Having a game that looks like a million bucks doesn't mean much if it doesn't operate correctly or plays like crap. It's easy to get fixated on the aesthetics, but at the end of the day the most important part of any pinball restoration is getting the machine dialed in and operating as designed. I try to tweak as much as I can (adjusting switches, etc.) prior to putting the playfield back into the cabinet, but it's inevitable that somethings will need to be adjusted once everything has been put back together.
For starters (with Bally's of this era), I always run the five "Self Tests" when booting the machine up for the first time. Theses are the diagnostic tests listed in the back box here:
For those that don't know, these tests are initiated using the red push button on the coin door - yes, captain obvious is here
I always start with the easy stuff first, 1x = Lamp Test and 2x = Display Test. Because I replaced all of the light sockets with new ones when restoring the game and I meticulously verified my ground braid wiring prior to populating the playfield, I felt confident the "Lamp Test" would show no issues Likewise, because I replaced all of the displays with new Pinscore LED displays I didn't anticipate any issues here either. However, I did find one display wasn't working, so I powered down the game and re-seated the connector and that quickly fixed the issue. Always start with the easy stuff right
For folks not familiar with the Alltek lamp driver board, this guy is needed if you want to replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs. You'll need one to replace the auxiliary lamp board mounted on the back box light panel as well. To eliminate LED flickering you'll need to follow the installation instructions and connect the provided white/purple wire as shown below:
Note: The Alltek board's wire should be attached to a controlled lamp (NOT A GI LAMP). Just saying.....
Here's a look at the game in "Lamp Test":
FYI - I used 2x non-frosted Comet LEDs, color matching the blue and green inserts. I used warm white for the rest of the inserts, but I'll probably go back and install red LEDs for the red inserts.
More later, have to take my daughter out for a museum adventure this afternoon