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Monday, November 22, 2010

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I have been getting a lot of email questions lately. Most of which I can't answer.

What I thought I'd do is start a post that is purely questions (and hopefully, answers) from readers. This way we will have one location for readers to exchange information. I will then make a permanent link to this post and put it on the left side of the blog.

Please post any questions....answers....tips...advice.....etc. as a comment to this post.

138 comments:

  1. Does anyone know how to get the Visiminder timer to work? Mine can be set and will tick for a very little while, and the light will light. Could it need oil? If so, where would I oil it? Or is there something else I should do?

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  2. Maureen it sounds to me like the oil has become gunked up over time. I wonder if you heated it up if it would loosen things up to get it to work. In order to add fresh oil you would have to undo that one screw under the top roll that holds the Visiminder "box" in place and carefully pull it down,...and then see. I haven't removed anything from the underside of the top roll, so I can't be more specific on where new oil would go.

    Has anyone removed the Visiminder or clock from the top roll of the backsplash?

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  3. A Quick and dirty approach is to soak the darnded thing in naptha or white gas and shake it all up. Then dry it and oil it.

    The right way is remove it and have a clockmaker tend to and replace bushings and clean it properly and all that.

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  4. I have a old Tappan Wall Oven and last week when I turned it on it felt a little strange (knob) . When I turned it off the knob indicated it to be in the off poistion But it did not turn off. I had to actually turn off the gas shut off. Then I called a service man to see if it could be repaired before I just went out and bought a new oven. Anyway he could not get the oven pilot light to re-light. So he said that the valve  was shot and that it was not sending the message to allow gas to get to the line. He said a new retrofit valve  was costly. MY question is has anyone had this problem and does this serviceman conculsion sound right. I don't know the model number of my Tappan. Thanks for any feedback I might get.

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  5. Warning about asbestos in our stoves. My Tappan Deluxe has a white fiber panel at the back of the oven vent duct on the back of the stove. I can see the edge of it. I am pretty sure it's asbestos so be very careful if you remove the back cover of the vent duct. There are two schools of thought on this stuff. One is get it removed and the other is leave it alone. Not sure what I will do yet but leaning toward leave it alone.

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  6. Our Tappan Deluxe stove had model number-
    HDV 64 -3
    Serial number 254710.
    Any idea on the year it was made?

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  7. I am also in the Twin Cities and have recently aquired a 1916 bungalow that came with a Tappan Deluxe (not yet sure of the model number) that seems to be in good condition. I'd like to have a specialist check it out for a possible leak though and am having a heck of a time finding someone who specializes in antique stoves. As a fellow Twin Citian, do you have any recommendations?

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    1. I am in the process of negotiating the purchase of a Tappan Delux so I'm interested in what you find out about this!

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    2. Another Twin Cities reader sent me an email a while back with a recommendation of a local guy that worked on her vintage stove. I have not used him. If you do, I'd love to hear about your experience. His name is Al Ligons, and his company is Absolutely Guaranteed Appliance Service.

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  8. I have a Tappan wall oven and cooktop. The model number on a tag under the removable broiler slide is GO-105. The oven does not heat above about 150 deg. I would like to replace the temperature sensor but it is difficult to reach it from the front of the oven. Any ideas?

    Marc

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  9. Joy - I received this recommendation from a local reader. I haven't used him, but she gave him a glowing review:

    "I wanted to let you know that I found a guy who enthusiastically and very competently taught (!) me to adjust my late 40s Kenmore gas stove. His name's Al Ligons, and his company is Absolutely Guaranteed Appliance Service, and his phone number is 763.566.4424. I'd highly recommend him."

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  10. About the Visiminder timer works. I tried to clean and lubricate mine. Here's a tip, don't do this yourself unless you are sure you know what you're doing. I took mine apart and now I'm in over my head. I will have to take it to a clock smith to get it back together! :( It's easy to remove but don't open the works.

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  11. i have a 1950's tappan stove burner cover tray. the porceline is alittle worn on the corners and the handles alittle scorched but the inside tray is nice deep blue and white. i saw a similar one on ebay in about the same condition.

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  12. http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=tappan

    This is a timer for an older Tappan - 1 day left. I thought someone might be interested.(I am not the seller - just saw it on ebay).

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  13. Hi there,

    I am looking for an older Tappan range to use as an exemplar. The model number is: TPF303AWA. I am having a very hard time finding an older model. If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

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  14. Anonymous - I think your best bet is Craigslist. That said, the chances of finding a model that matches your model exactly are probably small. If you email photos of your stove to post, it's possible a reader may have a stove with similar features.

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  15. Thank you for the information. I don't have much info re: the stove and a lot of people I have checked with say they have not heard of Tappan in over 6 years. I have check junk yards, appliance centers, posted an ad on craigslist, etc. People wither don't have the correct model number or they are only selling parts.

    - Dakota (forgot to sign in earlier)

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  16. I just bought a 1949 Tappan Deluxe Stove this morning. It has all the the grates, exterior is in perfect condition. No rust. It has the Visiminder timer, pull chain light, the cook time roller, outlets in the front and has CP on the front. However, it had zero oven racks with it. Is there a specific place that would be best to go to purchase these? I am not at the house right now or else I would offer the model/serial numbers. Thanks!

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    1. Do you know how to light the oven? I think mine is the same model but I am having difficulty getting the oven to work

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  17. I have a Tappan Deluxe, Model TV 64-9, and am trying to track down replacement knobs and two handles (the plastic handles for the oven and broiler doors)... Can anyone offer any advice?
    thanks for your time.

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  18. Am a young Tappan owner in Pittsburgh, PA.

    We have been without a working kitchen throughout our stay here. Having been on hotplates and baking bread in a toaster oven for nearly two years, I am about ready to start cooking with gas. Bought a Tappen Deluxe, model TV 63-X20, very soon after moving here, but it's sat quiet on the back porch since.

    Curious to know whether you think it would be a good idea to work at restoring the thing while in use. Hasn't been hooked into our gas system, and hasn't been plugged in. I don't know what I am getting myself into. Was thinking about keeping the electrical work for another time, and using simply the stovetop for a while. Was hoping some advice could be offered.

    What will run without electric? Just the stovetops? The oven, too? Will I have any control of the oven temperature, should it function? I am quite handy, and will eventually want the thing to work through and through, but my focus is elsewhere at the moment.

    Excited to hear from you all. Ordered a reproduction owners manual today.

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  19. I am searching for an oven door(lower) spring for my Tappan Double Wall Oven Model #11-055608. It dates from the late 50's early 60's. The springs I have in the lower door are said to not be original or correct. Hense, may be why it finally broke. In searching, I am told the correct part # is 03-216-1, should be approx 5" long. I believe it screws in on one end and has a hook on the other end that hooks to the hinge.
    Can anyone be of assistance. Your help is appreciated.
    Cheryl M.

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  20. I have been using my old Tappan Deluxe stove since I found it in the basement of my house when I bought it 23 years ago. the model says SKV62-2. i can't find more info like year etc. would like more info.

    enclosed is a photo

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  21. I have a Fabulous 400 that my parents are tossing from reno. Does anyone know if it might be worth anything? It is working.

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  22. I'm trying to clean up our AWESOME Tappan range we have put into our kitchen to go for the vintage look, I absolutely love this appliance and have one problem with it. I can not get the oven to work! The previous owners said it worked fabulous! The pilot light works and once we turn the gas on to have it heat up the pilot blows out. We took the air compressor to it and blew out all the debris from the burners on the stove top and they all work great now, however it didn't work on the oven...any ideas? It is pretty rusty inside.

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  23. I just bought a Tappan EV 69-16 electric range today. It has nearly all the pieces too (yay). Only a couple of the clock knobs are missing.
    I would like to find where to buy burner replacements from the pros (ie YOU!).
    I see some people have emailed with a detailed description & pics...wondering if I should do that too...especially since it seems finding parts for an electric Tappan is harder (?).
    Thanks for this blog. It's exciting to see what my beautiful stove can become.
    Heather

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    1. hi there, did you get replies to your question? I am no the proud owner of an EV 69-17H and am looking for some info? thanks in advance...

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  24. A few random resources.....

    If you are looking for parts, try ebay. If you have a Fabulouse 400 or midcentury stove, look for a seller names "54monroe."

    Here is another resource:

    http://www.antiquestoves.com/toac/

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  25. Hello,

    My wife just picked up a tappan 60 deluxe at an auction and I was wondering if anyone knows the dimensions of the stove (height, width and depth) as I am now tasked with moving it. I know it's a heavy beast - I just need to be sure it's going to fit through my basement door so I can work on it. It's missing a few cosmetic parts, but was working when taken out of service before the auction.

    So fingers crossed... it's a looker.

    dk

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  26. dk - Congrats on the new stove. The top & sides are currently off my stove, so these measurements aren't overly accurate. So very approximately.....28" depth, 42" wide, 38" height.

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  27. Thanks StuccoHouse!

    dk

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  28. I have a Tappan Wall Oven Model# 12-1467 and I am trying to find a manual for it so I can get the shut off valve part number, thats whats wrong with my oven and sears doesn't have the part, so I have to try and find it myself. Any help would be appreciated

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  29. arproaI just bought a vintage Tappan electric stove, looks alot like the one in the pictures, I was wondering where I could find an owners manual the only numbers I have been able to find so far have been5v6917h4604

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  30. My family have been happy users of a nice electric Tappan Deluxe EV 69-22 for about thirty years now.

    Last week however, some of the top burners started causing an explosive zap when turned on. This problem seems best handled by a professional, but we don't know who in our (Seattle) area would be good to turn to.

    A few other features have stopped working perfectly over the years, and we'd like to get those fixed too.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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  31. We had a wonderful Tappan range in our old house in South Minneapolis 13 years ago. Now we are building a log cabin in Wisconsin, and I have found some Tappan ranges on Craigslist. Can anyone think of a reason why this would not be a good idea? Are these stoves prone to needing maintenance? Our stove in Minneapolis worked fine, but if we put one in the cabin and it breaks, I think it would be difficult to find someone up north to repair it. (Also, it would be run on propane.) Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

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  32. We just bought our tappen! Model number WV-55 and having a hard time finding the right fittings to hook it up to the gas line. Any suggestions? Also can any one id the year of our new old beauty? I have pictures just no computer savy to get it on here if you can tell me the yr by a pic just leave an email addy for me to use please... Thanks in advance.

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  33. I have a tappan wall oven (the same one in the post about Mike needing model number). Stainless steel. Pilot light is lit but when you turn the knob it does nothing. Can not find model number.. any ideas?

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  34. Does anyone know where I can get a set of oven racks for my mother's Tappan Gold Star Award gas range (circa 1960)? The model number is DCV-5776.
    Or maybe someone has a set?
    Or maybe there's a universal rack that would work?
    She doesn't have the original racks anymore.
    Thanks.

