Quoted from Tickerguy:
Picked up an Apollo 13 the other day; it has a few problems and was once on a route (maybe 10+ years ago) but has been sitting in a dude's house for a good long time with no attention of note. Amazingly it had ZERO leakage from the (still mounted!) battery holder despite my suspicion that the guy who owned it never used the key in the coin door! It's getting a NVRAM since it's a socketed chip on these and it's a 30-second job.
Playfield is in good shape and a half-day with it got it mildly cleaned, 3/4 relamped with LEDs and the mechanical issues fixed so it's fully playable. The moon and rocket both work after a bit of attention although someone at Stern needs to be attached to a tree; 4 flashers (2 in the rocket and 2 in the backbox on that channel) is 2 too many on the stock power board transistor and one channel is blown. Waiting on some TIP102s (I was out) to take care of that and bayonet-base LEDs to fix the dissipation issue "for good." This is a game that punishes you *very badly* for missed shots (usually with a SDTM) but it's growing on me rapidly (the kid loves it, including the frustration level it generates.)
It'll get the full strip-down, clean and rebuild flipper treatment soon once I have all the rubber parts I need -- I'm missing too many of them to want to tear it apart twice for a full cleaning, go-through and re-rubber treatment.
I'm a Bally/Williams sort of guy but this isn't a bad table at all...it has exceeded my expectations thus far.
I'm now officially out of room for additional pins unless I invade a second room.... which is kinda likely to happen
Time for you to get a ColorDMD for that A13.
Quoted from SunMonkeyAZ:
Picked up this guy the other day. The problem is that everyone here was right. I only have room for one pin but somehow I now have two. Pinbot will stay in the garage at least until I clean him up and get it ready before the heat comes but after that I'm gonna need a bigger house.
Things in the house can always be rearranged to fit a second game if you try hard enough. I have them in my 3 bedrooms as well, including the smaller 11x10 bedroom and it also has a bed in there too.
Quoted from Jodester:
It is possessed by demons. I removed all the boards and cleaned up the connectors. Put it all back together and nothing. The blanking led stayed lit and no boot. ( 2 flashed from 20) Today I turned it on for shits and giggles and played 10 games on it with no issue. Maybe somebody could point me in the right direction as to how this could happen and how to cure it. Or I could bring in a priest...
Next time, try just unplugging the ribbon cables from the MPU to see if the MPU boots up correctly.
Is the wife happy? I hope she is. I enjoy mine still after 5 years.
Woohoo. Got this new game yesterday to repair. Go John Trudeau!! Better than GB! haha
Quoted from Kronlar:
My second grail followed me home tonight.
Needs a few minor things to spruce it up, but a nice solid example of this gem. Slingshot plastics, laser cannons, Colordmd...
Special thanks to pinballmaniac40 for sending me the CL link last night!
I'm glad you were able to grab it. I have no plans to give up mine!
Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:
Today's find - Earthshaker! Board corrosion, playfield inserts lifting. Lots of work ahead.
Congrats on your purchase. I would fix or replace that MPU and then just play the hell out of it. Get on the CPR list to get a new playfield, and swap it once you get one. http://classicplayfields.com/order.html
Quoted from Pecos:
I wasn't going to post this until I saw the operator's stamp on the bottom of the cabinet. Do you guys/gals want me to keep posting my pin pick-ups or are these same old, same old?
H.A. Franz is basically a distributor, who is still in business to this day in Houston. Cool find.
Nice. ColorDMD is the next mod to get.
My June raffle prize from Pinball EDU Charity arrived today via Cointaker. No issues I can tell out of the box.
Quoted from dirkdiggler:
Congrats! How many tickets did you buy? I keep forgetting about the edu charity Crazy you can get a new pinball machine for as little as $40!
Thank you. That particular June raffle, I bought 2 tickets. $80 this round! Upgrading to the premium was $1900, which I was happy to hand out extra for it.
Quoted from ForceFlow:
Nabbed a Stern POTC at an auction in the middle of nowhere. It's in really nice shape--it probably was never routed, so this is probably my first HUO pin.
The hammer price was very far below the going market price for these, and I was dumbfounded that I won it, so I pretty much drove home like I stole it, lol
You were born to be a pirate!!
Super glad you and the wife are enjoying it. And I still get to play it when I stop by. Woohoo!! So it is not out of my reach being just 20 minutes away from me.
With all the projects in my garage, this one fits nicely since it was missing 2 boards. Luckily over the past 5 years, I've been collecting spare boards from Ebay, some work, some don't. Time to get it working and collect some junk!!
Thanks to fish1975tx for helping me pick it up, due to my lack of owning a truck. I hope you are really enjoying that Dr. Who from me. Woohoo!!!
Edit: installed a couple of boards out of another game to test out the game.
Congrats. Buy 3 ColorDMD and get free USA shipping. Just sayin'.
4 hours away at 2nd cousin's wedding yesterday, my oldest brother tells me of an older SS pin at an Antique store that he found early that morning. We left the reception a bit early to check it out. It was labeled with '$250 firm' but walked out with it for $50 plus $4.20 in local sales tax.
MPU board has battery corrosion, especially around the ground plane and currently it does not boot. I'm going to start with sanding the corrosion, replace damaged parts, and fixing damaged traces to see if I can revive this board. The front cabinet has some 'water' damage, but I have no doubt I can find another good used donor cabinet. The backglass has very few minor scratches and the playfield is decent for its age.
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