New to Pinball Restore/Repair

New to Pinball Restore/Repair

By rparkerfl1

May 04, 2017

11 months ago

I am wanting to start buying and fixing Pinball Machines for my personal use.  I have always wanted to work on them and hope to find a great community here that will lend advice and best places to buy 90's machines at the best prices.

Thank you all for the support.

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11 months ago
@rparkerfl1 Welcome to Pinside. I see that you want to buy a pinball project, but the members here on Pinside can't help because we don't know where you live. What state do you live in? Have you considered going to a Pinball show? That is a great way to; make new friends, play a large variety of pins, and buy a project pin. At each of the shows there will be people selling fully working machines and project machines. You can also go to the Forums page, click on the sub-Forum link and look for "Regional For Sale Trade threads." There is also a thread about Project Pins.

Please go into your profile page (click on your avatar) and update your location. Go into the Sub-Forums "regional For Sale Thread" for your state and post that you are looking to buy your first project pin. Most of the project pins that you find will be solid state (pre DMD) from 78-84, and a huge number of EMs (prior to 1978). You may have a hard time finding a project machine from the 90s, and many solid state project pins from 78-84 can be purchased for <$600. Send me a PM if you need any more help.

10 months ago
I would do everything that John mentioned. I'd also get to know some local pin service people. I've had a lot of success at restoring them, but sometimes I get stuck. It is nice to talk through things while they're there and learn from them. Board work can be particularly challenging. You may want to reference some websites like You can also find a YouTube video for just about every repair out of there.

Good luck & enjoy it,

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