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946 GE Electric Stove w/ Double Oven - $250 (Jefferson)
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Post# 743390   3/19/2014 at 21:17 (2,376 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Danemodsandy - I think you might need to clarify the year on this one. :-)

AD: " 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.

Serial # J487D6WH and Model # TCZ06677


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Post# 743395 , Reply# 1   3/19/2014 at 21:24 (2,376 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
This is what I have about decided on..

More like 67 or 68, the window didnt come out until the late 60s on self cleaning.

Post# 743399 , Reply# 2   3/19/2014 at 21:31 (2,376 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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They're only a couple of decades off, LOL.

My guess here is '67 or '68 or so. It has an oven door window, which puts it later than '66, and it has the round ball-shaped knob for the P*7 oven door latch, not the later "arrowhead" design. The oven door window has the deluxe chrome trim, not the plainer trim of later units.

It's TOL, and it looks to be in super shape. Certainly much better than the woodwork next to it.

Post# 743400 , Reply# 3   3/19/2014 at 21:40 (2,376 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Just Checked:

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I just checked the GE date decoder (link below), and I see what happened.

The code for 1946 is "C." The code for 1967 is "CA."

It would appear that someone successfully Googled up the decoder, but didn't look far enough on the page.

Plus it looks like they didn't get the serial and model numbers right, because "J487D6WH" is not a GE serial number, it's a model number - a J 487 in White. I have no idea where they got the so-called model number, "TCZ06677," from.

1967 is absolutely consistent with the styling and features of the range.

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Post# 743413 , Reply# 4   3/19/2014 at 22:20 (2,376 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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Thanks for the research, Sandy and Hans.

Sandy -you posted this stove not long ago - and I didn't think I'd find one like it, but isn't the above stove, in fact, the same one you posted as one of your favorites?

Also, what's up with the Hotpoint that Cory(Cadman) owns? How does a stove like that compare with this GE, other than personal preferences of style? (if that's a long-winded answer, we'll go to break and move on) :-)

Post# 743416 , Reply# 5   3/19/2014 at 22:37 (2,376 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
The code.

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IME, the important letter in the code is "D" right after the model number. This stove is a 1968 model. The code for 1967 is just "C".


 It is truly beautiful and comes from a time when people actually cooked on their stoves; the only thing better would be one of those deep well burners for deep-frying some potatoes or chicken. Why do they have to f-- with perfection?


Here's a list if it helps. Don't ask me about the letters that are skipped--I still haven't gotten a definitive answer about them:


















In 1970 everything changed, but most of their appliances ended with an "L"



after '72 I don't know.

Post# 743424 , Reply# 6   3/19/2014 at 23:18 (2,376 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Who cares about decoding?


Only a clueless "millenial" would think this stove looked so old that it was vintage 1946.

Post# 743438 , Reply# 7   3/20/2014 at 00:28 (2,376 days old) by jetaction (Minneapolis)        

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Man I want this!

Post# 743449 , Reply# 8   3/20/2014 at 02:51 (2,376 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Hotpoint Vs GE

The Hotpoint pictured was similar in features, except the one on cl didnt have the thermostatic unit, meat probe or rotiss, I believe the one Cadman posted did.

Post# 743462 , Reply# 9   3/20/2014 at 04:19 (2,376 days old) by robinsondm ()        

A couple things...


Ken (bajaespuma): According to the GE date decoder (link below) the code for 1967 is CA, as Sandy said, and 1968 is DB. I know GE did some strange things with serial numbers in the 60s, as I've seen some that don't fit the chart shown in the link. But the serial number on my 1966 range (shown in post 743413 above) is consistent with the chart, having a serial number starting with SBZ. EDIT: I see now that your letter codes are from the MODEL number, not the serial number. In that case, your chart is consistent with my 1966 range, which has model number J486B1WH.


Sandy: The knobs on the range for sale (first post above) look strange to me. (Note the difference from my '66 knobs.) Did GE change the knob style that significantly around '67-'68, or do you think those knobs could be replacements?




Post# 743472 , Reply# 10   3/20/2014 at 05:38 (2,376 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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The range you re-posted is Dean robinsondm's 1966 J 486. It's similar to the CL range, but not identical. Dean's range is the last year for the solid, unwindowed door on a P*7 TOL 40-inch range. His range's knobs are different, and his has that beautiful trim behind the oven door handles. Both are beautiful ranges, and I covet them both, with a slight edge to the '67, because of the oven door window.


Yes, GE changed the knobs. The style of knob shown on the CL range is the same style I have on my 1972 J 370. The skirt of the knob is die-cast, chrome-plated pot metal. The shaft is black Bakelite or perhaps ABS plastic; I've never broken one so I'm not sure which. The indicia are silk-screened onto a separate aluminum strip that is adhered to the skirt. It made for a very attractive knob that must have cost a fortune to produce. I don't think it's a coincidence that GE went to stamped aluminum skirts after only a few years. The "Rolls Royce" feel of the die-cast knobs was gone, but so was a lot of manufacturing expense. The later knob that I have is prone to UV fade of the indicia; I had to spend some money with John combo52 to get a reasonably unfaded set.

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Post# 743476 , Reply# 11   3/20/2014 at 06:30 (2,376 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
It Occurs to Me....

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....That the shaft material on GE knobs of this era could also be Lexan, which is a GE product. It's very high-strength, well able to withstand torsional stresses, which can occur on range knobs twisted too vigorously; this is why so many range knobs snap at the collar, where they fit onto the control shaft. ABS is nearly as strong, with a much lower cost factor, but GE did have Lexan to spare, LOL.

Post# 743732 , Reply# 12   3/20/2014 at 22:04 (2,375 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
One thing is for DARN SURE..

We shall never see quality like that ever again, Same goes for the Custom Imperial Frigidaires of the 50s and 60s!

Post# 744012 , Reply# 13   3/21/2014 at 22:10 (2,374 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Man I want this!

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Go for it Don!!!!!!!

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