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Vendo Dairy-Vend Ice Cream Machine Restoration

June 12th, 2009 · 9 Comments

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Restored Vendo Dairy-Vend

This Vendo ice cream vending machine was a very challenging restoration. The exterior was pretty straightforward but the vending component was difficult to get right. If you attempt this restoration, make sure you document the process of taking the machine apart with photos and notes. Also, the machine should be complete, as parts cannot be found for it unless you buy another machine for spares.

Vendo Ice Cream Vendor

Dairy-Vend Coin Box

Unrestored Dairy-Vend Interior

I wish I could give you some more specific tips, but this restoration was done many years ago and our notes have been lost. Besides, we only restored one of these and we would have never done another.

Dairy-Vend Restored

All the graphics on the finished machine were custom, this machine was not originally painted like this. They were usually found painted light blue like the Vendo milk machine and the upright Vendo ice cream vendor.

1950s Vendo Dairy-Vend

Restored Vendo Dairy-Vend

Detail Vendo Ice Cream Machine

Dimensions: 34 ¾”W x 29 ½”D x 36 ¼” H
Produced: 1950s

Manufactured by:
The Vendo Company
Kansas City, Missouri

Dairy-Vend Brochure

1950s Vendo Ice Cream Machine

Tags: Antique Advertising · Ice Cream Dispensers · Other Vending Machines · The Vendo Company

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Abel // Sep 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I found one of these that is complete minus the screen that covers the motor. But after reading your comments about how hard it is to restore I’m kind of iffy now. I restored classic cars for a living for 8 years I owned a large shop and I know how difficult resto’s can be. I had one put me in the hospital once from the stress and lack of rest. Has anyone else done one of these before that could tell me what they are worth restored?

  • 2 Joe // Nov 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi, Abel would you be interested in selling it? i would like to restore it. please email me at jpm144@hotmail.com

  • 3 Brian // Mar 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I would like to find one of these. If anyone has one for sale or can lead me to one, I will give a finders fee $$.


  • 4 Terry Bolton // Apr 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I have one of these in nice original condition. However it is missing the rack inside that holds the product. Everything else works great. Anybody need one? Copacola@aol.com

  • 5 Brian // May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I would be intrested in owning one of these. Not sure I would restore, based on how hard it is. If you have one or know of for sale, email me at Seven181@aol.com


  • 6 Jolen // Jul 31, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Hi I just picked up one of these machines and it says carnation ice cream bars!!! Very cool machine. Get very cold. Is missing the rack and coin mech… Anyone have parts please email me. Jolenstevens525@gmail.com thanks

  • 7 kyber // Nov 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    i have made the racks for a friend. they fit and work. price$ 600.00 a set, hand made, an alot of time in them,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks,,kyber

  • 8 stephen // Jan 9, 2014 at 1:57 am

    im trying to find out how much it costs to restore this vending machine i have or trying to find out how much its worth right now

  • 9 stephen // Apr 29, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I want to sell my vendo machine.the lid shell is in good cond.,the rotating tray and motor and lid latch are rusted. Tthe coin op. Is in good condition. I don’t have the key. The bottom is in exlent cond. All oridganal including paint. It seems odd that no one can tell me its value restored. The price is neg.

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