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Yep, Another Caloric Ultramatic Has Arrived in Brooklyn: Part One
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Post# 930426   4/3/2017 at 18:09 (504 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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After a picturesque drive up to Poughkeepsie, New York, I am now the proud owner of yet another Caloric Ultramatic. While not as top of the line as the one in my kitchen, still a very nice stove. A very nice gay couple were flipping a house and the stove was left behind. Owned once by an "old lady", apparently bought new. I don't know how, but between me and another guy we managed to get the stove into the truck. I took everything I could to lighten the stove, but that SOB was HEAVY. Anyway, it's home waiting for a wipe down and the first pictures (to be posted here later this evening). Stay tuned. Once again, thanks Ken!

 

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Post# 930462 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 21:22 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Here we go...

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Made in January, 1962

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Post# 930465 , Reply# 2   4/3/2017 at 21:29 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Missing knobs for the panel light and the oven light. But I have spares.

 

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Notice the "Burner with a brain" is at the rear right.

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Post# 930466 , Reply# 3   4/3/2017 at 21:36 (503 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Lucky find Louie. If it was 30" I would want it, even with all those pilot lights. Beautiful stove. Does it have the Ultraray broiler on the left?

Post# 930468 , Reply# 4   4/3/2017 at 21:46 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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These must be the earliest knobs for the 1962 redesign. Never seen these before. Notice the lettering is pristine.

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And how cool is this? Still has the "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval.

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Where the Ultra-ray broiler would be, is a shelf. Sigh.

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I can't imagine what happened here. Looks like someone took a grinder to it. What a shame.

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On a brighter note, the oven light does work. However it was bypassed and wired directly to a plug. The original plug with cord is rolled up and taped in the back. Looks like some short must of happened. I'll know more one I open it up.

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Post# 930469 , Reply# 5   4/3/2017 at 21:48 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Tim. I owe it to Ken. No Ultra-ray. This seems to be the basic model.


Post# 930473 , Reply# 6   4/3/2017 at 22:06 (503 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Louie

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I love the Jetson styling!!!

 

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Post# 930474 , Reply# 7   4/3/2017 at 22:07 (503 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Oh well, its still a beautiful piece even minus the Ultraray, Nobody without our knowledge would know it was missing, Louie. Most would scorn us for having something that old, but little do they know what all of us know and what they are missing, these old appliances are still going fine and can be kept going fine.

Post# 930475 , Reply# 8   4/3/2017 at 22:07 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I noticed it's was fueled by propane. I'm going to have to do some research on how to convert it to natural gas.


Post# 930477 , Reply# 9   4/3/2017 at 22:10 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Lawrence. I just can't get enough of that styling! The guy who gave the Caloric wanted me to have it 'cause I had said I was going to restore it. Two other people were interested but they just wanted to sell it for scrap.


Post# 930479 , Reply# 10   4/3/2017 at 22:18 (503 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
What a great score! She'll love it!

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So Louie, is the Telechron rotor going to need reviving?


Post# 930481 , Reply# 11   4/3/2017 at 22:25 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Have no idea what is wrong back there. The clock might be working. Something must have happened. If the clock is dead, I'll try your tried and true hot nut and oil routine.


Post# 930486 , Reply# 12   4/3/2017 at 22:31 (503 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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And then deal with the clock?  An admirable work ethic!


Post# 930502 , Reply# 13   4/4/2017 at 02:26 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Ralph, you're being naughty again. Go to my room!


Post# 930504 , Reply# 14   4/4/2017 at 02:43 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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This conversion from LP to NG has me worried. Seems a bit more complex than I originally thought.

 

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Post# 930523 , Reply# 15   4/4/2017 at 08:24 (503 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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You're very welcome Louie. Glad to see it was saved rather than scrapped. It looks to be very clean and in excellent condition other than that damaged porcelain on the oven bottom plate.

Post# 930579 , Reply# 16   4/4/2017 at 14:07 (503 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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What happened to the other Ultramatic ?

Post# 930633 , Reply# 17   4/4/2017 at 20:17 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Happily working in my kitchen Eddie. As I mentioned in part 5, need to finish the knobs.


Post# 930636 , Reply# 18   4/4/2017 at 20:25 (503 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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So now my sister decided she wants a "new" stove, not this. Fine, it's her money. 

 

So now I'm torn. Originally I thought if she changed her mind on this Caloric, I'd just dismantle it for parts and toss the carcass. But it's in such nice shape. Better even than mine. The doors, the side panels are pristine. Almost everything is. I wish I could restore it and just keep it. But space will not permit. Sigh.


Post# 930778 , Reply# 19   4/5/2017 at 19:12 (502 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I have decided to take this stove apart.

