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#2551 78 days ago
Quoted from ChrisPINk25:

A bad/ broken diode for sure can cause these issues, good idea.

And that tilt switch DOES have a diode on it too, I believe.

#2552 78 days ago
Quoted from ChrisPINk25:

I had a kind of similar issue. Turned out the fish paper on the start button was worn so it was shorting against ground (ground braid goes to the start button).

Well, it turned out (it seems) to be a mechanical issue with the start button, along the lines of ChrisPINk25's issue. I just needed to put on my glasses to see it properly (I'm new to glasses and not quite ready to admit I need them in certain situations). I've only played two games since replacing the nearly nonexistent fish paper and cleaning the contacts and regapping the blades, but both games were error free. Not sure if it was a short issue or a gapping issue or some of both, but both elements have been addressed. We'll see if it lasts. Thanks, everyone.

#2553 78 days ago
Quoted from Redwizard000:

And that tilt switch DOES have a diode on it too, I believe.

Yes, it does, and that was my next stop on the repair tour. No visible damage to any of the diodes in that part of the matrix, but you never know.

Thanks.

#2554 78 days ago

I am ashamed to admit this, but when the problem first appeared and the game reset, my son was very close to overtaking my spot atop the high score list. I was sympathetic to his frustration, but a little piece of me was silently happy to remain in the top spot. Now he is back at it.

#2555 78 days ago
Quoted from Evets:

I am ashamed to admit this, but when the problem first appeared and the game reset, my son was very close to overtaking my spot atop the high score list. I was sympathetic to his frustration, but a little piece of me was silently happy to remain in the top spot. Now he is back at it.

That's funny.

My dad still has the high score on my Taxi machine, by a very low margin. He got the max jackpot and that was before I was having trouble with my skill shot ramp.

I got the exact same jackpot, but my excuse is that when I got it, it was impossible to get more than 1k on the skill shot, so I should have had a higher score... That's my story and I am sticking to it.

(plus I am terrible at Taxi most of the time. He can't touch my BoP score though.)

#2556 78 days ago
Quoted from Evets:

Well, it turned out (it seems) to be a mechanical issue with the start button, along the lines of ChrisPINk25's issue. I just needed to put on my glasses to see it properly (I'm new to glasses and not quite ready to admit I need them in certain situations). I've only played two games since replacing the nearly nonexistent fish paper and cleaning the contacts and regapping the blades, but both games were error free. Not sure if it was a short issue or a gapping issue or some of both, but both elements have been addressed. We'll see if it lasts. Thanks, everyone.

Cool. Glad you got it solved.

#2557 77 days ago

Annoying ball hang to be sorted out:

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#2558 77 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Annoying ball hang to be sorted out:

This happens with some regularity?

#2559 77 days ago
Quoted from Evets:

This happens with some regularity?

Every 20 to 30 games perhaps.

The ball can be nudged out, so its not critical, just an annoyance.

I hesitate to raise the drops above the playfield edge.

It would solve it but at the expense of raggedy target edges.

Itd possible that the drop target assembly is simply too close to the edge of the slot.

I want to resolve this before my high end restoration of the game.

#2560 77 days ago

Recently joined for the second time

Well on the way to full strip down and hardtop installation.

Battery holder just dropped off the board. Depite a large amount of icky on the circuit board, no corrosion apart from a couple of resistor arrays.

Apparently untouched for 20 years.

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#2561 77 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Itd possible that the drop target assembly is simply too close to the edge of the slot.

Your DTs location in the slot looks identical to mine and I can't replicate your your problem, even with the glass off. Perhaps the posts holding the rubber ring, or the ring itself, have come loose and no longer prevent this from happening (as they seem to do on mine)? The only place I've ever had a ball get stuck was above and to the left of the "C" drop in lane at the to of the PF. As in your case, a gentle shake dislodges it.

#2562 77 days ago
Quoted from Andy_B:

Depite a large amount of icky on the circuit board, no corrosion apart from a couple of resistor arrays.

I'd be tempted to double check U41 for some corrosion with a magnifying glass. Might as well replace C30 while you've got the board out, too, IMO.

