Found this Roadshow http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/roadshow-possible-money-pit
Went back and forth a little bit, then things went quiet...I figured it was a no deal, then the phone rang. It was the operator, He said, “Look, I’ve been doing this since 1975 and I could sell you a game. One game is no big deal to me and I don’t really care about that. What I’m really looking for is someone to help me fix-up my old arcade games and pinballs. I’ve got a small warehouse with my dead inventory. Would you consider helping fix them up and selling them on CL or ebay, splitting the profit 50/50 ?
To say the least, I was meeting with him a few days later at his home. He had Neo-Geo games and jukeboxes all over his garage and side yard (and one pin too, HS2). Told him I was anxious to get working and if it was alright with him, could I take HS2 home and start right away.
No Sound, No DMD, 10% lights and beat to death cabinet...but decent playfield and working supercharger gave me hope.
It was brutally dirty after being on route from day one, but the playfield cleaned up nicely. Next time we spoke, he said I’ve got a small truck of stuff to drop off for you next week. Sure enough, a load was delivered (two pins, one Neo-Geo, One Golden Tee, Two Jukeboxes, and a Japanese toy give-away game.) All of them were mostly DOA and covered in gang graffiti, even the glass (gotta love routed Los Angeles games). I told him the pins would take priority because that’s what I know and prefer to work on, but if I can get the other stuff going too, great! If not, I’ll try to sell them as is or part them out. So, I’m working on these two gems right now:
I’ve had to post on pinside a lot for this T2, almost everything was wrong with it and I appreciate everyone that has helped. Haven’t tackled the Gilligans Island yet, but the stuck ramp and no lights are the two biggest problems that I can see right off-hand.
A few days ago, I finally got a look at his small warehouse, the machines were packed so tight inside that I had to climb on top just to see around. At first my heart sank, not seeing any pins at all...it was dusty and dirty and obviously hadn’t been touched in years. BUT THEN, off in the corner, under the shelving, I saw them....
The picture only shows four, but there are two more out of sight.....No ultra “A” titles, but SOLID Bs.
I’m still really excited, but have to admit the workload looks a little daunting right now. I still consider myself a newbie at this pinball stuff...but if I can tackle and bring these pins back to life, I should be a grizzled old veteran by the end of this, like some of you other folks around here