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Centaur Club.....Members Only!


By vster23

5 years ago



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#901 7 months ago
Quoted from Largemann:

I tried to burn a few unmodified U6 with the 25v vpp setting, and without the external burner. The writes completed and verified every time, but none would boot in the machine.

Sounds like the M2732As you have are no good or just not working with your setup. I usually don't bother adding the external power supply & they still burn ok anyway without it every time. If I have problems I add the power supply to rule it out.

Not sure about those 2732s from chipgate, it's too cheap for as start for genuine NOS Hitachi's & looking closely & comparing the logo next to "japan" the detail doesn't look quite like an original, it's blurred a bit, my guess is these are most likely the same new manufactured 2732s stamped with Hitachi stamp in this case - who knows, they are getting smarter all the time with fakes.

I have bought used/erased Hitachi eproms from funkward-tech, 2532, 2716 eproms as well, all work perfectly. I least you know they are genuine brand original eproms.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HITACHI-HN482732AG-482732-2732-32KBIT-UV-EPROM-X-10pcs/160642081675?hash=item256703a38b:g:RwUAAMXQTgZQ~SpJ

I have had eproms that verified OK then wouldn't work in the game, it happens - not sure why though.

#902 7 months ago
Quoted from eh97ac:

Cliffy sells the ramp flap.
Best pics I have

I don't see them on his website.

#903 7 months ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

I don't see them on his website.

Email Cliffy,

He did not have them on his site but sent me a set and they look great!

#904 7 months ago
Quoted from KJL:

Email Cliffy,
He did not have them on his site but sent me a set and they look great!

That's the ticket!

#905 7 months ago
Quoted from Largemann:

They are the ST branded ones from ebay.

I've had similar issues (different programmer) with ST 2716 and 2732 EPROMs from China and found that repeat programming the chips multiple times (5 or so) without erasing between programming and switching blank check off gets them to work.
Problem is the Chinese are remarking these chips - they may have been a different brand of EPROM requiring different programming algorithm, not the ST one.
Plenty of the Chinese sourced 2716 & 2732 EPROMs I've bought have worked fine though.

#906 7 months ago
Quoted from KJL:

Email Cliffy,
He did not have them on his site but sent me a set and they look great!

$12 from Cliffy, awesome! Thanks!

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#907 6 months ago

Joining the club today...

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#908 4 months ago

Hi all. Can anyone point me in the right direction for th ed following items?
Correct backbox lock
The metal bells that attach to the small plastics near the flippers
Knocker coil assembly
Thankyou!

#909 4 months ago

Lock for backbox

http://pbresource.com/locks.html

The metal bells are hard to find, you could contact knazzo & ask, (great seller) if not, the seller here on ebay has several plastics for sale (depending on how many bells you need) you could remove the bells from the plastic & reuse, it may be the only option. Here is one example he has.

ebay.com link » Supersonic Bally 1979 Pinball Machine Playfield Org Plastic Replace M 1330 139 2

Knocker assembly (same as centaur knocker).

ebay.com link » Bally Fathom Solid State Ss Pinball Machine More Cabinet Knocker

#910 4 months ago
Quoted from Jakusu:

Hi all. Can anyone point me in the right direction for th ed following items?
The metal bells that attach to the small plastics near the flippers

Unless you'e really intent on using those metal bells, you might consider using 1/2" black spacers instead. Since they're not metal they won't dig into your playfield when you tighten them down. You can find them at Marco:

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/254-5054-00

or salvage them from countless Williams games from the 80s & 90s. Crispin used these on his Centaur and I plan to on mine.

#911 4 months ago

Finally repaired the backbox lock mechanism and want to put a key hook on the coin door. Did Centaur come with a backbox key hook on the coin door? If so where did it go ?

Thanks

#912 4 months ago
Quoted from KJL:

Finally repaired the backbox lock mechanism and want to put a key hook on the coin door. Did Centaur come with a backbox key hook on the coin door? If so where did it go ?
Thanks

There should be a little hook for the back box key inside the cabinet right next to the front left leg bolt plate. It should be screwed into the plate itself.

#913 4 months ago
Quoted from shock_me:

There should be a little hook for the back box key inside the cabinet right next to the front left leg bolt plate. It should be screwed into the plate itself.

Thanks shock_me that answers another question I had that came from the playfield swap! Good to go now. Really interesting how all these different companies did things back then. I assume that came out of their EM history.

Thanks again.

