So a friend of my Dad has a Chicago Coin 1974 GIN sitting down in his basement.
It's been down there for 16 years since he built the house. Nice layer of dust on it. Basement has no windows and used for storage.
So I'm checking the playfield and backglass out and ask him if it works. He says yes.
So he plugs it in, I cross my fingers and reach down to turn it on.
Flip the switch and nothing happens but a buzzer sound. I open the coin door up and there's 1 light on under the reel and then the reel starts to spin.
Then poof! About a apple sized flame ball erupts to the left of the reel.
I shout "holy crap, there's a fire!"
I grabbed the manual and start waving at it.
He unplugs the machine and finally the flame went out.
I didn't go into trying to trouble shoot the problem or even look at what was on fire. (Super dim lighting from 1 old bulb in middle of room)
Am I crazy that I still negotiated a price on it and bought a game that 2 minutes before was on fire?
I feel like I overpaid and was hoping he'd just give it to me but for $100 it's the cheapest game I ever bought!
Once I pick it up and get her home I'll see how bad it is and decide what to do at that point. Restoration? Nice coffee table?
Maybe i can finally join the EM Club!