I am finally getting some time to go-through a Bally Doctor-Who that I dragged home late last year. I picked this game up with the knowledge that the MPF was none functioning, had been previously disassembled, and "may, or may not" have all the parts included. A quick look revealed that the original DC motor, gear box, cam, and mounting bracket were missing in their entirety (the rest was there). I picked up a new box/motor, wiring pigtail, and used bracket/cam and began to piece the assembly back together under the guidance of the online resources, and the extensive forum threads on the topic. The re-assembly went very well overall, and all components appeared to be in good condition with little wear, and no damage. My effort was not without the seemingly-common CW/CCW error issues, which on this example, were traced back to a broken wire at the under playfield motor-directional board.
I now have the MPF functioning as designed; however, in the fully retracted position (down), the MPF parks in a position that is ever-so-slightly higher than the main playfield. Visually, this difference didn't seem like it would be a real issue, but in game play, it creates a rather violent ramp effect and will not allow the ball to even enter the MPF area! The surprising thing to me is that this issue does not seem to be consistent with the other "cant" related issues that seem to be common, and caused by a misalignment of the static MPF framework. On this one, the height differential is fairly even/constant from one edge of the MPF to the other.
Has anyone ran into this before? Any input/suggestions on where to go next are greatly appreciated.
A link to a video of the MPF working through the test sequence is below for reference.
Thanks in advance!