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    Posted 7 years ago

    tomtwhite
    (1 item)

    Bought this in Wilmington, DE for about a $100, a pretty good buy, I think. The lids and tub are totally rotted out, will have to replace. Shopped around online and these items will run about $400. Holy Cow!!
    It will also need top gasket, hardware, cap catcher and a paint job.

    The only markings I can find are on the inside of the tub in raised lettering;

    W-NRRU

    Can anybody tell what that means?

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    1. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      It's a Westinghouse production identifier. Not sure but I think puts it right around 1939.
    2. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      Thanks.

      There is no "Registered Trademark" on any of the long C tails. That probably means it's been repainted at least once?
      Do you recommend any particular place to get replacement parts?

      Thanks again.
    3. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      That's a fair assumption. You may want to leave NROJAY a comment asking about his experience, he restored a Junior that turned out very nice.

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/NROJAY
    4. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      Will do.
    5. tommy1002 tommy1002, 7 years ago
      W is Westinghouse but the "N" has me stumped, as I was told the letters corresponded to RADIOTUBES as in 1234567890 for the month and year of manufacture. Like my cooler has W-ADE, Westinghouse- 2 39. Four letters would be double digit month and year like Oct. '17 should be RSRU
    6. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Yeah, we need toolbox to break out his decoder ring.
    7. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      I read somewhere that the codes also could indicate the city or state of manufacture.
      Appreciate your help on this guys!
    8. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Here's the radiotubes-based code theory Tommy mentioned. I did find an auction list that identified W-NRRU as a 1939 Westinghouse but there were no pictures or results, just the list. I have a Cavalier Standard Ice, production code TN-40-3. Made in Tennessee, March 1940. Pretty straightforward stuff.

      https://sites.google.com/site/idcocacolachestmachines193459/home/page-02-date-codes
    9. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      So is my number unique to my cooler, like a serial number? If so, can you send me a link to that auction list? So maybe I can see some history behind it?

      Thanks again.
    10. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      So if it is based on the RadioTubes system, the "N" in my ID number has us stumped, right? And if my last 2 letters "RU" equal the year, that would be 17. I'm a little confused.
      And by the way, where did this RadioTubes system come from?

      Thanks again.
    11. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Here's the auction listing from 2010, references W-NRRU 1939 Westinghouse in the coolers section. As I stated, there is no other associated detail.

      http://www.higginsauctions.com/Large-Coca-Cola-Collection-Auction-a143082.php

      Not sure where the radiotubes thing originated. It was posted by our collector friend toolbox. I don't think the manufacturer's code is unique to your cooler, there were likely a number of them produced during the same run with the same code (as hinted by the auction listing). I think you're safe to describe it as a circa 1939 Westinghouse Standard Ice Cooler.
    12. tommy1002 tommy1002, 7 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/103241-coke-cooler
      here's a link
    13. tommy1002 tommy1002, 7 years ago
      https://sites.google.com/site/idcocacolachestmachines193459/home/page-02-date-codes
      no luck on the "N" yet but this is a quick read
    14. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Here's another cooler with the same code.

      http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-westinghouse-coca-cola-store-102549511
    15. tomtwhite, 7 years ago
      Upon dropping the rotted tub out of the unit, it had a white-powdery insulation wrapped around it. Does anyone know if these things contained asbestos?
    16. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      According to my 1940 Coolergraph, the insulation material is described as 2" glass wool. Fiberglass.

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