Regarding the machines we're going to be stripping down and retheming, here's what I wrote up in reply to someone who was adamantly against the concept of us taking perfectly good games out of collectors circulation. Hopefully this addresses any concerns that folks reading here might also have.
I should have taken pics of the project El Dorado before I blanked it out for the video shoot.
It had been kept in an outdoor shed, NE Ohio. No coin door, the cabinet was filled with leaves and dirt nshit. The original leg bolts were long gone, someone along the way had hammered anchors into the screwholes, and then attached the legs with masonry screws. The cabinet was split at all 4 vertical joints. And that's all without even commenting on its cosmetic appearance.
There was no playfield glass, what rubbers were on the game were dry rotted, the right slingshot rubber had actually been replaced with Molex at some point. Playfield paint was weathered, chipped, and lifting, all of which I saw AFTER cleaning the playfield with some CP100.
I found the game when a friend cleaning out his recently deceased uncle's house called me up to take a look at it, as he knew I was into pinball. Either I took it, or it was going into the dumpster.
That El Dorado would have never been played again if it weren't for my having gotten the call from a buddy who happened to know I was into pinball. And if I hadn't been planning this project, I would have only taken the game for parts. With this project potentially happening, that El Dorado actually has a chance to live another life as a pinball machine, and not just become pinball parts carrion, fodder for vultures.
Since recovering the game, I've cleaned the entire brainboard, playfield undercarriage, and backbox workings. Built it a new cabinet, and prepped the playfield for paint. Actually, now that I think about it, I did take a pic when I was cleaning the brainboard - http://tiltwarning.com/CleanedAndTightened.jpg - Filed and scrubbed every switch, tightened every stack, wire brushed every assembly, and sanded down and shellacked the plywood it all sits on.
Every game we're using as a custom conversion in this project has a similar story. The Atlantis came from the same source as the El Dorado, and is in equivalent condition, so I'll be sure to document that for posterity.
So, between the account I've just detailed, and our resumes listed on the Kickstarter site, I'd hope you take the time to adjust your perception of us as heathen pinball destroyers.