Night Rider – Puttin’ the hammer down

Picked up an aftermarket MPU and got this one going again real quick.

Besides the new MPU and some cleaning and rubber, the only thing it really needed was a lot of connector rework, and clean up on a few old splices.

For the smaller .100″/2.54mm pitch KK 254 connectors, Molex 08-50-0114 contacts were what I used. For the larger .156″/3.96mm pitch KK 396, Molex Trifurcon 08-52-0125 contacts.

Series of reference pictures I took of each connector before I repinned it linked below:

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Besides Night Rider I’ve been digging up a bunch of long dormant projects in the shop, including a Williams Defender. I’ll post more about that one as I get deeper into it.

Pandemic Projects – 1977 Bally Night Rider & 1979 Atari Asteroids

Haven’t been getting out of the house much these past few months except to get groceries, what with that deadly global pandemic and all. But I’ve masked up and made a few exceptions to pick up a couple more projects to keep busy with while I’ve got all this indoor time.

First is this wonderful condition 1979 Atari Asteroids upright, found out at the coast. The owner had bought it from a mall arcade many years ago and had it in a spare room, and was selling it now as they began home renovations and were tired of it getting in the way. It plays but the monitor image is collapsed and the sound is missing. Pretty typical issues for this game, with well documented repairs, and the price was very sweet.

Second is this 1977 Bally Night Rider. My dad has had one of these around since before I was born and I was fascinated by it even before I could reach the flippers. I’ve wanted one of my own for quite a while, but hadn’t had any luck, missing out on two that turned up locally in years past. I put another want ad up a bit ago though, and got a promising lead from a local operator. Agreed to a deal sight unseen since it was buried in storage. Once I got it home and cleaned up I was pleasantly surprised.

Cosmetically it’s in great shape aside from some wear up in the pop bumpers, back glass is minty. “Needs boards” turned out to mean just an MPU, everything else is there and looks usable.

The Cars of Others – Volkswagen Dasher and a mystery RHD roadster

This handsome hatchback, badged as the Dasher in the US, was marketed as the first generation Passat elsewhere in the world. While production lasted from 1973 to 1981, the vile rubber bumpers on this specimen mark it as having left the assembly line sometime after the 1978 changeover to that style. It seems to have weathered the years well, notwithstanding the current owner’s questionable taste in wheels.

This one I though was an MG T-type of some sort… But I didn’t really look at it super closely, just snapped a few pictures as I walked by.

Now even after doing some searching I’ve got no idea what this thing is. Any ideas? Right hand drive, roadster, some kind of winged logo… I bet it’s super obvious to someone with more familiarity with this kind of car.