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 on: Yesterday at 10:08:07 AM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
if you pull those old refillable bottles out, look at the bottoms, they should have a bottling plant ID & date on them... might help you get a time-line on your machines working past...

Good idea. From all the literature and pictures I can find, it has to be a 1955 model...or early 1956 at the very latest.

The series was described in the Billboard article I posted earlier from 1955.

The white tops were a new design phase in 1956.

My guess is the machine was made in 1955.

It's no telling when the bottles in it were made or their dates.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:53:23 AM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
Is there a specific drain hole/pattern on this machine?

I assume it will produce a lot of effluent in my humid Florida garage.

Does a drain pan hold enough in terms of days/evaporation?

What are your experiences?

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 on: September 28, 2020, 07:29:39 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by johnieG
Yup! After I do whatever it is I will do to it!

Look what I found in the back of the machine!




if you pull those old refillable bottles out, look at the bottoms, they should have a bottling plant ID & date on them... might help you get a time-line on your machines working past...

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 on: September 28, 2020, 06:44:26 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
I found some other data on grandamericajukebox about serial numbers and dates.

At first, I discounted it because my model wasn't there. But I went back and looked at the VMC 77.

My compressor baseplate is a  J 5 P and XXXX.

Hmm. J could be VMC 340 specific.
5 is probably 1955.
But P? If it's a month? K should be December.




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 on: September 28, 2020, 04:31:24 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
If you buy at the right time you should be able to fill that machine for around $400.    blush

Nah, about $255 at Walmart! Per ounce it costs about 3 times as much as 16 ounce bottled coke.

It'd be even cheaper at Sams' if they had it.   happydrinkers


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 on: September 28, 2020, 04:18:51 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
Ok, now you only have to stock the other 339 bottles!  laugh

Yup! After I do whatever it is I will do to it!

Look what I found in the back of the machine!



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 on: September 28, 2020, 04:17:34 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by MoonDawg
If you buy at the right time you should be able to fill that machine for around $400.    blush

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 on: September 28, 2020, 03:16:39 PM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by johnieG
I found the compressor plate. The serial number starts with J5P.

I would suppose that is a 1955 compressor?

The case serial number is 340-4XXX so I suppose this is the ~4,000 VMC 340 unit made in 1955.

And it's in my garage!

AND:

An 8 ounce coke bottle fits perfectly and disppenses properly!


Ok, now you only have to stock the other 339 bottles!  laugh





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 on: September 28, 2020, 10:52:46 AM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
I found the compressor plate. The serial number starts with J5P.

I would suppose that is a 1955 compressor?

The case serial number is 340-4XXX so I suppose this is the ~4,000 VMC 340 unit made in 1955.

And it's in my garage!

AND:

An 8 ounce coke bottle fits perfectly and disppenses properly!




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 on: September 28, 2020, 09:10:41 AM 
Started by FlaJunkie - Last post by FlaJunkie
I need a replacement door lock.

It is listed as a part number 2182 assembly. I'm guessing one of the other models in that timeframe would work.

Any ideas?

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