(Topic ID: 166311)

Mini warehouse find in Costa Rica


By PanaPinResto

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by balboarules
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    #1 3 years ago

    I've been living in Panama for over a year now with little luck finding pinball machines. Here in central america they are trash worth nothing more than their scrap value. Part are nearly impossible to get into country for a local. Unfortunately, because of this most have gone to the scrap yard.
    I had some business in San Jose, CR this week so I brought the whole family. While we're here I wanted to look for pins. I searched high and low but found no mention of them. Until I searched the classifieds for arcade machines and started looking in the background of arcade pics. Low and behold I found some. An old man about an hour from San Jose had a little warehouse from his old vending company. I bought a fun house for $300 and most of a whirlwind for $100. The climate here is not kind to anything made out of wood and funhouse was in the best condition. The rest of the pins needed new cabinetsa. Here's some pics.

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    #2 3 years ago

    The whirlwind had been disassembled because the cabinet was shot. For $100 I got the complete playfield in decent condition. All the boards and electronics and the whiteboard. I just need a cabinet really. I'll post pics when I get them home.

    #3 3 years ago

    Was Elvira & The Party Monsters not for sale? This pin looked to be in the best condition.

    #4 3 years ago
    Quoted from Cleanroom:

    Was Elvira & The Party Monsters not for sale? This pin looked to be in the best condition.

    It was in the best condition but not by much. They also wanted the most money for it. I could of bought it $1300usd. The cabinet was also trashed and not salvageable. I've always wanted a funhouse so I want with it.

    #5 3 years ago

    So when you say the climate isn't kind to anything made of wood does that include the playfields?

    #6 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Great find, enjoy your new machines.

    #7 3 years ago

    You should have been able to buy all of it for $1300.00!!

    #8 3 years ago

    Grab that mousin and part it out. Parts on that thing are super hard to find.

    #9 3 years ago
    Quoted from bam10:

    So when you say the climate isn't kind to anything made of wood does that include the playfields?

    The playfields hold up shockingly well. Nothing like the cabs. Termites are bad here also but they never touch the PF's. I can get a company to tent and fumigation a machine for $30.

    #10 3 years ago

    I'd want that Hook and Checkpoint. Good find.

    #11 3 years ago

    I need a mostly populated Funhouse playfield and other parts if you ever find it's too much of a project.

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from woody76:

    Grab that mousin and part it out. Parts on that thing are super hard to find.

    +1 ... Those ramps are unobtainium

    #13 3 years ago

    Wow, sad picture, only good loss there was the Street Fighter! I would love a shot as saving a bunch of the others, the LW3, Hook, Checkpoint, Dredd... so sad to see them in that state.

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