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The Hotpoint Customline oven is finally in !!!!!!
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Post# 558119   11/20/2011 at 16:18 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        

Here it is folks. My '57 Customline is working and finally part of the family. A few shots of the internals, new thermostats and extra built in goodies. Thanks again to all the AWO members who helped make this possible. First shot is with the Newly installed Nutone oven exhaust fan.

Post# 558122 , Reply# 1   11/20/2011 at 16:23 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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Back of the dashboard. New 12 gauge range wiring and new Robert Shaw thermostats. What you don't see here is the heat resistant terminals. I installed them later. newly rebuilt timer by Mid American timers. Heat resistant dielectric lube by Caig labs was used on timer switches.

Post# 558123 , Reply# 2   11/20/2011 at 16:27 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Hotpoint shots......

A side view of the dashboard internals. Notice the new thermostats. The shafts were not cut down to size yet. To the lower left you can see the front of an LED replacement bulb. All dashboard lights were replaced with LED's.

Post# 558125 , Reply# 3   11/20/2011 at 16:32 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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One more side view. Clock face was gently cleaned and sprayed with semi gloss poly urethane.

Post# 558126 , Reply# 4   11/20/2011 at 16:34 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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Roast right Thermometer. What a neat accessory !

Post# 558127 , Reply# 5   11/20/2011 at 16:37 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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The clock. It's keeping great time. I'm going to try it on a timed bake soon.

Post# 558128 , Reply# 6   11/20/2011 at 16:39 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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Me, installing the kick plate.

Post# 558129 , Reply# 7   11/20/2011 at 16:42 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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Putting in grates.

Post# 558130 , Reply# 8   11/20/2011 at 16:47 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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"Roto Grill" rotisserie. Kool !!!!! The skeleton motor for the rotisserie was seized so I had to free it. I then lubed it with anti seize.

Post# 558131 , Reply# 9   11/20/2011 at 16:50 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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"Roast Right" thermo meat probe.

Post# 558133 , Reply# 10   11/20/2011 at 16:55 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
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Let's start baking!!!!!

Post# 558138 , Reply# 11   11/20/2011 at 17:21 (2,161 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Very well done

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A great restoration, I hope you get many years service from it


Post# 558169 , Reply# 12   11/20/2011 at 20:07 (2,161 days old) by philcoford (Maryland)        
Great Job

Looks great, ready to serve your for a huge Thanksgiving meal. Thanks for sharing, I had a 61 Hotpoint wall oven and cooktop in Pink in the house I grew up in, and learned to cook on them, so I have a soft spot in my heart for the Hotpoints!

Post# 558171 , Reply# 13   11/20/2011 at 20:13 (2,161 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Kevin, you've done a wonderful job.  Congratulations on everythinng functioning.  I'm extremely impressed you have all the accessories!!  Very nice indeed.  Are both oven cavities the same size or is the upper oven larger than the lower oven? 

Post# 558175 , Reply# 14   11/20/2011 at 21:07 (2,161 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Oh, that's just beautiful.

Post# 558181 , Reply# 15   11/20/2011 at 21:20 (2,161 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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What a beautiful restoration. They certainly don't make anything like this any more.
Best Of Luck!

Post# 558182 , Reply# 16   11/20/2011 at 21:28 (2,161 days old) by verizonbear (Glen Burnie )        
Very Nice

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Awesome Oven and Kitchen!

Post# 558183 , Reply# 17   11/20/2011 at 21:41 (2,161 days old) by tlee618 ()        

Kevin, you did a fantastic job on that Hotpoint!!  Have you tried the roto-grill yet?  

Post# 558195 , Reply# 18   11/20/2011 at 23:09 (2,161 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

Looks like it just came out of the box.

We had Hotpoints of the same era. The ovens were separate. One had the exact same Roto Grill, though I don't remember mom ever using it. The house was built in late 1956.

Post# 558241 , Reply# 19   11/21/2011 at 06:53 (2,161 days old) by CUFFS054 (GA)        

Looks great! Plus you have a REAL vent fan. We had one in our 50's FL house and I still miss it. Even my super-dupper-wizz-bang cost big bucks hood doesn't do the same job as those do.

Post# 558247 , Reply# 20   11/21/2011 at 07:18 (2,161 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        


Post# 558250 , Reply# 21   11/21/2011 at 07:34 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Customline sez...........

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. The only accessory I didn't have was the meat probe and I found that on Fleabay. The exhaust fan was also a Fleabay find. The top oven is wider than the bottom but the same depth. I'm making rotisserie chicken today in it and I'll be referring to the recipe and procedure in the original manual. You have to make sure you run the rotisserie motor every once in a while to keep it from seizing up. I used 12 and 14 gauge range wire for the resto. In the upper compartment behind the dashboard, heat builds up so you want everything heat resistant there.There is no timed bake in the lower oven, only the top. There is a broiler in the lower oven though. I'll let you know how the chicken comes out.

Post# 558260 , Reply# 22   11/21/2011 at 09:44 (2,161 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Pink with envy

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Great job! Those ovens are so great and put anything that's on the market today to shame. Is that rotisserie actually built to accommodate the spit at two different levels?!Q?? I always thought it was smart for Hotpoint to offer two different sized ovens on their double-oven models.


You need to put that frozen pizza in the bottom oven to defrost, go to an expensive butcher and get an 8-lb. bottom-round rotisserie roast tied with a 1/2" fat cap. Do that beautiful appliance proud.

Post# 558317 , Reply# 23   11/21/2011 at 13:03 (2,161 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Answer for Bajaespuma

Yes, The rotisserie has two levels to accommodate different size items. I'll do my best to make this appliance live up to it's potential. Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!!

Post# 558349 , Reply# 24   11/21/2011 at 15:30 (2,160 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        
Two words:

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Absolutely fabulous!!

