After everything was reconnected, I powered it on for the first time...I was nervous.
First thing I noticed was that there was no sound. Ok: seller disclosed that info to me when I bought the game. It did work on the 3rd or 4th time i powered it up, but then went dead again. U11 LED light is locked on upon powered up, no flashing or blinking. Seller thinks a capacitor kit will resolve, and after a little bit of searching, I will try that first. GPE has the cheapest kits (by a long shot). Anyone know how long it takes before it gets back in stock?
The speakers work, and I can turn the volume pot up and down to hear volume go up and down also. Reflowed header pins on the boards, but will also probably re-crimp all connector pins on all the boards...just for fun
Second thing I notice, and it wasn't until after a while, was that I can feel current running through the side rails. At first, I thought I was imagining things. But when you slowly touch the side rails or the coin door, you can definitely feel a "vibration." Well, shit. That's not safe. So I'll probably replace the power cord with a 3-pronged power cord. Anyone know how to do this? I'll do a bit of research. Will be #1 on my priority list. Unplugged.
Next is the right flippers don't work. I ran through the solenoid test and all the solenoids fire, and I can hear the flipper relay ticking during test. Left flipper works. I cleaned the flipper switches. Nope. Then I swapped left and right switches. No go. I'll next reflow solder to the header pins in the solenoid driver board, then recrimp the connector pins.
From what I could see, GI was working, about half of the controlled lamps were working, only a handful of the back box lamps were working. So not sure if they're bad bulbs, bad sockets, bad SCR's, bad whatever else you can think of. I've read the sound board draws power from the GI? Who comes up with these things? Anyways, they may be related.
Because I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere, and it was late, but I had to wait for the clothes washer to finish, I started wiping down the plastics with Novus 1...because dirty...and so that I wouldn't feel like I didn't accomplish something. They are yellowed and crusty, but they'll do. Only one was broken, but nothing a little mylar couldn't patch together. Also did a wipe of the playfield with a little simple green and naptha. The pf is still dull. Novus 2 brought back a little color ( I just did the left outlane). So when I get it stripped down, I'll probably have to go in with Novus 2 after the initial wipe down....unless anyone else has other thoughts on this. Will lay down a layer of wax when it gets to this point.
I'll work on it more when I get home, maybe...
Oh, and I've been hacking up my lungs with all that dust. I hope I don't die before it gets cleaned up. Vac'd and wiped the inside of the cabinet. I could probably build another pinball machine with all that dust, and the random bulbs, rubbers, and hardware inside.