Doesn't look like there is a group for fans of the pin Rescue 911 so I am creating one. This is the place to discuss everything related to the pinball machine or even the show. Got a tech issue, post it here, want someone to post a picture of a specific game part, post it here. Got a high score you think no one can beat, post it up.
I was always a fan of the original series. I watched it faithfully every night while it was on tv. Years later I started watching it again on Youtube. I thought it was always a great idea for show as it taught people basic life saving techniques and the show actually helps save many lives. Of course being a huge fan of the original show and being into pinball, getting a R911 pinball is a no brainer for me. Last weekend I was able to add one to my collection. It is a players machine for sure and it was recently pulled off route. It was owned by a vendor and was neglected but I got it for a good price. The helicopter wiring was disconnected, the game had about 2 inches of dust on it. Side rails are rusty, flipper rubbers look like they are the original from when the game was new. My goal is to clean it up, get the helicopter working, led it and put new rubbers on.
I decided to do a quick clean, basically just cleaning what I can get to without removing everything off the playfield. I will do a deep clean when I order new rubbers and led bulbs and do a proper shop job. I got the playfield cleaned up the best I can and put some wax on. The PF actually is in pretty decent shape with minimal wear down by the flippers. There is some wear by the pop bumpers.
I rewired the helicopter and got it so the blade would spin. I noticed that the electromagnet wasn't working so I started to investigate. I found the fuse was missing for the magnet so I replaced it. The coile was now locking on when the game was on. I pulled the driver board and found a bad transistor in q3 and q13. Not sure what q3 controls yet as I ordered a manual from PBR but don't have it yet. Either way it was bad so I replaced it. Replacing transistor q13 got the magnet working like it should. I ordered a new plastic connector piece which connects the linkage of the chopper to the motor and a new rubber friction wheel. I am hoping after getting these installed the chopper will move like it should. The motor is working and is quiet noisy. I may look for a silicon lube to put on the gears to try and quiet it down.
Also the beacon on the top wasn't working. It is getting power up to the beacon so the motor is shot on the beacon. I ordered a new one from amazon. This is a great replacement amazon.com link »
Right now the only issue I am having trouble figuring out is the backbox flashers are not working. The playfield flashers are working, atleast all the ones that i replaced the bulbs in but none of the backbox flashers are working for some reason. I am hoping when the manual comes it will help me figure it out. The GI in the backbox also wasn't working but a new fuse got that working as the old one was missing from there as well.
I will post up more progress when I get it done.