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  • Space Fever (B & W) Cocktail Cab resto

    Hi everyone

    I bought a Space Fever Cab in around August last year and had been working on the resto and meant to provide some updates.
    Seeing I never did I thought I would provide a full download on the job 😂


    The cab was found local (Brisbane) - I believe it was Berty's Space Fever originally...

    Sale from this link though i didn't buy via AA, I saw the cab browsing through Gumtree one weekend.
    https://www.aussiearcade.com/forum/t...er#post2205963

    This was the cab as I picked her up.

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    When I got the old girl home, I set her up in the workshop and got to work on some of the basics.
    This is the Plate and JAA sticker which looks to be the same as the one advertised by Berty

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    Colour overlay was in beautiful condition.
    Tried to leave alone, wiped off with a little glass cleaner, very gently albeit...

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    Overall the bones of the cab were pretty good.
    Looking into it further and testing the componentry I found:

    - CRT was completely non-functional. No powerup, chassis was soaked in yellow cap goo, was a bit yuck.
    - CRT looked to have significant screen burn (no judgement - the cab is 3 years older than me 😄)
    - Nintendo Power Brick (PSU) was U/S. No voltage out, when I removed her, I could hear caps rattling around inside which was not too encouraging
    - PCB looked in good condition but could not test at that point, stored away safely until later.
    - CPO looked like it had been burnt by some champion of humanity with a cigarette lighter or something...


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    After I did a strip out of the cab I got in touch with Mike Haaland (Mikesarcade) and sourced a new:
    - PSU replacement
    - New Coin Stickers
    - New interconnects cables between the PCB and PSU (10-pin and 12-pin, I think??)
    - New Chrome Tabletop corners
    - New Table Instruction card and stickers (I did not and have not touched the original Japanese instruction Stickers, the new English stickers are laying over the top til i can source repro Japanese ones)

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    I grabbed some new Screws of a decent gauge / width to reattach the tabletop to the body of the cab - I then ordered a new Tempered Glass tabletop from Archer Glass in Salisbury (QLD) then fitted it all up

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    Once all fitted up and looking the part, I carried out a re-wire of the cab and installed the new PSU, and did my first ever re-cap on the CRT in the hopes it would then power up.
    I wish I only had videoed the reaction of mine when i saw the monitor come on for the first time!!! Was awesome 😃

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    After some testing and verifying everything I knew that PCB still had issues. I sent the Space Fever PCB off to Kaizen who helped us get it all up and working again.
    While Kaizen had the PCB I did a couple of things:

    - Lightly went over the cab body with a wire brush attachment for heavily rusted areas
    - Covered the Cab body with rust converter so as not to ruin the patina, but to remove the surface rust ready to paint
    - Quick wipedown and then 2 coats of rustoleum colour as advised by Kaizen
    - The original Space Fever CPOs were removed from the cab and sent off to Carson at Noodleshirt for reproduction


    With the PCB repaired after a bit it was all put back together and tested at Kaizens place. Worked brilliant!!

    The next step was to take the cab back home and install the new CPOs (grind the rust of the tops of the panel bolts prior to installing 😁😁)
    Here are the results!!

    The CPOs from Noodleshirt
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    ^^^ Haha you can just see my toe at the end there

    Below: ready for install of the CPOs
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    Note - I lightly sanded off the "Game A" button to try and remove some of the damage, didn't seem to work so great but maybe, i dunno looked about 10% better
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    A few more little touches and it was done.

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    After a quick clean it was straight into my little arcade downstairs. Bloody great to have it as part of the collection.

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    (gonna paint match and fix that deep scratch in the tabletop - its killing me haha)
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    Thanks everyone!
    Hope it was worth the read 😎


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  • #2
    dedmunds Nice one mate, she looks grand

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    • #3
      Hey Tonjo thanks mate! A few more finishing touches to go. I will be removing the foam around the edge of the tabletop once i locate some suitable replacement. Might check Clark Rubber or something, I imagine that foam wouldn't be easy to find

      That, new lock mechanism for the coin box and a bit of a general buff up for the Aluminium feet and we are close to being done.
      Last edited by dedmunds; 1 May 2021, 10:18 AM.

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