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1962 Product of GM Pink Frigidaire Refrigerator

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When Mel and I moved into our fifties ranch style home we knew we wanted to find a vintage refrigerator to put in the vintage kitchen. We couldn’t see a modern one looking right. As usual, I was cruising Craigslist and I came across this fantastic pink refrigerator!

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This refrigerator was produced in 1962. What makes this fridge unique is it has flare fins that extend out on the front edges like a pink Cadillac.

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I tried to capture the flare on the edges in the above photo.

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Here are some interior shots of the fridge.

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It is so cool how they added design to the simplest things like the utility/butter tray.

Obviously we need to go grocery shopping, ha ha.

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This fridge was beyond dirty when we got it. It took hours of cleaning to get it to look this nice. I dig the aqua accents on the front of each shelf.

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Here is the interior refrigerator light with this cool writing “Flowing Cold“.

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Of course, it also has a freezer as well.

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This is the hands free foot release to open the freezer portion.

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Here is the lower freezer.  A lot of folks think putting the freezer on the bottom is a new idea, afraid not!

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I love the script they use to label things.

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We plan to enjoy this pink dream for as long as it wants to keep working. It sure makes a statement in our kitchen.

fa1Here is an ad from 1962. It appears they made it in aqua as well!

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1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo Color Conversion

IMG_5847This was a long anticipated arrival!  Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine.  You might remember the GE conversion  Justin did not too long ago.  That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.

IMG_5822Justin went through the radio and record player to make sure they worked perfectly.

IMG_5825The color tube(CRT) Justin installed is from a 90’s RCA television.

IMG_5823Justin did such a fantastic job on this one.  He went as far as to custom make switch mechanisms so the original knobs work and function with the new conversion.

IMG_5840Justin was able to make the “Hi Fidelity” light function while the television is on.

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Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.

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And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!

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Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.

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That little black rectangle is the sensor he installed in the grill of the Hi-Fi console.

Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.

IMG_5832Here is Justin going over what he did to make this gem more modern!

Westinghouse Radio Restorations

little jewelsI have always thought these little radios were cool. I was able to purchase two of these online but they were not in the best of shape. These streamlined powerhouse radios are also known as refrigerator radios because of the similar physical appearance as refrigerators of that era.

LJadHere are some images of the way they looked when I acquired them.

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As you can see this unit is well used.

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This little guy had a bad crack that needed to be glued, filled, sanded and painted.

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I decided to change the color from the boring cream color to a retro aqua color.

After a lot of sanding and effort here is how this one turned out!

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I am very pleased with how this turned out. With the new color and speaker fabric it really pops now. The flash of the camera makes it look light blue but it is actually aqua colored. This unit still works and sounds fantastic!

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Here you can see the great little Bakelite handle to carry it around. These units have such great sound. They actually sound like a larger unit.

Here is the next unit I picked up from Craigslist in Sacramento. This unit is non-functioning but I will fix that later.

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This unit had a lot of wear. The speaker fabric was dirty and loose. Also, you can see it is missing a knob and the handle for the back. (if any of our readers has a spare handle please let me know).

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After some light sanding time for paint.

I chose a classic maroon color that would compliment the gold color. I also had to order a new dial wheel from “Radio Daze”. I think this unit looks great!

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Though the knobs are not original they look great! (these knobs are from a Zenith Transoceanic).

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Like I mentioned above, if anyone has a spare handle let me know!

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These are great little units to put on an end table and just enjoy the experience of listening to music. I plan to drop the maroon one off at the radio repair guy to get up and running.

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