IH Model 158 Chest Freezer

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  1. Will Marsh

    Will Marsh Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok, I really don't need another freezer, but this was just too cool to pass up. :D

    I assume the 158 designates it is 15.8 cubic feet, which appears to be correct compared to the Wards Deluxe Twenty Three about 30 ft away in the garage.

    I'll take some better pic's after the sun gets up a bit higher.

    Enjoy.
     

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  2. Carl Wiese

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    Those IH chest freezers are amazing. My roomates great aunt and uncle bought one new in the 50's and still have it running stong now in their garage. It's never missed a beat and never needed any work on it. I was lucky enough to stay at their lake house where they keep it and sent them a manual for it, when I worked at Binder Books as a thank you. Binder Books does have some of the manuals and they may be able to help you out if you need such literature. Cool find!!
     
  3. Brad Anderson

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    NICE!:thumbs up:

    Your right Will, Sometimes ya gotta get em even though ya "Don't need it":rolleyes:
    Here's a few shots of the one I brought home today.
    ( I didn't know IH made a stand up freezer till I saw this one)

    Brad
     

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  4. Don Bellamy

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    Nice find Brad, looks to be in excellent condition.
    Wish I could find some IH stuff up here, I'll keep looking.....
     
  5. jeff campbell

    jeff campbell Lives in an IH Dealership

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    back in them days,they built stuff right,just like our ih's!my gpa,had one of them chest type,he gave it away to some ole dude.damn i wish i cuda gotit!jeff:hammer: :oops:
     
  6. Colin Rush

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    That is the same one that Scoutmanor (Phil) has. Nice and heavy too. Does yours run? Does it have the racks inside?
     
  7. Scoutmanor

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    I have the parts manual as well as the service manual for the model 158, as well as severall others. It was the top of the line for those years and it came with all the bells and whistles, literaly. It has a battery powered bell on the back to alert you when the power is cut. The 158 does denote the capacity at 15.8 cu/ft and the compressor should be a Tightwad brand compressor. Does yours work?????

    Let me know if you need any further info.
     
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    Well this is a pretty old post, but I just bought a 158 deep freeze. she seems to work pretty good. Anyone have more information on these?
     
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    Can anybody give me dimentions on this freezer? I need height width and length. Any help is appreciated.

    Thankyou
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    I just wanted to throw out there, as an amateur refrigeration enthusiast, that in the rare case of a failed I.H. refrigerator, is to check the cold control first. Bypass everything and see if the compressor starts by hot-wiring. The cold control operates the switch via capillary tube against a small metal diaphragm. This diaphragm may crack after being bent back and forth for 70 years, or the liquid leaves the capillary tube for some other reason. In either case, the result is no pressure to turn the switch on. Nearly identical cold controls are still available today, and can be made to fit any application with a little ingenuity.
     
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    i have a 158 and the cold control is bad and it is full of meat how and where did you find the controls. does anyone know how the tube comes out of the freezer?
     
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    Here is a thread on the subject: http://www.binderplanet.com/forums/...del-158-freezer-question.137739/#post-1025950

    We often say to do a search because many times the subject has history; but search terms are not always easy to figure.
    For now you can put the two wires on the control together to "make" it run. Do not leave it running for more than a couple of hours. Unplug it for a spell, say 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, and plug it back in. This way you can nurse it until you have a place for the meat and get a new control.
     
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    ok thanks this will help until i can find one or get a new freezer
     
  14. Jeff Jamison

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    Most places that deal with refrigeration can get you one,Johnstone supply around here,even graingers.
     
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    Lol I didn't know they made freezers. Awesome to see, thank you for sharing.

    FYI anyone looking .. I have noticed an IH refrigerator .. not a deep freezer.. on craigslist, under "eastern Colorado", this afternoon. If it was closer I'd go pick it up.
     
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    I have a functioning 158 freezer, but I don't know where to market it for sale since it seems like an item for a narrow market. Any recommendations? Is Craigslist still the go-to?
     
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    This is a great place to list it! Craigslist will work, but I bet someone on here in your area will be happy to get. Wish I was close!
     

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