So a few months ago I told my wife Chrissi that I'd like to get our first EM game to play with. I was looking for a project to basically learn on as all of other pins are SS. So we set out on our search, and up came an ad for this River Boat.
The owner's family had it since it was new. It lived in their basement next to a shuffle alley he was also selling. Over the last 50+ years many family and friends enjoyed about 28,000 plays on it. As we all know life gets in the way, and time, and disrepair delegated this machine to set in the corner of his garage collecting dust for at least a decade... maybe even more.
Upon initial inspection it looked complete, but had lots of issues rendering it unplayable... a perfect project!
Here it is the day I got it home. I just took a rag and wiped a thick layer of dust off it to get a closer look.
The backglass looked OK, but I can see paint starting to flake off on the ladies' faces. It will need to be addressed.
The cabinet was in excellent shape! It was just filthy, and had a couple of spots the owners touched up.
And here's a few more from that 1st day.
It looks pretty good actually. Not a whole lot of wear.