Have restored Vintage Soda Machines for 40 years. IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PURCHASING A MACHINE FROM SOMEONE ELSE, AND THEY ARE USING MINE TO COMPARE THEIR'S TO, ASK THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: NOTE: ALL THESE FACTORS HAVE A PLACE IN DETERMINING THE VALUE OF A RESTORED COKE MACHINE!1 WAS THE MACHINE STRIPPED ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BARE CABINET, AND SANDBLASTED DOWN TO bare metal TO REMOVE THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL RUST? Many amateur refurbishes will not take the machine apart, leave the original insulation, and internal rust intact, and do a quick "scuff and shoot" paint job, then miss-represent the machine as restored... Others claim their unrestored machines, full of rust, are more valuable unrestored.
2 ARE THE INTERNAL PARTS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY GALVANIZED NOW POWDERCOATED OR SIMPLY PAINTED? Painting internal parts that were originally galvanized is a cheap, incorrect substitute for powdercoating that will not hold up inside a refrigerated cabinet.... Don't allow the amateur or TV Personality to tell you different! Paint is cheap and easy and chips off. Powdercoat will last 10 times longer!!
Also ZINC plating internal shelves is also Incorrect! The will oxidiz and tarnish, then rust.3 HAS THE ORIGINAL ZINC PLATING BEEN RE-ZINC PLATED OR WERE THOSE PARTS ONLY PAINTED? A lot of parts inside the coin door original came zinc plated from the factory.... I always have these parts re-zinc plated, then I clear coat the so they won't tarnish. Note: these parts ARE NOT inside the refrigerated insides where the zinc will tarnish. WAS THE CHROME PLATING DONE AS SHOW CHROME OR WAS A CHEAP CHROME PLATTER USED WHO DOES UTILITY PLATING?
People don't realize that there are different degrees of chrome plating..... My chrome is done by the best in the country.. Custom Chrome in Grafton Ohio.They are famous for their quality show chrome. Please feel free to tell them we referred them to you. 5 WAS THE CORRECT ORIGINAL REFRIGERATION UNIT RESTORED, OR IS THERE SOME TYPE OR REPLACEMENT UNIT IN PLACE? Many restorers simply replace the original refrigeration unit, with a new reproduction unit..... It is my Professional position that maintaining the original refrigeration unit retains the antique integrity of your vintage machine, the same way keeping the original motor in your classic Restored Corvette would. This maintains the Original Historic Integrity of the machine.
6 WAS THE INTERNAL RUST IN THE CABINET REPAIRED PROFESSIONALLY AND THE CABINET UNDERCOATED INTERNALLY BEFORE NEW INSULATION WAS INSTALLED? Not doing this simple step could lead to future issues..... Instead of seeing how much you can get away with, I go the extra mile, and have established practices that ensure your machine will stay restored, by doing what I feel is the very best way to protect these American Icons. (Hindsight shows they always rusted internally, why Not protect them internally)?
7 IS THE PAINT JOB DONE BY A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER OR BY AN AMATEUR many amateur restorers will try to paint these machines themselves in their garage instead of paying the professional paint shop to do the job correctly! Many Amateur's paint jobs will show overspray, orange peel, and other hints that they are Amateurs. Some even paint pieces the Wrong color or incorrect paint codes. 8 WERE THE CORRECT ORIGINAL GRAPHICS RE-APPLIED ON THE MACHINE, OR INCORRECT GRAPHICS DONE FROM INCORRECT MEMORY?Many amateur restorers will put an incorrect graphics in the wrong spot because they don't have enough care in their work to even look at an original to see the correct graphics and placement. THESE MACHINES WERE NEVER PINSTRIPED!
Pinstripes are another RED FLAG, that the machine has been mishandled. Dress-up decals were optional at the Distributor and Authorized by Coca-Cola and are Historically CORRECT! Vintage Soda Machines can be restored either plain with only Factory Decals, or with the optional Distributor Dress up decals. 9 WAS THE VENDING ASSEMBLY DISASSEMBLED AND RESTORED PROFESSIONALLY?
Many amateurs will simply paint the inner cabinet and vending mechanism with a can of Hammer-tone spray paint.... This is a true sign of an amateur who is out to make a quick buck instead of doing the job correctly! 10 DOES THE MACHINE VEND CORRECTLY?
WAS THE VENDING ASSEMBLY DISASSEMBLED AND RESTORED PROFESSIONALLY? Some makes and models will not vend the new small size Coke bottle correctly, they were designed and engineered to vend the original size Coke bottle that is no longer made.
11 DOES THE MACHINE COOL CORRECTLY? Many Amateur Restorers do not have an understanding of the correct Cycling these machines require to not "Short Cycle", They also install wrong fan motors or fan blades that are noisy or turn in the wrong direction. 12 WAS ALL THE OLD ORIGINAL WIRING REPLACED? Old original machines have old wiring that is cracked and dangerous, this can cause fires or personal injury..... Old Wiring needs to be replaced!!
Operating unrestored Original machines can result in electrical shock and are dangerous. 13 DOES THE MACHINE HAVE ALL NEW LEG LEVELERS THAT TURN FREELY?Old machines have old leg levelers that are always rusted in place, a proper working machine needs to be properly adjusted so the condensation water drains properly! Many old machines have rusted inner cabinet liners where the old galvanized liner has rusted through, soaking the internal insulation where it is trapped, causing these machines to rust from the inside out!! 14 WAS THE OLD ROTTEN DRAIN TUBE REPLACED? Many Old machines have drain tubes with an S trap that is filled with debris that won't allow the condensation to drain, this also leads to holes in liners, and internal rust.
15 WAS THE ORIGINAL INNER CABINET LINER PROFESSIONAL REPAIRED OR IS THE BOTTOM OF THE LINER RUSTED AND COVERED WITH HAMMER PAINT TO HIDE THE RUST? Many Amateurs will try to hide a repaired inner cabinet liner with bondo and hammer paint, this is a dirty trick that is done to deceive the potential customer, this will not last, again internal rust.
WE Always powdercoat the inner cabinet liner, inside and OUTSIDE, this encapsulates the metal liner, protecting it from rust! Facebook has become filled with opinionated Facebook Experts who have only incorrect Discussion Group knowledge. When the Wise Elders of the Tribe fail to educate, then the Village Idiots Certainly Will.
17 WAS THE ORIGINAL STAINLESS BANDING RESTORED, OR NEW PLASTIC CHROME CAR MOLDINGS APPLIED? Certain makes and models of vintage Coke Machines came with Stainless steel banding to separate the colors, others did not, some amateurs will put plastic car chrome moldings on machines that are not even supposed to have anything, they always use the wrong profile too!!! Other amateurs will restore a machine all one color when it is supposed to be red and white with banding.....
18 WAS THE ORIGINAL COIN MECH RESTORED? Huge difference in value here folks!New Reproduction Mechanical coin mechs are a last resort. NOTE: ALL THESE FACTORS HAVE A PLACE IN DETERMINING THE VALUE OF A RESTORED COKE MACHINE! I hope these tips will help educate and protect Consumers from getting ripped off. I hate having to tell someone that the machine that they thought was restored was done poorly by an Amateur who ripped them off! WE ALSO TAKE TRADE-INS AND WILL RESTORE YOUR MACHINE FOR YOU!
Ben Coates Avon Lake, Elyria Ohio. The item "TWO Coca Cola Coke Machine Cavalier 72s Pro Restoration Vendo 81 BEST IN USA" is in sale since Monday, September 4, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Vending Machines\Soda". The seller is "sleepwalk" and is located in Elyria, Ohio.
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