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About AmishRaven

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  1. Welcome to the boards... As a new Dixie Narco owner I can relate to your issues. I just solved my problems with my machine recently so let me help you with a few pointers to get you started. As the previous post noted: 1) load half a dozen drinks into one slot of the machine (this should close the sold out loop) remember to load them butt to butt in the rack so they fall out properly. (look up videos on how to load if you are not sure) 2) the selection switches - I replaced all of mine to find out that wasn't the problem - but I've seen where if one of them is bad they all go bad. (like old Christmas tree lights) 3) if you have product in the machine and you can insert coins and the coin mech holds them and prompts you to make a selection? but after making the selection nothing drops out... then that is a clue similar to my issue I was having!! It ended up being two wires in the wiring harness were frayed by the metal of the door as they passed through the door into the cooling box portion of the machine. (check down around the inside hinge and follow the harness to see if any exposed cables may have been worn through and are shorting against the frame) 4) this is where you can go check the motor for vending the cans out of the machine... there are switches - two or three part depending on the machine. but with the machine running if you hold down the switch for the motor with your finger or a flat head screw driver - the motor should turn for each slot - then you know they aren't the problem. 5) the coin mech... if you have cans in the machine and the sold out lights are off - but the coins still fall through - check the coin mechanism it may be a coinco and there is all kinds of information about them online -but I can help if you can't find your model. Feel free to post more pics of the inside of the machine and keep us updated - I'll help you if possible.
  2. Pics of the final repair to make the machine 100% complete. The wiring had frayed at the door jamb where the wiring harnesses join together. So a little splice job, clip and crimp and it's working great!
  3. SOLVED!! The problem was at the door hinge, where the wire harness passes through the door into the cooling box. The exposed wires had frayed through and were shorting on the frame of the cabinet! A very simple fix, I stripped the wires and reconnected with crimp connectors, one wire was very short so I added some wire and crimped that new piece in to make a strong connection. Then reclamped the harness into the frame so the exposed wires were protected! It vends like a champ!
  4. Hello All, I'm looking for a little advice. I recently purchased an old RC Cola - Dixie Narco for in my carport at home. This is my first vend, I wanted something that could do cans, and be within the 1970's-80's era. (and within my budget) It's a small unit that takes coins only (single price - Coinco with Jones Plug) The compressor works and keeps the drinks cold, and the outside is in good condition, but it won't vend. Thinking this is a simple fix - I started with the Coinco - it had some old coins crammed in it, so I downloaded the manual... took it apart, cleaned it, and put it back together. Now it works great and I figured out the dip switches to set the price to $0.50 per can. I then tried to manually trip each of the motor switches, and they all power cycled and would dispense cans manually. Although I did end up stripping one down and cleaning it because it was a little gummed up. But never unplugged any wires there. Still it won't vend. I can now add $.50 - the "add correct change light" goes off - I cannot add any more money it just falls through... so it's prompting me to make a selection... but after trying all six buttons - no motors are engaged to dispense a drink? Signal not passing from the button selection switch to the motor switch? After reading a few posts online, I turned my attention to the "selection switches"... Figuring that if one went bad they all would be bad, I just bought six new ones from a company in Maryland. (less than $5 each) Last night they arrived in the mail, so I started installing them... Nothing. Still won't vend. I'm guessing I'm down to either the Jones Switch Relay or the Wiring Harness? But I really don't think it's the Jones Switch because of the way it prompts me after adding the correct change to the machine? So I'm thinking there is a short or break in a wire somewhere that isn't allowing signal to pass from the selection to the vend motor? I'm going to try a tone generator on the wiring harness tonight, I've attached the wiring diagram below in case someone else has an idea? I'm not electrically inclined - so any advice is greatly appreciated. Positive note - I LOVE to Tinker!!
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