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Post# 852372   11/17/2015 at 21:52 (432 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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No price indicated - ad is 28 days old.

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Post# 852376 , Reply# 1   11/17/2015 at 22:23 (432 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Someone needs to save that Timeline washer!!!!

Post# 852424 , Reply# 2   11/18/2015 at 06:26 (431 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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WHOA! I missed this ad on my Northeastern patrol of craigslist. I'll be making contact for sure! Hope they don't want to sell as a set only.

I think my washer collection has become too Whirlpool-heavy and needs some diversity!! LOL

Post# 852426 , Reply# 3   11/18/2015 at 06:32 (431 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Todd would probably love this

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Well at least the washer, but the logistics could be a nightmare. However you never know.. some sellers are motivated enough to work things out.

Post# 852427 , Reply# 4   11/18/2015 at 06:35 (431 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Let me know what you hear about the location... I am interested in the fridge and had contacted them a while back, but it (and the washer) were located in a basement with challenging access... but perhaps they have extricated them which would make it worth the drive for me to grab the fridge!

Post# 852428 , Reply# 5   11/18/2015 at 06:43 (431 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Will do, Jeff! Phil (PhilR) and I have had to do minor home renovations on some of our rescue missions. If the refrigerator doors come off, though, that would definitely help getting it out of a basement.

Post# 852576 , Reply# 6   11/18/2015 at 21:50 (431 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
That Fridge!

Would be perfect in my kitchen, LOL

Post# 913360 , Reply# 7   12/31/2016 at 18:34 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
I am the proud owner of that Frig

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Hi all, I am new here, but that very frig is now my own as of today :-) My husband and son very kindly struggled to get that out of the basement! The owner told me about the gentleman in this thread who drove down from Canada for the washer!

I am looking for a repairman's manual for it--if anyone can point me in the right direction. Can anyone point me in the direction of anyone who owns one of these and can trade tips with me? For instance I looked down underneath by the compressor and wasn't sure if there was supposed to be insulation down in there because I saw some remnants of insulation.

After I test it to see it's working properly, planning to have it painted on the outside--red---to go with my butter yellow sink from the 30's or 40's and my 1943BZ Yellow Chambers Stove.

I have a 1953 GE double door refrigerator and I have a repairman's manual for it, that I would be happy to scan and send to anyone interested

Thank you!

Post# 913470 , Reply# 8   1/1/2017 at 11:54 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I am glad to hear the Norge fridge found a good home and you didn't get hurt getting it out of the basement!  Have fun with your new toy!! 

I' ll tell '8 of 56' that its former roomate has a new home, too.  LOL 

Post# 913604 , Reply# 9   1/2/2017 at 10:45 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
Thank you!

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Hi there!
Thank you so much! Now that I have it home, I am seeing the issues that run deeper than a door gasket and a paint job.
These frigs do not seem to be plentiful, thus obscure parts like broken shelf pins are going to take some ingenuity on my part to replace!

I was fortunate enough to find repair manuals for Norge frigs up to 1948, hopeful that at the least it will give me some guidance.

The owner said you sent her a video of the washer sent to music? If you still have that, you could pm me @

Thanks so much!

Post# 913744 , Reply# 10   1/3/2017 at 08:22 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        

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Hi Folks,
I'm needing 4 shelf support posts for a Norge Refrigerator. I think it's a 58 or 59 and it's a Norge Customiser.
The photos are of the shelf support in the frig, and the broken part on my counter, and then the broken piece inside the frig that I have no clue how to get it out, so any suggestions about that would be awesome. I'm feeling fairly positive that potentially I could use a different brand shelf support. These shelves slide in and out.
Thanks to each and all for your help!

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Post# 913773 , Reply# 11   1/3/2017 at 11:47 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Good Luck with those.

Personally I think it's time to get creative. : )

Norge Video ala Music

Post# 913783 , Reply# 12   1/3/2017 at 13:44 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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I agree with you. I have 2 people on standby who will machine these out of aluminum for me if we can figure out how they attach to the frig and come up with something viable for that.
It's been suggested to me to 1) tap them out with a very fine nail 2) use a screw extractor to get them out, 3) use a hair dryer and some WD40 to coax them out.
The issue being they're all cracked so the minute you put a pliers on them to get them out, they crumble....

