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Anyone good with older coke machines?
« on: January 31, 2019, 07:53:29 AM »
I have a 5 button Dixie-Narco Coke machine that i have had since the early 00's
It is not on location, just my beer/soda fridge in the garage. about a year ago it froze up where it was still cold but not maintaining circulating correctly.
I unplugged it and would "get to it" eventually. So last night was "eventually" as we are going to sell it but i want to get it working correctly first
the bottom fan is working and it does get cold... any idea what could be causing a freeze up on the top cooling grate (the one below the soda chute)?

i realize the answer is more than likely "could be a number of things" but i figured it was worth a shot asking in case someone works on them a lot and this is a common thing that i could check first.
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »
Low Freon is usually what causes coils to ice up.

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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2019, 01:25:25 PM »
agreed. a cheap fix is to put the whole thing on a timer. my vendo freezes drinks a little bit...

the right fix is to have a tech install a port (sealed from factory, at least vendolators are...), and check pressures...add freon as needed.


good luck. long live coin-op soda machines. :)
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 07:53:05 AM »
thanks everyone! i am going to get into it a bit more this weekend. it was nice and cold and the frost was minimal and i think started before i fixed the directional cardboard shroud and restarted the fan (unplugging/plugging it back in). Last night i unplugged the unit to let it completely defrost. i will deep clean the system and restart it again. the nice cold inside is a good sign, hoping it was just needing a cleaning but if not i will recharge. might do that anyway prior to sale.

not even sure what these are worth anymore  ???

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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 12:28:58 PM »
this?


or this?




$300 bucks basically, either version. :)  i dabble in soda martial arts. :P
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2019, 01:15:16 PM »
I'll take the Dr Pepper front sign...
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2019, 02:28:42 PM »
this one...


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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2019, 01:32:39 PM »
post the dixie narco part number, i guessed wrong with the 5 button description. :)

the fake wood grain examples pull less money. but that pic you posted could pull $600 up, i haven't followed that design at all.

it looks damm good.
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2019, 09:31:21 PM »
Cool machine.
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 07:55:10 AM »
sorry for the late follow up... i got the suggested Supco BPV31 Bullet Piercing Valve
couple questions...
1) what freon do i add?
2) am I leaving the existing freon in and just adding or swapping completely?
3) can i just use the auto freon add kits? after looking at youtube i had more questions than answers... some guys had pro kits, so guys were using computer dusting cans, etc. etc.

got the machine all cleaned up and ready to roll, just need the final freon charge.
thanks!

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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 07:10:38 PM »
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1) what freon do i add? R12, most likely. unobtainium and expensive as a rolex...company. there is a substitute gas...also expensive, though.

2) am I leaving the existing freon in and just adding or swapping completely? topping off, but depends on numbers pulled off gauges.

3) can i just use the auto freon add kits? doubt it. 

4) after looking at youtube i had more questions than answers... some guys had pro kits, other guys were using computer dusting cans, etc. etc.

     how were they using canned air? were they huffing it? or removing mylar from a pinball machine? :P


i've read of people having them "charged" for $70ish bucks. might be worth looking for a tech that can do that.


my guesstimates above. :)
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2019, 11:38:36 AM »
decisions decisions... after contacting a local soda machine vendor/repair place i have a choice
1) get the condenser swapped out and serviced to up and running for $350
or
2) sell it to them as is for $50 picked up

... i am downsizing so the cleanup/repair was just to ensure i was selling a nice unit to a new home. Putting in the repair cost is a real gamble. i am tempted to just turn it over for the $50. don't have a ton into it (bought it 12-15 years ago for $275).

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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2019, 11:58:17 AM »
Toss it on offer up for 150-200, possibly some DIY who has experience in them can fix it much cheaper.  Maybe it could be just a decoration and not needed to run. I go to a lot of collector homes and they are in the corner just for showing off the rest of the collections.
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Re: Anyone good with older coke machines?
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2019, 12:33:28 PM »
$50 is lowball. you can sell one part off your machine for $100 plus. :)

i think it would move as-is for 200 bucks or maybe a bit more. no idea how the cooling mech works...could need nothing but a cleaning.

$375 is too much for a repair. why would they swap a condenser out with a phone call? red flags already.
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