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  35. wow i am glad i found this blog! And thankyou for engaging this conversation. My name is Erik I live in CT and have taken an intrest in an old tappan in the basement. It seems to be in OK shape and i know it was used up to aprox 1950. From what i can tell is its a duel fuel meaning it burns wood and gas. I realy want to restore this bueaty for use. Any info on how to find out exactly what i am dealing with here? ie what year what modle? It has queen ann legs, 4 burners on the right and 2 hot plates that you lift out with a tool (That is still right on top of the stove!) it has an oven on the right and on the left lack of a better way to discribe it seems to be a small wood stove... I can post pics if anyone is intrested. Someone help please.
    thanks erik

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  36. Our house came with a 1950s Tappan---I'm wondering what the best thing to clean the interior of the oven and glass with is--it's pretty grungy as the previous owners NEVER cleaned it--I'm leary to use an over cleaner like Easy Off b/c it is all in original condition---any advice?
    Jennifer

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  37. I know someone that has a 1948 Tappan Deluxe stove. How does the oven light come on? I am thinking it is a pull chain but can't find one.

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  38. Ddoes anyone know where to get info on theTappan 1929 gas stove? We have one that needs new oven door spring. We've been using it every day for at least 20 years, and I wouldn't give it up for any other stove! Thanks.

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  39. Deluxe electric?? Just bought an old Tappan oven. It's exacly like the deluxe gas range we see on this blog, except that it's all electric. The frame is exactly the same with all the bell and whistle and the gold handle crisp chest and everything. The only difference is that in the right compartmant there is a fuse box just beside the oven control that occupy most of the right compartment. There is only a little basket that pulls out on wheels at the bottom of this compartment. There is also a small hole with pictogram above every burner control showing wich part of the double coil burner is on. The ring around the control is not red but white. It was bought from the original owner, with all original paper, instructions and recipes and even the warranty card. If you'd like to get a complete photo set and an article about this oven I could send you the info. Still trying to get my hand on original 4 wires burner to replace the recent replacement.

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    1. did you ever connect with a source for the burners?

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  40. Hello. Greetings from the Philippines.

    My Grandmother had a Vintage Tappan Oven that she brought home after a stint of living in the US. It was brought home here in the 60's and I suspect the oven itself is a bit older. The Oven has been in storage for years and is in pretty bad shape, I recently decided to have a go at restoring it. Our specialty is actually vintage cars and I see the oven's body as being unlike a car body that can be repaired and repainted. Then the next step would be finding a way to get the burners working again.

    I was pretty thrilled when I stumbled across this blog while trying to google information about Tapan ovens.

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  41. Hello,
    My grandmother bought her Tappan gas stove around the late 40's my mom believes. My grandmother is no later here to help us with the date of it. I would like to use my grandmothers old stove for classy pinup photos. You can view the Tappan images from my web site? http://www.precious-images.net/p142491957/h39d48b2e#h39d48b2e
    I tried Google to find out the date of the gas stove and no luck.
    The gas stove is inside my grandparents garage now. It still works great. Please let me know something about it. I would love to be able to let people know about it when I take photos.
    Thank you,
    Melissa

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  42. Hello, yesterday i picked up a stove; but I can not seem to find any information on a Tappan V 63 5. It is similar to, but not, a "deluxe" (no fancy power outlets in the clock bezel).

    Also, has anybody used automotive paint/enamel to refinish their stove?

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    1. Hey there J9! I am buying a V 63 5 so if you get any good information I would really appreciate it! My post is below. Also, do you know the year of this model?

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  43. Hi, I am a new Tappan owner, I am very excited to have a Tappan Deluxe Six Burner Stove with Double ovens. The model # is OK 90, Serial # is 2640. Can anybody give me any info? I would love to get my hands on a scanned copy of an owner's manual for this stove.
    I just had an appliance guy clean and check all of the gas fittings to make sure they were working properly. He will be coming back soon to rewire the oven lights and other electrical components on my stove. I just had the "crown" (? lack of better word) rewired: clock and timer works but there is no red line on the timer to let you know how long you have set it, and the black knob and the white knob is frozen.
    I am in need of 2 drip pans and a red bezel. Can anyone explain to me how to get the red bezels to "glow"? I notice some stoves do that. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. I would love to see pictures of this stove jodielynn31. I have heard those were made when Tappan and O'keefe and Merrit worked together for a short period? Not sure but I was looking for a double oven Tappan with 6 burners. I just bought my Tappan Deluxe last week and in the process of cleaning it and trying to figure this all out.
      Is this blog still active?

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    2. I Would love to post pics, but can't figure how to post them to this blog, I don't know who owns this blog and how active they are at keeping it up. my email is my handle name at gmail.com if you want to email me and I will respond with some pics. I just got my burners re-porcelained, and I have all six of my drip pans now. I had all of the parts rechromed. All I need now is a red bezel. I have decided to bring my stove to a professional and have him rework the whole thing because the ovens aren't quite working properly: they are not keeping the correct temperature.

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    3. Mine is circa 1950, removing the knobs by pulling straight out, then remove the red bezel and after that the porcelainized metal panel located behind it. Once remove you can place a new light bulb in there, its a tight fit they are a nite lite size bulb. Hope this helps. Ralph

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    4. I'm looking for the 4 burner knobs and the red glass bezels as well as any other parts that may come with the knobs. Have been checking ebay to no avail. Someone please reply if you know of another source. Most I've seen are incredibly expensive.

