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Another Aero City restore thread! Took me awhile to get setup for this project, but we are now off. This Aero is the sibling to @opt2not s epic restore (thread here). He did the heavy lifting and picked up both cabs for us, and then shipped it to me! My cabinet is a little rougher, but hope to end up with a similar result. Seems only right to start this thread with the same picture he used in his initial post. Overall taking this project on was inspired by @Kavas epic restore of an Aero! Now time to get to work.

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So it begins...
 
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Time to make some catch up posts on the progress of my restore.

So first off this thing had to get packed up and shipped out from @opt2not 's place to mine.

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Once it arrived it sat alone, Dexter wrapped, for a few months in the garage waiting to be unleashed.

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In February, I finally cracked her open. This thing was packed with some gifts. Two american style CPs, a Simpsons PCB (bought from @opt2not), and a Centipede PCB.

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First glance, things didn't look bad.

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one of my aeros also came to me as an americanized centipede... still have the cab and the centipede parts but they've long separated ways.
 

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Looking closer, you start to see the character of the machine. Autographed glass, monitor burn, and some weird holes in the footplate...

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Definitely some dirt in this thing, but nothing crazy...

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Chassis is a little dirty, and some funk on the underside of the chassis and neck board, but looks to be in solid shape overall...

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Next up was to plug things in and test it out. A couple pots are super sensitive, so took a while to get sync right. But things checked out, though I know this tube is close to end of life. Thanks again to @opt2not for testing it with his rejuvenator before shipping!

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Marquee needed a bulb and starter, but glows like a champ. Unplugged monitor for effect!

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Next up was stripping things down. Only had to drill out the lock for the coin box (coin meter = 214357)...

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Finally, everything was in pieces and ready to be dropped off at the painters for some powder...

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Cleaning up the wiring and should be able to pick up on Monday. Which is good cause I have movers coming Wednesday to pack up my house for a move!
 

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Also during the time I was waiting to prep and paint things, I located a lot of the detailed parts I needed/wanted for the restore.
Parts still needed:
  • New monitor glass
  • Various screws
  • Need to rework the coloring of the CP decal
Some photos of the good:

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Ordered 50 of the grommets to save on per unit price. Already have passed on my 46 extra. Long-live Aero City cabs!

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