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Hey there boys and girls- This is going to be the worklog for the rebirth of a project that I started a few years back but never finished to completetion. Background- About 5 years ago, I got into the MAME scene and made a few pc powered arcade machines with custom made controllers using original arcade components. I got really into it- made a couple for myself, and made a couple more and sold them. I grew up playing arcade games after school in the bowling alley and at the local market. It was always a dream of mine to have my own arcade machine like the spoiled rich kid in the 'silver spoon' tv show. I bought an X-arcade double joystick and discovered mame. In no time I was playing arcade games on pc at my desk using the joystick. Wow! I thought to myself, this is almost just like being at the arcade, but your not standing at a machine! I made my first mame machine using a broken arcade machine that I was able to buy for cheap. I modified the x-arcade controller to fit the control panel on the cab, slapped in a pc and mounted a pc monitor, and I was hooked! Here's a picture of my currect mame machine-

[IMG]http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4263/bigbadbob20066.jpg[/IMG]

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So after playing arcade games for a couple years, I thought 'man- it would be schweet to have a sit down driving machine!' This was right about the time that the xbox 360 came out, which my then girlfriend bought for me on day one ;). I had an regular xbox and a bunch of games that I could foresee collecting dust. I got the idea in my head and it wouldn't let go. I drew up some sketches on paper to flesh out my ideas and ended up designing plans for a full size sit down racing cabinet(plans long lost now :cry: ). I bought some plywood and some 2x4's and got to work cutting out pieces and would you know it, it turned out like I had envisioned it! I love it when a plan comes together! I bought some bolts and brackets, and 12v power converter, and a cool key-switch and some arcade foot pedals(using my arcade parts sources). I also went to the junk yard and bought a seat, dashboard parts, a dome light, cigarette lighter and ashtray. Using the old xbox, a huge 32" gateway pc monitor, some other misc stuff and a natural sense of 'know how', the xbox racer was born! Here are a couple of pictures of the machine from a couple years ago... *bob808 enters the time-machine and takes a couple pictures for you guys*

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Edited by bob808 - 5/3/14 at 5:40pm
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subbed, but you need the g25 wheel, its probably the best wheel i have ever used, and id try going for eyefinity ps3, (ive seen it done) so you can have a 270 degree viewing angle.
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Nice!! This reminds me of the days when my friends and I bought the Atari football arcade game. We later bought the four man version, too. Those were the good old days.
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*bob808 steps back into the time machine and returns to present day* So, the steering wheel that I used for the controller was not very good quality and kinda sucks, but my choices were limited. The old xbox is also getting quite dated. I've got this huge machine taking up valuable space that doesn't get played hardly at all. What to do... UPGRADE! I am going to be using a ps3 to power this machine, which I already have. I have bought a new 1080p Samsung 27" monitor to replace the low res Gateway screen. I also have a very nice Logitech G27 racing wheel that I picked up from best buy when it was on sale for $100. I am also re-using the JVC 5.1 reciever that was already in use in the machine. Today I stayed home from work because I sick *cough cough* :rolleyes: and figured it would be a good time to get started. I have slid off the top panel and the back panel, removed the behemoth of a monitor, the surround sound reciever, and the tired xbox. I am now going to take some pictures- be back soon with them :)
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[quote=GlockZoR IV;11635108]subbed, but you need the g25 wheel, its probably the best wheel i have ever used, and id try going for eyefinity ps3, (ive seen it done) so you can have a 270 degree viewing angle.[/quote] heh- eyefinity would be cool but this cabinet is big enough already! I'm not familar with the G25, but I already have the G27. [quote=bfe_vern;11635112]Nice!! This reminds me of the days when my friends and I bought the Atari football arcade game. We later bought the four man version, too. Those were the good old days.[/quote] :) good times!
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:wheee: I envy you. This is awesome :thumb:
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Heres a couple pictures of the huge and massively heavy old Gateway monitor. The disc it there for scale. It only has one d-sub connection. It still works great after all these years. Over 10 years old. I think I will end up building another mame machine from scratch and using this for the display. Imagine how cool pac-man would look that big smile.gif

