Just got my very first pinball machine ever, about 24 hours ago.
It's a 1978 Stern Meteor!
I think I'm gonna love this thing.
It was sitting in a basement the past 25 years or more. It "sorta" works.
Bootup is a crap shoot. It works maybe every 5th time at best.
I realized it needs some repair. I've determined I need a new rectifier board.
Also my MPU has that soldered battery on it. My MPU appears to be in pretty good shape.
What should I buy to fix this? I'm hoping to find something with wires so I can put the battery down in the bottom and away from the boards.
I'm also curious about what voltage I need. The battery in the machine says 3.6 volts.
Where do I get a battery like this?
All the rubber components were rotted and falling apart (I've ordered a whole set of white rubbers)
My flippers are completely worn out in all possible respects. The leaf switches look burned and angry. They are very sloppy. One didn't even have wires attached anymore. How can I rebuild all 3 and do it affordably? Is there a kit? (need plastic bushings and anything that moves)
Last question? Where can I find the original coin door mechanism?
Somebody took that out of the machine and put a button on the left side of the door for credits.
I'd like to either remove the button or hide is somewhere so my kids have to put in quarters.
P.S. How do I get into the Meteor Club?