Gone but not forgotten:
Picked up 4/2004 Cost: $0 Cost of restoration (So Far) ~$200 Non Working Burgertime Game - $0
Cap Kit $11.00 (including Shipping)
Interlock Switch- $4.50
Cam Lock- $2.50
Water putty (Cab repair) $5.00
Replacement Tube $0
Switching PS $15
Monitor Bezel- $50 shipped
New CPO- $49
Replaced Tube, Rebuilt Chassis
Installed Switching Power Supply
Installed NOS Marquee
Installed replacement Bezel
Touched up paint/Coin door
Installed new T-Molding
Installed new power cord
Cleaned all broken glass from inside
Installed new cam lock on coin door
*New* Installed CPO 4/7/08
Installed new back door
07 April 2008: Installed CPO, looks pretty good. God I hate doing those. Getting ready to build replacement back door, then I need to touch up some of the paint. Last things I need are 1 mustard color button for the player 2 start, and a new lower marquee bracket. Hope to wrap this one up real soon...
09 Feb 2008: Installed better switching power supply, have a CPO on it's way, should be here sometime next week. Really only 3 things left on this beast before she's good to go
17 April 2005: Wow, 4 months since an update, and what an eventful 4 months. Let's see, I have rewired the power supply to use a switcher, and fixed the broken corner by the control panel. I still have a few more minor things left to do on this project, but as it sits now, I can relax a little and let these things come as they may. As you can see above, I added a thumbnail gallery to the site, to try and better organize the photos here (and to save a little on bandwidth). I'm working on moving these pages to a new hosting service, but that is yet to come. Anyway, the first thumbnail page is up, and 2 more will follow shortly. What is left to do at this point (in no particular order):
Here's my original To Do list, Looks like I covered just about everything!
Total (updated) costs of this project so far:
09 Jan 2005: Well, I can safely say that this project has come so far in such a short period of time, it's unbelievable, considering how long everything sat. I have now come even closer to completion with the addition of a NOS marquee, as well as my own "homemade" monitor bezel. Yes I'm still looking for a nice or NOS bezel, but since I've been looking for so long, I got tired of waiting, and took maters into my own hands. Hopefully soon, I can complete this project, and enjoy having a nice Burgertime in my home. That being said, here is what I need to do to complete the project, in order of importance:
18 Dec 2004: IT IS ALIVE!!!!!
17 Dec 2004: I can't believe it's been another (almost) two months since I've last updated this. Unlike the last update, however, I have gotten quite a bit accomplished, although the unit is still no worky. The monitor, however, Is ALIVE! (works too, although the image is mirrored tested on my phoenix). Since BT uses no mirror, a yoke wire swap should solve the issue, not going to worry about that now, as I have located a good condition WG 19K 4901 for about 50 bucks shipped (once i send the 50 the monitor is MINE!). The board set still shows no sign of life although I am getting good power to the board. Checked all of the connections and such, but still no worky. Time to find the ol logic probe and see if there's any life there. I'm also going to try it on another PS just to make sure the board is getting the right amount of juice (damn analog multimeters never read right). In other news, my backdoor safety switch is now fully functional (boy did that sound naughty). Still looking for a new CP overlay and marquee, and the Monitor bezel (no I'm not going to pay over 100 bucks for a scratched up POS (bunch of savages in this hobby), I'll just retrofit glass from a ms pac or something before I do that, or buy some plexi.) So although the boat is slow, we're gonna eventually make it to port. Me likey good news for a change :) Pics to come.
29 Oct 2004: Another Two months have gone by, man how time flies. With another addition to my family, as well as one subtraction, life has kept me pretty busy (and yes I mean real people, not games!) I did, however, manage to find some time to install a cap kit to the non working monitor, but alas I did not take pictures. I was pretty suprised as to how easy it turned out to be (although I havent tested it yet so maybe thats a little premature) I also replaced the HOT, and wired it all back up, just haven't had the chance to juice it up yet. So how did I manage to find the time to do all that work, and not have time to plug the damn thing in? Well the story goes something like this... Saturday night, while waiting for the playoffs to end (my wife is a HUGE Cards fan, which is ok since I'm a ChiSox fan as opposed to BoSox (side note Chisox last won the WS in 1917, BoSox last in 1918, which are both much better than the Cubs 1908, curses? what curses? Addendum Oct 05 Make that 2005 for the White Sox YAY!) and I suppose being a ChiSox fan makes me a Cards fan by default due to the Cubs Cards rivalry) I sneak down to the basement to work on the chassis, adding the new HOT and putting the cap kit in. The wife calls down to the basement saying the game is over and to come upstairs and watch the movie (another one of those great married life compromises: Jersey Girl, an ok romantic movie by the king of dick and fart jokes Kevin Smith) Have I bored you yet? So upon the completion of the cap kit, I drudge my way upstairs to a few hours of a semi funny movie. Upon the completion of the movie which included to my wife's dismay (reasons to be obvious soon)the death of a character in childbirth as a result of an aneuryism (SP?), the wife retired to bed, and I returned for a 1 am wrapup and reassembly. after getting everything back together by about 1:30 am, I decided to go to bed and test it out in the morning, due to my fatigue, and knowing that I wasn't going to be getting much sleep coming up (again reason coming soon). Plus I figured I could double check all of the caps, and make sure I wired everything up correctly in the morning. Alas it was not meant to be, as my wife woke me up at 4:30 am saying that she was going into labor (it all makes sense now). At 8:10 Alexander was born, bringing my family total up to 4 people, 2 goldfish, and 4 arcade machines :) Anyhoo, I'm hoping for a few hours this weekend to be able to plug it in and see what happens, and hope nothing blows up! Another post to follow!
