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By Herk

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Howdy folks! I'm new to the hobby (i.e. complete noob) and got my first pin almost 3 weeks ago. I've had a Chicago Coin Galaxy Shuffle bowler for roughly a year now. That's been a project off and on since then. But that's for another story.
The pin is a William's Pat Hand. I got it from a family friend who got it out of a house that was being tore down. They knew nothing about it other than the guy was in the military. It was untested. In fact, it couldn't be tested because it had a plug I'd never seen. Turns out it was a European plug. I didn't notice at the time but the instructions were in German as well as it asking for "Deutsche Marks" on the coin door.
So after I got a conversion plug from wal-mart, I plugged it in and fired it up. Which I know now wasn't the smartest thing to do. It lit up! But that was about it. No game end. No scoring. Nothing worked well. It's been a very long process and a steep learning curve for me. It was very much a "two steps forward one step backwards" type of deal. I'd fix something, I'll break something else. I worked on it every day other than one. But now I can actually play a game! And yesterday the score started working on it's own! I didn't even get into the head of the machine much yet since I'd been focusing on everything in the box.
Anyways, I have $152 in parts and such. And $100 in the machine. I just wanted to post it to pass along my excitement! I've played probably thirty games since last night. It's a blast! I still have a few minor kinks to work out. And I have a scheduled appointment Saturday with a repairman 75 miles away so he can give it a better check and to teach me a few things.
Here's a video of the machine actually working!

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#2 1 year ago

Wow you got a sweet deal, enjoy it some before you go tearing it apart!

#3 1 year ago

Congrats and welcome to the hobby!

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from RWH:

Wow you got a sweet deal, enjoy it some before you go tearing it apart!

Hopefully the tearing apart is over now. Just some minor tweaks. I'm over all the tearing!

#5 1 year ago

Good to see it didn't get trashed or forgot about. Congratulations on a major step in the hobby. Enjoy

#6 1 year ago

The more you play it
the better it will work
as contacts tend to clean themselves
if game has been sitting a long while.

#7 1 year ago

Pat Hand is a fun game. I always enjoy playing it in the Pinburgh tournament.

#8 1 year ago

Hey, great for you! Your excitement and enthusiasm is refreshing, and I think it's great.
Congratulations on your first machine, welcome to the hobby, and welcome to Pinside. You'll find a lot of help here. If you're anything like many of us, it won't be your last machine! Best of luck.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Hey, great for you! Your excitement and enthusiasm is refreshing, and I think it's great.
Congratulations on your first machine, welcome to the hobby, and welcome to Pinside. You'll find a lot of help here. If you're anything like many of us, it won't be your last machine! Best of luck.

Thanks! I'm searching the local classifieds now daily looking for the next one!

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from Herk:

Thanks! I'm searching the local classifieds now daily looking for the next one!

Oh boy!

#11 1 year ago

Oh we all remember those sleepless night

#12 1 year ago

Welcome Herk. Have a great time playing your Pat Hand it might be the first but not the last. Keep a lot of those Deutsche Marks around!

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#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Welcome Herk. Have a great time playing your Pat Hand it might be the first but not the last. Keep a lot of those Deutsche Marks around!

Haha! I actually ordered one off of eBay the day I got the machine because I couldn’t figure out how to add credits!

#14 1 year ago

There are a few threads on adding credits just go to topics and type Adding Credits and I think there are 4 or5 if that helps.

I missed out on a Pat Hand in my town that was for sale. Guess I have to be faster.

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Herk:

Haha! I actually ordered one off of eBay the day I got the machine because I couldn’t figure out how to add credits!

The easiest way is to open the back panel and turn the replay wheel by hand! For a newbie anyway. You can jumper out the zero position switch on the replay unit so that the game will start with no credits on the wheel. 25c coin mechs are readily available and you can easily replace the German currency one if you want to keep the machine on coin play.

#16 1 year ago

THAT'S FANTASTIC ! So glad you "saved' this machine and brought it back to life. Good job ! Interesting it was a German machine and made it back to U.S. (I'm fairly new also > assuming it was built in U.S. and shipped over..?) ENJOY IT !

#17 1 year ago

Great story and welcome aboard to this great hobby/addiction! I always say there could could be worse things to be addicted to

#18 1 year ago

Thanks fellas! This hobby has some of the friendliest people I’ve come across! Thanks for everyone being so welcoming!
I just got home from having a pro look at it. The game works and plays crazy fast compared to before.
However he ran out of time due to a prior engagement, and it still has a bug that’s really irking me. The game just keeps cycling when it starts a new game.
It will sometimes work itself out. But I’m afraid to let it keep going and to burn something up.

#19 1 year ago

What keeps cycling, the score reels?

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

What keeps cycling, the score reels?

The score motor, the ball kicker and I’m not sure what else. I’ll take a video and upload to YouTube.
It’s like it’s trying to constantly start a game.
If I manually go and push the trip over and end the game it’s fine. Until the ball falls and it’s back to cycling over and over again.

#21 1 year ago

Here’s the video!

#22 1 year ago

Anyone have any ideas?
So far I’ve checked the outhole switch for sticking shut. The zero switch on the bonus stepper. The bonus stepper for sluggishness. And cleaned all the reset relay switches. As well as associated coin and bonus relay switches.
I can’t figure it out. I think it may be above what I can do. The pro who I took it to had run out of time. But he seemed pretty frustrated by it. So if he couldn’t figure it out in the little time he had. I highly doubt I can.

#23 1 year ago

I noticed in the original video you posted, the game was somewhat playing, but it was like only the playfield itself had power. It wasn't scoring or ringing the chimes.
Did this constant cycling situation start happening sometine after that video was taken?

#24 1 year ago

Yes sir. Before it was barely working. Then after the fella worked on it, it started working correctly. It started doing this cycling thing when he was wrapping it up. Basically everything seems to work now and work well other than this cycling problem.

#25 1 year ago

I don’t know what’s up. I had it on for most of the evening. And the more I played it the less it did it.
In fact I played 4 straight games and it never did it once. Let it sit an hour went back and played two more games. No problems. Noooo idea. Lol

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