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1961 GE Range
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Post# 685263   6/23/2013 at 18:17 (3,556 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I am shopping for a gas replacement for my 1961 GE 40" range.  I had a vintage gas range in my former home and I miss that, so after 6-1/2 years of living with this beauty I have decided to pursue making the switch.


This range was GE's TOL model in 1961 - 40" width with two ovens (main oven is automatic), rotisserie, two storage drawers, Sensi-Temp burner, automatic grill, meat thermometer, Dinner Dial controls, fluorescent work light, See-Thru window on the main oven,  tilt-lock surface units with removable trim rings, removable oven doors with chrome oven door liners, Keyboard switches with Tel-A-Cook lights.


My range includes all items with which it was originally shipped.  All functions work.  The only flaws to this unit are:  the "Preheat" light for the companion oven is burned out, the backlight for the main oven's Dinner Dial is burned out, it is missing it's two front leveling feet, there are two very tiny chips on the right front edge of the top.


The range is located in Chamblee, GA.  If you have an interest in the range send me an email; I will answer any questions, provide more information and take additional photos as needed.  Price is negotiable - I would prefer to find a buyer here if possible.



Post# 685269 , Reply# 1   6/23/2013 at 19:02 (3,556 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Chamblee, Eh?

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If that range was originally sold locally to you, five'll get you ten it came from Castleberry's.

P.S.: Is it white or pink? I'm 1100 miles away, so it's not for me, but AW members who are interested will want to know. Photo makes it look as if it could be either color.

Post# 685274 , Reply# 2   6/23/2013 at 19:38 (3,556 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Sandy - she's white.


Castleberry's - yes, I'm very familiar with them...


I purchased it from John Jowers ( when I bought this house.  He had acquired the range from it's original owner and did nothing to it other than wipe it down before offering it for sale.


Here is another shot, taken in the current location.



Post# 685277 , Reply# 3   6/23/2013 at 19:50 (3,556 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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She's definitely purdy.

The reason I mentioned Castleberry's is that I have friends on Hart's Mill Road. Before Hart's Mill, they had a house on Colt Drive (one of the niftier midcentury ones). They bought everything from Castleberry's, including a 1957 Liberator that was to die for. That range began my love of vintage GE ranges, long before they were vintage.

Post# 685306 , Reply# 4   6/24/2013 at 00:20 (3,556 days old) by A440 ()        

You are going to miss that fantastic stove!
Do you not have a place you can store it for awhile?
I bet you will want to use it again. Would be fun if it was there for you to swap out when the itch came.
It is in beautiful shape.

Post# 685322 , Reply# 5   6/24/2013 at 06:07 (3,556 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Actually, if the Dinner Dial for the companion oven is working, it has time bake capabilities also. GE and Hotpoint were able to offer that because they used the selector switch along with the thermostat for their ovens.

Post# 685327 , Reply# 6   6/24/2013 at 06:52 (3,556 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Brent - no storage space here (no garage, no basement). This one feature of my house has caused me problems the whole time I've lived here (or maybe this one feature is a blessing?) If I don't use it, it needs to go.

Sandy - I am familiar with those streets and have looked at houses for sale on both of them over the years. The coolest MCM homes are in Sexton Woods, IMHO; although more and more of them are being re-muddled and destroyed based on the need for greed.

Tom - I've never turned the left Dinner Dial far enough to see the "Timed Bake" setting. It would make sense to offer that.


Post# 685421 , Reply# 7   6/24/2013 at 17:41 (3,555 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Replacement ideas ?

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pulltostart: That's a nice stove, really...I can understand, as there's no room here to just stuff things away like stoves, frig's, and w&d's...your kitchen is nice, too - like that yellow stared cookie jar!

So,any ideas of where you go from here? white, blue, green, copper? Newer than '61 or older, maybe?

This post was last edited 06/24/2013 at 18:12
Post# 685456 , Reply# 8   6/24/2013 at 20:05 (3,555 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Think:

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Colt Drive and its sister street, Remington, are Sexton Woods.

The house our friends owned (from new in 1956) was at 1863 Colt - a wonderful midcentury house with a great cathedral-ceilinged living room. All appliances were GE, from Castleberry's, including that Liberator range and a top-freezer fridge.

Last time I saw it, the carport had been cheaply enclosed with vinyl siding to make a garage. It was sad to see. The alteration was reversible, no problem there, but it was clear that whoever owned it at the time didn't understand it at all.

Post# 685466 , Reply# 9   6/24/2013 at 21:12 (3,555 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Phil - I'm still looking.  Somewhat torn between something mid-1950-ish and something new-ish (i.e., not brand new but with self-cleaning oven and electronic ignition).



Post# 685476 , Reply# 10   6/24/2013 at 22:26 (3,555 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I like these mid-50's electrics but something tells me they didn't make them in gas models or if they did, not many remain to be found.

Wish you much luck in your hunt...self-cleaning is a good thing!

Post# 685512 , Reply# 11   6/25/2013 at 05:46 (3,555 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Don't Know.....

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....Of a vintage 40-inch gas range with self-cleaning.

Frigidaire currently makes a 40-inch dual-fuel model with gas burners and a self-cleaning electric oven, but after the solid quality of that GE, you may not be happy with the flimsiness of a modern range. I'm not singling out Frigidaire - no mass-market brand I know of feels sturdy to me these days.

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Post# 685515 , Reply# 12   6/25/2013 at 05:58 (3,555 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Unless you are very careful you are going to lose good broiling, too. Make sure that whatever you buy has an ultra-ray broiler compartment next to the oven. All of that getting down on the floor to broil something under a blue flame is not the same type of broiling you get with the strong infrared heat of an electric broiler element. Also be prepared for soiling of your white cabinets unless there is a vent fan in your ceiling.

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