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Worst mech in a pinball machine to remove/repair/work on?

By WackyBrakke

44 days ago

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  • Latest reply 42 days ago by edward472
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    #51 44 days ago

    Just reassembling a WhiteWater is a headache in itself...

    #52 44 days ago
    Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

    Williams horseshoe drop targets

    Too true!!!

    Also the slot machine on HRC is a complete MF to disassemble, reassemble and fasten to the PF. Fitment issues at every stage of the game.

    #53 44 days ago

    Time Expander

    #54 44 days ago

    From many years...

    Big Hurt home run opto
    Red and Ted heads
    Proximity sensors/eddy switches
    Dr Who Mech
    Voltaire Mech
    Twister Magnet board
    Bumper (pop)rebuilds
    No Good gophers mechs

    #55 44 days ago

    Top three mech headaches:
    1. Shadow Mini PF, and ramp diverters
    2. STTNG Canons, optos and diverters
    3. BBH Buck: major pain to adjust, and always needs it
    I don't find the TZ clock or the levitating ball im PM problematic at all.

    My top general headache:

    The ball guide on IMDN has taken more time from me than anything in pinball. It is permanently fixed now, but what a f'n headache.

    #56 44 days ago
    Quoted from jmountjoy111:

    I’ll be honest I knew it was going to be a PITA when I got it. I traded a cosmic carnival for it straight up with that being the only issue with the kiss le machine. I’ll get it lined out

    If you managed to unload a Cosmic Carnival for a KISS LE you made a fantastic trade. KISS Prem/LE is a really fun game (once the head works right).

    #57 43 days ago
    Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

    Williams horseshoe drop targets

    I've taken the lower drop bank on my Gorgar apart more times than I can count. Those things are terrible.

    #58 43 days ago

    BW100 upper PF underside

    #59 43 days ago

    +1 for Dr. Who, Roadshow heads, and Black Rose Canons.

    #60 43 days ago

    UPDATE: This type of Gottlieb Interlock Relay, if previously manhandled, is one of the worst assemblies to repair and adjust for proper operation.
    I'd rather replace all the drop targets on a Jack in the Box or Hot Shot instead of accessing and working on one of these on, say a Jungle Queen.

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    #61 43 days ago

    EM stepper units... painful in many ways... for EMs that have been sitting around NOT being played for years, more often than not the steppers are all gummed up and must be taken apart, cleaned and reassembled... lots of moving parts, and usually in a place on the machine that's tough to access. I'm currently doing this to a Gottlieb EM where both steppers have been re-done. Same for WMS/Bally, etc... always a PITA.

    #62 42 days ago

    Agreed some em steppers and relays can be very sensitive and time consuming to get it right. Another part I struggled with is the coin return portion on coin doors in later Williams/Bally but now have a good system to get screws in.

    #63 42 days ago

    TZ’s ‘clock’ and no I’m not talking about replacing the clock board.Its the clocks white turn wheels behind the clock board.I messed with it only ONCE and I swore I would never take that apart ever again.Holy Christ that was a nightmare

    #65 42 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    This type of Gottlieb Interlock Relay

    Funny how a simple cost saving decision by a pinball manufacturer can keep me awake at night 40 years later..

    I think I’ll be sticking to reset bank and earlier Gottliebs from now on.

    #66 42 days ago

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