Quoted from dvs626:
Conveniently posting right below Ollulanus and his restored Time Machine...
I have a question about a Time Machine!
During my search to find a donor cabinet for my Thunder Man I may have come across an opportunity to buy a Zaccaria Time Machine, I've been told its complete but rough. Depending on its condition it may still be a candidate for a restore rather than stripping it for my Thunder Man. I'd hate to ruin a good machine that can be brought back to life. I'm still waiting on some photos, and I'll probably look it over in person as well, but I wanted to ask what are some of the common issues to look out for on a Zaccaria Time Machine? An what would one expect to pay for one that currently is not running?
That's definitely a "get some pics and report back" kind of question. Honestly, it's unusual to see one in that rough of shape physically unless it's had some kind of storage damage. I don't think most got a ton of location play, and they were built really well. On the other hand, there are parts you just can't get if they're broken. You can usually improvise though. Manuals are available and they're actually well done, with tables for wiring and transistors that make it easier to sort simple board or wiring issues. Search for "Zaccaria repair" and there's a fantastic website working through them.
As for price, again, who knows what "rough" means. The one I bought, fully working but with a "rough" cab, mostly just needed a good cleaning other than the beat up trim. Had some minor issues they didn't know about, few transistors and caps to replace to get everything 100% working. In good working order $2500-3500. Check the ramp, it's irreplaceable but usually fixable with epoxy where it blows out at the entrance.
It's a cool game and popular, uncommon but not super rare. Save if possible, but if you part it out - I call first dibs :p