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(Topic ID: 118353)

GENCO Owners Club


By Sheprd

5 years ago



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  • Latest reply 19 days ago by BallyCrazy
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#251 3 months ago

pmoore66 great post, and thank you. For what it's worth, the AC portion is totally unnecessary-- I replaced mine with a modern DC power supply, and it works fine.

While you're in there, I would strongly suggest removing the 120v lines under the playfield that run to the timer and coin door. They are unnecessary in a home environment, and post a shock risk.

#252 3 months ago
Quoted from drsfmd:

pmoore66 great post, and thank you. For what it's worth, the AC portion is totally unnecessary-- I replaced mine with a modern DC power supply, and it works fine.
While you're in there, I would strongly suggest removing the 120v lines under the playfield that run to the timer and coin door. They are unnecessary in a home environment, and post a shock risk.

I'm thinking that I will hang on to the selenium rectifier just in case the next owner really wants that look. Although I am not a perfectionist, I consider myself a steward of my games. A time will come when my macines will be passed along so until that time, I will do my best to keep them functional. Most of my machines came with odd hacks that annoy me so if the next owner is annoyed by my removal of the rectifier, at least they could reattach it for aesthetic purposes.

#253 3 months ago
Quoted from Pmoore66:

I ordered a bridge rectifier from PBR and made time for the replacement this morning.

Usually, the DC- is connected to the center tap of the transformer, making the common "ground". I think you have the DC- and DC+ reversed from that perspective.

#254 3 months ago

sheprd I pulled the DC+(middle wire) and that short wire from the same connection point on the selenium rectifier. The DC- was at the end by itself. This is my first attempt at this replacement. Machine has been working fine. If they were reversed what would I expect?

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#255 79 days ago
Quoted from Pmoore66:

sheprd I pulled the DC+(middle wire) and that short wire from the same connection point on the selenium rectifier. The DC- was at the end by itself. This is my first attempt at this replacement. Machine has been working fine. If they were reversed what would I expect?

Things will still work. The DC creates a magnetic field that pulls in relays and solenoids either way. It's kind of like having an old car with a positive ground system. Still works, but if someone expects it to conform to what is typical in most machines, they will get wrong measurements. If you ever want to ground the metal parts of the machine for safety reasons like all modern games are, you will want to reverse the DC and go negative ground.

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#256 69 days ago

Bought a Black Gold on Wednesday for $200. It's my first EM game, and the first time I've ever encountered a wood rail. Playfield is in fairly nice condition for being 70 years old, but the backglass needs a lot of repainting.

The seller told me that the machine was working when he bought it (We've all heard that one before). The seller told me the machine sat in a barn for many years before he got ahold of it. The cord was too frayed and torn to plug in and test the machine on location. So I made sure nothing from the machine was missing, and took the machine home.

The repair list:
1 bridge rectifier
14 improperly spaced switches
1 missing ground wire
2 cold solder joints
1 tired bonus wheel spring
3 fuses to replace the blown ones jumpered with aluminum foil (yes, seriously)

All in all the work took about 16 hours and as of this morning is working flawlessly. While these games are really simple even compared to a lot of EM machines, I found my woodrail to be fun and addicting to play.

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#257 69 days ago

Genco had some beautiful games, I actually have 8 Genco flyers, not easy to come by: https://nypinball.com/category/genco/?post_types=flyers
If any of you Genco collectors have any flyers I need by all means let me know if you would sell it.

champion baseball (pitch n bat): https://nypinball.com/flyers/champion-baseball/

fun fair: https://nypinball.com/flyers/fun-fair/

hi fly (pitch n bat): https://nypinball.com/flyers/hi-fly/

puddin head: https://nypinball.com/flyers/hi-fly/

quarterback: https://nypinball.com/flyers/quarterback-3/

rip snorter: https://nypinball.com/flyers/rip-snorter/

showboat: https://nypinball.com/flyers/showboat/

south pacific: https://nypinball.com/flyers/south-pacific/

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#258 19 days ago
Quoted from BallyCrazy:

Hi,
A friend of mine in France has a 1949 Black Gold Genco he wants to restore. The Backglass and playfield are in a pretty good shape.
Unfortunately, some parts are missing inside the backbox.
The best would be to get good quality pictures of a Black Gold backbox so he can identify the missing parts.
Pictures of a same era Genco pinball could also help.
And as soon as these parts are identified, he will of course be looking for them...
Anyone of the Genco Owners Club can help him ?
Thanks
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Hi
Missing parts have been rebuilt. This nice Black Gold is back to service. Here it is :
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