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Sonic Pinball Club. Si?!

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#151 2 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

OK. I see. Nothing permanent until all the kinks are worked out. That's good thinking.
I applaud your efforts. Having to splice wires that were not cut in a staggered sequence is a pain and will look like a snake swallowed a rabbit.

Might as well get one of those massive couplers someone had on a game a while ago. Wish I could remember what it was called!

#152 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Might as well get one of those massive couplers someone had on a game a while ago. Wish I could remember what it was called!

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#153 2 years ago

You couldn't use a plug - unlike a lot of games, the wire length in the original had almost no slack... there was no way to reattach them directly to each other, so I had to run a patch wire for every single wire. Trust me, If I could have stopped at 60 soldered joins instead of 120, I would have.

#154 2 years ago

So I ordered schematic from Marco Friday but thought id throw this out there in case amyone could help. Game plays well and I tweaked / cleaned some mechs replaced bulbs. Replaced a socket . last night my 2 outlanes stopped registering the 10000 and gold advance. Checked wiring on both switches but w/o schematic I'm stymied .thx for any help. this is on my prospector.

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#155 2 years ago

Posted this in another thread but wanted to share in
this one. Got cabinet solid and game playing well and
took to my workplace. Beautiful fun game.

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#156 2 years ago

Sonic owners! Are your plastics reverse printed (on bottom, like normal) or direct printed on the top? My first super straight had them on the top and I assumed all sonics were like that, it shopping my 3rd and noticed the printing is on the bottom

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#157 2 years ago

Got my first EM and it's a Mars Trek!

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#158 2 years ago

Anyone happen to have a source or image file for the spinner decals on Super Straight? It's so weird that I want it restored to it's proper glory.

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#159 2 years ago

We’re in!

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#160 2 years ago

Finally joined the Sonic Pinball club. Picked up Faces today and Astro-Flite possibly next week.

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#161 2 years ago

I just joined the Sonic club with a Mars Trek last month. I’m working on shopping it, and I’m in need of an NOS Sonic flipper. My two right flippers are the original white flippers with the ‘S’ on the top. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m also open to buying one off someone if they don’t mind swapping to the Williams flippers. Thanks!

#162 2 years ago
Quoted from CthulhuTilted:

Anyone happen to have a source or image file for the spinner decals on Super Straight? It's so weird that I want it restored to it's proper glory.[quoted image][quoted image]

Wish there was a source for this!

Quoted from JustEverett:

I just joined the Sonic club with a Mars Trek last month. I’m working on shopping it, and I’m in need of an NOS Sonic flipper. My two right flippers are the original white flippers with the ‘S’ on the top. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m also open to buying one off someone if they don’t mind swapping to the Williams flippers. Thanks!

I think PBR is working on it, but good luck haha.

#163 2 years ago
Quoted from JustEverett:

I just joined the Sonic club with a Mars Trek last month. I’m working on shopping it, and I’m in need of an NOS Sonic flipper. My two right flippers are the original white flippers with the ‘S’ on the top. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m also open to buying one off someone if they don’t mind swapping to the Williams flippers. Thanks!

I'll trade you three williams for your two sonics

#164 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Wish there was a source for this!

Well, if I can get a little more room back in my garage I might be able to set mine up and make one... LOL just kidding! Maybe soon.

#165 2 years ago

Picked up my first Sonic a couple of months ago. Any idea how many Prospectors were made?

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#166 2 years ago

Now there is something you don't see everytime....
Paper work included with the game.
You should scan the lot and send a copy to the ipdb for safe keeping.
Hard to come by...

#167 2 years ago

Is that schematic original? Weird how it's discolored. Every repro I've gotten for prospector has been the same though.

#169 2 years ago

Are those the same as what's used on older EM sonics? most of those parts seem to be for their 80s games

#170 2 years ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Is that schematic original? Weird how it's discolored. Every repro I've gotten for prospector has been the same though.

I assume, but not sure.

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#171 2 years ago

I have a Sonic Joker's Wild. The first 4 pics on the IPDB are of the machine that I own. It was the previous owner that posted those pics, I bought it from him over 15 years ago. Remarkable craftmanship that Sonic did on the playfields. 43 years later and it still looks brand new.

#172 2 years ago
Quoted from PinNickleby:

I have a Sonic Joker's Wild. The first 4 pics on the IPDB are of the machine that I own. It was the previous owner that posted those pics, I bought it from him over 15 years ago. Remarkable craftmanship that Sonic did on the playfields. 43 years later and it still looks brand new.

The Sonic backglasses and playfields are amazing. If only the same could be said of the crappy particle board cabinets lol

#173 2 years ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

Well, if I can get a little more room back in my garage I might be able to set mine up and make one... LOL just kidding! Maybe soon.

I want my game as badly as you want it gone!! Wish Bob could get it together...

So I’ve got a Super Straight question for you guys out there.
My game seems to be totally complete, but what I believe is the bonus counter is all jacked up. It’s missing a plunger and there’s weird green crap all over it. It seems to be causing my game to reset endlessly. When I adjust it by hand it stops.

Also had the weird issue that the chimes got locked on when trying to fix the resetting issue, and 2 of the chime plungers were hovering. Not fully extended and you could push them and they moved easily. Not bound up at all. What the hell would cause them to float in such a strange manner? Bad sleeves?

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#174 2 years ago

Might be the wrong coil too... I'd replace that and find a plunger. Take off the spider contacts and clean the contacts with metal polish. If that fails, scotch Brite

#175 2 years ago

Anyone have a manual for Super Straight?

#176 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Anyone have a manual for Super Straight?

Yup! Need a copy?

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#177 2 years ago

Just picked up a Super Straight!

#178 2 years ago

Anyone know where I can get the correct spinner for a Super Straight?

#179 2 years ago

If you need the manual for Super Straight I have added it to my website as a free download for the next day or two. This is not a way to get traffic and sell you stuff, just the easiest way to share the info. The scans are decent and the files are large so emailing it is impractical. PM me if you don't know my site.

#180 2 years ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

If you need the manual for Super Straight I have added it to my website as a free download for the next day or two. This is not a way to get traffic and sell you stuff, just the easiest way to share the info. The scans are decent and the files are large so emailing it is impractical. PM me if you don't know my site.

Should submit your link to IPDB!

#181 2 years ago

Does anyone have pics of what the wire on the gate mechanism looks like on Sonic Faces? Mine is missing.

#182 2 years ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Should submit your link to IPDB!

+1

Mk1Mod0 the contact web site link on your Pinside profile shows a bad certificate - you need to add the 'www.' to it.

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#184 2 years ago

Need one small red plastic nut that holds on the plastics... Anyone?

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#185 10 months ago

Just join the club. Got a bit of work to do on it. Some one painted over the cabinet artwork with white latex paint. The guy I bought it from has gotten most of one side done before he sold it to me. I'll continue the work. There are also some repairs that I need to do to the bottom of the particle board. It's starting to get a little bit crumbly so I plan to reinforce it with wood glue and sawdust.

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#186 8 months ago

What flipper rebuild kit on pbr is the correct one for
My prospector. I took two old plungers off my flash and used
them assuming they were the same but my flippers have less
travel(rangeofmotion) now.

Seems like the flash plungers were a bit too long.
Thx

#187 8 months ago
Quoted from lowbeau67:

What flipper rebuild kit on pbr is the correct one for
My prospector. I took two old plungers off my flash and used
them assuming they were the same but my flippers have less
travel(rangeofmotion) now.
Seems like the flash plungers were a bit too long.
Thx

Williams em kit..1969-77. My advice would be to replace both plungers/links, coil sleeves and then clean/adjust the eos switch on the game. That's usually all that needed on these.

#188 8 months ago

We are looking for a Sonic Butterfly and a Sonic Birdman for the Ann Arbor pinball museum VFW. if anyone has one for sale please email me. Or any other Sonics we don't have... Currently we have

Sonic 1977 Cherry Bell (EM)
Sonic 1977 Faces (EM)
Sonic 1977 Mars Trek (EM)
Sonic 1977 Prospector (EM)
Sonic 1977 Super Straight (EM)

thank you.
[email protected]

#189 8 months ago

It will be for sale.

Quoted from cfh:

We are looking for a Sonic Butterfly and a Sonic Birdman for the Ann Arbor pinball museum VFW. if anyone has one for sale please email me. Or any other Sonics we don't have... Currently we have
Sonic 1977 Cherry Bell (EM)
Sonic 1977 Faces (EM)
Sonic 1977 Mars Trek (EM)
Sonic 1977 Prospector (EM)
Sonic 1977 Super Straight (EM)
thank you.
[email protected]

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#190 6 months ago

Found another one..

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#191 6 months ago

i am curious if someone could confirm the size of the Sonic leg? i am not sure the Mars Trek project i just got has the right legs on

#192 6 months ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

i am curious if someone could confirm the size of the Sonic leg? i am not sure the Mars Trek project i just got has the right legs on

My Cherry Bell has 28 1/2.

#193 6 months ago

I believe Sonics were made with William parts, so William legs work fine. My Faces had Gottlieb length legs on it when I first got it, and it felt too tall. Swapped out to new William legs and it feels perfect.

#194 6 months ago

thanks guys mine are 28.5 as well though they are grey and look strangely like Stern electronics

#195 5 months ago

I do believe I had a locked on coil on Faces....

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#196 5 months ago

Reference post for a fellow pinsider. Sonic back door 25 1/2 tall, 27 7/8 wide, 5/8 thick. Lock hole centered across and 1 7/8 down from top.

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#197 5 months ago

Facebook marketplace around London Ontario has a populated prospectors playfield for sale. I'd buy it for spare parts but not for 500..
Gotta say, these games might have had the best playfield quality of any game back then.

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#198 4 months ago

UPDATE:

I was looking more closely around at every unit, just to see if I could spot anything out of the ordinary, and eventually noticed a washer sitting atop the bottom set of leaf switches of the relay directly behind the big stepper in the bottom of the cabinet…

…marked RESET RELAY.

So that washer (which must’ve come off of some unit attached to the playfield) was shorting out the reset relay, causing the game to continuously (attempt to) reset. Fun!

But hey, at least I saw it and have it resolved now

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Hello, everyone! Just joined the club with an awesome Prospector! Got it home, has been playing fine, then randomly during a game, the two units pictured started running (5 clicks every time), non-stop, and that’s all the game will do since (even when turning it off and back on, this is all it does when it’s on). These two units just run, in unison, 1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5, continuously.

I’m not sure what it’s trying to do, but the unit attached to the playfield is the BALL COUNT UNIT. I don’t see anything that scores 5,000 that looks like it’s stuck on…not sure what might be going on here.

Am new to EMs, and would love any help/ideas you all might have!

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#199 4 months ago

Does anyone has a copy or a source for the Mars trek instruction cards by any chance?

#200 4 months ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

Does anyone has a copy or a source for the Mars trek instruction cards by any chance?

Yes, the file is on my website.
Look in the Sonic section.

Peter
www.inkochnito.nl
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