Thread Number: 73540  /  Tag: Classified Ad Finds
Philco-Ford 'fridge
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 971169   12/2/2017 at 17:35 (347 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

goatfarmer's profile picture

Pricy, at $250.00


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

  View Full Size

Post# 971182 , Reply# 1   12/2/2017 at 19:04 (347 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture

Nice sized fridge for a spare, and nice looking.  But yeah, overpriced.

Post# 971211 , Reply# 2   12/3/2017 at 00:38 (347 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

daveamkrayoguy's profile picture
It's likely to be manual defrost--and so many manufacturers made 'Ford Fridges/Philco Phridges' such as General Electric and the folks who made Kelvinator, O'Keefe & Merritt, Bradford and Tappan, so from what little I see, I wonder if this falls into any of those lines...

-- Dave

Post# 971308 , Reply# 3   12/3/2017 at 15:38 (346 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

goatfarmer's profile picture

I'm thinking Philco made their own, at least in this time frame.

Post# 971375 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 22:48 (346 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
DaveAMKrayoGuy's own FILOSOFEE!

daveamkrayoguy's profile picture
That might be true--If a Philco IS a Philko and not a Filko, or a Filco, then it might be the last of their true, original design...

-- Dave

Post# 971423 , Reply# 5   12/4/2017 at 08:32 (346 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        
Will the real Philco please stand up?

swestoyz's profile picture

From some recent research I've done, Ford was still making some home appliance products through the 70's and into the 80's.  Which is surprising considering the appliance arm of Philco was the last thing Ford probably wanted to deal with once they saw how things were run after the 1961 purchase of the company.


By 1969, Ford announced that they would be getting out of the Laundry/Range/Dishwasher business, but would keep making refrigeration and home electronic products through the Philco-Ford brand, per a NY Times article I found a few months ago.  


"Last Sept. 15 Ford announced at. Detroit that Philco‐Ford was getting out of the home laundry, kitchen range and dishwasher business. The move was, said to cost the company about $16‐million after taxes, or 15 cents a share, a non‐recurring charge on third‐quarter earnings."

Post# 971486 , Reply# 6   12/4/2017 at 12:27 (345 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

daveamkrayoguy's profile picture
Somehow my clock in my 1/2 bath is a Philco (my mom bought a lot of these & I don't know if there are any more "survivors" left, as they've gotten discarded if/when they'd quit working, or other than my 'one', just got lost & misplaced...

I think I still do see the Philco name on some audio equipment, maybe on an occasional video product, or electronic/novel device...

-- Dave

Post# 971528 , Reply# 7   12/4/2017 at 17:28 (345 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

goatfarmer's profile picture

I always liked Philco refrigerators. They were just different enough to be interesting , at least to me. Love to have this 'fridge, but at $50.00 or less. Got a late 40's round top in the barn, I'll have to dig that one out.

Post# 971533 , Reply# 8   12/4/2017 at 17:58 (345 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture

Just noticed that there doesn't appear to be a defrost drain in the freezer (or maybe it's out of view?).  What a PITA.


It seems GE was the only make to put a drain in there, and it's a fabulous thing.

Post# 971553 , Reply# 9   12/4/2017 at 19:20 (345 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Late 60s / early 70s Philco Ford Ref

combo52's profile picture

It is a manual defrost freezer model [ which is the only reason it might actually still work, LOL ]


Philco-Ford refs from this time period were not much, they were noisy as hell however and in the early 70s they went to all all plastic liners and the doors would not even stay closed on their SXS models.


John L.

Post# 971826 , Reply# 10   12/6/2017 at 00:01 (344 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

johnb300m's profile picture
WHY is Everyone saying itís a manual defrost when right on the name badge it says automatic?

Post# 971871 , Reply# 11   12/6/2017 at 05:55 (344 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Philco fridges

Up into the late 50s were about silent, but John is right, they got sorry quick as did Westinghouse.

Post# 971879 , Reply# 12   12/6/2017 at 06:40 (344 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Its A Cycle Defrost Refrigerator

combo52's profile picture

The FF section is self-defrosting, the freezer section in a manual defrost.

Post# 971893 , Reply# 13   12/6/2017 at 07:47 (344 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
"Cycle Defrost"--once again I learn something NEW!

daveamkrayoguy's profile picture
I'm afraid it's my lack of understanding of this concept...

So, if the fridge section has gridwork, above the fresh-food area, does that deem it Manual Defrost? And if it doesn't, but the freezer wouldn't be self-defrosting, in case of the fresh-food area, as in one resembling one that's Frost Free?

I remember some flea market I went to having a bunch of Avocado Green top-freezer Frigidaires (there were also matching electric ranges bad other misc. appliances) saying "Cyclematic", and Whirlpool termed this system "Automatic" (Sears Coldspot probably did too) much like what this Philco does, whereas I've seen Amana's "Automatic Refrigerator" also employing this concept... Ditto the General Electic and Hotpoint with the three '+ + +'s (pluses)...

-- Dave

Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy