I know there are alot of these post, but I am happy to say that I can finally join the EM club as I officially own a pinball Machine. A 1970 Williams Gay 90's, the local Habitat for Humanity Re-sell store had it for $300, listed as broken, but was less that 5 minutes from my house so I jumped on it. When I got there the guy said that they had never plugged it up (and showed me a very badly spliced power cord) and said that there were no fuses in the machine, but he had new ones in a bag and they were good to go.
So we loaded it up and headed home, and after an eventful journey up a flight of stairs, my first pinball machine was in my living room. I opened it up and it really didnt look that bad, actually I was surprised at how clean it was. I fixed the power cord, plugged in the fuses, and hit the power switch...nada. I had expected that really, and than I reached over and held the left flipper and suddenly it sprang to life. Lights came on, all scores were already at 0, and credit were already added so I pressed the start button and it shot the ball into the shooter lane much to my chagrin, plunged and was surprised as most of it worked, the scores were adding properly, the bells were working, and the flippers worked moderately.
The machine literally looks like it was taken off route and put away and than it was sold to me, of course the game is a little rough in spots. The PF is worn to the wood in spots, and one side of the cabinet is scratched up pretty bad, some lights do not work, and initially the score reels woulds stick but that has seemed to have worked itself out. The flippers are in horrible shape as they look as if they haven't been messed with since the 70's so all the linkages are very loose and they are very weak.
The one major problem I have right now is the Coin Stepper Unit will not reset off of four players at all. I can reset it to one player and it will stay one player until someone adds a second or third player and than it will stay at that number of players. The wheel moves fairly freely but when I push the reset coil down it doesn't snap back to any preset place, and sometimes doesn't move at all.
We all start somewhere I guess, pics to come later.