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Vector Owners Club & Restorations Fans Also Welcome

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#151 1 year ago

I just wrapped restoration work on my Vector - and am running the V4 homerom. Does anyone have the complete switch and audit mode settings for V4? I only find bits and pieces, and with what I did find, I only spot minor sound changes. Thoughts?

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#152 1 year ago

Woohoo, in the club with my first pinball machine! Picked Vector (having never actually played it before) because the layout seemed interesting, and the multiball "goal" seemed fun, and the cabinet side art was mostly black (I was hoping it would be a match for my interior decor). So far, I think it's my favorite early 80s pinball that I have played. I probably paid a bit too much for a game of this vintage, but I wanted one in good condition because I am new at this.

To be honest, I am slightly intimidated at the thought of maintaining a Pinball machine. I've never been super mechanically inclined for various reasons. Right away, I think that I need to swap the plastic covers for the slingshots with one another since they were installed backwards and replace the upper playfield flipper bat with a mini one which I assume will be pretty easy to do. Baby steps, I guess.

Anyway, this is a super subjective / silly question, but what pinballs do you think would pair well "thematically" with Vector? I'm thinking that I will want to have exactly two pinball machines eventually for my living room. I was originally going to go with a Data East Jurassic Park mostly because of the black cabinet side art, and it's common-ish, but I am wondering if I can find something better to sit right next to my Vector

#153 1 year ago
Quoted from aueft:

pair well "thematically"

Xenon maybe? Black cabinet.. Double backglass. Sci-fi...

3 weeks later
#154 1 year ago

Hello Im lookinf for a good quality playfied scanned file because myone is ruined.
If you have please let me know.
Thanks
Baz

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#155 1 year ago
Quoted from Balazs:

Hello Im lookinf for a good quality playfied scanned file because myone is ruined.
If you have please let me know.
Thanks
Baz
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OUCH!

#156 1 year ago

Can someone scan me the text area in front of the 4 HYPE targets?

TIA

#157 1 year ago

@ vid I can snap a pic if that helps?

Quoted from vid1900:

Can someone scan me the text area in front of the 4 HYPE targets?
TIA

#158 1 year ago
Quoted from freddy:

@ vid I can snap a pic if that helps?

That'd be great!

Please make it as square to the table as possible, as I need to match the font.

I need the orange HYPE below the stand up targets and the smaller yellow text to the right of that.

I was bribed with a totally destroyed Vector...and all of that text is covered with black epoxy goo.

Thank you .

#159 1 year ago

If you pm email I can also email

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#160 1 year ago
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#161 1 year ago

Wunderbar !!!!

Exactly what I needed.

Good job, and thank you

#162 1 year ago
Quoted from freddy:

If you pm email I can also email
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OMG it has been so long since I have seen those words and fonts intact.
Amazing!

#163 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

OMG it has been so long since I have seen those words and fonts intact.
Amazing!

The power of Mylar.....

#164 1 year ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Wunderbar !!!!
Exactly what I needed.
Good job, and thank you

I even dropped a dime!

1 month later
#165 1 year ago

My vector game keeps repeating the word vector when I start a game. Any idea what would cause that?

1 month later
#166 1 year ago
Quoted from D8n-flipped:

My vector game keeps repeating the word vector when I start a game. Any idea what would cause that?

Check stuck shooter-lane switch.

#167 1 year ago

New vector owner checking in! I just read through the thread but I didn't see, what aspects of the game do the "home roms" change other than adding more speech?

#168 1 year ago
Quoted from Haymaker:

New vector owner checking in! I just read through the thread but I didn't see, what aspects of the game do the "home roms" change other than adding more speech?

There are some "Skill" shot awards add to the game...

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#169 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Check stuck shooter-lane switch.

Thanks , I will check that today.

#170 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

There are some "Skill" shot awards add to the game...

Sounds cool. Where can you get these Home roms ?

#171 1 year ago

So I am a very side pinball tech more of a parts changer really - got a random call guys vector was not working wanted some help. MPU has plenty of battery damage playfield is worn and a few displays are likely out.... What's this game selling for as a project - does it have a following - wondering if he should list it or start buying parts he has plenty of money but does not want to go past $500 in parts.... And I suspect he will be chasing gremlins for a bit on it

#172 1 year ago
Quoted from coz6:

So I am a very side pinball tech more of a parts changer really - got a random call guys vector was not working wanted some help. MPU has plenty of battery damage playfield is worn and a few displays are likely out.... What's this game selling for as a project - does it have a following - wondering if he should list it or start buying parts he has plenty of money but does not want to go past $500 in parts.... And I suspect he will be chasing gremlins for a bit on it

$160 for a new mpu

https://nvram.weebly.com/new-pcbs.html

Then you can boot it up and run the diagnostics

#173 1 year ago
Quoted from vid1900:

$160 for a new mpu
https://nvram.weebly.com/new-pcbs.html
Then you can boot it up and run the diagnostics

Thanks vid I found your toilet bowl cleaner thread - and it sort of changed my life - waiting on my GPE order and this thing is going to boot on up! $5.00 for parts hot damn got everything bad off the board only one eyelet pulled so gives me plenty of room to get additional stuff and this machine living again.

