Videos are up of the cabinet booting, some over all video, and the game running, take a look...
Pole Positon MAME Conversion - Part 1.
Pole Positon MAME Conversion - Part 2.
Turning a qualifying lap.
Last night I noticed there was an ad on craigslist for a Pole Position cabinet that needed some work for $100. Turns out the guy was a couple blocks down the road and someone I knew from the local flea market. I went over to take a look and it was in overall fair condition but as he said, it didn't work. I managed to get it for $50 and hauled it home. It has the typical chared PCB found in most Pole Position games so out it went and while looking at the condition of the internals I realized I'd rather gut it than attempt to rebuild it. So out everything came with the exception of the control surfaces as the cabinet itself and the control panel are in great condition.
I'd like to turn this machine into a deluxe Pole Position cabinet with both Pole Position games as well as the US and Japanese versions. (may also slip Championship Sprint in there too) So in other words it's going to become a MAME cabinet even though I'm going to leave the original Pole Position artwork in tact - besides, I've always loved the Pole Position bezel.
I want to use all the existing stuff for controls, so I'm going to need to hack the steering wheel. I have plenty of experience with the software side of MAME but next to none with the hardware end. Has anyone here performed one of these conversions or know of a place where I can get some ideas from someone who has? Of course I have the same questions about the accelerator pedal.
Right now I'm looking at an Ultimarc Opti-Pac for the wheel and an I-Pac2 for the pedal, shifter, coin mechs, and anything else that comes to mind. I've heard of cheap hacks for the wheel, if anyone's done one please let me know as well - I'm trying to budget out the project right now and cutting my bill at Ultimarc in half would be nice. Thanks!
Here are some pictures after gutting the machine and the initial wipedown / vacuum, my apologies for how dark they are, I took them at dusk...
Over all condition is good, graphics are a little peely at the bottom but I'm okay with that. Has the usual wear and scratches here and there but is 97% in tact.
Marquee, machine front, and control panel are all great. There's a little wear to the control panel (and of course cigarette burns all over the place above it) but the graphics are nice. Will need to derust the bots though.
The bezel is beautiful but I'll have to replace that cardboard piece inside. I'm simply going to rebuild the top section out of matching black cardstock / posterboard.