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  1. Welcome to AA @MrShon77 I hope that you have a fantastic experience !!!
  2. Happy Birthday Tony !! Have a fantastic one..
  3. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind EM - Update OK, now finishing up the Roto Target unit for CETK. After all of the polishing, the new Wiper Fingers, Springs and Braid was all installed. You would normally need to lightly file the area on the Wiper finger ready to accept solder, and using a slightly larger soldering than normal (say 80 watt) the braid was attached with ease. The Gottlieb factory cotton covered braid makes it a real nice job !!!! The Wiper finger holes were all cleaned, using a cotton bud and Isopropyl. The new Wiper Finger / Springs, now operate as they should without any delay nor any binding friction. So now after all of the cleaning and polishing its time to reassemble the Stepper unit. Slight filing of the Stop Pawl & Drive Pawl to remove any slight burrs (that may have occurred over the past 40 years) Using the Dremel, on the bore for the gear & shaft. The use of a Scotch - Bright bit to lightly clean the bore, then followed with a Cotton Pad bit to polish the bore, and lastly a few drops of light machine oil for the shaft. The Stop Pawl Lift is attached to the frame using the reference marks. The new springs are installed onto the drive lever (always handy to use existing pictures of pre dismantle) and well that was a challenge to that all was correct The new coil sleeve was fitted, followed by all of the remaining parts. NOTE: Critical adjustments/settings (using supplied manual document as a reference) Adjust the Stop Pawl Lift A-4185 with the Drive Lever at the rest position. The space between the Stop Pawl and A-4185 is 3/16" (4.7mm). Note relation of teeth on ratchet to A-4185 for a visual check. Adjust the Drive Pawl Lift A-4184 with Drive lever in "energised" position. Drive pawl should be clear spinning ratchet by 1/32" (0.8mm). Both pawls should be clear of ratchet at this position. The stroke of the plunger in coil is 7/8" (22mm) All work is now complete, with the stepper operating correctly and freely. Whilst this seems like an easy task to complete, I still made the odd error in reassembly sadly by not using my photo's, before correcting it. Minor adjustments in stroke length were made, and the unit is ready to go back into the machine, I am sure that there may be the odd very slight adjustment required. I really appreciate the mentorship of the GoatShed from Graham and Kim, thank you guys !! The GoatShed youtube channel has a library of helpful videos, and watching a few videos on Roto target repairs / servicing was really helpful Roto Target Serving Video here Next: Motor Board refurbishment including installation of Australian Transformer
  4. Welcome to AA @Insanity Falls I know that you will enjoy this forum
  5. 🥳🥳 Happy Birthday Grant 🥳🥳 🎈Have a fantastic day mate 🎂
  6. Yes, once I played Close Encounters I enjoyed all of its features, certainly the Roto Target was more appealing in this title compared to some of the others, well thats my opinion anyway. This is the only game with a Roto that I own, so the first time working on one, however I do have some good help, but i am enjoying learning and working on the unit.
  7. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind EM - Update More progress this week, as I am working on the Roto unit. As previously mentioned with the PF being already partially stripped on the underside, whilst the top has been restored, I wish to have all of the components fully serviced/refurbished before assembling back onto the PF. On close inspection, the Roto Target itself was in really nice condition, with the only condition being one sticking wiper finger spring. All target faces and blades were very firm and the rivets were sound, however it did require a good clean up. The Roto unit stepper also was in good condition, a little sluggish on the spin (a good clean and a light oil would resolve). It was noted that the unit had been disassembled previously as a washer washer was missing, and some marks were etched into the frame. The replacement parts were ordered from The Pinball Resource (PBR) 6 x Wiper Fingers A-307 6 x Wiper Finger Springs A-7291 1 x Coil Sleeve A-5172 1 X Roto Target Spring Kit KT-GROTO-01 (contains 2 x A-264 & 1 x A-7003) 1 x Coil Stop A-4862 (I will more than likely reuse the original as it is in perfect condition) 1 x Braid Wire Being friends with an ex Gottlieb employee sometimes comes with its perks !!! I am so so lucky that I do have a stock of the cotton covered Braid Wire that was originally installed in the Gottlieb factory some 45 years odd ago, to me its a really nice touch with this refurbishment of the contact disc for this unit. I will use this on some of my other restorations such as Solar Ride EM. The braid is very soft and super flexible, so as it allows continuity without disrupting the important operation of the Wiper Fingers. Normally the Braid Wire from PBR is not covered, however it is more than acceptable. The Coil A-5197 is tested/checked, normally should be 2.1 ohms, actual reading was 2.4 ohms - OK Great reference is Flippers.com for information on coils please see chart Coil Reference Chart So before disassembling the stepper, I believe its important to mark the approx location of the Stop Pawl Lift, I simply use a screwdriver to scribe a line on either side of the fixture. This will give me a good guide on reassembly location, with only a fine tune required. Note: The missing flat washer on the screw (with the slotted hole) on the Stop Lift pawl, near the screwdriver tip. With the disassembly of the unit and the Stop Pawl Lift now removed, you can notice the scribed reference lines. The stepper is being stripped down, for cleaning, buffing and polishing. The parts will go into the ultrasonic parts cleaner for a hot wash first. Out of the parts cleaner and now cleaning, buffing and hand polishing with Autosol is now complete for the stepper, its now ready for reassembly. Whilst the Autosol is out, I clean the rivets and metal blades Such a remarkable difference !!! Next is to remove the old braid, Wiper fingers/spring and replace, then rebuild the Roto unit
  8. 🔥 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 🔥 2024 Pinfest Calendars now available for Sale. Be Quick !!!!!! .... Only 50 left. Leftover stock from Pinfest 2023, these were only sold at Pinfest, but we are making them available outside of the event as they are time sensitive. A3 size. Wire bound at top. Excellent quality print on 200gsm satin stock. Each month featuring our past Pinfest posters from 2012 through to 2023. Money raised from sales will go towards funding Pinfest 2024….and in turn more money for charity ❤️ Great Christmas presents for the pinhead in your life! One for the house, one for the office and for the pinball room! Great prize for your next pinball competition. $30 each, including postage to east coast states. Can be picked up if you live in the Newcastle area. Please send Newcastle Pinball Association a message for further details https://www.facebook.com/NewcastlePinballAssociation
