Pac-Man Restoration March 26, 2010
This is the machine that really started this as a hobby for me. Unfortuantely,
I didn't take "before" photos or any of the restoration process. It was trying
to work, but the monitor was completely dead and the cabinet was in horrendous
My philosophy on restoring a machine is to get it working first so you know what
you have. A local game tech helped me with the monitor repairs--it
had several major issues. But, success! Pac-Man came back to life.
The most time consuming and challenging part was restoring the graphics. Almost
half of it was gone on the kick panel and what was left was peeling away. The sides
were a little better, but everything had to go. Problem. You can no longer buy
stencils and I really didn't want to apply the self-adhesive vinyl--it's really
expensive and doesn't provide that original appearance.
So how'd I get it looking like new (sans the blue spatter which I doesn't really
appeal to me)? I'll be showing you as I do it this time. That was way too much
effort to leave undocumented. So here we go!
This is my latest Pac-Man aquistion--$200.00 for a working (kind of) machine with
a lot of potential. (I already removed the control panel & monitor):
I found this Pac-Man locally in a laundromat. It had been turned into
a Ms. Pac-Man w/speed-up chip. It wasn't in bad shape externally,
but the once great Wells Gardner monitor had horrendous burn-in, a torn right side image (probably
a dead transistor), poor color purity (needs new capacitors), and weak guns in the
CRT. Ouch. That's as close as you can get to "dumpster fill".
But... SCORE!!! I found
a brand new Wells Gardner 19"--problem solved. If you haven't removed one of these
before BE CAREFUL! The CRT has a high-voltage charge that will knock you
into tomorrow if you touch the wrong place. Other than that, it's mechanically easy--
just disconnect, unlatch and remove the control panel, loosen or remove the glass
bezel bracket in back, gently slide out the glass bezel.
Remove the smoked Plexiglass®
and monitor shroud. Disconnect the power wires, logic wires, and ground from the
monitor. BE SURE YOU IDENTIFY THE CORRECT ORIENTATION OF ALL WIRES & CONNECTORS.
There are four bolts that you must remove on the cross brackets, then slide the
monitor and bracket assembly out the back.