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    Another question from your ex-pinnie/mechanic wannabe:

    When I was pinchasing 82-70's at one particular center we always knew we had a pileup before the call came in because the distributor would snag and the clutch or cam would slip making a gawd awful snapping noise. Years later...This weekend while interviewing for a pinchasing gig we got a call "sweep down on lane 6". It was indeed a pileup, but it not have the same drama and fanfare as at the other center. The distributor was just sitting there quietly amongst a jumble of Amflites. I'm guessing that the distributor wasn't in the process of trying to move and therefore didn't make all the noise as they always did at the other center. Any theories? Just curious...

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    Never had the gawd awful sound......just the pins pounding the plow from a 3 foot drop.

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      Originally posted by 82/70 king:
      Never had the gawd awful sound......just the pins pounding the plow from a 3 foot drop.
      <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That's another thing: No pins fell off the bins or the distributor.

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        If the pins didn't fall off the distributor it is likely that there's a really good gripping belt on it. With all of these super grip belts now, the pins just plow themselves into the bin and make the mess bigger. With less agressive belts (or worn ones) pins back up on the distributor all the way back to the turn pan and begin overshooting the turn pan and smacking into the small plow (like King mentioned.) Dented rear rollers is another symptom of this. I kinda like the new grip belts that push everything into the bins....kinda saves pins from wedging between turn pan and back-end motor on non-converted 70s.
        "Where are we going, and why are we in a hand basket?"

        --Kat

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          ahhh, the ninja pileup. No Clang! Clang! Clang!.... just a pyramid of pins atop the bins. I've tried to duplicate this for trainees with little success. Takes a special kind of day, I reckon.
          The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.

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            Originally posted by *70*PinMonkey:
            ahhh, the ninja pileup. No Clang! Clang! Clang!.... just a pyramid of pins atop the bins. I've tried to duplicate this for trainees with little success. Takes a special kind of day, I reckon.
            <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ha ha! Yes, oh wise Pin Monkey...the Ninja pileup. However it all came crashing down when the mechanic tried to clear it.

            I liked the way pileups happened at the place I worked at. The machines clearly let you know when there was a problem without trying to hide anything. The ones at this center are apparently very sneaky and dishonest. See the recent topic machines have an intellegence( be it all evil) [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

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