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IH Refrigerator - want to know more about it

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I would like to know more about this little refrigerator. I got it about a month ago and it was pretty dirty on the outside, but cleaned up nice. I did a lot of sanding and prepping before I painted it with epoxy appliance white. This is a pretty small refrigerator, not much more than 5 feet if that. I am not sure as the model or year, but I love it and it works AWESOME for being at least 57 years old.

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I know nothing about them, but apparently IH refrigerators had a good reputation for reliability :)

Looks like this one is still going strong!

Regards from M.H.

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I would like to know more about this little refrigerator. I got it about a month ago and it was pretty dirty on the outside, but cleaned up nice.

IH left the domestic refrigerator market in 1955 according to my reference book.

Is there a model number listed on a data plate etc?

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looks like from the late 50's early 60"s

we have one from the late 40's early 50's and still goin strong...............................its a better refrigerator than the one in my kitchen

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I haven't found the data plate yet, maybe it has been removed. i will look on the compressor once and see........

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Data plates were on the back/top of the refrigerator.

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I would like to know more about this little refrigerator. I got it about a month ago and it was pretty dirty on the outside, but cleaned up nice. I did a lot of sanding and prepping before I painted it with epoxy appliance white. This is a pretty small refrigerator, not much more than 5 feet if that. I am not sure as the model or year, but I love it and it works AWESOME for being at least 57 years old.

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Did you replace the seals as well?

The compressor likely won't have a date stamp. It may have a stamp that say "Tight-Wad". That was what Harvester called their compressors.

The serial number and date were stamped on a square tin plate with warranty information. I will have a look for a possible date based on model.

You are lucky that the handle and emblem are still there. What does the inside look like... do you still have the shelves? Good Find. Nice restoration job!

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I did not replace the seal as it is actually in pretty good shape. I am going to put some type of rubber comditioner on it like Vaseline or something. The inside is decent, but is missing the drip tray under freezer and lower drawers. All the rest is there. There are two small holes in the plastic of the door. I am thinking of filling them with some expanding foam or ?!?!?

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Years ago some home owner's insurance companies would not write policies for homes that contained a certain model of International Harvester refrigirator citing they were a fire risk. you could do a bit of internet research and the whole low down on the history of that.

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As the wife & I watched a rerun of the final episode of FRIENDS recently, I noticed that their frig was an IH. It struck me odd that an apartment in New York city would have an IH frig, even if it was on a tv show. Just how widespread was the appliance division of IH?

RickG

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Hi Rick - IH fridges were sold through IH ag dealerships. You couldn't get them through the big box stores at the time, as I've been told. The only thing I question is: did (certain) truck dealerships sell them too? if so, there may be your answer.

IH sold off the fridge line to Whirlpool when they finally got out of them.

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