Ideas invited!

Post# 913786 , Reply# 13   1/3/2017 at 14:09 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Not sure about those, but refrigerators from the 60's used a shelf support that you turned clockwise to remove from the liner.

Post# 913790 , Reply# 14   1/3/2017 at 15:01 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Second what Kenny said. That support pin looks like the type that has a stiff wire at the bottom. It binds against the outer surface of the liner to make it tight when installed in hole and then turned. Turn back 90 degrees and they come right out.

Post# 913810 , Reply# 15   1/3/2017 at 17:08 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Thanks Goatfarmer & Ken!

Now I feel stupid. I turned it counter clockwise. Partly because there is some sort of metal shield behind the left and right side top supports so you couldn't turn it clockwise without taking that shield off first. So I used logic and said, no way are you supposed to turn it in clockwise direction. Now we all know some people practice faulty logic hmmmm :-)
I know, I picture would help :-) I will post one tomorrow when it's not raining, frig is stowed in a trailer.

So are you saying it's clockwise on both sides, left and right?
Or is it clockwise on one side and counter clockwise on the other?

Many Thanks!

PS I dated this from a newspaper ad I found online. Model CTS 138, 1960

Post# 913812 , Reply# 16   1/3/2017 at 17:21 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Here are some pics and links that will give you an idea of what Kenny and I were referring to. After you get them removed compare to replacements available online. You just might find a replacement that will work for you.

From second link below:

There are 2 common types of systems used to retain shelf support pegs. One has a center plastic plunger that when inserted causes barbs on the support's base to expand and lock the peg into place.

This type can often be identified by looking for evidence of a (now filled) center hollow. To remove these the center plunger has to be pushed right through the support peg using an awl or similar tool, to release the barbs.

To remove these the center plunger has to be pushed right through the support peg using an awl or similar tool, to release the barbs.

The other common type is twisted into place. To remove these, the very base of the peg needs to be grasped with a pair of pliers and twisted. Blunt nosed pliers work best for this when held perpendicular to the refrigerator interior's surface.

Once grasped firmly, the peg needs to be rotated clockwise 90° to release the support peg's retaining wires. After this is done, the peg should be loose and able to be maneuvered. The loose support may have to be manipulated slightly to align the retaining wires through the 'keyhole' slot it's mounted in. Once this is done, the old support can be removed.

To install the replacement, insert the new part in the 'keyhole' shaped hole and again holding the base securely, rotate the peg 90° clockwise. It should now be tightly held in place. post was last edited: 1/3/2017-17:55]


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Post# 913813 , Reply# 17   1/3/2017 at 17:26 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Both sides should be clockwise.

Post# 913817 , Reply# 18   1/3/2017 at 17:46 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Wow Ken and Goatfarmer, Again, THANKS!

With a prayer or many prayers, some WD 40, and a hair dryer I'm going to go out tomorrow with the right tool and will attempt to extract one the right No faulty logic excuses. And I'll have to remove that metal shield in the back first.

So mine definitely has that little "filled" center hole described. Does that mean that I just push that through, presto chango alakazoo it just goes into never never land inside the frig, is this cool?

Looking at the pics that Ken sent me, I'm thinking that maybe just maybe with a dremel tool, one of those could be cobbed to work.

On the Appliance Aid website it looks most like the one in the very bottom right corner.

Wish me luck! I know my husband thinks I'm totally nuts. That's okay. When his dinners start coming out of that frig he's going to change his mind


Post# 913819 , Reply# 19   1/3/2017 at 17:54 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Well if yours is the type that used the push pin that expands tabs on the back then I would surmise you would follow the directions in the link and push the pin in so the support can be removed.

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Post# 913820 , Reply# 20   1/3/2017 at 17:56 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Thanks Ken, like that logic :-) Going to go for it tomorrow!

