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  1. I'll get it open and double check for you in the next day or so. Did yours come with the upper marquee? Mine came with the "box on stilts" but no marquee plastics. I was generously given an AG Football (different region vsion of the same pin) marquee so I could do a full scale scan and re-jig the text to make a replacement. My replacement prints are stuck in courier hell right now - but when they finally come in I can check how they look.

    Happy to help out with any info you need. I also think I have the artwork tucked away for spinners, striker plastics and some other bits I made a while ago now.

    All the best with the rebuild. Not too many kicking about so well worth the effort I reckon.

  2. 10 minutes ago, Boots said:

    thats the one. Amazing price too

    1 hour ago, wolfy said:

    Long shot, but I'm looking for an Alvin G CPU board, to suit an A G Soccer Ball.

    I believe any of the AG cpu boards are interchangeable (but I could be wrong!).

    I thought I'd try local before exploring sourcing from USA. Postage is exorbitant.

    Any members here who have one of these machines with some knowledge of them who might be willing to answer a few questions at some stage?

    thanks

    Wolfy 

    @wolfyI own and AG soccer-ball... what did you want to know?

  3. So lets step away from the mechanicals and get to the electronicals:

     

    Nice find in the head box... the black death has visited the LDA100 lamp driver board. A previous repair of a burnt scr has been done competently which is nice.

     

    The worst section:

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    So now to use the air-eraser-blaster to get a look under the green screen to assess the real damage:

     

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    you can see some traces are completely broken. I will re-work those. Others that are still intact will be cleaned then overcoated with some UV curing pcb ink. The colour isn't a great match, but it will seal the traces, and looks (to me) a lot better than solder smeared all over the tracks. This photo looks a lot worse than it is in person. I think the uv coat is better at encapsulating the tracks, and looks a lot better than the old nail polish trick...

     

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    Let's just call this a training exercise for the MPU board. I have 2 but both have ancient battery damage 🙄

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  4. One thing I can say - if you forget to turn the feature off it certainly scares the crap out of you when testing/servicing/cleaning. So many times it just fires up, blares music and tries launching balls... even with the playfield up and no balls in the machine, They didn't bother with service interlocck on the AG. Nothing like a solenoid firing next to your head while trying to read a multimeter 😆

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  5. AG Soccer-Ball has a self play demo mode. Because it has integrated switches on the flippers, it can self-play for a short time to demonstrate the head to head play. The switches on the flippers are used for player vs CPU singe player, or determining who is scoring in 2 player (you get all points gained from when your flipper last touches the ball). 

     

    I think a major reason this sort of thing isn't popular is due to increased wear on machines - machines getting used while no "coin in play"

  6. it is a shaded pole ac motor there, so reversing the wires wont make it go backwards as you found out. Someone hacked in that motor/gearbox as you say, it is not original... the original is a "can" type motor, not an open frame. Sort of ingenious hacking there, but they got caught out by the rotation of the motor, hence the "twist" fix

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  7. sweet thanks. for funsies I checked, and of course there was no hope of getting a modern wpc era bar to fit. Size was fine, but no way those tabs were even close to the right spot.

     

    Yeah, lockdown bars seem to be pricey. I guess they are not something you can knock up in a shed...

  8. @wiredoug Thanks for taking the time to comment!

     

    I don't know what the bar looks like as I don't have it, but the receiver has 4 slots (so I may be very wrong about what goes in it!). Just to add though, the receiver looks original (I cant see any butchery to make it fit). It does seem weird to be so different to the same year stern dracula I have though.

    top/front:

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    from the other side:

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  9. bump

    Still looking, still hoping someone is parting out or is sick of tripping over one.  It looks like it has 4 "blades" that engage, which is weird compared to the Dracula I have that has 2 posts that engage.

    Any leads also greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

  10. So another few days, and some progress.

    A few rubbers ordered as well as flipper bats and new buttons - one bat was smashed, and the buttons had been attacked with a ciggie lighter at some point.

     

    The playfield went back together well, I am glad that I could find some reference pics on the net to help out. The only item missing was a wire form from the return gate, so off to the shed to bend one up from some piano wire I happened to have. If you ever need to do this, be sure to add the extra bend underneath to prevent he gate from flipping "over" and getting stuck in the open position. You can juuust see it peeking out on the left side in the pic...

