In my previous post I covered why I would buy an old beaten up arcade cabinet. In this post I'll cover some of the things I found upon further inspection. I'll take off the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia and start to look at restoring this cabinet as an actual project.
So, to start out I pulled off all of the panels I could. Once those were off, I could see that no one had done anything productive inside for a long time.
|Well, that explains the smell.|
|Hey, remember when Ontario actually made money in the manufacturing sector?|
|Is the plastic doo-dad some sort of arcane tool, or just a piece of random garbage?|
|This picture is pretty terribad, but does anyone recognize those tags?|
Funny I can say 'it didn't look original' when really I have no idea what original was. Oh well!
At some point someone drilled two holes in the front panel to allow for two push buttons. I assume these buttons were meant to be for '1-ups'. Regardless, the saw dust had settled to the bottom of the cabinet and needed to be cleaned out as well. Within the pile of sawdust there were a few nuts and washers which I assume fell down there when someone was trying to affix the coin mechanism.
|The sticker on the back says, "Date of installation July 8th 83 meter 000000"|
Despite the mess I'm still really pleased with my purchase and I'm still super excited to get everything cleaned up and looking pretty. It's kind of fun to think that something that was once housed elsewhere, making money on its own, is now living in my garage. I wonder where it lived before? I wonder who played it? Heck, at this point I wonder what game it was. Did someone look forward to going to a specific business in hopes that they could beg some quarters from Mom & Dad to play a few rounds on this machine? In any case I'm hoping I can live up to my name and preserve a piece of the past which many are nostalgic about.