Got my latest dangerous appliance today, Short trip up to Lowestoft. It was on eBay for £5 but I paid £25 as a buy it not as I didn't want anyone else to get it...
I have personally never seen one this old before. 70s ovens come up all the time but one that's pre-war! Anyway, We managed to man handle it into the boot of the Granada with the seats down, The vendor was a woman who owned a company which re-manufactured victorian engines, plus moden windfarm turbines etc and she said it was in use 25 years ago so did work.
I got it back to the workshop, and boy oh boy words cannot express how heavy this really is. The steel is an inch thick, add to that the enamel on top! I managed to drag it out of the boot, and because I was by myself dragged it along the soggy grass outside the workshop, up the steps and managed to wobble it towards it's hole in the workshop. No damage done of course, because of it's solid structure. The cooker is in good condition, the enamel has rusted in places but is to be expected. I intend to touch up the black parts with stove paint and maybe clear cote the rusty bits of enamel if I can find a clear coat that is heat resistant. It's even got a temeprature gauge, probably full of mercury!
The switches are a nice chunky bakelite switch, with a giant spring inside so you can flick it to the setting you want proper quality.
The brilliant part about this cooker is everything comes apart for easy cleaning, every panel, even the heating elements are all plugged in with very large plugs. So I can remove everything without damaging it to clean, and test the elements out of circuit.
The wiring is all large plated strips of metal and braided wiring so is all good condition, although it does need a new earth strip.
Each circuit is protected by a nice chunky ceramic fuseholder and 15A fuse wire.
More to come, once i've cleaned it. I've got to work out how im going to test it too... May be able to connect it directly to my 16A feed using suitable wire and test one element at a time so I don't draw more than 16A as this unit is 5000W so a lot of amps!