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Your most nightmarish tale regarding your first owned pin.


By Scrooloose

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

I was living in Virginia Beach. Finally got my very first Pin. I was stoked. They guy sold it do me for $500. It was Pinbot. It was sitting in the back of a bar for about 5 years and underneath boxes of supplies and not running. I got a bargain. It did not work but they guy gave me all the parts. I was asking why so cheap if you are giving me all the part. He was a amusements repair guy. It was spring and he was swamped so he decided to get rid of it.

I opened it up and it smelled like a nasty ashtray. But all I had to do was take it apart. This was in '97. I cleaned it up and just swapped out parts and did some re-soldering. Mind you I know nothing of repairing pins. I just bagged an tagged everything with stickies. lol It took me about 6 weeks to overhaul it. He was even nice enough to bring me over a decent light cover that was on top of the back box. ( RED )

I know you are all thinking. When does the nightmare start? Here goes.

I was proud of what I had accomplished and everyday I came home to play it. It had the capabilities on the LED scores for me to put my kids daily chores to scroll across. They really enjoyed that. I made them pay quarters to play and when they started to hear the coins hit the bottom then it was a Toys R Us day!

I have had the machine for almost a year. I come home ready for a game. I hang my coat up and it was gone. I am searching to see if my wife ( now ex ) has moved it. She moved it alright. She sold it while i was at work. I asked her to get it back and the argument went on for a while. I never did get it back or found out where it went. So if you live in the Hampton Roads area and picked up a PinBot machine in '98, I hope you enjoy it. I put a lot of work into it.

My new wife found a Flash machine ( one of my all time favourites besides Scorpion ) for $500. It has all the docs. It needs work. i give it about a 7. I still do not know much about them. I just ordered some LED's, rubber kits etc. But I am happy now that I finally got another Pin.

Now I am ready to read yours. lol

#2 3 years ago

You should change the title:

Your most nightmarish tale regarding your first wife

#3 3 years ago

Grounds for immediate divorce.

#4 3 years ago

Wow, what an evil bitch. Sounds like the intro to an episode of snapped.

#5 3 years ago

Is she an X wife because you killed her???

#6 3 years ago

My wife threatens my pins all the time.....she says I love "those damn things" more than her....well she's right.... ...................Joey

#7 3 years ago

Makes me think of the old guns and roses song.....I used to love her, but I had to kill her.....

I keed I keed, but still.....thats messed up

#8 3 years ago

LOL my ex is still alive.

#9 3 years ago

Yet another reason NOT to get married..............

#10 3 years ago

My first game was a Judge Dredd from Barrywnj on Ebay.....Nuff said!

#11 3 years ago
Quoted from Toasterdog:

My first game was a Judge Dredd from Barrywnj on Ebay.....Nuff said!

My second game was a BSD from that same source.

I still have a size 12 poop-chute from that one.

RM

#12 3 years ago

I shared that story with my fiance and made her swear she'd never do anything like that. But then again....we only have one pin now with another on the way and room for up to six....

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from Toasterdog:

My first game was a Judge Dredd from Barrywnj on Ebay.....Nuff said!

Hmmm Toaster. What happened?

Quoted from nman:

I shared that story with my fiance and made her swear she'd never do anything like that. But then again....we only have one pin now with another on the way and room for up to six....

Make sure you get anchor bolts. LOL j/k

#14 3 years ago
Quoted from Scrooloose:

Hmmm Toaster. What happened?

Well, Barrywnj is a notorious seller on Ebay. He has quite the history (mostly bad, but some okay) on Pinside. Many bought their first pin from him. Mine was advertised as 100% working, you won't be dissappointed, great shape, etc. Needless to say it had a ton of problems, although it worked for about a day.

I don't have any pictures I can find, except the boards in the backbox. The white wire was run to some type of arcade power switching box proping up the voltages I think?. The GI harness was soldered directly to the board too. Significant water damage on the back of the head, old acid damage on board, sunken and cracked inserts. Inside of cabinet absolutely as filthy as anything could be. To top it off, he had bundled leg bolts and hardware into a baggie and just laid it on top of the back box under cardboard. I had to lift the head to remove the cardboard and when I did the bundle of hardware (small, but heavy) fell from under the cardboard and crashed through the 1/4" plate (not tempered glass).

Needless to say it was a rough introduction to pinball and a lesson learned.

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#15 3 years ago
Quoted from Toasterdog:

Well, Barrywnj is a notorious seller on Ebay. He has quite the history (mostly bad, but some okay) on Pinside. Many bought their first pin from him. Mine was advertised as 100% working, you won't be dissappointed, great shape, etc. Needless to say it had a ton of problems, although it worked for about a day.
I don't have any pictures I can find, except the boards in the backbox. The white wire was run to some type of arcade power switching box proping up the voltages I think?. The GI harness was soldered directly to the board too. Significant water damage on the back of the head, old acid damage on board, sunken and cracked inserts. Inside of cabinet absolutely as filthy as anything could be. To top it off, he had bundled leg bolts and hardware into a baggie and just laid it on top of the back box under cardboard. I had to lift the head to remove the cardboard and when I did the bundle of hardware (small, but heavy) fell from under the cardboard and crashed through the 1/4" plate (not tempered glass).
Needless to say it was a rough introduction to pinball and a lesson learned.
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Wow....that sucks. Please tell me there was at least one thing held together with duct tape in the game?

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