Arcade Machines

  10/03/18 08:16, by , Categories: main

Lately I've been delving into old(for those that didn't grow up with them) computers and arcade machines.

I resurrected and Apple IIe, so it can play Oregon Trail, and Zork. One of my sons actually survived the Oregon Trail.

Also on the recently resurrected list, is an Atari 400 with a bad CTIA chip. A little bit of cleaning, and searching through known problems, and now Pac Man, and DigDug are playable on a TV that's light years ahead of the original one connected.

Current projects include a Killer Instinct cabinet, which has a working board, but may have audio issues. This will be coming together in the next couple of weeks. The cabinet has been clean, the board is now booting from a CF card, but only tested for video so far. The other one I've been cleaning up is a Sanfrancisco Rush machine. It's been disassembled, the 'works but no video' game, has a board that doesn't boot, so it'll be relegated to long-term status, until I find a PCB, or repair the one I have. As time permits, I'll be sandblasting/cleaning parts and repainting.

I also have a Gauntlet Legends Cabinet that'll be coming to the front of the list, once others have been moved out.

Semi recent projects have been custom machines, converted Silver Strike bowling cabinets, an UpNDown, that was a Zaxxon cabinet, which is now an UpNDown and 60-in-1, all pluggably interchangeable.

Arcade Machine for sale: Converted Silver Strike machine.

A look inside the ZL1 LSA with less than 10k miles, using 1qt of oil every 600 miles.

  09/13/16 17:12, by , Categories: main

Here's a video using an endoscope to look inside the cylinder of 2013 ZL1 Camaro.

This car used 1qt of oil every 1800 miles when the current owner purchased it, at around 14k miles.

Then Gregg Young Chevrolet in Omaha, NE replaced the pistons/rings. Oil consumption continued.

Then they replaced the entire engine. Oil consumption continued.

8k miles later, and continued oil consumption, then they say 'it's normal'

Now it's down to around 1qt every 600 miles.

Watch the video, and see for yourself, if you think that cylinder looks like less than 10k miles in an LSA.

TSB #01-06-01-011I - Excessive oil consumption and faith in GM

  08/30/16 14:41, by , Categories: main
My history is one of many Chevrolet cars and trucks. With new ones including an S10, Z71, Tahoe, Venture, Trailblazer SS, and 2010 Camaro.

My 2010 Camaro has been my daily driver since December of 2009, with my 1997 Z71 that I also bought new, as a backup.

My concern is with the next one though. With the evolution of TSB #01-06-01-011I, from other TSB's that I've read. It seems as though it went from oil consumption as a problem at 1qt/2k miles, with instructions to fix, to re-labelling it as a new normal.

That would mean that in my 2010 Camaro, which is driven on average 250 miles a week, with road trips in between, should be needing 1 quart of oil added every other month, since I've owned it.  Though at 82,000 miles, I have never added more than 1/2qt at an oil change.

In documenting a friends issue with his ZL1 Camaro, his oil consumption is around 1qt/1800 miles. Which would be approximately 6qts of oil burned between oil changes, based on an average of 8-10k miles with the GM oil monitoring system. Though this goes against the media that GM has put out which stresses less oil used. In the average Chevy engine, all of the oil would have been replaced during driving or in the 8qt LS3, nearly all.

If I buy a new Corvette for my next car, how can I have confidence in the performance of a car that burns through that much oil, and a Dealership like Gregg Young Chevrolet will tell me that it's normal. Without diagnosing the problem with the ZL1, Gregg Young has:

1. Replaced pistons and rings.

2. Replaced the engine.

3. Refuse to continue towards a solution with the issue, and contact other dealerships to refuse to diagnose the car.

    they asked for the page to be removed, and no negative reviews posted. Then they would take the car, and diagnose the issue with oil consumption.

Their resolution was to give the customer TSB #  01-06-01-011I Oct 27,2015,

and for the service manager Pat to say that 1qt/500 miles would be ok.

I see this whole path events as either fraud against GM by Gregg Young Chevrolet's service department, or and admission of incompetence in their diagnostic ability.

