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50's whirlpool Imperial fridge - $40 (9 mile/Inkster)
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Post# 744408   3/23/2014 at 10:19 (2,163 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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More like 60s? Someone, anyone? Just $40..

Ad:Vintage Working 50's Whirlpool Imperial Refrigerator, all original, works great, there is a circulating fan in the door that is noisy, but works, The Freon circuit is original and has never been serviced. I have actually used this as a freezer, by running it on the highest setting. I am a refrigeration tech myself and a fan of vintage appliances. this thing runs great. THERE IS SURFACE RUST ON THE LOWER PORTION OF THE DOOR. Just offering it someone who might appreciate this classic top of the line refrigerator. I would hate to give it to DTE for the $40.
so please dont come out offering any less.


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





Post# 744474 , Reply# 1   3/23/2014 at 13:51 (2,163 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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A circulating fan in the door?  I'd like to know more about that.

 

Phil, I'd say this fridge is a late '50s machine.  It doesn't appear to be frost free.

 

Very nice for $40, and complete too!  It would be a contender if I were in the market and it was near me.  That surface rust could possibly be removed or diminished with some car cleaner.


Post# 744500 , Reply# 2   3/23/2014 at 15:08 (2,163 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo)        

If i had the room i would be all over that

Post# 744553 , Reply# 3   3/23/2014 at 17:32 (2,163 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Yeah, I really thought so, too, Ralph - maybe a brochure is floating around to verify...maybe later I can search.

Post# 744592 , Reply# 4   3/23/2014 at 19:55 (2,163 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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It really is a well-appointed refrigerator/freezer.  I wonder what the wording is on those five compartments in the door.  Butter, cheese/dairy, eggs?  What else?

 

Then there are the in-door tilt-out shelves that appear to be adjustable.  I like that idea.  That they are intact indicates this fridge is not familiar with the concept of abuse.

 

I guess that's a meat drawer under the serpentine coil, although I can't make out the actual drawer.  Good place for it.

 

I hope this fridge finds an equally loving home as it had for the past 55 or so years.  I'd almost have to get it if it were near me.  A tricked out model in phenomenal condition, and the handles are where I want 'em too.  I could overlook that rusty section if I couldn't make it disappear.


Post# 744594 , Reply# 5   3/23/2014 at 20:00 (2,163 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Fan in late 50s Whirlpool Manual defrost Freezers

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WP had this feature in several combination refrigerator-freezers and upright freezers, it was there to make food freeze faster and even out temperatures that are often a problem in upright manual freezers, upper door shelves are almost always not the best place to store things for example. This was a clever idea that worked, but as people who were really interested in great freezers started to buy Frost Free there was less reason to include costly features like this in manual defrost freezers.

Post# 744607 , Reply# 6   3/23/2014 at 21:02 (2,163 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

John is helping me work with a generous helpful member hoping to bring this over the top fabulous fridge home where I have the matching Whirlpool Imperial range! Keeping fingers crossed and hoping to have more and good news to report...



Post# 744620 , Reply# 7   3/23/2014 at 21:14 (2,163 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo)        

Mopar if i can help let me know its about a hour drive for me.

Post# 744622 , Reply# 8   3/23/2014 at 21:15 (2,163 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
hometown territory but no help

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Moparguy - I hope it works out. If I could assist in any way, I would - but my nephew , who works alot and is too tired by Sunday, isn't an option. So, hope it all clicks to reality.

Post# 744637 , Reply# 9   3/23/2014 at 21:45 (2,163 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Thanks so much for the offers... hopefully this will work out, the seller wants the fridge to move out very soon, so we are working to make it happen...



Post# 744666 , Reply# 10   3/23/2014 at 23:28 (2,163 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Excellent news!  I hope it works out!

 

Thanks for posting, Phil!


Post# 744722 , Reply# 11   3/24/2014 at 07:05 (2,162 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Cant wait to see it...

This was I believe,one of the first Whirlpool refrigerators, I dont know but it might have one of the Seeger rotary compressors." Seeger was the company that built Coldspots until 57 when Whirlpool bought them out...encouraged by Sears who wanted more products under one management, they also bought Birtman electric co to get the vacuum and mixer business under the same management....Sears had some pull in those days!!

Post# 744785 , Reply# 12   3/24/2014 at 13:37 (2,162 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        
Mission Accomplished!!!

So many thanks to Phil (ovrphil) and Jason (bluejay) for posting this really awesome fridge... and to Eric (epixstar) for offering help... and especially to Anthony (mopar65) who took the time to drive to Detroit and save this fridge this morning!!! It never would have come together without Anthony's immediate willingness to provide the time, effort and truck this morning! Awesome!!! It's not quite as nice as the photos suggest... a bit of cleaning and detailing required... but it has been saved and will mate well with my RCA whirlpool Imperial range! Pics will come as we sort out the road trip north for the pick up! And thanks to this great group of you who made it possible!