Post# 558387 , Reply# 25   11/21/2011 at 19:24 (2,160 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Hey Kevin.........

Saw your turkey preparation video. Thanks for all the good advice and thanks for checking out my oven picks.

Post# 559265 , Reply# 26   11/25/2011 at 23:59 (2,156 days old) by 1952Crestwood (Arlington, VA)        
What a dream!

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Congrats on your beautiful Customline oven! I love Hotpoint appliances like that myself and have always drooled over the ovens just like yours. Great job on the restoration too. An oven like yours in a turquoise with a matching cooktop would be one of my ultimate dreams. Enjoy it for many years to come!

Post# 560283 , Reply# 27   11/29/2011 at 20:52 (2,152 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Yes, your COOK TOP, "Customline"...! What Brand?

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Thank you for showing off this neat little project, CUSTOM LINE!

I remember a house my mom, sister & I babysat at having a single built-in HOTPOINT oven in pink & somehow NO cooktop, which has me wondering: What make is yours?

The house had an Admiral top freezer fridge, a Montgomery Ward MENU MAGIC gas range (which got used instead of the oven) and an unused Frigidaire double-oven (large self cleaning & small "Tender Matic") 40" Custom Imperial electric range (with a broken knob, which one of you guys could probably easily fix; it fell of its bracket behind the plexi-glass) shoved up against a wall in a dining area part of the kitchen (which had no chairs or table, just used for storage; it was a big kitchen)...

-- Dave

Post# 560372 , Reply# 28   11/30/2011 at 09:33 (2,152 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
The cooktop........

Is also a Hotpoint from the same year and same series although it is the basic model, not the top of the line. The top of the line cooktop for that year would have had a back dashboard with a clock and minute timer. I found my cooktop in someone's driveway ready to be thrown out !!!! After cleaning out bugs and leaves I commenced on a full restoration. The oven was found on a porch also ready for the garbage. I got real lucky with these. Next is the pink Hotpoint refrigerator from '56. I have to wire in a grounded cord and adjust the door. Wait 'till you see that !!!!! Then the Hotpoint kitchen is complete.

Post# 560399 , Reply# 29   11/30/2011 at 13:21 (2,152 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

If you love Hotpoint, you need to come to Mocksville for a visit, Our local Furniture store has been a Hotpoint dealer since 1949, and any stove he gets in on trade that is old, he keeps!!! He has a building full of old stoves and old cars!!

Post# 889925 , Reply# 30   7/18/2016 at 21:07 (459 days old) by Mike0918 (Columbus, OH)        

Hello - You did an awesome job on that! I don't know if anyone still monitors this thread, but we have an oven just like that (except in turquoise) that needs some rewiring. I wanted to take the doors off to make it easier to pull out, but can't figure out how they come off. If someone could help me out with how to remove them, I'd appreciate it!

Thanks... Mike

Post# 889985 , Reply# 31   7/19/2016 at 09:10 (459 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Hi Mike............

Concerning your doors, you don't want to take something apart off that oven that you don't need to so I would leave them on. When you pull the unit out of the wall, just make sure the grates are out and (along with another person because these units are heavy) pull with one hand from the inside and pull carefully on a door from the outside. I would suggest when you pull the oven out of the wall that you lay it on a rolling flat cart so it is mobile. The wiring schematic is located on the back of the unit so take a photo of it and then photocopy it a couple of times. Let me know if you have any more questions and good luck on your restoration.

Post# 890216 , Reply# 32   7/20/2016 at 21:15 (457 days old) by Mike0918 (Columbus, OH)        

Sounds good, thanks for your help!

Post# 901401 , Reply# 33   10/1/2016 at 15:55 (385 days old) by Robb (MN)        

I have the same hotpoint oven in a '58 built house. The Rota-grill doesn't work. I'm also missing the middle top switch above the light switch. Was wondering if this switch I'm missing controls the rotisserie? Are the motors easy to unseize? I take it the whole oven has to be slid out to unseize the motor? Please advise. Thank you!

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Post# 901632 , Reply# 34   10/3/2016 at 15:06 (383 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Your rotisserie motor.............

Is mounted in the back of the unit and the oven would have to come out of the wall to get at it. Two wires are connected to it and four screws hold it in. It's a step down or "skeleton" motor and they are very durable but they take a lot of soaking to get them un seized. I soaked mine in a combination of WD40 and STP for three days until it freed up but it was worth it. Make sure that when you re install it that you lube it up lightly with Anti Seize. This lubricant can be found at any auto parts store. The on off button for this motor can be found at any hardware electrical department. Your oven looks great !!!!

Post# 952001 , Reply# 35   8/7/2017 at 18:08 by midcentnurse (Lake Charles, La)        

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That is amazing! Looks really good. We just found a Hotpoint single oven in yellow in great shape someone was throwing out. Only problem is it's electric, but we have had bigger challenges and won ;) Will update with pics soon.

Post# 952131 , Reply# 36   8/8/2017 at 09:36 by customline (pennsylvania)        
To midcentnurse.............

I would love to see your yellow oven !!!! Please post pictures. Do you know what year it is ?

Post# 952153 , Reply# 37   8/8/2017 at 11:34 by midcentnurse (Lake Charles, La)        

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heres a couple of pics. ill need to repaint the door unfortunately, our kitchen is turquoise. Im missing the crown emblem too.. I never really paid attention to these Hotpoints but theyre fantastic! Awesome 50s industrial style. Kind of like the old air cooled 911's, everybody was looking for the next improvement, now theyre realizing those were the best and theyre untouchable now! It'll probably be awhile before we can tackle this project, but will keep updating, and any help with install etc is greatly appreciated, no better advice on the interweb! ;)

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