I saw this Namco 20 year come across the As Found / For Sale Arcade Group on Facebook
..and decided to take the plunge. Bob Cunningham is awesome and knows how to handle and grade game condition. Lots of pictures, arrived exactly as described.
Unfortunately in this hobby, stuff happens. After leaving the game on for a couple hours one night a friend looked at me quizzically : “What’s that smell?”
The Flyback became a FryBack. What was odd was it was a brand new Flyback (clear date code on it) but it certainly melted down.
I mentioned on a different Facebook group when asked how it was going that “the monitor needs a little love but it’ll be fine” and Bob reached out to the person that had recently rebuilt the chassis. They were both super cool about it and replaced the flyback, I was only out shipping and a little time. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything - this stuff happens. But there you go, solid people people solid. :)
Other Clean-up Items
While the chassis was away I took the opportunity to correct some other things w/ the monitor and other parts of the game. There was a ground issue coming into the chassis from primary A/C and some floppiness in the purity / convergence rings.
The rings were just floating on the neck and not really locked in place. I believe some plastic likely got brittle and cracked that was used to create circular tension around the neck glass. Hot Glue & High Temp Silicon to the rescue..
I also took the mail-off time to redo the control panel with a new CPO from Rich @ This Old Game. It turned out awesome as his stuff always does..
Also went back with a Pac-Pro 4-Way Leaf from Groovy Game Gear.
..Putting it back together..
Rebuilt chassis, re-adhered and adjusted purity / convergence rings and fixed chassis ground..
With the help of a little Wifi Endoscope and a cellphone, I got tack-sharp focus out of the monitor.
(Thanks to Nathan for useful tools as gifts!)
Done for now..
Just have to install the coin lock, replace the mech bulb and adjust out the controller some and we’ll call this one done, for now. :)