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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.

By mcclad

8 years ago


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    #2801 1 year ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    I like the zip tie for good measure.

    They drilled 2 big holes to get that zip tie in
    Had to be a tad creative because of those holes and missing traces, but it is fixed.

    Now on to the female side, which is even a bigger mess..
    Multiple wires soldered together, half burned connector left, etc.
    Surprising it didn't short anything..
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    #2802 1 year ago
    Quoted from RobDutch:

    Not the worst I have seen, but still not very pretty
    The game works but it is a no-brainer to remove the hack, clean it all up and put a fresh connector in.
    This is a power board from a Sega Frankenstein.
    [quoted image]

    Looks Frankensteined for sure.

    #2803 1 year ago

    A new-to-me Taxi. Lots of wire nuts and electrical tape in this one. Here's the best of the best. I love a good challenge...

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    #2804 1 year ago

    Ah yes, the magical locked on special solenoid feature.

    #2805 1 year ago
    Quoted from alexmogil:

    Ah yes, the magical locked on special solenoid feature.

    Yeah, sadly, I recognize that one too.....

    #2806 1 year ago

    First of all, wrong coil. Second of all look at at the bare wire which is overkill in gauge. I started banging on the flipper and check out the arc that I screenshot off a video.

    Williams coils in a GTB game might be ok but I got 2 of the right ones from Steve Young and full flipper kit.

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    #2807 1 year ago

    My son starting showing me these.....Worst way to repair a cabinet?

    #2808 1 year ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    My son starting showing me these.....Worst way to repair a cabinet?

    Maybe not for a pinball machine, but if I’m ever going to repair a carrot it’s game on.

    #2809 1 year ago

    Damn it I've seen so many wire nuts.
    Butt splice it guys!

    #2810 1 year ago

    I just picked up a game with flippers that had dry rotted rubber hot glued back on with elastic bands put over it...sweet

    #2811 1 year ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    Maybe not for a pinball machine, but if I’m ever going to repair a carrot it’s game on.

    Has anyone seen the videos of a guy repairing everything under the sun with ramen and super glue? Interesting stuff.

    #2812 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinballsoul:

    Has anyone seen the videos of a guy repairing everything under the sun with ramen and super glue? Interesting stuff.

    Yes. I don't care for the ramen noodles, etc but am impressed with many of his finishing skills. If he used wood bondo on cabinets (maybe filling in lock bar holes) I think he could probably do a good job spotting in the color for a decent repair.

    #2813 1 year ago
    Quoted from Canuck_pinhead:

    In my HS I just picked up a few months ago the lower pop bumper apparently stopped working... solution by some jackass? Well simply drill 5 wood screws around the bumper so the ball doesn't get lodged in the nook there.
    Genius. [quoted image]

    Update:
    Had repair guy over yesterday. In a matter of a minute he traced the problem back to the board where a previous repair to the trace had been attempted at the switches. They failed to do it well... and thus they decided that screws into the playfield was the foolproof option. smh.

    #2814 1 year ago

    Oh yeah...forgot about this gem

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    #2815 1 year ago

    Wire nuts, pretty colors. Sad they did not toss in an orange one....

    #2816 1 year ago
    Quoted from Murphdom:

    Oh yeah...forgot about this gem[quoted image]

    Bally Knockout!

    #2817 1 year ago

    Here's a few from a Millionaire I worked on recently. The sling plastic was funny cause it wasn't even the right shape, so they bastardized a CBW.

    I'm most impressed at the skill shot... Why fix/replace the motor when you can cover the flashing plastic that says skill shot?

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    #2818 12 months ago
    Quoted from statictrance:

    so they bastardized a CBW.

    Nope.. a Bally EBD.

    #2819 12 months ago

    probably not the worst ever seen. but still a what the heck is going on here?
    twilight zone mods install, surely cant be normal.

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    #2820 12 months ago
    Quoted from marcocapetown:

    probably not the worst ever seen. but still a what the heck is going on here?
    twilight zone mods install, surely cant be normal.
    [quoted image]

    Normal for mods installs...

    #2821 12 months ago

    That's just sloppy, and don't call me Surely.

    #2822 12 months ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    I like the zip tie for good measure

    ROGL

    #2823 12 months ago
    Quoted from maglar:

    That's just sloppy, and don't call me Surely.

    What about Shirley?

    #2824 12 months ago
    Quoted from vdojaq:

    What about Shirley?

    Can I be Frank with you?

    #2825 12 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    Can I be Frank with you?

    Hot lips: Frank?

    #2826 12 months ago
    Quoted from pinballinreno:

    Normal for mods installs...

    Alligator clips under playfield make me nervous. If you are committed to the MOD then solder that thing in there. Otherwise one bump, vibration and your clip is on the loose and just needs to bounce into a coil and it's bad news bears.

    #2827 12 months ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    How do you know they didn’t originally use zip ties?

