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How I turned $205 into a very nice No Fear...

By cosmokramer

10 years ago


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#1 10 years ago

I own a garage door company in So Cal. and periodically put a listing on craigslist to trade garage door installs or services for pinball machines. I have gotten a few EMs from this and also got a Phantom Of The Opera a few years back.

I posted an ad last week and a guy contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trading for a dirtbike, I went to his house and found out he already had a roll up door but some of the sections were cracked. He showed me a Pitster Pro x2r 125cc dirtbike that looked as if it had just come off the showroom floor and asked me if I would trade 4 new garage door sections straight across for the bike. I agreed and the following day went to my supplier and spent $205 on the material, went to his house and installed them in about an hour, then loaded up the bike and brought it home.

I then listed the bike on craigslist to trade it for a pinball machine and had a guy hit me up to trade for a really clean No Fear. I just got back and am very happy as we did another straight trade.

Here is the bike I got for the $205 worth of material and a bit of labor...bike.jpgbike.jpg

here is the pinball I got for the bike

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It needs a good cleaning but is in real nice shape
he had it for about 15 years and never knew how to take the backglass out so best case is I need to change the batteries, worst case is there is battery corrosion and it may need a new board. It turns on and lights up but the display only reads "factory settings reset"
Im going to clean it up, drill out the backbox lock and check the boards and see if I can start playing it tomorrow...

I will post pics after the cleaning.

#2 10 years ago

Oh man, your a bike flipper?

Nice score! I like that game the more I play it.

Post edited by centerflank: grammar error but I left it! Ha!

#3 10 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

drill out the backbox lock

Just undo the two screws. The board won't be hurt as the Battery holder is spaced out form the CPU. Nice score !

#4 10 years ago

Love that! Well done.

#5 10 years ago

nice work

#6 10 years ago

Yeah. He went down at the Beackman, he tried to lam, but they cheesed him!

#7 10 years ago
Quoted from McCune:

Just undo the two screws. The board won't be hurt as the Battery holder is spaced out form the CPU. Nice score !

Thanks for the tip

#8 10 years ago

Good score!

#9 10 years ago

Ha, I always wondered who was doing those garage door for pin trade ads! Nice work man, congrats.

#10 10 years ago

Those will be security screws in there. you need security bit which is a hollowed out Torx bit to get them out. If you don't have those, they are in sets like this at HF...

http://www.harborfreight.com/100-piece-security-bit-set-68457.html

It's a great set at a great price. GL.

#11 10 years ago

Great score!

I always thought Kramer didn't have a job?

#12 10 years ago

Nice, you won in every step of that deal!

#13 10 years ago

Good deal! Reminds me of the guy who started with a paper clip and ended up with a house or something....

#14 10 years ago

Way to go Cosmo!

#15 10 years ago

Cosmo is the man with the garage door plan, he and his son came up and fixed mine to make it more secure and serviced it when they came up to pick up a game.
Definitely the guy to call in the IE if you need a door or a repair.

Nice score on the NF.

#16 10 years ago

Gotta love those deals.

Congrats

#17 10 years ago

put in fresh batteries...still would not get past the factory settings reset message...
then I re seated all connections and it would boot properly and go into attract mode( making progress ), but wont let me add credits or enter test mode via buttons on coin door...gonna let it sit til tomorrow and begin a methodical approach to troubleshooting

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#18 10 years ago

Is that flipper rubber faded red, or stained white? It's gonna instantly look so much nicer when you rerubber it.

#20 10 years ago

Awesome dude. I got a very nice NF, no fade at all. People used to rag on that game, but even though there are 5 regular modes, the three uppers are awesome, and there is a lot of other things to do. I really enjoy it. I would have enjoyed it more at $200!

#21 10 years ago

You can't go wrong with a No Fear at $205. Even if it does need some troubleshooting!

#22 10 years ago

Well folks NF is a $205 game

Congrats on the score!

