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Westinghouse WD-5 Soda Cooler

June 29th, 2010 · 31 Comments

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Pictured here is a Westinghouse WD-5 machine that we restored years ago. The Westinghouse WD-5 Soda Cooler was a popular self-service soda machine because of its compact size. It needed a minimum amount of floor space but still had adequate storage space. It holds up to 120 bottles, which is a lot, considering the cooler’s size. The bottles position on their sides inside the cooler, rather than standing upright. The cooler lid lifts and the bottles are simply removed from the top of the machine.

The WD-5 is a dry cooler, which means it cools with cool air rather than with water or ice. This cooler is embossed on all four sides with the Coca-Cola logo. The WD-5 was manufactured from the late 1940s to late 1950s.

Dimensions: 28 1/2”D x 28 5/8”W x 36 3/8”H

Manufactured by:
Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Monroeville, PA

This item is not for sale.
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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan // Jun 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Great looking cooler. I am looking for one for my rental cabins in central pa. Any old coolers for sale?

  • 2 vintagevending // Jun 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Dan,

    We don’t have any for sale, but maybe there might be some on ebay or Craig’s List.

  • 3 kim // Jul 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I have one in excellent original condition. what is it worth

  • 4 vintagevending // Jul 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Not sure of its value. We are not appraisers. We suggest keeping an eye on eBay to see if one turns up there.
    That will give you an idea of current market value

  • 5 tex hopkins // Aug 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    i have a dr pepper machine–shows its made by blissfield, possibly pre 1950—its got 10 cents on front and you turn knob and bottle drops out. any idea how i can find out more about it?

  • 6 Frank Trachsler // Dec 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I am looking for a compressor for a coke cooler
    compressor numbers are
    AEA 58 117
    Any leads are appreciated

  • 7 michele raimondo // Jan 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

    We have a Corneluis refrigerated vintage chest with reference k72 model number 18 8852 044 similar to the Westinghouse. Looks like it held bottles and or cans and the price was 20 cents. We are having trouble finding out the worth or any type of Cornelius item that looks like it. Any info or ideas? Thanx.

  • 8 jordan // Jan 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Kim, if you still have that Westinghouse WD-5 I may be interested in buying it. Email, me with pictures if you still have it.

  • 9 bill // Mar 3, 2011 at 6:49 am

    im looking for chrome handle for my WD 5 anybody know where might find one also inside liner

  • 10 Jake // Mar 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I have a red and white model WD-5. All original with paper card attached to Westinghouse compressor showing wiring schematic. ALL ORIGINAL. VERY GOOD CONDITION. Antique Vending in Granite Falls, NC estimated value at $1,000. I will sell for $1,200. ALL ORIGINAL. Worked last time I plugged it in.

  • 11 Juan Tejeda // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Jake,
    May be interested! Can you send some pictures? Any idea what it would cost to ship to westcoast, zip code 93436.

  • 12 Juan Tejeda // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

    @jake
    email address juantejeda@yahoo.com for the pics.

  • 13 Clint // Apr 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Have a WD-5 that functions, sometimes gets a little too cool. for sale. email for pics.

  • 14 joann brockington // Apr 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i have a cornelius coke vending chest Model #18-8852-044 ser.#158720 i am trying to find out what year this machine was made and what it is worth, i am trying to sell it…

  • 15 Jordan // Apr 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Clint if you could send me some pics of your machine to, jormiller2010@gmail.com I may be interested in buying it.

  • 16 rainer Jakob // May 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    WD -5 FOR SALE

    NO Dents… Some Surface Rust

    E-me for Pic & Price
    rjakob1@tampabay.rr.com R J

  • 17 Bob // Jun 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    looking for a wiring diagram for a WD 12

    Serial Y-4033

    1352725

    Compressor is a T-25-D

  • 18 Stephanie // Aug 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I have one for sale ! Just call me ! 956 533 6397

  • 19 margit // Sep 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    A friend of mine is selling his place and
    has a coca cola cooler as well as a pepsi cooler
    from the 50’s … the floor model … I have to call him about the model number. He may consider selling for the right price. How do I search this price?

  • 20 Jordan // Oct 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Hey Margit, I may be interested in buying these coolers from your friend if you could send me a picture or more info about them to, jormiller2010@gmail.com.

  • 21 Grant // Oct 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I have one for sale with all parts ready for a resoration. See pictures at this album link: https://picasaweb.google.com/ggoldb/CokeChestCooler?authkey=Gv1sRgCJTz0Yr3udD9Hw
    (You may have to paste into your browser)
    All offers considered, this is currently in Hemet, CA.
    Thanks for your interest.

  • 22 Bill B. // Apr 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I have a WD-5 westinghouse coke cooler. I am looking for a service manual if anyone knows where to obtain one I would appreciate it. Also mine has 2 fans in it but the upper fan never shuts off. I am wondering if it is a thermostat problem or if it just needs the cooling to be recharged. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • 23 Ryan // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Anyone interested in selling a WD-5 or a WH5T please email me and let me know price, etc.
    ryand7821@gmail.com
    Thanks!

  • 24 Ian // May 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Looking for a WD-5. Please contact me with condition, price, location. Thank you!

    Tatuusf1k@mchsi.com

  • 25 LARRY // Jul 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    i have a 18-8852-044 cornelius coke box in good condition works great what is it worth

  • 26 vintagevending // Jul 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Larry,
    You can get an idea of how much these are going for by looking at online auction sites or talking to other collectors. We do not give appraisals or estimates of market values for machines. Price is always a variable, depending on the timing in regard to the economy and what buyers are looking for.

  • 27 Kim D // Dec 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hello I Have a Westinghouse WD22 for Sale…Any interested buyers please email Me:

    kdc4everone@gmail.com
    and I will be glad to send picture…In great shape…Selling for Your Best Offer…Moving…

  • 28 mike // Jan 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I have a wh5t Coke machine and am looking for an owner’s manual. It is all original but needs some wiring repairs. I am thinking about selling it as is or making the repairs and keeping it. Thanks for any help.

  • 29 Dan Magane // Mar 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hi I’m looking for gasket set for my WD-5 Coke cooler. Thanks Dan danielmagane@yahoo.com

  • 30 vintagevending // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Dan,
    The people at http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/ may be able to help you. They restoration parts for vintage soda machines. If they don’t have what you need, perhaps they can steer you in the right direction.

  • 31 Paul // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I have a WD-5 Coca cola cooler. I need to replace the original thermostat. Any suggestions on which one I should use?
    Like the one pictured, hope mine comes out looking that good

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