In the spring of 2002, I bought a used Mercury Sable from an abandoned auto auction held at a local tow yard. I thought this would be a great way to get an extra vehicle. I was driving a 1989 GMC S-15 and worried that if it ever broke down I’d need a back-up vehicle. The Sable was very clean, although really nerdy. However, I couldn’t complain for $600.
I took the car home and shortly realized I didn’t need a third car. It just sat in my driveway most of the time.
My friend, Steve, however, needed a car. His car was on its last days and he was tired of putting money into it. He made me an offer for the Mercury that I couldn’t refuse.
For the Sable, he offered to trade a Sinbad pinball machine and a Galaxian table top arcade unit. Both of these machines needed additional work, but I jumped at the deal.
In less than a year, those two machines would grow into a small basement arcade.Read More