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Electric Stove - Vintage White Freestanding Whirlpool - $399 (Magnolia)
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Post# 963576   10/20/2017 at 23:05 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Pretty stove, imho.

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Post# 963768 , Reply# 1   10/22/2017 at 00:12 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That big oven-door window

Post# 963885 , Reply# 2   10/22/2017 at 14:31 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I believe that this is a Kelvinator-built range. They are not built to take abuse. The cheapness and corner cutting can be glimpsed by the shortness of the fluorescent light above the control panel instead of being full width.

Post# 963886 , Reply# 3   10/22/2017 at 15:02 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I'm more of a fan of the burners being off to the left side, and the work surface being center-to-right, more than divided w/ all the space in the middle...

So this is like my grandma's Kelvinator, more than anything that's more-later genuine (although Roper-built) Whirlpool quality... And few of their 40" ranges ever made into kitchens, compared to GE, Roper-built Kenmore and Frigidaire...

-- Dave

Post# 963902 , Reply# 4   10/22/2017 at 17:22 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Dave, neither Roper or WP ever built a 40" electric range after about 1962, what was the age of your Grandma's range?

Post# 963909 , Reply# 5   10/22/2017 at 18:10 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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So this was a new stove in 1967, built by Kelvinator for Whirlpool? And I thought Whirlpool built their own stoves then.

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Post# 963913 , Reply# 6   10/22/2017 at 18:35 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
WP quit building Free standing ranges around 1961-2

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They stopped selling gas FSRs altogether and sourced the electric models from Kelvinator.


WP started building there own [ electric only and only 30" wide ] FSRs in Findley Ohio in 1976, they did not get into building their own FS gas ranges till around 1996 and these were [ and are still ]built in Tulsa Ok..

Post# 963915 , Reply# 7   10/22/2017 at 18:48 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Thanks John, it's a labryinth keeping track of appliance company's manufacturing...who built what when and where. At least their FS gas ranges are built in Tulsa,OK..and not China.

Post# 963942 , Reply# 8   10/22/2017 at 21:29 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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My grandma's is from 1969, along w/ her fridge--and actually a 30"...

In fact, this stove seems a bit "no frills" compared to all the gadgets and extras that her timer dial was filled with--the inside was shiny and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a "pull-out oven", though she'd never demonstrated, just gave me the impression that it was OK to completely line the oven with foil, and replace ever so often (well, looking back, maybe she did)...

Her Kelvinator had no name-plate, either--so the serial plate w/ the Product of American Motors details gave me indication (or maybe the tag simply fell off) so the blank space on the control panel let me put my own Kelvinator badges there (just for them to be taken off & thrown out)--and my mom subliminally chastise me, going off to sleep, or just before waking not to put, or DRAW, as I had notoriously done, "Kelvinators" on grandma's stove; she could have been annoyed w/ my deadly practice, and the last-straw was an RCA Whirlpool lettering, from a discarded washer control panel that I'd played around with glued on... Recognizing a few cues of similarity to Whirlpool's that I had seen, I think I couldn't have been more accurate, whereas my mom's 1994 Tappan looked alike as far as the knob nomenclature goes, while the timer set up, just being the clock, minute timer & stop/start for the automatic timed-bake oven--and this was a DESIGNER SERIES by Tappan (Mont. Ward) my fav' stove that ma had, 'cept for it being as trouble-prone in oven calibration as her previous Tappan range (a double w/ upper microwave, that blew out) had been in its short life...

-- Dave

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