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  44. Does anyone have any information on a vintage gas Tappan stove model 951-16R?? Any manuals out there? We bought one years ago at an auction for $1 and would like to get it up and running. It was working when we bought it and it is in pretty nice shape. Thanks. J

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  45. Hi!

    I purchased a Tappan stove (Model G-339-6, Serial # 10361) and have no idea in what year this stove was built. The stove is gas and measures 34 1/2" in width. It has 4 burners and a working griddle in the middle. The oven is on the right side and the left side is a storage area. I have been desperately searching for oven handle inserts (they appear to be plastic and an off-white color with a red emblem in the center. I would also love some advice as to how to clean the burner pans and grates.... I can send pics if that would make things easier (my stove is identical to that of Jeremiah & Leah in the Monday, May 31, 2009 blog, "Griddle in the Middle.") Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Hope-Carolyn

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  46. Hey Tappan Talk!

    I am considering buying a Tappan from the 40s or 50s. The old man selling it is not very tech-savvy and we are 1.5 hours apart, so information moves slowly between us. He told me it is a Tappan Deluxe V635. I can't find a V635 anywhere online. Does anyone know about this model, a website, a manual, etc? He did find some pictures online and say that's what it looks like but they're not the same model #.

    THANKS! Jenn

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  47. We have a Tappan N-So-TOP Gas Stove. We think it is 1925 or so. We have used it daily for 20 years with no problems until recently. It now appears that one of the gas valves to a burner has a small leak. I do not see how to remove the valve from the manifold for service. Can anyone provide me with some assistance?
    Thanks,
    Dave

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  48. Greetings! I recently found a lovely Deluxe on CL. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/app/3285758329.html

    Does anyone know where I can get the natural gas to LP conversion kit? I've only got propane where I live.

    Mine seems to be the AV-669-16 like so many other here! :0)

    Thanks so much!! Mo

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  49. Would you ever support someone who just got a deluxe and lives in minneapolis? My front burners wont ignite. Any suggestions?

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  50. I live in Central PA and am the owner of two 1940's Tappan Deluxe gas stoves. I had both given to me, the first one I aquired about 15 years ago and it worked quite well. Some of the burners became clogged and quit working and some of the decorative peices came off the handles and burners. Recently when my sister knew of someone who was getting rid of theirs she immediately thought of me. It is inslightly better condition. All burners work, the clock and timer work, the oven light works, and all decorative elements are intact. My problem is that the oven door does not stay shut. I try to realign the door onto the metal hinge arm but it just won't work. My first one was finicky and had to be lifted at an angle but at least it closed. I have to prop a chair in front of this one to use it. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am at a loss and truly love my stove.

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    1. my door has issues too. i am in the process of trying to figure it out so if you are still out there i'll keep you posted.

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  51. I have a Tappan Deluxe (model CV 162 1A) in my basement that was inherited from the previous homeowner. They were an elderly couple that couldn't move it when they sold the home. Anyway, it appears to be in great shape and I'd like to find a new home for it. Any suggestions on where to start? I wouldn't mind keeping it myself, but I've got enough things on my plate.

    Thanks!

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  52. I have a Philgas Tappan Deluxe Model#1848 wondering if anyone has any info as far as age of this model and where I might be able to find a new home for it. It came with a house that we purhcased and we will not be using it.

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  53. Hi, I just bought a 1930's Tappan with the red bake-lite nobs and oven pulls. It doesn't look exactly like anything on this site. I will pick it up tomorrow of the next day and try to post pictures. I think it is earlier than any of these stoves as the legs are raised and shaped more 30's style. And it has few modern features. It is missing the light center light cover. I am wondering where/if I can find a replacement. I can't wait to get it home.
    Lisa

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  54. Oh, I forgot. I posted above about the early 30's model with the red nobs and pulls. It has model #TW 17 stamped on it inside. Hope that helps. I got it at recycling center for $100. But it will need some work.

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  55. We bought a 1955 house that has a Teppan Custom Visualite electric wall oven and it has worked great. We recently remodeled and put the oven back into the new wall cabinet and now it won't turn off. It stays hot until we have to turn the circuit off. Has anyone encountered anything like this?

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  56. Hello!

    I have a tappan deluxe from around 1940, i bought it from an apt in brooklyn. i have been using it for about two years with a couple of problems.

    The door is now not staying shut so i am jumping into restorations. i am excited but need support and advice so i thought i would jump in here.

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  57. Hi, I'm looking to purchase a 1948 Tappan Stove here in the Buffalo area, before making this purchase Im trying to find out if I can convert this stove to propane. Can anyone help me answer that question ? Thank You!

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  58. The orifice size for propane gas is smaller - it is a hotter gas and requires a smaller flame. At one time Tappan sold conversion kits. have no idea if they are interchangeable, but you may still be able to find a propane burner on eBay. You might contact this place and ask http://www.antiquestoves.com/toac/

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  59. One more. Also scroll down this page for a propane converter kit http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/pages/parts/gas.html

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  60. Thank you! I did purchase the stove, got propane installed and had the service man help us get It adjusted, only problem is the oven is burning way hotter than it should, and initially I had 4 gas leaks that the propane company came back out (fortunetly) and adjusted the loose valves, But now the oven is just running way too hot and I'm king maybe the thermostat needs adjusted or replaced? Some other comments I've gotten from random people have me afraid of the safety of an older stove, and because of using propane, however it's my only gas option as we have no natural gas in our area. Any thoughts on my oven issue and safety?

