Quoted from Hop721:
Fair enough. I appreciate the honest feedback. A definite learning curve on this older machine, but I’m sure I’ll get there with the help of this community. I’ll keep it off until I can get the parts to fix it properly.
You'll find that old or new, pinball really hasn't changed in the last 40 years. A game that you work on from 1975 will have generally the same mechanical principles to 2019. A flipper mech generally operates the same; a saucer kickout generally operates the same. Most games will benefit from cleaning the mechs and re-sleeving the coils. If you want it "just good enough" for the kids to flip the ball, you might not have to do a full shop job. For me, any game that I work on gets at minimum, a new set of rings, clean/waxed playfield, LEDs, rebuilt pop bumpers and flippers, cleaned and resleeved mechs (basically anything that is a moving part), new drop targets or other plastic parts. Obviously, for a game that you don't own, the amount of money/effort might be different.
You'll find that the cost of a complete shop job could range from $100-$400 or more. Just depends on how well you want to present the game and how well you want it to play.
For your other issue with the saucer kickout, going with chuckwurt advice will likely get that kickout working properly again.