I drove 23-1/2hrs to get this game from the great state of Kentucky. I left my house at 12:30am and returned home at 11:50pm that same day. Over 1,400 miles was driven with only 4 gas stops and about 30 minutes of "pickup" time.
Needless to say we wanted a Crazy Climber pretty bad. This was a project game that was missing the monitor bezel, had multiple wiring issues, and loads of AC/power issues. But, the price was EXTREMELY right at $225!
First thing I did when I got home, besides sleep, was put back the power switch, safety interlock switch, and fuse(yep, this was hard wired with no fuse!).
Next I corrected the wiring issue with the control panel where someone decided to splice wires instead of replace a Molex connector.
Then it was on to the joystick wiring... it *was* soldered on with loads of broken tabs and bare splices. I ended up replacing the old Wico joysticks with some nice orange handled joysticks from Bob Roberts. Thier mounting holes were within 1/32" of the original joysticks so they were a snap to install. Oh, and we added a reproduction metal control panel overlay from ArcadeShop.com too!
Once that was done, I replaced the moderately burned in monitor with a NEW monitor I had on the shelf. I bought it a while back without any plans for it and I'm glad I did. I had to build out the Taito monitor rails a bit to get a good fit, but once that was done, it's as steady as steady... er... is steady?
Finally I focused on cleaning the cabinet. I started on the front and used a Magic Eraser very gently to get the scuff marks off the orange paint. I then cleaned the coin door and it looks great... not perfect, but very nice looking for original.
We still need to find a monitor bezel, clean both sides of the cabinet, and rebuild the "square box" on the bottom of the cabinet since it has deteriorated. But it is more than nice enough to play right now and play is what it gets!
No, it's not perfect but it is now complete and back to the shape it was in when it was last in the arcade... thus the "refurbished" designation.
To make the repairs go a little easier, I borrowed a test box from a local named John(aka Cmndr Brain@KLOV). The damn thing is so neat I took a little video to show it off...
So I started the week with 3 semi-working boardsets and now I have three 100% working boardsets. While I had everything apart, I decided to install the awesome FREE PLAY modification seen here...
Overall it's been a fun week!
(AS OF: 02-17-2012)
Page created: 05-28-2009
Last update: 02-17-2012