Well I am a happy boy today. Hot the CPU board back from Clive at The Coinop Cauldron and I now have working sound.
Game was supposed to be working 100% when I got it and I trusted which takenit from me, don't do. The CPU board had a fair amount of alkaline damage on it and to my naked eye the board looked good. I was smart enough to look at the CPU board when I got the machine and it appeared ok. Wrong answer. It was not. Corrosion had been there for a while and the actual pins on two of the ic's had corroded to the point that they were no longer connected. Hmmm. My fault I did not check it out more thoroughly upon purchase. I have made this error before and swore I wouldn't again but I'm a trusting guy. Or should I say a foolish guy??
Anyway I trusted the seller who is an op south of Pittsburgh that the game was working completely. Well it's fixed and now it notbonly works like it should, it looks pretty damn good. Probably not a concours restoration but I would hesitate to have it in my living room.
Also as I think I said before was able to find a nos motor for the pin reset. Found out that there were two that this alley used. Actually the picture that is in the manual is not what isnin the game but a different motor. Found the one that is mentioned in the manual and scooped it up as if the motor dies that can be very problematic. Most of the other stuff can be addressed. Clive also went ahead and replaced all the capacitors on the CPU board as he commented that they were all dried out. Great!! Now with the CPU board gone over and the power supply board gone over bane should be in good shape for a while.
Can you just imagine if the on board battery holder was never placed on CPU boards how much headache that would have saved so many of us? Anyway, have an off board holder now so that should not be an issue going forward.
What's going on with the others out there? For those of you with a skee ball, can you advise what the shortest section of the game is. Like on a model that has the gen foot alley, what is the longest part of the game? Trying to see if I could still get onenin my basement. Gonna be tight if I do. Also what the width is if the head portion of the game. I am doubtful but I figure cannot hurt to ask. The only way I was able to get the Alley Cats down was to completely take it apart. Legs, coinbox and of course Backbox. Anything that could come apart did and I was able to sneak it down. Something tell me a skee ball is going to be much more unlikely
Anyway, just thiught I would chime in with the good news that my CPU board is back and now 100%. By the way, I cannot give enough good comments To clive. He runs his board repair business like a business. Excellent communication, offers express device for an additional modest fee and returns a working product. Thank you Clive