Another Vintage Norcold

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May 14, 2003
Well, I couldn't help myself. I was cruising Craigslist last night and spotted a Norcold. It wasn't listed correctly and I stumbled on it during a search for Coleman. From the picture, it was obvious what it was.

It had been used on a boat and has some rust issues on the lid, latches and hinges but it seems to run fine and the inside looks great. It's a little newer than the one I picked up about a year ago and runs on 5.5 amp vs 7 amps for the other one.

I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it yet.

So, does anyone know where to get parts for these? It needs a lid, latches, hinges and handles. I could get by with just latches and use it just the way it is. What I'd really like is to trade for a smaller model for those day trips.

A few pics:

pic 1 - Inside looks good, other than that chunk missing from the top.
pic 2 - Some rust - both front corners are rusted through
pic 3 - Twins. I haven't even put the other one away after I went camping two weeks ago.
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I found a site that lists prices for Norcold parts. Just for fun I checked the prices on all the parts I need – Door, hinges, latches, chain for the door, and handles. The total came to over $600. Not really surprising.

So, handles I can fab myself. Hinges work and just need to be cleaned up a little. Pretty sure I can find some latches for under $20. A chain to hold the door should be pretty cheap. That just leaves the door itself.

I figure there are a couple options. I could buy a rusty 40 and toss it in the back. Then it would look like it belonged. Or, basically do some body work on the door. Cut out the corners where it has rusted through and either weld in some new metal or try to fiberglass it. Putty and paint and it should be good for another 10 years or so.

Now I just need to find some time...
Good find. Would be fun to rehab it.

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