The 1976 Exidy Death Race Project.
The game that was banned from arcades for being “too violent”.
I’ve restored close to 250 games and some have been pretty ambitious builds such as Sega Outrun Motion, Killer Shark, EDOT, Pinball Machines and others but nothing has been as ambitious as taking on these monsters. After 5 years and countless hours they are done!
Imagine the production line at Exidy firing back up and continuing to build more of these amazing and infamous machines. Imagine no more. These 10 games have been built with the same material, care and attention to detail as the original games way back then. Not only that, they have been upgraded to play 3 different Exidy games.
How it was done…
• Original PCB for Death Race code was extracted and rebuilt into a modern, reliable FPGA setup which has the exact same speed, graphics and sound but with additional features such as:
• Plays Death Race (Fires up on power up)
• Plays Demolition Derby
• Plays Alley Rally
• High Score with Save/Reset
• Free Play or .25 Play
• Game Select Menu
• Service Menu
• Original 23 inch Black and White CRT monitors. Motorola and Wells Gardner. This was important to maintain the right look of the pixels and their ghostly trails on the screen.
• New custom boards designed and built to control steering wheels.
• Custom made wiring harnesses. On the outset it seems like a fairly simple setup but its definitely not. The wire harnesses (especially connecting to the steering/shifter control panel) are no joke - these took months to dial in and get right.
• New, bright white incandescent light bulbs make the vibrant colors of the marquees blast through.
• New 4” 8 OHM 12 Watt shielded speakers, new power supplies, new power cords, new switches, LEDs for steering assemblies (keeps it nice and cool).
• Brand new cabinets hand cut and built using original cabinet as template.
• Cabinets professionally painted with auto paints and clear coat (satin finish).
• Cabinet artwork scanned at 1600 DPI and carefully restored in photoshop.
• Artwork vectorized to make individual color screens for screen printing.
• Colors matched to original game and screen printed directly to cabinets using enamel inks.
• N.O.S. (New Old Stock) Coin Entry assemblies.
• N.O.S. Start Buttons (found on marine/boat supply website of all places).
• Original 1970’s hot rod/go cart steering wheels called “the 500” by Super Performance Products (on 8 of the 10 machines, 2 have new OEM replacements).
• Metal shifters (with N.O.S. black ball handles), shafts and steering collars were fabricated from scratch.
• New aluminum fabricated metal brackets (marquee and bezel holders)
• New fabricated control panel. Made from thick textured plastic (heated and bent into form) then screen printed with “Start” “Reverse” “Forward”.
• Metal gas pedals and assemblies fabricated and powder coated. New springs installed.
• New vinyl leg levelers/feet that glide on smooth surfaces.
• New locks/and keys.
• New 5 1/4 inch speaker covers.
• Each game is numbered with a serial number tapped into the back inside cabinet.
• Instruction card (with dip switch settings) on inside back cabinet.
• Original marquees and bezels scanned at 1600 DPI and carefully restored in photoshop, vectorized and screen printed onto acrylic (black, white, yellow, purple, brown, green, magenta, cyan…8 colors!) It took many weeks to dial in the incredible colors used on these pieces - colors that can only be hit using screen printing.