The real estate agent and pinball enthusiast loves tweaking his collection, rebuilding and reworking the iconic machines until they're good as new.
He's ensuring that a majority of them are good to go for this month's 17th annual Pin-a-Go-Go event in Dixon, which he spearheads with a few fellow pinball lovers and friends.
"Pinball's made a huge resurgence recently," he said Wednesday while showing pal Steve Gligorea the machines on his property.
Grant's collection is impressive, as well as massive. There are machines of different eras, some more digital than others, all occupying valuable floor space in various rooms in his home, his garage and storage sheds.
Gligorea, a lifelong pinball fan and Escalon resident with solid cabinetry skills, owns 17 machines himself. One of his newest acquisitions is an AC/DC game that has a stereo feature which plays full-length tracks from the band. Grants owns one, too, and loves it with a passion.
On this day, Gligorea dropped off a pinball machine that he made a wood housing for. "Whoa Nellie" is all about farms and fruit and fun, and the casing he built resembles a fruit crate from bygone days. The game will be one of several hundred featured at Pin-a-Go-Go.
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