I'd been flirting with the idea of building a cab for the last 2 or so years and decided to finally do it last December (2012). I live in Austin, TX and there's a great spot here called Pinballz that is a huge BYOB arcade with hundreds of cabinets to play. I reached out to them hoping that I could get an old, spare machine for cheap that I could build on top of and refinish for my purposes. I ended up getting lucky timing-wise because they were in the middle of a huge warehouse cleanup right around the time that I reached out to them.
I managed to get an old, gutted Black Hole wide body cabinet with lock bar, coin box, side rails, play field glass, and legs for $130.00! I liked the idea of rebuilding/retrofitting and old pinball machine vs building my own from scratch for a couple of reasons… 1: I don't have all of the necessary tools handy to build a complete cabinet from scratch. 2: I really liked the idea of bringing new life to an old, retired cabinet left for dead in the warehouse.
Once I had the cabinet, it was of to the internets to find hardware, peripherals, controls and accessories! Here's the breakdown of all of the various parts that were purchased for the final build. One thing to note…there were other parts that were built out of wood; like the back box monitor mounts, and back box bezel that aren't included here, but still accounted for in the build pics:
Cab and Backbox: Original Gottlieb Black Hole (Widebody)
Legs (the ones that came with the cabinet were in pretty rough shape, so I bought some replacements: Chrome non-ribbed legs #LEG-27CA - http://www.pbresource.com/
Casters (I intentionally went with smaller legs to account for the height of the casters. That way I could easily wheel it in and out of any room.): 4 of 2-1/2" Caster, 3/8 Spindle Double Lock, 3-3/8 Tall - http://www.amazon.com
Non-glare Plexiglass Backbox Cover: Acrylic Sheets P99 Non-Glare Clear - http://www.tapplastics.com
Playfield Bezel: Acrylic Sheets P95 Matte Finish (Cut-to-Size) - Matte Black 1/8" Thick, 24" Wide, 47-5/8" Long - http://www.tapplastics.com
Speaker Covers: Perforated Metal Speaker Grill with Gold Ring (RBG3SD)
Fan Covers: 6-1/2-Inch Diameter 2-Pc Mesh Speaker Grill - Black - http://www.amazon.com
24" Drawer Rails (for easy access to computer): Home Depot
Replacement Coin Door Decals: Coin Door Decal (GTB-DL-S/80-2) - http://www.pbresource.com/
2 Replacement Locks (for back box and coin door): Lock 7/8" (LOCK) - http://www.pbresource.com/
Cabinet Artwork Printing: Bowman Signs - http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?14150-Decals-and-Printing-for-your-Hyperpin-Cabinet
Cabinet Artwork Corner Guard: 3M 84901 ScotchgardTM Paint Protection Film, Door Edge Guard, .4 in x 10 yds - http://www.amazon.com
CONTROLS (All buttons from http://www.ozstick.com.au/ and http://www.pinballlife.com):
2 Left Flipper buttons
2 Right Flipper buttons
1 Coin button
1 Launch Ball button
1 Start Game button
1 Instructions/How to Play button
1 Extra Ball button
1 Exit Game button
1 Mot-ion Digital Plunger and I/O Board with nudging and bumping support - http://virtuapin.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=39
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot
Hard Drive: Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s
Power Supply: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish
Ram: Kingston HyperX Red KHX16C10B1R/8 8GB Memory Module - 1600MHz, 10-10-10, DDR3, CL10, 1.5V, Unbuffered
Fans: 4 - Corsair AF 140 Case Fans
Playfield Screen: Insignia™ - 46" Class - LED - 1080p - 60Hz - HDTV
Backbox Screen: Acer V243HAJbd 24-Inch LCD Monitor
DMD Screen: Hanns G HL161ABB 16 Widescreen LED Monitor
Playfield Screen Mount (this makes it very easy to move the main play field out of the way for maintenance): Sanus Full-Motion Wall Mount for 26-47" TVs - Black (AMF112-B1)
Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speaker System
Wireless Network Adapter: NetGear WNDA4100 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless DeskTop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Combo - 2.4 GHz Wireless, 15 Feet Range, USB 2.0 Receiver, Optical, 1000dpi, Black
Drink holders: PinGulp Collapsible Beverage Caddies (one left and one right) - http://www.pinballlife.com/
I think that about wraps up the inventory list so, without further a due, here's my build!
One last note…I've put descriptions on each of the images but am happy to elaborate on anything if you'd like
Original purchased cabinet
Backbox with front door removed
Base mount for the backbox screens
Checking that the screens fit...
Aligning the mount with the backglass door frame
Cutting the backglass bezel
Checking that the plexiglass and bezel fit into the door properly
Checking that the plexiglass and bezel fit into the door properly
Testing the hinge mount on the backbox for the monitors
Painted and textured the backglass bezel
Final backglass monitor mount
Refinished and assembled backglass door
Refinished and assembled backglass
Front view of computer drawer
Front view of extended computer drawer
Top view of computer drawer
Some gum on the bottom of the cabinet...likely from the 80's
Cutting the fan holes out on the back of the cabinet
Sanding down the outer surface of the cabinet
Cabinet with fan holes and black base coat
Starting to lay out the computer on the drawer
Beginning the OS install...
Install complete, computer ready!
Attached the backbox, some of the buttons, and the playfield TV mount
Back fans with covers (2 additional fans on the bottom of the cabinet)
Mot-ion plunger and launch ball button mounted.
I had to mount the plunger a bit lower to account for the playfield TV.
Top view of Mot-ion plunger
Assembling the computer power button
I mounted this and volume controls to the bottom of the cabinet.
Computer drawer is in!
Another shot of the computer drawer (pre wire cleanup)
Testing the monitor configuration, everything is starting to come together!
Taking Hyperpin for a spin!
Added a DMD-style background to the DMD screen and continuing to add tables
Legs and casters attached...I'm getting so close!
Main button labeling in
Planning for the playfield bezel
Measuring up and planning for the bezel cuts
Cutting the playfield bezel...very slowly
Unassembled coin door button
I ended up mounting the coin button on the coinbox door. I would have loved to hook up the original coin slots but they weren't spring loaded. This turned out to be the next best option.
Making sure everything fits together properly with playfield glass and lockbar on
Taking a break from the build and playing a bit.
The casters were a great addition in my opinion. I can roll the cabinet into any room without any problems!
Graphics are in! Applied them to the front of the cabinet and re-mounted all of the buttons and coin box
Side graphics applied
Final cabinet base with legs and cup holders attached
Completed cabinet with backbox graphics and side rails
I also replaced the original plexiglass cover in the backglass with a non-glare one and added in the backglass border lights.
Front view of completed cabinet
Front-top view of completed cabinet
Side view of completed cabinet art
Side view of completed backbox art
Completed cabinet with artwork corner guards applied
Detail view of backbox art
Detail view of cabinet art