Some friends of ours have admired my growing collection every time they come by to pick up my older daughter for her volunteer work. So, this week out of the blue, the wife in that family asked about the feasibility of getting her husband a pin for his birthday. They were loosely familiar with the foibles of breaking into the hobby, so the question wasn't entirely unreasonable...
...but she'd like to keep it as far under $1k as possible, and family friendly theme of course. Not particular for tech or era. She would happily pay me for any work necessary to get and prep one, etc...
But the birthday is at the end of June...!
I told her that was probably not gonna happen, but I'd keep an eye out. Then I remembered a project I saw listed close by a couple weeks back, but skipped in favor of another (one does not pass a cheap PinBot): the "Prospector" EM by Segasa. I'd actually planned to get this for myself, but would they be interested?
Indeed they would. So I went and inspected it. Seller claimed it would play but "needed one coil replaced" but when I got there, it wouldn't reset and the main motor just kept spinning. But it all looked clean enough... ish... and while the pin was dirty from sitting a year in a barn/garage, it was just on the cusp of needing rescue. So I paid $175 and brought it home - my first EM. Now the fun begins!
So I've blown out the fuzz and debris and wiped out the mildew and barn critter funk. No real damage, but that particle board cabinet is a joke. There's no way to clean the paint without flaking it off, so I'll have to come up with some way of sealing what's there. I actually kind of like the "adobe" stucco texture it's acquired with age, since it fits the southwestern theme. Regardless, I will need to find a way to reinforce the bottom edges to keep the exposed particles from flaking off any further than they have, AND keep the bottom from falling out.
So why preserve this game? Well how about this:
The playfield is in great shape (one sunk insert), and that backglass is FANTASTIC. I'd like to think that even if the rest of the game were trash, the BG is worth $175 by itself. I know I'd love to display it. What a wonderful piece of period-style art and color.
But anyway. I'm going to need some sage advice and help if I'm to stand a reasonable chance of fixing this in two weeks and getting it to a reliable state to pass along.
So when it comes to troubleshooting and getting an EM going, what's the best routine for starters? I've already identified that the knocker and player 3 thousands digit coils were disconnected. So is the large red relay bank coil under the pf (the seller said that was all that needed to be fixed, but when I manually reset it, it did not help the game). Outhole relay coil looks blackened. The score reel mechs seem clean enough to work.
Obviously though, I need to fix THIS:
Or maybe THAT was the problem that kept it from working? I didn't see it until I got home... but if you're gonna use a bolt to jump a fuse, why not use one that actually stays in place?!
Oh, and does anyone know what the hell THIS is?
Looks like someone tried to hack in a four-channel sound board to a single speaker. What would that have done? I see there's no chime bank here, unfortunately. I need to check the schematics....