Here is our new member post and introduction i guess. Just bought the family our first ever pinball machine. Looked at several before landing on the F-14 itself. This F-14 or seems to be the best of the 3 f-14's we looked at. Sorry for the bulb glare in the pictures.
The cabinet seems like it is pretty sweet overall.
Boards and components seem good so far.
No corrosion around batteries.
LEDS installed in everything except for the flashers. (future project ---will search previous posts on this forum for knowledge).
Beacons work (small squeak gonna get belts and clean).
Playfield seems pretty decent for wear and such, it has what seems to be typical insert pealing and finish cracking.
back glass is not original it is a piece of glass with a plastic like sheet attached to it. Looks okay.
Here is where I could use some experienced advise, pry a lot more but maybe we can start here.
Flippers are due to get freshened up. My plan is to rebuild all four. new sleeves bushings and everything in the kits. Thoughts on using the external spring rather than the one around the plunger? if so anyone have a part number for that external spring.
As part of the flipper rebuild (which began due to the top left flipper getting hung up once in a while not going back to the home position) my playfield does not have any positioning holes behind the flippers. Seen that before?
Behind the lower flippers is there supposed to be metal guide rails in the two small holes shown in the picture?
On occasion when I shoot a ball into the center targets it takes and jumps off the field and bounces all over. i have ordered a little foam blocks for behind the target along with a set of padded targets. Any other advise on how to correct to keep from damaging the playfield? are they weak targets.?
Opinion -thinking about using black legs with a red pen stripe or do you think chrome would look better?
And yes I have a little experience with electrical, but from what i have read in the previous forum pages i have lots and lots to learn. lol
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
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