(Topic ID: 28788)

Worst hack/repair you ever saw.


By mcclad

6 years ago



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    #2151 23 days ago

    Cost of a bracket = $2.50. Cost of a quick weld job at operators shop = $0.25...

    #2152 23 days ago

    I think who ever owned the game wanted the original flipper bracket design.
    e.g. Black Knight.

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    #2153 23 days ago
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    #2154 23 days ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    Wow

    #2155 23 days ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    I’d give an A for originality on that one.

    #2156 23 days ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    So how did they connect the ends? The hooks?

    #2157 23 days ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    My Hot Tip EM is my favorite pin, it’s just sad to see one bungied like that (EM or SS).

    #2158 23 days ago

    Yep, someone just cut the wires instead of unplugging. WHY ? Just WHY?
    I'm in the process of soldering.

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    #2159 23 days ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    Yep, someone just cut the wires instead of unplugging. WHY ? Just WHY?
    I'm in the process of soldering.[quoted image]

    Because there are people out there who don't know about the connectors and figure everything is permanently wired. Which is rarely the case in anything with wires in it.

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    #2160 10 days ago

    maxash posted this on his bringing back to life a Blackout thread. Thought I would show the community the hack he ended up with.

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    #2161 10 days ago

    I wonder if there has ever been an incident where someone used an actual crutch for a leg on a pinball machine? Instant award!

    #2162 10 days ago
    Quoted from bssbllr:

    maxash posted this on his bringing back to life a Blackout thread. Thought I would show the community the hack he ended up with.[quoted image]

    Just came to post this . It's one of several bad ideas the former owner had, but this was the one most worthy of posting. The best part? The guy is an electrician by trade. Gave me his card and everything.

    #2163 10 days ago

    Sorry didn’t mean to take your spot light but I made sure to mention you. I’m no electrician but Loose his card. I will write my number on a piece of paper and do a better job the that. Lol

    #2164 10 days ago
    Quoted from alchy999:

    Went to look at as FT was told on phone by buyer the PF was in mint condition. This is a picture of the actual machine when I got there.
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    I would have given him/her a bill for time and travel.......

    #2165 10 days ago

    Loose your wrench, make sure to look here.

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    #2166 10 days ago

    Is this a Jacketed Hollow Point or just a noisy plunger rod.

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    #2167 10 days ago

    Wow can someone say mushroom.

    #2168 10 days ago

    Who needs connectors?

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    #2169 10 days ago
    Quoted from dothedoo:

    Lifted the playfield of my friend's Space Shuttle tonight and found this......oy...
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    Take it outside and set it on fire!

    #2170 10 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    I wonder if there has ever been an incident where someone used an actual crutch for a leg on a pinball machine? Instant award!

    I feel like you're offering up a challenge Chad

    #2171 10 days ago
    Quoted from bssbllr:

    Loose your wrench, make sure to look here.[quoted image]

    Lol, I left a pair of vise grips on a rusty back leveler after adjusting, in case I needed to adjust more....finally found my vise grips like 2 years later

    #2172 9 days ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    Is this a Jacketed Hollow Point or just a noisy plunger rod.[quoted image]

    Well ya know, once it mushrooms at all then you gotta cut the bastard off to remove it from the housing and that takes actual work, so just leave it be..!

    Richard

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    #2173 9 days ago

    A sticking flipper will never happen with this hack.

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    #2174 9 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    A sticking flipper will never happen with this hack.[quoted image]

    Well, the guy had the right idea. Williams did move from using compression springs and replaced them with expansion springs. but I'm not sure on which pins.

    I'd like to convert my old pins to expansion springs for more positive action but have not yet figured out a way to do it without it looking like an abortion.

    I assume this is your pin. Have you played with the expansion springs as pictured? If so, how does it play?

    #2175 9 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Well, the guy had the right idea. Williams did move from using compression springs and replaced them with expansion springs. but I'm not sure on which pins.
    I'd like to convert my old pins to expansion springs for more positive action but have not yet figured out a way to do it without it looking like an abortion.
    I assume this is your pin. Have you played with the expansion springs as pictured? If so, how does it play?

    It's simple, buy the newer rebuild kits (or simply use the spring bracket from some old plungers you replaced), drill a little hole in the EOS bracket if you want it to look super clean or just attached the spring to the EOS screw. Done. Just did it on my Whirlwind. Flippers are so much better.

