I have made 4 mame cabs, none of them stand up, one not finished completely. But as I got more and more into this hobby it was clear that Mame is really cool, but dedicated original cabs are much more so. For the last 6 months I have been looking at starting a project of restoring a dedicated cab. I have kept my eyes peeled but everything in my area is way too expensive. I'm looking at spending under 500 bucks total if I can.
So I saw a terrible arcade machine on craigslist in the middle of nowhere (literally no-where, the closest town was George Iowa, a placed I have never heard of even though I only live an hour away), he wanted $300 bucks for the thing, had one picture that showed the monitor, controls, bezel, and marquee for a shump called Alcon. It was working, but I couldn't tell what kind of cab it was. I checked again a few weeks later and it was still there, long story short I got the thing for $80 bucks if I could come to his place and pick it up...... I said F^<k it I'm going to do it. So on a Sunday morning I drove an hour to the middle of no where and got the cab. It was in this guys basement, he barely helped me haul it up at all and I had to bring the damn thing up a flight of stairs (Thank God I brought a dolly). But it was heavy as hell, and I was extremely tired when I finally got it out of the house.
But I gave him my 80 bucks and didn't even really look at it when I was packing it up, I could tell right away that it wasn't a generic Taito Machine, which I was hoping it was since Alcon is a Taito game. I put it on it's side to fit into my ford freestyle station wagon and off I went.
I got it home and looked it over and this is what I got.
So i got a Centipede Cab I think (shape and trackball hole in original CP is why I think that), but I'm no expert. It's pretty far gone, but maybe not too far?
This would be the ideal plan, and I haven't researched any of this yet. but I could remove all the paint and bondo the bottom parts, place white vinyl on the sides and paint the front black. Get my friend to print the side art, bezel, CPO and marquee, find a track ball that works well. But I would assume the hard part is finding a working centipede board for a decent price and getting a harness for it.
I have a lot to think about but would really like some help on what other people think I should do. Or if it's even worth it.
P.S. If I did convert it I think i would take Alcon and build a generic taito cab from scratch and put it in there, because the game isn't too bad.