 

It will donate the illuminated panel, the Utra-ray broiler door, knobs and the side panels if possible to my '64 Caloric.

 

Parts I will keep, the rest of the control panel, oven rack, oven door, broiler drawer, runners, all burners, drip plates, grates, valves, oven thermostat, stove top, and anything else I can salvage. Basically I'll be recycling a stripped down carcass. This is not a decision I took lightly. It really does break my heart. But with these parts, I can keep my Ultramatic working indefinitely. So in a way, it will live on. I will post pictures as I delve into it.


Post# 930789 , Reply# 20   4/5/2017 at 20:29 (502 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Louie,

 

Since your sister changed her mind, I think you've made the right decision.  The propane thing makes it a bit of a white elephant anyway.


Post# 939189 , Reply# 21   5/18/2017 at 11:58 (459 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I'm happy to report, my sister has reconsidered. The Ultramatic will go to a new home. YEA! Turns out a porter in my building knows how to convert an LP range to natural gas. However, I WILL still switch this Caloric's light panel with mine.

 

I feel so much better, it was killing me to take this one apart.


Post# 939224 , Reply# 22   5/18/2017 at 15:24 (459 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Sounds like destiny to me, Louie! 

 

It doesn't get much better than having the solution to the main issue (propane conversion) right under your nose!

 

Keep us posted on the progress!


Post# 939272 , Reply# 23   5/18/2017 at 18:40 (459 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Absolutely Ralph!

 

What do you guys think of this for a crowning touch?

 

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Post# 939289 , Reply# 24   5/18/2017 at 20:22 (459 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Well, with those color coordinated buttons and logo, it's sheer perfection!


Post# 940103 , Reply# 25   5/24/2017 at 21:19 (452 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Well here's the link for the new range hood:

 

Nautilus Model M-1 Range Hood

 

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Nautilus Model M-1 Range Hood


Post# 971393 , Reply# 26   12/4/2017 at 01:09 (259 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Finally getting around to this Caloric...

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I opened up the back. I still can't see why the original plug was taped up and a new wire and plug were wired up only to the oven light. I don't see any evidence of a short anywhere yet.  Pretty spartan back there compared to my kitchens Ultramatic.

 

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Post# 983856 , Reply# 27   2/22/2018 at 14:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I decided NOT to use my buildings' maintenance guy to do the LP to natural gas conversion. I'd rather have a professional do it since, if done wrong, it could be deadly. 


Post# 984526 , Reply# 28   2/27/2018 at 00:56 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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The electric clock/timer work just fine!

 





Post# 984527 , Reply# 29   2/27/2018 at 01:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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And so does the panel light!

 

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Love how the cook light also illuminates from behind the console numbers and letters.


Post# 984529 , Reply# 30   2/27/2018 at 01:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Since everything works as it should, the only reason I can think of is that somehow the knobs for the oven and panel lights were lost. Then someone just bypassed the panel and wired up the oven light directly to a plug. Talk about doing something half assed.

 

On a brighter note (no pun intended), I found a qualified repair man to convert the Caloric from LPG to natural gas. 

 


Post# 984531 , Reply# 31   2/27/2018 at 02:35 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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What have we here? The valve for the automatic burner was disconnected and a regular valve was put in it's place. Looks fairly recent. So now the question is; Was granny fed up with the automatic burner? Or was the valve defective?

 

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Post# 984537 , Reply# 32   2/27/2018 at 05:47 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Nice Louis.

Do you have the first one on service ? It's been awhile.


Post# 984540 , Reply# 33   2/27/2018 at 06:31 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Yes I do. Tonight I will post pictures of it. Promise.


Post# 984610 , Reply# 34   2/27/2018 at 18:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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After drilling out two rusted bolts, I finally got the top off. Dusty and a bit grimy, but in remarkably good condition.

 

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Post# 984635 , Reply# 35   2/28/2018 at 00:24 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Looking spiffy.

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Post# 984636 , Reply# 36   2/28/2018 at 00:45 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I am not 100% certain, but it seems like the nipple was broken off the the automatic burner valve. If so, that's that.

 

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Post# 985804 , Reply# 37   3/8/2018 at 08:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Automatic Burner Valve.

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Apparently it can be switched from LP to natural gas.

 

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Post# 986446 , Reply# 38   3/13/2018 at 17:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I ordered these from Amazon Prime so I can move the Caloric around easily,

 

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I got a blouse.


Post# 986468 , Reply# 39   3/13/2018 at 20:16 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Was it at least your size and does the color suit your eyes?

Post# 986475 , Reply# 40   3/13/2018 at 21:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wow. Déjà vu...

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Circus tent. I'm a petite size zero.





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