Yes, yet another one before the year is out. I found this machine on eBay, but
the seller was local, so I was able to see the machine in person before buying it.
I offered him $100 less than his asking price, which he accepted, and he ended the
auction early on the spot (there had been no bids yet). This machine had been victimized
by cheap, un-professional fixes in its lifetime, probably by a coin-op operator trying
to keep it earning quarters. And, the guy I bought it from had no idea you were supposed
to actually clean the playfield from time to time!
I broght it home on Dec 16, 2001. The game was sold to Vince Murray on July 5, 2003.
This was one of the most popular games in the eighties (17,000 + units), and in the top five all-time, so it will remain a desireable, collectible machine. I was originally going to do a full restoration job on this machine, including matching paint and touching up the scratches on the playfield, but there are other issues with it that I would want to address first. If I can ever find a NOS (new old stock) plastic ramp and a nice set of screened playfield plastics for the machine, then the effort may be worthwhile. But until then, I'll be satisfied with a machine that is working perfectly and is tuned-up well, but needs a little cosmetic work.
Backglass and stripped playfield. The backglass looks pretty good in this picture, but there's about a 5" scratch in the middle that doesn't show up here. You can see some of the scratching in the playfield picture on the right; I think someone broke the playfield glass at one time and was not too careful in cleaning up the sharp, broken pieces..
Here are a couple of shots of the playfield after cleaning and re-assembly. I was very relieved that I was able to put everything back together without having any leftover pieces! In fact, I had to dip into my pinball parts box for several screws, nuts, etc. that were missing..
Here is a partial list of the work I did on the machine:
A view of the playfield from behind the flippers, and a shot of the left side of the cabinet. The paint is wearing off the cabinet some, but the cabinet has no major gouges or scratches that are very common among machines that have been operated in bars or arcades. I think this one had been in a bar at some point.