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« on: September 11, 2010, 12:50:08 PM »
I inherited this circa 1934 GE Monitor Top refrigeration machine.  Works great.  The hard part was getting it from Cincinnati to Tampa.

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Re: new fridge
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010, 03:21:09 PM »
That's awesome Jeff - does it actually work?
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010, 04:08:30 PM »
Yes, it works and it's quiet and doesn't cycle on very often.
Haven't found an "energy star" on it, but it seals well.
Isn't it cool that something 76 years old still works like it should?
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 04:18:11 PM »
That's amazing, surely it must have been recharged at some point.  It must use freon, right?  Can they even put R22 or whatever they use nowadays in something like that?  That's really cool, I'm totally jealous.

I need to get a new bottle fridge, the old one is really inefficient.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2010, 04:23:21 PM »
Wow, that's fantastic.  That's when fridges were new, and they definitely made them to last.  Not like nowadays, when they make them to last maybe 5 years.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2010, 05:51:49 PM »
That's amazing, surely it must have been recharged at some point.  It must use freon, right?  Can they even put R22 or whatever they use nowadays in something like that?  That's really cool, I'm totally jealous.

I need to get a new bottle fridge, the old one is really inefficient.
No, it runs on sulphur dioxide.  All original.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010, 12:33:59 AM »
Yes, it works and it's quiet and doesn't cycle on very often.
Haven't found an "energy star" on it, but it seals well.
Isn't it cool that something 76 years old still works like it should?

Nice!

Probably weighed a ton! I am in line to get an old fridge from my wife's
granny. It has to be in the 40-50 yr old range. I have been warned already
that if I put a hole in it I have to move out of state...But it is nicely chugging
away at cooling...I know it still works.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2010, 12:59:20 AM »
That's amazing, surely it must have been recharged at some point.  It must use freon, right?  Can they even put R22 or whatever they use nowadays in something like that?  That's really cool, I'm totally jealous.

I need to get a new bottle fridge, the old one is really inefficient.
No, it runs on sulphur dioxide.  All original.
SO2? Never heard of that being used as a refrigerant, that's incredible.  So jealous.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2010, 05:46:01 AM »
Yes, it works and it's quiet and doesn't cycle on very often.
Haven't found an "energy star" on it, but it seals well.
Isn't it cool that something 76 years old still works like it should?

Nice!

Probably weighed a ton! I am in line to get an old fridge from my wife's
granny. It has to be in the 40-50 yr old range. I have been warned already
that if I put a hole in it I have to move out of state...But it is nicely chugging
away at cooling...I know it still works.

I won't be cutting any holes in it.  When the funds are available it'll get a nice shiny coat of paint though.  That's all the restoration it needs.  Yes, it weighs more than I thought - about 275 #.
The top lifts off so all the workings are separate from the steel ice box.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2010, 07:56:06 AM »
Here's another picture.  I'm so proud of my new fridge.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2010, 09:22:57 AM »
Very cool.

I would like to see current fridges last that long.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2010, 10:03:40 AM »
Isn't it a real shame that things built now are engineered to last only a few years with normal use? The laughably short warranties are all out on my appliances and I expect them to start going belly up any time now.

I wonder what the guys from "American Pickers" would say about that old fridge? Might not be a good idea to paint it just yet. ;)
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2010, 11:27:49 AM »
They evidently bought one on an episode June 15, 2010, but I guess I'll have to wait to see it come around on reruns.  I find those guys pretty obnoxious.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 06:46:23 AM »
Not only does it have functionality but it's got the attitude of homebrew built right in! Never get rid of that. It's like if you bought a castle, you wouldn't oil the creaky doors.
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Re: new fridge
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 07:08:02 AM »
All you need now is a big bottle cap to set on top of the tower!
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