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The Simpsons (Data East 1990)

By icanswim70

2 years ago


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    #1 2 years ago

    My most saught after pin has entered my collection!

    It was well priced, well looked after, clean and the game art was up there with best i've seen for title.

    As this thing will be with me till the end, I want to make it shine like a new penny. But I've never done any of the repairs it needs.

    The following are very important to me as a pinhead:

    Backbox needs DESPERATE touching up (see picture)
    Cabinet could really use a redecal (I'm hesitant as redecaling has led to bubbles more often than not, and that worries me)
    Playfield is nice and clean, but could use a few non critical touch ups.
    Can the wood be touched up where chunks are missing?

    Also missing the key holder

    You old pros are incredible, so I wanted to start the ball rolling with what you guys have to say (I usually hang off every word lol)
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    #2 2 years ago

    Congrats on your new pin, icanswim! DE Simpsons will always a remain a favorite machine of mine. While it may only be based on the very beginnings of the show, those were the best episodes IMO. Have fun!

    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from KrustyBurger:

    Congrats on your new pin, icanswim! DE Simpsons will always a remain a favorite machine of mine. While it may only be based on the very beginnings of the show, those were the best episodes IMO. Have fun!

    Agreed! The early seasons demonstrated what a perfect animated comedy looked like!

    #4 2 years ago

    Has anyone done "water slide" decalling instead of playfield touch ups? I'd love to have the playfield touched up professionally but as of right now I can't get it off the floor of my garage alone; Because it's laying flat i can't pivot it, and i'm not strong enough to dead lift it.

    As soon as I get it into the house I want to start sprucing it up. While i am as colorblind as a human can be, I saw these water slide decalling methods and am curious as it may be a good option for me. Anyone able to explain it? Any tutorials?

    #5 2 years ago

    Bump.

    #6 2 years ago

    I got it all set up in my basement! I've run into a small problem... The mechs are set to accept american quarters, but up in here in Canada eh So i removed the mech and have been just flicking the add credit switch. I have been digging through the manuals and cant find the freeplay instructions anywhere. Does anyone know how/where to switch it to free play?

    Here's the pin as it sits now!

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    #8 2 years ago

    There's always something needing attention... I'm trying to decide if i should touch up the play field (my brother is an artist and I would try to bribe him lol) and the cabinet is ROUGH as you guys can see. One thing at a time.

    PLAY FIELD TOUCHUPS

    I'm confused as to how you do this. I've watched the YouTube videos and read the guides around here, but the steps and order are messing me up. Does anything need to be removed before touchup is started or has the protective layer worn away? Then is it clear coat first, followed by touch up and another layer of clear coat?

    Can someone give me the run down?

    CABINET

    ITS A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB ALRIGHT. Chips left right and center, worn and weather damaged decal (myself and previous owner figure it was at a resort of some sort outdoors) Saw Vid's guides, where in the hell do you start?

    2 weeks later
    #9 2 years ago

    Alright, I officially need the input of you pros. I was playing this game HOURS a day, and had it tweaked nicely... and then the service button got stuck on and it came off shortly after.

    So here’s what I’ve done:

    Checked all cables
    Checked board connectors and capacitors
    Tried various connector unplugs

    I don’t have the schematic, so can anyone tell me the connector that goes to the service switch?

    I also tried to trace the wires along the cabinet but they don’t appear to plug in, they go right to the boards.

    Here’s the boards and the issue.

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    #11 2 years ago

    If you haven't already done it - change all the general illumination lighting on the playfield to LED bulbs. They draw significant power and will
    reduce the load on the Power board.

    #12 2 years ago

    That’s on the list for the spring. Any idea about my question? There is either a short or a bad connection somewhere along the line, the problem is not the service buttons themselves

    #13 2 years ago

    i sell leds here in Ontario. Cheap shipping. Let me know if you want the or any cpu chip upgrades etc.

    #14 2 years ago

    test switches go to the switch matrix row and column, CPU board CN 8 and CN 10

    7 months later
    #15 1 year ago

    God I love this machine. I'm almost done the cabinet portion of the restoration, BUT! I can't seem to find a new decal set anywhere. I came across retrorefurbs but a few forums on here said it's not legit... So, does anyone have / know where to get a new decal set for my Simpsons (DE)?

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from icanswim70:

    God I love this machine. I'm almost done the cabinet portion of the restoration, BUT! I can't seem to find a new decal set anywhere. I came across retrorefurbs but a few forums on here said it's not legit... So, does anyone have / know where to get a new decal set for my Simpsons (DE)?

    There is no "legit/licensed" Simpsons cabinet decals for either simpsons game. If RetroRefurbs has them, might as well get them.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mrjamma:

    test switches go to the switch matrix row and column, CPU board CN 8 and CN 10

    I thought test switches went to CN14 on the cpu board.

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    #18 1 year ago

    Can anyone tell me if their Simpsons has this little bit (left front corner of backbox)

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    #19 1 year ago

    That gray plastic sleeve was for a shipping screw to hold the speaker panel in place during shipment from the Data East factory. Not needed in home use.

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    That gray plastic sleeve was for a shipping screw to hold the speaker panel in place during shipment from the Data East factory. Not needed in home use.

    Thank you! Trying to take out the speaker and was hung up on that screw sleeve, and there were no resources on it.

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    #21 1 year ago

    As I’m moving farther along this overhaul, I’m realizing the playfield is gunna irritate me. From what I’m gathering, restoring mine is a big job and it’d be cheaper to just replace the damn thing. And given my severe colorblind was, it’s not the best repair to attempt. Soooooooooo. Anyone have a DE Simpsons Playfield they wanna sell?

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    #22 7 months ago

    Those are very hard to come by. I owned a simpsons machine from 2008 thru 2020 when I sold mine and I was always looking for a mint playfield to swap out with mine which wasn't terrible but did have some wear. None ever come up for sale which makes me think that there are none available like that. It seems like those simpsons machines just get beat up and worn down to bare wood in always the same places. You are better off looking for a simpsons in better shape, buying that one, then sell the one you have. Or just cut your losses and sell the machine and get a different machine all together. https://pinballplayfieldskruzman.com/playfields-for-sale/the-simpsons-data-east-nos-900/
    This is the only one I have come across and it is being worked on for a few years now, still not done and it will probably go for over $1,000. At that point the machine is only worth so much as is. Unless you plan on keeping this machine forever its not a smart investment in my eyes.

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