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Soda Jerks
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2016, 06:43:00 PM »

        The Ideal 55 is an excellent starter machine.     Easy to work on and easy to sell........if it's labeled "Coca Cola".

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2016, 08:01:10 PM »

I'd stay away from all those on your list.  IMO, they simply aren't worth the money you'd put into restoring them.  I agree that you can't go wrong with a Vendo 44, 56, or 81.

 If you want to start with an easier and cheaper restoration, I would consider a Vendo 39 or a Vendorlator 27/33 or maybe a Vendorlator 72 (one of my favorites).  All are good, collectible machines. They don't command the prices of 56s and 81s, but they're cheaper to buy and cheaper/easier to restore.
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2016, 10:11:17 PM »

Correct, a 39 is a great starter machine to restore. Insides are simple, classic design. You would only break even when selling but at least you shouldn't lose money. Same for the 27/33. Cute small machines.

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2016, 12:20:28 AM »

Just remember all drum machines are single flavor and only vend certain size bottles...
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »

My vote was also for the slider.

My first machine was an Ideal 55, however I didn't restore it.  I like patina.  upside
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