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Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« on: September 23, 2016, 01:30:50 pm »
Dig Dug Cabaret Restoration



I managed to get my hands on a Dig Dug Cabaret and am doing a full restore. There were only 500 made and this is good old number 00325.



Cabs in decent shape, some dings here and there.



CP is pretty beat up. What're these stupid rivets poking through!?



Unfortunately there's a 60-1 in it, no boards just psu.  :(



The previous owners go-to marquee lighting solution, a dangling red tail trailer light, genius.


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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2016, 01:51:29 pm »
Only 500? Wow, I didn't know that. You are lucky to have one!

Looks like this could be fun restore. I'll be watching.

Also, nice to see original restores on BYOAC.  :cheers:

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2016, 01:56:09 pm »
A tail light?  I bet that red light gave the marquee a wonderful glow!

Are you gonna source a PCB for it, leave the 60in1, or MAME it?

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2016, 02:00:45 pm »
Are you gonna source a PCB for it, leave the 60in1, or MAME it?

If you have 1 of only 500 Dig Dig Cabarets...I think there is only one option, right?  ;)

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2016, 02:19:19 pm »
Can't see the pictures at work....  :dunno :dunno

I'm guessing it's cool though!

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2016, 03:06:03 pm »
Are you gonna source a PCB for it, leave the 60in1, or MAME it?

If you have 1 of only 500 Dig Dig Cabarets...I think there is only one option, right?  ;)

I would hope that's the answer, but ya never know without asking.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2016, 12:00:53 am »
Are you gonna source a PCB for it, leave the 60in1, or MAME it?

I'm sourcing the parts just to restore to as original as possible, as far as day-to-day use I'll keep it a multi of some kind.

I thought I found the parts but the guy on ebay blew up because I offered him $150 instead of $200 for the PCB and AR. Don't patronize part_gallery if you can help it, guys an ---uvula---.

Here's a snippet from that convo...

Your previous message
I'll buy the wiring harnesses and test panel for $50 if you're still interested in selling them.

Going to hold off on the PCB and AR as they seem a bit overpriced to me, sounds like you'd like to get $200 for them and I'm at $150. I've seen the PCB's come up on klov for $50-100 so I think I'll lurk there for awhile and see if I can find one a little cheaper and if not I'll check back and see if you still have it.

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I have no interest in dealing with you.... I already sold the AR-II and don;t care to play the sport of jewbag with you.

Your previous message
That's fine, by the tone of your response and the 'jewbag' slur you're not the kind of person I'd like to deal with either.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2016, 08:18:00 pm »
I've got an ar ii if you are interested.  I will be home shortly, I'll send pics then.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2016, 08:33:31 pm »
Here is the AR II, and I have a spare power brick too, if you need any parts. 


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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2016, 09:13:59 pm »
Dang...I also put the workings of an Atari test panel on ebay earlier today, no bids yet.  They came from a Millipede.  Same year manufactured, same parts. I can take it down if you want to bundle price.  Happy to help if I can. Let me know interested at all.  If not, I'll at least enjoy watching your restore!!!

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2016, 11:40:31 pm »
"...play the sport of jewbag..."?  Wow.  That right there would make me blacklist the guy.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2016, 12:05:26 am »
Here is the AR II, and I have a spare power brick too, if you need any parts.

Thanks PM'd.

"...play the sport of jewbag..."?  Wow.  That right there would make me blacklist the guy.

Yep, blacklisted, his further responses got worse.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2016, 12:50:55 am »
Cleaning the control panel.

Time to dig into the control panel, I removed parts and started with a heat gun and blade to get the basic overlay off.



Getting the adhesive off is alway a pain in the ass. Haven't found a silver bullet, still trying different techniques. I always start with GooGone and let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then scrape with a flat razor. This time after getting the majority of adhesive off with GooGone/scraper I used hot water, Scotch pads and a degreasing pumice hand cleaner called Gojo and it worked pretty well.





I hit the rusty spots with some Loctite to break it up, wipe it clean and then use some steel wool and/or a wire wheel to get rid of most of it.





The rivets holding the CP latch come through the top of the CP and had worn through the old overlay which bugged me so I decided to grind them off. With them ground flush the latches on the underside were still pretty solid but I hit them with some JBWeld just to be sure.

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Ground flush and JBWeld around latch
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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2016, 12:55:07 am »
Painting the control panel.

