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Americana in Alabama
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Post# 1033755   5/27/2019 at 20:11 (375 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Oh, I wish it could be mine...

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Post# 1033763 , Reply# 1   5/27/2019 at 21:23 (375 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Go for it!  Calera isn't that far from you.



Post# 1033765 , Reply# 2   5/27/2019 at 21:24 (375 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Would love to grab this one as it's not too far from me. I miss my Americana :(

Post# 1033785 , Reply# 3   5/28/2019 at 06:55 (374 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
GE Americana Ref

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Looks to be in good shape, I have extra shelves etc for it if someone gets it.



Post# 1033805 , Reply# 4   5/28/2019 at 14:10 (374 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Go for it...

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Oh, Lawrence,

I wish, and you're right, Calera is in my neighborhood.

I've been kind of fantasizing about a white one for the Tuscaloosa house (our primary residence), but my husband won't even move on new used for our kitchen here. Finally, I just told him to do whatever he wants here.

I had planned on going older in the country house kitchen, but that Americana fridge and a streamlined GE stove would look pretty sharp with the Geneva cabinets.

One thing's for sure, the price will have to come down... $800 is a bit out of budget.

So, John LeFever, how easy are these to maintain and keep running?


Post# 1033806 , Reply# 5   5/28/2019 at 14:17 (374 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Space pig...

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A white version of the GE in your profile picture would be the perfect companion for this Americana. If you decide to get it, I have some teenage boys for hire to help you load it and a rest stop in Tuscaloosa if you need one. (I'd help for free if I had the sound footing and muscle...)


Post# 1033828 , Reply# 6   5/28/2019 at 17:59 (374 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Sarah, thanks so much for the offer. I agree that the price is a little steep, even for one in working condition. The compressor crapped out on my turquoise Americana, and from what I researched, there's a fair amount of issues with GE compressors from 1964. So, even if I were to get this one, I'm afraid it would crap out sooner than later. The refrigerator section of our kitchen was designed with a big Americana in mind, so I know that it would fit, and it would blend in nicely with our white steel cabinets! Jeannine

Post# 1033848 , Reply# 7   5/28/2019 at 23:39 (374 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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The fact that you no longer have your Americana suggests the answer to the question, "can compressors be replaced?" but I had to ask anyway...

Post# 1033858 , Reply# 8   5/29/2019 at 05:27 (373 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Sarah, we still have the turquoise Americana, and from what I've heard from folks here in the group, the compressors can definitely be changed out. However, there's no one around here locally that will do it, so I'll have to ship it off somewhere. Not long after the Americana went out, I did find a smaller vintage GE that we are now using in the kitchen that's fitting the bill for now, but I really miss that countertop on the Americana.

Post# 1034717 , Reply# 9   6/7/2019 at 14:57 (364 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Sarah - did you get it? I want it too!!!!! (John G in Eutaw!)

Post# 1035042 , Reply# 10   6/10/2019 at 20:28 (361 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Not yet, John

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...without competition like you, I’d expect the price to go down. I just can’t do it right now. So, you gonna get it?

Post# 1035160 , Reply# 11   6/12/2019 at 13:14 (359 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Yikes, Sarah! ('competition like me?'...) Anyway- I am going to look at it today.

Post# 1035196 , Reply# 12   6/12/2019 at 20:10 (359 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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So, John, how does it look?

Post# 1035255 , Reply# 13   6/13/2019 at 16:12 (358 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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The ad says it's sold. John, did you get it?

Post# 1035337 , Reply# 14   6/14/2019 at 13:41 (357 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
John got it

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He will be posting later when he gets a minute

Post# 1035355 , Reply# 15   6/14/2019 at 16:10 (357 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Hi all--- yes I bought the Americana. It was not as pictured. The photos on Facebook were probably three years old. It has been stored in an open shed attached to a barn sort of building

. Very dirty and a good bit of mostly surface rust. The seals are completely black with mold. It does, however, work - so we negotiated a new price and I bought it. I was amazed that my wife- who is not a fan of things that are not pristine - absolutely loves it. I am working on getting it cleaned up so I can bring it inside to be used.
There are some missing pieces I want to replace:
1) one of the shelves in the fresh food section (combo52 mentioned having one...!)
2) The egg storage bin
3) The ice tray and storage bin for the auto-fill ice maker
4) The grille that goes on the outside front bottom section of the unit
5) Is there supposed to be a meat storage bin, drawer, or something in the fresh food section?
I have a few questions too that should probably be posted in the discussion section. Time is short today...will post more Monday - or if I have a chance - over the weekend. Will also post some photos when I have it ready to use (maybe a before photo too)

Post# 1035359 , Reply# 16   6/14/2019 at 16:42 (357 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        
Congrats on getting the Americana!

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I've attached a picture of mine, which I think has all of the original shelves and compartments. It did not have the original cutting board, however.

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Post# 1035400 , Reply# 17   6/15/2019 at 10:37 (356 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Thank you so much for posting this pic. I like the door design better on ours- an improvement over the narrow racks in mine- I will see about locating the missing components. Although the fridge was not in the same condition as in the photos in the ad- I am happy with it and anxious to get it cleaned up and in the house. Am working today to remove the surface rust and mold.

Post# 1035415 , Reply# 18   6/15/2019 at 16:56 (356 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Borax is an excellent mold/mildew killer and inhibitor

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Send pictures—before and after.

Post# 1046531 , Reply# 19   10/1/2019 at 10:29 (248 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
And now it's mine!

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Thanks mixrman! I'm delighted to have it. Now, I'm on the same quest for the parts you wanted.

And I think it is a great idea for it to grow up to be turquoise.


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