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Old 09-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #141
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The old power supply was a white two prong cord. We replaced this with a three prong adding the ground.

The black and white power supply was added and green ground went the the body.

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The old brown wire was the original thermostat. We bypassed this because we used a digital Johnson thermostat.

The opposite end of the compressor wire was then attached as seen above.

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Old 09-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #142
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The relay and new wiring was then put back into place finishing this off.

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Old 09-26-2013, 11:27 PM   #143
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After plugging it in for the first time in 6 years, it took about 24 hours to get to a comfortable resting temp of 40°. The Kelvinator now has two fresh brews crashing and carbonating. I can not wait to pull the first draw off this beast!

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:37 AM   #144
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That thing is amazing! Just read through the whole thread...really impressed with how much work you put into it. Any idea of your total hours? Total dollars?

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I have no idea. Bought this back in 2008. Never got the courage to tackle this project until 2011. But as soon as I started pulling it apart, I realized I was getting into something a lot bigger than initially planned.

Man hours would be difficult to compute. My best answer to that would be, "who cares? I am finally done!" Ha ha ha....

Total cost: roughly $2,000 (minus man hours).

Two different appraisals were given for its current worth. The first one was from an antique appliance dealer for $7,500. The second was from a local collector for $10,000. I asked him why his was so much higher and he said that they probably didn't account for a simple little original seal tag (that I never noticed) that shows the compressor lines have never been removed.

I doubt it is worth that much more just because of an original seal. I would guess that the first appraisal would be more realistic.

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It's apparent to me that you built this just for you, 100% custom. Hard to put a price on that. After so many hours and years, even $10k would make it hard to part.




But if I showed up at your door tomorrow with $10k cash and a bunch of homebrew, could I take it home with me?

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Old 09-28-2013, 06:23 AM   #147
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Possibly, but probably not. It would most definitely depend on how it all went down.

Sober: forget it...

A keg of your beer later and ten K sitting on the dining room table, I can not guarantee my actions at that point. Lol

But I still think it would be hard to ever let this one go! You could always come visit Fayetteville and give it a good college try though!!

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:39 AM   #148
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I was just given one of these exact same Kelvinator freezers this weekend. I took it off the hands of someone with the intention of using it as a lagering chamber to keep it out of the scrap yard. I love the look of this freezer and its the perfect size. Perhaps someday down the road, it might become a Kegerator.

I wanted to thank you for your very detailed posts. It will be very helpful!

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