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Here are a couple pictures of the inside of the machine without the monitor, xbox, stereo, and 12 power converter. This was before I got into modding computers so I didnt know about cold cathode tubes, so I bought a couple of small under-counter kitchen lights, tore them apart, and soldered the plug-ins to an extension cord lol. I had bought a 12v power converter, these days, I probably would just use a pc power supply. I bought the 12v inverter for the dome lights, brake lights (which I never hooked up) fans and the cigarette lighter. I had previously used the same thing for adding car stereo decks and amps to mame machines and lighting up various bulbs (like the ones in the coin slots).

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Here is a picture of the modified xbox. I had the dvd-rom in the dash so I had to buy an extension cable for it, the yellow group of cables had to be extended for power to the dvd-rom. The red and black leads went to the power button on the dash and the eject key-switch. I also pulled out some of the front usb connectors for the wheel and the wireless controller adapter due to space requirements. Below it is the reciever that I will be reusing. Everything is so dusty eek.gif I'm definately going to have to vacuume and blow out my pc after all the dust settles from using the compressor to blow the dust out of this thing-

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Heres a picture of the dash that I worked so hard on long ago (heh- he said hard on). I dont think I will be able to re-use it as it is cut to fit the curved profile of the old monitor, along with the top speaker holder (sat against upper portion of old monitor). I think I will have to fabricate those 2 pieces again.

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Edited by bob808 - 12/13/10 at 2:44pm
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Originally Posted by KusH;11635257 
wheee.gif I envy you. This is awesome thumb.gif

Thanks Kush!

I remove 4 allen-bolts and can slide the dash forward and out. Here are a few picts of the dash just for your enjoyment, so we can all remember the 'ol glory days. I'm 90% sure that I will be remaking it, but I will still use the gauges, cig lighter, and speakers. I will probably replace the lighting with some cold cathodes or leds wink.gif

Here is the back of dash and 12v power inverter (to the left) notice the xbox dvd drive hot glued on. the wiring and circuit board (in the middle)are for the steering wheel.

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Next is the bottom and backside of the inverter-

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close up of backside-

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some moar-

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close up of key switch. you can also see the xbox drive face-

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blurry ><<br />
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black arcade button for power switch... crusin at a buck-0-5 wink.gif temps look good!

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Edited by bob808 - 12/13/10 at 8:03pm
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Here are some pics of the modded acrade pedals. I had to make them play nice with the parts I pulled from the pedals that came with the old steering wheel. I added the the center metal brackets (and pots) and attached the white, plastic, geared levers to the black ones that came with the arcade pedals. The pedals that came with the wheel that I used were cheap and plasticy. I figuers it would be better to use nearly indestructable acrade pedals smile.gif

I used the 'guts' from the store bought pedals and modded then to work with the heavy duty pedals. This was before I ever thought about building a pc so I guess modding is in my blood thumb.gif

notice the leaf-spring switch that I have attached to a wood spacer to actuate when you step on the brake. I have ran wires fron this switch to the back of the machine to power foot actuated brake lights smile.gif

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Here you can see the little control box that I made for the subwoofer. All the stuff contained in the original subwoofer are in here and I made a custom sub-box/seat base that you will see later. I will probably be replacing these antec (90mm ?) fans with some 120mm or 140mm fans.

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Edited by bob808 - 12/13/10 at 4:05pm
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I took the old steering wheel off of the old dash and salvedged what parts I could. I am not going to be able to put it back in a usable form, because I dont have the stock pedal set ot the wheel housing anymore.

I may be able to square up the old dash and upper speaker holder and just make a new screen bezel to attach to the existing ones. The new screen is quite a bit smaller overall. The old screen filled the cabinet side-side. Still not sure how to mount the new wheel yet as I have not thoroughly taken a good look at it yet.

Here's the new screen-

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Heres some pics of how I am leaving it for tonight-

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Thanks for looking and your comments! cheers.gif
Edited by bob808 - 12/13/10 at 8:08pm
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