Greetings fellow Pinside members! I'm honored to make this post because I just got the pinball bug last October of 2018; just joined Pinside; and my first pm project I acquired last December of 2018 is a Spy Hunter. (All I can say to the SH naysayers is that I'm glad, and they should be, too, that they didn't pay for my SH.) As a newbie I'm just glad to be learning and to have available the dialogues and camaraderie with other pm hobbyists.
Anyway folks, I need help. This is embarrassing: I feel like the guy in the commercial where he fixes the plumbing, but when he goes to turn on the light switch, water starts to pour out of the ceiling fixture. When I got my SH, everything was working. The real plus is that the backglass is in very good shape, and the pf and cab is in solid, fair shape. The usual superficial refurb of replacing all star posts and rubbers were done, as well as the pf and outer cabinet having been cleaned. Under the hood was a different story with all the OEM. So of course, within the first 2 weeks, my first pm/SH issue arose: left upper flipper stopped working. I hoped it would happen a bit later than sooner. Looking underneath I found the plastic on the cam broken in two. So I bought a pair of rebuild kits and used half of one to fix that upper left. Also bought 4 coils (and new switches) and only used one for that upper left. Now I'm back to having fun and having ad #18 (I think) adjusted to option 3 to enjoy the music b/c I grew up with Peter Gunn, and it wasn't a bad show either. To keep up the fun I decided to replace the lighting board along with the incandescents with LEDs and new LED driver. Also, I bought one plasma pop bumper from Lightedpinballmods for my other game, but it didn't fit (b/c I didn't double-check the clearance needed). So I installed it on the SH, and even there I had to shave down the bumper body to get it to fit under the playglass. But it looks good! Everything is working and I'm having fun playing again and felt good about fixing the flipper.
Not having really learned the game rules yet, e.g., does lighting up the rollovers in the bagatelle really get big scores at the risk of draining down the left? I notice that it also takes some skill to keep the ball from going INTO the bagatelle b/c when it comes down to the pop up, then there's half a chance it'll drain on the left, but only half of that half chance if one takes the time to utilize the plunger skill shot to close the inner outlane. Still learning, experimenting...
Now I'm feeling cocky and in retrospect didn't wait till repair was actually needed: I decided to rebuild the right upper flipper. In doing so I broke a foundational axiom: don't fix it if it ain't broke. I guess in the back of my mind I was thinking as in days of youth that when I'd r & r the headlight lamp, I wouldn't change out the other side even if it went out only a week later, only to maximize its lifespan. Didn't take long for that frugality to get old...and now I may go back. When I lowered the pf, I replaced some of the GI lamps to different colors now that I had them. Now the moment of truth as I turn on the power. Big disappointment. The GI doesn't stay on; it only comes on for the split second when I depress either of the flipper buttons. Even if I keep both buttons depressed, the GI will only blink. In less than a minute, the upper left flipper starts to drop down while button is held...then the upper right flipper starts to chatter/flutter when I hold down the right button. (I will check the EOS for good contact, as others in this forum have suggested. Thank you much.) At this point the only possible explanation to offer which I don't even understand the process, is that I possibly reversed the wiring of the outer 2 of the 3 lugs on the upper, right flipper coil. (I took pics and I had seconds thoughts on how I read my diagram, but haven't yet taken time yet to check the photos for correct wiring.) I even went into an initial, temporary denial of this current loss of proper operation: I thought well this is different, the GI blinks upon flipper button actuation, how unique! Well after a few seconds of this I went into the anger stage and said this looks like crap!
In closing it's apparent I'm no electronics expert, but I've joined Pinside as a grasshopper with open ears and a closed mouth to learn from the learned ones. So I thank you all in advance for any DIY fix-it tips you might offer. Moreover to TheCapn, I really like your LED color choices, esp. on the backglass. To Mancave, I had to put on the shades as the shine on your drop target bank was too brilliant for the unprotected orbs. And both of you have amazing restore on your cab sides. I'm afraid to ask if it was DIYed or shopped out. Either way they look great! The entirety of the SH Club forum (as well as Pinside in general) is fantastic b/c it inspires and helps me to maintain, develop and have fun with my new found hobby. By the way...for the time being, I'm not turning on the light switch as I'm still feeling wet.