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Paragon playfield swap

By JWCpinball

9 months ago


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#1 9 months ago

I have been considering my first playfield swap for a long time. I recently purchased a cpr paragon playfield, and started off by building a rotisserie.

Here is the rotisserie and new playfield:
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Here is the old playfield, with the bad Mylar job I did in 1993.
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Here is the back of the playfield
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I have ordered some parts, and I will begin cleaning the old parts and adding lighting to the new playfield in the next week or so. I will try to document the restoration here.

#2 9 months ago

the old field looks 100X's better than any paragon people send me.

#3 9 months ago
Quoted from CaptainNeo:

the old field looks 100X's better than any paragon people send me.

That was my first thought too!

Good Luck. Take lots of pictures.
You'll be able to handle it.

Consider replacing lamp sockets. The Bally sockets from that era kinda suck.
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#4 9 months ago
Quoted from ChrisHibler:

That was my first thought too!
Good Luck. Take lots of pictures.
You'll be able to handle it.
Consider replacing lamp sockets. The Bally sockets from that era kinda suck.
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Chris Hibler - CARGPB #31
http://ChrisHiblerPinball.com/Contact ... for board repairs
http://www.PinWiki.com - The Place to go for Pinball Repair Info

I purchased the replacement sockets earlier this week. One question for everyone, where can I find ground braid, and the little tabs that people use to connect the lamp sockets to the ground braid?

Thanks,

John

#5 9 months ago
Quoted from CaptainNeo:

the old field looks 100X's better than any paragon people send me.

I did a poor job of placing Mylar on it 25 years ago. I will post more pictures once I strip the playfield.

#6 9 months ago
Quoted from JWCpinball:

where can I find ground braid

See this thread:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/controlled-lamps-wire-size

Note the braid wire connecting to the screw base of the feature lamp sockets carries 6 volts DC, it's not ground.

2 weeks later
#7 8 months ago

I ordered and mounted lamp sockets. Next step is to get the 18 gauge wire.

A few questions:
- someone showed some tabs under the lamp sockets that the braided wire was attached to. It sounds like @hep uses them on his rebuilds. What are these tabs called, and where can I buy them?
- what size staples do people use to attach the braid? I would like to match factory original as close as possible.

Thanks,

John
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3 months later
#9 4 months ago

I set this aside for a while due to other priorities. I finally picked it up this week.

Harness is off the old playfield:

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Found a few issues with the GI bus connector. I will post a picture tomorrow.

Used the old playfield to take notes:
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Next steps are to begin cleaning the parts that I pulled off, and run the harness through the dish washer. Hopefully that will happen tomorrow.

John

#10 4 months ago

Cleaned lots of parts yesterday. Found a few issues. Started laying down the wiring on the new playfield today.

Playfield wiring:

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Cleaned parts:

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Broken parts (missing e-clip, bent screw, missing lock nut, broken rubber kicker part):

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I figure that I have about twelve hours into it so far.

3 weeks later
#11 4 months ago

Good progress to date. The underside is almost compete.

Testing the GI wiring a few weeks ago using a 9v battery:
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Saturday’s progress:
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Today’s progress:
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I am surprised at how much I have enjoyed the work so far. I have a nice sense that I have made something better. Lost track of the hour count, but must be close to thirty.

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