I am starting to work on my Xenon that I purchased from a fellow Pinsider in a package deal when I was looking to find Bally Lost World. I bought both games from him, Xenon was not working, Lost World was. He never got around to doing anything to the Xenon, so I made on offer on both and he agreed. Xenon did not come with a MPU, but everything else was there.
Checked all the usual stuff, fuses replaced them all, bad connectors that kind of thing and hit the switch again and it lit up, but blew a fuse F2 on the rectifier board in the process. Ended up that the diodes were bad. I can not solder boards very well so I bought a new board, installed it and checked all voltages and everything checked out.
I then hooked up the driver board and turned the game on and check voltages there and all was good and thing actually lit up. I then took and Alltek MPU out of anther game and installed it to see what would happen with that. I got the correct flashes and and the game stayed on, but would not play . There was a bad connector on the MPU so I did a little work on that and got the game to play. No sound as of yet, but at least it plays.
So now that I know it plays, I have started the tear down to do what I am calling a makeover, or freshening up. Not going to call it a restore, but it should look nice and play well when done. So I am not sure what you want to call it.
I am going to try to do this on a budget and post as much as I can. I don't know that I have really seen a post, and to be honest I did not look, on what it can cost to freshen up a game and make it look nice. I thought that maybe there were other folks out there that my be asking the same question, "can I clean up a game on the cheap?" I am not talking just shopping it out, I am talking sanding it down and repainting, cleaning up or replacing the playfield, cleaning everything up and making play well.
Now I know what you are thinking..."what did he pay and what this supposible budget?" Well I paid $1100 for both games so I am just going to split it down the middle and call it $550 for the Xenon. I am going to try really hard to not get too carried away to keep costs down and we'll see where I end up.
I do not have a bunch of fancy equipment, like paint sprayers, high speed buffers, sonic cleaners, but I do have a cordless Black and Decker sander and drill, small parts tumbler and an air compressor that I use to blow the dust of everything with and basic hand tools that's about it. Pretty much the same stuff everyone has.
So I make no claims that this is the way to do it, or that this is a how to do it, or I am an expert restorer. This is just how I am doing it, and we'll see where it goes and how much is cost.