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  61. I'm trying to determine what type of tappan stove we bought and where a good online resource is to buy handles, parts, etc. I can't locate your e-mail address to send photos.

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  62. I have a Vintage Tappan built in Chrome Oven 1940s 1950s not really sure. Still working. I have the owner’s manuals. We are starting to remodel our kitchen and we are looking to sell it. The realtor said when we bought the house that it may be worth something and not to just throw it away. I have pics if anybody is interested. Trying to figure out what we can get for it.

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  63. I have a Tappan deluxe and am trying to find out the year. Model V66513 Serial 97128. From the model chart on here the 665's are listed as a 1948. But every picture I see of the 48's have the big white top burner covers/lids. Mine does not have these and it has the square glass plates that go on top of the burners. Any help is appreciated. Also for anyone who uses these ovens as their everyday oven, how do you like it. Debating on actually putting it in as my primary oven......Thanks

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  64. Does anyone have any leasds on where to get owners/repair manuals? I've been looking on Ebay and all over the inter-web for the past year. I have an awesome stove that works great but I would like to take it apart and clean it all up. Any help would be greatly appreciated! The stove fits well with our 2003 year old home.
    Mike

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    1. Mike - I have only once seen a repair type manual for sale. The owner's manuals come up fairly frequently on Ebay. They don't contain detailed repair instruction, but they do talk about the basics in fair detail.

      Antiquestoves.com has some general type manuals for sale that I have found helpful.

      www.antiquegasstoves.com is also a pretty helpful website.

      That said, these stoves are not overly complicated. Once you get the gist of how it works, it is pretty easy to figure out how it all fits together. Take lots of photos and notes as you strip off parts. I found it helpful to put any screws and small parts in baggies and label them.

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    2. Thanks for the help! I will keep looking on Ebay and check out the other site. My oven does not hold a steady temp. I adjust the slider behind the knob and it will hold for that cycle but once it cools it won't return to the same temperature consistently. I think this winter may be my restoration project. Everything else on the oven works even the clock. The only items I am missing are the burner covers. I added springs behind the side doors so they pop open by themselves when you depress the release knob. I love the stove, wife hates the oven. I told her we are keep ing the stove, I will by her a wall mount convection for baking (she bakes almost daily).

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    3. I'm not a stove expert, but it could be the thermostat. Look at the two links I posted previously - I believe they both describe rebuilding thermostats. It's a fairly common issue.

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    4. P.S. If your wife loves to bake, I'm actually surprised she doesn't like the vintage gas. I love them for baking. They are smaller ovens than today's stove though.....

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  65. Greetings StuccoHouse! How do I send you an email with some stove photos? I can't seem to find a link or info anywhere. :(

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    1. I have a pretty extensive list of photos to be posted in my email in-box right now. As you may have noted, I took some "time off" from the blog. My email is the name of this blog....at.....aol...dot....com. I will tell you that I LOVE to see photos, but will also admit it may take a while before I get them posted :)

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  66. I have a Tappan gas stove, model VK6313, S.#112685, my problem is the oven door spring is either broke or weak spring, I can't figure out how to change or repair.
    Martin

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    1. In a Tappan Deluxe, if you go inside the little side cabinets there should be a little panel on the outside of where the spring is held in place with screws. If you remove that, you should have access to the spring. They occasionally sell Tappan springs on Ebay. I may have a photo that I can post, let me check.

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  67. Is anyone familiar w/ the Tappan Revolution? Looks pretty nice on CL:
    http://jackson.craigslist.org/app/4085063364.html

    Bill/Memphis

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  68. we just bought a tappan model #cw2776, lot#1...we need to change this stove to propane and can't find information. I assume we need orifices but need direction

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  69. I just purchased a small vintage Philgas Tappan 20" apartment sized gas stove. I can not find anything about it. Does anybody have one....a manual......or any information about one like this? The model number is PDV-70.

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  70. I want to put a vent hood over my 1939 GVD576 and I would like to know the BTU output for the burners if someone has a manual. help! Thanks.

    I love my Tappan. It was my grandmothers and I have been using it for almost 15 years!

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  71. Not only am I new to owning and working on such a wonderful stove, but I am also not very blog savvy.....so please bear with me. Anyways, I have a Tappan Deluxe CP. I was unable to light the oven pilot, so I replaced the thermocouple and now the oven pilot light stays on. The new problem I am facing is that I cannot get the oven to light. Any suggestions?
    Also, I know that the stove top pilots can be adjusted (thanks to a post on this site) but can the oven pilot also be adjusted? The flame seems mighty big to me...
    Thanks to anyone who can help out.....

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    1. If you look in the right handle column of this blog, you will see a section entitled "Labels"....find the one for "Oven Bottom" and it will pull up info. on the oven burner. There is a "spud" on the bottom of the oven that I believe can be adjusted for the oven flame. I'm not familiar with CP inner workings, but that is where I'd suggest stating your research.

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  72. Have a wall oven with the following model / serial number information:
    11-0216-05/01110-16163472
    Trying to find the bake element for this oven and am not having any luck.
    Any Suggestions???

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    1. Scroll up this thread and you will see the name of a seller on Ebay who regularly carries wall over parts. You might even email him directly if you don't see something currently listed.

