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    I'm restoring my first machine. Class of 1812. I brought this on a gut feeling and it's turned out great. Thinking about it last night over a beer etc I was wondering what criteria other pinballers use to select there machine restoration project. Is it overall warm and fuzzies or are the mechanicals, electronics, cabinet, plastics, playfield or other things more important. What I'm asking most probably, what is the most important thing? Or is it price? or the GAME? or something more zen.
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  • #2
    Single income, wife plus kid = not much budget to make silly mistakes. So I have a checklist for any machine I'm looking at. Sort of like:

    Cabinet - chips, splits, decals faded, touch ups, wear near flipper buttons, coin door, been drilled, siderails not bent, legs rusty, levellers shit, traslite condition.
    Playfield - plastics cracked or missing, wear, mylar issues, insert lifting, hacks (like screws through the p/f)
    Electronics - GI connectors toasted, board serials match, major burns on the driver, any other obvious hacks.
    Tests - switch, lamp and coil.

    It sounds really anal but you end up with a much better idea of what the machine condition is really like, and how much it's going to cost you to get it up to your standard.


    • #3
      If the playfield has too much damage, I wont even consider the machine
      Now days everything else can be replaced, but reproduction playfields are still rare


      • #4
        Yeah, I'd say one-off stuff like playfield toys and artwork. Mechanics (to a degree) is easier to fix than shitty artwork
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        • #5
          Playfield. Worn or crapped out and it's a junker.
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