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Here we go last bit :)

 

Final rebuild and vid bit

 

post-445-0-99521100-1354224134_thumb.jpg << got the green panels back from powdercoaters and colour match is spot on

 

post-445-0-30172700-1354224072_thumb.jpg << clean up buttons

 

post-445-0-92521200-1354224320_thumb.jpg << stripdown and full overhaul of both solenoids (only 50p one showm but did both)

 

post-445-0-23876500-1354224297_thumb.jpg << looks like the original idea was for a machine called gold rush (never heard of it) :hmm:

 

post-445-0-70436000-1354224308_thumb.jpg << outer glass done

 

post-445-0-60976000-1354224148_thumb.jpg << inner smoked glass done

 

post-445-0-24187500-1354224188_thumb.jpg << coin mech stripped and cleaned

 

post-445-0-88158900-1354224174_thumb.jpg << lower panel rebuilt

 

post-445-0-51973500-1354224335_thumb.jpg << top bit done also

 

I had all the metalwork blasted by roger and then powdercoated as it had bubbled etc. and looked shite :( but the end result it worth it

 

post-445-0-41754200-1354224226_thumb.jpgpost-445-0-66866200-1354224238_thumb.jpgpost-445-0-88963700-1354224252_thumb.jpg << looks 100 times better inside

 

post-445-0-25721300-1354224086_thumb.jpg << and rebuild all solenoids,tubes level switches etc. metalwork here also powdercoated :)

 

post-445-0-86318300-1354224264_thumb.jpg << monitor ready to go in

 

post-445-0-22615400-1354224277_thumb.jpg << safety screen on

 

post-445-0-09127200-1354224097_thumb.jpgpost-445-0-03834000-1354224109_thumb.jpg << dongle cover rebuilt after powdercoating

 

post-445-0-03251500-1354224163_thumb.jpg << inside all done :) :)

 

 

Finished and looking spot on

 

post-445-0-43929900-1354224120_thumb.jpg

 

 

 

 

Now a quick vid

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWhZhcNuAy0&feature=youtu.be

 

Alright i know nowt about tom jones :) :)

 

 

well all in all its took about 18 months on and off as can be seen looking at this thread and luck would have it that suit Persuit off fleebay for 10 quid give me a nice tidy cab as the old one was more fooked than first thought it also gave me the best bits to choose from and build one good machine out of the two. :)

I still have the SP glasses and panels but cant see myself using them as GUAB is my fav quiz of all time and the best quiz machine ever bar none IMHO 8)

 

As in first post its not a fruity but its 80's JPM and counts ;)

 

A big thanks to the following

 

Roger for his work on the sandblasting

Canonman for his input and ideas + manual scan

El Condor for the disk images

& gunblade over at jamma+ for the monitor repair

 

Thats what this site is about :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Edited by albaki77

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remember this machine very well ,we had one down the local footy club , very popular in its day too . its areally nice restoration job alan well done

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That's fab Alan, well done mate :clap: :clap: :clap:

 

That vid has just made me VERY nostalgic, great memories of the local WMC, I bet most of the blokes I used to drink with on a Sunday lunchtime are long gone (they were loads older than me)

 

Great to see this mate, but TBH it's made me rather sad, it's a shame you can't go back in time, just to see them all again and have a laugh :(

 

They were happy times, a world, long before my life seemed to lurch from one disaster to another!

 

The WMC also had a sit down pool or snooker game (not sure which it was not tbh).... old age!

 

Don't suppose anyone's got one of those or a vid of one?

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Very nice! I agree, it's definitely a game worth saving. I wish mine hadn't been such a basket case now :crying:

 

Thanks for the mention too :D

 

EDIT: Did you ever get round to completing the schematics?

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Just doing the outputs at the mo as when it was under final test it would not take £1 coins which tuned out to be a faulty 7407(IC60) off the top of my head and after that the inputs and UART stuff. 8)

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Just doing the outputs at the mo as when it was under final test it would not take £1 coins which tuned out to be a faulty 7407(IC60) off the top of my head and after that the inputs and UART stuff. 8)

 

8255 PIO's a plenty, from what I can remember!

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8255 PIO's a plenty, from what I can remember!

 

They are two for outputs one for inputs and one for various enables on the board i.e. sound,ramsel2 amd other stuff

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******** Project Update/Correction ***********

I thought i would post this on the end of the project to keep everything about this machine in one place :)

Machine has been fine for nearly a year now and running without any problems but i always thought from playing this back in the day that in attract mode(look at the final video bit in post #76) that some of the snooker balls on the top glass flashed with the "Give Us A Break" logo but when  bulbs where placed in all the holders you could just about see the light though the artwork and in wrong place so i left it there thinking it maybe an older type glass or something and enjoyed the machine without any problems.

Since then i got a spare top glass of Riche100 with no lamp mask on and could see that 3 of the balls should be illuminated.
 

