Thought I’d share this interesting story.
Last month I had to take my truck in for an oil change at the ford dealership, and while waiting around for it to be done I walked around the showroom and sat down to chat with the sales manager. Knowing that he is a mustang guy, and also considering the fact that they have several special editions mustangs on their showroom floor, I had asked if he had ever heard of the brand new mustang pinball Machine. I mentioned it would be something cool to have on the showroom floor, for promotional use of course . (In my mind knowing that it would be the only way to get the chance to play one without having to purchase it myself)
He hadn’t heard of it. But seemed intrigued by the idea and thought it would be cool item after I described some of the features.
After mentioning my hobby and offering my services for the cleaning and repair of the machine for when they required, he stated that he had owned a few older coin-operated arcade games in the past but has since sold them. However he then went on to mention that he has had a pinball machine for the past seven years and it just as of recently has been giving him some trouble. I mentioned I could fix the issue for him however he just wanted the extra space in his basement and asked if I would be interested in it for a fair price.
Of course! So I arranged a time the next day and went and picked it up. Upon arrival I saw Bally’s Escape From the Lost World in pretty good condition despite the age. He showed me the issue it was having and it turned out that a simple switch needed to be replaced that was causing the coil to fire 10 times and display the error message freezing the game. I once again offered to do the simple fix, but instead he rather I hauled it out.
So once I got it back in the warehouse I was able to check it out a bit further, and I could use the pinside community’s help in determining what I’ve found…
The manual from inside the cabinet show the words “PRELIMINARY”….However does anyone know if there was any differences in artwork or parts between prototypes and production models for this title? I suppose I could always compare to a regular manual to see if there are any differences…
The cabinet also has a large hole in the bottom, cleanly cut and closer to the head which looks like there could have been initial intent for a speaker? If not I have no idea why it’s there?
Oh and by the way, over one month later still no mustang pinball in the ford dealership….darn.