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1959 Frigidaire Fridge, Bottom Freezer, Yellow - Free trade?
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Post# 755471   5/7/2014 at 13:39 (2,326 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        

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Hey aw! I am looking to trade my yellow '59 fridge.  I need a fridge to fit into my period kitchen, which is only 69" clear height.  I would really love to have one with the bottom freezer (i can dream, right?) unit since I am 6'4" , leaning over to get a snack is annoying.


Anyways, if you wanna trade or barter, lets talk.  I have a truck and can help within in reason.


If you don't have what I'm looking for and really want this, I will take any working fridge of a vintage nature.  


Its free to any AW member.  Also the pics are from the day two years ago that I rescued it at a job site.  It had five minutes before the dumpster crusher.  I've used it in my basement since then, and its missing the door parts and the veggie tray.  I know, it aint pristine but it is certainly good working and cool.


Lets wheel and deal.  I love this site.




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Post# 755479 , Reply# 1   5/7/2014 at 14:07 (2,326 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Beautiful, haven't seen one of those in ages!

Post# 755510 , Reply# 2   5/7/2014 at 16:41 (2,325 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I don't recall ever seeing one of those. Gorgeous!

Post# 755587 , Reply# 3   5/7/2014 at 21:59 (2,325 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Oh, I'd like to have one like that, it wouldn't almost match my white 1959 range! I don't have anything to trade for it but if you're interested in selling it, let me know! 

Post# 755592 , Reply# 4   5/7/2014 at 22:17 (2,325 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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AtomicT - I've never seen that either - hope you will consider other options for interested members. Thanks for posting - with good photos.

Phil Rubino (not PhilR)

Post# 755675 , Reply# 5   5/8/2014 at 09:21 (2,325 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I'd be interested as well, but don't have any appliances to trade.  Fridges in that color don't pop up often.  We have a stove in this color and I've been looking for a while for a frost-proof Frigidaire to match.

Post# 755678 , Reply# 6   5/8/2014 at 10:11 (2,325 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        
Ok, lets try this....

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Well there seems to be some interest, but no trades.  How about a c-note? And I'll throw in some elbow grease and a few beers and a sandwich, a little chit chat and war stories while we load it up?



Post# 755698 , Reply# 7   5/8/2014 at 12:23 (2,325 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Jason, if you have the matching stove, I think it should go to you! Mine is the same year but white... 

Post# 755910 , Reply# 8   5/9/2014 at 13:43 (2,324 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I just messaged you.  I've been given permission to pursue this project. Laughing

Post# 755911 , Reply# 9   5/9/2014 at 13:46 (2,324 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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Phil, thank you!  I've been scouring for over a year in search of a sunny yellow fridge.  The thing that kills me is that I've seen several Frigidaires in varying colors at our dump, but they have a strict no picking rule, so those were out.  I suspect most of them worked or needed only minor stuff, but they've gone to the scrapyard in the sky (or been made into a Kia). Frown

Post# 772494 , Reply# 10   7/22/2014 at 15:22 (2,249 days old) by kathleenc ()        

What ever happened to this fridge? I have the stove that matches it. It's lemon yellow with french doors, and has that scrolly panel at the bottom. (1959)
We had the fridge for a while, too, but I think my mom got rid of it because it was too noisy! However the stove survived in my garage for the past several decades and now I can finally afford to get it rehabbed and into my kitchen.
Question - can the old refrigerators be restored? Are they terribly energy-inefficient?

Post# 772512 , Reply# 11   7/22/2014 at 16:27 (2,249 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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People around here restore old 'fridges all the time. They aren't as energy efficient as a brand new one, but they do alright. Plus, having vintage in the kitchen is good for the soul!

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Post# 772517 , Reply# 12   7/22/2014 at 17:10 (2,249 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Did you get the fridge from Tony?

Post# 772518 , Reply# 13   7/22/2014 at 17:12 (2,249 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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Not as of yet.  We're trying to work out a pick-up date.  Our schedules are both fairly chaotic at the moment.

Post# 772519 , Reply# 14   7/22/2014 at 17:14 (2,249 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Glad to hear youre getting it.

Post# 772520 , Reply# 15   7/22/2014 at 17:18 (2,249 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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It'll be replacing our 1 year old GE fridge.  I've been looking for a bit for a sunny yellow fridge; we've had nothing but problems with the GE.  Out of the crate it needed a repair.  I'll take some energy inefficiency because a) that fridge is a work of art and b) at 55 it appears to be working better than our 1 year old GE. laughing

Post# 892267 , Reply# 16   8/2/2016 at 17:11 (1,507 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        
Still available! Free! Going to curb this weekend

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Guys and gals, the fridge in this post is still here and running. I am moving it out this weekend.  Someone please come and take it and give it an extended life!!


Please come and take it.  FREE.  I will help you load it.

Post# 892274 , Reply# 17   8/2/2016 at 17:28 (1,507 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Sent you an IM. Id hate to see a beautiful, vintage and working fridge like that scrapped. If no one else takes it before the weekend I will.

