Restoring Tron – Side Art

September 6th, 2008

Side art application was similar to the previous pieces, just a whole lot bigger and a little bit scarier. The inner art required a bit more work, as it’s not cut by the printer, so I had to trim it to fit around the shape of the cabinet structure. Some restorers will build paper templates for this part and then cut the artwork before placement, but I eyeballed it and carefully trimmed as I went.

Tron restoration side art

Next I stripped down and cleaned up the light fixtures, painted the reflectors white, and replaced the starters. Note the yellow zipties I used with the wiring. I didn’t realize until later that they fluoresce, brightly. There’s also a shot of the new power cable and plug I wired up, as the original had exposed wires in several places. Glad I didn’t figure that out the hard way back before this project started.

Tron light fixtures

I also replaced the ni-cad battery on the power supply board. These batteries were put in place to retain high scores while the cabinet was powered off, a nice feature, but the particular battery choice was shortsighted on the part of the hardware designers. After a number of years, the ni-cad batteries often go bad, and when they do, they have a tendency to take the board out with ’em, leaking acid and corroding the pcb in the process.

Bad battery, bad.

Lithium battery conversion kits sell for a few bucks, and the soldering requirements are very basic (read the last two paragraphs here), so if you’ve got a Tron power supply board with its original battery, swap that thing out.

New battery, good.

2 Responses to “Restoring Tron – Side Art”

  1. Terrance Glover on March 5, 2009 10:05 am

    Hello, excellent site!!!! the Tron work you did looks awesome!

    I too have (or will be aquiring) a TRON game that needs restoration. Would it be possible to help me figure out where to find the Side art???? I know where to buy a new gun handle, and my plastics are all good…. I am more a pinball restorer, with little to no experience with video game restoration. I.E. I don’t know where to begin looking.

    Any help with suppliers or scanned artwork would be a godsent! As I can tell your in this for the love, I’m sure you can apprciate that any TRON coming back to life is a good thing…..

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

  2. Chris on March 5, 2009 10:28 am

    Thanks! I recommend Phoenix Arcade for the TRON sideart, they do beautiful work.


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