am working on a Wild Kingdom but the same type of tape player I'm sure. It's just ambient background from my game.

    #179 8 months ago
    Quoted from Pin-up:

    That's awesome! Just placed an order and I'll update when they arrive and are installed
    Thanks for posting the link!
    I was going to try and find someone local and borrow the part and stop by Pinball Life since they are only 20 min from me. They do some 3d print projects and this seems like it would be the perfect project for them too.

    That is my part on Shapeways and I do alot of designing and help projects for people alot of which is my time donated to help others and favours to help mates and fellow pinheads and make them available - I encourage to support, give feedback, but not copy

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    #180 8 months ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    That is my part on Shapeways and I do alot of designing and help projects for people alot of which is my time donated to help others and favours to help mates and fellow pinheads and make them available - I encourage to support, give feedback, but not copy
    all repro parts
    https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?q=swinksrepro&sort=newest
    tools
    https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?q=swinkstool&sort=newest
    all designs
    https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?q=swinks&sort=newest

    Neat products, thanks for the links

    #181 7 months ago

    Got the score reel couplings in the mail a few days ago and installed them. Working great!

    Thanks for your efforts in creating these parts. It was a huge help and I'm sure others will be grateful as well!

    #182 7 months ago

    Also, here is a pic of the before mentioned copper tubing that was in place of the proper coupling. It worked too! This was not done by me, but was in the game when purchased.

    The 2nd pic is of the "car wash" style wheel I typically use on the Dremel that works wonders cleaning contacts and such. It's a little worn and probably time for a fresh one, but they are bigger to start with. Just a quick little zip over the surface and all of the black crusty stuff is gone! That is, if the iso and qtips don't take care of it properly first. If stepper units are really really bad, I use that to clean up the traces too. It works wonders for score reels on old EM games and steppers in puck/ball bowlers and such.

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    #183 7 months ago

    I like those plastic wheel attachments. I will have to try that trick sometime.

    How does it work on a really pitted one? I'm guessing you would have to use a file for that job.

    #184 7 months ago

    It's easy to completely remove pits from the contacts, and since it does a nice smooth job of it all, you can shape the curve back into the contact if need be. I like it. It makes quick and easy work of it.

    #185 7 months ago

    Thanks!, I have a some contacts to clean with the next couple of projects

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    #186 24 days ago

    So........ its done. And works.

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    #189 24 days ago

    Awesome!!

    #190 24 days ago

    Very cool. You always do the best work!

    #191 24 days ago

    So beautiful ! I worked on one back when it came out, in my Father's arcade. Thank you for the memories !

    LTG : )

    #192 24 days ago

    It's wonderful! Thanks for the update

    #193 19 days ago

    Lovely work well done , well worth the wait to see it all going again

    #194 15 days ago

    Respect for your work fantastic result.

    Currently I have a "one million bc" in work, there is a lot to do .... and I'm still looking for a manual or parts list

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