I took some previous advice (a little bending never hurt anything) and I was able to bend it down. Mech is working like a champ now. Now that the mechanism is working good, I want to tackle the feature. Then I will disassemble and clean the entire mechanism and put it back together and begin working on the cabinet. I will need some new reel strips as well.
For the transformer, I assume its 220vac in and 24vac out as its older? 120vac to 24vac is fairly common in the states, door bells, thermostats, etc use it.
One oddity I noticed, is that the 2nd payout finger from the back (next to cherry), the one that operates the switch, closes (or opens) the switch when the Melon is on the payline, and only the Melon, not the Bar. There is a hole on the reel that triggers this. There is no other hole for this finger, only on the Melon. Reading how the feature works, I am unsure as to why this is. Could this be to interrupt the solenoid if Melon is on the line, perhaps to prevent a double payout of over 10 coins?