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Super Cool Coldspot French Door Refrigerator
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Post# 683460   6/10/2013 at 22:48 (3,959 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Post# 683461 , Reply# 1   6/10/2013 at 22:50 (3,959 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Money shot -- there's an ice maker too

Post# 683462 , Reply# 2   6/10/2013 at 22:55 (3,959 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

I loved looking through the Sears book years ago.  That refrigerator is one I have never seen.  Kind of an oddball with the full width top  freezer door hinged on the left. I am glad you archived the photo. Thanks. arthur

Post# 683490 , Reply# 3   6/11/2013 at 06:50 (3,958 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
French Door Coldspot Refrigerator

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We saw quite a few of these over the years but like 99% of Frost Free refs from the 60s they are now long gone.


This series also included a bottom freezer model and a unique three door SXS where the upper left section could be converted from a freezer to a fresh food section and back as storage needs changed.


These refs had a designers name on the door and when you bought one they engraved a little piece of aluminum trim and added the owners name next to the designers name.


These were very well built refs  [ Whirlpool Built ] in their day and one could use one today if you find one in good enough condition. Be prepared for power bill shock if you decide to plug one in at home, this ref would easily use 150-200 KWs per MONTH to operate.


Post# 683554 , Reply# 4   6/11/2013 at 17:04 (3,958 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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That's a beautiful fridge, for once, I can say 'I wish it were closer...,"


I also remember a Coldspot French Door, that could be hinged in the middle, so the doors swung out from the middle. Or they could both open from the left, etc.


I have handles from a Coldspot, that say "Designed by Sundberg Ferrer". They are on a cabinet in my garage.

Post# 683571 , Reply# 5   6/11/2013 at 19:21 (3,958 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Gee, that is nice.

Post# 683572 , Reply# 6   6/11/2013 at 19:27 (3,958 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Are The Bottles of Champagne Included?

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Just asking!

Post# 683576 , Reply# 7   6/11/2013 at 20:30 (3,958 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

We had the bottom freezer french door version of this design. It was called "twindor cupboard". It had french provincial handles and 2 nameplates on the refrig doors. One said "Designed by Sundberg Ferrer" and the other said "designed for _____." You sent it in with your last name and they engraved it on the nameplate to be put on the other refrig door. I LOVED that refrigerator, though it was an energy hog. Had Spacemaster interior and swing out freezer baskets with a HUGE ice bucket. We were the firsr family on our street to have an automatic icemaker. That refrigerator ran for 33 years with only 2 or 3 repairs. I did replace a noisy evaporator fan motor and a cold control. I think Sears replaced the drain trough heater once as well. Same relay, condenser fan, light bulbs,defrost timer and heater and ice maker for all those years. The rotary compressor finally gave out. That's why my screen name is "Coldspot 66"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 683590 , Reply# 8   6/11/2013 at 21:36 (3,958 days old) by A440 ()        

What an awesome Coldspot!
I would love to find one like this!

Post# 683599 , Reply# 9   6/11/2013 at 23:13 (3,958 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
A bottom freezer like this?

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I can't find the image of the three door side by side but I know where three still live and cool here in Reno. The only fridge that gives the Foodarama a run for the money as far as pure hernia producing weight...


Post# 683613 , Reply# 10   6/12/2013 at 00:24 (3,958 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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OMG Andy!  That BF model is absolutely mesmerizing!  I don't care how much it might cost to operate!


Are those casters original equipment?

Post# 683665 , Reply# 11   6/12/2013 at 10:42 (3,957 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Here's The Convertible Version....

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....In a 1969 Sears Coldspot ad with actress Anne Baxter - one of a series of "famous customers" ads, all with the same theme: People who could afford anything chose Sears.

In this photo, Baxter is plotting to replace her fridge with a newer model....;)

Post# 683700 , Reply# 12   6/12/2013 at 16:46 (3,957 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My friend Glenna D. had the bottom freezer version. The cabinet was white, with brown woodgrain panels on the doors. She got it around '66-'67.

Post# 683705 , Reply# 13   6/12/2013 at 18:02 (3,957 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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How do the double doors seal in the middle?  I don't see anything resembling a modern day flipperflopper device on the edge of either door.

Post# 683713 , Reply# 14   6/12/2013 at 20:15 (3,957 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Sundberg Ferar

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Sweet fridge! That's high-fashion. Apparently Sundberg Ferar is still around, too, still doing industrial design:


Post# 685616 , Reply# 15   6/25/2013 at 18:11 (3,944 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan and Palm Springs, CA)        

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Just up the street from us...who knew! Interesting list of class A clients.

Post# 685626 , Reply# 16   6/25/2013 at 19:06 (3,944 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
Were the casters standard equipment?

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LOL! Not on any of those back killing monsters I ever had to move!


Post# 1076125 , Reply# 17   6/7/2020 at 00:38 (1,406 days old) by 52PostnBeam (Los Angeles)        

omg this thread is so old... but I have to comment, that's my beige (or as they called the color, "doe") "Flora fridge" Coldspot by Sundberg-Ferar with the castors, they are not original. I jacked it up in my living room and added them as soon as I brought it home. I was renovating my kitchen with vintage Geneva cabinets and needed to be able to move the fridge around.

It has been running fine for the last 8 years with a few repairs (start/relay/overload, defrost timer, defrost thermostat) but has recently started running too cold, and freezing my food. I set it at the lowest temp but it's still too cold. Tried a couple different thermostats, no luck.

