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IJ Williams "You Cheat, Dr. Jones!" Club

By RDReynolds

5 years ago

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#4487 79 days ago

Looking for comments in regard to this German imported IJ that is for sale locally (https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/80551) . Any issues with imports? I would be asking for more pics. Appreciate any thoughts or questions that should I should ask the seller.

#4490 79 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

Looks like a nice game to me, but I’d like to see a lower PF pic, especially if you’re wear sensitive. Still at a decent price a little wear might be okay, and that’s a pretty good price on an IJ, well below pinside values.
The cab is faded, which is common, and the German fighter isn’t in the right spot, but that’s easily corrected. The ruins are busted at the rear mount, that’s common too. Some guys make some High dollar replacements. I used a couple washers on mine, lol.
The import thing is no biggie, it’s the same game built in the same place, it just travelled a little. It’s basically just a jumper wire on the transformer that you change to get it back to US voltage, and as the guy has had it for a while I’m sure it was done. Swap the coin door and no one will ever even know.
This feels like a if you want it go get it deal to me. Good luck!

Gunstarhero, thank you for taking the time to check out the pin and give your comments, your insight is appreciated and very helpful. I would plan to replace decals and swap coin door and a give full clean (some repairs too) with some mods.

#4498 77 days ago
Quoted from Energyspike:

Looking for comments in regard to this German imported IJ that is for sale locally (https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/80551) . Any issues with imports? I would be asking for more pics. Appreciate any thoughts or questions that should I should ask the seller.

A quick update to my post. He would not send anymore photos of the pin so I offered 5,800 and he responded with 6,200 and said there was no play field wear, so I gambled....and lost. My total 5 hour round trip end with 2 cracks (about 5/8" long and as you ran your finger along, was lifting up on both edges) in the play field below the left and right flipper and a good chip by Shorty. He was a nice older gentleman, acted surprised to what we pointed out but his pics avoided that area. He never cleaned or waxed in 15 years (gasp) and it showed. I walked away, but wanted to save that pin from more abuse...sorry Dr. Jones.

#4500 77 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

$6200 ain’t bad...

True, I just desire a play field in better condition and I am willing to pay more if needed. The plus was that the battery's were moved...

#4502 77 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

I get it. You don’t want to have to see that damage every time you look at the flippers.
Also IJ doesn’t have repro PFs (yet?) and PF restos are expensive and they take a long time.
Good luck with the search man, sorry it wasted a day for you. Yeah I sure didn’t like that there was no lower PF pic...

Yes, I knew the repairs would be long road that I do not want to pursue currently. I'll keep an eye out and allows me to save up more $$. The Hobbit will arrive in 6 to 7 days so I'm looking forward to next week. It was a good learning experience for me overall, so some positive in there...

#4504 76 days ago
Quoted from DexterH:

That's some BS. The seller knows what he's doing and clearly avoided the damage in his pictures with no regard for people that will travel far to buy the machine. He's probably hoping for someone to just buy it after travelling so far. What a chump. I flagged his ad on Craigslist. Everybody, feel free to flag it.
sfbay.craigslist.org link

Agreed, I did not think of flagging that that post but just did. Funny how he asked me if I was from Danville when I clearly told him I was 2 plus hours away and took the time to update him when I was in Vacaville having breakfast while waiting for the bank to open to meet the time window we set...

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#4570 57 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

sfbay.craigslist.org link
Looks like dude lowered his price and posted some better pix.

Yes, he finally did put up the pics of the play-field crack / damage. He said he would drop the price 100.00 per week until it's sold...

#4573 56 days ago
Quoted from wolfemaaan:

Pics are still poor. I still can’t see the cracks either

I had to zoom in really close (under left and right flipper) so most who are looking to buy, will most likely not see them as you have stated..

#4576 56 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

Gotta zoom in, look below the left flipper. Looks like a screw came up from beneath the pf. [quoted image]
Honestly I have seen worse sell for more.

Yes, there it be...

Guns, what are using when cleaning a really dirty play field, Naptha is not available in ca. Will Amazon deliver Naptha to ca?

#4578 56 days ago
Quoted from gunstarhero:

I’ve had good results with denatured alcohol.


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#4621 49 days ago
Quoted from per3per3:

I'm leaving the club and have two sets of airball protectors. They have never been used and still have the protective film on them. I don't believe you can still get these.
$25 for a set shipped or $45 for both sets shipped anywhere in the U.S.
Please PM me if you're interested

I'll take a set, pm coming your way soon..

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#4660 40 days ago

I have an issue with Path of Adventure flashlamp. It suddenly stays on permanently and only goes of by turning off the game. Connector j126 blue / green wire. If the 2N5401 transistor is shorting, would this be the cause? If so, where is it on the power driver board?

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#4716 15 days ago
Quoted from Only68s:

I took the bullet for you on this one. I picked up this IJ a few weeks back and the cab nearly fell apart on me when i got the legs off and slid it into the bed of my truck. Looks like ill be paying CosmoKramer a visit before too long. The guy played dumb about the cracks in the playfield. I swapped out the coin door, replaced a couple optos and it plays fine now. My only other option was a $7800 faded beauty locally so i figured ill just get this one and wait out a repro PF.[quoted image]

Well, yes you did, and I almost feel like I owe you something. Yes, he played dumb and lied, I have no doubt about it. I never looked inside the cabinet and wondered later what it really looked like....After walking away with a gut that feeling, finding issues and yet he acted like he never knew I just thought there is most likely more. Picked my IJ late July from a guy on pinside at CAX for $6500. Overall in good shape, had mini playfield issue and some plastic cracked and about 50 light bulbs out, maybe more. Really dirty, so my first shop job and repairs etc, been a ton of fun. My wife and I repaired the planes, repainted and detailed. Put black elevator bolts on front to hide holes from security bar. Will change decals in a year or so. Old pics first..

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#4723 14 days ago
Quoted from Celofane:

Obviously we have something in common [quoted image]

Nice line up...since the bedroom can only fit 3 I'm focusing on modding and any small repairs. Added a pinsound board 2 weeks ago and down below I have a Polk sub-woofer, it's awesome sounding. However, will be changing out the power driver board (many burn marks on backside and jumper wires, a couple flashers are not working) in a few months and adding color DMD, not sure if it's going to be LED or LCD yet.

#4724 14 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Very cool you and your wife both were part of it. You don’t play the cabinet so take your time with decals. It’s a ton of work.

Yes, once we were done (for now) she was like "when are we getting the next pin to shop / restore". Yup, she's a keeper for sure!!

#4727 14 days ago
Quoted from Beaumistim:

im an entrenched member of the fade club (for now) im also a member of the my indy keeps shooting balls into play, continuously over and over. and the my mini playfield isnt working. any known common issues for these problems?[quoted image]

Originally, my mini playfield would not work. Checked / pulled the 12v motor out and it worked. Cleaned the small motor opto board under the mini playfield and re-flowed and it started to work but stuttered moving left badly. I believe it was the motor opto board but I changed the motor assembly since the gear on the end of the shaft was in bad shape and opto motor board since I'm planning on doing a slow restore. Of course it works perfect now.


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