(Topic ID: 210067)

Twilight Zone back box removal?

By dtwallace84

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Is it very hard to remove the back box on Twilight Zone? It needs moved up some tight stairs, and i think it would be easier if it were removed. Any other tips to moving a machine upstairs? I'm new to this..

#2 2 years ago

Nuts, bolts, and lots of connectors.

Plenty of notes, pictures, etc.

Huge friends would be easier.

LTG : )

#3 2 years ago

Are there any turns in the stairs?

Have you folded down the backbox, put padding between the backbox and cabinet, strapped it down (or shrink wrapped it) and taken off the legs so the cab is standing up on end?

If it's just a straight staircase, strap the game to a hand truck or appliance hand truck that can handle at least 400lbs, and have at least 3-5 guys to drag it up.

Or, if there are any equipment rental places, a stair climbing hand truck, such as an escalera, will make the process much easier.

Or, yes, you can remove the backbox. Take careful photos of all the connectors...there are a few than can get mixed up. Disconnect everything feeding up from the cabinet. Undo the nut for the grounding wire. Unbolt the backbox from the hinges. Put some protection or cardboard between the hinges and the cab artwork. Then when everything is clear, remove the backbox. Then do everything in reverse order to put it back together later.

#4 2 years ago

I thought it may be a pain. I'll probably go with the huge friends route. Thanks.

#5 2 years ago

Why not use an appliance dolly?
Fold down the head with cardboard between it and the cabinet,
wrap it with stretch wrap,
next take off the rear legs and stand it up on its back,
Remove the front legs and put it on an appliance dolly.
You hopefully can rent an appliance dolly.
I finally just bought one

#6 2 years ago

I usually just throw some masking tape on the connectors or write right on them so I can quickly match them back up without a ton of pictures and having to mess with my phone when I’ve had to remove a head.

#7 2 years ago

Scary to look at pulling all the connectors. TZ was the first one I had to pull the head cause my basement door is not wide enough. I labeled everything.
Total waste of time.

Take a picture, but really the harness kind of self wires. You could sharpie the connector numbers, but the connectors are keyed and when the harness is right it just works. Later I got a Pinbot that was totally apart. No one thought it would ever go back together. Same thing, put harness in and everything fell in place. Incidentally, I made someone really really happy with a good price on a pinbot in OK shape, probably still in the guys collection 20 years later.

Look at it, take some pictures and take your time.

The TZ is a HEAVY game. Best to do it in parts. At least pull the play field if you are going up the stairs.

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from ShorePins:

Take a picture, but really the harness kind of self wires.

Keep in mind that there are a couple of connectors that can get mixed up. Also, if any of the connectors are hacked up, they may be in seperate pieces.

#9 2 years ago

The head on your TZ is no wider than any other game just the body is. I moved mine up stairs when I purchased it and boy is it heavy.

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