I hadn't heard from him in years, we both used to share an interest in canal boats, and then I started collecting slots and he moved onto vintage vehicles and now has a small business selling and repairing anything over 60 years old with wheels.
He wanted me to source him a 1966 Gottlieb Cross Town pinball for him. It was similar in name to his business and he saw it as an attractive addition in his premises/showroom.
His requirements were ....
It must be in perfect working order
Good decoration/paintwork especially the backbox
I asked him what coin it should work on, he answered "Oh that doesn't matter"
He then went on to explain that he would junk the main box after salvaging the reset mechanism. His intention was to convert the top box into a clock using the score drums as a 24 hour clock, he needed the reset mechanism to to turn it from 23.59 to 00.00.
After which he'd be happy to sell me the left over bits.
I thought long and hard about his project and then after about 20 seconds I asked him if he could find me a Showman's Steam Engine, I didn't mind if it was a Fowler or Burrell as it was only for show. It had to be complete but I couldn't be arsed with all that dirty coal stuff and intended fitting a Volvo Truck diesel inside the boiler, what did he reckon?
I don't think he was impressed as I haven't heard back from him.