Well, since the beginning of the year, I’ve seen 5 arcade games come and go! All three pinball machines were purchased dead/non-working order. Solar Ride was actually the easiest one for me to fix, it’s a System 1 and boards simply needed to be replaced due to lack of parts to repair it. Gotta love really old solid state electronics. It did however cost quite a bit. About $300 for two boards and a bit more for parts for the playfield.
The two electromechanical pinball machines (Aztec and TopTen) were much more of a challenge. Looking at wire diagrams and tracing things back to where things weren’t having continuity. It took hours and hours of time. Only a little bit for parts. However, the amount of time is below minimum wage if you do the math. It’s a labor a love. I’m not sure how people can really make a profit doing it.
I currently have Monte Carlo. It’s a Premier/Gottlieb game. I’ve actually already owned this game before. It’s actually quite fun with it’s three ball multiball.
Just tonight I picked up a Volcano (System 80) by Gottlieb. Below is a picture of the two newest additions. The Volcano doesn’t work just yet. There is Acid damage on the board and connectors need to be replaced. The Monte Carlo works fully. I’ve been cleaning it and hope to re-rubber it soon. The great news is, I went from a row a single ball games. Now both of these game have a three ball multiball! I kinda find the multi ball somewhat anticlimactic on Monte Carlo, because of the 10,000,000 timed shot. If you don’t get that shot, you simply will not be putting your initials on the pinball machine.