Wow, what a great find - congrats! I've been looking for a Sega game from this era forever.
Make sure that even though the score reels are at zero that the contacts for each reel (that most likely close at the zero position) are actually closed (and you can get continuity readings across them). Also make sure the outhole switch is closed when the ball is resting on it (and you're getting continuity across that switch).
You could also try manually triggering the start relay to see if you can at least get a game started.
Good luck, and please post some pics if you get a chance!
Edit: Not really what I was expecting to see in the backbox. Looks like the score reels may not use the traditional switches I was imagining but more of a wiper system. I usually use the green scotch brite pads to clean these: