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Coney Island Boxer Restoration Project – It Works!

I plugged in the boxer for the first time to test it today and received some good news. It works! I also cleaned out the inside, ran the tests, and did a few minor touchups to the display holder to make it usable. Here are some pictures:

The back of the machine.

The back of the machine.

I did some research, and from the stickers + labels on this unit, it seems to be designed by a company called Pigallegame, manufactured by a company called Pitt-BT (no website), parts supplied by a company called Novo-Parts (and they don’t even carry all of the parts), and licensed by Coney Island Arcade. It was made in Hungary in 2006. 3 of the 4 companies are based in Hungary and have poor english language support on their websites. I contacted each of the companies for support, and only Coney Island Arcade responded. I’ll be ordering the electromagnet/solenoid from them ($120 shipped to NY) if I can’t get one of my own to work. Coney Island’s website was down during the duration of this project.

The board diagram + testing options.

The board diagram + testing options.

Notice the broken english everywhere. Also, the wiring diagram for the coin selector is inaccurate and dangerous to follow, as it will destroy your coin acceptor. I’ll write a post later on about getting a generic (the machine is supposed to be used with an Alberici mechanism, which is really expensive) coin mechanism to work with the machine.

The display holder prior to installing the newly-fixed display.

The display holder prior to installing the newly-fixed display.

The display holder was a mess. Notice the broken plastic all over the place.

The CPU board. Notice the coin counter on the upper-right corner.

The CPU board. Notice the coin counter on the upper-right corner.

Here’s the CPU board. The coin counter says around 77000 coins have been inserted over the lifetime of the board. The little board above the CPU board is a power tap and the coin mechanism connection board.

Another shot of the CPU board.

Another shot of the CPU board.

The display board, installed.

The display board, installed.

I used the wing nuts that I had purchased the other day from Home Depot to install the display board. It fits nicely using only the screw holes on the cabinet itself, so I won’t have to replace the display holder which was quoted at $110 by Coney Island Arcade to replace.

The speaker and top of the inside of the machine.

The speaker and top of the inside of the machine.

The transformer + coin mech slot. The manual and a parts list was also included, in very broken english. I'll try and post pictures of both later on.

The transformer + coin mech slot.

Here you can see the transformer, coin mechanism slot, all the broken pieces of the display holder, the manual and a parts list. The manual was in very broken english. I’ll try and post pictures of both later on.

A shot of all the electronics boards.

A shot of all the electronics boards.

The newly-installed display holder from the front.

The newly-installed display from the front.

Moment of truth. Will it work? I sure hope so.

Moment of truth. Will it work? I sure hope so.

It works! I'm guessing this 6.27 is the software version currently loaded on the CPU board.

It works! I’m guessing this 6.27 is the software version currently loaded on the CPU board.

Woohoo!

Woohoo!

E. 1 Error.

E. 1 Error.

So, I turn the machine on, wait a few seconds, and this error pops up. What could it be? As it turns out, the machine tests out the solenoid at each startup, and uses the optical sensor to ensure that it’s working. If you manually release the arm during startup, the machine won’t detect a problem, and will work just fine.

I also ran all the tests available in the testing and options menus (activated by flipping the 2 DIP switches on the main CPU board to on). The light test showed me that all but 3 of the strength indicator lights were burned out, and the sound test showed me that the person who recorded the english phrases wasn’t a native english speaker – this makes for some hilarious insults if you score low on your punch. Difficulty can be adjusted along with the volume.

What’s Missing:

  • 1 Top Halogen Light Bulb
  • Punchball
  • Solenoid/Electromagnet
  • Coin Acceptor
  • Some Screws + Nuts

What’s Needs Fixing:

  • Plastic Display Holder – It looks like someone took a sledgehammer to it…
  • Buttons – All of them are mismatched, and one’s sticky.
  • Foam Hand Guard
  • Many of the Mini Lightbulbs for the Strength Indicator are burned out
  • Display Board – Wires… Everywhere!
  • Cabinet needs some buffing/TLC
  • Coin/Mech door on the back needs a lock + screws

Coney Island Boxer Restoration Project – Fixing the Display Board

I took a look at the display board today, and was pleasantly surprised – It’s fixable. The wires that were on it, are just to fix bad solder joints + breaks in the lines on the board.

Reverse of the board.

Reverse of the board.

