My Atari Football Restoration Blog
New PCB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Meaux   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 20:18

purchased and installed a PCB on ebay (from takeman).  It works!  The controls are in horrible shape.  The trackballs are "grinding" as you struggle to move them, and the play-select button does not work.  Monitor seems to be okay.  Coin door mechanisms do not work.  Will get to work on ordering parts to rebuild the trackballs.


the game powers up! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Meaux   
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 19:45

The game powers up!

I still can't get the game itself to function. After spending days going through the PCB, I decide to try to find a working PCB on eBay. I can possibly salvage the PCB that came with the game at a later date. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:32
Advice from Bob Roberts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Meaux   
Tuesday, 10 July 2007 19:42
I contacted Bob Roberts regarding some parts I would need to get the game up and running.  Bob is just great guy!  He gave me some advice on additional items to check for in the game to restore power. He has lots of experience in this business, and sells lots of hard to find parts for arcade games.
I also got a copy of the manual for the game (find it here), replaced some fuses. I learned about something very important regarding this game: the Power Inter-lock switch! 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:31
Obtained an Atari Football Arcade Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Meaux   
Monday, 09 July 2007 12:30
I purchased an old Atari Football video arcade game. I bought it from another arcade game collector in Tyler, Texas.  It was listed in a Craiglist sale.

We went up in my van (4 hour drive there), loaded it up, and returned home (4 hour drive home). I paid $10 for the game. It would not power up, and the body was not in great shape, but it seemed to have all (or at least most) of the parts.

The serial number on the body is 5242. The serial number on the PCB is 3812.

The body has obviously suffered a lot of water damage. The base is literally disintegrating. Everytime the game moves, it leaves a trail of wood flowing from the base. The top part of the game is "swelling" from water damage. My goal is to restore the electronics in the game, then eventually the body. 

This is my first arcade game resotration project. I'm doing this for the experience, as well as the senjoyment of a "hands-on" project. I already figure at this point it's going to be more expensive than simply buying another one in better condition.

Here are pictures of the game from when I got it home

Click on a picture to enlarge it (each one opens up in a new window):




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