So, it has begun....
This is my first restoration, so there will be many questions asked in the forum. I'm not in a hurry, on the contrary, I will try to go slow, learn a lot and enjoy every moment. My ambition is to bring it up to showroom standard (is there a proper terminology for this)?
I found this one with a collector in a neighbor city. I lost count when I looked around in his basement. There were several rooms, all filled with games. I knew that I couldn't make a great bargain, dealing with a pro, but at least I would get my machine.
It got most of the parts in place, its dirty, it is faded and I don't think it has seen any service for 20 years. So any job on this, without outright wrecking it, will be added value to the pinball world.
It actually played, with almost full functionality. I couldn't get the captured ball to advance its status, but I'll deal with that later on.
Yes, I will need new decals:
Cabinet is pretty messed up:
Luckily, I possess decent wood working skills.
I have just started tear down, and are using this as a learning process.
I have set up camp in the garage (will later turn this in to a pinball shop / game room - please, don't tell my wife just yet).
This is the knowledge center
Every part goes in to the BOM....(or I will never be able to put it back in place)
Wish me luck ! I'll try to document my progress here periodically. Expect a long, long (expensive) journey