Vintage Drink Machine Repair and Restoration

The Restoration Process

An overview of the process for a full restoration of your vintage Coke drink machine. On a full restore, we take the machine apart, sandblast it, paint it and build it back. What is done with a full restoration? Full restoration costs?

  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, paint, and 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 must work! At the core, these are still 70-year-old machines. But with a restoration, you have a family heirloom!
  10. Our average time per machine is 75+ hours per machine!
  11. See more details on what we do in a full restoration

Examples of before and after images