October 09 2009

Chilly Willy the “Pengo” Restoration – Part 3

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Since “Part 2″ I was able to finalize my Pengo restoration before winter arrived. In fact, the night I finally pushed forward to get done it was 54 degrees out and damp so no time like the present to finish the restoration up! As I found out a couple of nights before spray painting sometimes just can’t happen this time of year so I finished just in time!

First thing I did since part 2 was to carefully remove the “FrogTape” to see if it did as good as a job as the marketing material says it does. The verdict? It works!

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From here I installed 3/4″ Black Leather Texture T-Molding which I purchased from ArcadeShop.com.

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The aluminum trim that goes under the control panel was slightly bent and filthy. However, a good scrubbing and a good polishing with Autosol® Metal Polish it cleaned up real nice.

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Gave the speaker grill, marquee bracket and carriage bolts with a quick coat of Krylon® satin black spray paint before I reattached.

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Sandblasted the coin door and repainted it with Rustoleum® hammered finish “black” before reassembly. The results? I’m thinking this is one of my best looking coin doors yet!

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Before I could even think of applying my new control panel overlay I had to strip off the old control panel overlay (CPO) then gave it a good couple coats of satin black spray paint making sure to let the paint setup for at least 24 hours before applying the CPO. As far as properly installing a CPO all I can advise you to do is line it up, tape it down, take your time and you won’t be disappointed with the results.

The CPO was vectored by Jeff Rothe from rotheblog.com and was produced by Rich Lint from thisoldgame.com and as you can see the end product is first class. Kudos to both Jeff and Rich!

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Unfortunately the Wells Gardner 4900 monitor was so horribly burned with Penogo game play I really couldn’t use it. So I ended up rebuilding a Wells Gardner G07 I had with new capacitors and a new Flyback Transformer. The only problem I ran into (or at least that I will discuss at this time) was that I didn’t have a vertical frame for the G07 and couldn’t seem to locate one. A big problem? Not really… Ended up trimming the base of the G07 horizontal frame and attaching the base to the vertical monitor frame frame from the 4900 with sheet metal screws. Worked great and not too much work.

The tube isn’t perfect but a great improvement.

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I installed a Pengo Enhancement Pack (E-Pack) created by JROK. The upgrade gives you High Score Save, the choice between “Popcorn Pengo” and “Alternate Pengo” and Free Play. Best of all, it’s only a $45 upgrade.

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The original Wico joystick was rebuilt using a New Old Stock (NOS) grommet and a NOS red ball-top. Then picked up two new red leaf buttons and two new galaga gold leaf buttons from Bob Roberts.

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No restoration would be complete without new locks. So I installed a new 1-1/8″ lock on the back door and two 7/8″ Cam locks on the coin door door. The locks can be purchased at Bob Roberts as well as most hardware stores.

Well this concludes my Pengo restoration for now. Side art isn’t available at this time but seeing I never had side art it won’t be missed right now. Now to see if I can squeeze it into the game room!!!

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