I’m going to document the process of bringing back a 1963 Big Deal that was part of a “shed find”. When I got the game home, it was filthy and had a mice nest right at the top of the playfield, covering the arch. Luckily none of the artwork at the top of the playfield got damaged.
Upon setup, the game turned on and started a game but scoring and lights were all not working. All the steppers in the game were seized. As were the scoring reels. After resetting everything by hand, I was able to sort of play a game.
At that point, the tear down and cleanup started.
Below are photos of the game from when I first set it up in the shop.