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    LAI Mortal Kombat 1 restore

    So I picked up this dedicated LAI MK1 cabinet recently on ebay. Some of you may remember the listing.
    Itís missing pretty much everything except the jamma harness and power supply.
    Iím currently sourcing all the parts and still need to get the following;

    1. Lower support bracket for marquee
    2. Speaker grill
    3. NRI coin mech faceplate

    Any ideas on where I can get these? I might need to fabricate the support bracket if I canít get one, and was hoping to get the full size speaker grill rather than the small square/round ones that only cover the speaker hole.

    Thanks in advance and watch this space for further updates!










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    You could try Kev's family entertainment in Kingswood for those fiddly bits, he might be able to help?

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    LAI Mortal Kombat 1 restore

    Thanks Mick80 i did speak to Kev about those parts, ended up getting his working MK1 pcb as well.

    So far i have done the following;

    Rewire 240vac supply cable to disty box as this was missing
    Replace fluro ballast
    Check switching power supply - tested OK all voltages from the harness
    Cut front door to size
    source 25" bezel
    order tempered glass to size
    order new CPO overlay from @MamePatrol as the original had bad coin scratches straight throught the middle of it
    printout new CPO sideart
    cut CP side panel to size
    touch up side art work

    the side art wasnt in that bad condition so i figured i could salvage it.



    Cant wait to stick on the artwork, but first things first. @MamePatrol did a great job with the CPO, came up a treat even with the LAI badge in the middle


    Still lots of work to be done
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    Great to see another one coming back to life.

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    I bought an aluminium angle from bunnings for the marquee lower support bracket, and an aluminium sheet for the speaker grille.
    Cut them both to size and painted the grille black and bracket red.


    This is how it looks at the moment


    Next i will drill some holes through the grille for the speaker, picked up a 15W 4ohm speaker from the local wreckers. Think i pulled it out of a Camry from memory


    Mounted the CPO side panel as well with t-moulding

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    Those LAI MK cabs are well built sexy beasts.

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    OK so the speaker grille and marquee are now mounted


    The control panel is in pretty rough condition


    The underside of the CP is rusted to the shithouse


    So i will soak it overnight in white vinegar, lets see if this gets rid of that rust


    How the hell does the underneath of the CP get that rusted anyways? Spilt drinks?

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    They seemed to be uncoated mild steel- even just being in a humid environment would have caused rust to start quite fast.

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    Yeh sounds about right, Iíve seen some rusty control panels but this one takes the cake! Should scrub off nicely hopefully once the vinegar works itís magic


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    Looking forward to seeing it in action

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