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Old 10-20-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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wow, a Marvel that doesnt work

i just pulled out a 50's Marvel fridge to be restored and everything seems to work on it but it doesnt get cold. it makes all the right noises but NO COLD. any suggestions? is this a freon issue?
-this is the 120V only version
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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i just pulled out a 50's Marvel fridge to be restored and everything seems to work on it but it doesnt get cold. it makes all the right noises but NO COLD. any suggestions? is this a freon issue?
-this is the 120V only version
Freon? you'll have to figure that one out.
I doubt you could still get freon that would work in that old of a refer.
Was this a park model trailer? 120vac only wouldn't be of much use on the road.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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It probably runs R-22,which is readily available from an appliance repair shop,except maybe in CA. Dave
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HEY, you trying to make my original refer work after all these years? I thought you threw it away!
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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thanks Easyride,
thats kinda what i wanna hear. and figures about CA. if we were sure about the R-22, i'd bet i could get some out here anyways..maybe online? thought i saw some listed on craigslist for automotive stuff.
anyone know more detail about flushing or just adding R-22 if thats what it is.
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thanks Easyride,
thats kinda what i wanna hear. and figures about CA. if we were sure about the R-22, i'd bet i could get some out here anyways..maybe online? thought i saw some listed on craigslist for automotive stuff.
anyone know more detail about flushing or just adding R-22 if thats what it is.
I have the same fridge with same problem. I just took it to an appliance repair facility and they just recharged it. Works great as long as we have full hook ups. We might be considering next year to switch it out for a new model as we want to do more boon docking and travel further. Dealing with the ice chest can be some what a pain. Good luck hope this helped.
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I used to have friends in the airconditioning classes at the Central County Occupational Center in San Jose who would fix this kind of stuff for class projects. If I remember right they would only charge you for actual material costs. We did the same thing in cabinetmaking classes. We made kitchens for a few lucky folks who paid about 10 to 15% of the cost of a new kitchen. If you ever get over that way, or if there's something equivalent at Cabrill College you might get it to them.

Do you live near Hidden Beach? Someone told me they saw an old Airstream over by there a couple of weeks ago, and I thought of you.

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Old 10-20-2010, 04:20 PM   #8
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Automotive refrigerant [old style] is R-12,a little different for appliances,you need to vacuum it down then recharge.Dave
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:20 PM   #9
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Marvel fridge once on the back burner, now would like to review options after nothing happening.
i had/have a working Marvel lined up but just learned its 3 inches taller and 1.5 wider than the existing making it extremely difficult to work with. yes, there are 2 sizes Marvel fridges for vintage trailers! i am going for an 'original' look so cutting the cabinet will include rebuilding almost the entire thing to make it look authentic -otherwise hacky. i prefer to just slide in a working proper size Marvel ( -if anyone has one for sale in the SF Bay area please let me know!) but also part of me wants to 'repair' the existing since it will sit in my garage anyway, might as well make it work.
anyone know of a appliance repair shop that will make this thing work? is it because of the freon that we are getting dead end answers? no one wants to work with it?
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:24 PM   #10
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HEY, you trying to make my original refer work after all these years? I thought you threw it away!
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you are funny reggie, if i did that i would have to come up with a door huh? maybe put a new/modern door on the old fridge to make it appear to work
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I just finished mine. It was the thermostat which had failed that made it not work. The correct thermostat for the old Marvel is RANCO A and K series adaptable replacement cold control. 48 in temp sensor seemed to work perfectly. Working all the wiring in behind the control was the biggest problem. Cleaned the evaporator and she runs very quietly and cools down quickly.

There is plenty of room to remove all the components below the box and replace with the similar components from a new compact refrigerator.....I am converting an ice box in mu Curtis to a refrigerator now by doing this.
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I just finished mine. It was the thermostat which had failed that made it not work. The correct thermostat for the old Marvel is RANCO A and K series adaptable replacement cold control. 48 in temp sensor seemed to work perfectly. Working all the wiring in behind the control was the biggest problem. Cleaned the evaporator and she runs very quietly and cools down quickly.

There is plenty of room to remove all the components below the box and replace with the similar components from a new compact refrigerator.....I am converting an ice box in mu Curtis to a refrigerator now by doing this.
i really like putting in new components from a new fridge. thats a great idea. is there a DIY link?. i have little to NO refrigeration experience although a big desire to learn. ice box conversion is genius.
as far as the thermostat, i ruled that out because it was running and running and not getting cold in the least bit.
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Old 11-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #13
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I have the same fridge with same problem. I just took it to an appliance repair facility and they just recharged it. Works great as long as we have full hook ups. We might be considering next year to switch it out for a new model as we want to do more boon docking and travel further. Dealing with the ice chest can be some what a pain. Good luck hope this helped.
Robert,
i just realized that you gave away the answer. do you remember the repair shop you went to get yours fixed? thanks!
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Old 11-27-2010, 01:46 PM   #14
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Several year ago, we had the fridge in our '64 GlobeTrotter repaired in CA. The place was called "Cool Fun" - don't know if they are still around, but you might want to look into it. Ours has been going strong ever since.

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