Old Engel Fridge

Submitted: Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 16:38
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This may be a silly questions...but here goes. Spotted a for sale notice today for an old Engel fridge. Old but still working it said.
I rang the old bloke,he sounded older than me, and asked the size of the fridge. He replied he did not know but it worked well and could not have been much bigger than 8 litres.
My question is... How small did Engel make their "OLD" fridges?
I do intend to go and have a look at it tomorrow but the eight litre size has thrown me a little.
Thanks
Jim
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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 16:58

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 16:58
Hi

To my knowledge 15 litre was the smallest Engle made

Next size was 21 litre followed by 29 , 32, and the 39, 40 , 60 and 80 litre

But I will stand corrected





Cheers Teza
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:02

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:02
G'day, you may find it is the first of the thermo electric ones, not a compressor fridge?
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Reply By: white pointer - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:06

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:06
the smallest engel fridge/freezer i have seen is i reckon 15litres.
but when i purchased my 40 litre it came with another small cooler which would be 8 litres, white in colour and uses more battery power than the 40l.
hope this helps cheers phil
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:38

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:38
Would a person "older than you" think in litres or gallons??

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Follow Up By: JimDi - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:49

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:49
Mmmm...think in litres and metres myself,mainly due to a stint in the army at 20. But I must admit I constantly regress particularly in the feet and inches department.
And who at my age does not regress when "schooners' are ordered, now they can vary by a "country mile" at the risk of hijacking my own thread.
Jim
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Reply By: JimDi - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:52

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 17:52
Thanks for the replies. I will go and have a look. Even if it is just to satisfy my own curiosity.
Jim
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Reply By: allblack55 - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 20:07

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 20:07
Jim,

The smallest engel is a MHFD-010, 10 litres, Sawafuji compressor and also has a heating element, two versions 20w and 30w heater.

All plastic housing, green box, white lid, available during the 1980`s.

A great unit, mine still works fine.

Leigh.
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Follow Up By: JimDi - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 20:22

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 20:22
Hi Leigh,
I shall have a look this unit tomorrow,many thanks for the description. What grabbed me on this was the lack of description ie;Engel fridge, and then a so low price that I told myself to walk away, but curiosity got the better of me. Having rang the seller he seems very genuine.
After thinking about your description I seem to remember a truckie mate used one of these back around the 80's. Had it in the cab to carry drinks,lunch etc.
Regards
Jim
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Reply By: brownie - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:23

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:23
I bought my engel in '75. Its the original style with a steel cabinet,and the evaporator coil on the outside (on the back).
If I remember correctly it was a run-out model at the time, as they were also selling the new style 15/29/39 litre models at the same time

It is 14 litres in size & is still running well, in its 5th 4wd.

Cheers, Neil
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Follow Up By: JimDi - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:53

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:53
Evening Neil,
Your description is spot on with the one I looked at. So I guess its vintage is around 1975. The current owner is getting on a bit,had trouble giving me his address, and all he could remember was that it was one of the originals.

I guess that says a lot about Engel fridges if they can give 30 plus years of service bouncing around (not literally) in the back of a vehicle.
Regards
Jim

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Reply By: JimDi - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:24

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 23:24
G,Day All,
Just a follow up on my question.

Went and had a look today at the engel. It must have been one of the first off the production line. It had that slightly battered look due to a few long trips. Could be cleaned up a bit I suppose. The owner could not remember how long he had owned it. But he said it had been to Cape York a few times.

Size was hard but I guess it was about 15 litres as mentioned in the above replies. It was still working on 240volt but the owner had not had it on 12volt for quite some time. Probably be a reasonable and cheap fridge for someone (asking $60) but too old and too small for my use. Plus too noisy to sleep near,well for us anyway.

regards
Jim
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Reply By: lkgr - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 21:58

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 21:58
Bought my first engel in mid 1976 for $182.35 - about 29lt on todays measurement. Still have the original receipt and warranty papers. Still going strong and has never been regassed. I have purchased a new engel 40lt but think I will not get the same amount of years on this one as the old one. Larry
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