Ticker Tape Bingo -- now working all the way (again)

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By minnesota13

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#1 1 year ago

I had this machine working a week ago, but a single contact that was supposed to be NC was not and caused almost a week of havoc. The problem was found deep inside the control motor stuff - "replay cam." A real pain to get access to adjust the contact leafs. I had to pull the unit out, but not as much as a problem as returning the unit back to where it belonged.

I also had a problem with shorted leafs (wiring end) on the top contacts associated with the shuffle motor cam -- caused by bumping into the ball return board when replacing the playflield.

So it now it is working consistently with just a few burned out lamps associated with the features. I also need to procure a coin lockout coil as the current one is open. I suspect that PBR may have something that will work.

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#2 1 year ago

Great job!

On bingos, and especially helpful on Ticker Tape and later six card bingos, you can lift the back door off the hinges, and lay it across some saw horses.

Ensure you unscrew the wire bundle clasp inside the cab so that the bundle can move and flex.

The switches attached to the shutter motor are consistently an issue. It is trivially easy to smoosh those switches when lifting the playfield. Some of those problems can drive you absolutely crazy.

#3 1 year ago

it's been 20 years since I have touched a bingo machine and am glad I choose the six card. I do have a question regarding the search button for wins. I assume that it will search even though there is no winning number string -- I hope this is true.

I have learned to be careful with lowering the playfield back into position, mindful of the shutter switch ends. It took some time to find the bent switch end -- you are correct it can make one crazy. I taken off all of the switch stacks on the shutter motor. Cleaned the contacts, returned each stack one at a time, manually turned the cam and adjusted the switches then went to the
next stack.

After I was done, I was highly confident I had the shutter motor switches perfect. I was sorting a problem with the ball four relay not tripping. Turned on the machine, and the 18 relay reset motor was running continuously. Switch by switch the next day, I waded through what made the motor run. Then found the bent ends on one of the shutter switch stacks.

I believe the balls I have with this machine are stainless steel. I was thinking my previous experience was brass balls, chrome plated.

#4 1 year ago

The search can happen any time after ball 4 is shot, regardless of winners being present.

Ball difference is magnetic vs. non (anti-cheating!). Ticker tape uses 1 1/8" balls and the stainless can eventually become magnetized. The brass, chrome plated balls are very expensive. If you find a source for inexpensive balls, please share!

I scoped out your pic above - I see you've repaired your randomizer where it was cut, but I wanted to draw your attention to one issue that's still present: on the right hand side of the randomizer, there's a big trace that was cut very well, which is preventing about half or more of that side from registering.

#5 1 year ago

Thanks for posting up your Ticker Tape. Cool looking 6 card. Nice condition. Backglass looks excellent.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from bingopodcast:

there's a big trace that was cut very well, which is preventing about half or more of that side from registering.

I'm glad I posted pictures per NoQuarters suggestion. I didn't see that additional cut trace that you identified in the pictures.

The backglass is nice, but the cabinet is so-so. The front of the cabinet had rust - coin door, and interior hardware. The shooter assembly was rusted.

#7 1 year ago

It's all looking pretty spiffy to me. Shooter and door look like they cleaned up well. The backglass is excellent. Looks good.

Is there a way to restore a cut trace ? Would be interested to know or see how it is done.

I'm guessing six card games are fun. Lot's to watch for and figure out what numbers you want to try for next...

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Is there a way to restore a cut trace ?

You can stitch a piece of wire across the broken trace as long as the wiper arms don't contact it. If the do,then you'll need to stitch a longer piece across an area that they do not contact. Essentially, you're just joining two sets of traces.

Both this machine and mine had the traces cut in a very professional way. You wouldn't notice it unless you were looking for it. Sneaky!

In Ticker Tape, the randomizer provides a chance at lighting corners and super lines for each card.

Quoted from NoQuarters:

I'm guessing six card games are fun. Lot's to watch for and figure out what numbers you want to try for next...

You're right! They have max coin inputs, too, which is helpful. In Ticker Tape's case, only 6 coins will start a full game. Randomly it will light the super line or corners on any given card (one coin per card). Super lines are horizontal and score 3 as 4 and 4 as 5.

Corners score the 5 in a line win.

Cards have ascending replay values for 4 or 5 in a line. It is in your interest to play for 5 on card 6.

Pressing C on the footrail starts the search for winners, and when it finds one, the backglass will flash double or nothing? At this point you can press r to take the regular payout or press d to try for double the replays. The position of the randomizer is important here, too - in the wrong spot, you'll get nothing.

Fun, fast game (no extra balls).

Only the 6 cards made in the 70s have that double or nothing feature.

#9 1 year ago

That Ticker Tape looks great! Pretty machine!

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