Picked up a Tron cabaret back in early 2010 that was creatively installed in a Midway Pac-Man cabaret cabinet.
The first time I saw pictures of this little cabinet I thought it looked pretty cool... in an odd kind of way.
I'm usually always the type of person that likes original cabinets but this thing caught my eye and the price was right at $350.
The game was supposed to be 100% working when I got it but the switching power supply that was in it crapped out the first time I turned the game on. After replacing that, I noticed the spinner didn't control the player the way it should have... the movement was very jerky. Come to find out one of the spinner address lines wasn't connected to anything on the main PCB. Once that was fixed everything ran smooth.
As you can see, I added a black cold cathode tube to the game to make it seem more like it's big brother. I also added a white cold cathode behind the marquee to really make it "pop".
I'd still like to replace either the tube or put in a better monitor but for now this looks pretty good. I thought I had a lead on a monitor for $100 delivered but shipping turned into being a bit too difficult... so the hunt continues.
I also fixed the volume pot., credit button, and service switch since that whole "custom" panel was a mess.
As you can see... MUUUUUUUUCH better now!
The conversion over involved ordering a new, slightly smaller, marquee from GameOnGrafix.com. Trimming down the bezel. And then trimming down the cabinet by 2-1/4" in order to get the control panel to fit. I was torn on this last one... but I figured the odds of finding a real Tron cabaret control panel were slim to none so I went through with it.
Another big thing to me was using the existing harness that was in the new Tron cabinet. The Midway cabinet was a nightmare as far as wiring. While I give the guy credit who made the game... it really was horrible. The A/C, transformer, fuse, interlock, etc. harnesses were saved in this new cabinet.
Now I will not be completely embarrassed if someone happens to see the inside of this game.
Overall I'm thrilled with this little guy now! All I have left to do is to move the cold cathode tubes over and then I'm calling this one done... again!
Added the cold cathode tubes yesterday and moved the game down to the arcade... she's done!!!
(AS OF: 06-07-2013)
Page Created: 07-01-2010
Last Update: 06-10-2013