(Topic ID: 76211)

Backbox GI replacement - Advice requested.

By boneman91

9 years ago

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#1 9 years ago

I am restoring a Gorgar. The insert board sustained water damage and is unusable. I have made a copy of the insert board, and now it is time to add the general illumination to it. I have all the wiring and lamp sockets still attached to the original. Some of the lamp sockets are in good shape, some are quite rusted, covered in paint, or have thumbtacks stuck inside them to shield them when the originial owner tried to repaint the board.

My question is, should I just transfer the old wiring to my new board, using the current GI braided wiring and just replace the lamp sockets that don't work, or should I start from scratch? I don't really want to buy a million lamp sockets if I can avoid it. On the other hand I don't want to spend hours of frustartion trying to save the current wiring and sockets if it's not going to work anyway.

Has anybody else out there done something like this? I've read on this site about using picture hanging wire in place of the braided GI wire as an inexpensive alternative. Anyone have thoughts on this?

Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

#2 9 years ago

Depends on what you want it to be after it is done. It's a pinball machine and you won't see the braid or the sockets while playing it. Still, you want it to work and have pride in the job you are doing. It is sort of a personal thing and it depends on how bad stuff is. Depending on that, I'd think of buying new sockets from Pinball Resource and new braid there or from PinbalRestore and do the whole thing. May be less time involved in the end and the sockets are cheap.

If you are one to worry whether you are putting too much money into a project you will never get back, you will not be the only guy to think like that, but I usually chalk it up as "entertainment" and not worry if I am spending more on the game than I will ever get back. I'm a hobbyist, not a flipper.

Have some fun, it's only pinball,
Brad, Vacaville, CA

#3 9 years ago

Thanks pinballnut. I'm leaning towards doing the whole thing from scratch. Maybe recycle what sockets are in good shape and replace the rest. Might be a good chance to work on my poor soldering skills.

#4 9 years ago

If you wanted to not have to transfer all of your sockets, you could just cut out the board size you need and run LED strips.

#5 9 years ago

Haven't seen an LED strip. I'm using LED bulbs that replace the #44 bulbs (warm white, frosted) but fit in standard #44 sockets. What is an LED strip?

#6 9 years ago
Quoted from boneman91:

Haven't seen an LED strip. I'm using LED bulbs that replace the #44 bulbs (warm white, frosted) but fit in standard #44 sockets. What is an LED strip?

Something like this amazon.com link »

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