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FH Restoration - Questions


By kcZ

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

I've been working on my FH project for far too long. Finally getting to the point of putting the pastics on. I have a couple questions...

1. Not sure how necessary the clear plastic behind the trap door is. I've checked out a few of HEP FH restos, and he puts it on some of them but not all. My original game did not have this plastic. It seems like this plastic may help the ball rolling back down across the trap door hinge as it sits rather proud of the top of the playfield.

2. I'm not sure what secures the top most part of the left outlane plastic (circled in red). Looking through my parts, the best I can figure is a long screw that has a long smooth portion. The smooth portion is long enough that no threads would show once installed. This does not quite seem right but the hole in that metal is small and not much seems to fit in it.

Please note... these are HEP pics but they show exactly what I'm talking about.

#2 4 years ago

The plastic is needed to keep the ball travel level.. see below.

http://www.pinbits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_3&products_id=260

If you need it I have an extra I can part with for $15

#3 4 years ago

I have the plastic but I was just questioning its use.

I stand corrected... it seems like HEP does put this plastic on all his games.

Looks like I will be installing the plastic tomorrow.

#4 4 years ago
Quoted from kcZ:

I have the plastic but I was just questioning its use.
I stand corrected... it seems like HEP does put this plastic on all his games.
Looks like I will be installing the plastic tomorrow.

The general rule is that when something was there when the game was made, you generally want to make sure it's there when you do the restoration. It was there to begin with for a reason. (There are exceptions to this rule, of course...the Indiana Jones mode hole scoop being one big example.)

If nobody comes up with the answer to the screw question, I'll try to look at it tomorrow.

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

The general rule is that when something was there when the game was made, you generally want to make sure it's there when you do the restoration. It was there to begin with for a reason. (There are exceptions to this rule, of course...the Indiana Jones mode hole scoop being one big example.)
If nobody comes up with the answer to the screw question, I'll try to look at it tomorrow.

I agree but I'm not sure that my game had that plastic originally... I just checked my original playfield, there are holes from the plastic but I don't see the plastic in my original plastics pile...maybe it was removed by a previous owner.

#6 4 years ago

I got the Pinbits replacement when I did my restoration. The plastic was there on mine, but it fell right off of the hinge when I lifted the old one off. The weak point was right where the metal hinge is. If it broke, someone may have taken it off and not replaced it. If the holes were there, the plastic was there. When I put the plastic on my new playfield, I had to mark and drill the holes in the PF to screw it in. Mirco (or whoever) didn't have those holes there by default. But I do believe that plastic serves to level everything correctly around the trap door assembly, and the switch should be adjusted to peek above the plastic, I think. How high above the PF does your switch stick up? That might be a hint to whether it was there or not...unless, of course, it was already adjusted down.

#7 4 years ago

Bump... Still trying to figure out what goes on that left outlane plastic.

#8 4 years ago

It's a small screw through a hollow metal tube, image below isn't for a FH but it's close enough.

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#9 4 years ago
Quoted from BR80:

It's a small screw through a hollow metal tube, image below isn't for a FH but it's close enough.
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Also a small washer between the tube and pf

#10 4 years ago

Thanks... I figured the screw but I'll have to look harder for the tube.

1 week later
#11 4 years ago
Quoted from BR80:

It's a small screw through a hollow metal tube, image below isn't for a FH but it's close enough.
20151224_230782_(resized).jpg

I actually found the hollow tube and screw, I must have had my eyes closed when I looked earlier as they were right with the other tumbled hardware parts... I likely was expecting the tube to be longer so I overlooked the actual part.

I also got the Pinbits plastic for behind the trap door installed. I decided to use the Pinbits one over the OE version (which I already had) as it had the cutout for the trap door hinge which also gives it a spot to mount at the front.

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