I've just acquired my first pins ( went for one and ended up with two) and I'm doing some repairs to bring them up to good health. I consider myself technically and electronically proficient, but I wanted to run an idea by the board to check my sanity.
My first repair is to fix the left slingshot assembly on my Getaway. I'm going to remove the assembly from the underside of the Playfield, rebuild it, and mount it back under the play field.
I understand the usual strategy is to desolder the connectors, and then solder back in place once mounted to the underside.
Is there any reason why I would not do this:
-Cut the wires approx 2-3 inches from the connectorsto the coil and leave the solder joint in place.
- Strip 1/8" of wire and attach a lever nut to the ends of the exposed copper. ( photo attached for reference)
-Remove the assembly, repair/rebuild, and then simply attach the wires at the lever nut. The lever nut is rated for 400V, 32A, and weights practically nothing. They also attach to the wires very tightly and there is no risk of them dangling off. I've used them for many projects.
This seems like a logical thing to do upon each repair ( but not to retrofit), and in the future if I were to have a problem with the same mechanism it would be a simple disconnect and repair. It also avoids having to solder and desolder inside of the machine in a less than ideal environment and angle. If I were to replace with a new assembly, I would simply solder the wires in advance from my bench and simply snap into place inside the machine.