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Gonna post this in a seperate thread so its not ruining the Arcade 24/7 one. Any suggestions or help on this would be cool. Next thing im going to do is remove everything from the insides so just the shell is left. Im worried about touching stuff in it, does anyone know if anything in here will be holding a charge? I know i have to discharge the monitor, but anything else in there dangerous?

Kevin did you remove all the insides from your cocktail cab??


I got lucky last week and managed to pick up TWO cocktail cabs off a mate of the lad I bought the Street Fighter 2 cab from. So here they are in all their glory. I believe the Taito Space Invaders one came out around 1978 so its pretty old and its WELL used. They are in fairly bad condition so it will be a lot of work. Both still get power though.




There is no glass on the Moon Base one, its gone totally and the Glass on the Space Invaders is in a bad way, full of scratches. I’m guessing i’ll replace the glass on both. Ill get all the metal parts and legs sandblasted and powder coated, clean up the wood. maybe get the black base’s sprayed black.

Initial first look and I can see that the screen in Moon Base is fecked totally, the neck of the crt is broken off and sitting in the bottom of the cab. Both power on but neither have anything on screen, a slight flickering on the space invaders.

I checked the fuses with my multimeter and there is one fuse gone in both. So i take the good fuse from Moon Base and stick it in the space invaders cab in place of the one that’s gone.



When I power up the space invaders i get a pop and smoke from an area filled with a few capacitors. The good fuse blows.



Talking to the lads over on Jamma+ they suggest that ceramic resistor is sitting on one of the caps and could be causing the issue, as you can see in the photo some of the blue wrap on the resistor seems to be melted away a bit. So I reached in and gently lifted that resistor up off the cap. Unfortunately as of now, I have no quick blow fuses to replace the ones that have blown so Ive bought a few 30mm 2Amp ones off eBay.

Until they arrive there is not much else I can do. I did have about 30 quid sitting in my pay-pal account so I bought a repro CP fro the player 2 side of the cab, couldnt find player one at the minute but ill keep looking



Its a pity i couldnt find a player 1 side in stock but ill keep my eye on the site and hopefully he will get them in down the road.

I drilled out the old locks on the coin door and found a shiny 10p in the box. I forgot how HUGE the 10p coins where! I think im going to keep that and leave the coin door on 10p per game and just use this coin to play it.

I have a feeling that this cocktail restore is going to take a lot of time! Im determined though to restore it back to its original state with the original game inside working. There is no way im going to tear apart a piece of gaming history like this.

As for the Moon Base one, im not sure what to do with it, id love to restore both, but because the monitor is gone in it, im not sure what to do.

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Mitchomagic Registered User
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i should be able to sort out a 14 monitor,get them in form time to time in the poker machines,if you wanted to restore the moon base,also have a few parts from one somewhere

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Thanks Mitch! Ill be on to you in a few weeks, getting married now in 4 weeks so it will have to wait until after that. I have that power supply you gave me too, turns out it wasnt that causing the issue so my one is still grand. had to get the flyback and cap kit done on the chassis out of that one, its working fine now.

Im going to concentrate on doing what i can with no money for the next few weeks so going to take it apart and get it ready for spraying, sandblasting. one of the legs is kind of off on the space invaders one, i dunno if it can just twist back straight or ill have to sort that out too some how.

MackDaddi Registered User
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keithgeo said:

I drilled out the old locks on the coin door and found a shiny 10p in the box. I forgot how HUGE the 10p coins where! I think im going to keep that and leave the coin door on 10p per game and just use this coin to play it...


If you're gonna keep the coin mech operational (props for how retro awesome that is BTW) why not try using something like this:



Check out these links, there are some places that do standard and custom tokens online. You might get lucky with shipping from the US, and it would be seriously cool to have a bunch of tokens of a unique size that were the only way to activate the machine.

http://digthatbox.com/arcade_token_gallery_2012.html

http://www.tokensdirect.com/FASTstandard_designs1.htm

This would be my personal fave. I think it's on ebay at the moment:

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They are pretty cool alright, ill look into them, love the Flynns arcade one. id say that would be lost on most people though!

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MackDaddi Registered User
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keithgeo said:
They are pretty cool alright, ill look into them, love the Flynns arcade one. id say that would be lost on most people though!


Who gives a flying f*ck about most people? I love obscure stuff. I play games most people have never heard of, my fave t-shirt has got "I'm what willis was talkin' bout" on it and i quote lines from 20 year old simpsons episodes in everyday conversations. People inevitably don't get it, but every now and again, somebody appreciates it.

As long as one retro nerd complimented me on that Flynn's Arcade token it'd be money well spent

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Good point, Screw those guys! haha

Jack burton Registered User
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I think I should really get one of those tokens, because I actually am The Son of Flynn!

Cant wait to see how these turn out Keithgeo, considering the age they dont look too bad but its say they still need buckets of work done to them

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I dont mind doing the work, its part of the enjoyment once you have them finished. I would consider the restoring of the tables themselves the easier part to me. the hard part is the internals.

My main worry now, is that i need to take out all the insides to fix the tables, but im not sure if anything in there will be dangerous. I know the monitor will be but the rest im not sure.

The Last Bandit Registered User
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Keep us posted on the restoration, really interest to see how this goes.

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Dale Parish Registered User
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I have a Moonbase cocktail (the PCB is kaput, sent it off to Andy's arcade but he doesn't have the schem for it.. so goosed really ) Nothing in there held any charge for me, including the TV. The fuses were 1.5 and 0.5 IIRC, will double check tomorrow

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Dale Parish said:
I have a Moonbase cocktail (the PCB is kaput, sent it off to Andy's arcade but he doesn't have the schem for it.. so goosed really ) Nothing in there held any charge for me, including the TV. The fuses were 1.5 and 0.5 IIRC, will double check tomorrow


Thanks a lot. you should check over on jamma+ some of them over there do be posting about repairing pcbs.

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Dale Parish said:
I have a Moonbase cocktail (the PCB is kaput, sent it off to Andy's arcade but he doesn't have the schem for it.. so goosed really ) Nothing in there held any charge for me, including the TV. The fuses were 1.5 and 0.5 IIRC, will double check tomorrow


http://jammajup.co.uk/manuals/moon-base.pdf
schematics etc here...
might be of help.

Best of luck with the restorations.

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unky chop chop Registered User
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yeah good luck man..Looks like you have your work cut out for ya
Fair play for going for the original restore, I'd hate to see that Invaders ripped up and mamed with an LCD screen.
You're right,It's iconic

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Dale Parish Registered User
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Just checked there the fuses beside the TV are in vertical position; the top one is 1.5A and the bottom one is 0.5A

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