#174 1 year ago

Can you buy Mirror Blades anywhere for Vector?
I think it would look good with them.

#175 1 year ago

Finally in the club! Before I post any pictures, I want to get this machine back together.

Can someone let me know if this Vectorscan entry wire should be straight or offset (mine is offset). My brain says straight. Looks like photos show straight. I wouldn't be surprised if someone bent it to compensate for a switch issue.

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#176 1 year ago
Quoted from Skidave:

Finally in the club! Before I post any pictures, I want to get this machine back together.
Can someone let me know if this Vectorscan entry wire should be straight or offset (mine is offset). My brain says straight. Looks like photos show straight. I wouldn't be surprised if someone bent it to compensate for a switch issue.
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Vector
Gate Wire:
M-1272-52 is drawn as completely flat. No forward or backward bend.

#177 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Vector
Gate Wire:
M-1272-52 is drawn as completely flat. No forward or backward bend.

Yes, I straightened it before I installed it. I found a few more photos to verify that it was straight. Thanks for the response.

#178 1 year ago

When I start a game it ejects two balls in the shooter lane. What would cause that?

#179 1 year ago
Quoted from D8n-flipped:

When I start a game it ejects two balls in the shooter lane. What would cause that?

Outhole switches not adjusted... check 2nd backup switch assembly...
the bracket gets hit and miss adjusted from the front cabinet receiver.

#180 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Outhole switches not adjusted... check 2nd backup switch assembly...
the bracket gets hit and miss adjusted from the front cabinet receiver.

Thanks! I’ll check that

#181 1 year ago

Shop out of my new Vector continues. Got the new defender drops installed last night. What a difference!

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#182 1 year ago
Quoted from Haymaker:

Shop out of my new Vector continues. Got the new defender drops installed last night. What a difference!
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WOW, that section of the playfield is very nice.

#183 1 year ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

WOW, that section of the playfield is very nice.

Thank you! The whole playfield in general is pretty nice, much better than your average Vector at least. A couple wear spots by the HYPE targets as you'd expect and just a little bit down in the multiplier area, those are the 2 worst things. I just got done polishing the playfield in that picture too so it looks extra good. One more set of flippers to rebuild, and I accidently cracked my new Z target, but once thats patched up, its about time to start repopulating the top. I'm putting in a playfield protector as well

#184 1 year ago
Quoted from Haymaker:

Shop out of my new Vector continues. Got the new defender drops installed last night. What a difference!
[quoted image]

Looks a lot better with new targets

#185 1 year ago

I'm thrilled to join the club. I have been wanting a Vector for a while and another Pinsider got me a lead on one that needed a lot of love. The playfield has quite a bit of wear, but everything is intact. Here is a before picture of the playfield to give you and an idea of the condition. Believe it or not, the MPU had a battery from 1986 installed and there was only minor acid damage. I usually spend hours repairing MPUs and stitching traces from acid damage. Both 6 digit displays are crap and I have one 7 digit with a burnt segment.

I need to order new drop targets and clean -rebuild the mechanisms. Also, I cleaned the flipper mechs and EOS pieces. Those are getting rebuilt too.

I'm not very fond of the coil used for the upper flipper. Even with the EOS setup to cut power early, it is still crazy powerful. Does anyone have any recommendations for a different coil? Maybe an AQ-26-600 / 34-4500. The primary coil is 5 ohms instead of 3ish.

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#186 1 year ago

Selling a nice Vector, 2 door version with bill validator and coin tray. See the marketplace.

#187 1 year ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

Selling a nice Vector, 2 door version with bill validator and coin tray. See the marketplace.

That Vector playfield is one of the nicest, clean, art aliened plafields I have ever seen.

1 month later
#188 1 year ago

Finally finished up my Vector refurb tonight. Well, basically finished. Still a couple minor switch tweaks and whatnot but she's back together and looking good! Stripped the top side and polished it, polished all the metal ramps and guides, new rubbers w/ titans on the flippers. All new drop targets. Rebuilt the flippers (still linear style, sorry Vid). Put in a playfield protector. All LED GI. Fixed some cold solder on the boards and added NVRAM. Fixed a ton of blown out screw holes, replaced a few drywall screws with the proper hardware, and just tons of little stuff. This game is really neat though and it was a fun little project! Shes far from perfect but its defintely looking good for a vector!

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#189 1 year ago

Looks great.

3 months later
#190 10 months ago

Hi y’all, picked up a Vector (my first machine!) about two weeks ago. It’s in pretty decent survivor condition with the two front doors. There’s no bill validator in the left door, just a blank.

I’ve replaced the rubbers and all but one bulb (I didn’t know I needed 444s for the chase lights). Next is wax and new balls.

I had a couple questions for anyone who may know…

1. My posts around the thumper bumper have various sized spacers - one missing, one 7/16 and I can’t remember the other one. What are they supposed to be?

