A few months ago, a guy residing an hour from me pulled from a dumpster a 1977 Jungle Queen, owned by his deceased mother-in-law and thrown out by her next-of-kin. What did he do with it? He brought it to his preferred building supply store, where he knew a guy who was into pinball. I had to give the awesome guy the $50 that I had in my pocket for his time and trouble and awesomeness, as he wasn't going to charge me anything.
Now granted, nothing is happening very fast right now. I have a lot of projects to work on, and even moved into a new house in the meantime. But after we pushed a few machines around to make space in the Collective, I decided I might as well at least handle some of the preliminary work needed to bring this game back.
The machine was in a basement for a long time. A damp basement, apparently, as the game has amassed quite a fair amount of mildew. Perhaps I should crosspost in the Horror Pics thread.
The underside of the playfield is also pretty bad. Restoration is going to require full disassembly, and for us to finally dig out the polishing tumbler I bought literally years ago.
Interestingly, the backbox electricals are nearly imamaculate, and the actual backglass is almost perfect. In fact, there's nothing visibly wrong with the backbox at all, except, well...
This morning, I stopped at the workshop on my way home from an errand, and having brought some wood glue, I decided I might as well fix one of the glaring issues.
Obviously we're not done here. It will benefit from some additional bracing, and I will also be shopping for wood filler options. Weighing the pros and cons of doing a cabinet repaint at the same time. On one hand, preserving history. On the other hand, that history is mostly neglect, apparently.
Finally, I thought I'd see just how good the playfield is. All I had with me were naphtha and paper towels, better things to follow. But the great thing about mildew, apparently, is its lack of permanence.
As mentioned, this will be a long project, both because I don't have a lot of time right now and because it's a BIG project, but I'm hoping this will turn out well in the end.