I think there is a phrase 400 miles of bad road. That pretty
much describes the journey to get this machine. I found the
machine on eBay for $400. Wow, one of my favorite all-time games
so cheap, hook me up! I won the auction and was going to have
the machine delivered to my house. My friend Brad (mame brad)
wanted an air hockey table. I noticed a picture of an air hockey
table in the background. I called the guy and he had one for
sale. Since Brad and I both had machines to pickup from this
guy Brad suggested borrowing a dual car hauler from a friend
of his and picking them up. I thought, “Hey, I can save
a few bucks on the delivery fee.” MISTAKE!
I went to Brad’s on a Friday night. The weather was
horrible, blowing snow and zero degree temperatures. We had
to dig the car hauler out of drifted snow. Did I mention we
were going to pull it with an Avalanche? MISTAKE! We drove
the car hauler back to his house and the damn trailer was
causing the truck to sway back and fourth. I think that’s
when I first questioned the viability of this effort. We made
it home and went to sleep. Five am next morning we get up
and start on our journey. I believe it was -10 degrees outside
and the highway was a solid sheet of ice. Brad drove the truck
~50mph. If he went any faster the trailer would yank us all
around the place. A quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast.
I really questioned whether we should continue. Brad is an
eternal optimist and said, “common man, don’t
be a wuss.” Something like that ;-) Jake was also along
for the ride and packed himself in the back of the truck.
The next fun thing that happened was that Brad’s windshield
washer fluid froze. We could barely see out of the front of
the truck. We had to stop at rest stops along 80/90 to clean
off the windshield. We would go into the rest stop and grab
a big cup of hot water to pour on the windshield. Jake decided
he needed to see out the side and poured at least a few cups
of water on the side window. It was so cold outside the water
Jake threw on his window froze in this really neat frozen
waterfall effect. We also noticed another problem; one of
Brad’s tires was losing a lot of air… F**K! So
we put air in the tire every stop and poured the water. What
should have been a 2 hour trip lasted 5 hours one way.
We finally arrive. An older man meets us at the door. He
walked us back to the warehouse and showed us to the machines.
Both in great shape. I had called this guy 3 days before we
left to make sure people would be there to help us load. My
Cyber Sled game weighed 900 pounds. No one but the old man
was there. Luckily a few guys showed up to pickup a juke box
they had won on eBay. They gave us a hand. We loaded the machines
and we ready to go.
The trip back was a little better. I think it had warmed
to 20 degrees and the roads were better. Brad didn’t
want to drive 55 though. At one point we were going ~70mph
and went over a hill. There was a semi ahead of us that was
going really slow. Brad mashed on the brakes. When he did
this the trailer wasn’t going to let us stop and it
started pushing the truck right and left. I thought we were
screwed. Brad was white as a ghost. We got lucky and slowed
We got back to my house 17 hours later and unloaded the game.
One of the monitors worked fine, the other didn’t. I
turned the machine on outside and heard a pop, probably not
good >.> Plus when Brad, Jake, and I were loading the
machine in the trailer we needed to set it down. The machine
was a foot away from the floor and I told the guys I had it,
forgetting it was 900 lbs. They let go and I dropped it, oops
again. I bought a new Well-Gardner monitor and it worked great.
I tore the machine completely down and cleaned it very well.
I had to re-wire a couple of things that had been hacked,
but all was good.
Again, tanks, guns, missles, great 3D, great sound, two player,
you can't go wrong. My wife and I played this game a lot when
we dated so it holds sentimental value too. I love nothing more
than kicking Brad's ass game after game.
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