(Topic ID: 252344)

Drwho restoration novice questions


By mwrussel

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

I have a dr who I purchased over a decade ago for about $800. It was playable, but really beat up. Over the years as things break, I have replaced boards, been able to track down a few broken wires, replaced all incandescent bulbs with LEDS, even put on a wobble head on top. The translite when purchased was a paper photo copy and I found the original artwork with the help of a lot you and ended up having a pretty decent looking pin. However, over the last several months, there have been multiple issues cropping up that I'm attempting to repair...when one is fixed, it seems another pops up...can't tell if they are related or not....so, something I've been afraid to do, is try to restore it myself.

So, first question....do you need to be an electronics expert/craftsman/all-around expert to reasonably try this? I think I'm fairly trainable via guidance from experts and youtube videos...but would love to hear from others that have started a restoration without maybe knowing the extent of what they were doing when they started. Thanks.

@ltg @pinball_faz

#2 6 months ago
Quoted from mwrussel:

I have a dr who I purchased over a decade ago for about $800. It was playable, but really beat up. Over the years as things break, I have replaced boards, been able to track down a few broken wires, replaced all incandescent bulbs with LEDS, even put on a wobble head on top. The translite when purchased was a paper photo copy and I found the original artwork with the help of a lot you and ended up having a pretty decent looking pin. However, over the last several months, there have been multiple issues cropping up that I'm attempting to repair...when one is fixed, it seems another pops up...can't tell if they are related or not....so, something I've been afraid to do, is try to restore it myself.
So, first question....do you need to be an electronics expert/craftsman/all-around expert to reasonably try this? I think I'm fairly trainable via guidance from experts and youtube videos...but would love to hear from others that have started a restoration without maybe knowing the extent of what they were doing when they started. Thanks.
@ltg @pinball_faz

If you can understand the schematics, then you can underatand if the current problems are tied to one component or an part(s) on a board. Take your time and ask questions here. Plenty of us will help you navigate to the root cause.

#3 6 months ago
Quoted from mwrussel:

I have a dr who I purchased over a decade ago for about $800. It was playable, but really beat up. Over the years as things break, I have replaced boards, been able to track down a few broken wires, replaced all incandescent bulbs with LEDS, even put on a wobble head on top. The translite when purchased was a paper photo copy and I found the original artwork with the help of a lot you and ended up having a pretty decent looking pin. However, over the last several months, there have been multiple issues cropping up that I'm attempting to repair...when one is fixed, it seems another pops up...can't tell if they are related or not....so, something I've been afraid to do, is try to restore it myself.
So, first question....do you need to be an electronics expert/craftsman/all-around expert to reasonably try this? I think I'm fairly trainable via guidance from experts and youtube videos...but would love to hear from others that have started a restoration without maybe knowing the extent of what they were doing when they started. Thanks.
@ltg @pinball_faz

Nope. Mine was a total basket case, and it came out nice.

If you need help, send a msg. I live in Rosemont, and not too far

#4 6 months ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

Nope. Mine was a total basket case, and it came out nice.
If you need help, send a msg. I live in Rosemont, and not too far

Cool! Thanks, will do!

#5 6 months ago

There's lots of help on this forum to help and at least two people that have torn down a DW to the glue joints and rebuilt the game.

You can do it. Take your time.
faz

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