The Simpsons... Arcade Restoration

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The Simpsons... Arcade Restoration


By PACMAN

5 months ago



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    #1 5 months ago

    Another sweet quarter muncher from the 90's.

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    #2 5 months ago

    The artwork was a serious pain in the arse.

    NOS 3 pieces of side art, scanned, placed back together, cleaned up and color corrected.

    Had to sort of estimate where SIMPSONS letters went because the scanned pieces are just blue with no overlap.

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    #3 5 months ago

    Scanned and reworked the marquee as well.

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    #4 5 months ago

    I didn't actually have a Simpsons game to work with, just a cabinet i built using the same specs as a Turtles i previously built. This is the HARD way to do it, i would much rather have the game on hand.

    Notice one of the corners got smacked. Happened while moving it. Fixed it up and it will be covered by the single piece of side art.

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    #5 5 months ago

    Using a Jamma harness with extension for player 3 and 4.

    Control panel all wired up. NOS 8 way leaf joysticks and NOS microswitch buttons.

    New speaker, fan, light fixture, new switching power supply, coin doors and boxes.

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    #6 5 months ago

    NOS control panel overlay.

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    #7 5 months ago

    New coin doors with inserts color matched to joysticks/buttons.

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    #8 5 months ago

    Side art is ready to go.

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    #9 5 months ago

    Applying side art then trimming edges.

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    #10 5 months ago

    Looks Nice. My friend and I played this when it first came out, cost about $20 bucks to get to the end...I've always been fond of it, have it downloaded on xbox360.

    What is your monitor situation? I'm rebuilding a Gretzky 3D Hockey and the last piece I need is a standard res monitor. I tried getting one of those hdmi boards and tried hooking up to an lcd, but the image was jumpy a little, couldn't get it to work right.

    #11 5 months ago

    Nice clean edge. Also new adjustable vinyl feet that slide beautifully across most surfaces.

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    #12 5 months ago

    I'm using a 25" CRT i got from a bulk buy. Changing out the caps and the flyback. Hoping it works after that.

    Quoted from shacklersrevenge:

    Looks Nice. My friend and I played this when it first came out, cost about $20 bucks to get to the end...I've always been fond of it, have it downloaded on xbox360.
    What is your monitor situation? I'm rebuilding a Gretzky 3D Hockey and the last piece I need is a standard res monitor. I tried getting one of those hdmi boards and tried hooking up to an lcd, but the image was jumpy a little, couldn't get it to work right.

    #13 5 months ago

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    #14 5 months ago

    Time for T-molding.

    Start at the bottom, a little glue and a couple staples to keep it in place.

    Rubber mallet with a cloth taped on it to keep it from damaging the T-molding.

    Small cuts on the inside edge to bend it around tight angles.

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    #15 5 months ago

    Looks like it's going to be better than new already. One continuous sheet of side art vs the multi-piece (often multi-colored) from the factory.

    #16 5 months ago

    Some very tight angles on this sucker.

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    #17 5 months ago

    Yeah, they all looked terrible form the factory, the colors never matched.

    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    Looks like it's going to be better than new already. One continuous sheet of side art vs the multi-piece (often multi-colored) from the factory.

    #18 5 months ago

    Almost there. Used the excess blue vinyl for the sides of the control panel, what do you think? Blue or original black there?

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    #19 5 months ago

    Looks fantastic.

    #21 5 months ago

    Awesome job! Great game. I wish they all looked as good as yours.

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    #23 5 months ago
    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    Looks like it's going to be better than new already. One continuous sheet of side art vs the multi-piece (often multi-colored) from the factory.

    They were a fade of color from a greenish tint on bottom to bluer on top. That was on purpose, it's not supposed to be one color of blue

    That being said, good looking machine the OP has here

    #24 5 months ago

    Yeah, i know but even the gradients didn't match. All blue was an artistic choice

    Quoted from hailrazer:

    They were a fade of color from a greenish tint on bottom to bluer on top. That was on purpose, it's not supposed to be one color of blue
    That being said, good looking machine the OP has here

    #25 5 months ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    what do you think? Blue or original black there?

    OK so I don't know if this helps or not but long story short I had a Simpsons board in a 2 player jamma cab years ago I bought from an operator around here. They had jumped something to make the board work as a 2 player game, when the original cabinet was destroyed falling down a flight of stairs. The boards were all that survived.

    Anyhow I always wanted to find a 4 player Konami cabinet and turn it back in to an original-ish Simpsons. The operator was helping me to find one and the conversation of the art work came up because he said of he finds something it will likely have been painted over or totally ruined. Most of his stuff was at the end of it's life by the time he sold it off.

    The best he could do at the time (1998 or so) was show me a Polaroid he had of a test Simpsons he had when it was first about to come out. He said maybe a graphics guy could make me art based on that picture.

    That picture had artwork on the side of the control panel. It's driving me crazy because I don't remember what it was but I know it was there.

    #26 5 months ago

    So what do you guys think? Black or blue? I think i'm leaning black to emphasize the cool shape of the cabinet.

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    #27 5 months ago

    Well, for my Turtles in Time the art on the control panel seemed to make more sense with the continuation of the spirals.

    Quoted from PAPPYBALL:

    That picture had artwork on the side of the control panel. It's driving me crazy because I don't remember what it was but I know it was there.

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    #28 5 months ago

    Nice!!!!

    It was like their dog or the cooling towers it was something simple like that. Wish I still had that picture.

    #29 5 months ago

    Black for me

    #30 5 months ago

    Blue for me. Love the coin slot colors; that should've been factory.

    #31 5 months ago

    Cool. Hope you can find it.

    Quoted from PAPPYBALL:

    Nice!!!!
    It was like their dog or the cooling towers it was something simple like that. Wish I still had that picture.

    #32 5 months ago

    Any more votes for blue or black?

    #33 5 months ago

    Voting for black!

    #34 5 months ago

    Blue for sure! You've already improved the side art. Keep it going with the side panel.

    #35 5 months ago

    not that it really matters but the cabs changed around the time of simpsons and had two speakers up top, thats always been the way i tell converted turtles cabs apart from converted simpsons and sunset riders cabs.

    Also i like the blue on the panel.

    #36 5 months ago

    Black for me

    #37 5 months ago

    DOH! Yep, i see it now, oh well

    Another reason to get the original game first.

    Quoted from Dr-Willy:

    not that it really matters but the cabs changed around the time of simpsons and had two speakers up top, thats always been the way i tell converted turtles cabs apart from converted simpsons and sunset riders cabs.
    Also i like the blue on the panel.

    #38 5 months ago

    Tied so far...

    3 Votes for Black
    3 Votes for Blue

    #40 5 months ago

    Black 100%

    #42 5 months ago

    Black

    #43 5 months ago

    OK cool, black it is.

    #44 5 months ago

    PCB installed and it works!

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    #45 5 months ago
    Quoted from Dr-Willy:

    not that it really matters but the cabs changed around the time of simpsons and had two speakers up top, thats always been the way i tell converted turtles cabs apart from converted simpsons and sunset riders cabs

    Good catch. Simpsons sounds great in stereo.

    #46 5 months ago

    Yeah, i agree, will cut a new piece and add a speaker.

    #47 5 months ago

    Ready for action.

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    #48 5 months ago

    25" Hantarex Monitor. New flyback and Cap Kit. Works beautifully now.

    Installed this heavy sucker. Had to remove the frame and mount the chassis elsewhere because it was too big.

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    #49 5 months ago

    New plastic monitor bezel from arcadeshop.com Fits beautifully after trimming 1/2 an inch off the bottom with the table saw.

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    #50 5 months ago

    Left to do:

    Cut new monitor glass and install.

    Cut new glass for marquee. Fabricate marquee brackets. Install.

    Wire up 2nd speaker for fantastic stern sound.

    Clamp down control panel.

    Vacuum out the inside.

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