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A Pecos Diary - My Journey to Pinball Operator

By Pecos

3 years ago

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#107 3 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Here is a picture of Michael getting my tags ready for me. !

Damn, he looks excited for you.

4 months later
#184 3 years ago

Looks like more attention needs to be given to really cleaning surfaces & maybe using a bit of flux. Are you using a soldering station with adjustable temp, or just a pencil?

#188 3 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

I clean off all dust with a small paintbrush. .

This fiberglass bristle brush works great for really getting surfaces clean ---

amazon.com link »

Extra tips -

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#191 3 years ago
Quoted from greatwichjohn:

I have serviced hundreds of the Bally pins over the last 21 years. Some are operated, & most are in homes. I re use old varo bridge rectifiers on the 1978 - 1980 Bally ones where the board is still good. For operator or home hacked boards I replace with a new board. Some service techs in the past would solder the wires to the pins. I bring it back to factory or better, with original varo bridges if possible. Use trifurcon contacts for problem wires (G.I.) etc. & regular contacts for low voltage.
Also re use old bulbs to reduce costs on G.I. 47 bulbs for head, 44 under playfield, & pops. The operator I do work has bought leds, those flat top ones are crap! Other frosted ones can be poor also. I have a bucket of old 44 & 47, GE ones are the best ones for pops (bigger filament).

Actually, the old GE 1847 bulbs are best for pop bumpers....

1 month later
#218 2 years ago

Well, that sucks. Sorry Pecos, but I'm sure you will find the perfect spot for your pins.

3 weeks later
#238 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Super-Flite zoomed right out of Pecos' Palatial Pinball Parlour and touched down on the second floor of Hot Rods, but not after a short in-flight stop at Ace Hardware. These old war horses need a lot of spare parts!
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The view is awesome from the second floor. It's a great place to watch the trains go by.
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And here is the pic I promised of Harlem Globetrotters On Tour:
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The two EMs are available on weekend evenings only. Harlem Globetrotters On Tour is available when the restaurant is open, Wednesday through Sunday. Please stop by if you are in the area and support pinball in Tucson.

Paint that super-flite ..it looks terrible..

#245 2 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Heya Das,
Bad day, man? I'd imagine Pecos knows of which you speak, but c'mon, there are more diplomatic ways of broaching this subject. Especially with a guy as passionate about the hobby, giving of his time here on Pinside, and nary a negative comment have I ever seen from him. So, I'm gonna do my best to give you the benefit of the doubt on this one, but dude, maybe a little more tact next time.
Hope you're doin' alright,

Sorry, did not mean to come across so sharply, but I was on my tablet at the time & it's a pain to type long messages on.
It 's just that it would look so much better & would likely draw in more business with a nice fresh paint job. I'm all for a bit of patina wear, but the cab on that pin is too far gone.
Nothing but admiration to Pecos for getting his pins out there in the wild for more to enjoy.

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#303 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Pecos Pinball is pleased to announce that Op-Pop-Pop is now on route at Hotel McCoy, replacing Travel Time. But restored it is and the playfield is in amazing condition for a pinball machine that is 50 years old.

Need to paint that cabinet!

2 months later
#354 2 years ago

Never pass up a cheap parts pin.

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