In November 2015 I found a guy in Charleston, WV on Craigslist wanting $100 for a broken Carnival arcade machine and a broken Turbo arcade machine. Since Turbo was one of my all time favorite games I could not reist. I wrote the guy and told him I would be up there (a 22 hour round trip) in a couple of weeks. He told me he would hold the games for me. When we got to the guy's house he showed me his basement arcade and I was blown away. Here are a few pictures:

OK, so on to my story. I get the games home and do a first inspection on the Turbo. The game looks to be in really great shape:

It is amazing how much they can cram into a small caberet machine:

Another view:

When I fire the game up I got a dose of reality. The monitor had vertical collapse. I try to fix it but in the end I only blow things up due to the strange 100V system that the very early Japanese games had. It is a shame but I end up ruining one of my favorite games because I am just too damn stupid to do it the correct way. If I had it to do over I would have restored this game instead of "trashing" it. At some point in the future I will own another Turbo arcade game. Just a side note - Turbo came out in 1981 when I was 14 years old. As I thought about it while working on this game I realized that this was THE game from my youth and started me on my way to playing video games AND influenced the way I drove/raced for decades:

So, now that I have completely destroyed my "holy grail" what should I do with it. Well, I decided to make a MAME system out of the cabinet. It had been 17 years since my last mame build so it was about time for me to try it again. Here you can see the prototype with an old 17" monitor lying in there:

I used cardboard to get an idea of what it would look like:

I remove the black plastic housing from the monitor:

I took a ton of measurments for mounting the monitor:

This ended up being one of the hardest things I had ever done. I just could not wrap my head around cutting an off-center hole in a peice of wood using a mirro image. In the end I got it fairly close:

Next I focused on the control panel. I found some old scrap plywood in my junkyard:

Drilling some holes for the joystick/buttons:

This is finally starting to look like something:

I bought some black poster board from Dollar General and cut it out to hide the metal around the monitor. I also cut the plexiglass that covered the monitor on the Carnival game and used it to cover this monitor:

For the CPU I decided to try something new. I bought a Raspberry Pi 2 model B to power my cabinet. I'm running RetroPie over Emulation Station over AdvanceMame for my emulation:

A peek under the hood of the control panel. On the left you can see the Raspberry Pi and in the middle you can see the Reyann Zero Delay Encoder. I'm taking the HDMI signal from the Raspberry Pi and running through an HDMI to VGA adapter. There is a lot of programming you have to do to get this all to work. If anyone is interested I can send you some documentation (much too involved to post on my website):

Cabinet - $100
Raspberry Pi - $45
HDMI to VGA adapter x 2 - $15
Dell E170S 17" Touchscreen Monitor (unused) - $40
USB Wifi adapter - $3
Raspberry Pi #1 - $45
Raspberry Pi #2 - $45
USB SNES type controller - $5
Switching Power Supply - $23
USB cable - $5
Controller Interface - $15
USB Keyboard - $15
USB Mouse - $6
Buttons and Joysticks - $50

Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.