Gauntlet: A New Project

May 2nd, 2010 Posted in Gauntlet

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.

  1. 5 Responses to “Gauntlet: A New Project”

  2. By Bruce on May 14, 2010

    What a great project! Just by coincidence I have a Gauntlet Arcade I just purchased yesterday (May 13th) and I am looking for control panel parts and as well as the PCB’s, etc. Would you be willing to help a fellow gamer out? I’m not rich but I would be happy to pay you something.


  3. By Aaron on May 14, 2010

    What are you looking for? I am not going to be using any of the buttons or joysticks that came with the machine, nor am I going to be using the system board, but as I’ve said, my system board is on the fritz, and I’m not sure what needs to be fixed on it.

    Let me know!

  4. By Bruce on Jun 20, 2010

    Aaron, somehow I missed your email!!!! I am so upset with myself. I am sending you this email and giving you my most used email address. Please, please tell me you still have these parts as I would love to buy them from you for my Gauntlet restoration! Will your response go to the email address I gave you above? I hope so, it took me awhile to find this site again so now it is bookmarked!

    Thanks for getting back to me before, I missed it.

    Sincerely, Bruce

  5. By Bruce on Jun 22, 2010

    Aaron, its Bruce again. I am still looking for parts for my Atari Gauntlet. I could use the original CP with Joy Sticks and buttons, and any of the internal PCB’s and power supply.

  6. By Carroll Wair on Nov 26, 2010

    Love your site man keep up the good work

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