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Lets see your IH Refridgerator

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daily1100

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It IS possible, and horribly expensive. Like $1500 expensive, and that was before Trump started his little trade war with China. Talked to the shop that did a refit on my 1954 fridge with a new compressor about a similar refit for my freezer, and because they needed a new condenser coil, it had to be custom made, and the only people even willing to undertake the attempt were in China, and they wanted $3000 just for the coil. That did not include a new compressor, fittings, or any labor. The shop said that before the trade war, the same unit would have cost about $800.
I mean, you could just grab a working fridge that's newer then say, 1990 and swap over all of that stuff. I suppose that's what I was looking into doing.
 

MadMonkMort

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I mean, you could just grab a working fridge that's newer then say, 1990 and swap over all of that stuff. I suppose that's what I was looking into doing.
I suppose you might be able to if you're able to make the parts all fit, and then get new refrigerant. If you're handy like that, have at it, and let us know how it comes out.
 

TravelerMan79

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Will first try a bullet piercing tool c/w a R134A adapter and some Red Tek R12/R134A replacement refrigerant just to see if it cools. It definitely is not cooling.

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Dana Strong

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Will first try a bullet piercing tool c/w a R134A adapter and some Red Tek R12/R134A replacement refrigerant just to see if it cools. It definitely is not cooling.
Evacuate the gauge set and fittings if they aren't filled with refrigerant, and get a reading of the internal pressure after tapping the line, just for basic information about the system.
 

Jeff Jamison

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I never saw that refrigerant,make sure its compatable with mineral oil before you just dump it in.You could still have a pluged cap tube from moving it on its side
 

Dana Strong

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I never saw that refrigerant,make sure its compatable with mineral oil before you just dump it in.You could still have a pluged cap tube from moving it on its side
Yes, taking pressure readings, both after it's been sitting unused for quite a while and again after it starts running may tell something about the state of the current charge.

I never saw that refrigerant,make sure its compatable with mineral oil
I tried going to the Red Tek site but couldn't find much useful information. Figured searching for the MSDS wouldn't bring up anything but that the product is proprietary, so didn't try.
 

Greg R

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From what I've found it's a blend with propene or propylene R-1270. Flammable. ASHRAE gives propene an A2 classification that is it's safe and flammable but Canada lists it as B2 harmful and flammable. According to Red Tek it's good with many oils whether mineral or synthetic though no data on PAG oils. I'm okay with hydrocarbon refrigerants as long as the system is purged with N2 before hot work.
 

gillis51

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Merry Christmas to me. 9/1952 G84.
Original color is white, somewhere along the way it was feminized. I’ll be repainting it, thinking of a flat powder blue.
 

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Greg R

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flat powder blue.

Great score and superb shipping! I'd shy away from flat paints for appliances. They're hard enough to keep clean with a gloss finish, plus it adds bling. Imagine your truck with flat paint.

Great truck too!!

BTW, pink could keep it from being stolen. That's what our stores dept. did with their hand trucks. All of a sudden nobody "borrowed " them.
 

TravelerMan79

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Picked up the Red Tek kit yesterday, and got the piercing tool a couple weeks back. Will see what happens today. Lol!

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gillis51

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I 2nd that idea to.want it shiny,to keep clean, a few coats of clear coat to !
I’ll clear it after painting. Some experimentation will be taking place till I get it the way I want.

On a positive note I was able to fix the door hinge backing plate on another fridge with minimal effort.

One of my extra fridges will be going to another member here provided we can both make it to the Nats in 2022.
 

TravelerMan79

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Got side tracked adding a plug in my basement workshop for my welder. Long story...
Got started then couldn’t pull a good vacuum. Noticed one of the seals in my low-pressure line was damaged. Luckily, I had spares, but still wouldn’t pull a good vacuum (wouldn’t go below 26” Hg with just the hose attached). Replaced the low-side quick coupler with a spare, and it is better - 27.5 - 28” Hg). I see liquid in the sight glass of the gage, so it could be because of that. Vacuum is holding in the hose attached to the piercing valve. I’ll let it run for 45 mins to see what happens. Haven’t done this in a while. Lol!

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Greg R

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Those saddle valves do NOT take torque too well and that is a massive hose end valve. To speed things along you can sponge a couple of times. Get the vacuum as low as you can then break vacuum with the refrigerant up to 0 psi. Then re-evacuate. Repeat once more and then do a deep vac.
 

TravelerMan79

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Not sure by what you mean by “sponge”. I think I just realized that I need to back off the piercing valve in order to “access” the fridge refrigerant circuit. Is this correct as there were no instructions with the kit. Tried charging with it all the way in and I didn’t notice any drop in pressure with the compressor running. Trying now to vacuum down the fridge circuit with the valve backed out.
 

TravelerMan79

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IT’S ALIVE!

That was the trick - backing out the valve. Should’ve figured that out a lot sooner. It’s running very cold on the evap plate at only about 12Psi suction. Have no idea if that is good. I was used to about 30Psi on mobile AC.

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