Quoted from miatawnt2b:
Hey guys. I may be venturing into my first pinball. I found an F-14 Tomcat advertised for $1000. Playfield in good shape, backglass almost perfect, new rubber. Cabinet is a little crispy, and the owner says it doesn't play music. (Don't know about sound effects).
I'm asking for help in what I should be looking at when I go see it later today. I am not at all familiar with Williams Sys11.
Thanks guys. I'm pretty excited about it. Is $1000 reasonable do you think?
Well I bought it. $850. The pin plays fine except for the top left flipper flutters. From what minimal research I've done this is possibly a hold coil, the diode on the coil, or a transistor. Any thoughts on this?
The cabinet is in OK shape though it was painted all black. Needs some epoxy and bondo and a decal kit.
The translite looks pretty dirty, so I'm going to clean that up a bit.
Needs the piece of plastic that covers the ball ramp on the very top left.
Needs a blue Beacon lens unless i can glue the cracks in the one I have and make it look nice.
The playfield is in really good shape, there are only some small spots that could use a touch up. Need to read into that as I have no clue where to start.
Basically it's completely playable which I am happy about. The biggest issue with it is the sound is messed up. I hear all the effects and voices, but there is no music. I'm going to pull out the sound board and clean it up a bit, reseat the roms and see where we're at.
I'll get some pics up this evening.