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Old 04-15-2007, 09:31 PM   #1
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I have an old Philco Ford freezer and I am going to convert it to a kegerator. The freezer lines are incorporated into the racks inside and the line runs out the back. There is a large wire manifold on the back. I don't want to assume that the sides are just filled with insulation. Is there anyone who knows where I should drill my holes for the air lines and probe safely?
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:16 PM   #2
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Most freezerator owners do not drill, but instead build a collar between the lid and freezer. You can then drill your holes through that without guessing on coolant lines.

 
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:31 PM   #3
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Sorry, This is an upright model so I don't know how practical that would be. Is there a way to find the coolant lines
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:33 PM   #4
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I think there's a trick with corn starch, but I've never had to do it myself... let me go search...

EDIT: See if this helps...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com//showthread.php?t=19762
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:47 PM   #5
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I *think* that on an old unit like that there are no internal lines, just the ones you describe.

On units like that there is a rack on the back inside and one on the back outside. Those *should* be it.

I don't know your particular unit, so take this advice with a grain of salt.




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Old 04-16-2007, 01:41 AM   #6
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You could always drills from the inside and make a very shallow hole, then remove the insulation and use a flashlight to determine if you are near any coils. I drilled a 3/8" hole in mine and found the coil lines and then just drilled a pilot and finished up from the outside.

 
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:40 AM   #7
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Thanks for the heads up.... huh, huh....you said old unit

I am pretty sure that the lines run in the back only. I will have to post a picture
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If the cooling coils are integrated into the shelves, there's nothing in the walls. At least there weren't in mine.
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You could always drills from the inside and make a very shallow hole, then remove the insulation and use a flashlight to determine if you are near any coils. I drilled a 3/8" hole in mine and found the coil lines and then just drilled a pilot and finished up from the outside.
Yup, that's how i've done it, too.
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Old 04-16-2007, 01:42 PM   #10
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Thread hijack (or tangential diversion, anyway). I have a similar old upright freezer with coolant lines built into the shelves...how do you (or did you, for those who have been through this) move or remove shelves to fit cornies or carboys in the freezer?
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