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« on: June 25, 2020, 09:15:39 am »

My latest project is a United Cypress ball bowler.  I am currently reworking the gear boxes.  Almost done with the whole back door section.  Tons of relays and steppers.  Then on to the reels and strike/spare steppers.  The Cypress is a mess.  The pin section alone had 70% broken parts (7 pin hangers and 6 pins).  It's missing wood, switches, locking bar, cracked glass, etc.  PLUS!! someone painted the oak brown and did a horrible job on the side art work.  I actually have buyers remorse on this one.  Why would I buy such a piece of crap, when I already have a nice United Falcon you might ask??  Because the Cypress is the only United game that has every game I like all rolled up into one.  All seven of them.  I even bit the bullet and paid over six bills to have it shipped from California.  Ouch, that hurt.  Then I found that paint stripper does not contain Dichloromethane anymore.  What is that?  The stuff that works.  The pin section was painted black and I decided to strip it.  Did not do the job.  I tried two different brands and they both sucked.  After a half gallon, I was able to strip both sides.  I bought a gallon of dichloromethane from Amazon.  Very toxic stuff.  I'll have to be careful with that.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 03:04:44 pm »

I see you were using Sweet Baby Rays for most of the cleaning.  laugh
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 04:38:21 pm »

I see you were using Sweet Baby Rays for most of the cleaning.  laugh
  laugh  biggrin  laugh  biggrin  laugh

Larry,  That's a monumental project!
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 07:49:27 pm »

I see you were using Sweet Baby Rays for most of the cleaning.  laugh

The sauce is boss.

Me and my son went in the garage to cook diner during a rain storm and have a few beers.  That’s when I looked over and said “What a piece of crap”, time for a picture, lol.

Jim it is going to be some ordeal. Taking everything apart. I hope my stripping concoction works. I also have to make the top wood of the bottom glass. I have a cheap table saw. Hopefully, I have some carpenter skills buried deep within me.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 07:57:00 pm »

Larry ,My Friend !!

    You”ll get there I have a 100% sure your the man to complete it
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2020, 08:37:38 am »

IF ANYONE can do this , It's Larry... Great Save of a Classic Game!

I think the bigger challenge will be getting it downstairs!! 

Good luck!  can't wait to see it finished!

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2021, 08:44:29 am »

Finally finished!!
Here's a few before pictures for you as a teaser.  I'll send some after's, later on.  I have to keep you all in suspense so you can say ohhhhh and ahhhhhh.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2021, 08:45:54 am »

more before
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2021, 09:02:27 pm »

Dam !! Looks worse then a jigsaw puzzle
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2021, 06:30:04 am »

Dam !! Looks worse then a jigsaw puzzle


Yes it does, but it is nice when all the pieces fit together......at least with the help of a hammer  biggrin.  Here are some pictures of the completed machine.
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2021, 06:31:31 am »

more pics.  They're coming up sideways until you open them???
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2021, 06:13:17 pm »

Larry,

Your bowling alley looks awesome ! ! !
If it plays as good as it looks, my hats off to you and the effort put forth to resurrect it ! ! !
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2021, 06:31:39 pm »

Thanks Jim. I played every game and it works fine except when you play Bonus, the Strike/Spares wont reset. They just keep advancing. Every other game resets fine on the Strikes and Spares. My guess is that I’m losing contact at the reset contacts on the bonus stepper. Probably it’s not reading through the light coating of grease or a snow shoe is stuck up. I had a similar grease issue with my Evans Winterbook on the 6 v circuit. I’ll look at it over the weekend.  

I had a blast playing it tonight. I love it when all your labor pays off!!
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2021, 07:55:54 pm »

 Larry

     As normal Great outstanding job and machine . Let me know when you have it completed and working correctly . I’ll be up to pick it up .

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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2021, 11:53:34 am »

Thats beautiful. I can't believe you ripped all those steppers apart and at once.. Brave man. I just did a 6 player Shuffle Alley and did each stepper and score reel one at a time..
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