What It Costs To Restore Your Vintage Drink Machine

We often get asked, “I have a vintage coke soda machine, how much does it cost for you to restore it?

Here you will find APPROXIMATE costs for restoration by us based on other jobs. These prices include installation of the parts. Some of these are optional depending on your budget and desired level of restoration. If you send us images of your machine or bring it by, and we will give you an exact quote based on your desires and the condition of your machine at no charge.


Types of Restorations:
A. Some just want to get a machine working, but leave the original patina – about $1500-2000
B. Some people just want to get the machine to cosmetically look like new again, but do not intend to use the machine. – About $1500-2000
C. Some people want a full restoration, which is both of the above. About $2500-4000


List of Estimated Common Restoration Itemized Costs

Break Machine Down – This is taking your machine apart for painting and to determine what parts are needed. Required. This is also where we find any unseen issues. $75-150

Bodywork, rust correction, painting and clear coat. Includes paint, primer, rust inhibitor, clear coat and labor. Some real bad condition machines may require more work, and some can be too far gone. But normally this is the range. $600-700

New Compressor/thermostat/ cooling system: This is the biggest expense. If your machine is cooling then this is optional. But we suggest a new wiring harness for sure, old wires are a hazard. If your machine is cooling, then we can clean up your existing compressor rewire it, and put in new thermostat and fans. Replacement system: $1000-1500

New Wiring Harness $130 – old wires need to be replaced.

Refurbish the Coin Mechanism: If your mech works, or you don’t need it to work, this is optional There are 2 levels here: Basic refurb is $400 – Refurbishing a mechanism is getting it working again. Complete Restoration of the mech to like new adds $200, and includes breaking it down completely, replating it so it shines like new, and putting it back together.

New Insulation: The old insulation is usually matted and decayed and not usable again. $75

New Decals and letters: $100-200

New Breaker Strips and molding. This almost always needs to be replaced. $125-$200 depending on your machine type.

Restoring the internal tub, shelves, and parts. Depending on the condition, and if you want to paint them or powder coat them, this runs $200-$400. This is optional if you are not concerned with the internal that much.

Other common restoration items: Rechrome the front bezel, new locks, new glass, new bottle opener, new kick plate. And there is always a miscellaneous part or two that is needed.

If you send us images of your machine or bring it by, and we will give you an exact quote based on your desires and the condition of your machine at no charge.

The bottom line to restore your machine is typically between $1500-$4000.