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1956 Frigidaire Imperial Cold-Pantry
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Post# 704883   9/23/2013 at 13:35 (1,249 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

Hi, I'm looking to find anyone, just as lucky as me, that own a cp or pcp 143-56 or it's sister the cp 120-56. There has to be some of them out there as I have found in searching that they are quite rare. Any help would be wonderful!

Post# 704887 , Reply# 1   9/23/2013 at 14:10 (1,249 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I don't own one but these are great-looking fridges! Post some pictures of it if you can!

Post# 704931 , Reply# 2   9/23/2013 at 16:40 (1,249 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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A guy down the road from me had one sitting on his trailer full of scrap most of the summer. It's gone now.

Post# 705668 , Reply# 3   9/27/2013 at 11:56 (1,245 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        
CP 143-56

I have a CP 143-56, they are a truly magnificent fridge, from the full porcelain exterior with just the right amount of brightwork bling, to the anodized pink interior! Mine is a nice running fridge, which made its way to me via Ted's wonderful collection. I'm glad that we have another here, would love to see pics, and I will post some shortly...

Post# 705799 , Reply# 4   9/27/2013 at 21:38 (1,244 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

My Imperial Cold Pantry, in her magnificent porcelain finish!

Post# 705800 , Reply# 5   9/27/2013 at 21:39 (1,244 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

And the beautiful pink interior!

Post# 705854 , Reply# 6   9/28/2013 at 04:34 (1,244 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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That's a beauty!

 Seeing your Rival ice crusher beside it reminds me that my friend who borrowed mine months ago didn't bring it back to me! 

Post# 705860 , Reply# 7   9/28/2013 at 06:09 (1,244 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

That Frigidaire Cold Pantry fridge looks like the one the "Rutherfords" had in "Leave It To Beaver"!Neat looking box!The ones today are just that--plain looking boxes.

Post# 705952 , Reply# 8   9/28/2013 at 16:29 (1,244 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Looking at these photos reminds me of having to clean those old Frigidaires for resale. A ton on them came in and almost all of them worked just fine. Some of them were absolutely filthy. Those aluminum shelves would get full of gook underneath and were a "B" to clean. The slides on the walls were awful too, and if they had that door hydrator and it was filthy too it was the worst. I remember a couple of them that were so dirty and stinky I helped them make the scrap guy's truck by punching a hole in the freezer evaporator. I was a mean little kid, or in today's lingo, "me bad."

Post# 705968 , Reply# 9   9/28/2013 at 17:45 (1,244 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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How is the defrosting routine on these bottom freezer models when compared to that of the GE Combinations?

Post# 732410 , Reply# 10   2/2/2014 at 00:17 (1,117 days old) by beezus9 (Portland)        

I have a gorgeous CP-120-56. Sadly it just stopped cooling. Could be the starter, but I think it's the compressor, as it was making "struggling" sounds for several months before it conked. So I'm searching online for parts. Any help would be very much appreciated!

Photo is my fridge. YouTube link is my model in a vintage commercial!


Post# 732437 , Reply# 11   2/2/2014 at 08:13 (1,117 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Love that commercial

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And that fridge...

Love the Produce Center in the door. To have appliances like that again.

That must have been filmed somewhere on the east coast. The Stangl "Thistle" pattern Cassarole was made in Fleminton, N.J.

My Mom had that pattern

Post# 732518 , Reply# 12   2/2/2014 at 16:54 (1,117 days old) by statenislandgwm (Staten Island NY)        
Kelly Garrett....

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had that same refrigerator in yellow on Charlie's Angel's

Post# 732521 , Reply# 13   2/2/2014 at 17:17 (1,117 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Do you know if your fridge was already repaired/restored in the past?

I'm assuming it still has it's original sealed refrigerating system but it's good to know something about it before you have any service done to it.

If your rotary compressor is dead, it could be converted to a different compressor but that requires some time and modifications. I think you'd need to have a tech check it first to know exactly what caused the failure and to see if it stil holds it's charge of refrigerant. In any case, be prepared to face costly repairs. Be sure to find someone who knows what he's dealing with... Repairing old appliances can be a bit like sending your pet to the veterinarian. A $15 cat can cost $1500 in surgery if you're willing to spend that money on it and you know it's not going to survive forever after...

Post# 732563 , Reply# 14   2/2/2014 at 20:47 (1,116 days old) by whirlaway (hampton va)        
Does anything Capacitor start?

Does your compressor have capacitor start,they usually start to get weak and then go dead.Very seldom do they just stop working,like you say it sounded like it was strugelling.My washer did that,replaced the starting cap on it and it took right off. Good luck!!!!!

Post# 734899 , Reply# 15   2/13/2014 at 01:28 (1,106 days old) by beezus9 (Portland)        


That was clever of you, figuring out my name. Good detective work.

The couple that owned it before me had a tech look into restoring it to current technology, but he talked them out of it, saying they didn't need to fix something that was working. I suspect he opened it and looked around, so my best guess is that it's no longer just as it came from the factory, but pretty darn close.

Thank you for all the good info, and for posting the A to Zero PDF in another thread. Very informative!

The hunt is on for the right person to fix my glorious fridge. I know it will take time and $$ But it will be worth it.


Post# 734952 , Reply# 16   2/13/2014 at 10:56 (1,106 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
there was a 143

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for sale here about a year ago, very clean and it had been mechanically restored too, for $125... wish now that I'd snagged it! I don't think it sold but the CL ad disappeared. I love the anodized racks and trim in these.

Post# 735410 , Reply# 17   2/15/2014 at 11:14 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

Finally I have gotten around to some pictures. I bought it restored yet had to replace the "new" compressor after 2 years. I had a commercial refrigeration company do the work and they did an outstanding job. Very happy with my Cold Pantry!
And in response to defrosting, the new thermostat is a constant cut-in approximately 38 degrees, so the frost on the vertical Refrig-O-Plate melts off and runs into an electrically heated drain to the base. There is no set time, it defrosts when it is off.
Hope you like!

Post# 735413 , Reply# 18   2/15/2014 at 11:24 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

another shot

Post# 735414 , Reply# 19   2/15/2014 at 11:27 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

a rare piece

Post# 735415 , Reply# 20   2/15/2014 at 11:32 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        


Post# 735418 , Reply# 21   2/15/2014 at 11:38 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

an inside view

Post# 735420 , Reply# 22   2/15/2014 at 11:41 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

and a few of my other children!

Post# 735421 , Reply# 23   2/15/2014 at 11:43 (1,104 days old) by trice4440 (saint louis, missouri)        

and a few of my other children!

Post# 735423 , Reply# 24   2/15/2014 at 11:53 (1,104 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Your kitchen is awesome!

Post# 909395 , Reply# 25   12/2/2016 at 18:07 by Tlbrown (377 Oxmoor Dr Elizabethtown Ky 42701)        
Fridgedaire Imperial Cold Pantry

I purchased one ythis weekend would like to restore or sell

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Post# 909398 , Reply# 26   12/2/2016 at 19:15 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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you should restore it.

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