Finally - a good update! lol
She's working again! (Well, somewhat!)
I cleaned the 0 Deg Relay contacts, as well as the Start & Trigger relay contacts. I meticulously checked after each thing I worked on, so I could note which item was possibly the culprit. None of these things worked.
Looking over the schematics and knowing I have the Black wire coming from the Jones plug going no where, and the "looped" Orange wire also not going any where - I decided to once again try to see if these should be connected. (They don't! I blew another 10A fuse) - But, after blowing the fuse (and changing it out) - the start/coin switches are now working again! lol Why??
A couple of weird or possible issues that are/were relevant -
When I manually stroke the 10 cent coin switch - the game starts (as well as giving me credits)
When I manually stroke the 25 cent coin switch - the trigger goes off, lose a shot (as well as giving me credits)
After a full game (20 shots) the "Control Unit Release coil" stays on (pulled in) - until I either manually rotate the shot stepper, or turn the game off, or hit the play button again - then it releases. (Looking at the machine from the rear, This is the small rotating wheel (stepper?) at the top right inside the machine, with one divot at the zero point I believe. And this is the small coil/relay that releases a tab to stop the rotating wheel.
Not sure why it keeps running??
I was having issues with the trigger relay, as it was sticking, for anywhere from 3 to 12 shots. I adjusted the left most blade on this relay and that seems to have fixed that issue (although when I hit a target, the light inside stayed on for a few seconds before. Now it's almost instantaneous, quick light and dunn (Maybe that's how it's supposed to look/act? Or I've "over adjusted this switch blade?) I used to have to wait a bit between shots, now I can fire rapidly, although I don't think the machine records /steps each one. There seems to be a slight pause before it will show a shot taken, even tho I may have fired off 3 or 4 rapidly. If I slow it down, and pause on my own, it does record each shot as it should.
But nonetheless - I'm making progress and the game is operational again.
I'll keep working on this one and if there are any tips or comments to the above, chime in. (I like them to work as they were intended if I can)
Just wanted to say thanks to several here who did try ( and eventually) did help me get this one going again! THANK YOU!
Next up - trying to get the tape unit to produce sound (tapes all there, and it seems to be operational, but possibly some board work needs completed there.)