I think it's cool

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  1. mikedrini

    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Took my buddy on a 2,000 mile roundtrip to pick up some stuff from the in-laws in Milwaukee as they are downsizing. Rented a 2020 Ram with the 5.7 Hemi-what an unbelievably awesome rental! That thing flew. The first item(s) I grabbed were my father-in-law's vinyl record collection. It is AWESOME. Currently sorting through everything and there are 9 (1'x2'x1') boxes of records and 1 (1'x2'x1') box of 45's. Love me some vinyl...

    Additionally, I grabbed a GE refrigerator circa 1949 that was in my wife's house when they moved into it and still runs to this day! It still has the original instructions book with its only servicing being a new compressor replaced sometime in the 70's. When I got it home, I primed, painted and clear coated it and she looks like a million bucks (the top left photo is it finished, the others are before's). Loaded to the gills with Coors Delights, New Glarus Spotted Cow and Moon Man, Sierra Nevada, Guinness. Just enough to prevent me from having to constantly go back and forth to the store.

    My wife posted it to Reddit and although the overwhelming reaction was positive, we got a wave of millennial shit about how it's not energy efficient and it could cost me upwards of $110 extra per year. I wonder if any of these party poopers realize that's about what they spend refilling their vapes. Granted, it's only going to serve as my beer fridge, but I think it's cool.


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  2. hanks71440

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    Love the fridge!:thumbsup:
     
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  3. 67Monaco

    67Monaco Old Man with a Hat

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    Much smaller carbon footprint to use existing equipment than to buy a newly built fridge. Tell them to consider it recycling. That should shut em up. For a minute.
     
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  4. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    That Spotted Cow is valuable!

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    Newport 66 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Nice!! But you missed out on New Glarus "Two women" it's one of their best IMHO. Great looking fridge. Dont take any shine from the youngers, you repurposed that, better than it winding up in the landfill, also the energy and materials it takes to make a new one outweigh your future consumption ( resources and energy, not beer...lol)
    Save that vinyl too!!!!
     
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  6. mikedrini

    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Yeah I bought a New Glarus Sample Pack with Cabin Fever and something else I am blanking on. Also procured a pack of Riverwest Stein, personally a delectable choice.
     
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    I love it!
     
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  8. Carmine

    Carmine Old Man with a Hat

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    Actually those who mentioned "energy consumption" are idiots. The highest wattage consumption comes from the defrosting circuit, (electric resistance heaters that typically run twice a day for a few hours @ 400-ish watts). Given that you wouldn't have that feature, yours is likely MORE efficient. The whole "inefficient fridge" narrative is driven by power companies who receive deferments from adding exhaust scrubbers to their plants. ($50 for each fridge = $x towards pollution credits). The whole scheme is modeled after cash-4-clunckers.

    BTW, these are the daily driver appliances at my house. The stove/fridge are from 1964, the Amana Radarange is form 1968. Kitchenaid KDS-17 Dishwasher is from the late 60s. My fridge would technically be a worst-case example for energy consumption (stove and microwave are a wash... 1000 watts is 1000 watts) but they'll take it from my cold, dead hands.

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    Magnet artwork by my kid.

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    Here's a photo from my restoration of the stove/oven... Cardboard sleeve was to slide the steel oven box back in without damaging the insulation. It was like restoring a car in my kitchen!

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  9. ayilar

    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Great job on the fridge. In addition to doing what IMHO is the right thing (i.e., to not waste a perfectly fine appliance), I suspect you now have a rather valuable piece. There cannot be too many left in good working condition, and even fewer with the owner's manual and provenance. You know, like a car :)

    This said, I would love for you to provide a review of the Ram you rented. @monaco75 has started a thread here, and it is full of interesting posts -- but what I would really like to know is what the experience I like on (very) long drives. Noise level from the engine and tires, wind rush (if any), seat comfort (back and thigh support in particular), ergonomics, visibility on the highway and onramps, etc.
     
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  10. Imperialist67

    Imperialist67 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Oh man is that a "Flair" oven? Those are (literally) "the bomb" among vintage stoves, not to mention the Amana Radarange……. both are QUITE valuable. I salute you for keeping yours in good working order, restored ones sell for as much as a decent C-body!
     
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    Imperialist67 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Amen to that. I have a lot of older small appliances I use as "daily drivers," including several antique Vornados, table radios, toasters, waffle iron (I could go on all day) etc, many of which I have had restored. In addition to recycling, it is better to spend the money on a non-outsourceable domestically performed repair job (usually done by small, independently-owned businesses), than to buy a cheap POS assembled by a frightened child in Tibet that has to be imported, AND a high-quality made-in-America appliance can be used for another umpteen years.
     
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  12. shooter65

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    "we got a wave of millennial shit about how it's not energy efficient and it could cost me upwards of $110 extra per year."

    Dumb asses, no concept of the difference between price and value. Sure, go ahead and buy a new fridge every 5 years, over the life of that fridge, how much did the in-laws and will you save by not buying disposable junk.....
     
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  13. Ross Wooldridge

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    I had one of those ovens - it had the second smaller oven as well. It was fabulous, and I wound up selling it - a man and his wife drove all the way up to Toronto to get it from Pennsylvania. We had an Amana RadarRange too but it bit the dust before the internet and the ability to search for parts, so it was scrapped.

    Other things I still have and use:

    Revereware stainless canisters from the late 50s - these are part of the complete set. My Antiques pics 001.jpg

    Here's the Frigidaire that was taken to PA
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    A Sunbeam toaster - the kind that clicks off and the toast glides slowly up. I have several, and will restore one some day. Made THE best toast ever, so evenly toasted.
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    Like Carmine, I've got lots of old great stuff I use daily. Antique phones, hifi equipment, tools, and of course, myself!
     
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  14. Carmine

    Carmine Old Man with a Hat

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    It is, best known for being seen on Bewitched:

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    I actually have the double-oven version in storage, waiting for our "forever" home. I'm sure Ross will back me up... The weight of this thing is INSANE. It's actually a really nice design to put the oven at eye-level. If you notice, my DW is boosted about 10" as well. When we sell this house, I'll find some high-carbon stainless modern junk on Craigslist to stay with the home.
     
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  15. Ross Wooldridge

    Ross Wooldridge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Yup, bewitched
     
  16. 3C's & a D?

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    That's a great fridge! I like the blue light. I sold a similar Philco a couple of years ago for 500$, after trying to figure out what to do with it for ten years. They don't show up very often anymore.

    I noticed, and was going to ask why that is? Less bending over? That's a good idea, if that's the reason. It does throw off the countertop height, which is a bit of an extra pain. Great kitchen!
     
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  17. Carmine

    Carmine Old Man with a Hat

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    Basically yes, less bending over to load the bottom rack. That area of the counter is in a corner, (24"x24") so it's not a great workspace anyway. It's a good space for toaster or another small appliance. It actually used to be a place where the chimney ran through the kitchen. When I completely gutted the kitchen and went to a 90%+ efficiency furnace, I knocked down 35' of chimney by hand... One of the dirtiest jobs I've ever done!

    Prior setup had pipes on outside wall with a cantilever, which meant frozen pipes in the winter. How did somebody put up with this for 60 years before I owned this house?!?!?!?

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    Moving pipes and drains
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    This shows it mocked up with my "parts/beater" Kitchenaid.
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  18. shooter65

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    So just a quick, easy, weekend DIY right? :lol:
     
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    Umm....I used "energy" and "consumption" in the same statement.......should I be offended?:rolleyes:
     
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    Whoa! That's alot of work for something that isn't your "forever" house. Sure looks like it was done right, and definitely needed it. I love the panel on your dishwasher, looks similar to a 60's dashboard.

    Hey Ross, I've got something for you, that is, if you don't already have one.

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