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Posted 6 years ago


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This is my 1950's Cavalier c-51 coke machine
I restored. Machine was completely tore down. Inside liner
was sandblasted then powder coated. Outside was soda blasted
then painted. Chrome parts were all redone. Refrigeration unit
repaired/rewired. The machine was done keeping as close
to original as possible.


  1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    Very nice !! I debating a true-to-original resto on the cooler I just got. Someone put lock hasps on the doors, now there are a few screw holes needing attention and a few dents and dings
  2. metalman metalman, 6 years ago
    Very nice job magcag01!
  3. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Nice job magcag01! Did you do the resto yourself? LOOKS AWESOME!
  4. magcag01, 6 years ago
    I had the inside liner blasted/powder coated by a powdercoater.
    I had the outer shell sodablasted, then painted by a body shop. Other
    than that i did it all myself. I fabricated a new base. Made a new door liner.
    Did some welding on it where needed. It helps having my own machine shop to reproduce parts. Basically, a lot of research and elbow grease to do one of these. But the satisfaction of saying I did that is great. Oh yeah, my bride helped
    quite a bit also. She's not afraid of getting her hands dirty.
  5. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    You and your lovely bride did a great job! Thanks for sharing it with us!
  6. ThriftStoreAddict ThriftStoreAddict, 6 years ago
    Very impressive
  7. Dan, 6 years ago
    Awesome job Just picked one up looking forward to working on mine. This a first for me do you have any advise , or leads on where to aquire parts.

  8. magcag01, 6 years ago
    Dan, the best places I found for parts are,
    and Soda Jerk Works.
  9. magcag01, 6 years ago
    Dan, one thing that is very important and helpful is to take as many digital
    pictures as possible when taking the machine apart. Even take pics as you
    take something apart bit by bit. Makes assembly soooo much easier. Every part should be put in a ziploc bag and tagged(with bolts,nuts,etc.) I found this was the most important thing I did as it was 9 monthes later putting it back together.
  10. hollywoodbob, 2 years ago
    You did an excellent job on the "Cavalier 51 Coke Machine". I recently purchased one that I will also be restoring. Thanks for the information you gave on how you did some of the restoration.
    Do you know where I can get any replacement parts, particularly the whole gasket that goes on the inside of the door?
    Thank you

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