Well after being tipped off on the Jamma+ forums that a Black and White TV made by Pye had gone unsold on Ebay, I made no hesitation in getting in touch with the seller and striking a deal. After a 100 mile round trip one evening this week I had an 'untested' monitor which seemed to suit FT's needs.
It's a 23" screen, had already been modified with a composite video and audio circuit (not that I need the audio) and it has no screen burn, things were looking good!
|Crappy photo but this is the TV|
|Back cover removed|
|First power up with FT's video input|
|Click me for larger photo!|
|TV innards removed|
|Tube mounted in Original Atari frame and Pye TV chassis mount attached.|
At this point I decide that I would power up the screen with the parts loose fitting and try and work out what parts I could remove to leave the chassis as lean as possible in terms of parts. This is an arcade machine and doesn't need to that tuning dials still attached.
|Mains transformer, video input board, and tuning dials laid loose to test|
|Mains transformer mounted, tuning dials gone, video board in process of being remounted|
|Video board with brightness & contrast being wired in|
|Video board all mounted|
After a few evenings work this is how it turned out, I'm very happy with how minimal it became considering it was once a TV sitting in someone's front room no doubt.
|Completely remounted. click for a larger photo|
|Leftover Pye...Case, audio amplifier, tuning dials, speakers and some wire|
|The way it was meant to be played! 23 inches of black & white magic|
Next time will end the rebuild with a new back door, locks and monitor bezel. Until then thanks for all the comments, its been great to have such enthusiasm for the cab shown. I'm looking forward to completing this now getting lots of plays on it, initial testing has put a smile on my face for sure!