This is to doucment the restoration of (or more likely salvaging of) a Williams Space Shuttle I picked up for 25 dollars.
While I agree for the most part that anything can be fixed there is a point where losses must be cut.
First Strike: I had purchased this game while looking for specifically for a parts game to donate to the local community college maker/coder group. This is where kids take on fun projects relevant to engineering, science and programming. This idea is to design, build and code their own unique pinball game. By buying a game on the edge of or past the point of being restorable we could have plenty of available parts without breaking the bank.
Note thst because of this purpose alone, this game may not be restored and if it is, the actual restoration of the game itself wouldn't occur until down the road after the parts have served their new mission.
The playfield while at first appeared intact and it does have all ramps, plastics, etc is delaminating and the bottome 3 inches or so of plywood is badly water damaged. There are signs of plywood delaminating under the playfield all the way up. Amazingly, very little rust.
Not there yet... even though the back box was completely destroyed that's easy enough to remake and I have the parts to use as a template.
The Back Box:
Playfield Under Overview:
Don't let your balls get like this: