Ok, I spoke with the owner of this game, and he said I can dump it. He also said if I wanted to I could ship it somewhere to be dumped, as long as he gets it back before the end of winter.
He was actually excited about the prospect of preserving it's code, it's his favorite game of all time
I can get back to the machine as early as next week, and it's "mine" to work with however I need until end of winter.
Not to mis-represent myself to him, I told him I'd be in touch with you guys to seek advice on how to dump it, that it's not something I normally do.
So, if TrevEB, or RB, or Smit or whoever wants to give me some concrete directions to follow, I can get started on dumping this bad boy. I would guess first step would be photographs so you can see first hand what we're dealing with (dongles etc). Keep in mind, we can ship it to the experts if we have to... pending shipping funds. I COULD ask him if he would pay the shipping to dump his machine... but that just sounds like asking too much and taking advantage of his kind cooperation.
If one of you guys want to speak to the owner directly we can arrange that, but I won't post his info here on the open forum.
I want this to work out positive... my first potential dumperooni.