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    Taito Space Invaders Upright Resto

    Hi all

    Have just dragged my Space Invaders out of long term storage so I thought Iíd post a thread on the resto.

    Have had the old girl since the mid 90s, but it stopped working during the 2000ís. Long work hours and a house move saw all my arcade stuff go into storage, but itís time to finally get the Spacies up and running again.

    The plan is to give it a basic tidy up and get it working again so we can enjoy it. Then over time Iíll work on some more detailed resto items like the coin door etc.

    Hereís some starting pics, overall itís in pretty reasonable condition.

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    Cheers
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    Darren





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    Looks like its in great shape, good luck with the resto

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    Ok, whatís that saying, ďin for a penny, in for a poundĒ! I did say I was only going to tart it up and just get it running didnít I. I got to thinking that I only want to do this once, so Iíve committed to a full resto.

    Overall itís in pretty reasonable condition. The new plan is to leave the cabinet artwork but try to colour match and touch up as best as I can. The black parts will be repainted and the hardware restored.

    Thereís a couple of scratches and the usual dings at the edges. Will try touch these up.
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    Inside is just grotty from years of dust, and a drink that was spilt inside.
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    Itís interesting how the drink seems to have gone in at the CPO, ran down the black screen cardboard, down the side to the power supply board, the down and pooled in the cabinet base. Not sure if you can see
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    Cabinet has been gutted ready for a good clean and the painting / touch ups.
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    Some wood repair on the cab top
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    And a heap of hardware to restore.
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    The monitor has some burn in, but I donít recall it being an issue, will see how it goes.
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    The sound card was not in the cab, not sure where that went, but a have another board set.

    More progress soon.




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    I always admire these type of posts

    stripping and cleaning, repairing and putting it back together

    not something I have the skills to do

    look forward to seeing the old girl shine again

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    Best laid plans! Unfortunately not a lot of progress on my Spacies resto due to a work project, but a little progress.

    I know there are differing schools of thought on the subject, but I like to replace electrolytic and Tantalum capacitors (re-cap) in old gear. So given Iíve got the cabinet stripped, Iíll re-cap the monitor, power supply, and coin counter boards, then fire them up on the bench to test them.
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    Hereís the coin counter board. Actually, my machine had the coin counter removed from it when I got it. Would like to put one back in so will need to research where it goes.
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    Hereís the power supply board.
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    Looks like someone had to replace a bridge rectifier at some stage, but didnít have the correct part.
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    I also ordered the correct bridge rectifier so Iíll replace that too.
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    Iíve made a start on replacing the caps, but I donít have all the correct parts yet. I do find it interesting when you compare 40 year old electrolytic caps to the modern day parts.
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    Iíve also touched up the faded paper speaker cone to get it looking black again. Came up a little too shiny, but itíll really only be visible from the back.

    Before
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    And after
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    Thatís it for now. Will finish the re-cap when the rest of the parts arrive, and after Easter Iíll start taking some of the hardware in to be re-plated etc.





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    I will be following this with interest as I just picked up an empty cab like this last week
    If you come across any leads on spare parts etc it would be appreciated
    I will probably have some questions down the road
    Good luck with the rebuild - looks great so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponty View Post
    I will be following this with interest as I just picked up an empty cab like this last week
    If you come across any leads on spare parts etc it would be appreciated
    I will probably have some questions down the road
    Good luck with the rebuild - looks great so far
    Ponty, feel free to ask any questions, thereís some very knowledgeable people on here. Maybe consider posting a thread, would love to follow your journey with what you do with your Spacies cab.


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    hope this helps, it is located on side near Speaker, I see you have the Bracket already there.
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