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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.


By mcclad

7 years ago



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    #2251 8 months ago

    Nothing wrong with that. When a switch broke on the route, you used what you had or wnet to a Radio Shack or other electronics store and grabbed whatever would work. Heck, Wico, Great Amusement Emporium, Penn-Ray etc all sold universal switches to route operators to keep in the parts room.

    #2252 8 months ago

    When you don't know how to terminate wires, you just use a strip from another machine and splice the wires in. 2 extra feet? No problem.
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    Or you twist wires together and then jam pins into a connector. This one is heavy.
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    #2253 8 months ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Nothing wrong with that. When a switch broke on the route, you used what you had or wnet to a Radio Shack or other electronics store and grabbed whatever would work. Heck, Wico, Great Amusement Emporium, Penn-Ray etc all sold universal switches to route operators to keep in the parts room.

    While they may not be the "worst", I enjoy seeing the operator hacks in here, especially when followed by an explanation from an operator.

    #2254 8 months ago

    Originally these were in top of each other, sandwiching the plastic in place, but they vibrated loose in transit.

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    #2256 7 months ago

    I received some old pinball boards in trade for repairing an MPU. There were five system 7 displays included that weren't working. No words other than no solder bridge too far...

    Three had broken nipples but I can probably save the other two.

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    #2257 7 months ago
    Quoted from Robotworkshop:

    No words other than no solder bridge too far...

    Can you say "short circuit"? WOW.

    #2258 7 months ago
    Quoted from Robotworkshop:

    I received some old pinball boards in trade for repairing an MPU. There were five system 7 displays included that weren't working. No words other than no solder bridge too far...
    Three had broken nipples but I can probably save the other two.[quoted image][quoted image]

    salvageable, but were the displays outgassed?

    #2259 7 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    salvageable, but were the displays outgassed?

    Three had the glass nipple broken off the back so those are gone. Could put replacement glass on those if needed. The other two I'm going to remove all the excess solder, clean the boards, and solder properly with fresh solder.

    I've never seen that many solder bridges all at once like this.

    #2260 7 months ago
    Quoted from ChilePin:

    My eyes!!![quoted image][quoted image]

    Ummm, is there a recluse spider hiding under the hack in the picture???

    #2261 7 months ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    Ummm, is there a recluse spider hiding under the hack in the picture???

    Wow ! Good eye. Can’t tell if recluse or wolf spider.

    #2262 7 months ago

    Anyone know if this is some sort of hack or a legit model? Traces to the top and bottom resistors have been cut. And a diode run to the top resistor. This is a sega cpu from an xfiles
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    #2263 7 months ago
    Quoted from pinball_ric:

    Anyone know if this is some sort of hack or a legit model? Traces to the top and bottom resistors have been cut. And a diode run to the top resistor. This is a sega cpu from an xfiles
    [quoted image]

    That's a legitimate mod from a service bulletin.

    #2264 7 months ago

    Not that bad, just a creative operator who had to get the game earning..

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    #2265 7 months ago

    Playfield damaged a bit hmm..
    Lets paint it green!

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    #2266 7 months ago

    Looks like the painter has my ability to match colors.

    #2267 7 months ago
    Quoted from RobDutch:

    Playfield damaged a bit hmm..
    Lets paint it green! [quoted image]

    Saw this on a Fathom once. Just a weird oval over the countdown bonus wear, one side was painted green and one side was painted blue.

    #2268 7 months ago

    How about a doorbell as an extra credit button?

    Ha, this is on a for sale ad in northeast Arkansas right now.
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    #2269 7 months ago
    Quoted from FLASHBALL:

    How about a doorbell as an extra credit button?
    Ha, this is on a for sale ad in northeast Arkansas right now.
    [quoted image]

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/doorbell-clubknock-before-entering#post-4163778

    #2270 7 months ago
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    #2271 7 months ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    Is that a Tri-Zone?

    #2272 7 months ago
    Quoted from PINTEC:

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    That is a creative fix for a warped/bowed play field. I'll give it a thumbs up.

    My guess is that if you take it off you will be reinstalling it in short order.

    #2273 7 months ago

    I've recently got this creatively touched up F14 playfield for parts. Yes, that's all under a layer of clearcoat...

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    #2274 7 months ago
    Quoted from koen12344:

    I've recently got this creatively touched up F14 playfield for parts. Yes, that's all under a layer of clearcoat...[quoted image][quoted image]

    I sent an NOS deadly weapon playfield out to HSA for clear coating a while back. I kind of ended up with the same thing. Hand painted lettering on a couple if inserts. I sent it back to have them redo it, and they ended up making it worse. I was very disappointed with that.

    #2275 7 months ago
    Quoted from koen12344:

    I've recently got this creatively touched up F14 playfield for parts. Yes, that's all under a layer of clearcoat...[quoted image][quoted image]

    "BALS"

    #2276 7 months ago
    Quoted from RobDutch:

    Playfield damaged a bit hmm..
    Lets paint it green! [quoted image]

    Turns out it was a sticker
    Have to be very gentle or else I will tear off all the paint.

    #2277 7 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I sent an NOS deadly weapon playfield out to HSA for clear coating a while back. I kind of ended up with the same thing. Hand painted lettering on a couple if inserts. I sent it back to have them redo it, and they ended up making it worse. I was very disappointed with that.

    Good help is hard to find. Maybe this was a contributing factor in the HSA owner closing shop. Got tired of the hassles.

