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Pinball Rehab

pinball repair and restoration

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In order to make hacks more fun I always try to figure out the thinking of the person doing the hack.  While in some cases the thinking is fairly obvious, in a large percentage there is either no logical reason or the person actually put more effort into the hack than the proper solution would have taken.

I don't even know what to say about the allen wrench hack in the first image, other than why leave a perfectly good tool behind.  On the second image the person managed to solder one side of the wire, but then got tired so they just used the clip on the other side?  Seriously, you've already got your soldering iron out and in the general area?   On the third image I will at least give credit for being able to realize they could rotate the plug and then only have to solder one wire to a male pin.  Image four I have absolutely no explanation for, although I doubt if all that work (and I'm sure it took at least an hour) continued to work for very long.

In image five a broken ring was replaced with a bumper (and a screw into the playfield) to protect the lamps.  In image 6 and 8 I have absolutely no idea why a piece of plastic was added.  The logical guess would be to prevent ball hang-ups, but I don't see that happening in either case.  On the other hand, in image 7 a plastic stand-off (the white horizontal piece) was crazy glued to the playfield to prevent ball hangups.  It's hard to see in the last image, but a piece of packing tape was placed across a broken section (the jagged area) of a ramp.  I've got to at least give points for creativity in this case.

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