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  73. My mom has a Tappan Visualite in wall oven from about 1969. The pilot is lit and if i heat the capillary tube the gas will come on and i can light the oven. My mom is telling me that a second pilot would come on when turning the temp knob and i am unsure she is right. We would like to keep it as it is original to the home and pretty cool. Any ideas on what needs fixed and where to source the parts would be great. My thoughts are the pilot has burned through the shield and isn't heating the capillary correctly anymore. Thanks for any advice.

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  74. I recently became the proud owner of a vintage Tappen.. a 60 delux I believe. Any cooking tips? I notice that the baking area is smaller than today's ovens, but deeper. I am wondering if the confined space alters cooking times dramatically?

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  75. I just bought a Tappan Deluxe and want to find out all I can about it. It is model no. AVK663 12 and I do not see that one listed. It has the small clock (looks like timer-only to me) and oven window. Everything lights but it remains to be seen if the thermostat works. Any help?
    Bill/Memphis

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  76. Hi i have a tappan model number 3152-62, i was told i need a new valve for controlling the fuel air mixture for the burner in the oven is there anywhere i can find one of these i have been looking all over but i have had no luck.

    Thank you, carrrie

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  77. Hi there ~ I recently purchased an electric 60-series Tappan Deluxe on craigslist and have been slowly getting it cleaned up. It is in great shape in almost every respect except one. I was really disappointed to find that the rust in the bottom of the oven was extensive enough that it has eaten through the bottom of the oven in one place (and probably close to doing so in a couple other spots). Has anyone had any luck with replacing the entire oven liner? It appears to be a separate piece from the body of the range, but before I get too far down this path I thought I'd ask if I'm wasting my time?

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  78. Hello!

    I recently purchased a turn of the century home that has a Tappan Fabulous 400 (gas) in the kitchen. It is in pretty fantastic condition, and has all the accessories intact. I was pretty clueless about old ovens, but I've managed to figure some of it out. What I'm hoping to find is some kind of owner's manual. I've spent some time searching online (which is how I found this site) but can't find anything. Any assistance would be appreciated by myself and my hungry family!

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  79. 1958 Holiday info needed.
    My wife wanted a stove for our cottage that would operate even during a power failure so that meant a vintage stove! The kitchen isn't very big so even though we had a Deluxe in a previous hose 20 years ago, we needed a 30-inch model. After lurking on Craigslist and eBay for a few months and a few wasted trips to look at rust heaps we bought a 1958 Holiday model ZKTV 383. It's in good condition, pretty clean and rust-free. I haven't hooked it up yet but it doesn't look like I need any parts other than a clock motor if I can't free it up. NOS or refurbished burner pans would sure make it look almost new--any hope I can find those? Googling this model I have found VERY little information about it.

    [img]http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u273/guy48065/Misc/20140504_111912.jpg[/img]

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  80. Does anyone know if a 50's Tappan Deluxe has feet that can be leveled (like how modern appliances have twist feet)? My 7 dollar beauty's door no longer wants to shut all the way because of the unlevel floor it's on.

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  81. Is there anyone here who has a properly working oven? After a lot of elbow grease I finally have my CP Tappan DeLuxe cleaned up and in the 50's kitchen of the house I am renovating. The top burners, lights, and and clock work but I am disheartened by my first oven trial. The pilot lit right off and the burners fired up the second I turned the knob to manual. On the lowest setting I get a big flame that goes down as the temp rises. So far so good. But it never goes off - it stays on and in my last trial run it got to 350* and rising before I declared it a failure. Same w/ a high temp of 425 - big flame that goes down but stays on and the temp continues to rise. Isn't the burner supposed to cycle? The lady at Antique Stoves told me that it stayed on but that can't be right. $400 for a rebuild may be a deal breaker.

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    1. Not clear on the question. CP models have a standing pilot light, so once lit it will not go off. Non-CP models are lit each time. Click on the label "CP" on the right side of my blog and read through the posts that describe CP models.

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    2. The question is about the burner/thermostat, not the pilot, which works fine. My question simply is doesn't the burner cycle on and off in order to maintain a temp? "The lady at Antique Stoves told me that it stayed on but that can't be right."

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    3. For the benefit of others I will share what I've learned about oven operation. The burner does NOT cycle on and off; but the amount of flame does cycle up and down. When you turn the oven on you get a big flame until it nears/reaches the set point. The flame then dies back to barely on. That is as low as it goes during operation. The thermostat actually turns the gas off but there is a bypass feature that allows just enough gas to keep a small flame going. Evidently, if it turned completely off it would be hard to relight when the thermostat again called for heat, the pilot not being enough. My problem was that it did not go low enough and continued to heat the oven. The reason was that the bypass flame size was set too high. There are 2 adjusting knobs on the 2200S thermostat - 1 is for the pilot and the other for the bypass. There is a post here that describes the adjustment procedure. You want just barely over a flicker.

      I learned most of his from an old fashioned appliance part place not 2 miles from the house where the range is. Indeed, they actually rebuilt diastats (the tube that goes into the oven and senses the temp) and thermostats for the trade until the advent of modern controls. They still had an old price list on the wall behind the counter - price to rebuild a thermostat? $38!

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    4. Thansk for reporting back with what you learned.

