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kingpin77
09-13-2011, 09:35 AM
so i have a old 7up soda machine. i am restoring it for him. we pulled it out of a creek after the recent flooding in pa washed his house away. my ? is, is there anyone out there that knows any thing about soda machines. and help me get all the info on this machine. like the year maybe a Manual

mr.badwrench
09-13-2011, 09:53 AM
If you post the make and model numbers of the machine some of us can try to find information on the internet.

http://www.bowltech.com/forums/showthread.php?34611&p=349554#post349554

Hakenson has repaired an antique one. Maybe he can help.

PinCup
09-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Most soda pop machines have a tag on them somewhere.
The flood may have washed your's away.

Suzo - Happ (http://na.suzohapp.com/) is where to find any parts you need. Their techs are pretty sharp and can help you get the right part.


Here's a google image search (http://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=681&q =7-UP+machine&gbv=2&oq=7-UP+machine&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=2119l1123 1l0l13671l14l14l1l7l8l0l217l850l3.2.1l6l0) for 7-UP machine.
If you can find one that looks the same, that may help you narrow down the model number and manufacture.

Good luck,
PinCup

kingpin77
09-13-2011, 10:22 AM
you guys are great help. mr. bad the thread u linked the 4th post down with the pics is the machine i question only. mine is white and brown. the mfr's #01c1320z0 and serial # 0dk507913. and ten minutes i will have pics posted.

kingpin77
09-13-2011, 10:30 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67563754@N08/
thats the link to the pics

porgee10pin
09-13-2011, 02:18 PM
Unless it has foam insulation you are going to need to replace it. Fiberglass will have pulled away from walls. If there are no kids around they make a great combo of piggy bank/beer cooler.

mr.badwrench
09-13-2011, 02:22 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6143935849_55fe70a66d_m.jpg
I hotlinked your pic. Right click on the pic, select copy image location, paste between image tags into the reply box. Click quick quote on my post to see the tags.

PinCup
09-13-2011, 05:55 PM
Shoot KingPin,

I'd just hose that bad boy out and wipe it down,

... let it dry and plug it in! http://www.bowltech.com/forums/import/graemlinspre2012/icon_thumb.gif

The vendorlator is a pretty tough machine.
Basic in it's electrical and mechanical.
Switches and motors, Compressor and lights.
Glad to see it didn't get smashed up. That's what I pictured when you said dug out of flood debris.
The coolest thing about your's, is it's only a four product and the buttons are round. Kind of rare.
(Here's a Vendorlator 6 product.)
http://www.architector.in/_cache/Stained%20Glass%20Windows/img/dr_pepper_machine_1.jpg
The Dixie Narco is a more common machine (Square buttons).
http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-2907484032-image.jpg


Get all the mud out, and I'll bet it still vends. http://www.bowltech.com/forums/import/graemlinspre2012/wink.gif

Unplug the compressor, make sure your fuse/breaker is working.
Rubber or welding gloves it you're nervous about a spark.
There's only one way to find out right?

The other option is to do a "Rick's Restorations" (http://www.ricksrestorations.com/) on it now.

Take a ton of pictures during the teardown, bag and tag every screw and bolt.
Completely disassemble it and restore it to like new.

What do you want, just a working ugly machine, or show piece?

PinCup

kingpin77
09-14-2011, 08:37 AM
i am going to do a full resto on it for my friend. cause he lost everything. i been helping him dig threw everything and salvage what we can. its fiberglass i am going to have to pull it and replace. he will be stocking with soda and beer. when we pulled it out it was full of rolling rock lol. now the only thing i cant figure out is what year the machine is. haven't found a year on it yet and i have it pretty well disassembled

PinCup
09-14-2011, 10:58 PM
The pic of the tag just cuts off the model number.


Here's some links I came across,
http://www.vintagevending.com/the-vendorlator-manufacturing-co-a-soda-machine-company
http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php?topic=1769.0


PinCup

Hakenson
09-19-2011, 07:33 PM
Not a bad looking machine and the inside looks almost identical to my machine. That soda-machines.com site is a really great site to check out. It is kind of like bowltech but for guys who collect and restore pop machines. They have helped me out big time on my machine and they will try to help answer any question you have about any machine. I really like the vending mechanisms in these machines since they just use some solenoids and a few microswitches to vend and you can find most of those parts from grainger. Good luck on your machine and if you need any help let me know.

kingpin77
09-20-2011, 06:28 AM
will do thank you for you help guys. i moving along pretty good on it. my friend is so excited. im thinking about painting the front to match the 7up green. and i am also making some tags for the beer he will be putting in it.

porgee10pin
09-27-2011, 07:59 PM
On the radio today I heard "8 button soda machine for sale, 450 dollars". Must be one of them new models.

