Vintage Drink Machine Repair and Restoration

The Restoration Process

The process of restoration for a Vintage Coke drink machine.

  1. Evaluation – see what parts are missing or need to be restored, determine the level of restoration for the machine, etc.
  2. Break Down – for a full restoration, we will break down the machine all the way. This is so we can be everything is working, what needs to be fixed or replaced, etc.
  3. Parts – After testing and break down, we get new parts, insulation, new door seals, breaker strips, send the coin mechanism to be restored, determine if the compressor will be replaced and order it, new decals, paint, send parts off for chrome.
  4. Rust removal – time to get to work. We remove all rust that we can and then seal it with zinc primer which will keep it from increasing for the next 75 years
  5. Bodywork – fix any dents, paint removal by sanding or abrasion blasting, remove old decals.
  6. Prime and Painting – 2 coats of auto primer, then automotive paint, and then clear coat
  7. New Parts Installed – new logo, breaker strips, insulation, lights, decals, insulation.
  8. Rebuild – every piece is put back together with new screws and bolts when possible. Coin mech and a new cooling system are installed.
  9. Testing – everything has to work right! These are still at the core 75-year-old machines, but with a complete restoration, you know you have a collector’s piece!
  10. Our average time per machine is 75-100 hours per machine!

Examples of before and after images


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