Atari Tempest Restoration 6 FINAL

Well we are almost at the end of the road with this restoration. Just a couple of things left to do before we can start playing. On putting the cab back together I noticed a problem with the spinner. The issue was regardless of which way the spinner was spun, the claw on screen only…

Atari Tempest Restoration 5

So with all the spraying done, it was time to start getting this cab put back together again. A knock at the door revealed a delivery from the postie this morning. Forty foot of smooth black t molding from t-molding.com – excellent price (much cheaper than the usual UK source) and quick delivery. Highly recommended….

Atari Tempest Restoration 4

So after restoring the control panel and washing the wiring loom its time to turn attentions to the cab itself. I mentioned that the cab was in decent shape, if a little grubby. Unfortunately, the cab arrived without keys. This meant the coin doors were locked shut. I needed to get in. After 20 minutes…

Atari Tempest Restoration 3

So we were making good progress on this Tempest cabaret machine. As you’ve already read in the first two parts, we’d stripped down the control panel and gave it a clean. The spinner had been stripped down and needed a deep clean and refurbishment. I sourced some new bushes to fix the grinding noise that…

Atari Tempest Restoration 2

So as you will have read in Part 1, the initial signs were positive for this Tempest cab. On the surface of it, it seemed like a pretty straight forward job to get the old girl up and running again. I got round to looking at the monitor. An quick visual check around the monitor…

Atari Tempest Restoration 1

I picked this Tempest Cabaret up some time ago from a chap in Oxford over here in the UK. Tempests are pretty rare on this side of the pond, and the cabaret version like this one especially so, so I was delighted to have found this one for sale on ebay. I bought it almost…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 6 FINAL

So after the success of getting the PCB working, the final thing to do was to get this thing put together. Gave the monitor a clean up and dropped that in, after securing the main PCB and Sound board into the machine: A small detail was adding credits. There’s no “Freeplay” switch on these old…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 5

Restorations can be as detailed and OCD as you choose them to be. Normally, I wouldn’t consider restoring screws and bolts – it’s usually much easier to buy new ones and replace them. But in the case of the Nintendo Space Fever, the carriage bolts used throughout the cab are an unusual size, so rather…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 4

So the powder coaters finally finished their work on the main base of the cabinet a few days later, and I picked up the finished result. It looks brand new! The powder coating process was definitely the way to go, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. So now we had everything needed…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 3

It’s been a while. But work continues with the Space Fever table. Next up was improving the cosmetic side of things. You’ll recall that in the last blog I mentioned that the main body parts were sent to the power coaters. So while I was waiting for them to come back, I thought I’d have…