Rustoleum Satin Black spray job.



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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2016, 01:11:45 am »
Applying the control panel overlay.

Overlay time. The 3M material can be fairly rigid making it tough to bend and it's also easy to get air bubbles around bends so I use a hair dryer to apply heat on the parts that bend to relax the material a bit and also poke small air holes with an xacto. I use a mini roller (burnisher) or a credit card to press it down.

New overlay.



Control holes cut and added back.





Debating between an 8 way WICO or a Dominux8 with a 38mm red ball top.



Painted carriage bolts and new nuts & washers.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2016, 01:15:58 am »
Most excellent stuff going on in here.  :applaud:

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2016, 02:05:21 pm »
Just curious...why an 8 way?

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2016, 06:21:20 pm »
That CP was very well done good job OP.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2016, 01:54:23 am »
Most excellent stuff going on in here.  :applaud:

That CP was very well done good job OP.

Thanks!  :cheers:

Just curious...why an 8 way?

Using the 60-1 it had in it and then possibly down the road a Phoenix Arcade SD or Mame.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2016, 12:37:27 pm »
A couple arrivals...

New cabaret sideart from This Old Game



Vinyl I'll be using for the sides.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/161261909435?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2016, 12:56:50 pm »
Stripping the sides.

I had no experience taking off the 80's woodgrain material before. I decide to start with Citristrip which didn't work so great.



Decided to try a wallpaper removal kit. The scoring roller worked good to break up the finish but the spray was worthless for removing it, it didn't even get through the top plastic layer.



Decided to get more aggressive in the stripper. This Jasco stuff is the real deal, ie. if it touches your skin it actually burns. Wear glasses, gloves and clothes you don't care about. Combined with the scoring tool it worked well though I still did further passes of Citrustrip to fully clean.



Making progress, a good scraping tool with a sharp razor helps.



Mostly cleaned, a little more sanding required.





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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2016, 01:00:43 pm »
Nice. I'm very curious how you will manage to get that vinyl to adhere.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2016, 03:12:20 pm »
Nice. I'm very curious how you will manage to get that vinyl to adhere.

Hadn't really thought about that, assuming it will stick since it's meant to go over all kinds of surfaces. I did get some Rapid Tac to help in the application, think it should be fine. Now you've got me nervous.  :lol


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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2016, 03:47:37 pm »
Worse case, you sand the sides down good and put down a coat of gloss black.  Vinyl will stick to that.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2016, 04:30:23 pm »
Okay after doing a little research I think I'll put down a layer of polycrylic to give the vinyl something better to stick to than just wood. Thanks for bringing it up, hadn't really thought about it.  :cheers:



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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2016, 11:30:17 am »
Picked up original manuals in good shape.  :applaud:


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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2016, 11:53:47 am »
Cabinet repair and new casters.

Some edge repair and final sanding. I used Bondo and/or Minwax Wood Filler on the flat areas and I like using Milliput for corner and edge repair after applying some wood hardener to the area. Milliput takes longer to dry but is more mouldable and can be smoothed and shaped further using your hands and some water.



The cab had casters on it, which I do actually like for a cabaret, but they didn't use the old t-nut holes or use locking wheels.



I removed the old casters, cleaned up the t-nuts and installed new locking casters in them.



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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2016, 02:39:26 pm »
I really like following your threads.  :cheers:






P.S. I wish we were neighbors.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2016, 05:03:57 pm »
I really like following your threads.  :cheers:

P.S. I wish we were neighbors.

Thanks man, if we were neighbors I'd be hittin you up for some Qbert templates and building advice.  :cheers:

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2016, 05:48:40 pm »
Prime and paint.

Time for adventures in HVLP spraying. I was a little nervous having little experience with it but it was smooth sailing, don't think I'm ever rolling a cab again.

So I had seen this gun from Harbor Freight mentioned in threads on klov etc. so I decided to give it a try. I went a little better than the $16 gun and got the $30 one that came with a regulator. This turned out to be a mistake since with that gun (for some odd reason) you can't remove the nozzle! I went back to the store and pull 5 off the shelf and tried to remove the nozzle in front of the clerk and none would come off. 

So long story short go with the $16 version and buy a separate regulator or test removing the nozzle on the shelf. Oddly the $16 version doesn't come with the wrench tool to get the nozzle off so you'll need one of those too. I also picked up a moisture trap.

