I just got an Atari Middle Earth pinball machine, the model is PME-4. I believe its a 78. this is my first pinball machine so I'm here for advice on how to proceed with my new project.
1. The machine runs but it has a short or something. after playing for a few minutes the machine basically goes haywire. the bumpers and flippers begin to activate uncontrollably.
2. not all the lights on the board illuminate, generally right before it goes haywire the lights on the play field appear to properly illuminated before flashing off and on.
3. the score board in the bottom left corner does not appear to be fully functional.
4. after lifting the machine play field up and peering inside I not only noticed the smell of bell bottom jeans and hairspray and of course a lot of dust but most importantly (i think), I noticed burn marks on the board that is fastened to the left side of the machine.
here are a few pictures of the inards... please let me know what I'm in for and if any miter information will be needed. thank you!