Worst hack/repair you ever saw.

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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.


By mcclad

5 years ago



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    #1751 81 days ago

    Did a repair at a customer's house this past weekend. Couldn't really stop and take pictures but you'll get the idea.

    First we resolved the non-working slingshot -
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    Next we made the sketchy GI a little more solid -
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    And finally I put one of these on the CPU where there had been one of those giant wire-wound cement encased power resistors like you find on a rectifier board. Yikes. Yes, it worked and probably had been for years.
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    Shawn

    #1752 81 days ago
    Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

    Did a repair at a customer's house this past weekend. Couldn't really stop and take pictures but you'll get the idea.
    First we resolved the non-working slingshot -

    Next we made the sketchy GI a little more solid -

    And finally I put one of these on the CPU where there had been one of those giant wire-wound cement encased power resistors like you find on a rectifier board. Yikes. Yes, it worked and probably had been for years.

    Shawn

    I take it the resistor you install was the proper wattage and the one you removed was "overkill"?

    #1753 81 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    and the one you removed was "overkill"?

    And then some.

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    #1754 72 days ago

    Oh the Humanity!

    see if you can spot this one...

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    #1755 72 days ago

    I'll swap ya for the correct ones!

    #1756 72 days ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    I'll swap ya for the correct ones!

    LOL - that didn't take long!

    Careful for what you are offering:
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    I can't tell if the previous owner of this Solar Ride was a genius, or a madman. The experience on resurrecting this machine does deserve it's own thread. I'll be following up with more details there.

    #1757 72 days ago
    Quoted from songofsixpence:

    LOL - that didn't take long!
    Careful for what you are offering:

    I can't tell if the previous owner of this Solar Ride was a genius, or a madman. The experience on resurrecting this machine does deserve it's own thread. I'll be following up with more details there.

    Do they actually work? Impressive if so.

    #1758 72 days ago

    Not exactly. I don't know if it ever worked correctly. There is so much wrong with it that I am still sorting out.

    It was dirty in a Long-Time-In-Storage sort of way. I tend to believe it never worked as hoped.

    #1759 67 days ago

    i totally forgot about this frankenpin i got offered...

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    #1760 67 days ago
    Quoted from Axl:

    i totally forgot about this frankenpin i got offered...

    Did the MPU power up? Did the displays and controlled appropriate properly?

    Maybe the prior owner Raspberry Pi'ed it....

    #1761 67 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Did the MPU power up? Did the displays and controlled appropriate properly?
    Maybe the prior owner Raspberry Pi'ed it....

    i passed on it.

    #1762 67 days ago

    Never saw this before, but this IC looks to be chopped down from a bigger one. Saw it in a Bally Night Rider.

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    #1763 67 days ago
    Quoted from JodyG:

    Never saw this before, but this IC looks to be chopped down from a bigger one. Saw it in a Bally Night Rider.

    That's just the label etched off-center. A quick images search showed other examples with the text towards the right.

    #1764 67 days ago
    Quoted from LynnInDenver:

    That's just the label etched off-center. A quick images search showed other examples with the text towards the right.

    There looked to be something cut off the right end...I will have to look again next time I am over there.

    #1765 67 days ago

    Just the ceramic case cracked near leg 12. Probably due to a screwdriver pry attempt. As long as the froghair wire wasn't damaged, all is well.

    #1766 63 days ago

    Inside a Seawitch. Previous owner told that he had installed the switch to prevent his children from turning on the game when he wasn't home...

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    #1767 63 days ago
    Quoted from g94:

    Inside a Seawitch. Previous owner told that he had installed the switch to prevent his children from turning on the game when he wasn't home...

    I'm actually impressed!

    #1768 63 days ago

    lol, that switch is huge! That's hilarious

    #1769 63 days ago
    Quoted from mrWol64:

    Not sure if this qualifies for the thread,.. my first Pinbots mask was interestingly replaced. Must have been well before replacement plastics were easy to get. Had this shown in another Pinbot thread to some amusement

    The PINBOT in the Iron Mask!

    #1770 63 days ago
    Quoted from g94:

    Inside a Seawitch. Previous owner told that he had installed the switch to prevent his children from turning on the game when he wasn't home...

    I would have chosen a smaller switch, but I like the idea.
    I have installed a couple of small toggle switches in my Bally Old Chicago - one to disable the chimes for nighttime stealth play, & one to disable the tilt for roughhouse play.

    #1771 63 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    lol, that switch is huge! That's hilarious

    Common lightswitch in Europe

    #1772 63 days ago
    Quoted from dudah:

    Common lightswitch in Europe

    Yeah, for outside/humid area's.

