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January 24, 2013

Stopped (GE) Clock

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The clock stopped working, and it was never fixed.
That seems unlike my mother, unless she decided it was an Expense and hence unnecessary. I couldn’t bear it. One of those signs of decay and disorder. Odd how you accept these things as kids - oh, that never worked - only to think upon them decades later and wonder hey, wait a minute. Was that the only thing that didn’t work? -- LILEKS (James) The Bleat

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My wife grew up with one. When we renovated in 98, she was driving around the neighborhood and saw the identical pink GE wall oven on a lawn, being thrown out by a sensible renovator.

She bought it for $5, had it partially rewired and installed.

About 5 years ago the clock stopped. She wanted it fixed. Turns out that if you hang around the GE wholesaler pestering them for a replacement for a 60 year old appliance part they get amused enough to root around in the back room and find their last dusty electro-mechanical oven clock-timer. They gave it to me for $10. A deal.

I paid a glazier to make me a new glass plate to accommodate the three knobs, and slightly different size, cut some sheet steel to hold it in place, and old pink runs again, better than ever.

Posted by: Fred Z at January 24, 2013 11:47 AM

We have a 27 year old GE oven. The self cleaner is on strike. The service man said that GE is not stocking parts for anything more than 25 years old. I am not going to traipsing around town to try to find the part, just so something else can break in six months. I am going to replace it, when I get a roundtuit.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 24, 2013 3:53 PM

In the 50s none of the clocks worked on any of my fathers cars after they were a few years old and I remember Mama saying, "None of them are any good." So there was no way we were going to buy a replacement.

Most of the guys who have 1950 Fords look for something to fill the hole where the clock was

Posted by: bgarrett at January 24, 2013 11:54 PM