  9. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind EM - Update Starting to reassemble the drop target bank with the new parts for CETK. I was fortunate enough to carry out the work at the GoatShed, where Graham has completed this task many many times. So under the mentorship of Graham & Kim, I started to re assemble the unit back together, however I appreciate their expertise as I learn this task. The A-517 Springs are attached the drop bank target chassis Then followed by A-18895 spring attached to the Drop target. The Gottlieb parts catalogue called for a A-12178 Spring and this is replaced now by part number A-18895 We will use an old drop target bank for reference, and also I have taken plenty of pictures prior to disassembly The A-517 & A-18895 look really similar straight out of any unmarked packet. Or if you have disassembled your drop target bank and are wishing to reuse the same springs then: The A-517 is called out in the Gottlieb Parts catalogue is the lower spring (Drop target bank chassis - Trigger). The A-517 is slightly stronger spring, you can tell by the feel, and on close inspection it is a slightly heavier gauge in manufacture. The shaft is placed into position early, just to hold all of the triggers in place whilst all of the other parts are fitted back into place. With now all of the parts assembled back into place, all screws are tightened, and a manual test of the drop target bank is completed with some slight adjustments to ensure that it operates very easy. With this now completed, the unit will be placed back onto the playfield soon once I can complete a few more tasks. All of the existing consumable parts have been kept for spares, and this refurbishment work to the drop target bank may seem excessive, however the drop target bank (and other parts) were removed from the PF to allow transport and refurbishment to the PF itself, I wished all the removed units and parts to be in the best condition before remounting back onto the PF. The GoatShed youtube channel has a library of helpful videos, and watching a few videos on drop target bank repairs was really helpful Drop Target Bank Video here Next: Roto Target refurbishment
  10. Thank you for your feedback, I do appreciate your opinion very much and that your a tradesperson with much knowledge/experience. IMO, On the buffing wheel gloves are fine if your comfortable with them, if you come in contact it will just kick you off and there's no guard / tool rest to hook you up, other types of grinders /machinery I fully agree with you !!!! When I was working in the trade some 25 years ago (before going to an Admin role) I nearly lost two fingers using a wirebrush wheel on a grinder and getting pulled in, it was a bench grinder that was converted to a wire wheel, however the guard was not modified as it should have been, so so nasty, no gloves then.
  11. The way that the backglasses are manufactured is changing !! The guys that have silk screened in the past are rapidly going away from this process for the BG's and moving to a modern digital film process. That said guys like Coos, have done this digital process for some time, added benefits are that the film (or foil) can be transported without the glass. Coos has been able to create mirrored bg's (must be sent on the glass). BGResto is the same with a digital process. Ron Webb and Shay both have several different manufacturers of the bg's for their stock availability, whilst some of us love the silk screened process, certainly with Shay its changing forever after listening to him at his seminar at Pinball Expo 2022. Also Pinball Master is a reseller of Shay's products (Bg's & Plastics) in Australia, with the first pallet landing soon.
  12. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind EM - Update More progress this week All Drop Target bank parts now buffed and then hand polished with Autosol (available at Bunnings). Ready to be reassembled with new parts tomorrow
  13. All the best with this, sorry only just sold a really good EL Dorado BG.
  14. @Railways Thank you mate, I really appreciate your kind offer !! As I have never used the product, guidance is wonderful I will take you up on that offer, please give me a few weeks or after Xmas
  15. Please let us know of your results and experiences if favourable, I have a few I would like to do
  16. Happy Birthday @Davefjedi 🎂
  17. Happy Birthday Alex !!! Have a fantastic day mate 🎂
  18. A company was trying to hire someone for an important position, so they interviewed dozens of applicants and narrowed their search down to three people: In an attempt to pick one of them, they decided to give them all the same question to answer within 24 hours and the one with the best answer would get the job. The question was: "A man and a woman are in bed, nude. The woman is lying on her side with her back facing the man, and the man is lying on his side facing the woman’s back. What is the man’s name?" After the 24 hours was up, the three were brought in to give their answers. The first one who is a young man says. "My answer is, there IS no answer." The second one says. "My answer is, that there is no way to determine the answer with the information we were given." The third one who is an elderly man says. "I’m not exactly sure, but I have it narrowed down to two names. It’s either Willie Turner or Willie Nailer. 🤣
  19. A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly-behaved grandson. He has his hands full with the child screaming for sweets, biscuits, all sorts of things. The grandad is saying in a controlled voice: "Easy, William, we won't be long . . . easy boy." Another outburst and she hears the grandad calmly say : "It's okay William. Just a couple more minutes and we'll be out of here. Hang in there, boy." At the checkout the little horror is throwing items out of the trolley. Grandad says again in a controlled voice : "William, William, relax buddy, don't get upset. We'll be home in five minutes, stay cool William." Very impressed, she goes outside to where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She says : "It's none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole time you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandad." "Thanks," says the grandpa. "But I am William. The little bastard's name is Kevin."
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