Atari Gravitar Restoration 2

Right here we’re with the second instalment of this Gravitar restoration mission. In case you’ve been ready patiently for me to get this cupboard accomplished, I can solely apologise. I’ve too many arcade initiatives and so little time! To atone for the historical past of this cab up to now, have a look right here for the unique pickup publish, and right here for Half 1 of the restoration itself.

So that you’ll see that we have been left on the finish of Half 1 with a cleaned up shell:

An excellent place to begin for Half 2. One cleaned up Gravitar cupboard

I didn’t actually doc it with photos, however I spent many a wet afternoon rebuilding the WG-6100 vector monitor. With the assistance of fellow Stateside collector Andy Baldman, I obtained the factor working once more, after a lot head scratching and testing, due to the working monitor I had in my Tempest cabaret, which I used to be in a position to make use of as a reference level.

With that carried out, it was time to get the cupboard as much as the loft arcade. However earlier than that, I believed I’d get new t-molding onto the cupboard, whereas I had the area to take action:

I’ve documented this course of many instances earlier than, so received’t bore you with the main points once more. Suffice to say, a basic arcade cupboard all the time appears higher with new t-molding!

My good friend Wealthy came visiting to offer some much-needed muscle to get the beast up three flights of stairs. I traded limitless cups of tea and pizza slices in return for his assist. I wanted it:

Wealthy and I risked life and limb to get this factor up the steps at Arcade Blogger Towers

The loft arcade is fairly full of cupboards nowadays, however to this point, I can safely say that the Gravitar was essentially the most troublesome to rise up to my arcade room. We really had the machine caught on a nook on the very prime for a few minutes – actually. It was balancing on one step with the highest of the cupboard firmly caught in opposition to the sloped ceiling of the loft. It refused to maneuver. Simply as we contemplated taking it again down and giving up altogether, we someway managed to jar it not far away with out an excessive amount of injury to the partitions (properly, perhaps there was a bit, however I managed to restore it earlier than Mrs Arcade Blogger obtained house).

One empty Gravitar cupboard. I don’t wish to take into consideration ever getting it again down the steps once more. Seems like we’re both residing out our days on this home ceaselessly, or with regards to promoting up, we’ll need to do a bundle deal

So with the Gravitar safely within the loft, it was time to get to work on the , getting it clear and able to repopulate the cupboard. First up, was the ability provide:

This was the place to begin. Lined in 35-year-old muck and dustI just like the patina on these items, so it simply wanted a clear upA few flight checks earlier than we plug it in. I made a decision to alter the Large Blue capacitor as I had one mendacity round unused. Changed all of the fuses too as a pair had blownTesting voltages with the multimeter. Every part checked out. We’re good to go!

Subsequent up, time to go to the kitchen sink to present a number of the metallic work a wash:

That’s an enormous field of stuff. Washed the money field and different metallic bits that have been secure to soak

Subsequent was the marquee:

The three phases of cleaningHad a slight catastrophe (and discovered one thing alongside the best way). It seems that 35-year-old silk screened graphics don’t like heat water. Not joyful! it doesn’t look too dangerous. I’ll take into account changing this with new artwork, however for now we’ll see the way it appears on the machine

Again out to the storage to get the coin door into form. It got here very badly rusted and wanted an entire refurbishment:

The first step, coat all the things with Paint Stripper and go away for an hourThe paint scrapes off fairly simply as soon as the stripper has carried out its work. We’re now able to respray utilizing Hammerite metallic paint from a rattle can. I take advantage of ‘Black Hammered’ end

After three coats of paint to the door, I left that to dry in a single day and ventured again into the home to get to work on another jobs that wanted doing:

Right here’s the check plate that sits on prime of the money field. That is the state mine was in. The paint has bubbled and rusted proper by means of. Can’t have that inside my cabinetAfter eradicating the , I stripped the outdated paint, resprayed with three coats and put all the things again collectively. An unlimited enchancment!Gravitar has two speaker grilles, and each of mine are fairly rusty trying. It is a job I in all probability ought to have tackled within the storage, however I managed to miss itI wouldn’t usually advocate spraying paint inside the home, however I had little alternative. Masked all the things off with newspaper, and thoroughly sprayed the grilles with easy black metallic paint. I surrounded the grilles with a cardboard field to minimise overspray. Don’t overlook to masks off beneath your grille in any other case you’ll discover paint goes proper by means of to the within of your cupboard, or worse nonetheless, your carpet. Ask me how I do know….

Buttons subsequent. I depopluated the management panel and dismantled all the things:

Right here’s the buttons from the management panel. Fairly mucky. They’ve by no means seen water by the appears of it. I dropped them into sizzling water and detergent and left them to soak overnightAfter drying them off, I grabbed the drill, put the button shafts into the chuck and spun them in an outdated tea towel with a spot of polishThe clear and polish actually introduced the color again to those outdated yellow buttons. Good!

Subsequent up it was time to sort out the management panel:

Right here’s the management panel that got here with the Gravitar. Seems fairly good at first sightBut I wasn’t pleased with this. Pretty typical of management panel overlays of this age, the vinyl overlay begins to crack across the edges, and my panel was fairly rough-looking in placesThankfully, I acquired a reprint from This Previous Recreation. This specific replica makes use of the identical supplies, and the graphics have been carried out utilizing the unique Atari movie screens. That is actually a precise copy of the unique – I had no qualms about changing itSo let’s get the outdated vinyl offWhat the vinyl leaves sadly, is a thick movie of adhesive on the metallic panel. Now there are many restoration jobs to be carried out when engaged on outdated cupboards, however that is the worst job of all. All informed, I spent a superb three hours with a scraper and copious quantities of kitchen paper and WD-40 (which I discovered to be the very best remover). I lastly obtained there although

So with our panel stripped, prepped and cleaned, it was time to use the brand new paintings:

Take cautious measurements and mount the paintings to your panel utilizing masking tapeThis is a job for 2 individuals actually. Fold out and take away the backing movie from the highest to the center of the artwork, then reduce it away. Use a gentle fabric to press firmly from the center upwardsRepeat the method from the center to the bottomGet a pointy craft knife and reduce out your button holes utilizing the holes already in your panel as a information. Right here’s the place you discover out in case your measurements have been appropriate!Along with your new artwork utilized and button holes reduce, its time to exchange the hardwareEt Voila! One spanking new management panel. More than happy with how this got here outThinking exterior the field. There was a strip of froth utilized by the manufacturing facility at Atari on the again facet of the management panel that protects the monitor glass when its closed up. It got here off after I stripped the vinyl artwork off. To switch this, I used a reduce size from a roll of window & door insulation tape. It got here with an adhesive edge – does the job completely!

Couple extra jobs:

Started working on the badly rusted marquee retainer bolts with a wire brushGrabbed the Hammerite paint and gave the tops a few coats with easy blackI wasn’t pleased with the vinyl on the entrance of the cupboard. it was badly pale and seemed very drained. A terrific product to carry this again to life is AutoGlym Bumper & Trim Gel. it actually makes the vinyl appear to be new once more

There we go, that’s Half 2 completed. Be part of me for the third and closing half, the place we’ll get the cupboard repopulated and fired up! Nearly time to play some Gravitar!

See you subsequent time.


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