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Title: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: Edgecrush_TD on June 10, 2012, 09:13:50 AM
I've been restoring things as a hobby for the past few years. I've now decided to tackle my first refrigerator. I think it's a 1944 Model based on what I've seen on the internet, but I don't know for sure.  I can't find this exact model # to verify.   It's cooled with Sulfur Dioxide, so I'm hoping I don't bust a coolant line and kill myself.

I got this off Craigslist last fall. I talked the woman into giving it to me for free. She said it ran 3 years ago when they moved it from their basement. In the moving process, the power cord ripped from the relay. 

Now is my first hurdle; Find out if the dang thing works. I don't know much about refrigerator wiring and relays. So... does anyone know how the heck I wire this back up ?   I have a Black, White, and Green wire from the compressor, and a Black, White, and Green from the thermostat.  I have no idea where they tie into the relay.

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Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: AJ on June 10, 2012, 04:38:16 PM
Cool...
Interesting photos of the relay.

To tell you the truth I have no idea. Never seen anything like it before, but it's a bit before my time. ;)

Maybe another tech will have some info for us. If you figure it out first be sure to share the answer with the rest of us.

Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: AJ on June 10, 2012, 04:41:12 PM
btw: from what I have read before about restores like this the pros would replace the whole refrigeration and electrical system with a modern day one.
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Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: Edgecrush_TD on June 10, 2012, 08:16:26 PM
Thanks AJ.   I was hoping it wouldn't come to replacing the whole cooling unit, but it's looking like that's the direction I'll be going.
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: JWWebster on June 10, 2012, 10:00:20 PM
I might have a relay like that in my junk.
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: niobrara on June 10, 2012, 10:52:04 PM
You will be happy in the end if you update everything. Wont be as bad as you think, it will look great and operate as a new unit. What color you going to paint it ?
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: Edgecrush_TD on June 10, 2012, 11:18:22 PM
I think I'm going to go with the original White finish.  Although, Black is another option.
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: Edgecrush_TD on June 11, 2012, 01:07:58 AM
If I end up replacing the Compressor and all the lines;   How much do you think this would be worth when I'm done ?  I don't want to throw a ton of money into it ,and it's only worth $500.
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: niobrara on June 11, 2012, 08:46:02 AM
No idea but it will be cool
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: AJ on June 11, 2012, 08:51:21 AM
If I end up replacing the Compressor and all the lines;   How much do you think this would be worth when I'm done ?  I don't want to throw a ton of money into it ,and it's only worth $500.

Don't know either, you plan on replacing the sealed system yourself?
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: Edgecrush_TD on June 11, 2012, 08:56:22 AM
If I end up replacing the Compressor and all the lines;   How much do you think this would be worth when I'm done ?  I don't want to throw a ton of money into it ,and it's only worth $500.

Don't know either, you plan on replacing the sealed system yourself?

I can't do it myself. I'm not licensed or trained.  That's why I was asking about the cost / value ratio.     

How can I wire the compressor up directly to see if it even works ?
Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: nolazach on June 27, 2012, 10:51:54 PM
I wonder if you can use a three in one to test it.  Many people in the field use them to test compressors. 




  If the compressor has the common, start and run fittings you should be able to.



Title: Re: 1940 ish GE Refrigerator Restoration
Post by: jaytee on July 15, 2012, 12:50:42 PM
Be carful with the Sulfur Dioxide. that stuff will put you down fast,..