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Vintage Dr. Pepper machine in my Shop
She found it moldering away filled with (gasp!) BEER in a dingy corner of an auto repair shop. She rescued it and now I have it plugged in in my shop and, so far, it seems to be almost completely operational:
- The chiller works.. maintains an interior temp of ~47.5°f!! (this is critical as this is what fails on most machines!)
- The coin mech does accept/increment coins
- Lock is drilled out for front door - fairly simple to replace.
- The bottle release solenoid makes a nice loud click when enough coins are inserted
- The change maker dispenses a nickel if you feed the machine a quarter.
- If a coin gets stuck, the "coin return" lever does release the stuck coin
- The light behind the Dr. Pepper logo is un-lit (could be ballast or bulb)
- The solenoid to release the bottles doesn't always "release", sometimes it just "clicks"
- The machine is LOUD when running... lots louder than a typical fridge!
- The coin mech is finicky in what coins it will accept. I have to hit the return lever more often than not
- The main door has "sagged" and requires some finesse to get to get it to close. Hinge adjustment needed.
All in all, looks like it will be a VERY fun project to get it restored. Likely it just needs a good cleaning, some spot lubrication and a bit of TLC. As anyone that knows me knows, I am a HUGE Dr. Pepper fan so this just made my weekend!
Just thought I'd gloat^H^H^H^H^Hshare...