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#914 4 months ago

Here's what all mine look like. It was more of a curved "hook" originally, but sometimes they are broken off.
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#915 4 months ago
Quoted from shock_me:

Here's what all mine look like.

Good to know, from your picture mine is broken. Another thing to sort out. Thanks again.

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#916 3 months ago

Hey I’m getting ready to post a for sale on my restored Centaur. If anyone is looking for one please shoot me a PM. If sold because of this thread I will donate double of what Pinside market would charge. Price will be in the lower 4’s. Thanks!

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#917 88 days ago

Just got my machine back from a friend.
Awesome fun trying to destroy Centaur.

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#918 48 days ago

Looking to buy a really nice restored Centuar.

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#919 48 days ago

I recently joined the club after borrowing a centaur from a friend for a winter. But i am planning on taking my time and set it up nice. I have a centaur II and its the focus of my "i just bought a new pinball project" videos. i haven't done too much with it yet, the house projects took over.
Thanks

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#920 26 days ago

I picked up my Centaur as a project last year. Here's my starting point:

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I did a complete overhaul on the game. Repaint of the cab, new (rescreen) pf, re-zinc all the metal pieces, and blacked out all the trim. I'm very pleased with the results:

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I still have a couple of items to clean up (like new instruction cards), but overall very little in the way of issues at start up.

#921 26 days ago
Quoted from djblouw:

I picked up my Centaur as a project last year. Here's my starting point:
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I did a complete overhaul on the game. Repaint of the cab, new (rescreen) pf, re-zinc all the metal pieces, and blacked out all the trim. I'm very pleased with the results:
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I still have a couple of items to clean up (like new instruction cards), but overall very little in the way of issues at start up.

Very nice! Where did you find the clear/black rollovers?

#922 26 days ago
Quoted from mjalexan:

Very nice! Where did you find the clear/black rollovers?

Thanks!

I used a dye to change the start rollover from white to black. You should be able to make them any color you want.

My OCD is now telling me that I need to dye the sling shot kicker arm black, because I can see the white on them.

#923 24 days ago

wahoooooo new member checking in! Destroy Centaur!!

#924 24 days ago
Quoted from djblouw:

I used a dye to change the start rollover from white to black.

That's a very subtle, yet striking customization. Looks great.

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#925 9 days ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

That's a very subtle, yet striking customization. Looks great.

Thanks. There are a lot of custom things going on with this machine:

Blacked out lockdown bar, side rails, shooter rod, and coin door. And some awesome coin plate inserts from ulekstore

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Shooter lane has been blacked out (and all other places that originally had wood showing)

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All stand up targets and star posts switched to black (along with the black star rollovers)

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I'm very excited about the apron cards I'll be making, as long as they turn out the way I envision them.

#926 8 days ago
Quoted from djblouw:

Thanks. There are a lot of custom things going on with this machine:
Blacked out lockdown bar, side rails, shooter rod, and coin door. And some awesome coin plate inserts from ulekstore
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Shooter lane has been blacked out (and all other places that originally had wood showing)
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All stand up targets and star posts switched to black (along with the black star rollovers)
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I'm very excited about the apron cards I'll be making, as long as they turn out the way I envision them.

All great ideas. Nice job!

#927 6 days ago

I'm putting new rubbers in my machine and I see there are six 2" rubbers, but I am unsure where they all go. Here are some photos. Does everything look right? On the top left upper lane the red plastic on the side is missing. Is this normal?

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#928 5 days ago

Are there 18 or 19 - 5/16 rubbers?

#929 5 days ago
Quoted from SomeCaliGuy:

Are there 18 or 19 - 5/16 rubbers?

The leftmost lane guide is supposed to be a full lane guide, not half. With that in mind, it should use two small rings instead of 1 large.

The rightmost lane guide is supposed to be a half lane guid. This is where i used the 6th 2" ring to go around 4 of the 5 posts up there. In that scenario, you don't need the 1.5" ring

This setup required 18x 5/16 ID rings.

If you use the 1.5" ring to capture only 3 of the 5 posts as you've done, then you'll need 19x 5/16" ID rings.

There are manuals on ipdb: https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=centaur&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#476 for Centaur I & II which can be helpful but aren't very detailed.

#930 4 days ago
Quoted from mjalexan:

There are manuals on ipdb: https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=centaur&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#476 for Centaur I & II which can be helpful but aren't very detailed.

Thank you for your reply. I have the manual and as you say, it is not very detailed, thus the confusion. I ordered new lane guides to fix the issue and I'll do what you suggest.

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