Sourcing Missing Parts
I didn't have to go into this for my last game since everything was there, but for this game I needed to source some parts. This took me about 2 months. Finding parts for these games is a pain in the butt. Hopefully the info below will help someone in the future who's looking for parts. Some game specific parts you aren't going to find like the gun or the clown. I've spent a lot of time looking for a clown on my last project. Everyone knows about PBR, Marco, etc for parts, but for stuff like this, you need to go to a few lesser know places.For this game, here is what was needed/missing
1) 10 cent coin mech
These aren't the easiest to find. You can buy them from Crow River Trading(http://www.crowriver.com/ps/coinslides3.htm), but with shipping it would come out to about $54.00. I wasn't willing to pay that. I bought mine from Ebay seller: nabours. At the time I'm writing this, they have 1 more 10c coin mech. The one I received from them was packed really well and looked almost NOS. I tested it and it worked flawlessly. 10/10 would buy from them again.
2) Armature for one of the stepper units
I found what looked to be the correct armature at PBR (http://www.pbresource.com/special.html) listed as Midway Drive Arm and Pawl Assembly MWY-S6, but I couldn't verify that was the one I needed. The stepper unit in this game is the same stepper unit for the bear in a Midway Shooting Gallery. So, I bought the Bear control unit from http://www.rempinball.com/. He has some odds and ends for these types of games. I was more than I wanted to spend, but supply and demand..
3) The ball load coil V23-900
It's not missing, but it's been submerged in poop. It should still work,but I wanted to be safe. Also, this game unlike the others of the same type needs 2 ball load coils V23-900. One is for releasing the ball out of the gun, but the other is for the main target. If you look at the 3rd pic in the second post here,you'll see a tube on the left side. The tube is used to push a red ball from the base to the top of the main target using the air from the compressor. When the switch at the bottom of the zig zag in the main target is tripped by the ball, the blast gate at the back of the main target open and propels another ball to the top. Unlike other the other games, the compressor is always on in this game. Since this coil is critical to the game working, I set out to find one...and couldn't. Weeks later a parts dealer I had done business with before messaged me and surprisingly found one... a NOS one. The dealer is oldtomcat on Ebay(ebay.com link). He used to be an operator and has tons of NOS motors. If you don't see something listed, shoot him a message and he'll check for you. Really nice guy.
4) New cloth wire
I wanted to keep the machine as original as possible down to the wiring. too-many-pins had help me find some switches for my last game. When I heard Skip was selling the business, I contacted him about these parts. He's super knowledgeable and while I'm happy that he sold the business, I'll miss doing business with him. He told me that the color combination for the wiring in my game was only used for a short amount of time. He wound up selling me an entire wiring harness from a Bally woodrail from the same era. I'll try to get a picture of it. It's massive with color correct wiring for my game. I don't think I'll need cloth wire ever again. Side note: another good place to find cloth wire is on Ebay. It's used by musicians that like the vintage wire for amps, but it's usually sold in spools of single color combinations.
5) Fuse Block
The fuse clips were at their end of life. I had stolen a couple of fuses from this game when troubleshooting the other game. Every fuse I removed the clips broke. I could have replaced it with a modern fuse block, but where is the fun in that? Skip came through again. One of the things I liked about him was that when you needed 1 item, he sold you 5 of them. I needed some wire, he sold me an entire harness. I needed 1 fuse block, he sold me 19. There was a reason he did this. He told me he had sat down one day and calculated the minimum amount he needed to put on each order just to break even. And that was the minimum amount he had to sell on each order to not lose money. He wasn't doing this to get rich. He genuinely enjoyed helping people bring their games back to life. I ended up with 2 5 position fuse blocks and a ton of single fuse blocks all loaded with vintage fuses.
6) Rifle Stock
I did a lot of research to try to find an exact make and model of the rifle used. Most everyone told me to use a Remington 22 stock. The issue was the original stock on the game didn't have a notch for the bolt action like the 22 rifles had. I even went as far as reading through a book that showed every gun Remington made. The only conclusion I could come to is that Midway bought solid blank stocks from Remingtion that weren't milled,and then Midway did all the milling. Which makes sense. Why would Remington mill the stocks to accept their hardware, if they were just going to sell them to Midway. It would have been cheaper just to sell them blank stocks. I ended up buying a Remington 514 stock from Ebay for $30. The finish is trashed. I didn't want to buy a nice stock since I'm assuming I won't mill it correctly the first time and this one will be practice. My other hobby is woodworking. I have a full woodworking shop with all the necessary machines to mill the replacement stock, but I've never done anything like this. Should be a good learning experience.
PBR didn't have schematics for the game. They even had me check my spelling twice since they didn't have anything about the game. It's one of the few games they don't have schematics for. I ended up buying them from pinballmike.com.
8 ) Pics of a properly wired game
The schematics helped with how to wire some of the chewed wires, but not all of them. So, I started hunting for people with this game to see if anyone could provide pictures of a working game. I found 6 people. That's not to say there isn't more, but that was all I could fine on the internet. 1 guy here on Pinside. 2 guys in one of my Facebook groups. Vintage Coin-Op Restorations has/had 2 of them. A now closed business in Arizona had one. Luckily, one of the guys in my Facebook group took some time and sent me photos of all the parts of his machine. This was huge and will prove to be invaluable! This will take a lot of the guesswork out of which wire goes where.
The bulbs in the game are replacements and they are broke anyway. My last game had the original Edison bulbs in it. As much as I wanted to keep them for this game, I ended up selling them with the last game. I haven't been able to find more. Here is a picture of the old bulbs. If anyone can identify them or tell me where to find some, please let me know
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