header image 2

Looking for Out of This World Retro Gifts, Kitsch, Signs & Furniture. Visit Retroplanet.com


Victor Kooler Grill Restoration

March 17th, 2009 · 5 Comments

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.

Coca-Cola Hot Dogger

Coca-Cola Victor Cooler

This is the second part of our blog on the Victor Kooler Grill. Be sure to check out Part One where we give you a little history of this unique Coca-Cola cooler also known as the “Hot Dogger”.

Our restoration of the Victor Kooler Grill was probably one of the most challenging and time consuming restorations we had ever undertaken. According to the owner at the time, the cooler was found in a shed that pool chemicals were stored in. This left a lot of the parts in pretty tough shape because of the corrosive effect of years of being around chemicals.

Unrestored Victor Kooler

Original Kooler Condition

1954 Victor Kooler

As you can see from the ‘before’ picture, the stainless steel was in bad shape and it all needed to be remade or restored in some way. It was missing some parts like the hot dog grill itself and all of the signage. We also installed all new refrigeration equipment.

The Kooler Grill is essentially a three-door Victor with about a foot added to accommodate the grill, sink and bun warmer. Approximately the remaining two-thirds comprises the refrigerated section. As you can see by these photos we took the machine totally apart.

Unrestored Victor Hot Dog Cooler

Victor Cooler Damage

Victor Kooler Plumbing

If not for all of the corroded and missing parts it would have been pretty much a straightforward restoration. The process was to take it apart, sandblast, execute bodywork, paint, reassemble and update the electrical and refrigeration systems. Of course, cleaning and remaking a lot of the stainless pieces including the distinctive arch, slowed down the process.

Restored Victor Kooler

Coca-Cola Halo Sign

Victor Roll-A-Grill

I understand that this cooler has changed hands a couple of times since the restoration and recently sold for a huge amount of money. So keep your eyes open, I am sure there are more of these sitting around somewhere collecting dust waiting to be found and restored. I hope you enjoyed our blogs and the photos of this unique machine.

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Coca-Cola · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Coolers · Unique & Unusual

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harold // Jan 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Do you have for sale the specifications and plans for building the stainless steel parts. If this is Maria you can call me at 1-800-881-8433

  • 2 vintagevending // Jan 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hello Harold,
    Hope all is well with you. Unfortunately we don’t have any info.
    Sincerely,
    Maria

  • 3 Harold // Feb 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I have a picture of a cigarette machine I am looking for if you email me I can send it as I got a new computer and lost your email Maria. I know it is made by Rowe but don’t know what it was called.

  • 4 Stephanie // Mar 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Are you iterested in selling the coca cola hot dog stand.

  • 5 vintagevending // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Stephanie, The items on this site are here for informational and entertainment purposes only. None of the items shown here are for sale.

Leave a Comment

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.