More importantly, welcome back into the club. Enjoy!

#2563 77 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I hesitate to raise the drops above the playfield edge.

Took another look at my Taxi and realized that my Pinbot DTs are proud of the playfield by maybe an 1/8". There is no discernible difference in their wear relative to the Marilyn DTs which are flush with the playfield surface when dropped. Both sets were installed at the same time, several years ago. I did not intentionally adjust the mechs when I replaced the targets, so I assume they were that way when on route.

#2564 77 days ago
Quoted from Evets:

Took another look at my Taxi and realized that my Pinbot DTs are proud of the playfield by maybe an 1/8". There is no discernible difference in their wear relative to the Marilyn DTs which are flush with the playfield surface when dropped. Both sets were installed at the same time, several years ago. I did not intentionally adjust the mechs when I replaced the targets, so I assume they were that way when on route.

I can certainly raise the drops up a bit.

If yours are proud 1/8" that seems like a lot.

Theoretically they should be level and perhaps only the beveled edges sticking above the playfield?

This would make it impossible to hang a ball there.

I will raise then to 1/16" above the playfield and do some tests.

Thanks for the insight!

#2565 77 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

If yours are proud 1/8" that seems like a lot.

It might just be 1/16th; I wasn't wearing my glasses.

#2566 75 days ago
Quoted from Evets:

I'd be tempted to double check U41 for some corrosion with a magnifying glass. Might as well replace C30 while you've got the board out, too, IMO.
More importantly, welcome back into the club. Enjoy!

I have cleaned and rinsed with vinegar solution and all seems OK.

Going to replace all the electrolytics.

#2567 75 days ago

Long story short,I played a Taxi at Pinfest,and I really liked it. I never played one before,but I'd love to buy one.
What should I look out for when I check out this machine?
One more thing how much more would a Marilyn cost versus a Lola?
Thanks in advance
Ralph

#2568 75 days ago
Quoted from ralphs007:

Long story short,I played a Taxi at Pinfest,and I really liked it. I never played one before,but I'd love to buy one.
What should I look out for when I check out this machine?
One more thing how much more would a Marilyn cost versus a Lola?
Thanks in advance
Ralph

Personally I wouldn't pay any extra for a Marilyn. So many Lolas have been turned into Marilyns it seems like Lola is now the less common version.

The spinout ramp can be a mess and often needs to be replaced. The departure ramp takes a beating from the Drac catapult and is often cracked. If you replace those ramps you'll probably just go ahead and get a new arrival ramp too.

#2569 75 days ago

Thanks,where would I be able to buy the new parts that you mentioned ?

#2570 75 days ago
Quoted from ralphs007:

Thanks,where would I be able to buy the new parts that you mentioned ?

Marco and (I think) PP have all of the ramps. However, you can get a repro Spin Out ramp in blue on eBay for $30. These blue ramps seem to be overstock from the original Twisted Pins production run of blue and red ramps, but that is a semi-educated guess on my part. I can tell that I have the $30 blue from ebay, and it is identical to the red Twisted Pin repro I bought years ago, minus the metal flap. These repros are identical to the even older NOS Spinout ramp I have on hand. In short, all three ramps are available, but you can save some money if you get a blue Spinout off eBay.

The condition of the MPU is worth investigating (the familiar battery corrosion/acid leakage) as a replacement is likely to be expensive. The power supply board, aux power board, and interconnect board can be repaired or replaced. Marcos has replacement mechanical parts (VUK, etc).

And I agree with Ron, the Marilyn surcharge is a thing of the past.

#2571 75 days ago

Thank you both for your time and help !

#2572 74 days ago

I'm in the same boat as ralphs007. Taxi is on the very short list of my games to buy in 2022. I can't wait to get one. I had the same questions as Ralph and I appreciate the tip about doing a thorough check of the MPU and ramps before buying a game. I hope to join the club by summer of 2022!

#2573 74 days ago

Totally subjective opinion, but I also think the blue spin out ramp looks better than red.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that blue was the original intended color, but Williams only had red plastic, so they went with red. (Don’t quote me on that though!)

