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Atari Gravitar Restoration 2

Right here we’re with the second installment of this Gravitar restoration mission. When you wait patiently till I end the work of this workplace, I can solely excuse myself. I’ve too many arcade tasks and so little time! To be taught extra in regards to the historical past of this taxi, have a look right here on the authentic pickup station and on the first a part of the restoration.

So that you'll see we stayed on the finish of the primary half with a clear hull:

An excellent place to begin for half 2. A cleaned Gravitar furnishings

I didn’t actually doc it with photos, however I spent a whole lot of wet afternoons rebuilding the WG-6100 vector monitor. With the assistance of Andy Baldman, one other American collector, I went again to work, after a whole lot of head and hand assessments, due to the work monitor I had in my Tempest cabaret, which I may use as a reference level.

That achieved, it was time to position the cupboard on the arcade room. However earlier than that, I assumed I'd have a brand new T-molding on the cupboard, whereas I had the area to do it:

I’ve already documented this course of many occasions, so I cannot hassle you with the main points anymore. For sure, a basic arcade cupboard will at all times be higher with a brand new T-molding!

My good friend Wealthy got here to supply the muscle wanted for the beast to climb three flooring of stairs. I’ve exchanged numerous cups of tea and slices of pizza in alternate for his assist. I wanted it:

Wealthy and I risked our lives to get these things up the steps at Arcade Blogger Towers

The arcade loft is fairly filled with closets recently, however up to now, I can say that the Gravitar was the toughest to succeed in in my arcade room. In actual fact, the machine was caught in a nook on the high for a couple of minutes – actually. He was balancing on a step with the highest of the cupboard firmly glued to the sloping ceiling of the attic. He refused to maneuver. On the very second we have been pondering of bringing it again and abandoning it fully, we managed to get round it with out a lot injury to the partitions (properly, there could also be some, however I managed to restore it earlier than Ms. Arcade Blogger returns residence).

An empty Gravitar furnishings. I don’t need to take into consideration taking him again down the steps. Appears like we're dwelling on this home endlessly or if it's promoting, we'll must make a world supply.

So, with the Gravitar protected within the loft, it was time to begin engaged on the tools, clear it and put together it to repopulate the furnishings. The primary was the weight loss program:

This was the start line. Lined in mud and mud of 35 years previous I like the patina of this stuff, so it simply wants a clear. Some checks in flight earlier than connecting. I made a decision to alter the Massive Blue capacitor as a result of I had one unused. Changed all of the fuses too as a result of a pair had blown Blowing voltages with the multimeter. Every part is gone. We’re able to go!

Then place on the kitchen sink to clean the metallic:

It's an enormous field of issues. Washed the crate and different items of metallic that have been protected to soak

Then was the marquee:

The three levels of cleansing had a slight catastrophe (and realized one thing alongside the best way). It seems that 35-year-old screen-printed graphics don’t like sizzling water. Not glad! it doesn’t appear too critical. I would take into account changing this with a brand new artwork, however for now, we'll see what it seems to be like on the machine.

Return to the storage to place the door in form. It is vitally rusty and requires an entire renovation:

The first step, coat it with Paint Stripper and let it work for an hour. The paint comes off fairly simply as soon as the stripper has achieved its job. We are actually able to repaint with Hammerite Metallic Paint from a tin can. I exploit the 'Black Hammered' end

After three coats of paint on the door, I let it dry one night time and I ventured into the home to work on different duties to do:

Right here is the check plate on the highest of the field. That is the state the place the mine was. The paint has boiled and rusted to the tip. I cannot have this in my closet After eradicating the fabric, I scoured the previous paint, repainted it with three layers and assembled all of it. A giant enchancment! Gravitar has two speaker grilles and each are very rusty. It's a job I in all probability ought to have achieved within the storage, however I managed to neglect it. I’d not usually suggest spraying paint inside the home, however I had little selection. Masks it with newspaper and thoroughly spray the grates with black clean metallic paint. I've surrounded the grids with a cardboard field to attenuate splashing. Keep in mind to cover beneath your grill, in any other case you’ll discover that the paint penetrates to the within of your closet or, worse, your carpet. Ask me how I do know …

The next buttons. I've depopulated the management panel and disassembled the whole lot:

Listed here are the buttons on the management panel. Fairly mucky. They by no means noticed the water in plain sight. I dropped them in sizzling water and detergent and left them to soak all nightAfter drying them, I grabbed the drill, put the rods of the buttons within the chuck and spun them out in an previous tea towel with a varnish stainThe cleansing and polish actually introduced the colour again to those previous yellow buttons. Nice!

Then it was time to deal with the management panel:

Right here is the management panel supplied with the Gravitar. It seems to be good at first sight, however I used to be not glad about that. Fairly typical management panel overlays of this age, the vinyl overlay begins to crack on the sides and my panel was relatively tough in locations. Fortuitously, I acquired a reprint of This Previous Sport. This specific replica makes use of the identical supplies and the graphics have been made utilizing the unique Atari film screens. It's actually a real copy of the unique – I had no qualms about changing it. Let's eliminate the previous vinyl. What vinyl sadly leaves is a thick movie of adhesive on the metallic panel. Now, there may be a whole lot of restoration work to be achieved when engaged on previous cupboards, but it surely's the worst job of all. In all, I spent three good hours with a scraper and huge quantities of paper towels and WD-40 (which I discovered to be the very best solvent). I lastly acquired there

So with our pickled, ready and cleaned board, it was time to use the brand new art work:

Take cautious measurements and mount the art work in your panel with masking tape. It's a job actually for 2 individuals. Unfold and take away the protecting movie from the highest to the center of the artwork, then reduce it off. Use a gentle fabric to firmly press center up. Repeat the method from the center down. Choose up a pointy cutter and reduce out your buttonholes utilizing the holes already in your panel. That is the place you’ll know in case your measurements have been right! Along with your new utilized artwork and reduce buttonholes, it's time to switch the And right here we go! A brand new management panel spanking. Very pleased with how this got here out Suppose outdoors the field. The Atari plant utilized a strip of froth to the again of the management panel that protects the monitor glass when it’s closed. It got here out after I eliminated the vinyl artwork. To interchange this, I used a size of reduce from a roll of insulating tape for home windows and doorways. He got here with an adhesive edge – did the job completely!

Some extra jobs:

It was essential to work on the very rusty capital's retaining bolts with a wire brush, grasp the Hammerite paint and provides the tops one or two coats of clean black. I used to be not glad in regards to the vinyl on the entrance of the cupboard. he was very light and regarded very drained. AutoGlym Bumper & Trim Gel is a superb product that brings this concept again to life. it actually provides vinyl a brand new look

That's it, half 2 is over. Be part of me for the third and ultimate half, throughout which the workplace can be repopulated and energized! It's nearly time to play Gravitar!

See you.

Tony

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