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 take the machines ALL of the way apart. This is so we can be everything is working, rusted screws are all replaced etc. We put new insulation in our machines as well.
  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 the dents, paint removal, old decals, sanding or sand-blasting.
  6. Prime and Painting – 2 coats of auto primer, then 2 coats of automotive correct color base coat paint, and then 2 coats of high-end clear coat
  7. New Parts Installed – new logo, breaker strips, insulation, decals etc.
  8. Rebuild – every piece is put back together with new screws and bolts when possible. Coin mech and 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 100-150 hours per machine!

See examples of a before, during and and after images


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