20 Aug 2004: I got my Multimeter out and did a quick test of the HOT, and found it was bad, so when I get the chance I'll replace it. Here's one location that had the part for $4.00 + Shipping. Click HERE Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a new monitor in the next few weeks so I can do more testing of the machine. maybe if the boards are bad I'll make a Multi-Burgertime or Multi-Midway machine out of it (I'm thinking Pac,MS Pac, BT, Galaga, Galaxian, etc.) Who knows, but at this point, everything I have in the "laboratory" is dead or only partially working.
23 July 2004: Guess what? It's not alive, at least not in any form that i can tell. got everything hooked up and gave her the juice, and NOTHING! No beep, chirp, picture, neck glow, nothing. Well... Found out the back door switch was bad, so a quick bypass, and.... NOTHING! Well almost nothing, the power supply hums, the speaker has static, the volume control makes the static louder and softer (not bad static, kinda like speaker hum), no neck glow, no picture, no chirps, beeps, burgers being made. After a little troubleshooting, I find out that the fuse on the monitor popped, meaning bad HOT? bad Flyback? bad fuse? who the hell knows. When I got this thing, I originally was going to strip all the parts off and put them up on eBay, since I don't really even like the game. Once i got it home, I figured since the cab looks so cool that i would keep it, restore, and maybe sell it, maybe hang onto it for my gameroom. I'm starting to second guess that decision. Sometimes you wonder whether it's all worth it...
14 June 2004: EEEEET EEEEEES AAAAAALLLLYYYYYYYVVVVVEEEEEEEE!
26 April 2004: Of course I can never leave well enough alone, so instead of sitting and waiting around for a new tube to come, I figured I'd get some work out of the way. I cannot believe how much broken glass was in the bottom of this thing. I took a picture of it, after I was already half way done cleaning it out. So Imagine as you look at the photo, to more than double the amount that was there, since I had already cleaned a bunch out, as well as a lot of it falling out on the trip home. But, as you can see in the after photo, the glass is all gone.
Upon a closer inspection, I noticed that a really bad paint job hid some secrets about the coin door, so after some careful cleaning, and scraping with my fingernail, I found the true glory hidden underneath. Now, if I can only figure out how to sandblast the door to get all of the rust and paint off, without damaging the original midway tag, I'll be a happy camper:)
9 April 2004: I finally got all of the remnants of the tube out of the game. I never knew that the glass in the tube was so thick, no wonder those turkeys are so freaking heavy. So now until I acquire a nice RCA 19VLTP22 tube + yoke and convergence rings (hint-hint) I will be in limbo....Click Here to see some more photos of the project.
18 April 2004: Suprise, Here's your free Burgertime, needs a little work (wink, wink). As you may have figured out, I wasn't expecting this, but oh well, you gotta take what you can get. My only regret is I didn't take any pictures of me picking it up or moving it in, but I was a little busy trying to get the whole thing done by myself. A special Thanks goes out to my dad, who kindly allowed me to borrow his truck for the weekend, and I kindly returned it to him with a blown alternator. Well, I don't feel too bad about it cause it wasn't my fault, and I had to hoof it two and a half miles just to find a phone, when the freakin thing died on the highway. Grrrr. something tells me that he isn't going to let me borrow the truck anymore, even though it wasn't my fault. Ah well, alls well that ends well, the trucks getting fixed, the BT is in my basement. :) So here's the situation: Good condition original dedicated Burgertime, some flaking of the paint, a few dings, but cabinet in overall good condition, and all bad spots are repairable. Complete boardset, powersupply, coin door. Now for the fun part. Someone decided to throw a cinder block through the monitor! Why they did this, I don't know. They not only broke the monitor, but the bezel, and glass overlay as well. And for good measure they broke the marquee. The monitor chassis (WG 4906) seems to be complete and intact, of course who knows what kind of trauma it has withstood. And the power cord of course has been cut. So here's a short "To Do" list: