Quoted from singlebanana:
(5) When reassembling take your time, use some pics, and experiment regarding where things should go. Some parts can only go in one place and their function will make sense once you get them in place. Let me know if you have any parts that just slay you and maybe we can figure it out together and I can send you a pic (if I don't have to remove anything too difficult). I will follow this thread. Good luck, Taxi is a fantastic game and so glad I made the choice to restore mine (some before and after): http://s1029.beta.photobucket.com/user/necrom99/library/Taxi.
So we pulled the trigger and started. I brought over a friend who repairs bicycles, and he was perfect to help us keep pace and choose the right bolts for the right spots. That was the biggest challenge. Had to re-solder a few switches that luckily still work. I would say we got about 60% done in 8 hours working together on it.
I decided NOT to clearcoat, and not to repaint. I will tear it down and reassemble it another day if I ever want to give it a perfect playfield look. The amount of grey that was applied was minimal. Chose this path, really to honor the sale, so I can report back to the seller any issues now and not 3 months from now.
Only medium sized problem we found so far is the spin out ramp has 3-4 busted out screw in holes, and there is one ball guide piece broken off inside the cup where the ball spins. The actually ramp strength and cup integrity is very good. (I've seen worse). So it will just be a question of it there are other ways to install it in place and hold it down -- we'll see when we get there.
Another issue is I don't know how the pop bumpers should be installed. I see that there are 2 thin leaf leads that come out of each one -- they were removed to replace the white plastics that had burned a hole in the side of each one due to a bulb I presume. I see what I presume is a stapled ground braid under the PF, and so I have a few questions:
1) Can someone post a link that shows how to reinstall pop bumpers on a system 11 ?
I prefer reading rather than asking anyone to type a tutorial... but if you have tons of time on your hands today...
A) If you know how, can you post some steps. I am wondering if I *have* to buy a staple gun to reattach? I have one, but as you already know it's not designed to get in between gaps.
B) Is there a specific positive and negative lead or are they interchangeable on the pop bumper?
C) If the ground braid is for the negative, where do the positives go? I see the three solenoids that form a triangle under the PF, but not sure precisely where the leads would end up.
If someone wants to toss a picture of the underside of their taxi, and point to the solder points that would be cool. I have three other pins to look and get a "sense" of where they will go, but being 100% sure is always nice.
D) Anything else I should know about re-soldering the pop bumpers into place would be good to know. I read about a lot of people having pop bumper issues, and naturally, I'd hate to introduce a problem out of ignorance.
Visually, all three sets of plastic and the leads look good, and the machine is otherwise performing well to the switch tests -- we were able to pick up 5 passengers, and score the jackpot. Music plays, and the game just looks lovely. A real gem as far as I can tell so far.
Off to home depot and Orchard Hardware to hunt down some long machine screws for the star posts. The seller was short by at least 5 of them. I MUST see this game play, and today is the day !!!