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----- Creed of the low end pin man --------------


By dasvis

4 years ago



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    #101 1 year ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    Glad this post brought back - while not in the class of the greats who get games for free to $75.00. Hope my $250 painted blue - non working Spot Bowler, $300 Fun Fest, $200 Triple Action, and $400 Time Zone at least get me in the LEP club. Don't have the skills or time to do full restorations, but enjoy getting a machine that isn't working well and is looking tired and worn into playable and reasonably good looking condition.

    It's great to see another Sacramento area Pinhead.

    #102 1 year ago

    I've always been a low end man when there is a deal to be had, however most games that are priced low usually get snatched up before I have a chance.

    But I've still got my $100 Pinky!

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    #103 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I've always been a low end man when there is a deal to be had, however most games that are priced low usually get snatched up before I have a chance.
    But I've still got my $100 Pinky!

    It's an honor to have you in the club O-din.

    #104 1 year ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    It's an honor to have you in the club O-din.

    Thanks! I grew up digging beer cans out of trash cans and delivering newspapers to deadbeats that didn't want to pay, so I know what being a low end man is all about.

    #105 1 year ago
    Quoted from willbeEM:

    Itch scratched, 1955 Marathon, no working lights, shy a few parts, lots of potential and used the wife's KIA Soul as the pinhauler
    definitely LEP man

    How about 2 EMs in a Honda Fit? The heads slid right in on top. Living the LEP dream (though these were on the way out to pass along the low end love to a new home)

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    #106 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Thanks! I grew up digging beer cans out of trash cans and delivering newspapers to deadbeats that didn't want to pay, so I know what being a low end man is all about.

    Digging beer cans out of the trash, wow that brings back memories...thanks for that reference.

    #107 1 year ago
    Quoted from Al:

    Digging beer cans out of the trash, wow that brings back memories...thanks for that reference.

    There is a lot of competition in that industry now, it seems.

    #108 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    There is a lot of competition in that industry now, it seems.

    Hey, they are .10 in Oregon now..... 16 cans is a shiny new pinball..

    #109 1 year ago

    They were half a penny each when I made my living that way. Of course living with my folks there was no rent to be paid.

    #110 1 year ago
    Quoted from mrgone:

    It's great to see another Sacramento area Pinhead.

    Thanks, yep got addicted fast and hard. But still have a lot to learn. Are you in CCPL or do you go to the shows like the now moving Pin a Go Go?

    #111 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I've always been a low end man when there is a deal to be had, however most games that are priced low usually get snatched up before I have a chance.
    But I've still got my $100 Pinky!

    O-din think you are a leader of the club. And have appreciated your helpful responses to some of my rookie posts in the past. Also like the dart board on the wall behind your games. Start new dart league season tonight.

    #112 1 year ago

    Thanks!

    Like when my three year older brother got a new Schwinn ten speed for his 12th birthday, and I was drooling over the Krates all lined up and my mom said "you can have a new bike when you turn twelve too."

    Yeah, I got my brother's beat up ten speed.

    Low end man strikes again!

    #113 1 year ago

    Krates were pretty expensive.
    We had a Schwinn dealership, and even I didn't get one!

    See what they are going for today.

    #115 1 year ago

    Low Ends rule

    #116 1 year ago

    Is there no glory for the HEPs?

    #117 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballFever:

    Is there no glory for the HEPs?

    Yes. They can be placed closer to the window in the room to shade our low end machines to keep the original paint from fading anymore than it already has.

    #118 1 year ago

    A repro fork and an old Stingray.
    Low end Krate for low end pinball man!

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    #119 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    A repro fork and an old Stingray.
    Low end Krate for low end pinball man!

    Whoa you got the shifter upgrade from the pedal duomatic ... nicely done! I believe I delivered a few newspapers on a ride like that to feed my pinball habit back in the day

    #120 1 year ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    Thanks, yep got addicted fast and hard. But still have a lot to learn. Are you in CCPL or do you go to the shows like the now moving Pin a Go Go?

    Yup, I'm in ccpl. I play in Lodi because they play on Thursday. I can't play in Folsom due to it being Tuesday and my boys have Scouts that night. I always attend pin a go go/ Golden State pinball Festival and for the last 4 years have volunteered at the shows.

    #121 1 year ago

    How low can a LEP man go? I have this Grand Prix for sale. It's mechanically complete and trys to start a game. That's the good news. The play field paint is bubbled and lifting and the back glass is poor. Still it could be resurrected or re-themed. Would consider parting it out as well.

