I recently was able to pick up a 1976 Williams Blue Chip pinball machine - best part was that it was free. One of my friends parents had it in their basement growing up and a few years ago I asked if they ever fixed the machine and if they didn't - did they want to get rid of it?He asked and they said no initially but a couple weeks ago I got a text saying they wanted to get it out of their basement. I was able to pick it up a couple days later. Like I said, it wasn't working and was missing the back glass but I was looking for a little project and thought this would be a great way to get into pinball.
The machine is in decent shape. It defiantly has some wear to it but it appeared that everything was there mechanically. I started by doing some initial searches about the machine and looking potential things that could be wrong. Checked the fuses and they're good. Searched for broken connections - none. I unplugged every connection, cleaned and plugged it back it. There was a flicker of light. I jiggled the cord again, another flicker. I plugged it in once more and it light up and stayed on. I've played a couple games and from what I can tell everything is working just fine. I picked up a refurb kit off eBay and I plan to replace the power cord and do some additional cleaning. The backglass is long gone. I might try and recreate one in photoshop and have it printed. Something would be better than nothing (unless someone knows of one for sale).
I've been wanting a pinball machine for a few years now and I'm happy I lucked out with a machine that didn't need tons of work.
Here is a link to a timelapse I shot playing last night: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCS3U_cRwXN/?taken-by=sjleto