So last September, my buddy Justin calls me up. He has a project machine he is looking to sell. I asked him what it is? He tells me its a TZ, am I interested? My eyebrows raise, of course I am interested.
TZ was one of the machines I cut my pinball teeth on in the early 1990s as a tech at a small arcade. We had a TZ, an AF, and a ES all in a line among the fighting machines and the ticket games. When the arcade was slow, I played the snot out of that game. TZ has forever been a grail pin of mine. So am I interested in a project? You bet.
Then I saw the machine....
You can see it too here: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/81473
So once again another basket case has landed in my lap. If you have followed any of my restorations, you know I have an affinity for basket case pinball machines. I took on a termite eaten Sorcerer, a long neglected SF2. So this TZ seems to be right up my alley.
The game itself appears to be a reimport from Europe. I think I will be at least the third person to try to bring this machine back to life. The previous owners all contributed to this project, with a machine, and a few boxes of replacement parts. Still even with this managery of parts, I have quite the challenge on my hands.