Super Challenger restoration

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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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Bradley Challengers are heavy. Super Challengers are on a par with similar sized allwins.
1960s kitchen furniture is a potential source of period Formica, but matching a specific pattern would be a challenge. You can get bespoke laminates made to any pattern, but surely not a cost-effective option.
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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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I have just brought a Challenger and doing a bit of a referb on it too and watching.
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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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So I’ve finished working on the challenger! It didn’t need too much doing really. Thanks to help on here I found new identical locks (amazing!) for it. Put a new back on, good clean, waxed the case, one new glass to replace a chipped one.
I haven’t done the cash box door which had been replaced. It’s not too bad but would love to find some suitable Formica or maybe a piece of beech to replace it.
Thanks for the help!
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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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Looks really good. My Challenger has a yellow formica theme. I need to sort the coin divert wheel and turn knob as my one had blanked off !!!

Would there be any chance you could email me some pictures of the coin divert wheel and internal mechanism please so we can make a replacement?
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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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Yes, it looks very smart now - Super! !THUMBS!
huxley wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:45 pm Would there be any chance you could email me some pictures of the coin divert wheel and internal mechanism please so we can make a replacement?
There's a picture of the internals on the first page of this newly merged topic.
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Re: Yale locks for Super Challenger

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huxley wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:45 pm Looks really good. My Challenger has a yellow formica theme. I need to sort the coin divert wheel and turn knob as my one had blanked off !!!

Would there be any chance you could email me some pictures of the coin divert wheel and internal mechanism please so we can make a replacement?
Mr PM has pointed you to a good pic now I think. It’s not clear from the pic but the drive band is a continuous spring on mine. If you can’t get that I’m sure you can improvise with some sort of elastic cord although prob not as long lived. Let me know if you need any other pics.
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Re: Super Challenger restoration

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As a child did you play with Mamod Steam Engines?
They use looped springs as drive belts. One end is tapered so you can twist it securely into the other end.

They can still be purchased https://www.mamodonline.co.uk/index.php ... mod-spares
So long as you cut the non tapered end of the spring you can cut to size.

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I have seen a few and owned at least one of these where the deflection wheel had been removed and replaced with a red covering. I have never found the control on these to be particularly useful anyway......
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Not much use as a skill device; lots of fun as far as gameplay goes.
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Re: Super Challenger restoration

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badpenny wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:42 pm As a child did you play with Mamod Steam Engines?
They use looped springs as drive belts. One end is tapered so you can twist it securely into the other end.

They can still be purchased https://www.mamodonline.co.uk/index.php ... mod-spares
So long as you cut the non tapered end of the spring you can cut to size.

BP :cool:
I’ve still got the one I had as a child! It still has its original spring drive! These are much smaller diameter than the one on the Challenger though. I guess the Mamod one is about 2mm diameter whereas the one on my Challenger is perhaps 4mm.
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