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Well it’s finally happened after two years of searching for one and missing out 3 times  ☹️ I finally got a fantastic offer from a very generous  member Mike B 😁, who had had the machine for 5 years but had never got round to fixing it up the machine had never even been unwrapped from where it had been sent by courier as the silver sprint courier label dated 27/02/2016 was still attached to the shrink wrap  that was undisturbed around the machine , so I was not going to miss out a fourth time and it was off to sunny Cornwall on Saturday morning it was a 600 mile round trip that took 11hrs in total but well worth it as this was the perfect 1st rebuild project for me , so after I had met Mike and his wife we loaded the machine up into the car I thanked Mike once again and I set off for home , once I got home straight away the shrink wrap was off to check the machine out I knew the cabinet has some damage as you could see in the photos Mike put up there was a few bits damaged but I hopefully have a donor cab lined up so that didn’t worry me  ,as expected the cabinet was too far gone to be repaired as the chip board had got damp and swollen and cracked in a few places on the sides  and the MDf base had seen better days like most machines of this age so it was time to start the strip down ,anyway that’s enough for tonight I will do another post tomorrow night with some more pictures of the strip down in progress ,thanks again Mike it was very nice to meet you and your wife and I hope I can do this machine proud and give it a new life thank you MPU Mecca and very kind members cheers dave 🍻

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So after all the shrink wrap was off it was time to take a look inside and see what we had as Mike had never opened it up and wasn’t sure if there was even a reel deck in it , so as soon as I opened the back it was clear to see that over the years some damp had worked it’s way into the machine and attacked every bit of metal it could find ,I was thinking about trying to power it up and have a few plays before I stripped it down but after seeing all the damp and rust i knew that I just had to strip it and salvage all  the parts that I could 

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The good thing was the loom was perfect and hadn’t been tinkered with and was clean  also the glasses were perfect apart from a crinkle on reel 1 window , I should be able to carefully remove the film from all 3 reel windows using a Stanley blade and some solvent cleaner unless there is a better way any ideas ? The only bad thing is you lose the black win line after you have done it , I have had to do this before on my top gears where they had crinkled up as well , the mpu board had had the battery taken off but there is still signs of battery leakage so I will give it a clean up and see how bad it is at a later date , but the big bonus was the conversion kit instructions which will come in very handy for setting the machine up right when she’s up and running again here’s a few more photos more tomorrow night 

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something to get your teeth into

believe it or not those photos in that state get some people on here twitching and itching lol 

 

wish i had a machine to upwrap :( maybe one day 

 

thanks for the updates and the manual upload .

 

for the record i would have plugged it in, itll only go bang once 

 

happy days 

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10 hours ago, Tilly1 said:

Here’s a copy of the conversion manual it might help some one else in the future 

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Thanks for sharing with us, this is going to be a great project to follow.  Good luck.

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Good luck on the restoration, it's the best bit of owning an old machine is restoring it to its form of glory!  Great thread, and look forward to the updates on how you're getting on 🙂

Good luck matey 👍

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Ok so it was time to start removing bits I started with the coin mech and token mech bracket and then carefully removing the loom I have been given some good tips and pointers by a good Freind on how to do it thank you Tony 👍,so it’s easy to put back together again by numbering up each lamp and making a note of where they go in the mask by doing a drawing of the mask and labelling it up I found it easier just to number both the lamp and the lamp mask with a sharpie pen and then take a photo just in case the number rubbed of the mask when clean it , so first challenge was to open the reel glass the clips that hold it shut were rusted also the hinge had rusted together as well, eventually I freed the two clips at the top and slowly I prized the frame of the glass open Pulling the rusty screws and hinge out of the chip board I was now concerned about the lamp mask and lamp holders being brittle and snapping as I removed the lamps ,but I was very happy to find they were all absolutely fine and I also gently eased the lamp mask away from the glass until the double sided foam separated from the glass so I could cleanse mask  as well as the inside of the glass , once this was done I continued with labelling and removing  tubes and meters and solenoids door switches again a lot of the screws were so rusted into the chip board they snapped straight away when I attempted to unscrew them I also removed  the stickers that were on the machine it looks like this machine was originally a hit the top from the sticker inside which I have saved and will put them back into the new cab when the time comes 

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thank you canonMan for your kind offer and the plan is warlord , hopefully I will be picking up a mpu4 cab in the next few weeks and putting it all back together fingers crossed 🤞 and yep luckily the loom and glasses and lamp mask and buttons are in  great condition every thing else can possibly be replaced if it doesn't work or can’t be cleaned up so I have got the main ingredients to make a good project 😁 