2. I need new locks. It looks like the left coin door uses a 1 1/8” lock with a straight cam, which is different from the right door which uses a 7/8” lock with an offset cam. The backbox uses 1 1/8. Sanity check?

3. In the three kickers in the upper right corner, the topmost one sticks (kicker stays extended) and the bottom one is too weak to launch the ball. Any ideas?

4. I know someone asked about this years ago, but does anyone have the middle plastic with the Addam’s Family for sale?

5. Favorite playfield angle?

6. Anything I can do for you? Need any pics? I’ve seen lots on here already that both look worse and better than mine so I didn’t see a reason…

#191 10 months ago
Quoted from berzerk_1980:

1. My posts around the thumper bumper have various sized spacers - one missing, one 7/16 and I can’t remember the other one. What are they supposed to be?

A: The plastic piece has three supports.
---a; Two sets are metal post with plastic grey spacer on top.
---b: One piece a tall grey post for the backside of the cover plastic.
---c: In all, the top plastic pop cover piece should be flat and even when mounted correctly.

#192 10 months ago
Quoted from berzerk_1980:

3. In the three kickers in the upper right corner, the topmost one sticks (kicker stays extended) and the bottom one is too weak to launch the ball. Any ideas?

A: I would clean and lightly grease the assembly...
---a; A little liquid lube can be used on the pivot shafts..

#193 10 months ago
Quoted from berzerk_1980:

6. Anything I can do for you? Need any pics? I’ve seen lots on here already that both look worse and better than mine so I didn’t see a reason…

A: Please, post a picture of your game!

#194 10 months ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

A: The plastic piece has three supports.
---a; Two sets are metal post with plastic grey spacer on top.
---b: One piece a tall grey post for the backside of the cover plastic.
---c: In all, the top plastic pop cover piece should be flat and even when mounted correctly.

Thanks. I’m missing (b). Is (b) plastic, and do you know how long either (a) or (b) are? Mine are mismatched and I don't know which is correct.

#195 10 months ago

I hope this helps...
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#196 10 months ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

A: Please, post a picture of your game!

Here are some including the double coin door. I have more. I am new to pinball ownership but I think it’s a reasonably clean survivor.

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#197 10 months ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

I hope this helps...
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That is excellent. Thanks. I recently replaced all my rubber and tried playing tonight. The ball got stuck here. Any opinions? Maybe because I have the wrong post? Shallow playfield angle?

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#198 10 months ago
Quoted from berzerk_1980:

That is excellent. Thanks. I recently replaced all my rubber and tried playing tonight. The ball got stuck here. Any opinions? Maybe because I have the wrong post? Shallow playfield angle?[quoted image]

The flat ball guide rail wall [ #A-3032-102 ] should fit up to the half way point on the rubber ring.
The ball should roll down the ramp at that point...
Note: your Vector is in really good shape.
Fix Notes:
1) Upper right screw should be on the other side of the plastic... (next to the 2-way saucer).
2) Z,W,X, target uses two rubber rings.
-- 2a, You still have the #555 lamp shade sleeves that are behind the X,Y,Z, targets...
--- Major Awesome!!!! The sad part is that they get destroyed from ball hits.
--- I would remove them and paint the #555 lamps blue...
--- Side Note: Many years ago a used a router to re-cut the lamp sockets to sit
--- farther back from the X,Y,Z, drop targets.
3) double also the 1" rubber rings on the mini flippers; the front tips break from ball hits.
Over all really nice game... Thanks for posting the pictures of your Bally Vector.

#199 10 months ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

The flat ball guide rail wall [ #A-3032-102 ] should fit up to the half way point on the rubber ring.
The ball should roll down the ramp at that point...
Note: your Vector is in really good shape.
Fix Notes:
1) Upper right screw should be on the other side of the plastic... (next to the 2-way saucer).
2) Z,W,X, target uses two rubber rings.
-- 2a, You still have the #555 lamp shade sleeves that are behind the X,Y,Z, targets...
--- Major Awesome!!!! The sad part is that they get destroyed from ball hits.
--- I would remove them and paint the #555 lamps blue...
--- Side Note: Many years ago a used a router to re-cut the lamp sockets to sit
--- farther back from the X,Y,Z, drop targets.
3) double also the 1" rubber rings on the mini flippers; the front tips break from ball hits.
Over all really nice game... Thanks for posting the pictures of your Bally Vector.

Ok, went to take a look.

0) The rail guide does not look damaged or moved, and the post has not moved, so I’m not sure what to do except maybe get thinner rubber for that post. This isn’t the one that’s supposed to be the tall gray post is it?
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1) OK, but then why is there a hole in the plastic? Screw should go through it or it should use a post and rubber nut, no? Or am I looking at the correct screw? Even though I’m confused, good news. I found my missing spacer behind the adjacent plastic! Are we talking about the same screw (circled in red, second photo)?
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2. I added the second ring on the XYZ bank. Looks right? Good idea about the colored lamps. But I think I’ll get red to replace the color they were behind the shades and put the shades away for safekeeping.
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3. I will order more of the 1” rings. I only bought a single kit.

#200 10 months ago

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