#23 10 years ago

$300 by Christmas

#24 10 years ago

Look at the connectors along the bottom of the CPU.

Often, while the board won't get corrosion on it from leaking in WPC-S games, the connectors *do*.

#25 10 years ago

And I can't even find a project WPC game WITHOUT BOARDS to put my boardset I have sitting around doing nothing with for 200 bucks... sheesh. Nice.

#26 10 years ago

Heckuva deal! I like the shooter rod cutouts in your pinball covers. Do you often play pinball blind?

#27 10 years ago

Hmmmm I have a garage door that needs fixing. SUPER trade cosmo.

#28 10 years ago

Nice score! I'm seeing such a trend for "Trade for Labor". I think it's b/c skilled labor isn't cheap and instead of cash, we are willing to part with a valued item. No Fear is such a great looking and fun pin to play. Perfect for a Garage Man Cave. Cheers!

#29 10 years ago

Well she is up and playing!

A simple fix as I found a loose wire on the coin door...seems the black wire had come off the coin mech, a quick solder job and now I can enter test mode, adjust volume, add credits etc.

Played a few games and am very happy...need to do a shop job and address a few minor switch errors and it should be 100%

Here is the culprit...

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#30 10 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

Is that flipper rubber faded red, or stained white? It's gonna instantly look so much nicer when you rerubber it.

Im not sure why it looks so washed out in that photo, if you look at photos in original post they are quite red.

Ordering new rubber kit, new coil sleeves and some PL premium balls today

#31 10 years ago

If this ends up not being a game you want to keep, I may be interested in it when you decide to sell. I realize you won't be selling it for the same price.

#32 10 years ago

Dayumm thats a nice score.
I 'll give you $410 for it. You will double your investment! Its a buyers market you know.

#33 10 years ago

No Fear looks like an absolute beast once modded

#34 10 years ago

Excellent price. It would have been hard to let the bike go..... Even to play bike on a pinball machine.

#35 10 years ago

I have had several PMs asking to buy this game... It is not for sale at the moment but thanks for your offers

#36 10 years ago

I was wondering about that, and I'm not surprised. You get a screamin' deal, I offer triple what you got it for, everyone's happy, and away we go.

#37 10 years ago

What a great story!!! Everybody was happy!

#38 10 years ago

What want to know is...what's with the full on sheets covering your games? Why cover that beautiful artwork? I don't see windows in that room.

#39 10 years ago
Quoted from Pimp77:

What want to know is...what's with the full on sheets covering your games? Why cover that beautiful artwork? I don't see windows in that room.

There is a window just out of camera shot... There is miniblinds on the window but my wife will occasionally forget to close them in the afternoon when the sun moves to that side of the house...I will be moving all my pins around to make room for the No Fear and for an IMVE that should arrive tomorrow...but I will probably keep them covered anyway because Im paranoid that way...

Although the room does resemble a morgue...

#40 10 years ago

well done and great find! love the bartering stories. sounds like everyone was happy in the end

#41 9 years ago

Last photo... replaced 37 burned out bulbs...cleaned and waxed playfield...got rid of credit dot...just waiting for new rubbers....game plays and looks great

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#42 9 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

Last photo... replaced 37 burned out bulbs...cleaned and waxed playfield...got rid of credit dot...just waiting for new rubbers....game plays and looks great

Don't forget to clean the subway ..

#43 9 years ago

Very cool!

My friend was telling me about a show on TV where people barter and end up going from a bicycle up to a car or something like that.

A friend of mine has one and my son got to play it and loved it, he said our BK2K should have a talking head in it like No Fear. It's on my list of games I'd like to have someday.

#44 9 years ago
Quoted from NextoPin:

Very cool!
My friend was telling me about a show on TV where people barter and end up going from a bicycle up to a car or something like that.

I will trade you this Raven and this Popeye

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for your mint Medieval Madness!

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