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IH Refridgerator - What's it worth??

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rtr

01-15-2012 20:32:06




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I am thinking about buying this old IH refridgerator. It is for sale for $150 and the owner said it came with their house and they haven't tried plugging it up to see if it works. It is the model H92 refridgerator (looks 1950's to me). Would this be a good buy, and what are they usually worth in working and non-working condition?? If I got it, I'd like to keep it, but might sell it to a collector since I really don't have the room. It has been kept in basement for years and looks to be in good shape visually.

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Wilks54

01-17-2012 07:04:27




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
We had a chest freezer that style in our basement of the house I grew up in. The house was built in '54. I swear they must have built the house around that freezer...it was huge! It was still working great when they sold the house (with the freezer) a couple years ago.



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SadFarmall

01-16-2012 22:10:24




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
Well, they might not have plugged the fridge into the power supply. Old machine not run for ages… People have started electrical fires that way. Before I plug anything like that into a power supply I always have a good look inside to find:

1). Broken / Damaged Wires

2). Obviously Burnt-out Components

3). Rodent Nests

4). Miscellaneous Junk

Plug it in, get a dead short and it will probably just blow a fuse. Get some electrical leakage and heat + rodent nest = fire. All very entertaining if you dislike the vendor, otherwise not entertaining at all.

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bigr

01-16-2012 18:41:04




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
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Here's a picture of mine, it's in my shop. A 1949 model and it works perfectly, I paid $50 for it from the original owner. It's missing some shelves, but it keeps the beer cold.



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henryv11

01-16-2012 17:15:56




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
If it works I think its a good deal. My Aunt has a IH freezer in her basement that she bought brand new and she still uses it every day. runs quite as a mouse and works perefect.



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IH fan

01-16-2012 08:00:36




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to Wardner, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
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My folks had an IH chest type freezor in the early '50s, maybe even the late '40s. Handle style was very much like the pictures. Not sure when iit quit on them, but after they got the farm back (buyer defaulted on the land contract) in the late '70s, it still worked when they moved back. Last I saw it, it had the lock removed and was used to store chicken feed in the barn.... still there when Mom moved to town in the mid-90s.

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Dave H (MI)

01-16-2012 07:43:26




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
You must be a shy fella, right? I've been known to pick things up at garage sales and walk right behind the sellers table and plug it in. Same at auctions...carry it over to the house or barn and find an outlet. In this case I would fuss about the price and see if I could get them down some because I guarantee you they want it the heck out of there. Before I gave them the $150 I would plug it in. If it works you have a deal.

I have not seen one at auction here in a while but the ones I used to see went over $200 untested. Definitely worth a second look.

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TMonton

01-16-2012 07:16:18




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
My grandparents used to have an IH refrigerator upstairs that run off electricity.

Then they had a chest freezer downstairs that run off heating oil. I remember seeing the IH logo and the fuel oil regulator hanging off the side.

I have no idea where these went finally, My grandparents passed away the my folks sold the house. Now both my folks have passed away and will never know the entire story.

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hayray

01-16-2012 05:36:30




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
My uncle has one in his cabin with the big IH logo right on the front and it still works.



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Jason the Red

01-16-2012 05:05:19




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
I wouldn't pay more than scrap price. The story about them not plugging it in is a little weak, plus if it came with the house they probably just want to get rid of it anyway.



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CenTex Farmall

01-15-2012 22:04:06




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
Grandparents had an IH freezer. It only lasted about 50 years though. About a month ago I was over there and noticed it at the junk pile. It's done but I did save the glass lense from the door light. It has the IH logo molded into it.

Thanks for the photos. The styling of everyday things from that era was very nice yet simple.



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Janicholson

01-15-2012 21:10:15




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
If it is a refrigerator, it refrigerates, If not it is a box. Pay for a box if you like it at about 10$
Pay for a refrigerator at 100 or so. Let it cycle the compressor 3 or 4 times before it becomes a refrigerator. Jim



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bobs old iron

01-15-2012 20:51:09




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 20:32:06  
im my opinion, i would check if it was made by IH or a manufacturer that made it and put IH emblem on it,,like philco, they made refers and sound stuff, even radios for ford, around the 60's>70's a lot of ford cars had a philco radio in them, but did ford own philco, good question, same as IH, did they own a refer company..[the list can go for ever, you get the idea]..maybe some one might have a better answer...

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d beatty

01-15-2012 21:21:25




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to bobs old iron, 01-15-2012 20:51:09  
IH did make their own refridgerators and other refridgerant products. They made them from 1947 until 1955 when Whirlpool bought them out. IH also built rifles during World War Two. They also built milking equipment. Also Ford did own Philco at one time around the 60's-70's.



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rtr

01-15-2012 21:28:07




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to d beatty, 01-15-2012 21:21:25  
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Here are the pictures guys....

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rtr

01-15-2012 21:31:33




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 21:28:07  
From what I have seen on the internet, if it works it is worth around $600 plus. I know where you can get a door gasket if it needs that, otherwise there souldn't be anything else to fix (if it runs and cools)

I figured I'd tell them that I'd be taking a chance if it ran or not and I'd offer $50 and not go higher than $65.....although they want $150



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Nebraska Cowman

01-16-2012 03:37:29




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 Re: IH Refridgerator - What's it worth?? in reply to rtr, 01-15-2012 21:31:33  
"they haven't tried plugging it up to see if it works"

That sounds like a cop out like they plugged it in and it DIDN'T work so they ain't sayin'. I'd may sure it does work before I'd shell out any big bucks.



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