Super bummed about this! I had it powered on for a bit and then the red took over. All of the other colors are still there… But it’s just mainly red as you can see below. I tried adjusting the knobs in the back with no avail. Hope it’s an easy fix! Will keep you guys posted……..
After searching Craigslist for a classic stand-up arcade cabinet, we were led to San Diego to pick up a “Captain America and The Avengers” cabinet (read about it here). While we were there, we did another Craigslist search and found a pretty beat up “Final Fight” cabinet for only a hundred bucks. So, we decided to swing by and check it out. It was in rough condition, to say the least, and had seen many years of neglect and abuse. The monitor didn’t even work. It didn’t come with the actual game so it was basically being sold as a empty cabinet. Being the person that I am, (one who enjoys bringing something back to life that would have otherwise be headed to the landfill) I saw this as the perfect opportunity to make this my first arcade game restoration project. There was only one problem: We didn’t have room for another cabinet in our VW bus! So we headed back to LA with our solo cabinet. However, I couldn’t take my mind off the “Final Fight” cabinet. Eventually, I decided it was probably for the best to pass on the game because of the extensive amount of work it needed. For a few days I moved on and did some minor repairs to the “Captain America” game. I searched Craigslist again and saw the cabinet was reposted and still for sale. I made up my mind up: I am getting the “Final Fight” game! So I took off on a sporadic trip to San Diego and picked it up for a cheaper price than it was listed for. Let the restoration begin!
Check out that water damage!
I know that the “proper” way to fix this would be to cut the side off where the water damage is and insert new wood in its place. I decided to go the cheaper and faster route which was to build it back up and apply some bondo.
Now it’s time to remove the faux wood grain vinyl decals…
What happened next came as a big surprise to me…
I discovered that my “Final Fight” was actually a conversion kit from a “Make Trax” cabinet! I am now stuck between moving forward with “Final Fight” or bringing it back to its original glory as “Make Trax.” I’ve reached a fork in the road! Stay tuned while I make my decision…
After countless hours searching Craigslist and eBay for our first arcade cabinet, we came across a great find at an even better price. Thanks to our good friends Andreas and Michi for letting us borrow their Volkswagen Eurovan we headed out to San Diego to make our purchase –“Captain America and the Avengers” from Data East.
Clocking in at just over a two hour drive, we made it to our destination – a Church youth center. Upon arrival, we saw that they were unloading their arcade collection consisting of NBA Jam, Golden Tee, Mr. Do cocktail table, and of course our beloved cabinet. They were getting rid of these gems to get more funds so that they could do some upgrading and improving around the center (and simply because the kids just aren’t playing them anymore). Don’t worry! It’ll get plenty of play from us and our friends.
It was a tight squeeze getting the cabinet in the back door. However, once it was in there, we realized that we had potential room to fit another cabinet (if the size and price was right and with another game to check out only 15 minuets away it was worth the trip).
The second cabinet was “Final Fight.” It was just the cabinet with a monitor – and we weren’t sure if it even worked. The cabinet had been left in a non-water-proofed storage unit for over a year! So needless to say, it had some pretty massive water damage. After a few trips from the van to the cabinet to take measurements, we came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t fit and maybe it isn’t the best idea given the condition it was in. With a heavy heart, we decided to pass … for now. As Justin so correctly put it I had “rose colored glasses” and I couldn’t get the “Final Fight” out of my head.
After leaving with our solitary cabinet, we checked out the Barcade Coin-Op game room in San Diego’s North Park for some drinks, food, and (of course) games. Stay tuned for our follow up post with a review on the place coming soon.