It was a rash decision on our part, but hopefully it will pay off in the end. You may have read my post a while ago on my experience with Craigslist (see here). What we ended up purchasing was a Space Shuttle pinball machine. It was the night before the last shuttle was to land, and I guess that event pushed us to purchase a machine that really was not in very good condition. When might we ever find one again???
It played and most parts were in working order. It went in to the garage for "temporary" storage and so that we could plug it in and try it out before deciding where it would go in the house. The more I looked at it, though, the more areas for improvement came to the forefront. So we now have a pinball machine in a gazillion pieces in our garage. Frankly, electronic components really do not scare me. When I was a kid, I used to take all sorts of things apart and I have had the pleasure (?) of helping to put in the wiring for our first house. I'm good with capacitors and relays and can solder pretty well. What scares me is the thought that we may not be able to put everything back in the correct place.
We are smart enough to have taken a whole lot of pictures during the demolition phase. We also had Favorite Son help us for a bit. He has a photographic memory and we took full advantage of that part of his brain as we got him to assist in removing components. We have used the internet to purchase some new items for the rebuild. At present, we are polishing and repainting all of the parts that can be beautified. All of the cosmetic parts are going to look or be brand-new. So, even if it doesn't play perfectly, it will look really great.
Here's the playfield all naked, stripped of all of the fun stuff like flippers, ramps, and bumpers:
The underside of a pinball table just has a FEW wires:
And we still have all of our carefully labeled parts!!
In the mean time, feel free to send me good vibes and a positive attitude. I'll also be accepting donations of perhaps some duct tape or gorilla glue??