Atari Tempest Spinner Upgrade Kit Installation

Pursuing a hobby that involves 30+ year old electronic and mechanical parts comes with its own set of challenges. Repairing old circuit boards is one thing; fixing and maintaining what were often bespoke made parts is another. Some things are pretty simple to replace where they are standard components – bolts, nuts, screws and washers,…

Atari Tempest: Time-Lapse Photography

Thought we’d try something different this week. For the record, I am definitely a ‘point and click’ photographer – my mobile phone has always been my camera of choice. The extent of my photography skills is using an image size optimiser for the pictures I post here on the blog. Manipulating images and setting ISO…

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…