many years back I met with my brother in law's dad who told me he had a North Star pinball machine which he'd sell to me at a fair price. I was very excited at the prospect and wasn't sure whether it was a Gottlieb North Star or either a Richelieu or Sea Breeze machine by the North Star Coin Machine company (https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=north+star+coin+machine&sortby=name&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick). I was expecting the latter, since the company was based out of Trois-Rivieres, QC, within an hour from here.
In any case I was excited at the prospect since the Gottlieb one is pretty well rated as well.
So I drove down there and was quite disappointed to find a Gottlieb North Star that was painted all black and that the seller couldn't locate the backglass, but assured me it was somewhere in his barn and he'd find it eventually. I gave him 200$ CAD for the machine, which at the time (>5 years ago) was fair for a machine that doesn't run, is painted black and has no backglass.
In this thread I'll go a bit more over the story and post a few pictures I took along the way. I hadn't thought of making a thread in the first place so it's pretty thin on documentation, but at least I can take a few more "after" pictures.
In this thread you will see:
-less than perfect webbing
-LEDs in an EM (no colors though )
-the destruction of a backglass
-the use of a translite instead of a real backglass
I'm very satisfied with the result in any case or else I probably wouldn't be doing a thread in the first place.
I have almost no "before" pictures of the full machine, so let's just start with this crappy cellphone pic. Pictures will get better as we go.