Hmm, yes, a new condenser would have the less effective gas, then, presumably? That's perhaps not ideal, then. But I'll wait and see what your husband thinks, Sheeplady. I've caught that vintage hunters fever now that I have the okay to pursue this, and I have to remind myself to cool my jets and take my time to get the best possible fridge we can wrangle. "We've got time, we've got time" needs to be my new mantra. There's seems to be a fair amount of this model out there (post-war booming?), so we'll get this, one way or another. We have a really small house, so there's a built in deterrent for this particular addiction! We wouldn't be able to open the doors for more than one fridge! But oh boy, if I could... Again, many thanks to you both!