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What am I getting myself into?

By ItsBwalt

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Hi everyone!

So I have a local 1979 Harlem Globetrotters that I'm thinking about picking up for $800. Everything looks good on it as far as playfield and backglass. Seller claims it worked 100% before moving, now only half the lights turn on. I don't know much more than that. I also am not familiar at all with teching these older machines, my only limited experience is on newer Sterns. So potentially I know there are a load of things that could be wrong, but any ideas on how deep I'm getting here/cost? Give me some insight into whether it's a mistake. It's not far from my house so I can go look at it, what should I be checking / looking for? Keep in mind my noob abilities.

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#3 1 year ago

LTG yeah.... It kind of looks like maybe it's not a great deal. Is there anything in particular my noob eyes could look for if I go check it out to better gauge my money pit potential? Or should I just pass? In theory is there any simple fix that could be causing all the above?

#18 1 year ago

Update. Got some board pics. chas10e Hop-Pac

Looks pretty damn clean actually. These pics change anyone's mind.

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#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Hop-Pac:

Can't really tell for sure. But looks like a burnt connector on the rectifier board. I'd start there

Good eye! I see that now!

#47 1 year ago

Wow thanks for all the replies. I already learned a lot just from reading and googling what boards do what and how to repin. Spent a couple hours on youtube. I definitely am interested in learning to fix pins now.

I have some bad news though. I offered the seller $100 less than asking price and he said he's already way to low because it should be 1200, then told me he doesn't have time for people to just come look at it and not buy lol. Red flags. I think I offended him haha. Back on the hunt.

#53 1 year ago
Quoted from Gunnut40:

That dude should be happy with 700. Also I would not make a lower offer until you showed up and looked at the game.

Haha that was the plan, but he told me "he didn't have time for people to just come look at it and not buy" that's why he priced it "so cheap"

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