Howdy! Welcome to my pinball machine repair photo journal thingy!
This is my first pinball machine, although I have a couple of arcade video game machines. I just started teaching myself electronics a couple weeks ago, and now I'm diving into a huge project.
Fortunately, this machine is in pretty good shape. I bought it from a guy in Clovis, and picked it up, literally on the side of a two-lane highway, in the middle of nowhere halfway between Albuquerque and Clovis. It was quite cinematic, especially because they hadn't removed the backbox, and I didn't have the tools to take it off, so we weren't sure it was going to fit in the suburban I was borrowing from my parents. It all went well, though, and now it lives in my office, as pictured here. I decided on this particular machine because it was offered pretty cheap, and because it has a ramp. Ramps are neat.
This is totally a "learning as I go" sort of thing, and I'm going to try to share everything I learn so that other beginners can also learn about the harrowing world of pinball machine repair!
(Incidentally, my goal with this machine is to "refurbish" it, not "restore" it; the difference is that a "refurbished" machine is fully playable, but looks like the 30-year-old machine it is, while a "restored" machine is in absolutely pristine condition and feels like you've travelled back in time 30 years to play it.)
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