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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Drove to Clyde, Ohio today to pick this baby up. After 5 hrs on the road (thank you Inventor of GPS!), I spent an hour cleaning her up, and hauled down the basement by myself. I think this cooler is in pretty good shape for being 70 yrs old. I welcome any comments, critiques, information. I think I'll post a second series of pics, as I haven't seen too many detailed images of this model on the CW site. (Also, Thanks KSC for giving me the nod last week, appreciated.)


    11.09.11 The recent posting by mammaw prompted me to look inside the cooler portion, and I found a raised serial number TN-40-3. I believe this signifies date manufacture March 1940 at the Cavalier facility in Chattanooga, TN. Thought it was a Westy! Nice to know it's a Cav!

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    1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 9 years ago
      HE SCOOOOOOORRRRRRRESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent!!!! I'm waiting for a response on one of these babies too, cap catcher included!!!
    2. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks Tommy! It was worth the drive. Seller looked a little wistful as I pulled away, I think he was sad to see it go. He said it was from the Clyde corner store downtown, and had been stored in the cellar for years until he rescued it. I'm not going to do a thing to it. Paint's a little rough here and there, but that's OK with me. No rust in the cooler portion, so I may use it from time to time. Good luck with yours.

      Thanks ThrifStoreAddice for the stopping by.
    3. pickrknows pickrknows, 9 years ago
      That's a sweet score Dave,looks great in the "cave" ,& nice original paint to boot!
      The room is filling up quickly!!
    4. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks Bernie! Yes, it's nearly filled up I think... The banner is at the framer. I think when that piece goes up, I'll give it a rest. It's been an interesting year!
    5. tommy1002 tommy1002, 9 years ago
      It looks awsome for sure I wouldn't touch it except with a cotton diaper and Meguiar's wax, lol
    6. pickrknows pickrknows, 9 years ago
      That'll look awesome Dave,hope you post when done! Time to work on the christmas wish list here also, many nice things have found thier way into our "coke rooms" for sure,&half the fun is in finding these "treasures". Keep up the good work,looks awesome!
    7. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks again, guys. Tommy, it's been awhile since I handled a diaper, but I was once known to be an expert. Bernie, Old St. Nick will be quite surprised to see the new decor when he pops out of the chimney down here!
    8. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks Ray. Not knowing jack about coolers, your seal of approval clinched it for me. I thought the auction pictures showed this thing had potential, but when I saw it in person, so much more detail and, as you say, character. I can see me and my boy hauling this think up the stairs and out onto our deck in 9-10 years for couple graduation parties. Thanks again for your help. You're generous to share your vast experience with us.
    9. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 9 years ago
      Truly awesome! And it does look great in the Coke themed room, especially next to the flat panel TV lol. You've got an awesome piece of history, and you guys are right.. don't mess with it. It has character. Wicked cool.
    10. EJW-54 EJW-54, 9 years ago
      Looks great!! Ive been looking for one of these, no luck yet but its high on my list.
    11. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks ay and EJW.

      Here's an interesting detail: When I pulled the cooler out of the back of my van and set it down on my garage floor, it was very wobbly. I laid a blanket down, tipped it on side, and looked at the casters. One was different (shorter) than the others. I thought to myself, one must have been lost and it was replaced with a similar but not exact version. Then I looked at the short caster carefully, and it had exact same markings as the other 3. It finally dawned on me that the short caster was meant to be positioned under the drain spout, to tilt it slightly in that direction so water pools at that end. I rearranged the casters accordingly (took a couple-three tries), lo' and behold, it sat flush on the floor. Little detail.

      I appreciate you guys stopping by, have a nice night.

    12. Signaholic Signaholic, 9 years ago
      WoooHooooo Dave! You keep pullin these rabbits out of your hat! What a great historical find indeed. Well my friend!
    13. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks Perry! Hey, I'm just trying to keep up with you guys. Aint' easy! I told my wife a few weeks ago, I'm going to stick to small stuff, pre-50's, from now on. So she comes home from work tonight and I'm gushing over my biggest piece yet. All I could say was "well, it is pre-50's Honey!!!!" :)
    14. tommy1002 tommy1002, 9 years ago
      that is perfect collector logic Dave , lol
    15. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks for stopping by beachbomb! Have a Great Day!
    16. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel, was just checking out your '29 Glasscock model, that's one bad-ass cooler!
    17. officialfuel officialfuel, 9 years ago
      Thank you Daddy_Nobucks for the compliment on my Glasscock cooler!
    18. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Thanks chevy59, high praise indeed from a man with your collection. Nice Stuff!!!!
    19. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 9 years ago
      Hope everything's good with the JonesFam! Thank you.

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