Grandfather's Basement

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Re: Grandfather's Basement

Postby Some Idiot » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:02 pm

I've spent about ten hours stripping down, cleaning, wire brushing, and reassembling the Castle Front's mechanism. Last night I was able to operate it manually and it more-or-less works. The reels spin freely by hand, but the reel kicker would barely impart enough energy to give them a single rotation.

The toe of the reel kicker is really chewed up, so I dropped it off at my favorite metal fab shop at lunchtime today. They're going to remove and replace the whole foot with a piece of mild steel. Here's a picture.

One of the reel brakes is not with the machine. I found some tempered steel rod of similar diameter and formed it into a reasonable facsimile, but won't be able to test operate it until the kicker is reinstalled.
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Re: Grandfather's Basement

Postby RameGoom » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:02 pm

Those are made of hardened tempered steel, probably around 55-60 rockwell. If you use mild steel, it'll wear out in no time.

The stops take a lot of abuse.
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Re: Grandfather's Basement

Postby OneArmBandito » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:54 pm

One of my favorite phrases is " it'll work for awhile..."
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Re: Grandfather's Basement

Postby Some Idiot » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:00 pm

I picked up the repaired kicker today (they only charged me $10) and installed it. It seems to work properly and the reels were spinning better. I went ahead and disassembled and cleaned the axles and stops and now the reels spin quite well. After cycling it about 100 times I am satisfied with the operation of that part of the mechanism. The mild steel foot doesn't show any significant signs of wear after that small number of cycles, but I'm going to go ahead and order a replacement from board member mrslot1.

Next task is to clean up the inside of the case, clean and check the escalator, and see how it does with nickles running through it. Hopefully I reassembled the reel stack and the payout slides properly. =)
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