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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:24 am
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The saga continues....

As I mentioned a while back, while asking about cucharachas and my 1997 Amana Refrig  (which is NOT infected after all), hubby and I recently purchased and moved into a 1930's era home.

Now, to date, the only appliances we've had to purchase are some refurbished Whirlpool-built Kenmore laundry appliances ($340 for the pair, and no electronics...hallelujah!)

Today, we finally went over to a colleagues house & pick up our free range!

It is, unfortunately, a GE...but am I right in calculating this bad-boy dates back to 1969? (Hey...it was FREE!)  :shock:

The good news is that everything works...with the exception of the broil element in the main oven and the "sensi-temp" burner on the left front.  This is a 40" range with a standard size self-clean oven, and a half-oven on the left hand side. The knob for THAT oven is missing (although the calibration parts remain behind), and I've looked at repair clinic, but the only knobs there don't seem to be the one I'm looking for...if I'm correct, this oven would be standard clean (not self clean) and I don't see anything that would lead me to believe it actually had a rotissiere in that long ago...

Okay, so my question is...am I right in my calculation that it's a 1969? Parts are still available for it, but whoo! PRICEY.

But the range was free, it's kinda "cool" and I'd much rather spend maybe $200 for parts than blow a wad on a new range with no character and an ECB that'll eventually blow.

Opinions, please?

Oh, and hubby is of the opinion that the bake function in the main oven will work just fine without the broil.  I've always been under the impression that the broil element works in conjunction with the bake element to provide browning, and that THAT part, at least, is an investment I should make if I want to be ready for this upcoming holiday's baking.

Any words of wisdom, guys and gals?



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I don't think broil works in conjunction with the bake on yours but I may be wrong. Is the left oven a single knob control? Are the shaft(s) "D" shaped or "figure 8"..some pictures might help.



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I wish I HAD a photo to send....lent my digital card to a friend a while back....have not seen it since.

The left control is a dual control...I have the function knob (Bake, Broil, Timed Bake) but not the temp knob.

This is the only oven control knob I could find at repair clinic; but since this oven has no rotissiere or clean functions, I'm not sure it'll work.

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It's probably a little off, but let me check at work tomorrow, I might have what you need. Shaft is a small "D" ?



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Yes, small "D" shaft. As I said, all of the calibration hardware is still in place, just the knob that's missing.

It's held in place by 2 phillips screws (the calibration piece, I mean)...looks like this, only the aluminum piece is blue:

It's cleaning up REALLY well! Very retro...has the fluorescent light bar over the controls, and metal "woodgrain" backsplash. Advertises "P-7 Self Cleaning" and had a meat probe with a dial you could set for different cuts of meat (that's missing, but the jack is still there!)

If I'm right, and this thing dates back to '69...well, hell! I was just a pup!

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Yeah, all that comes with the knob, i'll check tomorrow.



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Many thanks!



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It looks like the far left knob is Thermostat Knob WB3X475    (NLA)

and the next one is Oven Knob  WB3X476   (NLA)

JCP68*W2 at SearsPartsDirect

(bottom left corner APRIL 1980)

(bottom center REPLACES PAGE DATED DECEMBER 1979) :ooo:
 






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Yup. That looks like it!

1980? I thought it looked more "retro" than that!

Still, it's a pretty awesome machine for it's ago! I'll try to get some pictures to post once I'm done with the detailing.

MH prefix on the serial would make it a 1981...correct?



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Robin the Hood wrote: MH prefix on the serial would make it a 1981...correct?

could be July '81, but repeats every 12 years

which could also be July '69, (but I don't think so) ..

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Yeah, that's how I figured it previously.

Has the "shutter" type digital clock ("flip......flip") and the overhead fluorescent bar...that along with the wood grain kind of made me think it would be older, but hubby says he thinks 1981 is just about right.

Burner bowls are still available, so I'll probably pick those up at Repair Clinic, along with the broiler element...the "sensor" burner (4", 6" or 8") am going to hold off on until hubby checks the connections ($80!!), but I was curious...is there really any way to "refinish" a rusty burner bowl?

I'd think that enamel paint could be...well...explosive!  Appliance paint, maybe?

Winter's coming, trying to save a buck here & there if I can.



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Robin the Hood wrote: ... digital clock   

... Appliance paint

most clock are "digital" (most analog clocks have "digits") :)

hardware store:

some appliance paint is high-temp..

some for barbque grills, etc ..



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Thanks, Reg!

I'll check out the paint at my local hardware store (I stick with the "mom & pops")...

The burner pans themselves only tote up to about $40, but still...

Much appreciated!



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Researched the paint thing....even Stove Bright says they know of nothing rated for burner pans, so I guess I'll be buying those.

Any luck with that knob, zenzoidman?



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I didn't have the exact replacement but I have one that mey work WB3X399. It may have even crossed to the original, I haven't had time to check yet. I'll look tonight.



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Robin the Hood wrote: Any luck with that knob?

Here you go, the original knob part# WB3X475 subs to WB3X495

I can't find any pictures of either of these knobs or any references to the universal knob kit WB3X399 working for these but it well could, (one of the inserts and the knob for sure would work but rather the one included overlay would be correct or not is the question).

You can order just the individual knob pieces that you need in whatever knob color, (black/white/chrome) and a choice of long skirt(gas) or short-no skirt(electric) knob.

And also found you a brand new WB3x495 on E-bay, (no picture - maybe you could get the seller to send or attach a picture than we could find you the correct overlay for the universal knob.    A universal build-it knob kit won't have any way to adjust the thermostat if it is out of adjustment, (Possibly might find an adjustment screw on the t-stat somewhere but I haven't ever tried to adjust one of those older GE oven t-stat without using the knob adjustment.  There isn't the standard adjusting screw down the middle of the knob shaft like you would find on most other oven t-stats.).

Or just purchase the one from E-bay $26.99 + $1.22 shipping to my zip code, (your shipping should be the same, it's going First Class US Mail).
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-GE-WB3x495-Oven-Thermostat-Knob-/230368713241?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0#shId

It has a price of $29.99 crossed out and new sale price in red of $26.99 that says "Sale ends in 5 days", the E-bay listing expires Sept. 12, 2010.

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Thanks, Willie!

Hit the E-bay link today and e-mailed the seller, asking if they can post or e-mail a photo. Thanks for your help!



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the knob I have isn't a kit, it's a thermostat know Wb3x399, but it switches to a kit # now because it's NLA. Once you get a picture of the knob off Ebay post it here so I can compare it. hate to see you pay $30 for a knob.



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Wow! Thanks, zenzoidman!

Don't tell hubby...but ya'all are my HEROES today!



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Okay, got a picture from the seller this morning, and, even though it shows "rotisierre" range, it does not have "clean", which is important; according to the manual, this smaller oven is "continuous" clean:

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