#2574 74 days ago

My first modern game over 25 years ago was Taxi. Such a well balanced fun game all around.Played the hell out of it and gave it to my Daughter when I was out of Pinball space.Eventually got in back in bad shape and sold it a year and a half ago. Thanks to Pinfest I scored a custom Taxi.All new parts top to bottom.Pinball Porn at its best. Dialing it in now and love to have one back.

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#2575 74 days ago
Quoted from locksmith:

My first modern game over 25 years ago was Taxi. Such a well balanced fun game all around.Played the hell out of it and gave it to my Daughter when I was out of Pinball space.Eventually got in back in bad shape and sold it a year and a half ago. Thanks to Pinfest I scored a custom Taxi.All new parts top to bottom.Pinball Porn at its best. Dialing it in now and love to have one back.
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Beautiful game!

#2576 73 days ago
Quoted from locksmith:

My first modern game over 25 years ago was Taxi. Such a well balanced fun game all around.Played the hell out of it and gave it to my Daughter when I was out of Pinball space.Eventually got in back in bad shape and sold it a year and a half ago. Thanks to Pinfest I scored a custom Taxi.All new parts top to bottom.Pinball Porn at its best. Dialing it in now and love to have one back.
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I was at Pinfest and I totally missed seeing this machine. I think it was along the wall in a vendors area. I would have loved to see it up close ! Maybe even pull the plunger once.

Quoted from Evets:

Marco and (I think) PP have all of the ramps. However, you can get a repro Spin Out ramp in blue on eBay for $30. These blue ramps seem to be overstock from the original Twisted Pins production run of blue and red ramps, but that is a semi-educated guess on my part. I can tell that I have the $30 blue from ebay, and it is identical to the red Twisted Pin repro I bought years ago, minus the metal flap. These repros are identical to the even older NOS Spinout ramp I have on hand. In short, all three ramps are available, but you can save some money if you get a blue Spinout off eBay.
The condition of the MPU is worth investigating (the familiar battery corrosion/acid leakage) as a replacement is likely to be expensive. The power supply board, aux power board, and interconnect board can be repaired or replaced. Marcos has replacement mechanical parts (VUK, etc).
And I agree with Ron, the Marilyn surcharge is a thing of the past.

He's going to send me some more pictures on Monday. He just picked it up,and played only one game on it. It needs to be shopped,and I'm okay with that. I just want a working machine. I don't have the skills to raise a machine from the dead!
He sending me a picture of the MPU and the shooter lane. He did say he had to remove the battery holder due to corrosion.I already have some pictures of the machine.
Are there any more pictures of the game I should request? He said he'd send any thing I asked for.
And what other questions should I ask him?
It's a three hour drive for me,and I'd hate to travel that far for nothing.
I always play the modern machines when I do play pinball but this year at Pinfest I tried all kinds of machines,and I'm glad I did. This game is a lot of fun!
Thanks in advance
Ralph

#2577 73 days ago
Quoted from ralphs007:

I was at Pinfest and I totally missed seeing this machine. I think it was along the wall in a vendors area. I would have loved to see it up close ! Maybe even pull the plunger once.

He's going to send me some more pictures on Monday. He just picked it up,and played only one game on it. It needs to be shopped,and I'm okay with that. I just want a working machine. I don't have the skills to raise a machine from the dead!
He sending me a picture of the MPU and the shooter lane. He did say he had to remove the battery holder due to corrosion.I already have some pictures of the machine.
Are there any more pictures of the game I should request? He said he'd send any thing I asked for.
And what other questions should I ask him?
It's a three hour drive for me,and I'd hate to travel that far for nothing.
I always play the modern machines when I do play pinball but this year at Pinfest I tried all kinds of machines,and I'm glad I did. This game is a lot of fun!
Thanks in advance
Ralph

Make sure the 2x-5x Taxi inserts are pretty flat. A raised insert that close to the flippers will send that ball literally flying!

#2578 68 days ago

How's these pictures of the boards look? Does anything look like it's questionable?
Thanks in advance
Ralph

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#2579 68 days ago

And here's a couple of the playfield. I don't expect a perfect playfield,but is this normal ware for a game this old?