Thank you again very much


Post# 913821 , Reply# 21   1/3/2017 at 18:13 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Your pic #3 shows one out of the fridge. Did you remove or was it already broken off and laying inside fridge when you got it? The fact it looks to be sitting flat would lead me to believe it doesn't have the tabs on the back?

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Post# 913823 , Reply# 22   1/3/2017 at 18:18 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I doubt those are push pin type.

Post# 913825 , Reply# 23   1/3/2017 at 18:28 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I was wondering how the push pin type could hold much weight? The twist type was very common in that era. I'm not familiar enough with them to know when the push pin type started being used.

Post# 913876 , Reply# 24   1/4/2017 at 01:49 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Would like to see the Norge Timeline WITHOUT music--its sounds are music to me-Mom had one of these!Liked watching it as a kid.The video did bring back memories from the depths of time!

Post# 913898 , Reply# 25   1/4/2017 at 07:23 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Check my YouTube channel -I did a video of the Norge washer sans commentary and soundtrack!


Post# 913911 , Reply# 26   1/4/2017 at 10:48 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Hi Ken! (and everyone)

Picture # 3= a piece of it was broken off. I put pliers on it and gently turned it counter clockwise. It turned, there was a dreadful crunch and it resulted in picture #4...what remains in the refrigerator wall.

Now I've attached some photos of the shelf and how it sits in that support
Photo one is of the shelf (pardon the counter clutter)
Photo two is the taped together support sitting on the shelf, as it sits in the frig
Photo tree is another angle of the same
Photo 4 is a so you can see where the pin parted ways with whats left in the frig wall.

If you enlarge photo one and read what it says on the frig "we have so much to be thankful for", that's how I feel about all the help you've given and the interest you've taken. THANKS SO MUCH!

PS is there a way to set something up on this forum that sends me an email or notification when there's a new post in a thread? Thanks!

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Post# 913924 , Reply# 27   1/4/2017 at 11:55 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Did you try removing what's left in the fridge wall? Can you get ahold of that with a plier and turn clockwise? We don't have the ability to subscribe to a particular thread to alert/notify when a new reply has been posted. Would be nice if that were possible. You'll have to make periodic checks on your thread to look for any new replies.

Post# 913954 , Reply# 28   1/4/2017 at 15:16 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Hello Ken!
So the inside of that frig is enamel. There isn't enough sticking out for me to grab and turn, neither is there enough room around the post to stick in a needle nose pliers and turn, unless it would be like a jeweler's size pliers? I'm worried about chipping the enamel. I'm wondering if I had a narrow dremel tool and could sort of shave away at the edge to enlarge the hole, then grab it and turn.
Going to ask my electrician son if he's got any tools that might work, but that is a great idea...

After I get it out, then I need to figure out replacements...aaagh.

Post# 913955 , Reply# 29   1/4/2017 at 15:25 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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It would be good if you could retrieve the piece rather than losing it inside as that would confirm what locking style it is. Then you would know what you're working with as to what is needed or would work for replacement.

Post# 913956 , Reply# 30   1/4/2017 at 15:40 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Hi Ken,
I am going to try, as that was my thought from the outset. Going to take goat farmer's advice about which direction to turn it in. Hopeful I may be able to retrieve on of the others, intact. Will take photos and post when I have them,
and, THANK YOU again!!
Today was the day to go and do it, it was 50 degrees outside, but I didn't have 2 seconds to spare. Stay tuned!

Post# 913979 , Reply# 31   1/4/2017 at 18:02 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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If there is one of those broken near the front, would you be comfortable with taking off the plastic trim piece, that goes between the liner, and the cabinet? You might be able to retrieve a broken piece that way.

 However, that vintage plastic trim may also be fragile, and cause more problems than you solve.

Post# 913984 , Reply# 32   1/4/2017 at 18:16 by clutter-bug (Connecticut)        
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Hi Goatfarmer
Yes I would, except they're in the back. Bummer right?
Hoping to back off of my anxiety and approach this with a solid plan. Going to try and get one of the other ones off, turning it clockwise as you advised.
As Ken said if I can get one out intact, it will solve the mystery as to what type of pin it is, and what type of shelf support maybe I can cut with a tool to make it work.
Thanks to you too for all your help!

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