    #2176 9 days ago

    Working on a hardbody, interesting hack. Guess one of the switches made the coil lock on.

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    #2177 9 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    I'd like to convert my old pins to expansion springs for more positive action but have not yet figured out a way to do it without it looking like an abortion.

    I know VID discusses this in his topic, but agree with you it just doesn't look quite right.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-upgradingrebuilding-flippers

    #2178 9 days ago

    Don't have legs? Just use angle iron.

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    #2179 9 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Don't have legs? Just use angle iron.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    High School shop project?

    #2180 9 days ago
    Quoted from Djshakes:

    It's simple, buy the newer rebuild kits (or simply use the spring bracket from some old plungers you replaced), drill a little hole in the EOS bracket if you want it to look super clean or just attached the spring to the EOS screw. Done. Just did it on my Whirlwind. Flippers are so much better.

    Mine would be a custom application for my old Sterns. I have to find the right springs and figure out what kind of bracket to use/make. It is on my to-do list. I would like the spring to be self-contained within the flipper bracket

    #2181 9 days ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    Yep, someone just cut the wires instead of unplugging. WHY ? Just WHY?
    I'm in the process of soldering.[quoted image]

    Just cut lose all those darn wires... Just wiring that gets in the way... right?
    stopped all those silly fuses from blowing...

    #2182 9 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Don't have legs? Just use angle iron.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    I guess if you cleaned those up and painted them, some people might not even notice...
    Someone must have had some spare angle iron laying around with no real purpose...

    #2183 9 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Mine would be a custom application for my old Sterns. I have to find the right springs and figure out what kind of bracket to use/make. It is on my to-do list. I would like the spring to be self-contained within the flipper bracket

    Like this? Couldn't stand the flipper bounce when it was released.

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    #2184 9 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Don't have legs? Just use angle iron.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Was the playfield pitch the right angle?

    #2185 9 days ago
    Quoted from Axl:

    Working on a hardbody, interesting hack. Guess one of the switches made the coil lock on.
    [quoted image][quoted image]

    Funny enough those “save” coils are always cooked. Just have to bite the bullet

    #2186 9 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Like this? Couldn't stand the flipper bounce when it was released.[quoted image][quoted image]

    That's perfect, Mitch. What are those springs from?

    #2187 9 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    That's perfect, Mitch. What are those springs from?

    I think its just a wpc return spring. I may have shortened it a little.

    #2188 9 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    That's perfect, Mitch. What are those springs from?

    Perhaps they bought a spring assortment at Harbor Freight...
    https://www.harborfreight.com/200-piece-assorted-spring-set-67562.html

    #2189 9 days ago
    Quoted from Dent00:

    Perhaps they bought a spring assortment at Harbor Freight...
    https://www.harborfreight.com/200-piece-assorted-spring-set-67562.html

    Thanks. I'll check that out. But I am thinking a drop target spring might work, too. I would have never thought about making the connection points the way Mitch did.

    #2190 8 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Don't have legs? Just use angle iron.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    They bring in chromed steel - YOU bring in plain angle iron....THAT"S THE CHICAGO WAY!

    #2191 8 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    I'd like to convert my old pins to expansion springs for more positive action but have not yet figured out a way to do it without it looking like an abortion.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/full-restore-of-a-whirlwind#post-5205753

    #2192 8 days ago

    Hmmm, Do not think these threads are going to match up here.

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    #2193 8 days ago
    Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

    Hmmm, Do not think these threads are going to match up here.

    I believe any thread fits, that’s a universal nut.

    #2194 7 days ago
    Quoted from bssbllr:

    I believe any thread fits, that’s a universal nut.

    That is a good name... Universal Nut!

    #2195 7 days ago
    Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

    Hmmm, Do not think these threads are going to match up here.[quoted image]

    "Crossed threads are better than no threads" Former co-worker

    #2196 7 days ago
    Quoted from someotherguy:

    Well ya know, once it mushrooms at all then you gotta cut the bastard off to remove it from the housing and that takes actual work, so just leave it be..!
    Richard

    No need to cut it off. File it smooth, or better yet, hit it with a grinder and you're done. Easy.

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