    I was at the arcade when one day I saw them unbox a new machine right in front of my eyes, it was a Capt. Fantastic. No zip ties!! lol

    #2828 12 months ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    Alligator clips under playfield make me nervous. If you are committed to the MOD then solder that thing in there. Otherwise one bump, vibration and your clip is on the loose and just needs to bounce into a coil and it's bad news bears.

    I do not share your fear with regards to alligator clips. Any that I have hooked up were always in a position that if one are to come unclipped it would just drop down and hang in midair.

    #2829 12 months ago

    Repairing a dead Lost World. I guess the bulbs were coming loose under the sling plastics so they cut some of their clothes off to wedge the bulb in tight.

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    #2830 12 months ago

    so... that's how daisy dukes are made

    #2831 12 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    Can I be Frank with you?

    #2832 12 months ago

    Replaced the plastic coil sleeve with metal.
    Eventually fried it as the fuses were wrong and in turn knocked out part of the board.

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    #2833 11 months ago
    Quoted from Canuck_pinhead:

    Replaced the plastic coil sleeve with metal.
    Eventually fried it as the fuses were wrong and in turn knocked out part of the board.
    [quoted image]

    Now that terror takes effort. Where do you even get a metal coil sleeve? Hopefully they didn't make it themselves lol.

    #2834 11 months ago
    Quoted from Canuck_pinhead:

    Replaced the plastic coil sleeve with metal.
    Eventually fried it as the fuses were wrong and in turn knocked out part of the board.
    [quoted image]

    Metal sleeves were pretty common, I've seen plenty of them in older games. I always replace them, but I don't see it as a hack. You can still buy them.

    https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/56-0667-00

    #2835 11 months ago
    Quoted from Shredso:

    Metal sleeves were pretty common, I've seen plenty of them in older games. I always replace them, but I don't see it as a hack. You can still buy them.
    https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/56-0667-00

    Those are cheap, not... I usually toss the metal ones if it's even possible as they usually fuse to the coil and ruin it.

    #2836 11 months ago
    Quoted from Irishbastard:

    Those are cheap, not... I usually toss the metal ones if it's even possible as they usually fuse to the coil and ruin it.

    Holy cow, I didn't even look at the price. I've probably tossed dozens of them over the years, maybe I should have been saving them. Ha!

    #2837 11 months ago

    I got brass ones from the Bally parts department when it existed. Aluminum ones from Wico and Amusement Emporium.

    #2838 11 months ago

    Chicago Coin used a lot of them

    #2839 11 months ago

    The good news...it didn't go through the playfield.

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    #2840 11 months ago

    Have not gotten around to fixing this yet on my F-14 tomcat. I did noticed that there is a disconnect installed also. It also had a wire soldered to the back of the connector. Not sure why yo would cut a wire bundle like that.

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    #2841 11 months ago

    To pull the wires through from the other side?

    #2842 11 months ago
    Quoted from Brewchap:

    Not sure why yo would cut a wire bundle like that.

    Plugs are complicated, bro!

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    #2843 11 months ago
    Quoted from Brewchap:

    Not sure why yo would cut a wire bundle like that.

    or cut a wire bundle like this:

    I've actually had two projects where the wires were cut like this rather than unplugged at the connectors in the head box!

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    #2844 11 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    or cut a wire bundle like this:
    I've actually had two projects where the wires were cut like this rather than unplugged at the connectors in the head box![quoted image]

    Pretty sure in this thread I posted the Barracora I got like that, and had to repair. They had stripped the wire ends excessively, twisted and taped, with electrical tape. Sure took a lot of cutting, cleaning, soldering, and heat-shrinking to fix that game, but I got it 100%. They'd also for some unknown reason twisted a lot of the lamp matrix diodes so that they were shorted, and any of the braided GI runs along the sockets where there was a piece missing (to separate them intentionally!) they had soldered in jumpers! Jeezus

    Richard

    #2845 11 months ago

    I saved a Sonic Butterfly with the whole bundle cut like that... the guy I bought it from donated it to a church... and when the church closed, he went to take it back, but they'd redone the door frame. He never knew there were Jones plugs 5 inches from where he cut

    #2846 11 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    or cut a wire bundle like this:

    NOOOO - what a nightmare.

    #2847 11 months ago

    This ebd has 3 hacks all within 8 inches of each other. Can you see them?

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    #2848 11 months ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    This ebd has 3 hacks all within 8 inches of each other. Can you see them?
    [quoted image]

    Wires soldered directly to the solenoid connector.
    I see a large screw coming through the playfield.
    Loose screw on the EOS, maybe not a hack.
    Something looks a little funky on the coil wiring.

    What am I missing?

    #2849 11 months ago
    Quoted from Shredso:

    What am I missing?

    Solenoid Expander Relay missing the cover.
    EOS wired wrong.

    #2850 11 months ago

    When you absolutely positively don’t want to tilt.

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