I picked up this Gottlieb Big Hit quite a while ago. It was in nice physical condition but had not been used in years, which means obviously, it needed to be completely gone through! No problem, right? Wrong! I started on it 6 months ago with long breaks between because if not, I would have made a bon fire with it.
First off I went through all the switches, cleaned and adjusted them, with special attention to the score reels. After quite a few adjustments to get all the switches exactly where they need to be and all cleaned up.
Booted the game after complete strip down of playfield, for cleaning and waxing, new bulbs, dropped in a new ball and away we went. Motor spins, reels reset, game starts, ball shoots out, and we are playing. Start another game, plays great... Start a third game and the 100 score reel, 10 and 1 run reel dont reset all the way... Hmmm... thats odd.
So I put in another coin and those three reels go down only one number more, and the game starts again. So I played the game. Put in another quarter and the 100 and 10 score reel, and the 1 run reel dont reset all the way.
What is odd to me is that the game starts and plays without those reels tripping the zero switch. I checked, rechecked, then rechecked the recheck!!! The switches are set up correctly, everything scores correctly, but sometimes those don't reset all the way.
Another weird thing, they will only completely reset as long as the 1000 or 10000 reel is still resetting. Once the 1000 and 10000 score reels have reset the rest stop where they are and the game starts. How screwed up is that. I have gone through the complete startup sequence and checked all switches in line with it.
The only place that I can think of to narrow it down would be 1A and 4A motor switches, but again I have checked, rechecked, and so on... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, there could be something that I am looking right past since I am so frustrated with it and not thinking clearly...
Thanks to all you wonderful folks in advance.