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Westinghouse WB-78 Refrigeration Deck Replacement

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I’ve recently picked up what I think is an early 60’s (based on advertising and the coin-mech only accepts dimes) Westinghouse WB-78 Coke machine. The compressor is cooked, but it still holds pressure. Which is better...replace the whole deck or replace the compressor? Is there a certain model deck that will fit?

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I’ve seen a few refurbished Dixie Narco decks for about $325 shipped, but wasn’t sure if it’s worth putting a different type of deck in there as I’m sure I’ll have to at least modify the condenser housing.

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You will need to remove the original cooling system from the machine and have it rebuilt.  No other decks will fit in it.  You will need a new compressor, condenser fan, filter/drier, and a Schrader valve.  Make careful notes of how the wiring is connnected and routed and take lots of pictures so you know how the unit will be reinstalled.

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I was able to remove it fairly easily and took pictures along the way. I imagine having someone rebuild this unit is going to cost upwards of $500 or more; I'm wondering if it's even worth it.  The machine does vend using dimes...all columns vend except the last one, but I assume it's just a bent mechanism because the solenoid works. The paint is okay on the front, but one side has some scratches (no dents or rot). If I were to rebuild the unit, what's something like this worth?

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Honestly, while were more than happy to have you here, you might want to check out http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php

Those guys are the collectors and have a lot of knowledge about older machines like yours, whereas we are operators and techs, and are only familiar with the newer stuff that is still in commercial service. Heck, I think that the most experienced guy on here only goes back to 1985.

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Understood; thanks for the tip!

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