Hack #1 - The Flipper
Check out this flipper. It never ceases to amaze me how much trouble
people will go to instead of locating the proper part. This was my
favorite hack on the game.
This guy drilled a hole through
the bottom of the plastic bat through the top. It looks like the hole
was stripped in the bat. Then he screwed it together using several
nuts on the top. Apparently he realized that the nuts were not going
to look very good on the top of the bat. Being a good thinker he found
some white bathtub caulk and covered the hack job. It took a serious
collector like me to discover that the bat had been modified. I will
We will give this guy a free pass on this one.
Why you might ask? Well, take a look at the flipper bat. It is
obvious to me that other than a stripped hole the plastic bat had several
years of good play left. It was hardly beat up at all. I
probably would have left it but I just didn't like how the bats didn't all
Hack #2 -The Cord
I don't suppose it is even necessary for me to explain
this picture. Hopefully you all know that there is actually a little
slot where the cord is supposed to go before the head is put on the game.
|Hack #3 - Free Game
Nice work - replacing the lock with a button to ring up some free games.
I'm sure we have all seen this a time or two. What I would like to
know is this: If you are smart enough to rig up that switch and pick
out the correct wires, how come you can't figure out that all you need to do
is bend a contact or put a jumper wire on the contacts on the credit wheel?
|Hack #4 -The Bottom
Doesn't this look nice? I doubt if the person who did this hack put the
free game button in place of the lock. If he did then he would have to
win the hack of the year. Since that doesn't make sense then I would
like to ask the guy who put the free play button on why he didn't remove
these ugly bolts and metal brackets. There were not going to be any
quarters in there to protect so they are certainly not necessary. I
guess he probably wouldn't have been able to figure out how to fix the holes
in the side of the cabinet.
|Hack #5 - The Fuse Holder
Give me a break. If the fuse holder breaks, go to Radio Shack and
shell out a buck to get the proper type of fuse holder. If you can
afford the game, you can afford a fuse holder. If you are going
to use a crappy fuse holder at least do the job properly. Don't
cover the hack with a bunch of electrical tape.
|Hack #6 - The Power Button
Another classy job. At least he kept the ground wire intact.
I guess he didn't have the proper type of drill to get through the steel bar
at the bottom of the game.
|Bonus Hack - WTF is this ?
I'm having trouble figuring this one out. It looks Mr. Hack decided he
didn't like the way the ball was sticking in the groove when it was shot to
the top of the game. Now I can understand wanting to fix this problem.
What I don't understand is why you had to not only fill in the groove, but
you also had to spread it all over the damn place including the blue paint
at the top. How the F am I supposed to get this stuff off without
wrecking the top part of the playfield. I hope someone can give me a