Quoted from Mcshaney:
I bought a jacks open off I think the same website the pictures they take are not the best odd angles, not the whole machine was shown but I was happy with it was sold as non-working got home it and plug it in and plays great
Last August I won an Old Chicago from the same broker, but it was in Cincinnati. Listed as "working but needing work". Won it for $340 IIRC. Cabinet was as badly faded as that title is known for, but the pf was very nice and it played great, backglass was pristine. A shopout, some tweaks and a pf protector transformed it into one of the most popular pins in my collection. It always had a player when I took it to Louisville Expo this year.
So if that was a win, this current project averages a wash on auctions. I'm OK with that for now.
Quoted from dasvis:
Nothing like the feeling of getting them up & running.
Yep. It's nice to buy and enjoy a pin in trouble-free shape, but every time I look at my Firepower and Big Hurt I almost have to remind myself they were absolute garbage when I picked them up. Most folks don't believe it. Nothing like that first game - almost as good as setting a GC score. And probably the same amount of work/time when you're a mediocre player like me too.
Quoted from PinballFever:
I'm horrified when I see the photos but at the same time it's making me think "Hey. My project isn't that bad, I can do it."
I think one of the critical watershed moments of my life happened when someone remodeled an independent corner burger joint down the street from us, sometime around 1989-1991. I was about 13 at the time. Anyway, to celebrate their opening they hosted a car show in the 50's-60's drive-in vein. At the show was a gorgeous 1957 Ford Fairline Starliner (the one with the folding hardtop): two-tone blue and white with a Continental kit, mirror chrome, wide whitewalls, the works. I'd never seen one of those in person before and was all over it.
In the trunk was a book and the owner told me to have a look. It was a photo album. And it documented - LONG before the internet was even a concept that has now made this routine, mind you - the entire process of restoration. In the first photo that car looked like it had been dredged from a decade spent at the bottom of a canal. It was truly mind blowing. I didn't get to analytically pore over the book or really learn much from it because the rest of my family was being impatient, but those images of that car and the final product on the ground in front of me have always stuck in my mind.
Even if it takes herculean amounts of time, money, and talent (and the classic trope says you can only "pick two"), anything is possible. I don't usually even have meager amounts of either, but I do what I can. And that damn '57 Starliner is the reason I've yet to part with my derelict '88 Tbird.