The supply of Project Pins has seemingly dried up around here and around the U.S. This is one reason that I haven't been updating the Project Pin thread. But, what do they say? When it rains it pours? These four Project Pins have shown up at Pecos' Palatial Pinball Parlour.
I'm not a Chicago Coin fan, to say the least, but this one had the right price and I like the backbox art. Simple play but I might put some small legs on it so that kids can play it. I think kids will love this one - simple and a great theme. My challenge: make a Chicago Coin play like one of it's competitors.
Liberty Bell is one of the last Williams EMs ever built. The playfield looks suspiciously like Grand Prix. The backglass has bad peeling on the bottom, but the cabinet and playfield look good and it should clean up nicely. Add another backglass to the list of repros that I need! If Liberty Bell plays anything like Aztec, it will be a great player. I am really looking forward to playing it but those flipper have to go first.
Does anyone beside me think that the patriotic lady on the backglass looks like one of the walking dead??
I had a shot at an Old Chicago and missed it. Who cares when you find one in this condition. The cabinet and apron are badly faded but not something I can't live with.
What can I say about this one? I played it when it was new and knew then that it was an instant classic. It was only one of two pins on my wishlist. It will go between Stellar Wars and Black Knight.
My attempts at fixing it has been fraught with problems. I bypassed the blanking signal to see if the displays would work. The displays came on and then something fried. Not good. Parts on the Master Display Board are expensive, if you can find them. I had checked the +5 VDC voltage and it tested good. After the mishap I tested again and got 8+ VDC! YIKES! DOUBLE YIKES!!
Meanwhile, I am in the process of bullet-proofing the boards per Vid's wonderful guide. The MPU board has the Scanbe sockets. I now own a Hakko desoldering tool so replacing those sockets has been easy. I never would do it with one of those el-cheapo solder suckers so having the Hakko is already paying dividends.
This is my friend Dave who helps with my pin pickups.
Look at that backglass! It can't be original - can it? Can you say "Handle with extreme care?"
It is mirrored and I didn't think anyone doing repros could mirror backglasses.
An Old Chicago and a Firepower? I am in pinball heaven! And I am always happy to get EMs in this kind of condition. Both Blue Max, my first Chicago Coin restoration, and Liberty Bell should be fun to work on and are very welcome additions at the PPPP.