Locking the search disc (early Bingo's)


By Ballyoldboy

5 months ago


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    #1 5 months ago

    I am seriously considering locking the search disc arm on my early United Pixies bingo game. Having just replaced all fingers with near mint ones, the unnecessary wear and tear is driving me to drink.
    It shouldn't be to hard to lock the search disc. A discrete button maybe under the game to release the search arm, should you have a wining line, and let the clutch do the same as latter bingo's did. Of course having the odd few spares makes the project easier.
    I'm sure many of you might agree this excess wear has to stop. Anyone done this? Share your idea's with us all please
    Pics show fingers replaced using 8BA nuts/bolts, a perfect match for old rivet.
    Cheers John UK

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    #2 5 months ago

    the original wiper contacts looked pretty good to me ... I've had games where most of the contact was gone, along with the tip of the finger.

    the worst game wore the finger down into the contact mounting hole and the contact fell out. Game still paid correctly.

    united already saved wear-n-tear on the search relays by not powering some when a win wasn't possible ... if you save the contacts also(and lose the early search relay chatter), you're gonna put the parts guys out of business

    #3 5 months ago

    Hi again
    Although I have tons of spares for Bally, it's impossible here in the UK to get spares for United, I believe I have the only Pixies over here. You're quite right about search relay chatter, the contacts are in great condition but the fibre contact plates were becoming very loose, which I sorted by re-peening the two holding points on a jewellers anvil, perfect job done.
    Giving an average game time of 2 mins including feeding coins for 30 seconds the search disc will revolve 30 times, so a saving of 30 to 1 on wear makes my project really worth while. But it does look like I'm the only one that cares, I do find that strange, however Bally obviously made that modification for a good reason.
    Look at the damage on the score disc which I fixed using a thin silver sheet, not having spares is a big problem and have already spent a fortune with Pinball Resource
    Thanks for your interest. John

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