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    Posted 10 years ago

    magcag01
    (5 items)

    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.

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    1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 10 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, 10 years ago
      Very nice job magcag01!
    3. pickrknows pickrknows, 10 years ago
      Nice job magcag01! Did you do the resto yourself? LOOKS AWESOME!
    4. magcag01, 10 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, 10 years ago
      You and your lovely bride did a great job! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    6. ThriftStoreAddict ThriftStoreAddict, 10 years ago
      Very impressive
    7. Dan, 10 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.

      Dan
    8. magcag01, 10 years ago
      Dan, the best places I found for parts are Funtronics.com,
      and Soda Jerk Works.
    9. magcag01, 10 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, 6 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
    11. Zannthman, 2 years ago
      Can you tell me where I can get parts for my C-51 . I don’t have a parts list and I know I need a new compressor deck. Thanks for any help.
    12. Kriss, 2 years ago
      I have one in amazing condition. Any idea of the value
    13. magcag01, 2 years ago
      I have no idea what these are worth lately. It seems prices have dropped on these old machines in the last yr or 2. But it is worth more to me as I have no intentions of selling it. Maybe try Soda-machines.com for machine value. I will guess about $1,500.00 in perfect condition to the right guy. Hope this helps.
    14. magcag01, 2 years ago
      I get parts from Funtronics.com. They are great, very helpful.
    15. Kriss, 2 years ago
      the original owner paid 20,000 for it....not me. It's pretty and not going to sell but that's why I'm curious on a rough value.
    16. FlaJunkie FlaJunkie, 12 months ago
      Looks great! Do you still have it?

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