YCV - Bally Playboy - "Au Naturel"

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YCV - Bally Playboy - "Au Naturel"


By Arcane

4 months ago



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#51 29 days ago

I am starting to put together top and bottom. There is a very weak point in the Playboy Playfield: it is the post located right to the side of the Special/Extra Ball switch. That post is submitted to the Pop-bumpers on one side and from direct hits from the bottom of the playfield.
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As you can see, the original hole has been enlarged by the repetitive impacts of the ball. The original mounting is done using a wood screw post, by Bally. Of course, after a few thousands of plays, this post gets dislodged and the wood breaks causing the post to float and break the plastic above. To remedy that weakness, I decided to mount instead a machine screw post, which is a lot sturdier.
All you have to do is extend the existing hole by drilling from the top, with a 4 mm bit.
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The T-Nut is inserted gently and secured by the traditional wood screw:
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The Switch bulb/socket is then placed back to its original position and voila... It is a little bit tight, but everything fits perfectly:
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From the top, all is good and sturdy now:
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Yves

2 weeks later
#52 14 days ago

Small progress but still worth an update: the three pop-bumpers are back in place and their wiring has been completed:
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As always, trying to get a clean and reliable wiring harness.
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Next are the drop targets mechanism, the grotto ejector, ball return ejector and the two flippers.

Yves

#53 8 days ago

Great progress as you will see. The underneath of the playfield has been completely re-wired and every switched light has been tested. The Ball ejector and flipper mechanisms are connectorized for ease of maintenance and to allow their future installation in a comfortable way:
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The Drop targets mechanism has been rebuilt, cleaned and new targets installed. Unfortunately, I purchased these new targets about 13 years ago and they are of the wrong style (capped), instead of being of the Tombstone kind. I am not even sure you can find Tombstone style for Playboy, even though the original ones are of that kind. Unfortunately, the paint is faded and damaged on the originals and I could not re-use them:
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Here is the infamous grotto ejector device, that makes this playfield incompatible with all Bally cabinets of that era:
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Another view, showing the neat cabling, tightly attached all over the places:
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Yves

#54 8 days ago

After the back, it is time to work on the front:
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And to check the General Illumination lights by connecting the playfield to the power supply of my Mata Hari:
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I have not re-installed the wood rails yet, as they are not painted. I do not have a paint booth and do everything outside. The weather has been so cold in NC that I could not spray anything. Maybe we will have a couple of days in the high 60's to allow me to finish that painting.

Yves

#55 8 days ago

Enhance, enhance, enhance

#56 8 days ago

Great work Yves! Glad to see some new posts.

#57 8 days ago

Just a detail. I am glad that CPR reproduced that specific plastic....
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And a couple of these little ones which are so prone to breaking..
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Yves

#58 3 days ago

Guess what... The temperature got around 64 this past weekend! A miracle! And thus I was able to paint the wood rails:
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The ball ejector mechanism was re-assembled after a thorough cleaning:
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And the ramps and cap of the Pop-Bumpers were re-installed:
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The Flipper mechanisms and the Apron are next...

Yves

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