A friend of mine, has, for some time now, had this classic standing in the "playing room". It's a third, forth, possibly fifth hand machine, has a lot of use on it, and to be honest, it has it's own view on reality. Basically, a lot of things doesn't work. I've pretty much just looked, no, make that peeked at the wiring so far, and it's clear someone, did something to this pinball machine. Something not nice.
I already know I'm going to need a lot of help getting this thing up and running as it's supposed to be, so I've been poking about trying to find some tech resources. Found a general repair guide for Williams System 11, which should be enough to get through at least the wiring. However, it seams that this someone who did unthinkable things to this machine in the past simply pulled the slingshot triggers out. No idea how they were mounted, or where. (well, in the front part of the slingshot, i would guess...) light-bulbs hanging in the wires everywhere. Some works, some don't. Most of the once that are in there right place, seam to work.
I guess what i really want is "everything that can be helpful". I'm pretty much getting free access and get do do what ever i please with the machine. It's going to be somewhat limited as to what it can cost, so it's not going to be restored to "new" condition, but i would like to see it fully operational. As hinted at, so far I've only peeked at it, and found the jungle of hanging wires, lose switches and light-bulbs overwhelming.
I need to make things more structured. Anyone got detail pictures of the back of the playfield? To some extent i should be able to figure out what goes where from that, and then I'll be a extreme pain in the rear end on who ever cares to answer questions, trying to get info on things i cant figure out how to mount, where it goes, and so on...
Any tech-doc that could be helpful will be well received as well.
Parts. Rubber parts, i assume is more or less standard, just find the right size, and it's golden. How about bumpers. Rebuild kits? Finding the original bumpers would be hard, and swapping for others would mess with the games looks. I know there are rebuild kits for the flippers, also, conversion kits to put less strain on the old hardware with different from the original solenoid windings, might look in to that, but currently all flippers work... sorta. Targets, drop targets, bullseyes... Get generic, and just leave em in the color they are? It's a shame really, but i for sure don't have the paintskills to reproduce some of the targets.
It's hard to tell, but the game self diagnostics complains about a flipper issue on boot, but other then that it seams content, so I'm hoping that the boards are in good shape.
Seams like a safe guess to say it's either in good shape, or almost completely toasted at this point.
Wish me luck.