Saturday, July 9, 2011

Details of a Tappan Deluxe Restoration

Jerry sent me the following email with great information on how he restored his Tappan Deluxe:
"I just finished restoring a 1948 TV 65-16.    I purchased this stove for $100 in Butler, PA just north of Pittsburgh.   I also purchased a TV 662-26 in Pittsburgh that was in poorer condition as a parts stove for $125.  I actually combined the elements of both to make one I like.  The TV 65-16 was missing one of the white bezels and a knob.  The 662-26 lost some screws, the chrome bezels, the chrome handles with the back painted centers, a drip pan, a hinge from the broiler oven, a knob for the oven light switch and the wire rack shelf in the left drawer.   I was able to adjust the pilots and burners on the stove top to work.  I also adjusted the oven and measured the temperature with my electronic bi metal thermometer.

The oven doesn't have a pilot light but is match lit.   The thermostat works but was way off and out of adjustment.  I suspect this is why this stove was taken out of service, the thermostat was off and it was burning way too hot..  I adjusted the thermostat and adjusted the flame height during the 'hold' position and was able to get the old girl to hold 350-349 degrees for 30 minutes.  The flame height on the burner "hold" position was way too high and of course the oven would heat far beyond the thermostat heating.

The back splash and all components were cleaned.  The clock took some work, but 60+ years of kitchen grease had jammed up the works.  Some spray solvent dissolved the mess after I disassembled the Telechron and then lubricated the gears and turning points with some light oil.  It's keeping perfect time now.  The Visitimer works great and the Visiminder cleaned up nicely.   New light bulbs in all. 
The "OVEN ON" light was not working on the stove.  I figured the heat switch was bad.   I cut the wires off the switch and touched them together.  Sure enough the "OVEN ON" light lit up.  I was able to purchase a normally open bi-metal thermal switch on eBay for $1.49.  The switch stays open, no current, until it reaches 140 degrees then it closes thus lighting the oven on light.  I placed it in the hole where the old switch was up against the back wall of the oven.  Now when the oven begins to heat, the light comes on.   When it cools off, the light goes off.   The TV 65-16 looks brand new now.

What I thought was corrosion was usually old food and grease.   I had to strip and repaint the center pieces of the oven and broiler handles.  I also repainted the back of the clock face to cover up some scratches and bare spots.  This stove was restored to use in the new house I purchased, a 2700 sq. ft. 1909 Foursquare that I'm lovingly going to restore.  The kitchen, of course, is going to have a late 40's theme.  This old girl should last another 63 years now.  I think she's beautiful."
And here are photos of Jerry's beautifully restored stove. I only hope mine looks that good when I am *finally* done with my restoration work!


  1. Do you know of any company that restores old stoves. MY 1952 Western Holly oven door doesn't close correctly and I can't fix it.

  2. Jerry,
    Any way you could give me details on how to fix the temperature on my oven? It's not accurate at all, and the light doesn't work either. I would so appreciate a more detailed explanation on how you fixed these two on yours!
    Thank you so so much!
    Also, my oven worked great for two weeks, and while the thermometer knob wasn't accurate, it still made the flames change as I moved the knob. Now, it suddenly only has one (low) heat setting, no matter how much i turn the knob, and the flames just routinely go out. Any idea what I should do? Someone suggested I take the gas lines off and clean them out just to make sure there's no clogging in there. I haven't done that yet.
    Thank you so so much for all your help!!

  3. I just bought the very same model. Clock is missing the knobs, and both oven and broiler handles are broken / missing. Any advice on where I could find parts?

    Rick in Toledo

    1. We have the same one and would love someone to use it for parts! Please contact me, we're in Michigan so not too far :)

    2. Do you still have this one in Michigan? My mother has had hers for 35+ years and it needs some parts restored.

  4. Dear Jerry,

    I am having a problem with my oven. It does not recognize the low temperature setting. It burns everything, and bakes nothing.

    Would it be possible to have a more detailed instruction on how to fix this? I might have a thermostat issue too. My stove is a Tappan CP AV669-26A.

    Thank you!


  5. Hello there,
    I have a Tappan deluxe , serial # 34870 Model SKV 662-1.
    The stove was used with natural gas and I will be installing it in a cabin with Liquid propane..... Is it possible to convert it from gas to propane ? How do i convert it?
    Any help is very appreciated.
    Thank you.

    1. You can convert it. Need to change all the orifices to propane. My furnace guy did it for me.

  6. Hi, I've started researching restoration on an old Tappan deluxe gas stove with very little results. My grandmother had a Tappan model number 665 and had used this stove up until her death 12 years ago. I would love to restore this stove but I'm not having much luck finding information. Please help!

  7. Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could sell a stove like this? Same one in mint condition.

    1. Did you find out how to sell? We have one too (NOT in mint condition)

  8. Hi. I’ve been researching different vintage stoves and really like the doughboy. I found 2 distinctly different Tappan Deluxes near me. How do I find out if I can make a “Frankenstein” stove between the two. Would it be nuts to mix parts, like light up knobs onto a simpler model without them? Or backsplash? The simple one I think is 1955 with small Tappan clock on backsplash, the other one is the light up fancy one but in rough shape. All the parts though!

  9. Anyone know where I can obtain a oven door hinge for TV 62-21?


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