Two years ago I built a great Vpin and turned my wife and I into pinball lovers. We’ve been hitting pinball arcades and bars everywhere we go. Three cheers for Vpins being the gateway drug.
For the last couple of months we’ve been itching for a real pin. This past weekend I finally got a Facebook market place poster to respond and we drove four hours with a trailer on a moments notice. We went to buy a Lethal Weapon 3. Owner continually called it “Legal Weapon” and said it only needed a fuse replaced.
As I walked into his shed I saw the gun was inop because two wires with a button were hanging from beneath the lock bar. Cabinet flaking badly. I replaced three fuses. Game GI comes on and CPU tries to boot but 1st LED never lights. Kickup solenoid locks on and beacon gets slower and slower until fuses start blowing. Disappointed I tried to produce some Lemonade. I got him down $400 more and got a Eight Ball and Fan-Tas-Tic thrown in. He had inherited machines from his brother. A pin pro would have probably walked away but I love projects and this is right in my wheelhouse.
Needless to say we are excited. Just ordered about $200 in parts. The two early machines play but need tweaking and wear items updated. “Legal Weapon” haha needs a little more but playfield and toys and backglass in great shape. I’m out of town for a week but can’t wait to get home, replace rubbers and get a volt meter on the Data East machine.
I’ll post pics later. Any advice greatly appreciated.