     

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    I had a scare with the spinners. The painted on graphics are extremely delicate. I went to use a gentle bit of novus 2, but the paint instantly softened. Tried windex, same thing. Just used a cotton swab and leaned the white sections only. Luckily I didn't mess them up, but it was very close.

     

    With a few small items ordered, the PF is now pretty complete. All new 44 bulbs also installed, and sockets cleaned - although the under pf ones were still shiny. Really only the back box ones look crusty...

    Getting there:

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  11. An update. I was wondering how this would go for some white posts and acorn nuts I wanted to tidy up.

    white posts before:

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    and then after:

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    Result: these worked out great. Next time put in more effort removing old rubber residue though 🙂

     

    Nylon acorn nuts before:

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    and then after:

     

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    Result: no difference - still looking old and grey.  To be honest I wasn't expecting it to work on them but no harm in trying. The only difference is pretty much the cleaning effect, no brightening.

     

    The posts still look shiny and feel smooth and not brittle, so it looks like a success.

     

    I tried to use my UV cabinet from my printing set-up:

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    and while it certainly looked interesting with the plastics giving off an eerie glow, after 15 mins there was no real visible change in their appearance, so I think the UV band is just not right.

     

    I then put the baggie out in the somewhat overcast sun for about 3 hours which got the job done. Nice to have a better free option that just works.

     

     

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  12. 21 hours ago, furballx said:

    Hey mate, do you have a tumbler to polish that stuff up?  

    A smart fella would ask to borrow one for a few weeks if he did not have his own....just sayin' .....

    @furballx Thanks for the hint 😄

    I have an actual tumbler (not vibrator) and did use it on the screws etc - but in the end still needed some brasso for the "finishing bling". I also had spare new screws for a lot of the ones that are out in the open so that was handy.

     

     

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  13. I can get pretty good access to it if you want to see some pics. From memory though, I know the area at the pop bumpers has some wear, but unclear on the rest. I'll grab some pics for you tomorrow. Even if you aren't interested, it wont be a waste for me as I really need to have a good look at it anyway...

  14. damn, i need to go back in time and high five myself. One smart thing I apparently did when stripping this down, was put all the threaded bits in a storage box with a note on paper in  each section describing where they went.

     

    I say apparently as I sure don't recall, and it is not like me to not just blunder in without thinking ahead - this is something I need to remember to do for my future self some other time too!

     

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  15. Not dead, just knocked about a bit. Had a surgery that took more recovery than expected, a death in family ... you know - stuff.

    Anyway, sweating it out in the games room, and trying to un-jigsaw this puzzle.

    Gave the playfield a thorough clean with a little magic eraser, then novus 2, then wax. Not perfect, but cleaner and ready to roll on.

    While cleaning I thought the rollovers looked pretty gross, so off to the kids craft pile to grab a few pipe cleaners.

     

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    glad I did, as it got filthy quickly

     

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    lots more metal polishing and cleaning, and finding parts that have ended up all over the place, Tonight i am going to start putting what I can on the playfield, although without a rubber kit I will be a little limited...

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  16. My WMS Indiana Jones: I found a 25 PTAS coin being used as a washer holding on a terrible hack (opto flippers replaced with EM style tungsten switches). It certainly showed off where the hackery and this machine came from.. Pesatas are a spanish coin, and the mech was set up for 100 PTAS. The 25PTAS coin must have been "handy" as the coin already has a hole in the middle. If I can find it again I will nab a pic...

     

    Then I got it in Brisbane about 15 years ago, now in Syd. It sure has covered a bit of the world...

     

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  17. I have a knock off Aoyue unit that has a similar gun. The vac chamber however is black and made of the same "heat resistant" (but obviously cheap) plastic as the rest of the gun. I have not had melting issues with it. Parts for these things are rare to find - unless you have a "real brand" - and then their parts can cost the same as a knockoff complete gun 😕

    I don't know what on earth has happened with Aoyue as a brand, but looking on ebay the prices seem very high nowadays for what they are - so not sure that is a great avenue either.

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