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1964/1965 GE Americana Fridge - St. Jo, MO
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Post# 682951   6/7/2013 at 16:00 (3,974 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Not the most practical thing in the world, but still, very, very cool (no pun intended).  Another one of those, "If I had room" deals.


The ad is a little old so it may not be around any longer as the price isn't that bad...



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Post# 683202 , Reply# 1   6/9/2013 at 11:57 (3,972 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I think these are pretty cool and would add some nice prep space in a smaller kitchen. I just wonder how they held up, as I think I've ever only seen 3.

Post# 683493 , Reply# 2   6/11/2013 at 07:39 (3,970 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
GE Americana Refrigerator

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Looks like his one is heading for the appliance museum here in Beltsville.


Jason I too have only seen a handful of these cool refs. The unusual size kept them from fitting in most existing kitchens and they were short on fresh food space and expensive to buy. I have had one of these in my mountain house for at least 15 years, they are very well built and hold up very well [ They use all the same mechanical components from GEs 34" wide bottom freezer refs produced throughout the 1960s ] and amazingly this ref only uses around 150 KWs per month which while is three times a new 15 cubic FF ref is still not that bad for the time.


And Thank You Ben for posting this John.

Post# 683497 , Reply# 3   6/11/2013 at 08:38 (3,970 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Glad to hear it's heading to Beltsville!  I have absolutely no room here, so I'm always happy to post some of the unusual stuff I run across. Laughing

Post# 685677 , Reply# 4   6/25/2013 at 22:00 (3,955 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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It arrived this evening at about 8PM, our favorite shipper Jackie picked it up at the auction house in Missouri. My roommate Rick and I got it off the truck and rolled it down the ramp and it is safely in the warehouse.


It is in incredible condition, it looks like the entire ref has just been waxed, and there doesn't seem to be any sign that food was ever stored in it. It is great to be able to get one in this condition, I will try to get some pictures posted, Thanks again Ben for alerting AW members to this cool find.


I would recommend Jackie to anyone that wants an appliance moved, SHE makes it happen so you don't keep saying    I Wish It Was Closer.   Her phone # is 206-433-8539

Post# 685803 , Reply# 5   6/26/2013 at 14:47 (3,955 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Yay - that's good news John! I need to have something shipped ASAP, so I'll give her a call.


Post# 885952 , Reply# 6   6/18/2016 at 23:40 (2,866 days old) by Tamara (Golden)        
1964 Americana Refrigerator

I am looking to replace my 1964 Americana, please contact me if you have one for sale.

Any color is fine.


Post# 959900 , Reply# 7   9/30/2017 at 11:09 (2,398 days old) by KR (Kansas)        
GE Americana Breakfront refrigerator

Just a note. We have a cooler/brown GE Americana Breakfront refrigerator for sale, if anyone on here is interested in buying it. $200 It is in good condition, but we had it converted from Gas to electric a few years ago and the compressor currently, needs replaced. I have the name and number of a local handyman who can take care of that, though. The fridge is located in Southeast Kansas and you would need to come here to pick it up. Let me know if anyone is interested or wants more information.

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Post# 960097 , Reply# 8   10/1/2017 at 19:33 (2,397 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
WOW KR, you had one of the rare gas models, LOL

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These were never made in gas fired models, it sounds like you may have had it recharged with refrigerant and you may have had it converted from R-12 to a newer refrigerant gas.


Warning to anyone that is going to buy or move one of these refs that it is closer to 400 pounds in weight that 150.


John L.

Post# 961029 , Reply# 9   10/6/2017 at 22:49 (2,391 days old) by KR (Kansas)        
Whoops ! John L., You are right !

John L., you are probably correct on both counts. I found the written description online with the weight information, but it is REALLY heavy. I am sure you are right about it being closer to 400 pounds. Sorry about that. Also, when I had the refrigerator converted, the way I remember my handyman explaining it to me was that he converted it from Gas to electric. I called him recently and he did mention that it used R12 gas. The new compressor he installed was not the same kind of compressor that originally came with the unit, but I must have misunderstood about the conversion from gas to electric. Thank you for pointing this out. I appreciate that. I do not want to misrepresent the facts. Unfortunately it sounds as though, that is exactly what I did, unknowingly. As I mentioned, I have the repairman's name and number, so anyone interested in the fridge, can call and talk to him themselves. He will do a much better job than I can, explaining what he did. He knows exactly what compressor he installed and says he can put a new one on there, if someone wants him to. It might cost around $200-$300, including parts and labor. Thanks again, and sorry for the misinformation I posted.

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