Well, I’ve done it.
After wanting an arcade video game machine for years, I finally broke down and bought one. I had been trolling Craigslist for a week or so and found a Mortal Kombat arcade machine that was in good shape, but the board didn’t work. I called the guy up, and unfortunately, it had sold (the ad just hadn’t been removed). So I kept on looking.
I got home late last night, and checked Craigslist, and I saw what I really wanted. Someone was selling a Gauntlet arcade machine. The board didn’t work, but that was fine with me, as I didn’t want to gut a perfectly working machine (it’s similar to how I feel about people using working, non-scratched, vinyl albums for their craft projects. DON’T DO IT). The monitor worked and the cabinet was a little beat up, but not so much where I couldn’t bring it back to it’s former glory.
I called the guy early this morning and arranged to go have a look at it. It was awesome. The guy runs a business where he spiffs up old machines and re-sells them. This one was going to be too expensive for him (a new board plus what he paid for the cabinet was going to be about the same as he could sell it for), so he just wanted to get rid of it. I bought it, straight cash homey, and let him know I’d be back later in the week to pick it up.
Eventually I’m going to gut the boards, replace all of the controls, add more buttons and turn this into a four-player MAME cabinet.
This is going to be awesome.