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  1. #1
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    I went to buy a install trailer from another HVAC guy and this followed me home. Anyone restore one of these? I've always thought these looked cool.
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    "The Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    This is the top taken off the control. Looks like a combo thermostat/contactor to me. When I plugged it in the white ceramic spool w/windings around it glowed red hot.
    "The Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Cool Beans!!

    That is a GE monitor top. In the olden days they came in 2 parts. The whole top comes off of the cabinet. The refrigerant is sodium dioxide (SO2)

    The control you pictured is a starting relay. It is called a "hot wire" relay. When the wire gets hot it expands and drops out the start winding.

    Does the compressor start?

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    Benn to tell you the truth I dont know yet if the compressor starts. Being an AC guy normally when I throw power to something and get hot glowing windings Frank pulls the plug on it.

    Yup the whole top comes off and it weighs a lot more than the bottom. Actually the cabinet is in good condition w/the exception that someone threw on a coat of white paint.

    Sodium dioxide? Dont think I have a tank of that on hand.
    Gee Benn got any other good tid bits of info?
    "The Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Isn't SO2 sulfur dioxide?

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    Go to Google and type in Monitor Top refrigerator. They are worth a few thousand dollars if in decent condition

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    Originally posted by star882
    Isn't SO2 sulfur dioxide?
    That correct. Beeny has a great recollection of old fridges, but less so of chemistry.

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    Originally posted by benncool
    Cool Beans!!

    That is a GE monitor top. In the olden days they came in 2 parts. The whole top comes off of the cabinet. The refrigerant is sodium dioxide (SO2)

    The control you pictured is a starting relay. It is called a "hot wire" relay. When the wire gets hot it expands and drops out the start winding.

    Only a very old guy would know this.
    A Diamond is just a piece of coal, that made good under pressure!

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    Don't sniff that stuff. You'll think you just smelled the worlds worst burnout.
    Tracers work both ways.

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    I was thinking that it was methal cloride but I have been wrong before. Didn't they make similar units with methal as a refrigerant?
    I am the "Wally". All others are meer imitations of the original.

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    Originally posted by frank shelley
    I went to buy a install trailer from another HVAC guy and this followed me home. Anyone restore one of these? I've always thought these looked cool.
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    I bet that came out smokin68 trailers, be careful there is a meth lab in the basement.

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    Originally posted by benncool
    Cool Beans!!

    That is a GE monitor top. In the olden days they came in 2 parts. The whole top comes off of the cabinet. The refrigerant is sodium dioxide (SO2)

    The control you pictured is a starting relay. It is called a "hot wire" relay. When the wire gets hot it expands and drops out the start winding.

    Does the compressor start?
    it's "cool beings" old timer, not beans.

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    Was at a place called Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska with my father in law. We saw one of those there and he said they were very reliable refrigerators.

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