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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.

About

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Purpose

The VECTOR Restoration Committee (Vintage Electromechanical Conservancy of Technology, Operation, and Restoration) serves as a knowledge hub and work space for amusement technologies developed from the turn of the 20th century onward. Our goal is to educate, preserve, and build upon the knowledge of the past.... "Learn. Fix. Play!"

Many of our projects serve as fascinating interactive learning platforms. Electro-mechanical pinball machines are an ideal "hands-on" example of the evolution of physical switches into the integrated circuits of today's modern age. Our projects are collaborative in nature and serve as useful teaching tools for describing the fundamental principles of electrical components and machinery. They are also a delight to interact with!

VECTOR provides a place to learn, restore, experiment, and build "arcade tech" and encourages the development of new unique projects.

Equipment

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We have our own tools and cleaning solutions in a toolchest, some of which are specific to fixing pinball and arcade machines. We have other machines for polishing and EvapoRust for un-rusting metals, and a collection of spare parts for old pinball machines.

Current Projects and Playable Machines

Playable Machines
Polynesia (1968 Williams Student Prince pinball machine, rethemed in tiki) - Paul Wilson
High Speed (1985 Williams pinball machine) - Committee property

Active Projects
Junkyard (Electromechanical non-pinball machine) - Chuck Baber
Earthshaker (1989 Williams - pinball machine) - Oscar Afghani
Top Card (1974 Gottlieb - pinball machine) - Jim Hartnett
Space Odyssey (1976 Williams - pinball machine) - Gina Curbo
Flip Flop (1976 Bally - pinball machine) - Chuck Baber
War (1978 Viza / Allied Leisure - 2-player head-to-head pinball machine) - Shawn Christian
Flash (1979 Williams - pinball machine) - Wayne Enochs

Group Projects
Liberty Bell (1977 Williams - pinball machine)

How to Contact

Join our Facebook page! - https://www.facebook.com/groups/DMS.VECTOR

Got a project or idea in mind? Comments? Need more information about upcoming classes? Send an e-mail to the committee chairperson (Jayson Woods) - [email protected]

Support Us (easily!)

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Thanks... it adds up!

Members

Active Members

Stephen "Stevo" Wylie - Chairperson
Jayson Woods - Vice Chair ("Is it working yet, Woods?")
Shawn Christian ("It was cheap, I couldn't resist")
Rodney Black
Chuck Baber
Paul Wilson
Raymond Jett (The fixer of the boards)
Stacy Devino ("Broken? Add a capacitor!")
Mary Mathias (The Asker of many questions "newbie")
Oscar Afghani
Wayne Enochs

Past Members

Nicholas Schell (aka "Nick Dangerous", VECTOR founder, now Director of Roanoke Pinball Museum in Virginia)
Nick Sainz (proud Maker of many "signs")
Ken Purcell ("Lampy")
Haley Moore (late to the party, forgot the chips)
Benjamin Groves ("Hi, I'm Ben!")
Daniel Jackson ("DJ")
David Smart
Mitch Cerroni
Jeremy Ortwine
Michael Sorensen
Patrick Thompson
john a. gorman
Aaron McMillen
Joshua Wilson

Upcoming Events

Come out and play! Latest DFW area tournaments here - http://dfw-pinball-league.webnode.com/

Photo gallery and media

Photo archives
Photos from Texas Pinball Festival 2017 - https://arianaby.smugmug.com/Professional/Texas-Pinball-Festival-VECTOR-2017/
Photos from Texas Pinball Festival 2016 - https://arianaby.smugmug.com/Professional/Texas-Pinball-Festival-VECTOR/
Makerspace Talk forum thread w/photos - https://talk.dallasmakerspace.org/t/the-official-dms-pinball-selfies-thread/6167/
An early photo gallery from our previous location (Ladybird Ln) - https://dallasmakerspace.org/wiki/Pinball

Vector Logos:

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Governance

All committee reports and binding committee decisions will be facilitated by the committee chairperson.

Arcade and pinball related links

Educational and repair information sites

The Internet Pinball Database (IPDB) - http://www.ipdb.org
The Pinwiki - http://www.pinwiki.com
Pinrepair help site - http://www.pinrepair.com
Mark's Guide to Williams System 3-7 - http://pinball.flippers.info/system6repairpart1.asp
Tuukan.fliput.net helpful hints - http://tuukan.fliput.net/index_en.html
Flippers.be helpful hints - http://www.flippers.be/
Pinballhelp.com blog - http://pinballhelp.com/
Explanation of a switch matrix - http://webpages.charter.net/coinopcauldron/swarticle.html
Mark Gibson's "Fun With Pinball" educational site - http://markgibson.zenfolio.com/fun-with-pinball
Bally Squawk & Talk AS-2518-61 sound board info - http://webpages.charter.net/coinopcauldron/squalkart.html
Ryan's restoration & re-theme of Swinger (good for newbies!) - https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/williams-swinger-restoration-and-eventual-retheme

Forums and classifieds

Pinside (forum and marketplace) - http://www.pinside.com
Pinball Owners registry (caters to international audience) - http://www.pinballowners.com
Mr. Pinball Classifieds - http://user.xmission.com/~daina/classified
DFW Pinball & Arcade Club - http://www.facebook.com/groups/dfwpinballclub

News

Pinball News - http://www.pinballnews.com

Parts suppliers

HAPP Controls - http://www.happcontrols.com/
Tornado Terry's (Keller, TX) - http://www.tornadoterrys.com/surplus.htm
Arcade Components (Raymond Jett / Highland Village, TX) - http://www.arcadecomponents.com
Marco Specialties - http://www.marcospecialties.com
Pin2DMD - http://pin2dmd.com/
Pinball Life - http://www.pinballlife.com
Pinball Resource - http://www.pbresource.com

Reports

VECTOR Committee meeting - 2016-10-16
VECTOR Committee meeting - 2015-10-15
VECTOR Committee meeting - 2015-07-16
VECTOR Committee meeting - 2015-04-02
VECTOR Committee meeting - 2015-01-08
VECTOR Committee meeting - 2014-10-2
VECTOR Activity Log Archive All pages related to the VECTOR Committee.