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Post# 996324   6/5/2018 at 22:13 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Hey I recently saved this abused double oven from certain death. Iím hoping to restore it overtime and eventually welcome it into my kitchen. I was lucky enough to find a complete set of knobs for it on eBay as it seems to be missing a couple. But my biggest issue is the glass behind the knobs is broken and I have no idea how I will ever find a replacement. I was hoping it might be possible to have a piece of glass cut to fit and have it frosted. Was hoping maybe someone on here may have a good idea and might be willing to share it? 😉

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Post# 996327 , Reply# 1   6/5/2018 at 23:09 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Its a

Westinghouse, way before the WCI days, and a MUCH finer range than anything WCI made, I don't know about getting a glass cut??

Post# 996328 , Reply# 2   6/5/2018 at 23:16 by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Graphics or Sign Company

I had a neon Budweiser sign redone. I bought it with glass signage broken. I had a glass cut and brought what was left of original glass to a local sign company. They scanned what was left of original signage, and they made a sticker that went onto back of glass to replicate original. Maybe they could do the same here.

Post# 996336 , Reply# 3   6/6/2018 at 00:31 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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First thing I might do is take the glass with the writing on a copier and make more than one copy of the writing, just so you will have something with the writing in case it breaks totally. Also see how hot it gets, perhaps a piece of Plexiglass or Lexan will work if it's not too hot to melt. Could the glass perhaps be cut in half to preserve at least the top half of the panel?

Post# 996345 , Reply# 4   6/6/2018 at 06:13 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Handsome range there Jason!

Yes, take photos with your phone, or camera to a custom glass fabricator. They do etchings of all sorts for custom shower door glass. Most any design can be done with computer graphic design today. It's likely 3/8 inch thick, or close. Still very common, as is 1/2 inch tempered glass. The white color can be lithographed on the back side.
Where it may get costly, is the holes for the knobs, and the script.
I was able to get a 1/2 inch thick beveled glass square cocktail table top for my DIA metal table for $100.00. I don't think it's tempered though. You may want that being it's on an oven if it gets too hot. It may not though.
It oughta clean up nice if all the wiring is in good condition.
Best of luck with it!


Post# 996350 , Reply# 5   6/6/2018 at 06:53 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Neat Range

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Unfortunately I parted out and scraped two of these exact ranges a year or so ago, your best bet would be to look out for a parts donor. I do still have a lot of parts for these ranges and I will look to see if I saved the control panel glass.

 

I was always very fond of WH ranges built in this time period, not only are they cool looking but they always performed very well, I fact I have said for the last 40 years that WHs electric ranges were by far their best major appliance, followed by their Front Load washers.

 

The down side of WH ranges in this time period was wiring failures at terminals, bad thermostats, clocks and surface unit and other switches. The reason I tossed the ones we had was the continuous clean coating in the upper ovens often starts to fail and flake off, if your top oven finish is good that is plus.

 

Overall if you want this for your main range in your kitchen you are going to need to scrap out another one just for spare parts, also for a vintage two oven range you would be far better off with a GE or HP if you actually intend to use it much.

 

The real crown jewel in the WH is to find one with the Automatic Stirring top element, and the real Crown Jewel on the GE-HP is to find one  with the miracle Versatronic lower oven that can microwave at the same time as it bakes or broils.

 

John L.


Post# 996355 , Reply# 6   6/6/2018 at 08:30 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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OK yeah thatís an awesome idea. I believe there is a graphics and sign shop about 45 minutes from me. Iím hoping I can get the glass panel out without it falling apart too bad. Possibly stick some tape over it before I try to remove it.? I have always loved theses double oven stoves. I just like the looks of them for some reason. I remember my grandma having one just like this Westinghouse when I was a kid. That was the original reason I got it was sentimental reasons I believe. I currently have a general electric similar to this in my kitchen right now. I got it for free on craigslist about six or seven years ago. And it has been a good stove and I have never had any major problems with it. The lightbulb did burn out in the microwave though and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it apart to change it. I tried removing some panels but itís inside the microwave cabinet and I canít see anyway to get it apart. So I eventually just gave up LOL. The biggest issue I have with that right now is that when cooking with the right front large burner the stove will shock you if you touch the upper part and the lower part at the same time. All I cook with is cast-iron and I was making up a batch of gravy a while back. I was stirring with a wire whisk in one hand and I decided to lean against the microwave and that was A shocking experience LOL. I have opened up the cabinet and checked all the wires and cannot find any bare wires touching anywhere. But it only only does it when youíre using the right front burner and I believe it is 240 because it hits hard ! I know my oven is dirty. I was baking and something overflowed in it recently and I have just not had the ambition to get down and scrub it out yet.

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Post# 996356 , Reply# 7   6/6/2018 at 08:35 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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I have not checked the finish and either oven on the Westinghouse yet. The people who had this Stove must not have been the most hygienic because it Was a nightmare to clean. I cleaned the outside of the it just so it would look good sitting in my shop. But I have not yet got the ovens cleaned out so I am not sure on the finish. I know that the space underneath of the burners has what looks to be close to an inch of black nasty stuff that has been boiled over throughout the years that they never cleaned. Iím going to have to disassemble the stove to clean it out one of these days. The enamel portions of the stove seem to be in good shape but the portions that are painted not so much. But no problem I will just give it a fresh coat of paint.

Post# 996362 , Reply# 8   6/6/2018 at 11:11 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Shocking Range Element

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Hi Jason, the reason you are getting shocked from the RF element is that the element is not grounded to the ranges cook-top properly.

From your picture it looks like the range does not have the correct surface burners on it and as a result they may not be making a proper ground connection.

You can check the grounding of each element with an Ohm meter by touching one probe to each element and the other probe to something metal on the MW etc, you should have O Ohms resistance.

Even though this is shocking the hell out of you you are only getting 120 volts from a leak like this [ which is enough to KILL you ]

John L.


Post# 996374 , Reply# 9   6/6/2018 at 12:13 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

The WH is a beautiful range.





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