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Old 09-14-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default I've got what appears to be a 1928 Frigidaire AP-5...what should I do with it?

I couldn't get a decent picture with my phone. The room in the basement it is in has no lights and my flash stinks.

Here is the best pic I could get:


The rust was just on the surface of the enamel and I was able to rub it off with a little spit on my finger.

Here is a better pic of the same fridge (other than the color):


Best I can tell is it is a 1928 Frigidaire AP-5 and fully restored is worth a lot of money according to this site: http://www.antiqueappliances.com/pro...idaire_ap5.htm

This one is obviously not worth that much as it has been sitting in our basement for lord knows how long. We've been here for 3 and a half years and it was down there when we bought the place.

It would make one sweet looking kegerator if it still works but I'd had to drill a hole through the door of a fridge potentially worth thousands.

Anyone ever have a similar situation? Any thoughts/ideas?


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Old 09-14-2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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Maybe see what its worth, sell it, and use the proceeds to buy a kegerator?

Its a cool looking fridge - I love vintage appliances!


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Don't drill the door for the love of God !!! Maybe make up a fancy wood inside the door, door that has taps through it ?? Can you imagine what I'm thinking ??
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Don't drill the door for the love of God !!! Maybe make up a fancy wood inside the door, door that has taps through it ?? Can you imagine what I'm thinking ??
Not really, unless you're trying to say make a new door out of wood?
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Not really, unless you're trying to say make a new door out of wood?
Don't do anything at all to it just yet. I might be interested in buying it and I am near where you live. Does it run?
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I'm imagining you open the door to see a false wood wall 6" inside with taps built through it.. It might be a PIA to swap kegs, but you wouldn't damage the fridge !!
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Don't do anything at all to it just yet. I might be interested in buying it and I am near where you live. Does it run?
I just plugged it in real quick and nothing kicked on. Not sure how long I should have waited but there wasn't instant feedback and I gotta run to work. When I get home tonight I'll plug it in and let it sit for a while to see if anything starts running.
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Antique refrigerators like that are too rare and too cool to cut up for a kegerator. If you really want to use it for homebrewing just hook it up to a johnson controller and use it as a fermentation fridge. But DON'T drill up the doors!

Oh and a word on value for an unrestored, non-working fridge like that...200-300 tops. You've got to realize that the fully restored prices you're seeing on that website you referenced include A LOT of investment in parts and labor to get them back to their former glory. They aren't worth much unrestored.
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Antique refrigerators like that are too rare and too cool to cut up for a kegerator. If you really want to use it for homebrewing just hook it up to a johnson controller and use it as a fermentation fridge. But DON'T drill up the doors!

Oh and a word on value for an unrestored, non-working fridge like that...200-300 tops. You've got to realize that the fully restored prices you're seeing on that website you referenced include A LOT of investment in parts and labor to get them back to their former glory. They aren't worth much unrestored.
Thanks for the info. That's crazy that restored they could be worth up ~20x more than unrestored. Wonder how much it would take me to get it up and running smoothly. All of the pieces, at least the exterior, are in great shape. It would only take a little elbow grease to polish them up all nice and shiny.
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I'm imagining you open the door to see a false wood wall 6" inside with taps built through it.. It might be a PIA to swap kegs, but you wouldn't damage the fridge !!
I see what you're saying now. I don't think there would be enough room on the inside for that to work. It would be pretty cool, though.


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