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Old 10-23-2011, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default Vintage GE Kegerator

A couple weeks back, I acquired a 1950's GE refrigerator for $75 off craigslist. Happily, it's in great shape and everything works! I'd like this ol' box to continue working well for years to come, so I'm going to give it some love.

The entire thing is being disassembled to make a full cleaning and repainting easier. The unneeded shelf mounting hardware will be removed. A large amount of the wiring is being replaced. It's getting sanded down to remove any scattered surface rust. Any small dings will be filled with bondo and sanded. The whole thing will be primed and receive a few coats of white Rustolium appliance enamel spraypaint. A new gasket will be added to help seal it. At some point, I'll be adding some black and red accents.

Here are a few before and after deconstruction pics
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Even without cleaning, this thing is in great shape. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to take it apart much, as I didn't want to stress connection on the old cooling lines.




As it turns out, the entire refrigeration system is put together as a separate piece that can be dropped in to the chassis.





The back plate contains the condenser lines and serves as a mount point for the compressor and electronics.




From the top of the compressor runs a copper line to an access panel on the back of the fridge.




After removing some insulation and plates, the evaporator can pass through the hole in the back of the chassis.






Well, that's all I was able to get done this afternoon. Not bad for a first day, though.

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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Nice find.
That's going to be incredible looking....keep the pictures coming.

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Old 10-23-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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Nice choice. Here is a crappy cell phone pic of mine. I have mine on an ebay aquarium temp controller from the DIY forum and it is pretty darn efficient.

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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Another productive day! I was able to get the chassis and refrigeration system separated. Here are the pics...


After all electronics were disconnected, the fridge was laid on it's back. The remaining backplate bolts were removed and the entire chassis was lifted off the refrigeration system.



Chassis sans cooling.


The internal box was detached and lifted out, leaving the insulation and shell.


The box will have all unnecessary posts removed and filled, primed, and repainted. Thinking of doing some sort of 'tough coat' surface on the floor to protect from kegs.


Electronically cooled butter compartment.


The doctor is in.


One side is all sanded. The new orbital sander definitely beats doing it by hand.

I'm also going to be keeping an imgur album with all these photos.
http://imgur.com/a/pcHto.

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Well... I've been trying to keep this up to date, but I have submitted my reply twice now and it doesn't look like the mods are letting it through.
[EDIT] Looks like it posted this time! Woo!

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Great start. Do you plan on replacing the insulation?

I have a Westinghouse from the same era that I want to redo, so I will be following this thread.

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I had considered replacing the insulation, but it appears to all be in good shape, so I think it would be unnecessary.

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this looks like it'll be awesome! thanks for some inspiration!

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It's getting to be that time of the year where sunlight doesn't last me more than an hour or so after I get home from work. I've been making good use of what sunlight I've had by sanding outside. The garage door is pulled down and the vacuum is attached to the sander. I'm trying to do what I can to keep the dust out of where we'll be painting (and my lungs).


Right side and top half of rear finished. 220 grit with a vacuum attached to my orbital sander. Lead paint is not tasty.


Left side sanded. Very few small spots where scrapes had rusted.

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