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    #122 1 year ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    How low can a LEP man go. I have this Grand Prix for sale. It's mechanically complete and trys to start a game. That's the good news. The play field paint is bubbled and lifting and the back glass is poor. Still it could be resurrected or re-themed. Would consider parting it out as well.
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    A true LEP man would be all over that!

    #123 1 year ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    How low can a LEP man go. I have this Grand Prix for sale. It's mechanically complete and trys to start a game. That's the good news. The play field paint is bubbled and lifting and the back glass is poor. Still it could be resurrected or re-themed. Would consider parting it out as well.
    janesville.craigslist.org link

    If you were closer it would be in my garage already, next to my $150 Bally Amigo.

    #124 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    A true LEP man would be all over that!

    I can't believe that Alex is the only LEP man in WI

    #125 1 year ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    How low can a LEP man go? I have this Grand Prix for sale. It's mechanically complete and trys to start a game. That's the good news. The play field paint is bubbled and lifting and the back glass is poor. Still it could be resurrected or re-themed. Would consider parting it out as well.
    janesville.craigslist.org link

    As you said, it really doesn't look all that bad in the photos.

    #126 1 year ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    I can't believe that Alex is the only LEP man in WI

    I was sitting in the living room when I read this and chuckled out loud. My wife asked me what I was laughing at. Just for fun I told her my girlfriend said something funny. But then of course I had to explain the whole LEP thing. She seemed to get it. I'm sure I'm not the last of the Wisconsin LEP members. I've sold a few machines that could qualify over the years. We're a pretty frugal and resourceful bunch generally.

    #127 1 year ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    How low can a LEP man go? I have this Grand Prix for sale. It's mechanically complete and trys to start a game. That's the good news. The play field paint is bubbled and lifting and the back glass is poor. Still it could be resurrected or re-themed. Would consider parting it out as well.

    Lots of parts in a Grand Prix! Actually it looks in better shape than mine does...whoops did. I'd say it's a LEP man dream machine. Make it work and give it to the local youth drop in center.

    #128 1 year ago

    Guitar guys are paying big bucks for brand new guitars that are pre-stressed.
    These are new guitars that are made to look like they have been drug behind a truck.

    Why doesn't this concept work for the LEP man?

    Just imagine what your collection could be worth!

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    This is a brand new guitar.
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    #129 1 year ago
    Quoted from willbeEM:

    Lots of parts in a Grand Prix! Actually it looks in better shape than mine does...whoops did. I'd say it's a LEP man dream machine. Make it work and give it to the local youth drop in center.

    Yeah, there are three of those hard to find mini-steppers in this thing. Tons of relays, steppers etc. But it's always nice if a machine can remain intact. I have a couple nibbles on this now and am hoping it will be gone by the weekend.

    #130 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    There is a lot of competition in that industry now, it seems.

    I was only digging around for them to add some new ones to my beer can collection. Do people still collect beer cans?

    #131 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    Guitar guys are paying big bucks for brand new guitars that are pre-stressed.
    These are new guitars that are made to look like they have been drug behind a truck.
    Why doesn't this concept work for the LEP man?
    Just imagine what your collection could be worth!

    I was pretty tempted to drag Metallica behind my truck when I owned it.

    #132 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    Guitar guys are paying big bucks for brand new guitars that are pre-stressed.
    These are new guitars that are made to look like they have been drug behind a truck.
    Why doesn't this concept work for the LEP man?
    Just imagine what your collection could be worth!
    E
    This is a brand new guitar.

    I have built a few "Relics", came out nice. Relic pinball machines will be the next craze, and I am the Founder. Thanks!

    #133 1 year ago

    I suppose Chicago coin owners are LEP men by default.

    #134 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I was pretty tempted to drag Metallica behind my truck when I owned it.

    You knew I would see this haha. But the j remembered you don't on dinasaur rock themed games!

    #135 1 year ago
    Quoted from Roostking:

    you don't on dinasaur rock themed games!

    Depends on if can get one cheap enough.

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    #136 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    Guitar guys are paying big bucks for brand new guitars that are pre-stressed.
    These are new guitars that are made to look like they have been drug behind a truck.
    Why doesn't this concept work for the LEP man?
    Just imagine what your collection could be worth!
    E
    This is a brand new guitar.

    "Pre-stressed", huh? I like it. I was getting a little tired of "patina" anyway. Sounds like something you put tomato sauce on.