Becker34
09-28-2011, 04:12 AM
When I maintained our soda machine (cans) about 15-20 years ago my biggest problem was finding what would gig the cans as they were vended or loaded. And then cleaning the machine without gashing my hands. And then filing those sharp points down without gashing my hands. It was really easy to bleed in that thing.

The coin mech was pretty bullet-proof. I just had to clean it occasionally. It was a good introduction to the pinball games I'd deal with a few years later.

Hakenson
09-28-2011, 10:43 PM
When I maintained our soda machine (cans) about 15-20 years ago my biggest problem was finding what would gig the cans as they were vended or loaded. And then cleaning the machine without gashing my hands. And then filing those sharp points down without gashing my hands. It was really easy to bleed in that thing.

You know that is actually part of my job right now. I am in charge of maintaining the pepsi machine that we have at work and that thing is a monster sometimes. Just recently found out that one of the sheet metal screws that the factory installed was poking small holes in cans and causing them to leak everywhere. Luckely all I had to do was swap out the screw with another one in the machine that had a rounded head.

Becker34
09-29-2011, 04:24 AM
When I maintained our soda machine (cans) about 15-20 years ago my biggest problem was finding what would gig the cans as they were vended or loaded. And then cleaning the machine without gashing my hands. And then filing those sharp points down without gashing my hands. It was really easy to bleed in that thing.

You know that is actually part of my job right now. I am in charge of maintaining the pepsi machine that we have at work and that thing is a monster sometimes. Just recently found out that one of the sheet metal screws that the factory installed was poking small holes in cans and causing them to leak everywhere. Luckely all I had to do was swap out the screw with another one in the machine that had a rounded head.

If that's the case, go buy a lottery ticked, bud! http://www.bowltech.com/forums/import/graemlinspre2012/grin.gif I can see where finding the screw is a PITA, because I looked at all of that before I started swearing at the metal "runs" for the cans.

Hakenson
10-05-2011, 12:25 AM
When I maintained our soda machine (cans) about 15-20 years ago my biggest problem was finding what would gig the cans as they were vended or loaded. And then cleaning the machine without gashing my hands. And then filing those sharp points down without gashing my hands. It was really easy to bleed in that thing.

You know that is actually part of my job right now. I am in charge of maintaining the pepsi machine that we have at work and that thing is a monster sometimes. Just recently found out that one of the sheet metal screws that the factory installed was poking small holes in cans and causing them to leak everywhere. Luckely all I had to do was swap out the screw with another one in the machine that had a rounded head.

If that's the case, go buy a lottery ticked, bud! http://www.bowltech.com/forums/import/graemlinspre2012/grin.gif I can see where finding the screw is a PITA, because I looked at all of that before I started swearing at the metal "runs" for the cans.

Thats just the easy problem that I fixed. The worst one I had was when I had to replace one of the solenoids. It all started when I came back from vacation and was immediatly told that the machine smells funny. So I went over with them and opened it up and smelled the smell of burned electrical parts so I tested all the selections to see what did and did not work and found the problem to be the solenoid in selection 4. No big deal I thought, I will just order a new one and swap it out. Will be done in an hour or two. So I got the part and installed it and then decided to lube the parts since it was about time to do that anyway. So I removed the gates and lubed them up one by one. Got the the second one and after I put it back in it would not work. Not that rare since I do get a wire or two confused and it is a simple swap so I checked the wires against the other gate and found my error and corrected it. Still doesnt work. So I try again and again and it still won't work. A few hours go by and I get frustrated beyond beliefe and end up just staring at it not knowing what to do. I end up deciding to check something else and end up screwing that up and blowing the fuse in the coin mech. Machine goes dead as far as the vending parts are concerned. I finally decide to just leave it and go home for a while since I needed to get away from it. I come back a few days later and I fixed the fuse and we decide to just run it on the 3 selections and give up on the last one. So I did a quick swap of the two gates at the end since one had to be heavily modified for the new solenoid to work so I did the swap and I ended up figuring it out. Turns out when I slid the vend gate back into the machine one connector on a switch would get caught on the floor of the machine and un hook and cause that gate to not work. I ended up pulling the wiring harness out a little more so I had some more slack on the wires and put it back and tried it out. It worked! Ended up putting numerous notes up around the shop letting everyone know that it was working. From now on though I will only lube the parts with them in the machine and I also have a nice wiring diagram that I keep inside the machine at all times so that this does not happen again.