Drove 6 hours round trip last night to snag this JP at a good price!
Just picked this one up after a 6.5 hour drive this morning. About to head back! Playfield looks good, a few broken plastics but everything else is there. Will need cleanup and the display just reads “Failure” when the machine turns on so some board issues to sort out.
The good news is I got it for $1000 so there’s plenty of room to get it right.
Thanks! It took a little Sherlock Holmes action on my part to find it. A guy responded to my wanted post on a pinball Facebook group that he thought there was a Whirlwind in a little town in south Texas that had been in a pizza place for years and was now in a warehouse somewhere but that’s all he knew. So I called all the pizza places in that town and eventually tracked it to a warehouse owned by a pool table and arcade company. The owner didn’t know much about fixing pinballs and was just looking to move it on as it wasn’t working. He asked for $1000 and I said “when can I come get it”!
Quoted from grantopia:
Oh man jealous! Your adjust failure error is likely just dead batteries or possibly a bad holder/cold solder. I’d check for any leakage on the board in that area if you haven’t yet.
Good to know! The batteries were definitely toast, I pulled them out right away. I will put some fresh ones in when I get home and see what happens. Thanks for the tip!
Quoted from Scotty_K:
Gosh, I wish one of those would follow ME home!
Thanks! The best part is that pin was played constantly for three days and the only issue I saw was a stuck ball on Sunday. For a pin that has a rep for being difficult to maintain I was impressed.
Rescued a 1966 Williams 8 Ball from a warehouse. Maybe my first attempt at a restoration??
Picked up an EM resto project today for cheap. Start up the Flipper Parade! Super dirty but looks like it will clean up nice. I did a little test section with Novus 2.
So my day was interesting. I would have to say this probably qualifies as a barn find although it was in an outdoor covered area which wasn't technically a barn. Checking out the machine included roosters, rat poop and a horse so it was about as close to a barn as you get. In the end I came away with an F-14 Tomcat which boots and plays but is pretty dirty and needs sanitization from the rat turds. Luckily they seem to have left the wiring completely alone. The playfield is ok, decent amount of mylar bubbling but it's all there, plastics aren't broken and all the switches and coils seem to work. Boards are in decent shape despite having 5 year old Duracells in the battery holder which I immediately removed. The prior owner was in awe of my pinball ninja skills as I showed him such feats as opening the backbox, removing the lockbar and glass, raising the playfield and going into diagnostic mode to check switches and such.
In the end I came away with the poor F-14 and an old Kangaroo stand up arcade with original monitor that is a working 48 in 1 multicade for a very good price. A couple more projects for the garage!
Quoted from Coindork:
Do you know if the Kangaroo cabinet has the original art underneath all that black paint?
I love the artwork on Atari Kangaroo, maybe you can bring it back with citristrip.
The art is under the paint however it is pretty trashed. Not sure if someone took a sander to it? The cab will be stripped to bare wood and repaired and painted. I'm trying to decide if I try to make it a Kangaroo again, Dig Dug or a generic Multicade.
In the middle of an eighteen hour round trip which SUCKS but I got it for a hell of a price.
Quoted from RonSS:
At what point does it make sense to ship? No pun intended.
Honestly I would have shipped it but the prior owner had no idea how to do anything to the pin despite having owned it for 15 years since new. I didn’t think he’d be able to safely palletize and ship it so I was left with driving out to get it.
Do you make the same comment about Addam's Family? How about Twilight Zone? Flash? Firepower? Any of the other 12 machines that were produced in higher numbers than F-14?
This thread is about being excited about your new machine, no matter how many were produced.
Don't be a jerk.
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