Hi folks, first post here.
I received an F-14 in less than ideal condition.
As such, I've been slowly going about obvious repairs and some upgrades.
Recently I began having problems with the slings and pop bumper, and this forum has been great to drive home where to look.
Having gotten the pop and slings to work, I quickly took notice that I no longer had working upper GI and pop lamps working. Yes, the F1 violet white fuse was blown. I can reliably reproduce that at this point.
I've been trying to eliminate large sections of the playfield and am starting to get discouraged.
I've desoldered violet/violet white for the pop bumper, the switch for what I believe is the spinner at the bottom right of the playfield (with it standing up and the guts facing me), the staples playfield traces for lamps in the same vicinity, and also disconnected a plug that terminates into new colors for the upper PF. Yes, the IDC connector on the power board had some black char. I've temporarily hacked that with some PC molex connectors.
I can reliably disconnect 3PJ and 3P8 and not blow a fuse, so I believe this means that my issue is in the playfield, somewhere.
At this point none of the PF GI is working, however the lower half briefly did after adding the molex connectors in the mix.
I'm targeting violet and violet white, and thought I'd reach out to some smarter gents before I disconnect anything else.
Any help is greatly appreciated.