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#2580 68 days ago

And a couple more just for the hell of it

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#2581 68 days ago

Game looks decent. Not sure what he’s doing with that battery holder though. 2 positives soldered and no negatives? That’s not going to work. Also for Taxi, that pop bumper wear is normal. I couldn’t stand it though and did a hardtop. My game is gone now but it looked incredible with the hardtop. Here’s a before and after of mine

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#2582 54 days ago

Taxi took the truck

In the club!!

I'll post pictures once I've spiffed her up.

Any suggestions on how to best light up the scoops from below? Also...options for LED conversion on the Spinout lamps? I'm working my way through all

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pages here, but a Cliffs Notes for these two items would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, fellow Taxi drivers.

#2583 54 days ago

#555 for spinout and inserts (and a couple in the backbox for the stop signal light (I kept these incandescent for the fading effect)), #44 for the rest...

I like warm white cointakers or sunlight comets.

#2584 54 days ago
Quoted from ralphs007:

And here's a couple of the playfield. I don't expect a perfect playfield,but is this normal ware for a game this old?
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The playfield looks better than a lot of Taxis I've seen. Those slingshot plastics are incorrect though!

#2585 54 days ago
Quoted from roffels:

Those slingshot plastics are incorrect though!

What makes you say that?

#2586 54 days ago
Quoted from roffels:

The playfield looks better than a lot of Taxis I've seen. Those slingshot plastics are incorrect though!

Yes and missing the catapult plastic.

#2587 54 days ago
Quoted from roffels:

The playfield looks better than a lot of Taxis I've seen. Those slingshot plastics are incorrect though!

Those are from LW3.

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#2589 26 days ago

Need a favor from a Taxi owner. If I could get a pic of the kickout coil wiring under the apron please. Last thing we have on a hard top project. Had pic on my prev phone. No longer available.

Thank you in advance!

#2590 26 days ago
Quoted from volkdrive:

Need a favor from a Taxi owner. If I could get a pic of the kickout coil wiring under the apron please. Last thing we have on a hard top project. Had pic on my prev phone. No longer available.
Thank you in advance!

I don't have a taxi yet but I found this: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/taxi-restore-playfield-cab-everything-tons-of-pics#post-2546702

#2591 26 days ago

Anyone thinking of leaving the club,let me know. Trying to join the club,but the only ones for sale are always in another state.

#2592 26 days ago

That's close, the first pic covers that coil. Anyone have a shot of the wires connected they could post of that coil. The one that kicks the ball after drain?

#2593 26 days ago
Quoted from volkdrive:

Need a favor from a Taxi owner. If I could get a pic of the kickout coil wiring under the apron please. Last thing we have on a hard top project. Had pic on my prev phone. No longer available.
Thank you in advance!

How is this?

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#2594 25 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

How is this?
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Thats it, thank you!

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#2595 6 days ago

I'm in the club,picked up a nice Taxi today. Here's my buddy Henry playing the first game. I used the pictures the seller send me for the other pictures,since it saved me some time. I just have to install the new topper that came with it. I'll also need to replace one of the pop bumper lights,that didn't survive the journey. Just have to check the manual to see what type of bulb it is.

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#2596 6 days ago
Quoted from ralphs007:

I'm in the club,picked up a nice Taxi today. Here's my buddy Henry playing the first game. I used the pictures the seller send me for the other pictures,since it saved me sometime. I just have to install the new topper that came with it. I'll also need to replace one of the pop bumper lights,that didn't survive the journey. Just have to check the manual to see what type of bulb it is.
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Thats a nice looking Taxi!

#2597 6 days ago

Pop bumper light should be 555.

#2598 6 days ago

Congratulations Ralph! You were looking for months! That one looks great! A Taxi is on my short list too!

#2599 6 days ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

Congratulations Ralph! You were looking for months! That one looks great! A Taxi is on my short list too!

Thanks,I almost bought a Taxi from a guy in Ohio,but the deal fell through. I'm glad because it was a 6 1/2 hour drive . This Taxi was 43 minutes from my house.

Quoted from dmacy:

Pop bumper light should be 555.

Thank you .

#2600 5 days ago

Ralph, your game room is super cool too.

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