Archived ad

Pinside keeps a record of old ads in its Market Archive, for historical purposes and as a price reference. This ad has been ended by its seller and is now archived.

Game - for sale

For sale: Space Shuttle... from beyond the grave!

Added: 2019-11-24 02:28:37 UTC • Ended: November 27th, 2019
Condition: Fully shopped/refurbished

1 Pinsider added this ad to their favorites.

Linked to game


$ 2,500

Item description

Some years ago, some friends and I found a Space Shuttle on craigslist. Being spaceflight enthusiasts, it seemed like a nice find. Until we saw it. At some point between 1984 and then, the machine had actually been on fire (like, flames and all). My guess is that someone plugged in the power connector wrong, shorting the +12V rail to -12V rail, and explosions ensued. Evidently the person must have left it on a long time, too, because the entire machine was full of grit and what looked like residue from smoke. That guy on craigslist must have thought he won the lottery when we dragged that crap out of his garage and even paid him for it.

So, this seemed like a lot of fun to restore! Maybe don't ask us *why* we did this, but we spent months debugging the connections on the MPU board with a logic analyzer in order to bring it back to life. I'll be keeping our unholy bodge wire board now as a souvenir. We replaced it with a new Rottendog board that is far more reliable.

During the restoration process we did *everything*, and now, with nothing left to fix, we need to find the next carcass to restore... Here's what we did to it:

* New light kit (Cointaker with frosted LEDs)
* All playfield parts, solenoids, and switches removed and restored
* Shuttle ramp rebuilt and restored as per Ed Cheung's technique:
* Playfield sanded down, inserts polished, and refinished with Outside Edge hardtop overlay
* Plasma display and controller replaced with PinScore
* MPU board replaced with Rottendog System 9/11 board
* Wiring harness connectors refurbished
* Playfield rubbers replaced
* Entire cabinet repainted (in a slightly brighter blue to match the new lights) using Pinball Pimp stencils
* All playfield plastics replaced plus other broken playfield parts replaced
* New non-rusty legs
* New topper plus custom-cut stand for topper
* Coin door restored and plastics replaced

It was awesome fun restoring and cleaning up this thing. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Space Shuttle in better condition. Especially since I didn't bother to play it very much once it was fixed...

All the pictures are of the machine in its current state except the last four: the fourth-to-last image is the original appearance, the third-to-last is the burn marks on the inside of the cabinet, and the last two are the MPU board that we painstakingly repaired (not included when you buy it---I'm framing that and it's going on my wall).

Video of game running through tests:

If there's any information you're missing that you'd like me to provide just let me know.

Item photos

IMG_20191123_210340 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_210446 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194922 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_210452 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_210456 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194054 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194059 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194110 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194115 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194227 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194230 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194235 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194308 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194324 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194330 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194343 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194352 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194807 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194811 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194816 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194819 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194822 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194830 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194851 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_194922 (resized).jpg
first_look (resized).jpg
burn (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_211305 (resized).jpg
IMG_20191123_211321 (resized).jpg

Photos not showing? Make sure your ad blocker plugin is not hiding them.


Note! This is an archived ad. No longer for sale!

Seller insights

These are ryan_'s market stats.

All ads


Archived ads




Feedback score


Go to ryan_'s stats page

Listing result

The seller ended this ad and indicated the game eventually sold for $ 2,500

Seller contributed to Pinside for this listing!

Item location

Atlanta, GA, US


Discuss this ad on the Pinside forum

Embed this ad in a forum post

This page was printed from and we tried optimising it for printing. Some page elements may have been deliberately hidden.

Scan the QR code on the left to jump to the URL this document was printed from.