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    #1773 52 days ago

    Working on a Magic City and they intstalled a small push button with 2 wires running to the reset relay coil. Start game, push button and ball. All this because they had the roll tilt ball in the game. Too lite to activate the switch....

    #1774 52 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Working on a Magic City and they intstalled a small push button with 2 wires running to the reset relay coil. Start game, push button and ball. All this because they had the roll tilt ball in the game. Too lite to activate the switch....

    Many people LOVE how machines come with a rack to keep spare balls in!

    #1775 52 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Working on a Magic City and they intstalled a small push button with 2 wires running to the reset relay coil. Start game, push button and ball. All this because they had the roll tilt ball in the game. Too lite to activate the switch....

    And not a terrible hack, power attained by wall switch mounted to back side with heavy duty going to outlet.

    #1776 49 days ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Many people LOVE how machines come with a rack to keep spare balls in!

    I asked the local pinball service guy that same question back in the 1980's . Don't remember his reply though
    Good guy but , he always put some credits in the game before he left.

    #1777 47 days ago

    I grabbbed a firepower 2 from a customer this week. First thing i noticed was this awesome display hack. I think of they had used a little bit more silicon it may have started working

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    #1778 47 days ago
    Quoted from gregh:

    I grabbbed a firepower 2 from a customer this week. First thing i noticed was this awesome display hack. I think of they had used a little bit more silicon it may have started working
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    Nothing like prototyping!!

    #1779 47 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Nothing like prototyping!!

    It looks like a science project.

    #1780 46 days ago

    So the display didn't even work? What a bunch of wasted effort.

    I put a Fire! back together that was a basket case, searched forever for the correct display panel for it - eventually found one but it took so long that in the meantime I just made my own. Two pieces of wire-wrap board bolted together using board scraps as splints between the halves, had to turn the header connectors sideways on two of the displays, cut some of the excess board off the edge of two displays for correct spacing, attached a regular System 11 display controller to the back, and made a small "swap" harness to move a couple wires around to reflect a difference between "old" System 11 and the harness in Fire! ... definitely a hack and a half but it worked great and fit correctly, too!

    Richard

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    #1781 46 days ago

    Very creative.

    #1782 46 days ago

    I bought a Cyclone once where the leg bolts were stripped so they drilled six holes in each leg and attached them with drywall screws.

    #1783 46 days ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    I bought a Cyclone once where the leg bolts were stripped so they drilled six holes in each leg and attached them with drywall screws.

    Sacreligious.

    #1784 46 days ago

    Taken out of the T2 I bought last weekend. No leakage or damage at all on the CPU...thank God.

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    #1785 46 days ago

    At least they already took care of J115 for you!

    #1786 45 days ago
    Quoted from Colsond3:

    Taken out of the T2 I bought last weekend. No leakage or damage at all on the CPU...thank God.
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    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    At least they already took care of J115 for you!

    J120 + J121 nethertheless should be changed ...

    #1787 44 days ago

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    #1788 37 days ago

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    #1789 36 days ago

    I'm restoring a Doozie table and one of the previous owners used some sort of red spray paint to try to seal the backglass. I'm now slowly scrapping the red paint off the areas that show through the glass. Going to triple thick after that and repaint.

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    #1790 36 days ago

    sohchx - Did they JB weld that shower lane metal bracket with the screws? IF so that is very funny. Or was it just a poor welding job? Looks like jb weld but I can't tell hahaha

    #1791 35 days ago
    Quoted from darcangeloel:

    sohchx - Did they JB weld that shower lane metal bracket with the screws? IF so that is very funny. Or was it just a poor welding job? Looks like jb weld but I can't tell hahaha

    Poor welding.

    #1792 35 days ago

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    #1793 35 days ago

    Those are all pictures from HEP's MM restore thread, right?

    #1794 35 days ago
    Quoted from alexmogil:

    Those are all pictures from HEP's MM restore thread, right?

    Correct. This was a mess wasn't it? I thought to myself, no way these pics don't make the cut for the worst hack thread. Lol

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    #1795 33 days ago

    About a third of the connectors have screws like this... IMG_20180818_170713 (resized).jpg

    But this was my favorite

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    #1796 33 days ago

    Good thing about a third of the connectors don't have tags like that.

    Bonus point for spelling 'which' correctly.

    #1797 33 days ago

    Customers Ebd I just started on

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    #1798 32 days ago
    Quoted from Pinballer22:

    Customers Ebd I just started on
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    Angle iron for heat sink......I like that.

    #1799 32 days ago

    Bonus points for door bell wire!

    #1800 32 days ago
    Quoted from Pinballer22:

    Customers Ebd I just started on
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