This game must have been struck by lightning. 3 PCBs and the display all had to be replaced. The PCB’s aren’t serviceable and NAMCO does exchange at $350-$500 through their dealer network. This game as 11k plays so it hasn’t quite paid for itself. Back when it was purchased, MSRP was $6999.
Beautiful machine running great. A lot of ball swirls from a rusted ball, but a new ball and some wax should prevent any more. Multiple repairs, rubber, wax and bulbs make it mancave ready!
Note: The game came with the doorbell credit button and remains at customer request.
The game was stored in a shed at the Paradise Valley KOA for many years. It had several minor problems. This game uses the same control boards as a Space Invaders. It uses a copper clad plate for aiming and works great.
This machine will be out in the wild fishing for quarters at Paradise Valley KOA Kampground. It has been on location for many years and needed a little maintenance and repair:
Reset Relay Switch Adjustment
P1 10’s Zero Switch Adjustment
Bad Motor Clutch
Player Unit Sticking
Setup, Config, Test
This machine had a burnt “Man Load” Coil, a couple of broken switches, a sticking coin relay, burnt out starter and bulb and a few other little things. It will go into a commercial setting so many of the bulbs were replaced with LED’s, the backbox field was cleaned and the playfield was cleaned and waxed. It’s a great game for one or two players.
This nice machine will be found in the Paradise Valley KOA campground store shortly.
This machine came in dead. Monitor won’t stay on and main board won’t boot.
Replaced Main Board (Lower Right) – $465 Exchange
Next, it boots and reports I/O Board (Lower Left) Error – $365 Exchange
Next, it boots up and runs a couple of hours before another failure
The game reports A/I Board (Upper Left) Error – $350 Exchange
Add in another $45 for the $17 in UPS charges and the parts cost is already at $1225.
Now it’s time to burn it in for a couple of days before going after the broken display. The test TV might replace the Wells Gardner LCD if it can’t be fixed.
Recommendation – DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE!
I guess I’ll find out sooner or later and update this post when I find out.
When I send these out to home environments, I throw these alligator clips on the credit unit switch so no coins are needed. If they ever want to go back to quarters, just pull the alligator leads… or better yet, clip them on the insulation so you remember where they go if you want to go back to freeplay.