I have been working on a very nice condition / complete Bally Gator. Ive got all the schematics and everything which have been hugely helpful I have gone through the entire machine, cleaning every switch/relay, ensuring score reels are clean and adjusted, all new rubber, lamps, etc. Mechanically the game is all there and gameplay functions flawlessly. My trouble is with the startup sequence. I am stuck and would appreciate any help! Here are the details:
Press "start button" - score motor starts, score reels reset to zero (again - all zero position switches are clean and working) but the score motor just keeps on spinning and spinning.
The reset motor never starts its rotation.
Based on the schematic, there are 5 things that trigger the reset motor. Clutch Trip Relay, Ball Return Relay, Free Ball Relay, Index #1 switch on reset motor, Index #2 switch on reset motor. All are normally open switches.
If i manually press the ball return relay or the free play relay or raise the switch stack that contains the Index #1 switch, the reset motor rotates, the score motor stops and game plays 100% normally.
The switches on the score motor associated with the clutch trip relay (which is on the reset motor itself) have been cleaned and adjusted.
The problem has to be in the start circuit or clutch trip relay circuit but i have gone high and low and not found the issue after many hours of cleaning, adjusting, recleaning, etc.
Here are a few other strange clues:
The start button sparks when it is depressed. Is there some sort of short? if so, could that play a role here?
There is a single switch on the reset motor all by itself all the way on the far end (toward the back of the cabinet - farthest from the motor) that rides on the cam disk that has one depression. As it sits, it is adjusted to be normally open. The thing is, in its current "home" position, the switch is open, when the reset motor rotates and that switch drops into the depresssion on that cam disk, it is still open so as presently adjusted, its impossible for that switch to close under any circumstances. The home position of the motor stops when the slot is just past the switch so right after the switch drops into that slot, the cam rotates another few degrees so that switch pops back out. Again - never with any ability to close. If i manually close that switch or adjust it to be normally closed and then open when it drops into the slot on the disc, the reset motor runs instantly on power up and just keeps running.
I am at a loss! Could the home position of that motor be off by a little bit? if so, how can it be adjusted? is the sparking at the start button somehow tied to this? Should this "mystery" stand alone switch ever close? The game has been unused in a home setting for over 30 years in its present state.
Anyone have any ideas?
Does anyone have this game and can please provide photos of your reset motor in "home position" paying close attention to the position of the single mystery switch and the 3 relays right next to it (start, game over, clutch)?
Could anyone post a video of the reset motor in a functioning version of this game for comparision?
Thanks all!!! Really hoping to wrap this up