Gun I bought: http://www.harborfreight.com/20-oz-high-volume-low-pressure-gravity-feed-spray-gun-47016.html
Good tutorial on setup/cleaning this gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNIsHCkZ5xA



I used about 24oz of primer and mixed it with a couple ounces of extender (similar to Flotrol) from Sherwin Williams in a small Home Depot plastic mixing bucket. I didn't strain the paint which some say to do. I used a 135hp 6 gallon air compressor. Hooked up the gun and was off to the races.



Couple coats of primer went on great, moved on to the black satin next day. No problems with the thickness clogging the gun at all, super smooth without adding anything but a little extender. Since my air compressor is small I had to wait for pressure to build a couple time, a bigger tank would be good for larger jobs. I was worried about overspray based on the rattle can spraying I had done, the HLVP is way less and easier to control.



Cross fingers while peeling back marquee mask.



In the light of day.



Polycrylic sides to help vinyl stick, 2 coats. Shiny!




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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2016, 06:02:05 pm »
Looks pro.

I keep hearing good things about that HF sprayer. I'm gonna have to try it one of these days. Thanks for sharing your process.


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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2016, 08:16:47 pm »
I picked one of those guns up a couple months ago and have yet to try it out.  You have pretty much the same compressor as me as well, so I have hope!

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2016, 10:36:48 am »
I picked one of those guns up a couple months ago and have yet to try it out.  You have pretty much the same compressor as me as well, so I have hope!

Definitely! Just dive in and give it a go, way better than rolling on paint.
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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2016, 11:23:35 am »
Vinyl and sideart application.

This stuff was trickier to work with and tore easier than I thought it would. It actually rolled over and stuck to itself at one point and then tore while I tried to unstick it. Luckily if you apply some heat with a heat gun it's forgiving and you can smooth it out fairly well as you can see in this video from the manufacturer.

Laid it down, did a rough cut to get the edges close.



Trimmed edges, smoothed with application tool and roller. Used heat gun to relax and expand certain spots, especially near edges by t-mold.



In the right light you can see some of the bumps and bubbles. Some of it I smoothed out, some remains, but it's really not noticeable under normal lighting.



Applied sideart.





Side by side comparison with original. Overall I'm very pleased with the result.



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« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2016, 11:25:59 am »
Great stuff man. Good to see that you fought your way though that vinyl install. It can be a real bear.

Starting to look minty again!

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« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2016, 11:50:02 am »
You churn em out don't ya? Making me feel guilty for not working on any of my projects for months.

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« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2016, 11:51:37 am »
You churn em out don't ya? Making me feel guilty for not working on any of my projects for months.

I heard that.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2016, 11:54:14 am »
That vinyl looks awesome mate - as does the rest of the cabinet.

I just put vinyl on mine and just got stuck straight in - figured the more I dithered the worse it would be and the stuff is cheap as chips anyway. Was way easier than laminate but you do have to take your time with it. End result is way worth it though. Your cab looks stunning.

I think wood vinyl is a lot more forgiving than the flat colours. Like you said you can see the bumps against a harsh light (mine do too) but they totally fade away at any other angle.

When I think of what SpaceHedgehog had to do to get his cabs looking so nice...  :dizzy:

Lazylink: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,138146.msg1426735.html#msg1426735
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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2016, 12:02:47 pm »
You churn em out don't ya? Making me feel guilty for not working on any of my projects for months.

Don't feel too bad, this isn't my normal pace. I'm just pressing hard to get projects done and into the basement before the snow flies. After this it's a PacMan, a Robotron and then I'll hibernate for the winter. :D

That vinyl looks awesome mate - as does the rest of the cabinet.

I just put vinyl on mine and just got stuck straight in - figured the more I dithered the worse it would be and the stuff is cheap as chips anyway. Was way easier than laminate but you do have to take your time with it. End result is way worth it though. Cab looks stunning.

Thanks! This was my first time with the vinyl and it's a trick. I'll say one thing about the Vivid brand I used, at least you can repair it with heat which was really helpful. Check out their vid I linked to if you haven't already, they show it's response to a heat gun.

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Re: Dig Dug Cabaret [aka good old #325] Restoration
« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2016, 12:05:39 pm »
Slapped on the cp, coin door and bezel last night before I did the vinyl just to get a preview. Lookin sharp.


  
 

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