> wow, so the only help I get on this forum is people telling me not to do a MAME but
> instead a restoration? People not even looking at the pics or answering my questions?
> Awesome help guys....really. Peace.
There's a dev quote of mine that pops up fairly frequently: MAME is a failure at preserving the past if people butcher the past on its behalf.
Doesn't mean you shouldn't do the conversion, and if I built a cabinet I'd be tempted to start with an early 80s Atari because to me that is What Cabinets Look Like, but you do want to do it respectfully where possible. (That and I prefer "stealth" MAME cabs for much the same reason I think it'd be hilarious to put a V-12 in a New Beetle).