About 2 years ago now - June 2014 I won a Bally Gameshow Project pinball machine on ebay. IPDB: http://ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=985
My intention for this machine was to take out all of the existing circuit boards and replace it with my own hardware and software. I know I wouldn't be able to make it work the same as original, but that's cool - I wanted to make my own game out of it.
This is what it looked like when I got it:
A bit dirty and missing some boards. The cabinet was in OK condition, and the back-glass was in good nick.
On closer inspection I discovered the remaining boards had actually been butchered and were missing a bunch of chips and some things had been desoldered too.
Future posts (and a couple of previous) detail my work in getting this machine up and running into a playable state.