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Buying a Rollercoaster Tycoon machine


By johnwest80

2 years ago



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#51 2 years ago
Quoted from johnwest80:

And anything else I might as well order while I'm there?

Novus 2 (It’s a cleaner). When you buy wax, make sure it doesn’t have cleaners in it. Just pure carnuba wax. And most Pinball era prefer paste wax.

#53 2 years ago

Welcome! Congrats on getting your first pin! I’ve only played RCT at the PHOF years ago but I enjoyed it I remember. You’ll be hunting another machine down in no time. Make sure to post some pics of it all set up! We like pics!! Haha welcome

#54 2 years ago

Awesome! I've got my order placed! I didn't order pinballs, since action pinball was out. Why do I need new pinballs?

So simplygreen will remove the black discoloring on the playfield without hurting the colors?

So I have one more issue. Someone mentioned that I should just use the second key to open the back part of the machine to change the nvram? Well, I only got the one key to the coin door. How easy are these locks to bypass/how do I do it without causing any damage?

Mike, you asked for pics.... attached are a couple . Starting my son young!

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#55 2 years ago

Pinballs get dented and scratched and work like sandpaper on your wood playfield over time. They are cheap to replace and help to protect your game. Depending on how much you play, changing them yearly is a good idea as well as just checking them periodically when you have the glass off.

Your playfield is really dirty and will clean up nicely...I would do it the sooner the better. All that black dirt (coil dust) isn’t good for the playfield. Get some Novus 1 and Novus 2. You can find it at Harley dealerships if one is near you or of course most online pinball parts dealers.

Keys for backbox, I would double check the inside of the coin door to make sure they are not there and the inside of the cabinet real well.

#56 2 years ago

Your pinballs vs new pinballs.

And nothing will really hurt the playfield colors while cleaning it. The artwork is under the clearcoat. Just don't use harsh chemicals.
Rubbing alcohol, simple green, novis 2, pinball specific cleaner wax, even a damp magic eraser with alcohol lightly will clean it right up.

But wax it after cleaning. And change all the rubbers eventually. The game will play much better.

And the last 2 pics show where the blackbox keys/key should be.

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#57 2 years ago
Quoted from johnwest80:

Awesome! I've got my order placed! I didn't order pinballs, since action pinball was out. Why do I need new pinballs?
So simplygreen will remove the black discoloring on the playfield without hurting the colors?
So I have one more issue. Someone mentioned that I should just use the second key to open the back part of the machine to change the nvram? Well, I only got the one key to the coin door. How easy are these locks to bypass/how do I do it without causing any damage?
Mike, you asked for pics.... attached are a couple . Starting my son young!

Looks to be in good condition! Just dirty though. Like others have said clean it up ASAP and get new balls. You want those balls to be smooth and “slide” more than “grind” around on the waxy playfield surface after a good cleaning. Another great website for pinball stuff is Marco Specialties.

http://www.marcospecialties.com

#58 2 years ago

Pinballs ordered! Cleaning supplies ordered!

And I found the keys, just as was shown above... whew! But after unlocking it, I still can't figure out how to remove the panel?

#59 2 years ago

I use novus 1 and a "bag of rags" old tshirt material to wipe my playfields down. Or even some microfiber towels i got on amazon.

A lot will come up with that.

Some light rubbing with novus 2 on stubborn stuff after that.

Should get ya most of way there.

May look in manual and order up some new rubber rings in the sizes you need.

Looks like a good pin! Hopefully the batteries in the far upper right corner arent corroded.

#60 2 years ago

After unlocking at the bottom of the translite there is a lifting channel. Lift up and pull forward.

#61 2 years ago

Thx! I opened the translite. Good news is that, while the batteries are corroded, the corrosion seems to be local to the battery holder. So I should be ok, right? Once I put the nvram in, I can take these out and never have to worry again?

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#62 2 years ago

Make sure you put the NVRAM in in the right direction maybe someone can chime in on how to tell which way to put it

#63 2 years ago

There’s directions on the nvram on their website about installation.

Might be some corrosion on the diodes below the batteries- hard to tell from pic. If it’s spread at all on board it’s best to neutralize and clean it up.

I’ve never found novus1 helpful - I’d skip it it’s pretty inert. Simple green should be fine for most everything for cleaning. Novus 2 will produce a bit more “dig” if some dirt is stubborn - but as others will point out it’s not something to regularly clean with every week

At some point I’d check the flipper mechs out and see how the are looking — a flipper rebuild could be in order for snappier action as the sleeves get gunked and the plungers mushroom over time from hitting the coil stops.

#64 2 years ago

That's ok. I'm pretty good with chips and such, so I should be able to handle replacing one .

#65 2 years ago

as an aside, is it bad that i smile every single time the ball goes down the yellow ramp? it's the little things sometimes !

#66 2 years ago

Guess what, another question! So I looked on the forum but don't see a clear answer for RCT. I just realized the tube in the translite is out (didn't even know it was supposed to light up til now). I'd like to replace it with this LED tube, but it says I have to bypass my ballast. I've seen references to just removing something, and I've seen references to rewiring. Does anyone know the easiest/least intrusive way to bypass the ballast specifically for RCT? Thx!

amazon.com link »

#67 2 years ago
Quoted from johnwest80:

Guess what, another question! So I looked on the forum but don't see a clear answer for RCT. I just realized the tube in the translite is out (didn't even know it was supposed to light up til now). I'd like to replace it with this LED tube, but it says I have to bypass my ballast. I've seen references to just removing something, and I've seen references to rewiring. Does anyone know the easiest/least intrusive way to bypass the ballast specifically for RCT? Thx!
amazon.com link »

http://www.arcadestash.com/DirectLEDFL.html

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#68 2 years ago

I have found a problem. The left ramp is cracked with pieces broken out of it. Anyone got any amazing "fixing" techniques short of replacing the whole thing? Do these always break at some point?

On the other hand, the good news is that my table is clean, has all the bulbs working again, has the couple things that were broken fixed, has nvram, and is generally in great shape, thx to all the advice on here!

#69 2 years ago

Where is it broken? Have a picture?

The right ramp which is prone to breaking has protectors you can order from Cliffy here http://www.passionforpinball.com/rct.htm

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