So, can someone explain to me, how I am supposed to continue to have confidence in GM products, when it has been illustrated to me that if I need to use the Warranty, I will be denied, or dismissed by the very dealer network that is supposed to support the product?

Batman vs Superman desk is done.

  08/12/16 19:55, by , Categories: main

If you build a Deadpool desk for a Deadpool themed room, then you have to build a Batman vs Superman desk for a Batman themed room, with a kid who likes Batman and Superman, right?

This one is the same type steel frame as the Deadpool desk, using recycled metal from someone elses projects.




In addition to the frame, were some old shelves that were glued together, and a computer rack side that was cut out for the Batman vs Superman logo.

All of it was painted, wrapped in vinyl, and embedded with a string of color changing led lights.

Then it was covered with clear epoxy from BestBarTop Epoxy.




That's the summary, but the pics and video of the build are over on Youtube.

The steps involved, besides procuring scraps and pieces to build the structure.

1. Ideas

2. Find/adjust/cut vinyl of the design in the correct size.

3. Stick the design on the side to a computer rack. Trace in case it melts away, then follow it with a plasma cutter from the inside out.

4. Trim/cut straighten the design to create a gap for the light to shine through, and trim the piece to 'desk size'.

5. Build an angle-iron frame to the correct seating height for a desk.

6. Glue together old shelves, then cut to fit the desk top metal, and base frame.

7. Transfer the design to the wood, and use a router to cut into the wood, creating a channel for the lights wider than the gap in the metal.

8. Plan and test a path for the continuous strip of lights, and route out that path, planning for a hole to pass through the back side. Then route out the back side for a place to put the controller box and power connector.

9. Paint everything once you are satisfied and have tested the light path.

10. Assemble the lights into the wood, mounting the control box, running the lights, then trimming the excess.

11. Wrap the back with vinyl, if you havent painted it, for a clean look underneath.

12. Peel and stick the lights, then get frustrated at them coming off, so you have to hot-glue them.

13. Use caulk(CLEAR) to seal the bottom of the wood to the frame, so the epoxy wont run down/drip underneath. Then check a couple hours later to see that it's still white, because in a bin of clear epoxy, you picked up white. Then paint the white caulk black once it's dry. Be sure to caulk the pass through hole, because I missed this step, I think that's where the bubbles came from that are seen when the lights are brightest.

14. Once it's masked off, and I mean everything masked off or epoxy will find a way underneath, proceed to pour your epoxy, and wait, and pour, and wait, and babysit to keep people from their urges to touch the wet/drying epoxy.

15. After it's been drying for a 5-6 hours, it's still soft enough, that if you unmask the main edge at this point, you can tear it cleanly, or you can wait 24-36 hours to unmask it at the end.

16. Unmasking, and chipping away drips from legs/feet.

17. Drill some holes in the back of one leg to zip tie the power cord to, so it's cleanly out of the way.

2016 Elections and Conventions, DNC, RNC, both DNR.

  07/27/16 15:30, by , Categories: main

Democrats build walls and security around themselves, but say if you do it around the country, you're racist, because 'illegal' is a race when it's politically benificial to them. 

There's only one race on this planet. Humans. If you say there are more, then you're dividing people for your own gain.

The DNC requires ID to pick who to vote for in their party, but say it's racist to as for ID when you vote.

On the other side, there are too many distractions, some talk about things that matter, and a lot of talk about things that dont.

You have a woman lawyer who breaks the law, and the current administration's law enforcement departments that ignore her breaking the law.

On the other side, you have someone who is very litigious, and gets distracted by thin skin about personal attacks.

Trump would be a better choice, as long as he doesn't get distracted about personal attacks and tiny hands.

Hillary will definately continue down the path of divisiveness and depressed growth, as she wants to take more money from people earning it, to give away to groups of people with made-up forms of 'justice'.

What happened to pioneering, independence, and helping people who need it, instead of giveaways, and coddling criminals because you dont want to offend anyone?





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