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Old 11-07-2009, 12:46 AM   #21
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Really??!! I know about "wrecking" old cars but fridges??? If you really wanted too, you could fill the holes. Once you found a suitable replacement that is.

Guess it's too late for my '54 Philco

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:56 AM   #22
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Here is my ol' fridge...

I have come to the conclusion that I will rehab this baby and make it my bottle fridge and run a few taps from my future kegerator thru the wall next to her, which will be outside the movie room...

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Old 11-07-2009, 01:44 AM   #23
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I have a 1947 Philco in the patio from my grand parents house, it sits in the morning sun 3 hours a day. It operates for 95 to 108 seconds every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The new Maytag frig runs 70% of the time and told it was normal.
Wattage meter used on the Philco beats the larger new Maytag by 11 times. Non energy star my ass that Maytag will be in the dumps first. I bet you would turn in a clean 56 Ford Pick UP for a brand new Toyota with that clunker law.
Not to offend or attack you just how wrong people are without using a watt meter on old equipment with facts. Done ranting. Oh no taps will be drilled into the Philco.

I think there's something wrong with your new fridge then.
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:49 AM   #24
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Only problem with them old fridges is they are so small. No room for anything that my fat ass likes. Well, some, but not all, AND YOU HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR TO GET TO THE FREEZER!!! ARGH!!! They do look sweet though, like a robot from a '30's cereal. My vote is if you have a fridge already tapped don't drill. If you don't have one tapped drill it unless someone wants to trade you for a brand new fridge that can fit 6 cornies!!!

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Old 11-07-2009, 11:24 AM   #25
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Here's the reason you don't want to drill holes in the fridge.
You will destroy or greatly reduce the value. I'm not advising you out of sentimental or passionate emotion I'm trying to keep you from screwing up. If you need or want a kegerator with taps on the outside sell the thing to someone who will appreciate it and you will make more than enough money to buy a new one and all the equipment you'll need. It's a matter of ecomonics.

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:18 PM   #26
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Here's the reason you don't want to drill holes in the fridge.
You will destroy or greatly reduce the value. It's a matter of ecomonics.
These fridges are truly not that rare, and do not have a substantial value IMO. Just cause someone is offering a "restored" similiar fridge for $3400.00. Doesn't mean my unit is worth diddly. The last thing I want to be in is the vintage appliance business, which is where you need to be to get any real dough out of these things.

Here is a nice 47' GE that is $75. The guy would probably take less??
http://southjersey.craigslist.org/atq/1440519732.html

These things are being shredded at recycling facilities hourly, and to worry about a couple holes?

Two holes through the front could be placed behind an interior shelf. The exterior holes could easily be filled and finished, behind fresh paint, no one would be the wiser.

An initial investigation has revealed that two sanke 1/4's is a nice fit, which leads to the question, step bit, or hole saw.
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:30 PM   #27
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Well excuse me! I thought you were looking for advise or opinions

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Old 11-07-2009, 06:45 PM   #28
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I think there's something wrong with your new fridge then.
Nope had two Sears MayTag repair come out telling me these new smaller compressor refrigerators run a lot longer. Call it star, a star meter spinner
as a contractor friend has the same model. I installed my old electric meter with the same amp hours readings off his unit at the same internal temps.
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:04 PM   #29
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New sears appliances are absolute crap. Just go check out the reviews of their washers and dryers... on their own site, they all have 2 out of 5 stars ratings with 100+ reviews. Also, just because it's a new fridge doesn't mean it's energy star rated... by definition to get that rating, the fridge has to use 20% less electricity than the baseline.

Unfortunately, foreign brands like samsung and LG are putting out much better products now, at the same price points.


As for the OP- hack away. It's not an heirloom, it's an appliance. Cut some holes, clean it up... and then take it to an auto body shop for a wicked paint job!

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:27 AM   #30
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The two biggest reasons the old ones use less power are; first, that they were built with better materials, thicker metal, more insulation, and second, they do not have internal fans built to circulate cold air.
People do spend big bucks on professionally restored old appliances like that because they will outlast anything even in that price range that you would buy new today. That being said, an old unrestored unit could not bring that price. I picked up two of them for free within a day of each other. One is an early forties Frigidaire that has never quit. It's more than sixty years old and the only thing it needs is a new seal.
They were built before "planned obsolescence" and were made to be repaired, so even repairing one is usually cheaper than buying something new.

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