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Post# 953483   8/19/2017 at 00:09 (280 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        

I am in Houston and just traveled to Deep South Texas to get a 1968 Frig. Custom Imperial range-double oven. It was exceptionally clean, seems to work great (to the extent I've tried it), and to my pleasant surprise, came with a vintage Rangeaire hood, which has a two-speed fan and a bright red pilot light. I had been wanting a vintage unit for some time and needed a double oven. We do a lot of canning (with a '50s cast aluminum Magic Seal canner) and I look forward to using this. If anyone knows where I can get a manual, ad, or any sort of paperwork on it I would much appreciate the information. The model is RCIE-75N.

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Post# 953615 , Reply# 1   8/19/2017 at 17:35 (279 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

WOW! That's quite a haul with the hood. Hope you enjoy. Frigidaire ovens are huge. Each of the shelves would hold two Bundt pans when I used to bake pound cakes, so in my 1961 Custom Imperial, I could bake 6 cakes at once. The ovens are smaller in my 1954 double oven Frigidaire RT70 so it only bakes 3 at a time, but they all turned out beautifully.


In 2012, I think, when Sandy was blowing up the east coast, I canned a large batch of Manwich Sandwich stuff in various size jars, anticipating a power failure and not wanting the ground meat to go bad. I used the Mirro Matic 16 qt canner on the Heat Minder Unit and it maintained 10 pounds of pressure at just a hair below 250F.  Fortunately, the power did not go out and I had a long time to enjoy my jars of Manwich.

Post# 953620 , Reply# 2   8/19/2017 at 17:55 (279 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
There are several Frigidaire tech-talks from around that era

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As well as service literature, etc. in the Automatic Ephemera section of this wonderful place.

Link attached.


Post# 953629 , Reply# 3   8/19/2017 at 19:03 (279 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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That's a beautiful range, and hood! Congrats. You'll love the ovens.

Post# 953641 , Reply# 4   8/19/2017 at 20:42 (279 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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What else can make this guy who prefers--GREATLY prefers!--cooking on a GAS STOVE (w/ a Gas OVEN) than an Eeee-lektrik FAHTY-INCH????!!!!

Congratulations and what a great find...

-- Dave

Post# 953664 , Reply# 5   8/20/2017 at 08:14 (278 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Congratulations! She's a beauty. Always liked the look and feel of the slender knobs on the controls. And there's a self-cleaning oven to boot. Awesome.

Photo 3: I do declare; that is the biggest kitchen timer I've ever seen. No problems hearing the buzzer go off on that one, LOL.

Post# 953678 , Reply# 6   8/20/2017 at 11:02 (278 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Those broilers are super powerful too, if they are like in my '61, 3700 watts.

Post# 954087 , Reply# 7   8/22/2017 at 22:41 (276 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        

Thanks for the comments ... I'm really enjoying it. Yes, ha, that's a big clock on the Cust. Imp. in the third pic ... that was when Chrysler was in the air conditioning business. Btw, can someone tell me, is the lower box in the left (small) oven a warmer?

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Post# 954094 , Reply# 8   8/23/2017 at 01:05 (276 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Yes, a 40" GM-FRIGIDAIRE...--(Poof! Proof:)

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...--is certainly this is the range that I would choose over a GE in this size...

-- Dave

Post# 954107 , Reply# 9   8/23/2017 at 06:21 (275 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Space Under Small Left Oven

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Is just storage for broiler pans Etc.

Post# 954115 , Reply# 10   8/23/2017 at 07:40 (275 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The smaller oven used to be in a lower position when the ranges had a deep well (Thermizer was Frigidaire's name for it) that took up the space above the oven. It took them a while, but they finally moved the oven up and opened the space below it for storage.

Post# 954288 , Reply# 11   8/23/2017 at 22:18 (275 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        

Ahh, ok, more storage.... there's a compartment that runs across the whole oven at the very bottom; that one alone is larger than what I had in my previous oven, a 30" one, so this 40" has two storage compartments.

Post# 954329 , Reply# 12   8/24/2017 at 09:01 (274 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Yes, and the drawer lifts out to give you access to the floor underneath for cleaning.

Post# 954344 , Reply# 13   8/24/2017 at 10:46 (274 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
That space

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That space under the smaller oven used to be on top of the smaller oven and was there to accommodate the "cooking well" back burner on the left side of the range.

Post# 954349 , Reply# 14   8/24/2017 at 11:01 (274 days old) by 2packs4sure (houston)        
Is that a Chrysler Airtemp clock in the third picture ?

Whoa,,,, that clock in the third pic. looks just like a clock I used to lust after in a resale shop in the Heights many years ago...
Is that a Chrysler Airtemp clock ?


Post# 954370 , Reply# 15   8/24/2017 at 15:10 (274 days old) by 2packs4sure (houston)        
I wonder if that's the same clock ?

I wonder if that's the same clock, it was in a old house-resale shop over off of Heights Blvd. and W. 4th street right next to I 10 .......
I used to go there often in the early to mid 90's.
That clock was ALWAYS there right when you walked in,,, even when she was about to shut down the business she'd never come off the price which was high to me way back then, so I passed.

If possible would you post a nice picture of it? Please


Post# 954374 , Reply# 16   8/24/2017 at 15:34 (274 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Stay high and dry,

there's a hurricane a commin'

Post# 954401 , Reply# 17   8/24/2017 at 18:28 (274 days old) by 2packs4sure (houston)        
Stay high and dry,

I used to not worry too much but our neighborhood floods much easier than it did 20 years ago so I'm VERY worried.