Post# 892279 , Reply# 18   8/2/2016 at 18:27 (1,507 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Ken, please save it, I already have one just like it! Tony, if for any reason you can't get rid of it, I'd be interested to buy a few easy to remove parts from it like the freezer baskets.

Mine also has an incorrect white decorative panel on the door...

Foot pedal opener repaired.

Frigidaire FP-142-59

Post# 892290 , Reply# 19   8/2/2016 at 20:48 (1,507 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        

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So great to hear you are going to get it. I sent you a pm with my address and phone to contact me.

Phil, we are very jealous of your unit. This fridge is so awesome looking. I just wish we had all the parts to it, or else we would have tried to make it work

Post# 892933 , Reply# 20   8/7/2016 at 18:18 (1,502 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
Got it

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So I picked up the Frigidaire today. That baby is heavy. As we all know it was made when cheap definitely wasn't the name of the game. Got it home without incident. Tony and his wife are good people. Enjoyed talking with them. They have a beautiful MCM house they purchased from the original owners.

Tony mentioned the foot pedal got messed up. He said it was bent but I don't think so. Its a solid casting. I see the rear "ears" of the pedal pivot on a bolt. I think the bolt has a nut on the outer end which may have come off. When I stepped on the pedal the latch would not release. I also tried tipping the fridge back so the pedal was well up above the floor but the full travel of the pedal didn't do anything. It doesn't look to me that the pedal is moving as far as it should.

The freezer door uses the same latch as the other door. An upper and lower spring loaded nylon roller on the cabinet and a flat arrow shaped spade on the door. Whether opening or closing the rollers move in a clamshell fashion to release the spade.

I tried using two screwdrivers to push the rollers out of the way but the door wouldn't release. Then I thought if the latches are the same why can't I grab hold of the door and just pull it open like the upper door. When I did the rollers moved and the door moved some but refused to open. Whatever type of release mechanism the foot pedal rod attaches to must have to release first for the door to open.

Any thoughts?

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Post# 892947 , Reply# 21   8/7/2016 at 21:33 (1,502 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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The door should open without the foot pedal. Mine was also not operating when I got it.

I had it welded. You can remove the chrome trim that hides the mechanism just by pulling on it (but you need to open the doors first!)

Here are a few pictures that I took when I removed it...

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Post# 893243 , Reply# 22   8/9/2016 at 19:12 (1,500 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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The mystery of the stuck door has been solved. It was frozen shut. The thought went through my mind Sunday whether that could be the situation. And if it hadn't been able to be opened in a while because of the pedal not working maybe it was full of ice if the defroster wasn't working.

It was still plugged in when I arrived Sunday to get it. So after being off from Sunday morning until last night I gave the door another good pull. It hesitated a bit but finally came open with a big chunk of ice attached to the door shelf and another big chunk in the lower basket. They were probably one piece until it melted some and that's why it wouldn't open Sunday regardless of how hard I pulled on it.

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Post# 895666 , Reply# 23   8/25/2016 at 11:48 (1,485 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ken, Phil, all
that is a beautiful fridge I love it and Free? How rare.

Post# 895670 , Reply# 24   8/25/2016 at 11:55 (1,485 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I missed Ken's post about the freezer being packed with ice! I hope the plastic trim didn't suffer too much!


If you plan replacing the defrost heater, let me know, replacement heaters are available for newer models, I'm not sure if they fit or not on the 1959s...

Post# 895680 , Reply# 25   8/25/2016 at 12:58 (1,485 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Hey ovrphil. Glad to see you're back. Get all moved in?

Was going to mention that when I finally got the freezer door open I found a can of lemonade concentrate in there with an expiration date of 2014.

IMO the Frigidaire is a testament to engineering and build quality that once existed. I was impressed with the gauge of the steel in just the fan housing alone. And its easily the heaviest fridge Ive ever moved.

After getting it home I see its had kind of a rough life. The tracks for the bottom shelf fell off when I touched them. Not they couldn't be fixed with some doing. As could already be seen in the pics above one of the shelves, all the upper door shelving and crispers drawers are missing. The inside of the freezer is pretty scratched. As evidenced by the ice build up the defrost heater or timer isn't working. And when it was on its side in my truck I noticed the cabinet above the compressor is thin from rust. But after 57 years the system is still running and doing the job it was meant to do. How many refrigerators made today will still be running 57 years from now?

Post# 895693 , Reply# 26   8/25/2016 at 13:58 (1,485 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        


Post# 895707 , Reply# 27   8/25/2016 at 15:22 (1,484 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Ken, do you plan fixing it? If you don't, let me know!!  

Post# 896163 , Reply# 28   8/29/2016 at 12:11 (1,481 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ken - thanks. I did get moved in, but I'm swimming in a variety of stuff that we have no room to keep. I've got two storage facilities that is definitely becoming ONE. I've been adding shelving in closets and laundry room(which is hopelessly small).

I hope you're interested in repairing the defrost heater. At least you have a working fridge! I use mine for a pantry in the laundry room and admire it even if it's just a prop in its present shape.

Keep us informed, thanks Ken.

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