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Turquoise and Yellow GE Kitchen Cabinets/Sink/Appliances
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Post# 707782   10/7/2013 at 17:07 (3,840 days old) by xpanam (Palm Springs California )        

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Post# 707821 , Reply# 1   10/7/2013 at 19:45 (3,840 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Note the turquoise Club Aluminum!

That Americana is from the early 60s and has the rare skylight oven window. To do it, the broiler uses two elements running side to side across the top of the oven with a curved porcelain reflector at the front as a shield from the 5KW of heat. In regular electric ranges the broiler usually runs around 3KW although some Frigidaire ranges had broiler elements that drew 3.7 KW.


Post# 707961 , Reply# 2   10/8/2013 at 13:07 (3,839 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I would love to have that dishwasher! It matches our stove (and at some point a fridge).

Post# 708124 , Reply# 3   10/9/2013 at 08:39 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
I may have to check into these...

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I love the range and d/w... and it's not far from our VT place, we've been to Jay many times, bought some vintage Altec speakers there a few years back.

Post# 708128 , Reply# 4   10/9/2013 at 08:56 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
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requesting contact info, I'm going to look into these... wish me luck! I may take the whole shebang, the kitchen in the Mid-Century ranch house where my son lives (owned by us) needs a re-do with these!

Post# 708141 , Reply# 5   10/9/2013 at 10:13 (3,838 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Hope you can save them Roger!!

Post# 708180 , Reply# 6   10/9/2013 at 14:48 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
we have contact!!

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deal pending ... now how the he11 will I get all that stuff home???

Don't need any of it in Vermont, but I'll use the turquoise range + fridge in the rotation here - (with my Salmon Pink walls, think Howard Johnson's!! luckily we have hardwood floors in the kitchen, so it won't clash)...the cabinets & countertops and the d/w at Josh's (he didn't like the portable 'cause he said it got in the way, but I can build this in).

Imagine that parts for Americana range aren't too hard to get, but how about the fridge and d/w? Can any GE fridge experts tell me the model, and if it might possibly be Frost-Free?


Post# 708181 , Reply# 7   10/9/2013 at 14:55 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
we have contact!!

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deal pending ... now how the he11 will I get all that stuff home???

Don't need any of it in Vermont, but I'll use the turquoise range + fridge in the rotation here - (with my Salmon Pink walls, think Howard Johnson's!! luckily we have hardwood floors in the kitchen, so it won't clash)...the cabinets & countertops and the d/w at Josh's (he didn't like the portable 'cause he said it got in the way, but I can build this in).

Imagine that parts for Americana range aren't too hard to get, but how about the fridge and d/w? Can any GE fridge experts tell me the model, and if it might possibly be Frost-Free?


Post# 708182 , Reply# 8   10/9/2013 at 14:56 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
sorry

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for the double post...

Post# 708186 , Reply# 9   10/9/2013 at 15:35 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Well...

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we have a deal! Hope to get part of it before winter sets in (not long up there), and the rest will be stored in the present owner's safe & dry barn until Spring!

The range I'm familiar with... any info on the d/w and fridge as to models and features would be much appreciated!!


Post# 708187 , Reply# 10   10/9/2013 at 15:51 (3,838 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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The fridge looks like a modern one that has been painted Turquoise to match.  It's likely frost free and hey, it's better than having to defrost the original.

 

Maybe someone else can advise on the make.  Probably a good chance it's a Whirlpool.


Post# 708202 , Reply# 11   10/9/2013 at 17:24 (3,838 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Congratulations!

You are in luck with Winter. According to AccuWeather.com, it will arrive slowly in the east.

Post# 708230 , Reply# 12   10/9/2013 at 18:37 (3,838 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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The dishwasher is/was GE's first front-loading TOL dishwasher, made in 1962 and, for some reason, was rated very highly by Consumer Reports that year. There's a cut-sheet for it in Ephemera. The model number IIRC was SD-402

Post# 708235 , Reply# 13   10/9/2013 at 19:04 (3,838 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Thanks for the info folks...

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Impeller? Spin tube?

Agree, the fridge may be more recent, handles don't jibe with 1962?

Hope you are right Tom ... winter can be verrry slow getting here afaic. I'll be driving up with a trailer behind the Xterra in early November probably.


Post# 708333 , Reply# 14   10/10/2013 at 10:02 (3,837 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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There would be a spray arm on this dishwasher. It will have the 'power tower' too, and if you're lucky, a 'power shower' on top. Three level washing convenience!!!

Post# 708388 , Reply# 15   10/10/2013 at 14:02 (3,837 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Anybody got any '62 GE brochures or manuals?

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for D/W or Americana range? ...there's nothing on the POD yet.
BTW the themselves cabinets are actually matching GE Americana cabinets. Never knew GE had such.

Also BTW turns out the fridge IS a newer model, painted to match, but he sold it separately already, which is ok as I think we want a new one for efficiency... this whole kitchen will be slated for our small retirement (winter) house that's in the design stage, (a new MCM knockoff, see William Kreisel, he built a lot of stuff in Palm Springs), with updated, efficient features that we'll build in a year or 2. Sounds like this d/w might actually wash reasonably well! We only run it once or twice a week, so water useage isn't a huge issue, and we can always short-cycle it.

Thanks folks for all the info on these, it's been terra incognita up to this point.


Post# 708390 , Reply# 16   10/10/2013 at 14:11 (3,837 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Nothing in Ephemera either...

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oh, and I agree with Rob, the fridge should be pink! we'll get a new white one and paint it 1958-62 era GE pink.

