2009 Arcade Restoration Agenda.

November 12th, 2008

I, Robot – Ground up restoration. Un-Choplifter this thing and bring it back to its former glory. So far I’ve found non-working pcbs, the pcb cage, and a hall effect stick. Still need a harness, marquee and bezel art, and ideally a new control panel.

Interstellar Laser Fantasy – Cabinet is in fairly nice shape, should only require some touch up work here and there once the control panel is rebuilt. No player or disc, so the current plan is to make it into a dedicated Daphne machine (anyone need Interstellar boards?).

Xevious – Cabinet is in solid shape, and with the spare cp, this one might end up being one I play with and turn into a MAME or multi-game. Also, I’m toying with the idea of mounting the upper artwork (directly below the marquee) to plexi with a soft backlight.

Missile Command – Ground-up restoration. Gonna be a lot of work, but at least the cabinet itself is in solid shape.

Omega Race – Ground-up restoration. Front art is all in great shape, side art needs replacing (awaiting thisoldgame.com repros), back of the cabinet looks like it was dragged down a gravel road, will need a bit of bondo work. Hoping the boards are good, still needs a G05 chassis and a few other bits.

The wife is right, I do not need any more machines right now. I’ve got enough cabinet projects to last me a full year, so unless someone wants to donate an upright Discs of Tron, I doubt I’ll be picking up anything new. It’s still fun to scan craigslist in the morning with coffee, though.

So, with the recent spate of arcade project posts, have I managed to convince any of you out there to take up this life leeching incredibly fulfilling hobby? Got a 2009 restoration (or collection) agenda?

4 Responses to “2009 Arcade Restoration Agenda.”

  1. Jangofatt on November 14, 2008 1:37 pm

    I have a MVS-4-25 rev 3 gun conversion that I need to start on plus I have a Konami Simpson’s 4 player cab that needs a lot of love and a crappy Mortal Kombat 4 which needs some bondo and new paint job.

    MVS-4-25 will be the easiest machine to convert due to finally finding about 90% of the parts and the cab is in such great condition.

    The Simpsons cab is the biggest shame due to 1) not having the board and 2) the side art is destroyed. I’m thinking about turning it into a Turtles in Time.

    The MK4 cab will probably just be turned into an Atomiswave because… why not, I guess.

  2. Jeff Rothe on November 19, 2008 9:20 am

    Have you seen my I, Robot post from way back?

    There was a guy who did repro art. I am sure it is sold out….but maybe he’d have some information about where to get that stuff today….irrelevant if you saw my post I am sure.

  3. Sean on April 8, 2009 12:57 pm

    How did you identify the exact cabinet you have for the MVS? This will be my first one but I think mine may be different then the one you have ie: I have a 25inch screen but it feels shorter then one I used to play in the arcade. I recently upgraded the board from two to six. So electrically it is sounds, now this summer I do the outside. Thanks for the links to find things.

  4. Chris on April 8, 2009 3:58 pm

    Sean, check out HardMVS, they’ve got images and details of most of the various dedicated Neo-Geo MVS cabinets.


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