    #137 1 year ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    Guitar guys are paying big bucks for brand new guitars that are pre-stressed.
    These are new guitars that are made to look like they have been drug behind a truck.
    Why doesn't this concept work for the LEP man?
    Just imagine what your collection could be worth!

    Yes, but if they were worth more, would you be a LEP man? It's a mixed blessing

    #138 1 year ago

    Low end pin stories:

    I got my F14 Tomcat for 800 dollars, broke down real good. Put some money and time into it and got it working all fancy-like.

    I got my Klondike at an auction for 120 dollars not working. It's in pretty good shape, and a few hours cleaning it up and switch adjusting got it working.

    I got my World Series at auction for 150 dollars not working. It had a locked on coil that would blow a fuse as soon as the start button was pressed. I cut that coil (pop bumper) off, and the game fired right up and played. Replaced the coil and it's working fine since.

    I got my Gay 90's from a friend for 150 dollars. I can't remember what was wrong with it, but I had it fully working in an hour or two.

    Today, I'm going to pick up a Bally Knock Out from a friend for 150 dollars. I think it's working, but I'll find out more over the weekend.

    #139 1 year ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    Yes, but if they were worth more, would you be a LEP man? It's a mixed blessing

    I didn't realize it would be this complicated.

    #140 1 year ago
    Quoted from tamoore:

    I got my Klondike at an auction for 120 dollars not working. It's in pretty good shape, and a few hours cleaning it up and switch adjusting got it working.

    Klondike is now a $140 game folks!

    #141 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Klondike is now a $140 game folks!

    I will give you $150

    #142 1 year ago

    So......I had my truck all ripped apart in the driveway. My wife comes and tells me that we need to drive into New Jersey because she just bought a pinball machine on Facebook.

    We ended up with a nice Magnotron for $100.00. Way to go Barb !

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    #143 1 year ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    Cool.
    Make that Jubilee into a "rat rod" pin project. Rusty bent legs, taped backglass, beat up coin door, etc. - but make it all work & play as it should. Then take it to a show.........

    That’s what I did with a dealers choice i picked up for free - game was complete but needed a complete shop out. Just completed it and its heading to the Allentown show in May.

    #144 1 year ago
    Quoted from Dono:

    That’s what I did with a dealers choice i picked up for free - game was complete but needed a complete shop out. Just completed it and its heading to the Allentown show in May.

    Hah! We have something in common then. I once picked up a free "Dealer's Choice" as well. I did seriously bust my ass though taking it out of a second floor midtown Manhattan walk-up on a blistering hot summer day. Had to be at least ten years ago already. It had a super nice cabinet. Sold it to a local guy who still has it in his collection.

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    #145 1 year ago

    $100 Hokus Pokus Free mouse nests, and schmatic and manual in the pinball s... folder.

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    #146 1 year ago

    Very nice. Bonus points for mouse nest

    The top arch on that era of Bally is so classy.

    #147 1 year ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    $100 Hokus Pokus Free mouse nests, and schmatic and manual in the pinball s... folder.

    In my experience with rodent invasions, that looks like a relatively recent settlement. Should clean up fairly neatly.

    #148 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    In my experience with rodent invasions, that looks like a relatively recent settlement. Should clean up fairly neatly.

    Both the playfield nest and in cabinet nests cleaned up well. Unfortunately the in cabinet nest was made up of most of the in cabinet labels chewed into confetti.

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    #149 1 year ago

    Proud LEPer here! My first pins (sold a couple years after I got em) were a Klondike and a Hayburners II, bought at auction for $5 and $10 respectively. Was swillng beer and playing pinball with my pals a half hour after getting them home. Then a friend of a friend hooked me up with "Supersonic" free for hauling it out of their basement because it didn't work. 20 minutes of cleaning board connectors and I entered the solid state era. This was all nearly 20 years ago now.
    Recently I got to thinking how much I enjoyed those old pins. Searching locally has turned up a couple finds, though not as good as my $15 arcade from years ago .. A couple weeks ago I scored a GamePlan Sharpshooter in rough shape for $100. Not sure I'll ever get it going due to scarcity of parts and techs willing to do board work on it. So last week a $150 Firepower followed it. Immediate buyers remorse for paying so much for a game that looks like it spent years outside! But closer inspection revealed a decent PF under all the grime and fungus, along with boards that looked okay and almost worked! (The sound / speech does work! So I'm starting to rebuild it. Boards sent out, load of new parts on order, and building new head box top and back.

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    #150 1 year ago

    FP backbox

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