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    Posted: 08 Aug 2016 at 10:08pm
Hi all,

As some may know a long time collector has passed away. I had dealt with Pete a few times and he was something else! Never wanted cash up front only if you wanted it post the cash back! That's the trust he had in the hobby. Anyway Vic found out he had passed away and a few UKVAC people made a trip up to see what was there to help the family and keep the cabs in collectors hands...

A great write up is here by Tony which can fill in the whole background behind it all...

https://arcadeblogger.com/2016/08/06/pete-davies-the-invadar-arcade-collection/

I was lucky enough to get one of the cabs... It's nothing special but I will get it running and in a local pub so people can play it which I think Pete would approve of.

Many of you may have read the blog above, and although possibly classed as a raid, most cabs disappear from view usually. I'm hoping other guys that got stuff will add to this thread as and when the cabs arrive all across the UK. I'm collecting mine on Wednesday and tbh will be a boring resto but there should be some good ones.

So let's all carry on and show they weren't wasted staying in the community and do Pete proud...

I'll add my update on Weds and I hope everyone else will too when they can Thumbs Up

I'd like to end with again sending my condolences to Pete's family and also say well done to the guys that went up and sorted it all... It shows what a great community this can be ClapHug

Now lets get the pics videos etc up and running!!! I'll post again when I pick up the cocktail cab.

The cabs will also all be marked up to show where they came from.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote smarty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 1:47pm
I'll start us off then Smile

My cabs from Pete's collection are as follows:

Taito Field Goal Cocktail. Up and running with a game board fault. The plan for this one is to give it a general tidy all over, the main item that need attention are the legs, they either need painting or re-chroming. The original PSU has been replaced, the wiring is a bit hacked so I will tidy that up when the time comes. Nice cab with minor work needed to fix.


Next up for me are some Super Breakout cocktail cabs. Apart from game boards, top glass & monitors, these are pretty much complete. There's just lots of mould and dirt that needs cleaning out. I'm going to make my own resto thread for one of these as i expect it will take some time to fix this lot up and there's lots to do! I will put some 'finished' photos in this thread when the time comes.




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gonna be great seeing a lot of this stuff come back to life, keep the pics coming folks and best of luck to all with the resto's Thumbs Up

rest in peace Pete Davies, the arcade scene salutes you
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One of the more unusual (and in my view, interesting) items of Pete's collection that I was fortunate enough to be offered, is this Universal board tester, so I thought with it being a rare item to do a short write-up about it.



It's a genuine Universal part, with manufacturer plate and serial number #1006 (I guess that means number 6) on the back panel.

It's in remarkably good condition, and it weighs a ton (you'll learn why soon...).  First some more photos.

Side panel showing built-in speaker



Other side showing fan vent



And rear of unit



So time to lift the bonnet on it and see what's inside.



So lifting the hinged lid (with thumb slot at the front to make lifting even easier!) you can begin to see the reason it's so heavy.  3 large transformers in there which make up the bulk of the weight.  And considering all they're doing is providing 240/110 isolation, plus +5V/+12V/-5V supplies, most of that nowadays could fit into a small and light SMPS.

It was about this time I realised we don't have Universal's version of Atari's Cat Box, but something a LOT simpler.

Taking the front panel off you can begin to see what's in there.



One large power supply (manufactured by Condor) at the base, supplying the regulated +5/+12/-5V supplies for the board logic.  Above that are 2 other transformers providing the other voltages, including isolation for the monitor supply.

To the left you can see the speaker, then to the right the fan.

 

There's even a coin counter (made in Enfield!), and a small audio amplifier board for the sound

You can also now see the inside of the front panel with a multitude of controls



A couple of leaf switches, a joystick (Wico copy by the look of it), various other buttons (you can see what they are all for from the front of the machine photo) and a multi-connector wafer switch to choose between player 1 and player 2.

It currently has a US mains plug, and is jumpered for 120V (nicely done on the back panel after the isolation but it still means unshielded mains voltage will be present, so I'll look to get a cover for that), so I've not powered it up yet, but there isn't much to go wrong with it so hopefully it won't go bang.



I also want to try to find a replacement lamp cover, as it looks like this one has melted...



Finally, it looks like the only hacked part of the tester is where the game board connects, and it looks like it's been done to make connection of the board easier.  Not sure what I'm going to do with this connector just yet but may make something that will work with multiple boards from different manufacturers (so it will end up being a Universal universal tester LOL)



So whilst it's not as technical a unit as Atari's (or some others out there), I think it's a lovely bit of kit and has a real charm to it.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dj_yt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 8:30pm
Good stuff. Really nice to see some closeups of the kit.

I'll enjoy reading the restoration threads!

Who got the Afterburner? Just interested as I've been tinkering with mine lately. New baby and summer outdoor gardening jobs have put a temporary halt to the work on it in the last month though!

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Phil looks good, seen on the day, does the mean you will be a candidate for fixing universal boards? and maybe at 1980 pricesLOL
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That's a super nice bit of kit there. Nice to see more info about it Smile
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Yeah really interesting :)
I'm looking forward to tomorrow as all I've seen is a few pics lol

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Originally posted by Ronnie Dent Ronnie Dent wrote:

Phil looks good, seen on the day, does the mean you will be a candidate for fixing universal boards? and maybe at 1980 pricesLOL


Well as so many other people have done so much to ensure Pete's collection went to the right place, as my contribution to it I'm happy to take a look at (free of charge) any of the Universal boards that people got.  It was one of the things I said when I was offered the tester.

