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Got me a Ms. Pac-Man cab!

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So a buddy of mine calls me up and asked me if I wanted his non working Ms Pac-Man cab. The deal was that if I fixed it, he could play it whenever he came down, which I had no problem with. This is what the cab looked like when I got it. 

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The cab was pretty beat up. Just running my hand across the sides made the paint fall off of it. Someone had painted the entire cab black. 

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As you can see the cab was in pretty bad shape. So even before I tried to make the thing actually work, I painted it black. I primered it first before doing so. 

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At this point I actually tried to make it work. I found some wires that looked like they were spliced into. I figured these were the connections for power. There was no power plug when I got it. I got a PC power cable, cut the end off and spliced it into the existing cuts in the wiring. When I plugged it in, it powered on...however with some problems..

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The screen was all distorted. I had found 10 different knobs in the back of the arcade. I turned all of them to see if it would fix it. Nothing did. I thought maybe they all have to be dialed in perfect. After 3 days of messing with these knobs, I was getting frustrated. I was staring at the back of the cab when I saw this metal bracket with a hole in it. I shined a flashlight through the hole and I saw a potentiometer with a screwdriver slot on it. I grabbed a screwdriver and turned it clockwise and it made it worse. So I went counterclockwise all the way and it made the screen totally clear! ...with some minor distorted on the right part of the screen . Just had to slightly turn it back clockwise to get rid of the distortion 

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After that I spent a few minutes to dial in the colors properly. 

At this point, I got a proper power cable for the cab and installed it. 

The control panel overlay was pretty dirty and torn so that got replaced. Put some new buttons too.

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When I got done with that, I wanted to go all out. I ended up getting a repro glass bezel and installed it. The repro is very high quality. Very happy with it. 

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My friend had got this thinking if he couldn't fix it, he was going to keep the Marquee and get rid of it. Knowing that I got this machine for free, I got a new Marquee and gave him the original. Got a high score save kit as well.

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Last thing I got was the panel art and new T molding. When I got the art in, I realized that if I were to install the front part as is, the coin door chop off the forehead of Ms. Pac-Man. So I had to raise the coin door 4.5 inches.

 

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I also was able to hide the bolts that hold the coin bucket in place below the surface of the wood so I didn't have to shove them to the front of the artwork. Once that was done I installed the art along with the new t molding. When I installed the cab was finally finished!

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I wish the color of the panel art was a closer match to the control panel overlay, but in the end, I think it came out pretty awesome. I'm forever grateful that my buddy gave me this arcade. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite arcade games of all time. It was a lot of work putting this thing together

Here's a side by side of the before and after!

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Edited by Kid A

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5 hours ago, StormSurge said:

That is AMAZING!!! Great job!!!
 

One of these days I will have a cabinet. 

I'm with StormSurge.  Once of these days.  Galaxian is what I'm after but I'd settle for any decent one...even if it has to be restored.  That would be the fun part.  

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Thanks everyone! Restoring was a lot of fun and I wouldn't mind doing another one. Hopefully I find a beat up Galaga cab soon! 😂

I'm so excited to add this cab to the collection. I'm really happy with the way it came out. 

I wonder why arcade1up doesn't make full size cabs? Yeah, obviously it would cost more but I think it would be worth it. 

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4 hours ago, Kid A said:

Thanks everyone! Restoring was a lot of fun and I wouldn't mind doing another one. Hopefully I find a beat up Galaga cab soon! 😂

I'm so excited to add this cab to the collection. I'm really happy with the way it came out. 

I wonder why arcade1up doesn't make full size cabs? Yeah, obviously it would cost more but I think it would be worth it. 

It would probably take a while but I don't see why you can't build one from scratch buying used parts (motherboard, monitor, etc.) and such.  It would take a while longer but the end result would be about the same thing...wouldn't it or am I wrong?

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4 hours ago, kamakazi20012 said:

It would probably take a while but I don't see why you can't build one from scratch buying used parts (motherboard, monitor, etc.) and such.  It would take a while longer but the end result would be about the same thing...wouldn't it or am I wrong?

Well, if it's pre built, the convince factor is definitely there. 

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