|Super Chexx Repair
was a very avid ICE Super Chexx player back in the day so of course
Tranquility Base Arcade had to have one. The game I own is a "first
generation" Super Chexx (1988 - 1992) which replaced the original Chexx
(blue or red base) of USA vs Russia and equipped with MOOG electronics.
My game features USA vs Canada, stacked KIXX Soccer PCB, split corners
with rubber corner guards, flashing goal lights, old style graphics,
etc. Most people are familiar with the games from 1993 and newer which
are considered "second
generation" Super Chexx. These games feature formed corners, credit
meter in the center
scoreboard, updated electronics, no goal lights, and many of the newer
features that were added over the years.
At some point in the past, this particular game was updated with new style goals and the integrated flashing light stands were tossed. My research shows the original goals were hand modified at ICE to include the light stands. The KIXX schematic is marked "Preliminary For Prototype Run Only." The light stands proved very cumbersome for bulb replacement in the field and unreliable to keep working. All the games I played back in the day with flashing goals lights NEVER worked! Interesting enough I found the original harness right up through the connectors still tucked down in the bottom of the game under each goal.
After a long search I was finally able to find some original goal light stands but as you can imagine the nets were destroyed. The task to bring this feature back to life begins!
first step was to rebuild the actual goal light itself. I was still
able to purchase T1.25 14 volt bulbs online and then solder one into
each light stand.
With tested and working light stands it was time to focus on modifying the net assemblies. The old style net assemblies are no longer sold by ICE, however, if you search hard enough you can still find them in the second hand market. The modifications included drilling a hole through the back of the net as well as an additional inline hole cut through the puck chute. My solution to do this was to mount the net in my upright mill and cut both holes with a single stroke.
The hole in the net turned out pretty good and just needed a little bit of clean up to make it perfect.
hole in the puck chute was left partially removed during the drilling
operation and the rest was trimmed by hand with a very sharp hobby
key to this entire project was the accuracy of carefully drilling both
holes inline so the light stand sits vertical and does not look
crooked. The original Super Chexx net holes were very roughly done by
ICE at the factory so don't be too quick to think it was an "in field
to add flashing goal lights to the game.
|With some special hot glue
melt specifically for polyethlyne the light stand was secured to each
assembly at the puck chute.
|The finished set of nets turned out great!|
|My research indicates approximately
370 sequential serial numbers had flashing goal lights. If you have a
Super Chexx game with flashing goal lights or the original harness
they once were please contact me with your