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Jeff Rothe said in June 28th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

I was kind of waiting for you explain to beginners how you keep all of the parts straight and organized when you completely gut a cabinet to repaint it. At this point in your collecting, you probably can remember and know how all the electronics work and go together easily and can re-assemble blindfolded, but someone who doesn’t know, should they label the parts, take specific photos?….

Jeff Waldron said in June 28th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

That’s a great question. I’ll have to take pics of what I did when I reassemble it. I basically took a ziplock bag for each “set” of parts, like the control panel brackets, marquee brackets, etc. to keep the screw and misc parts together. There are nice breakout drawings in the manual, but this is much easier. As for the AC power board I took apart to clean, I laid the screws out in the same arrangement I took them out from, so I could easily place them back in the same place. Oh, and take LOTS of digital pics for later reference. I did this for wire colors on speakers, etc.

Jeff Civitate said in June 30th, 2008 at 9:39 am

Couple of interesting coincidences here. I just started my Tron restoration one day after you. Thanks so much for the detailed pictures. They’re actually very helpful in finding anything missing/different in mine. I did much of the same steps yesterday. Stripping the cab and getting ready to paint. Please keep the details coming!

And its okay for non-Jeff’s to post also.

Jeff Waldron said in June 30th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I think there are more Jeff’s collecting than any other name…

I’ll keep them coming. I’m probably going to be doing the cabinet filling, sanding, and painting this week. Hopefully finishing it up by the weekend of the 4th.

Gilbert Hernandez said in July 3rd, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Hello there. My Tron is up and running but I think the power supply is on its last leg. Where did you find that switcher conversion kit? Appreciate the help.

Jeff Waldron said in July 3rd, 2008 at 3:38 pm

You can get the switcher kit from the parts page on http://www.arcadeshop.com. They have just about everything you’d need for arcade game restoration. You’re looking for the item called “MCR Power Supply Conversion Adapter”. You can also get a complete kit that includes a switching power supply if you don’t already have one.

Chris A said in August 16th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Wow, so you were able to pretty much clear out all of the hardware on the floor of your TRON with that switcher kit? Along with the other benefits of doing so, I might do that just to appease the OCD part of my brain!

As others have said, thanks for the detailed restoration shots, they are helpful. Offhand, does your TRON have speaker grilles? Are they the generic rectangular midway style, or particular to the machine? Mine doesnt have any on it currently.

Jeff Waldron said in August 18th, 2008 at 7:00 am

Chris, thanks for the response. I really like how I was able to remove so much from the power assembly. I really didn’t even know how much until I started putting it all back together. Eliminating the extra parts really made it easy to clean it up like I did. It was a really mess before. As far as speaker grills go, I didn’t have any either. The plastic monitor shroud served as the speaker grills. The “grills” were molded into the shroud at the top.

Gilbert Hernandez said in January 4th, 2011 at 12:36 am

Jeff, Got my MCR kit in today and installed it. Looks a heck of a lot better in the cabinet and my game itself seems a little cleaner on the monitor. Thanks for the info and the photos! It made things go so much smoother on the install.

Jeff Waldron said in January 4th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

@Gilbert – Glad you found the part fine. Hope your game works great with it. You may want to look into making some slight adjustments to your monitor settings to really tune it in. Check the vertical and horizontal size, and the brightness and focus knobs on the Flyback.

If you are up to some soldering, installing a “Cap Kit” would do wonders for you! Check my links for a site that has “Cap Kit 101” instructions and also for a link to Bob Roberts to buy them.

Good Luck!


John said in September 20th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Jeff, I just obtained a Tron upright, it had a Rom 02 error, fixed that, then the monitor seemed not to show an inch of the left side and bent on the right. Then the video started scrolling from left to right. I removed my monitor board and resoldered the joints and the video was brighter, but worse. Then I changed the original ribbons out with newer ones, and the video was the same. Then I test the power supply and found J2 Red/white stripe wire (+5v 4th down 1st row) was broken and out of its socket. The +12v Orange/Red that has 0v. I fixed the Red/White stripe and now the video is completely screwy. Would you have any ideas? Here are some videos from good to worse…1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fryx4a8quZ4 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6KnMgk5PkI

Thank You,

Jeff Waldron said in September 21st, 2011 at 8:16 am

@John, I would do two things if I were in your shoes. First, I would install a cap kit for the monitor. It will solve the bends in the picture and improve the image quite a bit. Second, to actually get the game running I would pick up one of the MCR power supply kits like I have in mine. You can pick both parts up from arcadeshop.com. see my earlier comments in this comment thread. My machine worked great once I got the power supply kit!

Rodney said in September 24th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Jeff, I am in the process of replacing the power supply with the adapter and switcher, but I am confused about what goes where. Can you take a close up of the wires that connect to the iso transformer.


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