Well, so far it’s quite straightforward… a digital multimeter (I use the Velleman DVM-4100), a 30W soldering iron and a whole range of screwdrivers and pliers.
In preparation of repairing the CPU board, I have bought a Willem EPROM programmer (off ebay), two 2532 EPROMS (oh yes, I found some) and made a logic probe as described on the flipper-pinball-fan website (see my links).
Now I’m waiting for a PCMCIA Parallel port card for my laptop, so I can connect the EPROM programmer and make me a copy of Leon’s test EPROM from the flipper-pinball-fan website (see my links). Then the testing will continue!
I bought a Pinball Champ ’82. This machine was built by Zaccaria in Bolognia, Italy in 1982.
The backglass is in relatively good condition. There is some wear above the 2nd and 3rd player displays and the lift trim is rusted.
The playfield needs a thourough clean, all rubbers need replacing, burnt out lamps need replacing and some screws are missing, but all plastics are intact!
This is my biggest worry… How am I going to replace that missing “H” drop target? I have no idea yet.
The door is a mess, the cable tree inside has been cut, the lock has been drilled out, the door is deformed and doesn’t close or open easily, the red Zaccaria door sticker is missing and don’t get me started on the coin slots…
The serial number of the machine. I haven’t registered it yet on the Internet pinball serial number database, I’ll do that when it’s restored.
So why this blog? Because I’m restoring a pinball machine? Duh…
I was walking down my street about a month ago and noticed a sign on a window saying “everything for sale” and a mobile phone number. I looked in and saw this:
So I wrote down the mobile number and called the next day. Yes, it is still for sale; yes, I can come have a look; yes, you can take it off my hands for 75€…
Two days later it was delivered to my garage and now I’m restoring it.