Ever since I've been collecting arcade games I've always wanted to have a dedicated Chicken Shift in my collection. I found a Sac-1b dedicated cabinet located in Pennsylvania. The Sente cab had "Hat Trick" inside which is another Sente game. The Sente system was way ahead of it's time. It utilized a cartridge system so that operators can easily swap out games. Some of these Sente titles included not only Chicken Shift & Hat Trick but; "Gimme A Break", "Goalie Ghost", "Mini Golf", "Name that Tune", "Night Stocker", "Off the Wall", "Rescue Raider", "Snacks'n Jaxson", "Snake Pit", "Spiker", "Stocker", "Stompin'", "Street Football", "Toggle", & The "Trivial Pursuit" series.
|Chicken Shift Roms|
|Hat Trick Roms|
|Chicken Shift Roms|
So now I potentially had a working Chicken Shift cartridge but still needed to test / fix a few things on the sac-1b cabinet prior to testing the game. The Sente cabinets utilize a main mother board, the cartridge, a power power supply board, and separate sound board. Not knowing the condition of the power supply I saw Todd Tuckey on ebay from TNT Amusements was selling advertised working power supplies for the sente system, I ordered two. When I got the cabinet the original g07 monitor was present unfortunately the chasis was removed. I had an extra test CRT and proceeded to hook up.
The Sente Sac-1b cabinet has metal inlay control panels that are interchangeable between the games. On the left you can see how the cabinet looked like when I first got it. For the most part all of the Sente games essentially shared the same generic side art with an exception of "Snake Pit" in the sac-1a. The side art on my Sac-1b cabinet was in decent shape, but I decided to just repaint some of the black. I proceeded to mask off the generic green Bally / Sente logo on the sides. Meanwhile I contacted a local metal shop which I had them custom cut some blank panels. Getting back to the cabinet the bottom was in bad shape and needed to be rebuilt. Also some of the metal hardware also needed to be repainted. The next step was to start taking the Sente Sac1-b cabinet apart.
|Removing various parts|
|Primer added prior to painting|
|Hat Trick working|
|Chicken Shift working|
|Red & Blue Rectangle Chicken Shift Buttons|
|Awaiting control panel inlay|
|Chicken Shift control panel|
|Chicken Shift Sac-1b|
The game is essentially finished and ready to be enjoyed bringing back great memories. While this game is not incredibly sought after by every collector to me has way more of a nostalgic value that probably exceeds it's true cost. Who knows perhaps down the road Sente / Bally games will be more sought after once they get more exposure. I only know of about 3-4 of these to exist outside of perhaps CAX which is known as california extreme not that many are known to be publicly displayed. It's been rumored that possibly a Sente multi cart would be available in the near future, only time will tell. Currently enjoying my dedicated Sac-1b Chicken Shift, which after tracking down all of the rare parts / having reproduction fabrication done I doubt this will be leaving my collection anytime soon. I have over time collected a few original sente game cartridges, back up power supplies, main motherboards, as well as other sente artwork and control panels. More than likely this Sac-1b will remain a Chicken Shift.