Quoted from subruckus:
Yeah, sounds like you got a bit more of a project than me! I am very new to fixing pins / soldering etc, so glad you beat me to it.
On the phone he said that everything was working besides the top roleover lanes, which he described as registering for points but not 'making any sound.' Is that the case? He also said some bulbs were out.
So he must have been fibbing about the flippers, rubber, and waxing. Either trying to get rid of it quick, or didn't even plug the game in perhaps?
Hope it gets playing smoothly soon!
This is my first pin, so I too am a bit new to this. Fortunately, I am familiar with basic electrical and mechanical repair, so this has been a fun challenge so far.
The top roleover lanes were indeed not making sounds. Turns out the chime box had a stuck plunger. Once I figured that out, it was fairly easy to fix. Most of the 'out' bulbs are actually bad sockets (which would appear to be common for this era of Bally machines). Replacing a bulb is cheap and easy. Fixing or replacing the socket is a bit more work...
Was he "fibbing"? Well... I guess it is all how you look at it. The flipper action was strong, (he just left out the minor detail that it was also cracked and broken). The rubbers were arguably in good shape for being 20+ years old (which to most of us would be, not too good).
It is all coming together. I have a few more parts on order, but it already plays well! If you find yourself in the Castro Valley area, look me up and I will let you try it out.
Here is a pic of it setup in my basement:
Farlander's Eight Ball