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Author Topic: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Time.  (Read 41935 times)

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At this point, I had no idea what the best way to join the top pieces to the base cabinet would be.  I had initially considered attaching the speaker, back, and top panels to each golf ball side before attaching the whole assembly to the base - BUT - I attached each side individually by clamping them in place and then screwing the base and top together using 1-1/4" #6 fine drywall screws.  These seem to work well in MDF without tearing it apart too bad.

I can't guarantee that the sides match up perfectly, but they are very, very close.  This cabinet is hard to line up because there are a lot of curves.

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Notice in these pics that I attached furring strips to the sides that I could then attach the speaker, back, and top panels to.  I decided not to glue these three panels in in case I need to remove them later for access to the speaker and/or marquee.

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One thing the plans had WRONG was where the golf ball panels attached to the base cabinets.  After looking at a factory GT machine, it was apparent that the front of the golf ball should be FLUSH with the cutout for the control panel box.

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Next I mounted the speaker and marquee light fixture to their respective panels BEFORE installing them in the cabinet.  This is MUCH easier than trying to mount them later once the cabinet is assembled.

The speaker is a 6"x9" Bob Roberts special and the light fixture is a Home Depot $8.95 18" fluorescent (under the cabinet) fixture.

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Here is the back of the cabinet top. 

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One of the next problems I found with the plans was an incomplete parts diagram for the Control Panel box.  I feel like the factory box is cutout on bottom to allow you to reach up from the coin door to release the latches.  I went ahead and made the bottom solid and cut out a hole for the wiring in the front support.  Then I laid the CP top in to make sure everything lined up properly.

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Here is how the cabinet looks at the point when I got too tired to continue.  I have also made a picture showing what I believe is the oversize area of the golf ball panels.

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thats an AWESOME control panel

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That looks great Mark!  What are you going to use for a speaker grill and where are you getting it from?

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That looks great Mark!  What are you going to use for a speaker grill and where are you getting it from?

To be determined.  8)

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Holy moses, I never noticed that the top curvey part of GT cabs was supposed to be a golf ball.  :P

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thats an AWESOME control panel

It's an original control panel I bought off of ebay.  I replaced the buttons and trackball.

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I agree...have you ever noticed just how nicely made the GT control panels are?  Those things can take an absolute beating and still look great...

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Holy moses, I never noticed that the top curvey part of GT cabs was supposed to be a golf ball.  :P

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Ah....

....now I see where my 27" Happs bezel donation is going.

I'm pleased to have been able to contribute to this project seeing as its been sitting idle for so many moons and deserves a home besides the back wall behind my cab.

And such a fine home at that.

Keep up the good work!


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I worked all day on this bad boy.  I've got the monitor brackets installed where they actually fit the monitor mounting holes (hey how 'bout that?).  \

I was able to successfully install the GT FORE COMPLETE upgrade.  This entailed changing a security chip on the PCB, hooking up a CD-ROM drive to the motherboard, connecting the on-board modem to a landline, and running the install program off the CD.  First two times failed due to an incompatible CD-ROM drive.  I attached a different drive and it worked lickety-split.

I installed the PCB, hard drive, and power supply into the cabinet.  I installed the power surge protector and marquee.  Due to the incorrect plan measurements I had to do some creative rigging to make the marquee look good, and it looks great now.  The speaker is connected to the PCB and I have play tested the controls with the monitor on the floor.  Tomorrow (later today, actually) I have to unscrew the screws holding the monitor brackets and replace them with 1/4-20 bolts that go completely through the sides.  If I can catch my dad during his lunch break I'll get him to help me mount the monitor.

Should be complete with everything but the speaker grill and bezel by tonight.  If I can catch Steve after work, I'll get the monitor bezel installed as well.

I'll post detailed photographs on the monitor installation using DrewKaree's bracket mounting method when the cabinet is finished.  I highly suspect I may get delayed a day or two if I get started playing this sucker again.  ;D

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Mark, did that method work out well for you, or did you have to customize it some more for your bracket installation?
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Mark, did that method work out well for you, or did you have to customize it some more for your bracket installation?

It worked great.  Instead of using my wife to hold it, I just screwed in some furring strips to screw the hardboard to.  That way it was locked in place and I could screw in the brackets without worrying about her moving it.  I'll post some great pics of this as soon as I get some sleep.  I worked on the cab until 5 this morning and I got up at 8:45.  :P

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On a golf game note... it seems that the Happ TB at least in my cab does not perform that well for golf games.  If I give it a good spin it seems to hesitate a bit and the resulting spin is weak at best.  Is there a trick to make the TB's work good for golf games?

How does your TB perform?

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I QUIT.   :angry:

I bench-tested everything last night and it worked perfectly.  I installed the monitor in the cabinet and now it won't power up.  I have pulled it back out and checked everything that is obvious and the monitor just won't power up.  NOTHING.  No clicking, smoking, blinking, nothing.  It's like it's not even plugged in (but it is, I swear).

The project is on hold until I can get the monitor working again. 

There are no words to adequately express my frustration at the moment.

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I'm sorry man.

Probably a stupid question. But, My monitor has a connector for power right near the board, if yours has one didga check that. Fuses?
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I QUIT.   :angry:

I bench-tested everything last night and it worked perfectly.  I installed the monitor in the cabinet and now it won't power up.  I have pulled it back out and checked everything that is obvious and the monitor just won't power up.  NOTHING.  No clicking, smoking, blinking, nothing.  It's like it's not even plugged in (but it is, I swear).

The project is on hold until I can get the monitor working again. 

There are no words to adequately express my frustration at the moment.


Damn monitor  >:( :angry: :hissy:  :cry:

Sorry to hear about that markvp, I hope you get it resolved soon, I can't wait to see this cab in it's finished state.

Good luck!

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I've got to take the monitor back to Betson in Dallas.  They estimate about 2 weeks to repair it.  :'(

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That's weird.  Did it get 'knocked' between the bench and the cab?

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No knocking that I know of.  It's very weird and upsetting.  I took the afternoon off and returned the monitor to Betson in Dallas.  Hopefully they'll get it fixed ASAP, but I expect about 2 weeks.

On the way back from Dallas, SteveJ34 met me alongside I20 to bring me the Happ 27" bezel.  I really appreciate him doing that.

Thanks Steve!!!

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I called Betson today and they say the monitor is fixed.  It's going to cost $97.50 to repair bad solder joints and a bad cap, all on a 3-1/2 month-old monitor.  >:(

I'll go pick it up in the morning.

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I called Betson today and they say the monitor is fixed.  It's going to cost $97.50 to repair bad solder joints and a bad cap, all on a 3-1/2 month-old monitor.  >:(

I'll go pick it up in the morning.

You are kidding me!??   Don't they have a one year warranty on it?  My Betson is about the same age as yours.

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Okay, a quick e-mail exchange with my Betson sales rep has gotten the repair under warranty.  Let's hope it stays that way when I get there in the morning.

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I just got back with it.  I'll fire it up tonight.

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Don't forget to plug it in.

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Don't forget to plug it in.

Huh?   ???

What do you mean "plug it in?"  Is that some kewl internets speak?

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No Mark, you should try it.  All teh kewl kids are doing it.  It might even fix the problem with your cab ;)
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Hey, you guys were right.  It works a lot better plugged in.  In fact, I just played 18 holes of golf.  :cheers:

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