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    Repairing electronic vehicles

    I was wondering if there is a link about repairing vintage vehicle electronics? I tinkered with a couple tie fighters and actually got them to work even though they had battery acid all around the compartment. If you are game here are the steps:

    Get two AA batteries, one philips screwdriver. Unscrew everything and save them in a safe place. Now gently put the middle piece upside down (otherwise some pieces will fall out) and be careful of the plastic windshield. Okay so now that you know where all the pieces fit take them out. This includes the seat the wing poppers and springs. Make sure the wiring isn't acided. Give the noise spinner a little spin to get the dust out. Now check the battery compartment. Mine was very acidy and I couldn't see the copper on either side so..get a sharp knife or needle and start scraping! Yes scrape scrape away! At least until you get a good part of each battery end starting to shine again. Once you do go ahead and put the AA batteries in and press down on the button and hopefully you will hear that wonderful tie fighter shriek. If your connectors are good enough you may even get the light to turn on as well. Once you do, put the parts back they way they came and screw it up and add your wings and your vehicle now works! I tried this on my Tie Interceptor and DV Tie Fighter. Because the DV Tie Fighter is older it had a worse job at it but I finally got some juice going.

    Hope that helps.
    PS: X-wings seem to be harder to do this too, I'm still working on mine.
    When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Re: Repairing electronic vehicles

    all the electronics are pretty basic in the old sw gear. theres no chips so its pretty much a case of tracking the wires and resoldering anything that needs it. leds buzzers ect might need replaced but you can pick them up for nothing
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    ahh, great thread. I have a number of vehicles that I would love to get the electronics working for again. in fact, I just got a Tie Fighter last night in great shape but no electronics. no sure I have the [censored] to do this myself, but I'm sure it can't be too hard.

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    This has been mentioned before, toyfixer has some great pictures and "instructions". I have managed to get all mine going including remote R2D2. Sandpaper, CLR some WD40 and some patience is all you need. 1970s electronics are great- not complicated at all

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    Re: Repairing electronic vehicles

    http://www.toyfixer.com

    Thats my site, check under vehicles!

    All the old electronics are super basic... A lot of time they just need a little sanding or some wd40 because they have froze up a little
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    this works very well. i have fixed alot of vehicles. sometimes i have turned the motor alittle to get it working also. they just get frozen up. there's nothing like hearing the sounds of the tie fighter and x-wings when you get them working again! yes alot of times the wires has to be reconnected or the terminals have to be cleaned.

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    I got the electronics working on an vintage At-At. Actually is was just a wire that had come off. I soldered the wire back on, gave the little motor a push start and it has worked great ever since. After putting in a new bulb the chin guns lit up too. All the vintage ships and play sets that have electronics are really simple to fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsnut
    this works very well. i have fixed alot of vehicles. sometimes i have turned the motor alittle to get it working also. they just get frozen up. there's nothing like hearing the sounds of the tie fighter and x-wings when you get them working again! yes alot of times the wires has to be reconnected or the terminals have to be cleaned.
    I did that too on a few, and it worked great. Although one time I didn't really fix the motor because the problem was some missing teeth on one of the gears so it just kept jamming.
    When someone hands you a flyer, it's like they're saying here you throw this away. -Mitch Hedburg

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    I just thought to mention this because there are many collectors that think once the battery acid has gotten to the electronics it will never work again. Most times its not too hard to get it working again. To those who really know how to fix most of the electronics, what is the worst vehicle or item to fix? I'd be curious to know what that is. I've tried to fix my sandcrawler remote but so far nada.
    When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Re: Repairing electronic vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Oz
    I got the electronics working on an vintage At-At. Actually is was just a wire that had come off. I soldered the wire back on, gave the little motor a push start and it has worked great ever since. After putting in a new bulb the chin guns lit up too. All the vintage ships and play sets that have electronics are really simple to fix.
    My AT AT was the same... I just took the head apart and moved the motor parts a little and they started working again.. I throw batteries in and platy with it once a year or so to keep it from freezing again
    Check out my restoration site:
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