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Post# 694409   8/5/2013 at 13:54 (3,915 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Now that I have the GE range, an early 806 pair, and a KDS-55 KitchenAid dishwasher, there's only one vintage majors search remaining:

A fridge.

What I have in mind is an Amana like the Almond one shown below, but in White. This is the "Mary Tyler Moore" Amana, seen on the set of Mary Richards' second apartment - the high-rise one in Minneapolis's Cedar Square West. Mary's was Coppertone.

If anyone sees one of these in or pretty darn near Iowa, I'd love to hear about it. Units in California, Texas, upstate New York or Hawaii, etc., are just not going to be doable.

And now, here's the pic. How 1970s can you get?:

Post# 694412 , Reply# 1   8/5/2013 at 14:06 (3,915 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Since this is just the beginning of a search, and since I'm not as determined this time as I was on a range (other makes/models could be okay), I'd be interested to hear from anyone who knows about the reliability, repair-ability, quirks and issues of these Amana units.


Post# 694433 , Reply# 2   8/5/2013 at 16:03 (3,915 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Sandy, I see those quite regularly. Most of them work well, one might need a defrost element, but pretty reliable.

Post# 694466 , Reply# 3   8/5/2013 at 18:05 (3,915 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Is it one of these?

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Post# 694468 , Reply# 4   8/5/2013 at 18:16 (3,915 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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That's the fridge my parents had growing up.  That fridge lasted about 35yrs or so before giving up the ghost.  It was a real workhorse.  Ours had the door handles on the right side.

Post# 694475 , Reply# 5   8/5/2013 at 18:41 (3,915 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Sandy -

My folks bought an Amana regrig. that looked exactly like that, also in Almond, delivered new in January 1983. They must have made those handles for years!

I was just describing these to Kevin the other day as for some moronic reason more than a few times I got my fingers pinched between the two handles while closing one door and opening the other.

Ours lasted us from early 1983 until mid 1999 when my Mom bought a Kitchen Aide refrig and donated the Amana to charity. It might still be humming along for all I know.


Post# 694477 , Reply# 6   8/5/2013 at 18:47 (3,915 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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The one in Lima looks like the one ya need.

Post# 694481 , Reply# 7   8/5/2013 at 19:09 (3,915 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Thanks, Guys, AND....

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First of all, thanks to those who have confirmed that this is one of the more reliable fridges. That is something important to me, especially if I will be taking on a box that is 35 or so years old.

AND - As always happens in the search/research loop, something interesting has emerged from comparing photos. The fridge I posted has a full-width garnish molding extending all the way across the door from the handle, whereas the Lima fridge does not have this styling feature.

What this has me wondering is if this was a model-year difference, or a way to differentiate a higher-end model from a lower-end one?

We shall see....

P.S., Phil: How the hell do you find so much great stuff on Atlanta CL? When I lived there, it was a vast wasteland. Lucky you!

Post# 694483 , Reply# 8   8/5/2013 at 19:13 (3,915 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Sandy, they have the same handles, the Lima fridge doesn't have the trim piece that your picture has.

Post# 694498 , Reply# 9   8/5/2013 at 20:03 (3,915 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I misspoke - I meant a trim piece, but that wasn't what I said, was it?

I've edited the post to reflect that.

Do you have any idea what the trim piece meant? Model year or model series? It's not critical, of course, but I find these tidbits interesting.

Post# 694507 , Reply# 10   8/5/2013 at 20:29 (3,914 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

ovrphil's profile picture's very much hit or miss here, Sandy...but unfortunately, misses are more true ...glad you found your stove and the frig is last thing - are you open to other Amana years or does it have to be that model(whatever it is)?

Post# 694575 , Reply# 11   8/6/2013 at 04:50 (3,914 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
It's The Styling, Phil:

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What I'm looking for is an Amana with the handle styling shown above. I just always liked it. Amana made it for quite a while, so there's a number of years to choose from, I think.

Post# 694637 , Reply# 12   8/6/2013 at 12:21 (3,914 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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10-4! I mean , Ok. :-)

Post# 694684 , Reply# 13   8/6/2013 at 14:26 (3,914 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Sorry, I don't know what that piece differentiates.

Post# 694751 , Reply# 14   8/6/2013 at 18:03 (3,914 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
Now that you have a stove.....

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FREE in Des Moines. Can't tell if it has a light.



CLICK HERE TO GO TO goatfarmer's LINK on Des Moines Craigslist

Post# 694760 , Reply# 15   8/6/2013 at 18:45 (3,914 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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That's a Hotpoint that was loosely based on the architecture of the GE J757, which in turn was based on the Americana. The stamping of the cooktop is very different, and the light panel (below the control panel) has been eliminated in favor of a plain metal panel.

Even for free, it's not a really desirable range for me - no light, black glass on the oven door (HATE black glass), and less glamour than I'd like.