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  82. I inherited a Philgas Tappan Deluxe Model 951-15R when I moved into my new Chicago apartment. I'm seeking advice about what to do with it. It has cleaned up fairly nicely and is in working condition. It has some faults (cracked knobs, right door latch not very springy, missing storage-space rack, rusted out broiler plate). I'm not a collector/restorer and don't even cook that much. So do I just hang onto it, using it on the rare occasions that I cook and enjoy the retro look of it? It seems like there are people out there on this blog who would use/enjoy/show-off this piece more than I do. Or, generally speaking, would it worth my while to try to sell it? -Julie

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  83. If you enjoy it, keep it; if not, sell it to someone who will or part it out to people who need parts to enjoy theirs.

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  84. I have my grandmother's Tappan Deluxe gas stove. It works perfectly and is in remarkably good condition. The only problem is that it needs to be rewired. Is there a wiring diagram for these stoves to aid in the rewiring process?

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    1. If you take the "backsplash" top off it is very easy to just see the wiring. The wiring for the oven light is in the right side compartment. I most likely don't even need a diagram.

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    2. I agree. What you don't want to do is remove all the wiring and then try to remember where it all went! Take photos w/ your cellphone and/or do 1 wire at a time. I think you do want to use the old-fashioned cloth-insulated wire though, not modern plastic.

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  85. TAPPAN SIGHTING ALERT!
    I was watching The Help yesterday on TV and toward the end, after Cicely Tyson has been fired, there is a scene of her in her house talking on the phone. In the background, through a doorway into the kitchen you can clearly see her Tappan DeLuxe.

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  86. I have a Tappan Deluxe that needs its oven door repaired (dropped it and a nut popped out - has to be jammed shut to use), broiler drawer repaired (sticks out) and one of the side panel triggers needs to be tightened.

    Now, how do I open this damn thing up?

    Any youtube videos out there?

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  87. My wife and I bought a mid-century modern home in Rochester, NY a month ago and the original 1959 Tappan Visualite stainless steel oven/broiler was still in the home when we moved in. Unfortunately the broiler works but the oven does not. I had a guy come out last week and we went through the entire thing to no avail. It seems like the clock/timer mechanism is shot and will not trigger the oven to heat even though the thermostat and the heating element looks fine.

    If I can't find another clock mechanism, we may have to replace the oven with something new.

    Interestingly enough, the wiring schematic was still attached to the side of the oven. If anyone needs that, let me know. Our model number is EOKNR 300L.

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    1. Keep your eye on Ebay. Also scroll up in this post for a few more resources. The folks at The Old Appliance Club are very knowledgeable. One of the sellers on Ebay seems to specialize in Tappans and I have contacted him directly to ask if he has part or can find it. If want to send me a scan of the wiring schematics and are willing to share, I'd be happy to post it on the blog.

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  88. Okay, have you room for a newbe? I have owned two Tappan Deluxes over the last 40 years. They are my very favorite. Now I have run into a problem that even my years of experience can't solve. After my fall tear-down and cleaning of the stove, I can't get my front big burner to light off the pilot. The pilot is adjusted properly (to the middle of the flash tube. It is of sufficient size and placement. The back burner lights perfectly. The big burner burns well when lit by a match but just won't light off the pilot. All burner holes are clear. Do you think I have a problem inside the burner itself??

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  89. I currently have a single built in tappan oven, model # 11-1563-30-01036-8306 serial #0342. The door will not stay closed by itself and we cannot figure out where or how to get to where the springs go. It is previously being held shut with duct tape�� can anyone tell me how to fix this

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  90. Was wondering if anyone can direct me to a good parts source?
    The milk white opal glass floodlight on my Tappan 640 broke.
    (Bird strike on a kitchen window knocked a bottle down on it, broke it in two pieces through the middle)
    I *love* this stove and would very much like to get that light covering replaced.
    My name is Weldon.
    Thanks.

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    1. If you read the comments above, you will find a number of resources mentioned. Good luck!

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  91. Hi, I don't really have a question (yet) just wanted to post that I am now a Tappan Deluxe owner. We are setting out on a new adventure restoring an early 1900's house and the stove will eventually be in the kitchen. It was in use when we bought it and all the burners and oven work but not the clock. I had to put it in storage for now as we'll be moving it across several states pretty soon. I'm delighted to have found this site! It's model # is CTV 162-1 and I would appreciate any info anyone has-I wish I could post pictures but it's packed into storage.

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  92. Hi all. I'm not looking to restore my tappan stove at this time but I am curious about it since I can't find any models that look like it or the model number mentioned anywhere (it came with the 1956 house that we bought 5 years ago). The model # is WD---11 and I cannot read the serial numbers. It does not have glass in the door to see in the oven but is just solid. Has 4 burners that have covers and the part that I can't find anything like is the backsplash area. No porcelain comes up on the backsplash just metal bars coming from the outside to the middle where they meet with a foot wide piece of metal that says tappan. I guess the porcelain could have been broken off there but I can't find any evidence of that. Anyone have any ideas on this stove and what year it may have been manufactured. I am happy to post photos if I can figure out how to:)

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  93. Tappan gas double oven #U 12--1239-1770-3315-10455-12. Cannot figure how to light it.

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  94. Hello, I've just inherited a Tammpan Stove Ducthoven . Its the same one in the first picture on this site. I'm trying to research but no luck yet. I'm wanting to know how much they go for. I want to sell mine. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have pictures just not sure how to load them on here.

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  95. Hello, I'm putting back together a 1956 tappan greenbrier AV886 deluxe oven. I seem to have two extra clips that I think go on the manifold for the broiler. I'm trying to hook the manifold back up but can't seem to work out where the parts all go. If anyone has a picture of the broiler manifold area on one of these ovens, it would really help. Thanks!

