However it is a machine and to do with taking money.
I came across a 60/70s London Black Cab taxi meter a while back and added it to the pile of treasures I lumber around the country with me because one day it'll be handy.
So, as I only had a dozen or so project bandits and wall machines awaiting my attention, and was desperately looking for something to do I dug it out.
It consisted of two parts. The meter itself which clocks up the money, miles, trips etc. and the light unit which shows For Hire and Available. These meters charge by the mile and by time. The time element is clockwork and the spring can be wound up from a gert great key on the side. The mileage works by a cable attached to the same drive as the mileometer/speedo. Of course that was missing.
The bulbs in the meter and light unit were blown and of the filament/festoon type.
With the intention of making a working meter/lamp out of it, I …….
Overhauled the meter and freed it up.
Replaced the bulbs with 12v dc led type, and rewired.
Fitted a 12v dc motor with a 3rpm gearbox to the mileage drive input on a separate fused circuit to the lights.
Connected a 240v ac - 12v dc 5amp transformer.
Ascertaining it was a viable project I went for it.
I mounted it on a varnished lump of wood.
Mounted a taxi sign over the top.
Hid the wiring at the back behind a coin holder, dosh and a book of receipts.
Absolutely no expense was used, and only the best tinsel included for wiring. You can have just the lights on and/or the money clocking up.
So far I've charged myself £27.63 and haven't moved a foot, no tip for me then.
It was only a one off and I have no intention of converting any amusement machines into lamps, however …… I reckon a Bryans Bumper might look more interesting.