My 16 year old son bought his first two games to restore...

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My 16 year old son bought his first two games to restore...


By schudel5

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Last fall my son decided he wanted to pick up a game to restore. We were able to find him two games this weekend. A 1979 Stern Hot Hand and a 1972 Williams Super Star EM, at very reasonable prices; so now it begins! Hopefully the amount of work these two games will take won't discourage him, but he will learn a lot. So far he is enjoying it.

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#2 4 years ago

Congrat's on the purchase!

I just hope my kids will be this into Dad's hobby when they get old enough to restore (right now their attention span struggles after a game or two!!!)

Good luck with the resto!

-scott

#3 4 years ago

he will learn a lot and in the end have something to show for it. Awesome!!

#4 4 years ago

He has the day off from school today because of the snow storm here in Michigan. His project today, on Super Star, is cleaning all the star posts, rollover buttons, plastics, ball trough, upper arch pieces, trough eject mechanism and cleaning the entire playfield. I think he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

He completely understood that we needed to go through the entire machine to get it running first before we started cleaning it. Luckily this one pretty much worked. EMs are so simple to understand and fix. The Hot Hand will be another story...

#5 4 years ago

That is cool...always great when kids like what their parents are into

#6 4 years ago

Very cool, and maybe one of the only 16 year olds on the planet learning how to fix EM pins

#7 4 years ago

Nice to see those machines out of my cold storage unit and into the hands of someone that will put some love into them...and Dad is a fantastic resource of knowledge!

Special shoutout to Mark Salas who offered up some parts that were missing from the Hot Hand. That one will present some challenges. He'll learn quickly the difference between EM and SS.

When I started I lucked out on a nearly working SS (Skateball), but did the most "oh that's how it works" learning on my first EM, a 1975 Chicago Coin Super Star.

Now Matt has his own Super Star to learn on...funny how that worked out. Enjoy! Post progress pics

#8 4 years ago

Thanks to Tim Mayhew for the games and a SUPER SPECIAL shout out to Mark Salas for hooking Matt up with score displays and solenoid driver board that were missing from the Hot Hand.

We connected the CPU (still has battery attached) from the Hot hand up to my Meteor...7 flashes!!! WooHoo!!!

#9 4 years ago

Pinball may be one of the ultimate father son hobbies. Especially up in the northern states, good all year. Just missed the boat with my dad on these. We were so close to buying a machine back in 99. I hope to share the hobby with my children someday.

#10 4 years ago

Will you do a remote battery on that? I can't believe the CPU booted up what luck!!

Off topic Dan and I got that Laser Cue running the other night...that thing had been sitting for so long. So everything worked great until smoke started pouring out of the brand new left flipper coil. I had crossed a wire when I soldered the new one on. **Facepalm**

Hey...we're always learning I guess haha. New coil is on the way as well as cab switches which I found were pretty torn up.

Gotta be nice for Matt to have a snowday today. I'm sure he was excited to get back into the shop and working. He'll catch "the disease" soon

#11 4 years ago
Quoted from Underspin:

Will you do a remote battery on that? I can't believe that CPU booted up what luck!!

I've been putting a 1.5F cap on all my games in lieu of the battery. We might do the cap or remote battery with blocking diode. Haven't decided yet.

Quoted from Underspin:

Off topic Dan and I got that Laser Cue running the other night...that thing had been sitting for so long. So everything worked great until smoke started pouring out of the brand new left flipper coil. I had crossed a wire when I soldered the new one on. **Facepalm**

Hey...we're always learning I guess haha. New coil is on the way as well as cab switches which I found were pretty torn up.

Good job on the Laser Cue. I hate when you have to go two steps back to go forward one. You have a lot of projects going on! I can only deal with one at a time!

#12 4 years ago

Very Cool! I hope my 6 year old son will develop the same interest in pinball as yours has.

#13 4 years ago

That's really cool. When I was 16.. I worked on cars. I know pins would've been every bit as much fun, if not more!

Teaching the next generation EM repair is a great idea, that's a skill that's dying off.

#14 4 years ago

Yeah the multiple projects is my fault. Dan and I work as a team and he's much better on the electronics and mechanics. I'm OK and getting better but every now and then I'll (ahem) burn up a coil or something. I'm better with cosmetics and like the machine to look as good as possible. We make a good team but his time is limited, so I'll pull other projects to start working on while he finishes up.

I think Matt will become master of both. He'll be a good addition to our hobby!

#15 4 years ago

Congrats on getting your son into the hobby enough to want to restore a machine. Looking towards the progress reports.

#16 4 years ago

My dad got me into pinball initially at a pretty young age, some of my fondest memories are weekend trips to buy games. I got my dad back into pinball a couple of years ago, it is a great father son hobby. I'm 29 now and we both have home collections and still go on trips to check out and of buy machines together.

#18 4 years ago
Quoted from Underspin:

Yeah the multiple projects is my fault. Dan and I work as a team and he's much better on the electronics and mechanics. I'm OK and getting better but every now and then I'll (ahem) burn up a coil or something. I'm better with cosmetics and like the machine to look as good as possible. We make a good team but his time is limited, so I'll pull other projects to start working on while he finishes up.
I think Matt will become master of both. He'll be a good addition to our hobby!

Wish I lived closer Tim, I enjoy repairing.

#19 4 years ago

Awesome story. Congrats on the two pickups. I am sure you guys will have a blast-nice lineup too.

#20 4 years ago

Good to see other young people getting into it. Im 26 myself and sometimes I wonder what's going happen to all these games when these old farts die off. I can only buy so many MMR's for $2000 before I run out of room.

#21 4 years ago

This is awesome! Great to know there are kids still interested in getting these things running again.

#22 4 years ago

We'll know how far gone he is once he jumps on pinside or rgp

#23 4 years ago

Wish my dad did this with me. Had an evel knievel growing up, had constant boot issues. Rather than being patient, or letting us have a crack at it, he finally sold it off in frustration.

#24 4 years ago

That's great! The only dropped quarters into Addams Family at Putt-Putt when I was 16. Wish I got into the hobby then.

#25 4 years ago
Quoted from RazerX:

We'll know how far gone he is once he jumps on pinside or rgp

I would be less disappointed if I caught my son watching porn...lol

#26 4 years ago

Here is a video I uploaded of Matt playing one of his first games on the Super Star. He wants to try and sell the game to his sister to take to college.

#27 4 years ago

Looks like a runner with that Nike GPS watch. A bunch of kids I coach wear those.

We're having a son (due in May)...I hope in 16 years he'll be restoring a game that came out 34-42 years before he was born...so, 1987-1995! Sweet! Hopefully that era will be "cheap" by then too.

Seriously, this is awesome. Great job passing on a good, worthwhile hobby to your son.

#28 4 years ago

I hope my son enjoys pinball as much as I do some day. On the other hand, My daughter, 2yr, loves watching the ball roll around the play field. May be she will become a pinhead in the future too.

#29 4 years ago
Quoted from shirkle:

Looks like a runner with that Nike GPS watch. A bunch of kids I coach wear those.
We're having a son (due in May)...I hope in 16 years he'll be restoring a game that came out 34-42 years before he was born...so, 1987-1995! Sweet! Hopefully that era will be "cheap" by then too.
Seriously, this is awesome. Great job passing on a good, worthwhile hobby to your son.

Yeah he is a big time runner even in the snow. He just got the Nike+ for Christmas. Congrats on your future son and hopefully he will follow in your pinball footsteps too!

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