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  97. I bought an old cast iron "Mars Eclipse" parlor stove. I cannot find any info at all about it online...except that it was the name of the company before it became Tappan. Any info would be great. thanks

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  98. I bought 2 Tappan Deluxe models recently with the intention to have enough parts to make one good one. They are identical as far as I can tell (although one has amber rings and one red). I can't get any of the burner knobs off of either one! I can't imagine everyone got these knobs to just slide off. Is there a trick to this? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    1. Just a thought, perhaps using two wooden shims on both sides of the knob and apply even pressure. They should pop off. Then the panel behind just pulls off.

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    2. Thanks. your suggestion worked!

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  99. Hi We have a pink Tappan gas wall oven but cannot find the model number. It has stopped heating up and my brother will try to get parts to fix it, but cannot find the right parts without the model number. The house was built in 1951, but later remodeled. I think it is from 1951, however. Any help is appreciated!

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  100. I have model HV 668. Is there any way to turn the pilot on the oven down? It keeps the oven at nearly 150 degrees. I turned the ones on the burners off but can't figure if it's possible to turn the oven pilot down.
    Thanks
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      I am not an expert but I don't think there is a way to turn the pilot on the oven down. I have a Tappan Deluxe that I rebuilt. The oven is always at 125 degrees because of the pilot light. It is great in the winter because the kitchen is warm. Not so great in the summer. I would be very hesitant to mess with the pilot light.

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    2. Hi, I just finished refurbishing an AV-669. I'm not sure how similar it is to y'all's stoves, but mine has an oven pilot adjustment screw, slotted, located on the left side of the safety valve (on the little part called the side filter). My stove is equipped with a Robertshaw 2200-s thermometer and a Robertshaw TS-7 safety valve. There is also a sheet of instructions for the RS 2200s therm somewhere on this website that I used to dial in my bypass flame and calibrate the therm. It showed an alternative placement for the screw right on the therm., presumably in models without safety valve or with a different type of safety valve. Regardless, a good way to find it would be to visually follow the pilot tube back through the wall to where it connects to something. That 'something' will likely have a little slotted screw right there above the tube and that's probably your adjustment! I'd be happy to share pics of my setup or a copy of the relevant literature I used. Hope this all makes sense to you and is helpful!

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  101. http://tappantalk.blogspot.com/2010/05/1950s-ranch-kitchen.html

    I have the oven that is shown in this link. Does any one know if it is gas or electric? or how I can find out?

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  102. We have a Tappan "The Four Hundred" range Model 431C (Circa late 50's or early 60s) It was original to the house built in 1963. The oven sits atop the 4 burner stove as a unit giving the appearance of a wall oven. The stove top slides in and out. When in, only the front burners are visible. It was sold by Canadian Tappan Stove Ltd., manufactured by Gurney Products Limited, St. Laurent, Quebec.

    We are looking for a manual as well as a source for parts. If anyone can provide some clues, we are grateful.

    All the numbers on the metal plate afixed to the bottom of the sliding stove top are:
    Model No. 431 C
    Lot No. 1
    Serial No. 72299
    120/240 V 60 CY
    11800 W (the number is stamped on and the "W" is beside)
    And, at the bottom right corner of this large metal plate is 30-227-12

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  103. I have a Tappan gas stove Model number MAV668-, Lot No. 7, serial Number 56134. I need two parts:

    1 knob for next to the #2 on the clock
    metal hinge for right side of the oven door

    Any idea where I can get the parts or a manual? Do you know when the oven was made? The knobs no longer light up.

    You blog is great! Thank you!

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  104. Hello Everyone!

    My wife and I have recently found a Tappan deluxe from (I believe 1950-51) that we are hoping to restore and use in our kitchen. While I was inspecting it and examining the the gas supply system I noticed the supply line is recessed several inched into the chassi of the stove and wondered if it is missing a component of the fas supply. There doesnt appear to be a gas regulator on the stove and
    I wondered if there should be. I do not know much about these old stoves and wondered if there is supposed to be a regulator and it is missing or if there isn't supposed to be one where I was looking. Does anyone know where I might find an suitable regulator if I need one. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers!
    -Kyle

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  105. Hi. I am really hoping someone can help us and this seems to be the right place for our question. We have a Tappan Greenbrier. I haven't been able to find the model but it is from 1955 or 1956. It is the original stove that my parents bought when they built the house. It has a broiler on the left and an oven on the right. Long story short, we moved it to clean behind it and the pipe to the gas line broke and we had a gas leak. Now that has been replaced with a 'flexipipe" and the burners are working perfectly. The question is where is the pilot light for the oven. We have looked everywhere and can't find anything. There is an 'oven reset' button located inside the broiler but it doesn't seem to do anything. Hope someone can help! Thanks!

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  106. Hi there, I have a Tappan 400 in Lake Tahoe, (original stove) that was placed there by my grandparents in 1960. Does anyone know about how much the stove cost back then, and how can I get a new clock for it. The stove is in perfect condition. Please e mail me at jfcalif@yahoo.com

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  107. Hi I have Tappan Deluxe Range model # PCA 1668 2B, Serial # 356326. It was my Mother in Laws and she bought it new in 1948. I LOVE this stove but I had a gas leak from the oven valve and when they tightened it I now can not turn it to turn on my oven. Do I need a new valve or should I try to loosen it a little to see if it will turn?

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