About a month and a half ago The Pacific Pinball Museum had a rare sale of some of their extra machines.
They had some tabletop pins listed for cheap and I figured, at that price, one of them would at the very least make a cool coffee table.
Talking to some of the more experienced pinheads in line, I soon realized that I might be diving into the deep end of the pool for my first restoration job. One of the games I was considering buying, Allied Leisure's Star Shooter, was filled with rare and proprietary parts. Someone beat me to the Star Trip (which would have been a little easier to repair), but I wasn't too disappointed because Star Shooter was still available and I love Circus and Carnival themed stuff.
I told my friend about picking up the pin and he got excited about it and offered to let me use his shop to restore it.
So now we are off to the races.
This last weekend I finally got to roll up my sleeves and get a proper look at what I bought.
At first glance, the playfield seemed, "OK" but might need a lot of work. It turns out, that it's in rather excellent condition. Once I wiped it down, I realized that the field itself is in near mint condition. The clear plastics appeared to be in rough shaped. I feared they were sun damaged and warped. It turns out they were just filthy and not so warped after all. It looks like the game was missing a post at one time and the previous owner had replaced it with a screw which seemed to bend the plastic out of shape, but once I remove the plastic from the field, it more or less went back to it's original flat shape.
So that was some of the good news.
The bad news is, that film on the plastics appears to be mold, and when you look at the bottom of the cabinet, it becomes apparent that this machine got a little bit of flood damage.
By the looks of it, this machine stood in at least an inch or two of water for some period of time.
The wood near the bottom has rotted out some.
The feet were removed at one point and the game was sitting on the power cable.
The power board has at least one completely "blown" component.
Some of the fuses are missing.
Luckily my friend has a good head for electronic engineering, so he will help me through getting this thing started up without setting anything on fire
So, school is out on how much electrical damage there is, and I will keep you posted as we start work on that.
Now there's the issue of missing parts.
The more veteran pinheads told me I was going to have a nightmare finding parts for this machine. Luckily, Flippers.com seems to have a lot of the stuff I need. Although their parts are not exactly cheap, and I can already see the cost of my $350 "Coffee Table" becoming something much more expensive.
The most worrisome part replacement was one of the proprietary drop targets was broken and I can see a hairline crack in one of the others. It turns out Flippers.com makes brand new vinyl replicas of these parts. Unfortunately, the color doesn't match the original orange targets I am replacing. I put in an order for one, but eventually, I fear I'm going to have to replace all of the orange ones with the new white ones so that it looks like a proper complete set.
Then there's the Flippers.
The left flipper needs an new actuator cam and plunger. Flippers.com has that.
However, the right flipper is missing the entire flipper housing. All I have left is the actual flipper. Other than that it's just 2 wires that dead end into nothing.
This kind of sucks because I'm going to go broke if I try to rebuild an entire flipper assembly from parts purchased at Flippers.com.
The bats are 2 3/16" long.
I'm wondering if I should think about changing out both flippers with newer, cheaper, and easily replaceable parts.
It looks like the "Carrot" flipper bats on the Williams Bugs Bunny pin are the same size.
I need to do some research on electronic compatibility but does anyone have any suggestions on this?
Also, if anyone has a box of spare Allied Leisure parts they want to sell, please let me know.