(Topic ID: 186627)

Gorgar / Williams System 6 Battery Holder Fix, You Never Seen This One


By njpinballfan

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

My Gorgar's battery compartment has been out of order due to battery corrosion for over 10 years. I purchased a new battery holder online years ago but never had the nerve to try and replace. A few weeks ago members of Pinside helped me fix other problems on my Gorgar (solenoid fuse blowing due to 40 pin was the big one) and it gave me the confidence to try and replace the battery compartment. I've seen videos where people use a lithium replacements or move the battery holder to the side behind the backglass. Tonight I un-soldered the bad battery holder and placed the new one I purchased on the board. None of the pins lined up with the holes in the board. I was not happy. Determined to fix this, I came up with a solution that I am really happy with and have never seen anyone do before. Instead keeping the battery holder behind the backglass I decided to solder 6 five-foot wires (3 black for neg, 3 red for positive) to the board and run them below the playfield. I soldered 6 one-foot wires (3 black for neg, 3 red for positive) to the new battery holder and matched them to the wires I ran from behind the backglass. I connected the wires (numbering each to make sure they all matched) using electrical tape (for now) and put new batteries in. The battery holder is now located right at the coin drop. For the first time in over a decade my Gorgar did not start in test mode! What I like best about this solution is I do not have to remove the backglass to replace the batteries in the future and if I ever forget to do so, battery corrosion will not leak on the board. I am going to replace the electrical tape with connectors so don't scream at me now See pictures below of my mod fix...

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#2 2 years ago

The response to this one should be interesting.

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#3 2 years ago

I think you could do this with just two longer wires.
Just connect the batteries (in a series) at the holder, then run the negative lead to the upper right (-) and the positive lead to the lower left (+)

#4 2 years ago

If you don't have something nice to say.....
If you don't have something nice to say.....

I'm out!!

#5 2 years ago

????? You're right! never seen this one!
You can do this with only two wires and bridging the batteries together in a chain. BUT hey, if it works it works.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

I think you could do this with just two longer wires.
Just connect the batteries (in a series) at the holder, then run the negative lead to the upper right (-) and the positive lead to the lower left (+)

could have saved some wire, but hey got a deal from Radio Shack "going out of business" sale, so I'm okay with the extra $2.00 in expense. If my solder fails I will do this, thanks.

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from arcademojo:

????? You're right! never seen this one!
You can do this with only two wires and bridging the batteries together in a chain. BUT hey, if it works it works.

Thanks for the positive reply, not an expert here and really happy I was able to fix.

#8 2 years ago

We all started somewhere.
Mounting the battery holder remotely = good idea.
Mounting the battery holder so you can access it from the coin door = great idea
Storing extra wire for the zombie apocalypse = genius.
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#9 2 years ago
Quoted from njpinballfan:

not an expert here and really happy I was able to fix.

Gorgar was the first pin I ever bought way back in the mid 90's. Bought it as a non working game and had no clue how to fix it. No clue how to solder or any electronics experience beside for installing a few car stereos. Still have it to this day and actually never fixed it yet. I've bought, repaired and sold 3 other Gorgars throughout the years but had this one packed away in storage. I really need to dig it out and fix it. Gorgar has always been my favorite pin when growing up. Glad you got yours working right.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from ChrisHibler:

We all started somewhere.
Mounting the battery holder remotely = good idea.
Mounting the battery holder so you can access it from the coin door = great idea
Storing extra wire for the zombie apocalypse = genius.
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Chris Hibler - CARGPB #31
http://ChrisHiblerPinball.com/contact/
http://www.PinWiki.com - The new place for pinball repair info

Best post this month.

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from ChrisHibler:

We all started somewhere.

With that being said and I knew shit before coming here..I highly recommend reading all of Vid1900 topics on repairs. A serious wealth of knowledge all for free.
-Mike

#12 2 years ago

That's priceless! Love it, still laughing! You guys are funny. Lower voltage drop right!

1 month later
#13 1 year ago

Bahahah, thanks for the post, cheered me up love the pics!!!

#14 1 year ago

I definitely give OP credit here. It may not be a streamlined fix, but it works as intended. What i really give him credit for is having the cojones to put his logic to the test. It's a leap of faith sometimes when trying to repair something yourself, especially when you lack experience. This was a great chance for the OP to learn, and an even greater chance for the OP to get a taste of the excitement of successfully performing their own repairs. We all have to start somewhere. Some people refuse to try learning to work on their own stuff because they're afraid of screwing something up. Understandable! I know I've made mistakes, and will continue to. But that's unfortunately the only way to get experience, and to learn. Only those who are willing to take chances will get to experience the joy of a successful repair. Bravo, OP!

#15 1 year ago

I'm going to do that on all my games.

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from frunch:

I definitely give OP credit here. It may not be a streamlined fix, but it works as intended. What i really give him credit for is having the cojones to put his logic to the test. It's a leap of faith sometimes when trying to repair something yourself, especially when you lack experience. This was a great chance for the OP to learn, and an even greater chance for the OP to get a taste of the excitement of successfully performing their own repairs. We all have to start somewhere. Some people refuse to try learning to work on their own stuff because they're afraid of screwing something up. Understandable! I know I've made mistakes, and will continue to. But that's unfortunately the only way to get experience, and to learn. Only those who are willing to take chances will get to experience the joy of a successful repair. Bravo, OP!

Thanks! Game is working great, and now changed all the backglass lights and some playfield with LEDs. It's never looked better.

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