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Originally posted by philmurr philmurr wrote:

Originally posted by Ronnie Dent Ronnie Dent wrote:

Phil looks good, seen on the day, does the mean you will be a candidate for fixing universal boards? and maybe at 1980 pricesLOL


Well as so many other people have done so much to ensure Pete's collection went to the right place, as my contribution to it I'm happy to take a look at (free of charge) any of the Universal boards that people got.  It was one of the things I said when I was offered the tester.



I was just kidding Phil but a nice gesture, I have 3 universal boards but need to test them properly, I also got a table to go with themSmile
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A day late but on Wednesday I picked up my cab from the lot collected..



Fits easily in the boot of my C-max Smile

Back home in the back garden to take a look at it...







No keys with it so bits to unlock... The coin box and there was one lock to get into it...



Used a mini grinder to take the padlock off and took off the other coin box lock when it was removed.

After drilling out the main lock I was in!



Pacman pcb inside as a bonus!



Overall pretty clean inside and damp and mould free...





After checking connections, wires, etc It was time to plug it in... The monitor has static on it but couldn't see a picture and the sounds seem a bit off. Also player one fire button seems to be a credit button.

UPDATE 13/08/2016

I have looked at the wiring and as it had a pacman pcb in it the player one fire button (1) added a credit and as it had a pacman pcb in it obviously no fire buttons were needed. The pacman pcb has a link to a smaller 38 pin connector and through some tracing with a multimeter the fire button had been re routed to the credit switch from the original (guess) wiring to the pacman pcb with the connector and wires etc inside it already. I may have read the pinout wrong I found online but the power and video match up but player one and two seem to be the wrong way round and at a 90 degree angle... All would've been clearer as I was going to try a jamma pcb so cut a fingerboard to match then realised I didn't have any jamma connectors.. Only 44 and 36 pin ones EmbarrassedCry



Oh and fingerboard already cut Smile



Anyway the original (I think Konami Classic) pinout hasn't been butchered just going to the pacman pcb....

UPDATE 18/08/2016

Still waiting on the jamma connector. Can't find my 60-1 but done a few things...

Whilst waiting for the connector the locks turned up Smile all keyed the same and only £12 off ebay for 5 Thumbs Up

Also one of the closing latches was missing a part so a quick trip to a local metal works and £2 later...



Me being a nugget made the latch hole the wrong direction but I'll sort that hopefully tomorrow... Anyway onto the locks...





and all in place Smile

Next the chrome plated legs.... I'm not sure what to do with them as I don't really want to spray them black and as its going in a pub don't want to spend money on rechroming them so sanded down with tin foil (great tip from Alex/Chuckie Egg) they're currently just going to stay as is...



Then onto the coin mech.. It doesn't seem to work atm but says 20p on the glass but the mech says 10p. Either way it rejects all coins so need to sort something out if anyone has any ideas? I'll probably just put a wanted up asking for a working one.





Finally into the kitchen ready for the rest to be done....



UPDATE 28/08/2016

I've done some more Smile



Started making the adapter when there was a knock at the door...



Took less than a week to arrive from foreign shores!



Couldn't get the monitor to sync so raised the monitor up a bit, located the pots and began to mess with them...

Moe had given Riley a pack of fun snaps to play with and I nearly sh*t myself as he threw them all on the ground at once LOL





Anyway, after a lot of swearing and one electric shock.... We have a picture Smile

Onto testing the controls.... All worked fine except the diagram I used has the firebuttons the wrong way round but that's an easy fix... So it was time for some play testing Big smile



Things to do...

Make an adapter to convert pacman to jamma so I can test another pcb (most likely a 60-1) DONE
Correct the wiring PRETTY MUCH SORTED
Sort out the monitor if it needs it WORKS FINE!
New locks DONE
Spit and polish
Tidy the legs SORT OF DONE!!
Put it in my friend's pub for everyone to play.

I did say earlier mine wouldn't be that exciting lol and it won't be LOL

- Ben



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Nice Ben I got one also, taito with pacman board, no key for it yet, maybe posty will bring it soon. I did power it on and seen a brief image of pacman screen before it went blankOuch

I will of course take pics and post here once I get in!
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Originally posted by philmurr philmurr wrote:

One of the more unusual (and in my view, interesting) items of Pete's collection that I was fortunate enough to be offered, is this Universal board tester, so I thought with it being a rare item to do a short write-up about it.
So whilst it's not as technical a unit as Atari's (or some others out there), I think it's a lovely bit of kit and has a real charm to it.

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I was fortunate enough to grab the Space Harrier. I haven't powered her up yet but I have since removed the boards for testing in one of my other cabs. Bit of white mould and some cobwebs but nothing serious Smile Original Sega nanao monitor is there, loom appears unhacked and of course the boards are in it Big smile




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I had the chance to fire up my Sega Super Masters Gold cab today. It's Sega System24 and the game ROM loads from a floppy disk drive. It looks like the disk I have is corrupt as it fails with a disk read error. 

The cab is a similar size to all the other Sega Midi cabs. Good news is that the medium resolution monitor works, and it appears everything else within the cab seems to be it pretty good condition.











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Really good to see you all getting stuck into these machines.

I haven't even seen mine yet, it'll be next week before I get anywhere near them.

I'm hoping to tear into the ISIS Jamma cab first as it should be the easiest to resurrect - i'm planning on making it into my usual favourite type of vertical orientation single player ambidextrous controls - probably initially being a Scramble cab as I don't have one of those and I think it'll go well at shows.

After that i'll have a look at Field Goal, then Super Breakout (Dan, i'll get the Owl door off shortly for you), and then finally Cosmic Guerrilla.


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Field Goal's PCB fault is now fixed. Fix log going up later in the correct forum.




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