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    A closer look on the 1959 Calex refrigerator

    As someone noticed, it really doesn't look as late 50's fridge, but it is necessary to take into consideration situation in the early socialist state. There was just two state enterprises in the field (Calex and Elektrosvit) which means lack of competition and therefore no need to develop new appliances yearly. Power consumption is quite high, partly due to the worn door gasket. Maybe I'll do an complete overhaul one day.

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    That looks a lot like maybe a 51 or 52 General Electric. Maybe they copied it. Given what Soviet era cars looked like, that's just what I would expect a 59 Czech fridge to look like. Maybe Forgotten Man can comment, he's a real antique fridge expert. I wonder how the compressor compares with comparable western ones. Does it use Freon? Please share more pics as the project develops. Thanks for posting.
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    Yes, although produced later on, the Lada was essentially a Fiat 124.
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    Yes, refrigerant is freon/R12, I'd say there's not much difference between compressors. Anyway I don't plan to dismantle the compressor anytime soon
    Here's smaller sister of my fridge (half capacity)
    http://teletym.g6.cz/bila_technika/l.../chz_1_100.htm
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    Once you get that gasket replaced you should be good to go.
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    I hope so, but find a new is the hard part
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    For the gasket, it may be possible to use a rubber gasket made for car doors. In north america there are flea markets and dealers in car parts for "oldtimers" who sell it by the yard, off a big roll. Something similar should be available in Europe. It is best to send a few inches of the old material for comparison.

    I have even replaced the gasket with ones salvaged from a car in a junkyard. You can cut them and glue the ends together with isocyanate glue. Chevrolet pickup trucks from the 80s use a gasket very similar to the one in a fifties GE fridge.

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    Thanks for the help, I also took that into a consideration, but I leave it as a backup option. Original gasket looks like this. Dimensions are certainly different.
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    Was this refridgerator sold throughout the Iron Curtain? Or was it a Czechoslovakian only product? OK, looking through the pictures I see it was made in Czechoslovakia. But, I'm wondering....why was "Made in" written in English?
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