Transformer Surgery
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Initial Inspection
Power Up
Transformer Surgery
Fixing Broken Connectors


I tested the transformer on the bowler and found out it was putting out.  It's supposed to have a common, 2 50v taps and a 6v tap.  I obtained a replacement from the person who originally sold me the bowler.  He was nice enough to let me cut it off a machine he was parting out.

I tested the new transformer in my house (since it's warmer there!) and everything was fine.  I went outside to the bowler and labeled the existing wires, cut them and unbolted the transformer.

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This is the old and the new (replacement) transformer.  The old one is mounted on the wall and the new is sitting on a shelf to the left.

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This is the transformer mounted next to some fuse holders.

After putting the new transformer on and soldering everything back into place, I powered up.  Unfortunately nothing happened!  The replacement transformer wasn't putting out either.  I pulled out a multi-meter and did some testing.  I finally discovered that the transformer wasn't receiving AC input.  I had previously tested a 2 prong outlet next to the transformer and it tested OK at 110vac.  I made the assumption that this meant that the transformer was also receiving 110vac.  The wiring looked sound so I had no reason to suspect otherwise.


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