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Ok so it’s the last post of the strip down , so every thing is stripped out now and next  it’s time to start cleaning up and or replacing / repairing bits  , even though I possibly have a good donor cab coming which hopefully will have some good bits in it  I would like to save as much of this machine as possible so if all goes well I can use bits to restore my other mpu4 machines in the future so any tips on cleaning rust off like on the reel deck bracket and the air vents on the rear door would be great  ,I have sanded down and black painted the vents in the past but would like the bare metal effect if possible like the original would have had and also I might also  get a quote from a local company for re powder coating the frames and the top buttons / token mech panel and the pay out tray, just out of interest how much dose the powder coating  roughly cost as I have seen a few members have had stuff like  this done in the past ,here’s the last lot of photos for now thanks for reading 

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Thanks tony I will have a look at that stuff ,I really want to be cleaning it up next week but still working away from home so hopefully I will be at home the week after next then all systems go 🤞

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So good to see these restoration s happen like this .these bob versions of the classic s aren't everyone s cuppa but they still need saving and its about what we remember playing .the cab and parts have obviously seen better days but everything or nearly everything is restorable .with most of the metal work covered in rust i would get the lot powder coated .they will lightly shot blast each part and the power coat is a good robust way of doing the parts .my local place in brum does the frames for about £15 each the deck about the same and all the smaller parts probably a few quid to a fiver each. All.in all maybe £100 to do.the lot maybe slightly less .

If you don't want to spend that then get some wire cups that attach to angle grinders and also wire wheels that afix to power drills and take the rust off manually. It'll take some time .use hammerite smooth silver for most of the parts and find a medium grey gloss for the frames .I think players thread has covered various colour options for the frames. Black smooth hammeritre is good too or car spray paint .use a good grey spray primer too .by the time you've bought all.the sprays and paints and wire cups and wheels you are looking at £50 so for another 50 or so quid you can get the powder coaters to do all.the hard work .

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The old cab looks like it's been damp a long time,but the rest looks ok,so now you have a kit form machine waiting a cabinet.are you re using the solenoid payouts or replacing them.easy to get I think.

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2 hours ago, sulzerned said:

So good to see these restoration s happen like this .these bob versions of the classic s aren't everyone s cuppa but they still need saving and its about what we remember playing .the cab and parts have obviously seen better days but everything or nearly everything is restorable .with most of the metal work covered in rust i would get the lot powder coated .they will lightly shot blast each part and the power coat is a good robust way of doing the parts .my local place in brum does the frames for about £15 each the deck about the same and all the smaller parts probably a few quid to a fiver each. All.in all maybe £100 to do.the lot maybe slightly less .

If you don't want to spend that then get some wire cups that attach to angle grinders and also wire wheels that afix to power drills and take the rust off manually. It'll take some time .use hammerite smooth silver for most of the parts and find a medium grey gloss for the frames .I think players thread has covered various colour options for the frames. Black smooth hammeritre is good too or car spray paint .use a good grey spray primer too .by the time you've bought all.the sprays and paints and wire cups and wheels you are looking at £50 so for another 50 or so quid you can get the powder coaters to do all.the hard work .

That sounds good to me I have found a place local to me down in newhaven that dose powder coating  ,I will pop the bits down and see what they say just a another quick question when you say deck do you mean the reel deck or the mpu4 base as I’ve seen before on your threads that you polish up your reel  deck bases thank you 

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1 hour ago, warlord said:

The old cab looks like it's been damp a long time,but the rest looks ok,so now you have a kit form machine waiting a cabinet.are you re using the solenoid payouts or replacing them.easy to get I think.

I have been advised not to bother with trying to save the solenoids just to keep the pay out tongues,  I’m pretty sure I have some spare solenoids in the loft or if I haven’t my MATE 😁 said he might have some  🤔 cheers 🍻 

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23 minutes ago, Tilly1 said:

That sounds good to me I have found a place local to me down in newhaven that dose powder coating  ,I will pop the bits down and see what they say just a another quick question when you say deck do you mean the reel deck or the mpu4 base as I’ve seen before on your threads that you polish up your reel  deck bases thank you 

Sorry yes I meant the deck base .the mpu4 decks are plastic so probably wouldn't  like to be cooked in an oven 😁

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