Post# 744823 , Reply# 13   3/24/2014 at 17:07 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        
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You are welcome! I'm glad I could save this vary cool fridge!!!

Post# 744840 , Reply# 14   3/24/2014 at 17:37 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        
Pics

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I don't know how to send them email. So herer they are.

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Post# 744854 , Reply# 25   3/24/2014 at 17:46 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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:( some work needed

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Post# 744859 , Reply# 29   3/24/2014 at 17:49 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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Rust :(

Post# 744860 , Reply# 30   3/24/2014 at 17:49 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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Post# 744861 , Reply# 31   3/24/2014 at 17:50 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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Lots of bleach needed!!!!

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Post# 744863 , Reply# 33   3/24/2014 at 17:52 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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Dent

Post# 744864 , Reply# 34   3/24/2014 at 17:53 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        


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Post# 744866 , Reply# 35   3/24/2014 at 17:55 (2,162 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Some colorful chickens laid those eggs!

Post# 744867 , Reply# 36   3/24/2014 at 17:58 (2,162 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Success! Yeah, thanks to all - and you're welcome. It's a real pleasure to see vintage stuff go to an enthusiast.
Sure is a nice one, and I would expect cleaning anyways.

Jeff - when you get it cleaned and positioned, we'd like to see it in its new surroundings.

Best wishes on the rest of the adventure.


Post# 744874 , Reply# 37   3/24/2014 at 18:27 (2,162 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

That's a nice find - happy you were able to get it.

Post# 744880 , Reply# 38   3/24/2014 at 19:14 (2,162 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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I'm still amazed at how complete that fridge is. For that alone, it's a rare find.

Is there any outward evidence of a fan existing in the door? Have you plugged it in and given it a listen yet?

I'm betting it will clean up well enough to be presentable in any kitchen. I got good results on my '57 Combination using Meguiar's Car Cleaner/Wax. Appliance touch-up (the kind that comes in a White-Out type of applicator bottle) super-sparingly applied will make those small areas of missing paint disappear.

Congratulations -- chances are slim to none that you'll find another of that same model in better shape and with all of its parts.

And btw, who stole my idea for the eggs?


Post# 744886 , Reply# 39   3/24/2014 at 19:31 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        
Eggs

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were is the booze! We don't won't eggs lol

Post# 744887 , Reply# 40   3/24/2014 at 19:40 (2,162 days old) by mopar65 (Almont MI)        
Fight

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Jeff my other half is willing to fight you for that fridge lol he came home and opened the door and went "I fu**ing love it!" Lol

Post# 744892 , Reply# 41   3/24/2014 at 19:46 (2,162 days old) by dynaflow (rockingham nc)        
if u use

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Bleach or Clorox clean up be sure and rinse it well my aunt used Clorox cleanup and her fridge started to rust soon after

Post# 744894 , Reply# 42   3/24/2014 at 19:58 (2,162 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Notice the label...

Whirlpool Seeger Co!..Now thats a REAL fridge, not the cheap junk pawned off on pepole today!

Post# 744903 , Reply# 43   3/24/2014 at 20:23 (2,162 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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The booze selections are at the bar, but the Combination is always well-stocked with brewskis and mixers.

Post# 744919 , Reply# 44   3/24/2014 at 21:11 (2,162 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Maybe when you head north to pick it up a bunch of the area can all meet up for lunch somewhere or putz around Armada flea market if it's a weekend etc.

Post# 744931 , Reply# 45   3/24/2014 at 22:11 (2,162 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

These photos are making me even happier with the fridge... you all know how so many of these parts are usually missing... the detailing will come when we make the move home! Anthony, as we talked on the phone, this will bring your partner into the appliance appreciation club! Just don't let him get too attached to this particular fridge :) And Petek, a good visit and flea market sounds great. I'm working on scheduling the road trip and looking forward to it already!

I will find the photos of the matching stove and post them tomorrow.


Post# 744935 , Reply# 46   3/24/2014 at 22:34 (2,162 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I have a 57 John Plain catalogue

That has that same fridge and your stove in it, Compare that to Whirlpools today!LOL, the door handle will weigh as much as a new fridge!!LOL

Post# 745055 , Reply# 47   3/25/2014 at 13:17 (2,161 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I'm glad someone was able to get this! For $40, I feared it might have gone to the scrap yard. It's such a swanky fridge!

Post# 745192 , Reply# 48   3/25/2014 at 22:28 (2,161 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Thanks Jason, it is an awesome fridge, saving and enjoying it possible from the help of you and others here on AW! I have been trying to download a photo of my matching stove, but having windows 8 troubles (see thread in super forum, lol). But confirming Hans Norgeway's post, it is a 1957. There was an auction for an advertisement for this fridge on ebay, but looks like that auction ended.




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