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United Bowling Alley Restoration Attempt: Help Gladly Accepted!


By RonSS

8 months ago



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    #201 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Ok, so started to get back to it.
    Replaced the Pin deck, started her up, and noticed the frame unit isn't resetting. It moves forward fine, so probably just needs a quick adjustment or better lube/spring. Was working fine before of course.
    I'll take a better look soon.

    Super lube Ron.. Super lube! Those steppers will be lightning fast.

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    #202 4 months ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    Super lube Ron.. Super lube! Those steppers will be lightning fast.[quoted image]

    Oh man, if that was a bottle of Astro-glide, I was going to spit my coffe out...LOL

    #203 4 months ago
    Quoted from eyeamred2u:

    Oh man, if that was a bottle of Astro-glide, I was going to spit my coffe out...LOL

    Yeah funny cause it showed up today and my wife asked what was in the box. Just some lube honey.... awkward look from the wife for sure.

    #204 4 months ago

    Haha! I just ordered some. Friday night I'll rub the lotion on, , ,

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    #205 4 months ago

    I might have seconds thoughts on commenting on this thread once again.
    I hadn't known multi-purpose would get this type of reaction!

    #206 4 months ago

    #207 4 months ago

    I would NOT recommend this!!!!
    When you got your machine, your machine was not working. 1 big factor why it was not working was because the grease on all the units and reels was dried up and preventing things from turning.( The old saying is that if you dont play these EM games all the time, they wont work. Thats to keep the grease from freezing up the units and reels) You have taken the time to remove and clean everything so that it will work, so why would you put this back on only to know that in the future you will have to do this all over again? Super Lube makes a Teflon Oil that would be best to use.
    I now there is some debate in this area, but we have worked on over a 1000 bowlers over the past 10 years and not one of them have had a problem caused by using this oil.
    Just some food for thought.

    #208 4 months ago
    Quoted from Bowlerguy:

    I would NOT recommend this!!!!
    When you got your machine, your machine was not working. 1 big factor why it was not working was because the grease on all the units and reels was dried up and preventing things from turning.( The old saying is that if you dont play these EM games all the time, they wont work. Thats to keep the grease from freezing up the units and reels) You have taken the time to remove and clean everything so that it will work, so why would you put this back on only to know that in the future you will have to do this all over again? Super Lube makes a Teflon Oil that would be best to use.
    I now there is some debate in this area, but we have worked on over a 1000 bowlers over the past 10 years and not one of them have had a problem caused by using this oil.
    Just some food for thought.

    All thought food appreciated.

    I think the root of my current evil is the "other" grease I applied, followed by flying sawdust!

    Mental note, fab the back box cover next!!!

    #209 4 months ago

    In the early 90s, I applied White Lightning grease (has no teflon) to the wiper boards.
    I didn't care for the results, so over the W.L., I applied a film of Remmington Gun Oil
    (contains teflon), and that did the trick, but once I leaned of the Super Lube Synthetic
    Grease, I used that ever since, but still apply the R.G.O.
    I use the S.L. only on the wiper boards, and on pivot joints (metal on metal) I go dry
    or on some R.G.O.
    I have/had ball bowlers out. All components with the S.L. and R.G.O. is long lasting.
    Unlike when I first got some of these machines in, no wear at all on the wipers or its
    boards..

    #210 4 months ago

    Gonna be a good weekend after all!

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    #211 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Gonna be a good weekend after all![quoted image]

    Dim the lights, turn on the marvin gaye and get the party started big boy!

    #212 4 months ago

    Well, I've got a treat for you today. Decided to run a mock up game and see what's what.

    Don't mind my talking, just trying to add insight as I went. Feel free to mute, no offense taken.

    #213 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Well, I've got a treat for you today. Decided to run a mock up game and see what's what.
    Don't mind my talking, just trying to add insight as I went. Feel free to mute, no offense taken.

    Feels good to make progress doesn't it? Looks like you are at least over the mountain now and on the backside on the way down now.

    #214 4 months ago

    Yeah, I waited until everything was cleaned and lubed before even turning it on. It was killing me!

    Then, disappointment from my score motor.

    After some tinkering, and solid advice, I've finally made it to this stage.

    #215 4 months ago

    Went through my stepper's bakelite pads and removed my first grease application and applied the super lube. Now player #2 working fine (2 balls instead of 1).

    I also bridged my ball return motor today, still didn't work, but I have a feeling it might have been trying, so I shut it down.