That's what brings me here searching around in old threads. Here she is in a recent pic. I am determined to keep her running, she's in her 53rd year of use, and the best fridge I've ever had.

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Post# 1076128 , Reply# 18   6/7/2020 at 01:02 (1,406 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Welcome Mr. Stickler,


The troubleshooters among us may point to an air flap or something that might be stuck somehow, or blocked by ice, or who knows what.  If the freezer temp isn't dropping too, then it may in fact be something other than the cold control, since trying different ones made no difference.


My mom's '75 Coldspot side-by-side was still running when it was sold in 2008, and all it ever needed was a new condenser fan motor, and later a new relay -- both simple repairs made by me.  I hope you can continue to enjoy your rare, beautiful and well-made refrigerator for years to come.

Post# 1076153 , Reply# 19   6/7/2020 at 04:35 (1,405 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Beautiful 'fridge!

Post# 1076164 , Reply# 20   6/7/2020 at 07:50 (1,405 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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This question is probably best answered here.


Post# 1076277 , Reply# 21   6/7/2020 at 22:40 (1,405 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

My Aunt had the french door version that they purchased when they built their new house in 1966, my parents had bought a GE Americana bottom freezer refrigerator with the Auto Fill Ice tray a year before when we moved. My Aunt liked our refrigerator so much, they decided to buy something similar. I was always impressed with it, because our houses were very colonial at the time and my Aunt's french door Coldspot had barn looking doors with woodgrain on the front and big hinges painted on. I loved the right door because there was a plate that said "Built for Victoria by Sundburg Ferar" I always thought that was cool. She had that refrigerator up until 1982 when the compressor went bad. It was a pretty dependable refrigerator, she had the door gaskets changed a few times, there was no folding mullions on those models, I think the ice maker and evaporator fan motor was changed once. The sides of the refrigerator was coppertone. I found a picture of it, sorry for Ronald McDonald in the picture it was Halloween. LOL

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Post# 1076280 , Reply# 22   6/7/2020 at 23:06 (1,405 days old) by circlew (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My friend Glenna D. had a Coldspot refrigerator of this configuration that they purchased in '66 or '67. The cabinet was white, with a "French Provincial" style woodgrain front.

Post# 1076284 , Reply# 23   6/8/2020 at 00:12 (1,405 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Kenny is right.  I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that you're more likely to get replies if you launch your own thread in the Super forum.

Post# 1091394 , Reply# 24   9/30/2020 at 18:24 (1,290 days old) by Element (Ohio)        

sorry to bump this thread but i saved this one from getting scrapped. I used to work for lowes delivery and a customer paid to have this taken away but i couldn't let that happen so i took her home, can anybody give me some info on it?

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Post# 1091395 , Reply# 25   9/30/2020 at 18:42 (1,290 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I recognize those handles.  Our '75 Coldspot had them, and they were used on models starting a couple of years earlier.  I'm pretty sure that's a repaint.  Turquoise was no longer offered by the time that fridge was produced, and to my knowledge, the grille at the bottom was usually black or silver regardless of the exterior cabinet color.


These fridges were well made, run quietly, and cool well.  I presume it's in proper working order, and if that's the case, it may have a lot more years of life in it that you think.  It's a rare model and was well worth saving.


You might want to launch a new thread, as that's the best way to attract interest.  There are those among the membership who sigh and roll their eyes at revived ancient threads (including myself), but then I have a thing for refrigerators ;-)

Post# 1091396 , Reply# 26   9/30/2020 at 19:09 (1,290 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
Nice 'fridge!

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I'm with Ralph, old refrigerators are a weakness with me, most anything before 1985. Definately a repaint, but looks like they did a nice job.

Post# 1091422 , Reply# 27   9/30/2020 at 21:17 (1,290 days old) by Element (Ohio)        

oh wow thanks for the info, i had no idea it was painted! the back of it is a brown color i assumed it was just made that way (shows what i know), ill make a new thread here soon when i take better pictures

Post# 1091438 , Reply# 28   9/30/2020 at 23:51 (1,290 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
Brown color on the back

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Oh yes -- a "coppertone" shade would have been right in style when that fridge was produced.


I'm looking forward to more pictures!

Post# 1091462 , Reply# 29   10/1/2020 at 07:15 (1,289 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Neat French-Door Top Freezer WP built Coldspot

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These were very good refs in their day, they also sold a FD bottom freezer that was much more popular so these are pretty rare, I only remember working on one or two of these refs.


Back in the day common problems were defrost timers, condenser and evaporator fan motors, stuck start relays and start capacitors on the compressor.


Hopefully it will be easy to fix, all of the parts I mention are still easy to find, if you have trouble I probably have anything you might need. 


Only bad thing about using this ref is the amount of power it uses, figure around 150-190 KWs per month or about 3-4 times as much as a new ref. Good thing is it will keep your kitchen warm in the winter.


John L.

Post# 1091501 , Reply# 30   10/1/2020 at 13:59 (1,289 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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John cited two problems my mom's SxS version of this fridge had over the 33 years it served in her kitchen. 


The evaporator fan in the freezer failed, which I replaced, and the compressor relay also had to be replaced.  Both were easy R&R processes and parts costs were relatively minimal.  The defrost timer motor was sometimes loud enough to hear when the fridge wasn't running, but it never failed.

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