A buddy picked up a SM that looked like it had been unboxed, left in the same location for 11 years, and played. A lot.
Since I like refurbishing games and he was in no rush to get it back, he dropped it off at my place for me to work on it. As with many people here, I find working on games to be fun and relaxing. However, since I do have a full time job, this is something that I can work on here and there without any rush.
The goal here is to get the game into great playing shape, not do a full restore. That means cleaning everything, replacing all the moving parts (flippers, pops, slings, etc), all the rubber parts, and all the broken parts. Also, this needs to be a visually good looking game, so good lighting and other additions are going in.
Which is perfect as I have a lot of fun developing advanced lighting systems with the Pinduino and know that the owner will be a great person with whom to develop some new ideas. So this thread will document what gets done, have some before and after shots, and have a place to show off new Pinduino lighting setups.
Here is the very happy owner dropping the game off at my house. Overall, the game is very dirty, as a handful of switch errors, missing a ball, but otherwise looks to be in great shape.