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Old 03-16-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Obsessed with making my Magic Chef new!

After looking at the new ovens... I have decided that this one (fixed up) will last longer than anything I can buy now.

Andy I.D'd the Stove from the 1971 Safari as
BT 18 gs or BT 22 gs
I want to replace the burners or find the ring, need a safety valve and thermostat... pretty much want this thing for the next 40 years- so want a stash of parts that I can use if necessary.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:39 PM   #2
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thermostat..ouch....only thing I've heard here is that its pricey to get 'em fixed ($150 *& up) and that comes with no guarantee that it'll work... burners should be easier to find/fix.. great stove and, you're right, more robust than new...

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:17 PM   #3
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Junking my stove/oven from 66gt

Thermostat is the very reason I'll be replacing the stove/oven in my GT. Expensive and hard to find, then getting out all the old screws, what fun. have to see what model I have if I can help you out. stove top of mine tests good. rest of unit is in above average condition for age. Just found out from shop yesterday that oven bad. at shop 5 hours away so will get info on model I have. Pm me if you want to talk about parts.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:56 PM   #4
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I went through the same process, trying for years to renovate the Magic Chef, but in the end I decided it was safer to get a new replacement without those pesky tubes that rust out, the burners that are difficult to clean, the rust everywhere.....etc. Last month I bought the Amana oven and cooktop as fitted to the 2010 Airstreams for $399 from Camping World. The paint surface needs careful cleaning to avoid scratches, one of the piezo ignitors needed to be replaced, and the rubber grommets where the wire top drops in split the first time I removed the top. However, that has been sorted under warranty. The stoves are actually Maytag brand.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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The old Magic Chefs are great looking stoves and worth restoring.

We bought a "new" 1974 Magic Chef that was in excellent condition. Just some surface rust and scratches. We used that fine automotive wet sandpaper to make it look as good as new.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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I have a four burner stove top in great shape that is a Magic Chef. I don't know if the stove tops are interchangable,( don't have a oven) but looks just like yours, other than the extra oven control knob in the face plate that could be switched to work. Don't know if you are looking to rebuild/restore this portion.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:32 PM   #7
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It's too bad you are so far away. I have one out of my '74 Argosy you can have. I can send photos if you are interested.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:53 AM   #8
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I feel your pain-- I kept my four burner going for 7 years but the oven thermostat took a dump and nothing that was "supposed" to be a cross-referenced replacement worked worth a damn. I refuse to carry a microwave, so the oven was important to me. I finally gave it the heave hoe, at Jackson Center itself, and bought a new range off the assembly line, and installed it myself at the Terraport. I chucked the old one in the dumpster there. It was really hard for me to admit that the original just wasn't going to be worth it anymore. The new Magic Chef looked flimsy, and cheap.

Well, as foodie and baker, the new range gets pretty heavy used and seems to decry its flimsy appearing construction. I must admit I miss the fourth burner a lot. But the bloody thing works really well, and the oven is pretty accurate. A solid and firm installation is important.

My suggestion to anyone is to note that the range and oven are TWO distinct devises, and future restorers should consider fabricating a NEW oven onto an older four burner range. They come apart you know, and the sizes have not appreciably changed much. The new Magic Chef of 2008 dropped in the space for the 1966 model with no modifications to the cabinetry. Its the Oven that usually gives the most problems any way. Also, Old bad propane can clog up the thermostat of the oven to make it cease any meaningful temperature regulation-- or so I have grimly discovered.

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Old 04-06-2010, 09:15 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies. We were out on our maiden voyage to the Everglades. The stove top works perfectly thanks to the box of parts sent by Rich. We coughed up $100 for the safety valve but didn't get a chance to install before the trip. It isn't clear yet whether the thermostat will be an issue... Nebraska is on the way to some stuff planned for the summer if all else fails!
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:09 AM   #10
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Old Majic Chef

If you get to Nebraska, specifically the Panhandle, anywhere close to Scottsbluff and want this old Majic Chef I have, you are welcome to it. I don't have the grates for the burners any more, but other than that the stove is complete with cover.
If you want it let me know and I'll set it aside. Otherwise it's going to the crusher.
This offer is out there for anyone interested on a first come basis.

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