We have the perfect set of white Eero Saarinen style "Tulip" chairs/table to go with a yellow/turquoise/pink kitchen... what fun!


Post# 708392 , Reply# 17   10/10/2013 at 14:13 (3,837 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Nothing in Ephemera either...

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oh, and I agree with Rob, the fridge should be pink! we'll get a new white one and paint it 1958-62 era GE pink.

We have the perfect set of white Eero Saarinen style "Tulip" chairs/table to go with a yellow/turquoise/pink kitchen... what fun!


Post# 708393 , Reply# 18   10/10/2013 at 14:15 (3,837 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
D'oh!!

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There I go again... this should be posting idiot proof for idiots like me... sorry!

Post# 708514 , Reply# 19   10/10/2013 at 22:40 (3,837 days old) by xpanam (Palm Springs California )        

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Congratulations Roger!!!! Can we have close-up pictures of the dishwasher when you get a chance? I have always this was a good looking DW! Thanks Rob.

Post# 708549 , Reply# 20   10/11/2013 at 07:31 (3,836 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Wasn't this the dishwasher with the solid plastic trim strip on the front of the top rack? The trim trapped soil between itself and the door liner. CU wrote about that in the report. They contacted GE about it and GE service removed the trim. CU suggested that if you bought a model with the trim to remove it or have it removed under warrenty. They also said that GE was eliminating the trim strip in the current production models. It was just a bit too tarted up.

Post# 708567 , Reply# 21   10/11/2013 at 09:25 (3,836 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Trim strip? ...

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I think that the guilty interfering trim strip came along a couple years later, according to some posts from a few years back that popped up in a Google.

Don't worry Rob, will post plenty 'o pics when I get it in about 3 weeks! - we're making a 600 mi round trip and will only fit the d/w and a few small cabinets, the rest he's keeping for my until Spring! Planing to stay in a nice B & B and make a mini-vacation out of this pickup!


Post# 708735 , Reply# 22   10/12/2013 at 04:55 (3,835 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re refrigerator ...

Trust me, a vintage manual defrost fridge will use less energy, will keep food much better, and will be much quieter than anything made today, and defrosting is not a bad chore!not to mention you will not have to replace it every 10 years!

Post# 708770 , Reply# 23   10/12/2013 at 11:20 (3,835 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
This is true...

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but I know from past experience that the other partner in this experience won't buy into it, manual frosting, or any extraneous housework or that matter, ist verboten!
I gladly clean the non-self cleaning ovens as penance for their ownership, but have no say in the fridge, other than color, so will have to settle for a new one and paint it to match.

BTW a big belated thanks to ROB for posting this sweet ensemble! I occasionally look at the Plattsburgh CL as it is right across the Lake from us, but hadn't for some time!


Post# 708771 , Reply# 24   10/12/2013 at 11:26 (3,835 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Here's an additional pic:

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the owner sent of the Americana range with the weird and wonderful "Skyview" window, apparently a one-year-only feature. Looks to be in very nice condition overall. I'm going to have to make "kitty covers" for those big button burner controls, our little scamp almost burned the house down with the last GE that we had with them!

Post# 709217 , Reply# 25   10/14/2013 at 06:23 (3,833 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Roger you will have fun with this project.

 

The GE Americana with the Sky-Light window was made for quite a few years, but went away as they rolled out the P-7 SC ovens as it would have been very difficult to incorporate this feature into a SC oven.

 

The refrigerator in this package is diffidently a modern model. The once a year defrosting that is necessary with a two door manual defrost is not anywhere as bad as manually cleaning a dirty oven, but it was very hard to convince many consumers to do it. Defrosting a freezer is a fairly simple job that involves no hard scrubbing or dangerous chemicals, and it is never a bad idea to go through your freezers inventory once a year. To me it was sort like having a manual transmission on a car, but a large #s of consumers will not have one at any cost.

 

The good thing is that a newer FF refrigerator will use about 1/2 the energy of a period correct GE Combination, and decent new [ simple ]refrigerators easily have a life span of around 30 years.

 

These first GE drop door DWs were OK performers, when they first came out CRs was fairly impressed, the reason they fell so much in the ratings by 1966 was that KA, Westinghouse and Whirlpool had redesigned their machines and all three of these left GE in the dust.


Post# 709237 , Reply# 26   10/14/2013 at 08:41 (3,833 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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The best thing about those Americana double-decker stoves is the rotisserie located in the top oven. When we owned one, the top oven was used 90% of the time.

Post# 709245 , Reply# 27   10/14/2013 at 09:32 (3,833 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
That's right on Ken...

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my primary motivation in getting it is the upper oven, my old back doesn't like stooping down much anymore, it will be nice to have that upper one and like yours it will likely be used most of the time. In fact in VT we built in our Copper Chambers electric wall oven (they came both gas and elec) 42" off the floor so it would be more convenient. I wish that fridges were up higher off the floor. (Bring back the wall fridge anyone??)

I agree John, defrosting isn't that bad, and we have a separate freezer anyhow as we get our beef and pork in large quantities from one of my wife's farmer patients (she's in a rural practice)... but she's super busy and has bad memories of her mother swearing as she spilled pans of hot water while defrosting her old Westinghouse before they went Frost Free... my Mom did that hot-water pan thing too. I remember back in Towson when we got our first Frost-Proof '64 Frigidaire Mom was ecstatic! Manuals are a hard sell now.

Simple IS good... we got a BOL 18 cu ft Whirlpool top freezer fridge for the VT camp 3 yrs ago and have been very happy with it so far. Uses very little electric, and I won't hook up the icemaker, a friend had $5k of wood floor damage when an almost new one leaked while they were at work.



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