Bad solder joints.

Bad solder joints.

Bad solder joints.

Bad solder joints.

Bad solder joints.

Bad solder joints.

Front of the display - Notice the super-effective makeshift display holder in the top right. There was plenty of the holding the display holder together on the inside of the cabinet.

Front of the display – Notice the super-effective makeshift display holder in the top right. There was plenty of that holding the display holder together on the inside of the cabinet.

To fix it, I desoldered all of the segments to record the paths that needed re-soldering, and put it back together with ripped-apart IDE cable to fix the broken joints on the board.

Display board with the bad digits removed.

Display board with the bad digits removed.

Uh oh. Looks like I'm going to need a little more wire than before.

Uh oh. Looks like I’m going to need a little more wire than before.

Reverse of the display board with the bad digits removed.

Reverse of the display board with the bad digits removed.

The front of the newly-fixed display board.

The front of the newly-fixed display board.

 

My wiring job. Hopefully this will work.

My wiring job. Hopefully this will work.

As of now, the rest of the machine’s working condition is unknown. I’ll test it out after installing this board in a day or so. I also purchased three replacement buttons (43mm seems to be the correct size from measurements I took) from eBay for around $2.50 each, 30 replacement LED indicator bulbs (for the strength indicator – the bulbs are standard T5 #74) for $1.50/10, and stopped by Home Depot to pick up a couple dozen assorted screws + nuts and a new locking bolt for the mech door. This brings our running cost to: $84.25.

What’s Missing:

  • 1 Top Halogen Light Bulb
  • Punchball
  • Solenoid/Electromagnet
  • Coin Acceptor
  • Some Screws + Nuts

What’s Needs Fixing:

  • Plastic Display Holder – It looks like someone took a sledgehammer to it…
  • Buttons – All of them are mismatched, and one’s sticky.
  • Foam Hand Guard
  • Many of the Mini Lightbulbs for the Strength Indicator are burned out
  • Display Board – Wires… Everywhere!
  • Cabinet needs some buffing/TLC
  • Coin/Mech door on the back needs a lock + screws

Coney Island Boxer Restoration Project – First Look

Here’s a few images of the exterior of the unit before I’ve done anything – It isn’t in that bad shape. The inside is a mess, with broken plastic, screws, nuts, and more everywhere – At least a copy of the manual + the parts list was included. The bad display board was also included, so I’ll try my hand at fixing it in a day or so and post the results.

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The display cover still has it’s protective film on, so it’s not in as bad shape as it appears.

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The white thing hanging down from the top is the foam hand guard. It’s missing the black cover, so I’ll have to either remove it, or blend it in somehow.

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This is just about the only thing on there that says Coney Island.

What’s Missing:

  • 1 Top Halogen Light Bulb
  • Punchball
  • Solenoid/Electromagnet
  • Coin Acceptor
  • Some Screws + Nuts

What’s Needs Fixing:

  • Plastic Display Holder – It looks like someone took a sledgehammer to it…
  • Buttons – All of them are mismatched, and one’s sticky.
  • Foam Hand Guard
  • Many of the Mini Lightbulbs for the Strength Indicator are burned out
  • Display Board – Wires… Everywhere!
  • Cabinet needs some buffing/TLC
  • Coin/Mech door on the back needs a lock + screws

Coney Island Boxer Restoration Project – The Beginning

I’ve just purchased my next project from a Playdium auction. It’s a Coney Island Arcade branded boxer machine (sometimes also known as a punchball machine, strength tester, or punch measurer) that, from the auction listing, appears to be in terrible disrepair. Since there is very little repair information on boxer machines available on the internet, I’ll be posting updates on what I’ve done (with pictures + instructions), and a total running cost, as I fix it; piece by piece.

The description of the boxer from the auction was: “Coney Island Boxer – This is being sold for PARTS ONLY! Missing coil, missing bag, bad display, missing mech.” Ouch.

Images from the auction:

Well, the body doesn't look that bad...

The body is in OK condition.

Guess I'll be replacing that.

Guess I’ll be replacing that.

You know it's a risky buy when the list of problems is longer than the space available on the problem sheet.

You know it’s a risky buy when the list of problems is longer than the space available on the problem listing sheet.

So far:

Unit Cost: $37.29

Trailer Rental: $30.00

Total Running Cost: $67.29