    Tomorrow's job (if I can find some time) is to clean the motor.

    On the lookout for some 10 1/4 inch pins if you have/find them. Need 2 - 3.

    #216 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Went through my stepper's bakelite pads and removed my first grease application and applied the super lube. Now player #2 working fine (2 balls instead of 1).
    I also bridged my ball return motor today, still didn't work, but I have a feeling it might have been trying, so I shut it down.
    Tomorrow's job (if I can find some time) is to clean the motor.
    On the lookout for some 10 1/4 inch pins if you have/find them. Need 2 - 3.

    If nobody on here has those pins I saw a whole set on ebay for like $50

    #217 4 months ago

    Nice, thanks!

    #218 4 months ago

    Ron, not only the switch that the coffin top closes, but a set of switches in the Game Over
    Relay is also in the Ball Lift Motor's circuitry..

    #219 4 months ago

    Thanks Mopar,
    I'll try and take a look tomorrow.

    #220 4 months ago

    Decided to tear the ball lift motor apart today.

    Well that's interesting; a loose wire!

    Let's crack this nut open. Is that Nutella? Yuck!

    This part won't budge. Time to reach out. What gives?

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    #221 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Decided to tear the ball lift motor apart today.
    Well that's interesting; a loose wire!
    Let's crack this nut open. Is that Nutella? Yuck!
    This part won't budge. Time to reach out. What gives?[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Are you trying to remove the gears from the motors spindle? May be a press fit gear. Where are the bowling gods at to answer?

    #222 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Decided to tear the ball lift motor apart today.
    Well that's interesting; a loose wire!
    Let's crack this nut open. Is that Nutella? Yuck!
    This part won't budge. Time to reach out. What gives?[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    The grease has solidified. Try soaking it in alcohol

    #223 4 months ago

    Sooo, been pretty busy today.

    Used a heat gun to remove the stuck gear shaft. Everything all cleaned up nice like.

    Put back together, soldered the wire issue, and reinstalled.

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    #224 4 months ago

    Here's the end result:

    I'm assuming my fan is scraping something? Or is that just normal noise?

    #225 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Here's the end result:
    I'm assuming my fan is scraping something? Or is that just normal noise?

    Not normal, yep, check the fan. Blades are easily tweaked.

    #226 4 months ago

    Thanks cad.

    #227 4 months ago

    Fixed.

    I tested a ball (field hockey) and it got stuck at the top. The ball is just under 3 inches so that's probably the issue.

    Now that I've made it this far I can order some official balls!

    #228 4 months ago

    The ball size you have is not the reason for the ball getting stuck at the top. Look to see if the cabinet needs to be adjusted up or down.

    #229 4 months ago

    Oh, I'm certain the cabinet needs adjusting! I didn't even think that would be the cause. Kinda figured the whole unit was together.

    I'll check that out, thank you!

    #230 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Decided to tear the ball lift motor apart today.
    Well that's interesting; a loose wire!
    Let's crack this nut open. Is that Nutella? Yuck!
    This part won't budge. Time to reach out. What gives?[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Magnalube-G is what the Bingo pin guys recommend for gearbox lube. Does not take much.

    amazon.com link »

    #231 4 months ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    Magnalube-G is what the Bingo pin guys recommend for gearbox lube. Does not take much.
    amazon.com link »

    I put a little of that super lube in there. I'm not going back in unless it stops working.

    It was a mess, so this has to be better.

    #232 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I'm not going back in unless it stops working.

    It won't stop working. If that wire was attached, I'm sure it would have worked with that old grease,
    but surely a plus applying the new..
    Did you put a couple of drops of light weight oil in those two oil tubes. I use Remmington Gun Oil, but
    I'm sure there's other with teflon..
    Also, you might want to put a couple of drops of light weight oil on the axles (or pivot points (?) on
    those washer type rollers that the ball rides on to travel off the belt on the track..
    BTW: Chris mentioned that Super Lube makes a light weight Teflon oil. I'm sure worth picking up..
    I'm sure the balls you're using don't bounce. They're really too hard. The balls should bounce off
    the rail, I'm guessing they just ride the rail once they make contact..

    #233 4 months ago

    I placed 2 drops of 3-1 oil in each tube.

    I also gave each axle a dab of Super Lube, along with washer internals.

    Once I bent the fan blades a little it was purring quite nicely!

    I pushed the ball that was stuck and it rolled very nicely back to the rack, so all good there.

    Guess I'll inspect the outhole area tomorrow.

