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    TAITO Defender

    Here is my starting point with the cab.
    Wasn't kidding myself that it needed a lot of work, and was missing most original parts.
    Painted black by an op years earlier and used as a "Wild Bill" gambling machine.

    The only real positive was that it came with an original marquee (I hadn't seen many).

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    OPS WILD BILL MARQUEE copy.jpg

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    Cool. Could never play defender to save my life, but have respect for those who can

    Looking forward to watching the de-conversion of this beautiful cab.
    Woody

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    Me too. The Taito cab with the red on the side looks really cool. I used to be able play really well, but lucky to get over 100 k now.


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    Can Play while not spilling the beer.

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    The Taitos were a dream to operate. Nice and light yet strong and the paint job allowed for some damage that wasn't easierly noticed because of the paint scheme.

    They were also very well balanced with decent sized wheels.

    Just a point of trivia, the metal brackets mounted on the top of the cab were for hanging the machines on the conveyor in the assembly plant.

    The machines were hung from that point using a round bar going from one side bracket to the other and it allowed the machines to move along the assembly line while being hung and perfectly balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autosteve View Post
    Just a point of trivia, the metal brackets mounted on the top of the cab were for hanging the machines on the conveyor in the assembly plant.

    The machines were hung from that point using a round bar going from one side bracket to the other and it allowed the machines to move along the assembly line while being hung and perfectly balanced.
    Thanks for that mate, I've asked a few people over the years and no one could give me a definitive answer.
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    Wondered that myself steve.... had pictured them being hoisted around as they are so light without (or even with) a monitor.
    Id never seen a topper on these, so couldn't imagine any other use.

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    Got stuck in a time machine for a weekend - heating and peeling off the old black paint.
    As expected there is a fair patina on the sides and front (1981 cab?), but thankfully no full sanding before being painted over with black.

    REMOVING BLACK 1 copy.jpg

    REMOVING BLACK 2 copy 2.jpg
    Last edited by Sam J; 28th November 2017 at 03:10 PM.

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    That might actually come up OK. The Taito paint can take a bit of punishment. You may be able to use a scrapper on that to remove the black.

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    These pictures were actually from a couple of months back, so the heater wasn't so bad scraping away in Melbourne winter at the time!

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    REMOVING BLACK FRONT 1 copy.jpg

    OPS REMOVED PAINT copy.jpg

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    If the heater was able to do that I would be giving the wife's hair dryer a go.

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    It was a lot of slow peeling and scraping mainly… heater just helped the paint let go a little.
    The hair dryer and heat gun overheated a small area and you could only peel paint off in 1 cm bits.
    Yes it was tedious, but we got there.

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    Now remove front lower cash box section that will need to be replaced (dowel/ glued/ screwed), remove control panel, power supply and transformer… pretty much everything but the wiring loom, then give the cab a good vac out and clean up.

    REMOVE LOWER FRONT.jpg

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