Here's what this was based on:

Post# 694960 , Reply# 16   8/7/2013 at 17:13 (3,913 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
2nd Round - Calling Danemodsandy

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Would either of these be closer to what you were looking for? I don't see the chrome strip on the first three here, Sandy, but the 4th one LOOKS GOOD! (sorry, no interior shots)'s in the Rochester, MN area. Hope it's the right one.



3) (similar to above unit)

3) (BINGO? )

Post# 694964 , Reply# 17   8/7/2013 at 17:26 (3,913 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Thanks, Phil!

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I'm doing some followup on all three of the Midwest units.

The one on Gulfport CL is pretty far away, plus anything that age from that Gulf area of Mississippi can be considered to have rust issues, almost guaranteed, by this time.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Post# 694965 , Reply# 18   8/7/2013 at 17:39 (3,913 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Wait - another Amana in Ft. Wayne : $135

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Your welcome, here's another to check out.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ovrphil's LINK on Fortwayne Craigslist

Post# 694969 , Reply# 19   8/7/2013 at 18:06 (3,913 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Great Info:

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The pics on the Ft. Wayne CL ad are nice and clear, and I'm able to tell some things from them by blowing them up.

I can see an icemaker port cap on the rear wall of the freezer compartment, which might mean that a water valve is present.

I can also see that this fridge is not any different inside than other Amanas I've seen, but it DOES have that extra trim strip on the doors. I'm thinking that probably means the strip was a model-year styling feature, not a model series trim.

Hey, thanks!

Post# 694983 , Reply# 20   8/7/2013 at 18:48 (3,913 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Wyoming, MI - refrigerator cheap

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I don't think you're interested in green.......but for what it's worth - in case anyone else is interested, too?
goodness! those interior shots are so revealing - lol!

Ok, search retired.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ovrphil's LINK on Grandrapids Craigslist

Post# 694988 , Reply# 21   8/7/2013 at 19:02 (3,913 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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A couple of things are notable here.

One, that's the third variation of the door-edge trim strip I've seen - I now have seen it in black, in woodgrain and now in chrome. Interesting.

Two, that's Dirty Diaper Gold, a.k.a. Harvest, not green (Avocado). All I will say about these two colors is that the '60s and '70s weren't all good.

Post# 695003 , Reply# 22   8/7/2013 at 20:04 (3,912 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
dirty diaper gold...

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that's rich! Actually I kind of like Harvest Gold, but absolutely despised my folks' complete Avocado GE kitchen, fridge, d/w, wall oven and cooktop, circa 1968, complete with matching Armstrong Avocado brick floor. Gaaak!

So would one be correct in assuming that Amana fridges were still built in Iowa at that time? Last that I knew the W/P bottom freezer models still were made there. BTW for those who haven't been, the Amana Colonies not too far W of Iowa City are well worth a visit.

Post# 695008 , Reply# 23   8/7/2013 at 20:30 (3,912 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Not Only....

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....Were Amana products still built in Iowa then, they still had Barbara Hale as a celebrity spokesperson.

"Remember - if it doesn't say Amana, it's not a Radarange."

Post# 695158 , Reply# 24   8/8/2013 at 15:20 (3,912 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My neighbors the Wilson's had an Amana with that style handle and a burled woodgrain trim strip. It was purchased when they moved into the house in '86.

It was still working, but making a rattling noise when they got a new fridge last fall. It had a factory installed icemaker, I think.

Post# 695165 , Reply# 25   8/8/2013 at 15:45 (3,912 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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 I love the one in Grand Rapids!  But it ain't sellin' for $200.00 in a used appliance store....

Post# 695350 , Reply# 26   8/9/2013 at 12:26 (3,911 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Goatfarmer -exactly, $200 and a reason why you wouldn't buy it at that price.

Sandy - you sure have a way with words - dirty diaper gold. At least it wasn't dirty mustard yellow.

Post# 695625 , Reply# 27   8/10/2013 at 15:52 (3,910 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
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but this is an Amana, in Racine WI. area.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO goatfarmer's LINK on Racine Craigslist

Post# 701088 , Reply# 28   9/4/2013 at 09:46 (3,885 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Mary's Fridge:

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Just for grits 'n giggles, here's a shot of Mary's Coppertone Amana, from the episode where she moves into her new apartment. I never liked this set as well as the famous, first attic apartment, but director Jay Sandrich felt it was time for a change. One of the things I didn't care for was that the set was way darker than I feel a comedy set should be (a fault shared on Rhoda); this photo is tweaked considerably to bring up the brightness and contrast:

Post# 701119 , Reply# 29   9/4/2013 at 11:12 (3,885 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I like the "furry-looking" wood grained handles in Reply #16!

-- Dave

Post# 701127 , Reply# 30   9/4/2013 at 11:37 (3,885 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
The Harvest Gold....

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....Unit shown in Reply #20 appears to be the same vintage model Mary had - that embossed bright strip accenting the doors is the giveaway.

Mary moved into her new Cedar Square West apartment on "Mary Moves Out," the second episode of Season 6, original airdate September 20, 1975. This probably points to Mary's Amana being a 1975 (maybe an early '76) model.

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