A friend of mine is moving house and sold his old place but hasn't built the new one yet so he's between abodes. It turns out he owns a Radical! table which wouldn't quite fit in his storage so he asked if I'd like to look after it while he was building his new place. Sounded like a great idea to me.
When it arrived I noticed that it was a little dirty and a few of the rubbers had degraded a little and there were black rubbers on the slingshots:
The only other table I've worked on is Pioneer and it's not too bad so I said to my friend "I'll just change the rubbers for you, change a few bulbs, etc and give it a bit of a clean". I should've asked when it was last done, but I didn't.
Turns out, he purchased it in 1994 and has never done any maintenance on it whatsoever. It started in Wales, and has ended up in Australia. The most recent move was 350km on the back of a ute. It played ok, but there were a few things awry. The GI lighting in the bottom left corner for instance.
I labelled everything and got the Interconnect board out to have a look at the previous repair... and added a few more things to the "parts to order" list.
I start stripping the table to get the post rubbers off. Need to get the ramps off for that. Need to get the Skateboard diverter off for that. The screw in the Skateboard diverter is completely rounded out so at this stage I realise this isn't going to be a quick job at all and pull the playfield from the cabinet.
For the first time in history a #1 easy out was actually easy and got something out:
The rest of the ramps come off ok except the top left one. The top left ramp has a bit of a crack:
The tops of the screws have completely rusted out, after being screwed into the plastic of the ramp. After my previous luck with the #1 easy out, I gave it another go and 2 more successes.
(Note the awesome repair to the switch wire connector - more parts on the list)
That's where I got to on the first afternoon and the scale of what I'd started hadn't quite dawned on me yet.
More to come.
In the meantime, there's an album of photos: https://goo.gl/photos/iHseNRjsnQzcvhB87 - If you see me doing anything too stupid let me know.