I was so lucky to have learned a LOT from my dad growing up. Although his workshop was bigger than mine, I had a workbench. At 13 I read a state electrical code booklet and safely tapped into the house wiring to put some outlets on my bench. At 15 I designed, etched, drilled, and sucessfully built a custom digital 3-PCB device for my dad's slot car racing club. All through junior and senior high school I had a job assembling and testing circuit boards for a high-end audio gear.
My dad and I spent a lot of time together repairing pinball and shuffleboard bowling machines. At one time we had 2 bowlers and 8 pins in our basement. I'd help trace wires, read schematics (which he couldn't do), diagnose, and be a 3rd/4th hand for certain tests. He'd buy them not working, we'd fix them, resell some and keep most. But they were all EM, as this was Back In The Day.
At 17 I entered a KQRS contest when Ted Nugent was in town playing a concert. My friends and I had tickets to the show. And he drew my postcard to win the (digital) Nugent machine! It was just barely used, but me and my high school friends put some miles on it in my parent's basement. Of course my high scores ruled the roost. I was queen of bumping - our first family pinball machine was Tropicana (no flippers!).
Fast forwarding a few decades -- I've babied this machine through 6 very careful moves, including to Florida and back. The MPU battery leaked, of course. I bought a kit and replaced things in the vicinity on the MPU, as well as solenoid board C23 and C26. Repair has not been a priority for some years, but now I'm determined to make it playable again. My threads here will be about that journey.
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What a greats story, and awesome memories with your dad! Can't wait for more installations to the saga lol