When I disassembled the stove I
noticed the insulation in the oven was in pretty bad shape. It
was covered in grease and mold and it was likely made of asbestos,
which I didn't want my daughter or grandson exposed to. So, I
ordered new oven insulation from
Homestead Vintage Stove Company.
I ordered four 2'x4' sheets of 1" thick rigid insulation for the oven
compartment and one sheet of 1/4" thick rigid insulation for use in the
To replace the insulation in the
burner cover I used the old
insulation as a pattern to cut a new piece. The burner cover is
used to cover the burners when the stove is not in use. I suppose the
insulation is to protect the porcelain in case
someone puts the cover down before they turn off the burner. There
is a brass plate on the cover that warns you not to close the cover
before first turning off the burner. But who reads instructions,
Ok, the easy stuff is over, now I
begin reassembling the rest of the stove. Unlike
Maych the stove does not have a frame.
the sheet metal attaches to a base unit of heavy- gauge metal. This
metal base was one of the most corroded pieces of the stove but after
much work I got it cleaned up a painted.
The first stage of reassembling the
sheet metal was pretty straight forward. I simply bolted all of
the exterior pieces of
the stove to the base using the new stainless steel bolts I had
purchased. Unlike most
of today's sheet metal construc- tion, there were no sheet metal screws
used in the stove's construction. The trickiest part was getting a
nut on the bolt while holding the bolt in place. Another set of
hands would have come in real handy. But I persisted with the help
of a few clamps and finally got the external pieces assembles.
Next, I needed to install the gas
plumbing. The gas plumbing
had to be installed before finishing the oven because the brackets
holding the plumbing are bolted to one side of the oven and would not be
accessible once the oven interior was in place.
The gas plumbing inside the burner
section of the stove went in easily as there are only a few bolts
holding it in place. The hard part was remembering what went were.
wished I had taken photos of the stove before I disassem- bled it, but I
didn't get my digital camera until after I had it all apart. I
learned a lesson here and when I started
Maych's restoration I took lots of "before" pictures. By the
way, not getting a camera until after I had the stove apart is the
reason there are no pictures of the stove before it was restored.
Now came the hardest part of
reassembly -- the oven. The
oven has three layers of sheet metal -- the exterior pieces, a middle
section that holds in the insulation, and finally the interior pieces of
the oven that contain the slots for the oven racks and the broiler pan.
Plus, the oven is divided into
sections -- a bigger upper section for baking and a smaller lower
section for broiling. Before I could install the middle section
pieces of sheet metal I needed to cut and install the new insulation.
Now that all the insulation was in
place I could install the
middle section pieces. There are no bolts holding these pieces in
place. They are simply sand- wiched between the top and front
exterior pieces which will be be added later.
The next part of the reassembly was
by far the hardest and I struggled
with it for several hours before I was able to get it right. The
next step was to install the face frame and the oven top but getting all
of it to-gether is somewhat of a jig saw puzzle and I don't think I explain in
words how I did it. Suffice it to say, that after several hours of
struggling I got the face frame and top pieces bolted on.
After installing the face frame and
top I had to slide the middle section
pieces out of the way so I could install the door springs. Sliding
these middle section pieces around and getting them back in place after
installing the door springs is somewhat akin to manipulating a Rubik's
cube. All the pieces have to be moved in a specific order to get
it apart and back together.
With the door springs in place and
the middle section pieces manipulated back in place I could now install
over burner and attach the pilot light to the burner. I know the
paint job on the middle section pieces are not the prettiest, but
remember, they can't be seen when the oven is fully assembled.
Next I installed the inner
section pieces of the oven. These are the pieces that are visible
when the oven is open and
they have slots for the oven racks and broiler. They were easy to
install as they just slide in and are held in place by swivel- brackets
that are mounted on the middle sections. With the inner section
pieces in place I could now slide in the two floor pieces -- one at the
bottom of the baking section and one at the bottom of broiler section.
After installing the two oven doors
(easy and simple) and sliding
in the storage drawer the oven reassembly was complete, except for the
legs. I decided to not install the legs until the
stove was back in the garage in order to make carrying the stove up the
basement steps a little easier.
After I get some help to get the
stove up to the garage I'll install the legs and give it a test run.
I'm a little nervous, just like I was when we started
Maych for the first time after
rebuilding the motor. I'll chronicle how it went in the next