The Adventures of Bill in Indiana , The Newbie always in Over his Head !!

Written by BillinIndiana on February 4th, 2012.

The Adventures of Bill in Indiana , The Newbie always in Over his Head !! 

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The Adventures of Bill in Indiana , The Newbie always in Over his Head !!

Written by BillinIndiana, published February 4th, 2012. 4 comment(s).

 Pinball... I like it. 

 When I was a little kid my Dad bowled 4 nights a week.. This was in the 70's and every bowling alley had at least one machine if not 4 or 5.. Video Games, I think were just making a big break through, so Pinball was King from those days and forever for me..

   Fast Foward to me as a Big Kid back in 2009, I finally have a home that has a large room ( use to be a two car garage that previous owner finished) it's 20' x 30'  Just right to make my Game/entertainment room.. So I buy a Jurassic Park machine... Finally I am a pinball owner...Yes !!

  Well as most of you all Know.. One isn't enough.. So I pick up a Cue Ball Wizard next , probably 4 months after my 1st.. Not a great machine, but the Best Pinball Buddy I have ever had fell in love with it and still is... My now 76 year old Dad.. So this is another machine I'll more than likely always have in my collection..

  Needed a different machine a few months after CBW.. So I found a Lethal Weapon 3 on Craigslist... Looked alright in the pics.. So I drove 4 hours to get it.. Get there and the pics were mostly of the Good and None of the Bads.. But doing all that driving it made the trip back home again in Indiana...Ha

  Next I wanted to explore the world of EM's and need to do something other than just Play pinball... I wanted to try my hand at touching up and clear coating the Playfield.. So I buy a Space Odyssey that was a total wreck and start out on an adventure... 

  I worked on and off for probably 8 months just messing around with it and learning how these giant box full of wires and switches work.. It was really a neat experience.. I like it

  My current project is a Zaccaria Devil Riders machine I found at a local garage sale back in August I think it was of 2011..It wouldn't boot so it just sat in my garage till I finished the EM..  Turns out it was a Bridge Rectifier on the Power Supply board.. My 1st component removal and replacement on a PCB..  Something I have always wanted to try..  It isn't quite "Bringing a Game back from the Dead" but close.. I'll get there some day !!

  Thanks for Reading, Bill in Indiana


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    ssathre commented on February 06, 2012 06:41:01

    Good choice with the space odyssey, I had a space mission (4 player version) and had a lot of fun with that pin.

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    The_Gorilla commented on February 06, 2012 19:14:36

    "Not a great machine, but the Best Pinball Buddy I have ever had fell in love with it and still is... My now 76 year old Dad"

    That may be the best quote in ANY pinball story...

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    NimblePin commented on February 07, 2012 00:42:35

    Thanks for the story Bill!
    I loved playing pinball at the bowling alley, still do! ; )
    One thing though...
    Could you move the dartboard a bit further over to the left? It is making me nervous for that LW3 BG... (kidding)
    Welcome to the Pinside!

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    RWH commented on February 07, 2012 03:31:41

    Great story Bill, it's made even more special when you can share it with your loved ones!

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