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Old 07-01-2021, 09:42 PM   #1
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Repair/Rehab vintage refrigerator

After 65+ years my refrigerator gave out in our 1954 Silver Streak (see newbie intro in a recent post). The refrigerator is the Marvel UL-40 (ice box/electric). So far, I have not been able to find anyone in the Portland, OR area that is willing to look at it. The refrigerator had been working fine and the "next day" I turned it on and the unit was not cooling. In addition, when I would turn the switch to the off position, the unit would continue to run. I have a strong desire to keep the original refrigerator. Has anyone had any luck with replacing the cooling unit?
I saw an ad for the Norcolder AC/DC SCQT Conversion Kit. Would you be able to connect this unit to the evaporator in the Marvel unit so that you could retain the original appearance of the refrigerator? If there is an existing thread that I can review -- please send me in that direction.
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Old 07-02-2021, 01:43 PM   #2
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I typed in converting vintage marvel refrigerator and there are several threads on the subject. most promising seems to be converting with a 12v. marine remote unit. Hope this helps
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Old 07-02-2021, 02:36 PM   #3
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We had a Dometic M-16 we converted for our 55. We removed the propane equipment, re-insulated and repainted. We used an Isotherm conversion compressor. Normally, we run it on 12vdc. But we can also run it off 120vac. Has worked great since we installed it a couple of years. It’s on our thread listed somewhere. Good luck
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Old 07-02-2021, 04:10 PM   #4
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Repair/Rehab vintage refrigerator

I recently paid Bubba a visit and got to see their excellent conversion of their Marvel refrigerator. I was very interested in the conversion as we are not happy with the performance of our absorption refrigerator in our 66 Tradewind. We plan to convert it to a compressor fridge.

Here are some photos that may be helpful. The compressor is contained in the cabinet to the upper left of the refrigerator.

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Old 07-02-2021, 04:51 PM   #5
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thanks - I was able to track down the treads and will read through them
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Old 07-02-2021, 05:22 PM   #6
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I did the Isotherm conversion on our Krefft frig. PM me if you want to take a look at it.

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We had a Dometic M-16 we converted for our 55. We removed the propane equipment, re-insulated and repainted. We used an Isotherm conversion compressor. Normally, we run it on 12vdc. But we can also run it off 120vac. Has worked great since we installed it a couple of years. It’s on our thread listed somewhere. Good luck

Here is a link to the page where fridge info starts:

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Old 07-03-2021, 07:32 AM   #8
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Here is a link to the page where fridge info starts:

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Thanks for locating the info. Hope it helps anyone interested in a compressor fridge.
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Update

Just a quick update - I have ordered the compressor so I am on the road to a rehab. Thanks to Bubba L for support and encouragement.
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Old 07-21-2021, 04:15 PM   #10
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The compressor has arrived. Been making progress removing the refrigerator. Ordered new seals.
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Glad you got it. Keep us posted on your progress.
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