I'm a masochist for terrible project games. Like seeing a homeless puppy, I lose sleep knowing there's broken dirty nasty games rotting in someone's barn. That I just have to rescue.
Last month I was driving through rural Indiana for a work trip, was bored on a few hour drive so looked up some amusement operators and started calling. Lucky me, first and closest one I called was a nice guy. Said I was looking for project games and he said he had just the one for me.
He was about 30 minutes back from where I came from but went for it. He took me back in this big detached barn/warehouse through bunches of converted arcades, redemption games and pool tables. Up the ramp to the loft and there was a Xenon and Mr. and Mrs. Pacman sitting off to the side. Pacman didn't really interest me, the Xenon looked to be in decent shape! Upon closer inspection, I found lots of playfield wear as expected, the backglass was 90% gone. We put down the head and I peeked inside and saw a complete boardset. Looking into the coin door it was filthy.
Settled on $200 and picked it up the next day!