Jeff Kinder, Website Creator
Back in 1997, I picked up a Thayer's Quest conversion kit. Three years later, I finally picked up a converted Dragon's Lair cabinet to use for this kit. The cabinet sat in the workshop for months before I finally had the energy to start a new project. I started working on March 19 and finished on June 23. Not a quick job, but it definitely came out looking pretty nice.
The vinyl on this cabinet was pretty scraped and scratched up and would have to be replaced. There were also a few extra bolt holes in the sides of the cabinet that needed to be patched. The top of the cabinet had been cut back to fit a flat marquee, and the bottom of the cabinet was pretty chewed up. I definitely had my work cut out for me.
|Day one. :(||Top of cabinet was cut back to fit a flat marquee.||Starting to strip the cabinet of everything.||Removed the top of the cabinet, and prep for new 3-sided top.|
|Stripping off the original vinyl covering.||Still stripping off the original vinyl covering.||First side complete.||Cabinet totally stripped of vinyl covering.|
|Here we can see the corners of the cabinet were very chewed up.||Cleaned up the area to be worked on.||Marked off the area to be cut.||Cut off the bad area.|
|Did the same for all four corners.||Glued and screwed the new pieces in place.||Put wood putty over the seams.||Cut out new top for game with proper angles.|
|Painted both pieces for above and below marquee.||New marquee molding getting ready for priming and painting.||Bottom of cabinet taken off to raise and reinforce blocking.||Re-installed bottom which now sits higher inside the cabinet to conceal the added wheels.|
|After days and days of sanding the putty and old glue from the vinyl, the cabinet is now completely stripped.||Ready to start on the wiring for the cabinet.||Mounted the board and main wiring harness.||The harness was about 90% complete, so additional wiring for the speakers and marquee light were needed.|
|Wiring complete!!! Even added fluorescent light under the control panel.||Applying the new vinyl covering.||Both sides complete. Getting ready to add the vinyl for the front.||New vinyl perfectly covers over the cuts in the edges of the cabinet.|
|The 19" monitor was replaced with a 19" TV.||Project complete!!!!
(except for those darn side decals) :)
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