    #2278 7 months ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Good help is hard to find. Maybe this was a contributing factor in the HSA owner closing shop. Got tired of the hassles.

    Who knows. The reason I went with HSA was that they had a good rep, showed off a lot of their work, and wasn't crazy expensive (just mildly expensive). Maybe my experience was a fluke, I dunno. At some point, I'll probably hand it off to someone else to fix, but I already have about as much into that one playfield as a whole new deadly weapon game

    #2279 7 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Who knows. The reason I went with HSA was that they had a good rep, showed off a lot of their work, and wasn't crazy expensive (just mildly expensive). Maybe my experience was a fluke, I dunno. At some point, I'll probably hand it off to someone else to fix, but I already have about as much into that one playfield as a whole new deadly weapon game

    Any pics?

    #2280 7 months ago

    Original NOS state:
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    First time:
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    Second time:
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    Note that not only was the lettering hand-painted, the original lettering is still below it. So there are two layers with lettering, which also doesn't make it look too great.

    Also, bad key lining:
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    When I do keylines, I make sure to match the shade of black that's actually on the playfield. I never use the black that's straight out of the bottle, which is what HSA did here.

    #2281 7 months ago

    Started cleaning a Black Pyramid I bought a couple weeks ago.
    I guess somebody super glued the pop bumper caps on.
    Already ordered replacements from Marco.

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    #2282 7 months ago
    Quoted from Coindork:I guess somebody super glued the pop bumper caps on.

    This might be the right tool for that.

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    #2283 7 months ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    Started cleaning a Black Pyramid I bought a couple weeks ago.
    I guess somebody super glued the pop bumper caps on

    This one I can understand. I have an EBD with similar caps. The plastic clips break off during normal play. I bought repro caps and within a week one of them broke off.

    #2284 7 months ago
    Quoted from bintzknocker:

    This one I can understand. I have an EBD with similar caps. The plastic clips break off during normal play. I bought repro caps and within a week one of them broke off.

    Same. I have, with clients permission, just super glued these back on as well. Bad design, they just don't last long. Chuck an LED in there and glue it together.

    #2285 7 months ago

    So that's why my coins are jamming... Ha.

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    #2286 7 months ago
    Quoted from statictrance:

    So that's why my coins are jamming... Ha.[quoted image][quoted image]

    Is that wire holding the coin mech. to the back of the door? Why is it there?

    #2287 7 months ago
    Quoted from ViriiGuy:

    Same. I have, with clients permission, just super glued these back on as well. Bad design, they just don't last long. Chuck an LED in there and glue it together.

    I may wind up doing that if them breaking us a problem. Either way the ones on the machine need to be taken apart, cleaned, bulb replaced etc.

    #2288 7 months ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    I may wind up doing that if them breaking us a problem. Either way the ones on the machine need to be taken apart, cleaned, bulb replaced etc.

    If you only use two small drops, you can pry the cap back off when/if needed also.

    #2289 7 months ago
    Quoted from ViriiGuy:

    Same. I have, with clients permission, just super glued these back on as well. Bad design, they just don't last long. Chuck an LED in there and glue it together.

    How about using hot glue? A little bit of heat and they will peel right off in a condition to be reapplied.

    #2290 7 months ago

    A dab of Silastic/RTV/clear Silicone adhesive works great and remains pliable.

    #2291 7 months ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    How about using hot glue? A little bit of heat and they will peel right off in a condition to be reapplied.

    I'm not a fan of hot glue, plus the glue gun takes up a lot of valuable space in my already cramped toolkit. So it's a no go in my case.

    #2292 7 months ago

    Note: to fix Bally's new thumper bumper design... one has to use two#4 or #5 /#6 screws to mount the cap.
    1) One has to drill two small holes inside the new style thumper bumper body... if replaced with newer style, the holes maybe predrilled.
    2) Set caps to proper alignment...
    3) Drill two small holes in top cap that align with small holes inside the thumper bumper body.
    4) Carefully screw in the two screws through the top cap into the body.
    5) Black screws are the best...
    ---EBD is tricky because of the thumper bumper assemblies are mounted in odd angles.

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    #2293 7 months ago

    These are nails in the switch stacks of the score motor

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    #2294 7 months ago
    Quoted from koen12344:

    I've recently got this creatively touched up F14 playfield for parts. Yes, that's all under a layer of clearcoat...[quoted image][quoted image]

    Misspelled and permanent.....great combination.
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    #2295 7 months ago

    I am to busy shopping out my pinballs so I let my kindergarten aged child touch up the cabinets .

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    #2296 7 months ago
    Quoted from king-pin:

    I am to busy shopping out my pinballs so I let my kindergarten aged child touch up the cabinets .[quoted image]

    Looks like pretty good coverage.

    #2297 7 months ago

    Cuz those EM's generate a ton of heat inside the head.

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    #2298 7 months ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    Cuz those EM's generate a ton of heat inside the head.[quoted image]

    Maybe to allow noise to escape to make it louder? That’s too bad because the head isn’t in awful shape either.

    #2299 7 months ago
    Quoted from Murphdom:

    Maybe to allow noise to escape to make it louder? That’s too bad because the head isn’t in awful shape either.

    Don't be silly!

    It's so you can flip it over and have wiring run out other end; in case you want to make it a reverse wedge head!

    #2300 7 months ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    Cuz those EM's generate a ton of heat inside the head.

    Makes wiring in a topper easier

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