[UPDATE JAN 2019: After fall 2018's various disasters and distractions, El Doh Rah No is nearing the homestretch toward, dare I say it, almost looksing... presentable?!?!?]
[UPDATE Jun 2018: after many months I finished some other projects including my girls' Bad Cats resto, so now ElDoh is finally up for... Something??! See https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-275-el-doh-rah-no/page/2#post-4444687]
Stumbled on an online estate auction for an El Dorado an hour away. Now the surface rust and patina and loose bottom board in the listing pics were clues that this was not a diamond in the city of gold, but what the hell - it's a potentially cheap El Dorado and even my time/transport would be cheap. It had the backbox metal panel and the cabinet looked solid, so I bid what I figured the BG might be worth on its own. And won!
I had my expectations fully tempered but when I got there it almost didn't look like the same machine. The streak across the playfield was not odd ball wear, but a rodent trail. And there were a few other rodent tells on playfield nooks.
The wiring harnesses were almost laughably bad. I mean just look at them! How the hell does that happen?
All hope is not lost but damn, I'm not sure what to do with this one. My OCD-Challenge self wants to untangle the wires and see if I can get it "working" so I started that. Only to discover that a lot of the female Jones receptacles popped off the plates so, dammit... have no idea what goes where (I might if the mice hadn't destroyed all the schematics).
But the mice weren't the only culprits: someone had deliberately cut the wiring on all of the 10-bank drops and nearby bulbs. A few mangled switches too.
Yet for all this, what about the playfield? It looks recoverable... or is it? I mean I've seen and played worse. I've arguably fixed worse. But something about this has me a little uncertain.
I'm still tempted to see if I can get it running "as found" just because I'm a fucking idiot who enjoys the occasional exercise in futility. Like if I could get it working, MAYBE I'd be motivated to tackle a pf restore.
Anyway. Just posting a ramble, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, I'm not sure where I'm at on this one here.
The best news is the cabinet isn't rancid or anything, it wasn't smelly and gross and neither is the rest. So I'll probably do a Lysol spraydown and let it disinfect in driveway sunlight while I figure the rest of the damage and road ahead.
Any advice or encouragment... or wise DIScouragment... is welcome!