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Took a break from PINS and rebuilt a Ms Pacman


By TxJay

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I picked up an original Ms Pacman off of Craigslist. Owner said that it wouldn't play because the monitor was making a buzzing sound and thought it might have been shorting out. I went over and looked it over and it had some bad water damage on the bottom. Someone had tried to do a "repair" by nailing a 2x4 across to bottom because there were only holes left where the legs used to be. They had also tried to bondo the sides over rotten wood. I offered the guy about half of his asking price and he agreed.

After rebuilding the monitor with a full cap kit and new flyback I was able to play the game. The monitor looked great with no burn.

The power supply had been replaced with with a switching power supply. The PCB had been hacked and wires soldered directly from the switching power supply to the PCB. They hacked the wiring harness to remove the power leads. This would need to be replaced. Thanks to Todd Tuckey over at TNT I was able to get a new unhacked harness.

My idea was to restore it with no hacks. I wanted to leave the fixed original boards in the machine and install a 60 in 1 with a jamma harness but put connectors on the jamma harness that would allow you to swap it back to Ms Pacman PCB quickly. No control panels were harmed during the construction of this project.

Here are some some pics of the rebuild:

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#8 2 years ago

Bondo, sand, bondo, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand....

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#11 2 years ago

Decals going on.....

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#12 2 years ago

T-molding goes on next. I went with pink. I think it looks better.

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#13 2 years ago

That really looks great! Awesome job saving that!

#14 2 years ago

Coin door was in okay shape besides the wiring (it was hacked up). Stripped the out paint off and the primered and repainted it..

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#15 2 years ago

Finished coin door...turned out pretty good.

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#16 2 years ago

Restoration completed...

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#17 2 years ago

The trackball I ordered has a pink LED light below that lights it up. Hard to see in the pictures but it turned out really nice as well.

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#18 2 years ago

Well done it looks awesome way to go saving a classic

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from Gnatty:

That really looks great! Awesome job saving that!

Thank you. It was a fun restoration.

#20 2 years ago

Very nice!!! Great work!!!!

#21 2 years ago

Great work on this! Would you mind sharing where you sourced the control panel items? I'd really like to do the same to my ms pacman 60-1.

#22 2 years ago

Where did you get the decals?

#23 2 years ago

Looks amazing!!!

#24 2 years ago
Quoted from Thrillhouse:

Would you mind sharing where you sourced the control panel items?

Most of the parts were bought from Twisted Quarter.

http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=219_248&products_id=1329

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

Where did you get the decals?

Decals and the marquee were bought from Escape Pod

https://www.escapepodonline.com/collections/complete-kits/products/ms-pacman-complete-restoration-kit

#26 2 years ago

Great work!!! That thing was beat up. I have a Defender that has been dead for 6 years. Prob need to do a cap kit and flywheel too. Did you know how do do those repairs.... or did you have a source of DIY info that you could share?

#27 2 years ago

Awesome job!!

#28 2 years ago

That's awesome. I pumped practically every quarter I could get my hands on in seventh grade into the Ms.

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Great work!!! That thing was beat up. I have a Defender that has been dead for 6 years. Prob need to do a cap kit and flywheel too. Did you know how do do those repairs.... or did you have a source of DIY info that you could share?

Thanks, for the monitor repair I would watch John at John's Arcade.

https://www.youtube.com/user/blkdog7/videos

#30 2 years ago
Quoted from pinheadpierre:

That's awesome. I pumped practically every quarter I could get my hands on in seventh grade into the Ms.

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#31 2 years ago

Amazing work, truly a huge transformation.

#32 2 years ago

Great job! I love the smell of bondo in the morning!

#33 2 years ago

How long did this restoration take?

#35 2 years ago

Looks great. Curious why you went with decals instead of re-stenciling the cabinet? Pros/cons??

#36 2 years ago
Quoted from dmieczko:

Looks great. Curious why you went with decals instead of re-stenciling the cabinet? Pros/cons??

I had thought about doing a stencil but the decals were much easier and this machine is not going to be routed so I wasn't very concerned with the longevity of decals vs stencils. I do like the look of the stencils but decals for me were just as good and easier to apply.

#37 2 years ago
Quoted from Bud:

How long did this restoration take?

I picked up the arcade in October and worked on it on weekends only. I did take some time off from working on it during the holidays. My wife would have killed me if I worked on this while we had a house full of guests. Overall it doesn't take hardly any time compared to a pin.

#38 2 years ago

Well done. What a transformation. I wonder how many plays that thing had.

#39 2 years ago

Beautiful. Still probably my favorite arcade cabinet ever. Well done

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

I wonder how many plays that thing had.

The coin meter shows 88644.

So at .25 a game that would be $22,161. I would say it paid for itself.

#41 2 years ago

Looks really good! Look at the ArPiCade as a replacement for the 60in1 board. The emulation is perfect and it will output the native resolution to that screen. I can help you set that up or you can clone my SD card from my Galaga standup machine.

#42 2 years ago

Great job on the resto! I've got a very decent Pac Man waiting for restoration, and I think you just kicked me in the butt to start it! So besides a new control panel with trackball and extra buttons, what else is involved with turning these games into multicades?

#43 2 years ago
Quoted from shock_me:

Great job on the resto! I've got a very decent Pac Man waiting for restoration, and I think you just kicked me in the butt to start it! So besides a new control panel with trackball and extra buttons, what else is involved with turning these games into multicades?

A jamma harness, a switching power supply and then your game board (I used a 60-1) that is about it.

#44 2 years ago
Quoted from flynnsbit:

Looks really good! Look at the ArPiCade as a replacement for the 60in1 board. The emulation is perfect and it will output the native resolution to that screen. I can help you set that up or you can clone my SD card from my Galaga standup machine.

Very nice, I may take you up on that offer. Thanks!

#45 2 years ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Great work!!! That thing was beat up. I have a Defender that has been dead for 6 years. Prob need to do a cap kit and flywheel too. Did you know how do do those repairs.... or did you have a source of DIY info that you could share?

The cabinet work I already knew from working on my PINS. The monitor repair was the first time I had worked on a monitor and I just watched a ton of YouTube videos on how to do it. Everything else was just learned from different forums like KLOV for when I had any specific questions or issues. really it isn't very complicated especially compared to a full restoration of a PIN.

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