Welp, I got another one.
The 4ish years I've been in this hobby, I've project game deals and have been fortunate enough to have gotten lucky a few times. For the past year-ish, I've been a bit burnt out on always having a project going on and the time and money I invest in them. I've been trying to enjoy my collection (going great) and getting better at playing (going OK ).
I've also had a project multi-Williams arcade sitting at my brother's house. I recently finished that game and went to sell it. A guy on KLOV offered me a trade for a project Pinbot. He was in Louisville Kentucky. We negotiated for an even trade if I deliver/pick up. 4.5 hours from Chicago is a bit of a haul for an old project game, but I took a girl and made a (drunk) weekend out of it.
I've completely gone through about 9 project games now. I feel like there's nothing I can't do (except airbrush and clearcoat). I'm hoping to do this on the cheap end with extra parts I have left over from my other projects. I'd like to only spend $100, but I'm gonna be realistic and try to budget $200.
I'm also doing this work out of my 600 sq. ft. Chicago apartment. Check out my Getaway thread to see some pix of my work area. I'm keeping the game in the unfinished basement of my building. It's a tight, but relatively easy 5 steps out to the alley on my appliance dolly. I'll likely leave the cab in the basement. It's a decently large open area nobody uses so thinking of even setting it up on legs. As for now, upright will keep it out of the way.
Tonight I spent an hour and took a bunch of pictures and checked out the cabinet. The wood holding the bottom in is missing in a few places in the front. Seems alright for the other 80%. Hopefully this will be easy. The cab and head are decent, but have a good amount of scuffs and planking paint. I'll shoot to fix this up after I have the playfield and electronics solid. On that note, dude said it works 100%.
Plan is to check all the boards, replace any connectors/pins, pop in a NVRAM, rebuild the power supply and HV with Great Plains Electronics kits, reflow connectors, fix any hacks. For the playfield I'll convert it to LED, Titan rubbers, rebuild flippers, and replace most if not all of the solenoid sleeves. The playfield is in pretty great condition the factory mylar is still perfect!!! There's wear at the kickout and left eye pretty bad. I'll do my best to touch these up. Otherwise should clean up real nice!
I wanted to test it, but the base the head rests on is real messed up. I thought it was OK, but stood up the head and the front was falling off also. I managed to secure it before it did something stupid. I disconnected the connectors from inside the cab, very nice! There was an extra 4 conductor cable I couldn't find the end of. I just cut it and I'll add a Molex connector later.
The head base is real messed up. It looks like it might be salvagable. If not, looks easy-ish to reproduce. I'm considering adding WPC style head brackets. However, I kinda like the look of the base. We'll see.
The head base is important, but I'm currently stuck at a stupid point - I don't have the key to the backglass lock. I'm decent at lock picking, but this is the double-bitted lock The only game I have that has that key is ToM which is at a friends house. Those double-bitted locks are 11 years apart, any chance they have the same key? I really don't want to drill it out and make a mess all over my house.