 

So first job compare glasses

 

post-445-0-96972800-1379076787_thumb.jpg << The one of rich is the bottom one

 

Penny dropped instantly The bloody mask is on upside down but as it was firmly fixed as machine was being restored i assumed it was correct and left it alone.Also having no spare top glass back then i was reluctant to rip the lamp mask off if you know what i mean :o

 

So i managed to take off the mask with no probs and the double sided sticking foam was quite new so the previous owner(s) was at fault for this but that's life.

 

post-445-0-39316700-1379076785_thumb.jpg << Lamp mask back in the machine and also cleaned up

 

post-445-0-35109900-1379076773_thumb.jpg  << Blue ball on top glass was not working under test.It just turned out to be a faulty output driver transistor Q42(ZTX600) which was replaced

 

post-445-0-32481000-1379076775_thumb.jpg post-445-0-76457700-1379076777_thumb.jpg << At last now all working as it should be

 

post-445-0-99467800-1379076779_thumb.jpg << And from the outside

 

 

Now just another quick vid of the machine working as it should be as i will delete the old finished video soon 8)

 

 

 

 

 

post-445-0-93495100-1379076770_thumb.jpg << Its nice to have a spare 8)

 

post-445-0-42529600-1379076782_thumb.jpg << I now also Suit Pursuit from the machine i bought last year and The Treasure Trail of riche100 (maybe needed one day you never know)   :)  :)

 

 

I also have 2 more MPU's to go at next year and i will just add them to this post as they are done. :hmm:

 

 

 

I cant believe i missed this first time round :headache: :headache: :headache: :headache:

 

 

 

Some MPU restorations next year

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yet more nice work al and always good to have spares . It would be great to see those other two glasses reressurrected one day . Great quiz machine s

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On 7/24/2011 at 7:56 PM, Road Runner said:

Lost out on ebay 2 weeks ago when my internet went down :crying: but regained it 2 weeks later by brute force with cash :D:D:D (buyer pulled out apparently) :rolleyes:

 

Just had to have it so i offered a top price for it :huh:

 

 

post-445-0-92894000-1311533494_thumb.jpg << Needs alot of work does not power up but the PSU is an MPS one :hmm:

 

Not strictly a fruity but is is an 80's JPM so it counts & comes with disks dongles and a spare motherboard ;)

 

Will take more pics when i open a project thread on this classic :D

 

 

Regards

 

A :D

Hi, Frank Bird here, that picture bring back some memories, I project managed the product from inception through to negotiations with the BBC and it's eventual release.

Can't say I can help with the engineering though as by that time I was just overseeing everything. 

I have some great stories from those days if you are ever interested ..

 

Regards 

Frank 

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On 9/13/2013 at 2:30 PM, Road Runner said:

******** Project Update/Correction ***********

I thought i would post this on the end of the project to keep everything about this machine in one place :)

Machine has been fine for nearly a year now and running without any problems but i always thought from playing this back in the day that in attract mode(look at the final video bit in post #76) that some of the snooker balls on the top glass flashed with the "Give Us A Break" logo but when  bulbs where placed in all the holders you could just about see the light though the artwork and in wrong place so i left it there thinking it maybe an older type glass or something and enjoyed the machine without any problems.

Since then i got a spare top glass of Riche100 with no lamp mask on and could see that 3 of the balls should be illuminated.
 

 

So first job compare glasses

 

post-445-0-96972800-1379076787_thumb.jpg << The one of rich is the bottom one

 

Penny dropped instantly The bloody mask is on upside down but as it was firmly fixed as machine was being restored i assumed it was correct and left it alone.Also having no spare top glass back then i was reluctant to rip the lamp mask off if you know what i mean :o

 

So i managed to take off the mask with no probs and the double sided sticking foam was quite new so the previous owner(s) was at fault for this but that's life.

 

post-445-0-39316700-1379076785_thumb.jpg << Lamp mask back in the machine and also cleaned up

 

post-445-0-35109900-1379076773_thumb.jpg  << Blue ball on top glass was not working under test.It just turned out to be a faulty output driver transistor Q42(ZTX600) which was replaced

 

post-445-0-32481000-1379076775_thumb.jpg post-445-0-76457700-1379076777_thumb.jpg << At last now all working as it should be

 

post-445-0-99467800-1379076779_thumb.jpg << And from the outside

 

 

Now just another quick vid of the machine working as it should be as i will delete the old finished video soon 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

post-445-0-93495100-1379076770_thumb.jpg << Its nice to have a spare 8)

 

post-445-0-42529600-1379076782_thumb.jpg << I now also Suit Pursuit from the machine i bought last year and The Treasure Trail of riche100 (maybe needed one day you never know)   :)  :)

 

 

I also have 2 more MPU's to go at next year and i will just add them to this post as they are done. :hmm:

 

 

 

I cant believe i missed this first time round :headache::headache::headache::headache:

 

 

 

Some MPU restorations next year

Suit Pursuit, I had forgotten that one TBH.

The one we never finished was PAC Quiz, remember the little PAC man, well his progress depended on the speed with which you answered the question and of course the Ghost was relentless. Loads of potential but never made it due to other pressures.

Regards

Frank Bird

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Frank,

Can you remember who designed the video hardware for Give Us a Break? Having looked at a couple of the boards I'd guess Dave Powell had a hand in it?

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