(Topic ID: 132141)

Picked up a Data East Simpsons

By locustgrovepin

5 years ago

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#1 5 years ago

Just a mile down the road and paid $350.
Game doesn't boot, no keys to backbox so I assumed there would be major acid damage. I removed the backbox lock when I got home and zero acid damage! (Gotta love Duracell) All of the boards look great except the power supply is obviously blown. The cabinet isn't bad, just dirty. The playfield has some bare wood showing just beneath the flippers and a couple of small areas on the upper part of the playfield; I've seen worse.
Wasn't actively looking for a machine but this one popped up on Craigslist and I couldn't pass it up.
It's so nice to have another project game. Looking forward to getting it out of the truck so I can start the tear down.
Any tips from owners out there?


#2 5 years ago

The playfields are often bad down below the flippers. I don't think they had their paint bonding figured out back then.

My advice is... fix it and sell it. Not that fun to play. Should be able to move it on Ebay or CL if all is working. I sold mine a few years ago on Ebay but and had no interest on Pinside.

Look for bad connectors where the acid leaked. I have replaced both plugs and wire harness sockets on DE pins that were caught in the battery acid bath.

Replacement boards are not that hard to find.

Good luck.

#3 5 years ago

Replace the small electrolytic capacitors on the power supply. Check for bad solder joints and burnt connectors on that board too.

#4 5 years ago
Quoted from roc-noc:

Not that fun to play.

It's not the greatest pin ever but it's still plenty of fun. 3-ball multiball is tough enough to get and then there's the jackpot on top of that, plus you're always trying to shoot that ramp for the title of loop-back champ. If you're a fan of the early seasons of the Simpsons, this is the one to get; I know I'm gonna take sh_t for this but TSPP just has too much going on and looks way too busy. Mirrored backglass beats TSPP translite hands down. Data East tinny sound sucks though. Be prepared for plenty of airballs as the flippers are crazy powerful.

#5 5 years ago

Thanks for the input. All the boards look good except power supply board.

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