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Thread: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

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    ge
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    Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Not exactly a yard or garage sale, but I have a lead on a vintage 1940's era GE Refrigerator. It is white w/one door and a icebox and two crisper trays. I'm not certain but I think it may be this particular model:





    I will get some pics of the exact unit tomorrow.

    I was told it worked when last used, but the outlet it is parked in front of is messed up. One bad thing is that it is resting upstairs in an old house with a narrow staircase.

    If the price is right, I am considering purchasing it to restore.

    In a strange coincidence, the first google result for "antique refrigerator restoration" is a shop that specializes in this kind of work the next county over - about 20 miles from my home. They have done antique stove and refrigerator restoration jobs for clients world wide.

    http://www.antiqueappliances.com/index.htm

    They are asking $3,200 for a similar restored GE unit from 1939.

    If the price is manageable, I am considering getting a gloss black paint job with fresh chrome, leaving the inside white so it will look like an old Cadillac or a giant penguin.

    Anyone ever dealt w/antique appliances? I think this thing would be a good sell, but finding the right buyer may be tricky.
    LMAO

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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    If your buying to sell as a collectiable YOU NEVER SCREW WITH THE COLOR OR ANY OTHER THING THAT WILL NOT MAKE IT ORIGINAL
    some people call me the creeper ,cuz they don't know my name or face - Alice Cooper

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    ge
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Quote Originally Posted by creeper71
    If your buying to sell as a collectiable YOU NEVER SCREW WITH THE COLOR OR ANY OTHER THING THAT WILL NOT MAKE IT ORIGINAL
    Gotcha. So, white then? LOL
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    LMAO

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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Quote Originally Posted by hombre_de_plata_flaco
    Quote Originally Posted by creeper71
    If your buying to sell as a collectiable YOU NEVER SCREW WITH THE COLOR OR ANY OTHER THING THAT WILL NOT MAKE IT ORIGINAL
    Gotcha. So, white then? LOL
    Do not repaint any color.... let it alone an work with what you have
    some people call me the creeper ,cuz they don't know my name or face - Alice Cooper

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    us
    Mar 2011
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    At least on newer refrigerators, if they sit unplugged for 6 or more months, some of the freon leaks out and you may need to have it recharged. So if they said it worked when they unplugged it and it doesn't now, that may be the reason.
    (Puts you in a good bargaining position)
    The explanation I was given:
    On the new ones, when they aren't running, the pressure on the low side increases as it equalizes with the high side and the low side then leaks freon. While it was running the low side stayed low.

    Randyd

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    ge
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Restoring this thing may be more than I can handle as far as $$$ goes, but I don't think it's impossible. the main problems so far are:

    Missing crisper trays (may be somewhere in the attic)
    Missing drawer on the bottom (may also be somewhere in the attic)
    Very dirty and has some rust
    As the poster above stated - hasn't run in a loooong time





    LMAO

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    us
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    First take an extension cord with you. You can run the cord to a working outlet. Listen for any bad rattles from the compressor. If it rattles it probably has a bad mount. When working out the price make sure you grunt & shake your head at every little thing. Can't really tell from the pictures but if the bottom is rusted out not good. Don't be scared to poke at any rust to see if it's gone all the way through. When they give you a price, counter with about half & let them know you'll up your offer when they locate the other parts.

    If you're going to sell it as vintage, clean the inside out then soak some towels with citric acid solution and let them sit on the rusty spots. Wipe the outside down with the same solution till the rust comes off. After you've gotten the rust off the outside, give it a good rubbing with some Scotts Liquid Gold. Scotts makes porcelin and paint pop. Touch the chrome up with some Simi Chrome polish. If you have problems finding a buyer or info PM me, I haven't got my sources list with me.
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    ge
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Thanks boogeyman. This project has been on the back burner but I'm still going to do something with it. Just been kinda busy as of late.
    LMAO

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    us
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Quote Originally Posted by hombre_de_plata_flaco
    Thanks boogeyman. This project has been on the back burner but I'm still going to do something with it. Just been kinda busy as of late.
    I understand completely!
    Also, If you can transport it standing up do it. If you have to lay it on it's side, when you get the other end stand it up & let it sit for a few hours before plugging it in. Lets the oil drain back in to the compressor preventing it from trashing the compressor. (So I've been told from the "experts")

    Let us know how it all comes out! Either way it sounds like a fun project (time permitting ).
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    Re: Antique 1940's GE Refrigerator Restoration Project?

    Looks like a fun project, If the compressor don't run, sometimes a hard blow from the edge of a 2x4
    will free the valve and get her going.

    a new compressor is not a biggie though if you got a friend that knows a/c. If you was in my area I would hook ya up, I got the torch, R-12, 134a, 22, whatever we need.

    Looks like that needs a new door gasket, maybe get one here:

    http://store.antiqueappliances.com/D...skets_c_8.html
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    refinishing

    I have a slightly different issue: have a 1941-42 GE refrigerating machine, want to keep it and want to paint it deep red. The problem is with the letters - they are too small to mask and don't know how to remove them. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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    use molding clay easy to put on and take off.
    Quote Originally Posted by zorki View Post
    I have a slightly different issue: have a 1941-42 GE refrigerating machine, want to keep it and want to paint it deep red. The problem is with the letters - they are too small to mask and don't know how to remove them. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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    mx
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    HI Randy I am afraid that is not particularly true or all of the refridges in a showroom or warehouse would need to be worked on before using. Sorry they are sealed units.

    Jose
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

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    Thank you Billm1956, one last reservation is the color, hope I am not doing it a disservice by changing it to red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorki View Post
    Thank you Billm1956, one last reservation is the color, hope I am not doing it a disservice by changing it to red.
    Nah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder-


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