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1946 GE Electric Stove w/ Double Oven - $399 (Albany)
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Post# 723986   12/30/2013 at 21:41 (3,767 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ad reads: " Beautiful GE electric oven built in October, 1946. Everything appears to be working, and its in remarkable condition. Enamel is in excellent condition. All the pushbuttons are functioning, and both ovens are also in great condition. All knobs and controls are in great shape, unbroken and functioning. This could be moved in and put to immediate use. Only thing this needs is a little cleaning.
It would be great for a historic home. I did a little research on these older ovens, and they are very popular now."

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Post# 723990 , Reply# 1   12/30/2013 at 21:48 (3,767 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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No, no, no, no!  I am no GE expert but I think 1976 would be a better age.  At least that's closer to correct that 1946!  P7 oven, though. :)

Post# 723992 , Reply# 2   12/30/2013 at 21:53 (3,767 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Maybe a reversal on the numbers... instead of "46" they meant "64"... though it looks even a bit newer than that.

Post# 724012 , Reply# 3   12/31/2013 at 00:14 (3,767 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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yeah, I am no expert and couldn't see it being 1946.. 1964 makes sense. Look at the panel, and does it
say P/7? I see sense-temp - maybe danemodsandy would have an idea?

Post# 724017 , Reply# 4   12/31/2013 at 01:08 (3,767 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
That Is....

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A 1966 TOL 40-inch range. Yes, it had Sensi-Temp, also P*7, the dual-burner automatic griddle, the meat thermometer and the rotisserie. It appears that all the accessories are present in the storage drawer. Price is actually not that bad since everything is present - replacing the rotisserie parts alone would cost a lot on eBay.

That is my dream 40-inch range, but so far, no dice. If it turned up I don't have space for a 40-incher in this house.

Post# 724063 , Reply# 5   12/31/2013 at 10:13 (3,767 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Think I See What Happened:

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The error on the date got me curious, so I went to the GE page that helps consumers decode manufacturing dates from an appliance's serial number.

On that page, it says that the first letter "T" decodes to the month of October. It also says that the second letter "C" decodes to 1946. So, this seller had reason to think he or she was correct.

BUT - if one looks down the page, it can be seen that the code for 1966 is a TWO letter code, "BZ." There is no other letter code listed for 1966; GE used two-letter codes from 1961 to 1968, and did not use them before or after that time.

I think either someone made a mistake transcribing the serial number "TBZ" as "TCZ," or there is an error in GE's page, which would not be the first time a manufacturer's Website got something wrong.

Anyway, this puppy's a '66 model. And if I lived in Oregon, I'd be after her, big-time.

If anyone wants to see the page I visited, a link is below:

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Post# 724119 , Reply# 6   12/31/2013 at 16:05 (3,767 days old) by hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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since you know alot about the G.E. stoves, i was wondering something, do you know when G.E. switched from the "push button" burner controls to "turn knob" burner controls?? i am very curious to find out!!

thank you.

Post# 724125 , Reply# 7   12/31/2013 at 16:43 (3,767 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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The transition from pushbutton controls to rotary controls was gradual. I have the 1971 GE full-line brochure, available from Automatic Ephemera, and it shows a mixture. Some ranges still have pushbuttons, and some have rotary controls.

Even then, the ranges with rotary controls were not quite like today's. My range is a 1972 GE J 370 30-inch free-standing range. While all of its controls are rotary, they are not the "push-to-turn" type that are required today. That happened somewhere around 1975 or 1976, when safety regulations started requiring controls that required two separate motions to activate (the requirement also effectively outlawed pushbutton controls). The controls on my range turn without having to push them. After so many years of using ranges with push-to-turn controls, it took me a few days to get re-accustomed to controls that did not require a push.

Anyway - it was a changeover, not something that happened all at once.

Post# 724192 , Reply# 8   12/31/2013 at 21:09 (3,766 days old) by hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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very cool!!!

thanks for that information about the knobs being able to be turned without having to push down on them at the same time (like the child-proof medicine bottle caps/tops/lids).

you know, i thought you were going to say that with the rotary controls, it wasn't "infinite" (if that is the right word to use here?) were you could set the temperature at whatever heat you wanted it. instead, the rotary controls had set temperatures that the knobs would click into place for; high, medium-high, medium, medium-low, low, and simmer. that's what i thought you were going to say.

our GE drop in range (is that the right word for it??) is a newer model and has the rotary controls and has temperatures as; hi, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and lo. but if i'm cooking something that i want it to keep boiling fast, i can turn the knob in between the 8 & 9. there is no clicking of the knob, into the settings. it's cool, but i would soooo rather have that yellow GE stove!!!
ha ha ha......

thanks again danemodsandy.


Post# 724195 , Reply# 9   12/31/2013 at 21:17 (3,766 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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The early GE rotary controls were infinite, like you describe. It's just that they did not require pushing in before turning.

Post# 724353 , Reply# 10   1/1/2014 at 17:23 (3,766 days old) by hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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thank you for clearing that up for me & letting me know that the early GE rotary controls are indeed "infinite" heat setting selection. now i'm really wanting to get one of these GE stoves with the rotary control burner knobs!!!

Post# 1193484 , Reply# 11   11/12/2023 at 15:04 by LennyLenny (New York)        
GE P7, 1966

Hello All, Leonard here. I would like to replace the burners on my stove and have no idea where to begin looking. Any thoughts? Thanks

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Post# 1193521 , Reply# 12   11/13/2023 at 07:24 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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New elements for these are very hard to find. All four elements are different on your wonderful stove.

Do you really need all four of them, the three size sensor temp burner element never goes bad on these stoves.


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