Picked up this Night Rider a few weeks back. Non-working, super rusted out head unit, decent playfield for not having any glass I guess. Backglass is pretty good, sans a huge hole in the art by Player 1. As a bonus, the head itself is falling apart. No back door, and the rear glass holding pieces and lockdown bar were just handed to me. I've got to say, I was happy to see those parts though! As an aside, super nice seller. Guy was basically just cleaning out a little and looking for a little cash to give to his daughter. Win - win!
Started off with my old friend vinegar. Had to break the leg levels free. I plan on seeing if I can't gussy them up a bit, but for now I just wanted to make certain this project was going to run fairly quickly, and cheaply. Legs took about 2 nights soaking, then boom, off they came, no problem.
Got her stood up, and evaluated the project a little:
Time to work on the rusty score reel coils. I couldn't believe how the plungers were rusted out, in a plastic sleeve. And man were they stuck in there! For the most part, a little iso and gentle tugging got them free. I didn't dismantle each score reel yet. My main goal was to get everything to move and reset to 00000.
Of course, the last 2 wouldn't budge. At all. I was being very careful to not stress the nylon/plastic parts, so I kept applying iso, then oil, and eventually vinegar. A day later I was still tugging with no release ( ). Eventually I pried the coil support loose, and had access to the plunger. I poured a little more vinegar in there, let it sit, then tapped it out. Problem solved! The last 2 coils were cleaned.
But then I ran across a set of gears not moving. Out of 16 possible reels, only 1 was totally seized. Not bad! I took this one apart and gave it a solid cleaning. No surprise it is the smoothest reel now.
Hooked everything back up, hit the power, and started a game! Had to tap a few reels to get them to advance; no surprise, I did the minimal amount of work at this point. She's alive! At first the reels didn't turn at all, even though the bells were sounding, but eventually they started moving. My guess is a few contacts under the playfield needed get cleaned.
I've got my plastics cleaned, and am working on a general playfield refurbishment. If all goes well I may try to clear coat this thing, we'll see.
So now I'm looking for a little free advice...
I have no GI at the moment. I have checked the fuses, all 5 test good (out of socket with a DMM). I pulled and replaced all Jones plugs. Most look pretty shiny. Even thought the playfield has no lights, it sounds as though the bonus countdown is still in effect. I've never played Night Rider before, so I'm just guessing here.
Any thoughts on my GI problem (wow, 2 in one post! )