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    Default my first pinball machine.

    http://i.imgur.com/vXs8o.jpg , http://i.imgur.com/tbare.jpg , http://i.imgur.com/qx1xI.jpg

    an old Avon Juke Kubilee. was a cool find for about $40.

    but...im sad with it.

    the board does not automatically keep track of my score. even though it should. the pins that are meant to be hit should light up, and they do not .

    so i have no clue how to do the score in this.

    is there anyway i could fix this up myself with no knowledge of these things, or should i get in contact with someone that knows these things better and have them fix it?

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    I had this machine when I was a kid. My grandmother also has one, but the lights didn't work on her machine either (broken wire).

    The machine is simple in design, so you (or a toy repairman) should be able to take it apart and fix the problem(s) with very little trouble.

    The lights are all stringed together. If there is a break in the wire, then none of the lights are going to work.

    The score mechanism runs on a few gears. Most likely one of them is gummed up or the contacts aren't giving any power to them.

    Edit: I already see the problem with the score mechanism from the pictures. The reset button (the plastic yellow button on top) is smashed in. In other words, the gears aren't getting any power because of it.
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    isn't this machine from the 70's? that's what my mom said.

    i think this coming weekend i will try taking it apart and seeing if i can do it by myself, i hope i can.


    but i have noticed, the ball is almost covered in rust, where would i be able to find a new one ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    isn't this machine from the 70's? that's what my mom said.
    It original came out in 1979, but there have been many iterations of the machine from Avon over the years.

    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    but i have noticed, the ball is almost covered in rust, where would i be able to find a new one ?
    Just go to a place that sells ball bearings (hardware store), show the ball to the clerk and ask if they have a ball bearings of that size.

    Personally, I would just use a rust remover on the current ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun00 View Post
    Personally, I would just use a rust remover on the current ball.
    i think i will do that.

    this is gonna be one fun project for me.

    if i can get it all fixed up in a month, i will make a video of it

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    Cool that some Retro Pinball for sure, good luck in fixing it m8.


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    thanks .

    got some new D batteries, put them in and come to find out the lights still work!

    so, if i am right on this, all i need to fix is the score board. and get the rust off of the ball.

    Edit: well, that, and the sound. some of the sound just doesn't feel right when playing on it.

    Edit again: this is such a change from playing Zen Pinball. i can really tell how people that had/have full tables made a profit on these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    Edit: well, that, and the sound. some of the sound just doesn't feel right when playing on it.
    Try cleaning the contacts where the score board connects to the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun00 View Post
    Try cleaning the contacts where the score board connects to the body.
    will have to do that when i take apart the back.

    i might just start trying it tomorrow. if i run into anything i have no clue about, i will take a picture and ask you guys :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    will have to do that when i take apart the back.
    The score board is removable from the body for easy storage. There are four metal contacts IIRC. If those are dirty, then it can distort the sound and screw up the scoring.

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    the contacts look like they are new, nothing wrong with them.

    found what wasn't making the score board work.

    http://i.imgur.com/lUX12.jpg that small thing that is close to my fingers, i forget what its called.

    it doesn't wanna turn with all the other gears, and i have no lube to make it spin...what are my other options?


    Edit: its that, or the one its meant to spin. i just tried spinning it with my fingers, and the long one that goes to the score board wont move when spinning the small one, the small one just stays stuck and doesn't effect the long one.

    http://i.imgur.com/YRg7O.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    it doesn't wanna turn with all the other gears, and i have no lube to make it spin...what are my other options?
    You don't have any WD-40?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun00 View Post
    You don't have any WD-40?
    nope, not that i know of, my mom doesn't know too.

    GOD ******* ******. i flipped the back over to see if the yellow score reset thing still worked, didn't hold the other part that moves the scores and the brown wire that connects to one of the parts ripped off of one piece. this is gonna take longer then i thought...

    time to get a soldering gun.

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    sorry for the double post.


    fixed that wire.

    looked at the bottom of the table part, took out the glass (its really plastic) and lifted up the lights, a wire is missing from the left flipper! good thing i asked my mom to pick up some wire along with the soldering gun, else i would be boned. the score board STILL does not work though

    http://youtu.be/wT18I6ed5ac

    yes, i suck at this table.

    Edit: also, Zen, its all your fault i got interested in pinball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post

    Edit: also, Zen, its all your fault i got interested in pinball.
    Yeh they have that effect, good to see your progressing m8.


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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post

    Edit: also, Zen, its all your fault i got interested in pinball.
    You're welcome! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbieBobomb View Post
    You're welcome! :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoryukenToTheChin View Post
    good to see your progressing m8.
    thanks


    i HOPE the rest of this thing will be semi easy to do...still gotta mess around with the score board part and get the left flipper to make noise...if only i had a tripod prop up the camera and record the back of the score board, with the covering off, to see if anything is even turning at all.

    now to get a decent tripod...

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    sorry for the bump again .


    i was messing around with the table again, mostly looking at how stuff worked, and made a few videos about stuff i don't understand (yet). can someone look at these and tell me anything that could help ?

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0E698B2B67FFE8A9

    its all the juke jubliee videos i have made though, you will need to sort through them, the 4th video should be where i start with the stuff i don't understand.

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    looks fun to play , i see people on the internet trying to build there own from salvaged pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maink View Post
    looks fun to play , i see people on the internet trying to build there own from salvaged pieces.
    i have seen some youtube videos with people making tables from legos, and the tables actually work. with an auto updating score board and all, even multi-floor ones too. the people that make there own are really great at it

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