    Here's the final product today:

    #234 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I placed 2 drops of 3-1 oil in each tube.
    I also gave each axle a dab of Super Lube, along with washer internals.
    Once I bent the fan blades a little it was purring quite nicely!
    I pushed the ball that was stuck and it rolled very nicely back to the rack, so all good there.
    Guess I'll inspect the outhole area tomorrow.
    Here's the final product today:

    Damn fine productive day Ron.

    #235 4 months ago
    Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

    Damn fine productive day Ron.

    Thank you. We both found nice success!

    #236 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:I placed 2 drops of 3-1 oil in each tube.
    I also gave each axle a dab of Super Lube, along with washer internals.
    Once I bent the fan blades a little it was purring quite nicely!
    Here's the final product today:

    Much better

    #237 4 months ago

    Okay, tackling the pin reset. As seen in the bowling video, it was rarely completing a full revolution.

    I dismantled the motor and arm/disc. Isopropyled everything, then sparingly lubed moving parts.

    I did not take this motor apart.

    Result was better, but still not working. So I looked around a little more at possible issues. I think I've found it.

    When I remove this spring from under the pin deck to the disc arm I get full function.

    So, do I just leave it off? I assume it has a function...
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    #238 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Okay, tackling the pin reset. As seen in the bowling video, it was rarely completing a full revolution.
    I dismantled the motor and arm/disc. Isopropyled everything, then sparingly lubed moving parts.
    I did not take this motor apart.
    Result was better, but still not working. So I looked around a little more at possible issues. I think I've found it.
    When I remove this spring from under the pin deck to the disc arm I get full function.
    So, do I just leave it off? I assume it has a function...
    [quoted image]

    Ron that looks like the exact same motor and assembly as on my unit I can take a look at mine when I get home here shortly and let you know

    #239 4 months ago

    Here you go Ron its the exact same assembly as mine so hopefully these pics will help.

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    #240 4 months ago

    Thanks. Thats how it was set up, so I guess it was on correctly to start.

    I wonder why it's now prohibiting the full range of motion?

    I also wonder what it's function is as it "seems" to work fine without it?

    #241 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    Thanks. Thats how it was set up, so I guess it was on correctly to start.
    I wonder why it's now prohibiting the full range of motion?
    I also wonder what it's function is as it "seems" to work fine without it?

    Did you oil the motor?

    #242 4 months ago

    I did not.

    I sprayed some isopropyl in there to help loosen any gunk, but seems to turn ok, just seems "weak" at end of revolution and doesn't find the notch to stop.

    If I help it by hand it's fine.

    Without the spring, all good.

    #243 4 months ago

    I would take those two screws right above the motor on that circular piece loose there's a little piece in there pull the whole thing out and put like two drops of oil in there it may be that there's some gunk in there or some dried up Kris and some fresh oil will make a big difference I know it did on mine

    #244 4 months ago

    Worth a try.

    On tomorrow's agenda.

    #245 4 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I did not.
    I sprayed some isopropyl in there to help loosen any gunk, but seems to turn ok, just seems "weak" at end of revolution and doesn't find the notch to stop.
    If I help it by hand it's fine.
    Without the spring, all good.

    I was thinking about this a bit more have you measured voltage at the motor? Maybe it's not getting proper power and that could be it's hangup? Also i still say take those 2 screws out holding in that armature and clean it off and q-tip the inside with alcohol also then a couple drops of oil. Then reward yourself with a frosty cold one!

    #246 4 months ago

    That spring is to hold the cam back so the motor doesn't over ride..
    Had you put a couple of drops on the armature's tail? That tail that pulls
    in when the motor is energized. It usually makes a good size difference..

    #247 4 months ago
    Quoted from Mopar:

    That spring is to hold the cam back so the motor doesn't over ride..
    Had you put a couple of drops on the armature's tail? That tail that pulls
    in when the motor is energized. It usually makes a good size difference..

    I did put some on the tail.

    #248 4 months ago

    On your ball return, the ball lift arms originally had vinyl or something similar on them to protect the balls themselves. I used heat shrink tubing on mine (United Play Time), and that seemed to work well. The original balls that were with the machine when I got it were gouged up terribly from the lift arms, as the coating was missing.
    Jim

    #249 4 months ago

    Jim,
    I'm thinking maybe some plasti-dip would do the trick?

    I've got new balls coming, so maybe sooner, rather than later, is the path to take here.

    Thanks!

    #250 4 months ago

    Any luck with that spring and motor today?

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