Post# 954411 , Reply# 18   8/24/2017 at 21:05 (274 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        
Old Chrysler clock

I am posting a closer pic of this Chrysler Air Conditioning clock for a member that requested it. I believe I've had it at least 12 years and fewer than 20 years. It would be amazing if it's the very one you wrote me about.

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Post# 954415 , Reply# 19   8/24/2017 at 22:03 (274 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        
Storm ⛈⛈⛈

I'm worried about this storm too... I've spent the day on the roof, cleaning gutters and cutting away limbs

Post# 954416 , Reply# 20   8/24/2017 at 22:37 (274 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Mighty 40" monster

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Congratulations on your new stove. I love the Rangeaire hood. I noticed you have the same blender('s a Vita-Mix 3600 Plus)that I recently found at the thrift, too.

The stove knobs are beautifully designed. The absence of a window would be my only "but".

I'm concerned for Houston, too...hope you will be safe.

Post# 954417 , Reply# 21   8/24/2017 at 22:44 (274 days old) by 2packs4sure (houston)        

Thanks for the clock pic.

Post# 954429 , Reply# 22   8/25/2017 at 05:30 (273 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You probably saved that range from certain destruction in the flooding and storm surge in south Texas.  I, along with the community, hope you are safe in the storm.


When you nest the deeper part of the Radiant Wall Broiler Pan into the shallower water pan, the entire pan will fit in that little garage under the companion oven. The purpose of the pan's construction was to confine broiling splatters to the pan instead of having them fly all over the oven which was more important before self-cleaning ovens.

Post# 954461 , Reply# 23   8/25/2017 at 10:57 (273 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

is on the dirty side of the storm also. Let's hope it fizzles out sooner than later.
We never know how mother nature will act. A low pressure front will help.
As of now, there isn't one.

Post# 954637 , Reply# 24   8/26/2017 at 15:44 (272 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        
Storm and Mixer

Thanks to all... I'm riding out Harvey (actually that sounds like a weird way to put it) here in Houston. Oh and yes, that's a Vita Mix 3600 Plus that you see in the pic, a juicer that's built like a Sherman Tank.... found it at a little estate sale, and I just thought $35 was pretty fair.

Post# 954729 , Reply# 25   8/26/2017 at 21:52 (272 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The forecast is pretty dire for tonight according to the Weather Channel. Do you have a NOAA weather radio to warn you if a flash flood warning is issued?

Post# 954790 , Reply# 26   8/27/2017 at 10:02 (271 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        

I have one of those little ones that has just a bar across the whole front of it (about 3.5") to push and a very tall antenna, but it's getting only static. There must be a set screw somewhere to adjust it.

Post# 954877 , Reply# 27   8/27/2017 at 15:38 (271 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Hey, Aristotle, how are you holding up? I hope that you stay dry because no boat is going to haul your new range to safety.

Post# 954964 , Reply# 28   8/28/2017 at 05:19 (270 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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Were all wishing you dry ranges! Keep safe indeed!

Post# 955032 , Reply# 29   8/28/2017 at 13:27 (270 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        
🎶 Me and My Range 🎶

You're right... Lula Mae (my new 40" Custom Imperial) would sink the boat she's put in... but hey, maybe she floats ! I could ride her out of town ! (🎶I rode her hard as she called my name 🎶)

I've had a little water intrusion onto the tile through my back sliding glass door, but it's nothing my wet-can can't take care of. I think that in my son's bedroom it has seeped up just a little through hairline cracks in the foundation; the carpet doesn't feel wet to the touch, maybe just a tad damp, but it's developed a musky smell over the last 24 hours. Anyway, in comparison to many neighbors, who are completely flooded out, I'm very fortunate. Power is on and internet is up; so I'm able to offer food to neighbors who've lost power. I'm about to walk back up the street to see if anyone needs a hot meal that this '68 C.I. can whip up in no time. ... keep us in your thoughts. ...

I'll check in again later today ....


Post# 955178 , Reply# 30   8/29/2017 at 10:25 (269 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I'm glad to hear that you are doing OK in the midst of a horrible situation.

Post# 955420 , Reply# 31   8/31/2017 at 08:59 (267 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Aristotle, Where Are You

Aristotle, we hope all is well with you.

Post# 955438 , Reply# 32   8/31/2017 at 10:59 (267 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
It's very bad there.

We know of people in Kingwood, Victoria, Legends Estates in Spring, and near League city. Those all flooded.
One e-mailed a photo of their single story home flooded half way up the windows.
They lost two vehicles. They do have flood insurance.

Post# 955459 , Reply# 33   8/31/2017 at 12:58 (267 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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concern for this guy "Aristotle".....very concerned for all those in Houston and areas surrounding...hope you are ok, bud.

Post# 955620 , Reply# 34   9/1/2017 at 15:23 (266 days old) by Aristotle (Houston)        
Checking in

I'm good, thanks for the concern. I've been helping neighbors, as we were pretty fortunate. We had just a little water intrusion, since our house sits up higher than the surrounding area; I suppose the highest on our block. Since we did not loose power I've been able to offer the services of our Frig. Custom Imperial double oven and range to help neighbors get a hot meal. Also, yesterday I used our 50s chrome rotisserie to make a pork tenderloin for some Vietnamese down the street (their roof partially caved in and I filed an insurance claim for them, as their English is very limited). Overall we are managing. I'm a philosophy professor and all institutions of higher ed. in Houston are shut down until at least next week; so I've got some spare time. Numerous neighbors fled and I've been checking up on their houses. We are going to make it.

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Post# 955625 , Reply# 35   9/1/2017 at 15:50 (266 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Glad you're safe and able to help out your neighbors. Anyone know how 2packs4sure is doing? He expressed some concern about his neighborhood flooding.

That's a beautiful vintage rotisserie, Aristotle.

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