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customtronic

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I'll be picking one up today. Not sure of the model number but the seller states that it is a 1949 model. Says that it works great but could use a new door seal. I've been looking for an IH fridge for a while now. Really happy that I found this one. How many of you have painted their fridge to match your IH truck? Not sure if I should leave it as it is, paint it gloss white, IH red, or paint it to match my Scout.

EDITED: I picked it up yesterday just outside of Portland, OR. Well worth the 4 hours of driving. If you ever have the chance to drive into Portland do a google search for the food trucks. Portland has about 500 food trucks in the city. There are several areas where you can find 30+ different food trucks all on one block. Food from all over the world. I had Moroccan food for lunch yesterday. I usually go for Tai or Vietnamese food. It really is a cool experience and Portland is a very cool, quirky, weird city. Always worth the drive down.

BTW.......I'm really leaning towards painting the fridge IH red. I already have the paint to do some cabinets and my old Gasboy fuel pump.


Also, the data plate in intact. I'll post a pic of that later today.
 

Bussy

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1953 L-14-V standup freezer. Not a refrigerator but none the less a pretty cool freezer and it was free. Just picked it up last week so I have some work to do to get it running. The lights work though. And if you look at the upper left hand corner of the front you can see how well those Mr. Clean Magic Erasers take off all that gunk. If it were real patina, I would leave it but it is just old grime.

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Joe Pugleasa

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Hey all, just bought a house and this 1953 pedal open fridge was in the basement. Still works!
 

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Greg R

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Picked up a 1956 19 cu. ft. freezer on a tip from a friend. It's a model 19AV. Put it in the barn 2 weeks ago and it's been working fine.
 

MadMonkMort

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Picked up a 1956 19 cu. ft. freezer on a tip from a friend. It's a model 19AV. Put it in the barn 2 weeks ago and it's been working fine.
Nice! I've got a similar year fridge, and according to an advertisement I saw one time, these appliances have been "Femineered". In other words, you can pop that rubber gasket around the outer edge of the front of the door off, and these came with a couple different fabric patterns that farmers wives could hold in place with that gasket to make the fridge match their kitchen decor. Femineered. Feminine Engineering.
 

Nicxt44191

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Just picked this little guy up
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The lady I bought it from said it worked before the cord got damaged from moving it. No dents on it at all. It's a little dirty but should clean up ok. It's not as cool as some others, but for $30 I figured why not.
 

TERENCE TAYLOR

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Just bought a small farm here in North Dakota. House came with an old IH refrigerator. As an old International Harvester fan from my farm boy days (long ago),imagine my delight. Appears to be a complete IH 8h5-49. Can anyonepointme toward some information on the unit? Appreciate it.
 

scout2000

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Just bought a small farm here in North Dakota. House came with an old IH refrigerator. As an old International Harvester fan from my farm boy days (long ago),imagine my delight. Appears to be a complete IH 8h5-49. Can anyonepointme toward some information on the unit? Appreciate it.

Congratulations on the new house + the refrigerator.

I don't have any direct links to assistance for your particular unit, but I would bet if you searched thru this particular sub-forum, there are probably some pointers.

Can you post some pictures of your refrigerator please?
 

TERENCE TAYLOR

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Congratulations on the new house + the refrigerator.

I don't have any direct links to assistance for your particular unit, but I would bet if you searched thru this particular sub-forum, there are probably some pointers.

Can you post some pictures of your refrigerator please?

I'll get a couple on this evening. Only took a couple the other day. Took a peek inside and it looks pretty good, unfortunately, didn't get any of the inside. Soon.
 

Greg R

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I've been looking for years for literature. Appliances and documents, particularly for a targeted market such as IH customers, are very rare. New and improved was always the hype so out with the old in with the new and a service guy only had so much room for books.

Last week I finally scored an IH service manual for freezers from 1949. It was an education to read how it used to be done. 35 years later nothing much has changed in the field but the tools which made it easier across different manufacturers. Before you used a test light or ohmmeter, later on we use an Annie that has all the functions for electrical testing in one easy tool. It started out you built your own Annie, then you could buy one when suppliers got in on it.

The one thing that stumps me or is really difficult is finding gaskets while preserving the OEM look. With some expert crafting, you can make nice work arounds.

The ONE thing that keeps them working is use them in the temperature range they're designed for. DO NOT use a freezer as a fridge.
 

Jeff Stewart

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Just picked this one up from down the street the other night, its not in the greatest shape, but I couldn't leave it for the price I paid.

Cant seem to find any information about it though, wondering about the year among other things.
I have the same one and same questions, what year etc

 

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Darren O

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Just bought a small farm here in North Dakota. House came with an old IH refrigerator. As an old International Harvester fan from my farm boy days (long ago),imagine my delight. Appears to be a complete IH 8h5-49. Can anyonepointme toward some information on the unit? Appreciate it.
Hey Terence - did you ever find more links to info on this fridge? I have the same model in my garage. I just found this website a few minutes ago and this thread was the first I've read. I'd love to get some more info on this thing, and maybe do some renovating.
 

Agent Orange

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Here's my 53 L-103. If anyone has an info on how the Chill Tray works or what the additonal metal plate is for, please let me know. I dont have the owners manual for it.
 

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scout2000

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Here's my 53 L-103. If anyone has an info on how the Chill Tray works or what the additonal metal plate is for, please let me know. I dont have the owners manual for it.

Congrat's on your IH refrigerator.

Great looking 'frig.
 

Greg R

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how the Chill Tray works or what the additonal metal plate is for,

It's where mother or grandmother put the meat that was gonna be used in a day or two. It was also handy for defrosting, though it took a couple of days the risk of spoilage was less there than any other part below the freezer.

The metal was for drainage to keep the meat out of the leakage. I hated cleaning the thing because it was always at the bottom of a list of round tu-its.
 
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