Well I rigged it up in the driveway, tested, and everything but the oven is working. The clock advanced a minute or two but I have no idea if the control circuits work. Not that I care. If I burn the cookies that is on me. hehe
I took a little gasoline in a dripper bottle and wet the end of my finger in a rag and pulled off the worst of the old grease. I was outside so I could get away with it, and man, nothing cuts old grease like gas. It hardly took any.
I was able to polish out the worst of the munge from the cerama-glass cooktop.
In case you are interested I used a Makita variable speed 3/8" drill, which only turns at 2000 rpm tops, a flexible rubber pad with a lambswool bonnet. Some fine aluminum oxide bar polish to load the wool (is has a sticky wax base), and a pinch of 1000 grit aluminum oxide loose ground polish. It was slow speed and a dribble of water that did the trick.
Its not new, but its 1000% better.
I don't know about cooktops. I could have weakened it and now it will break, I don't know.
But the wife wasn't putting up with the messy appearance, and I do know how to polish things.
The old oven element shows totally open, on my meter.
I was able to find and order an original element. It showed up today.
The box it was in was totally crushed, ahem, but the element tests good on my cheapie tester.
Also, 2 different editions of Frididair "Tech Talk" showed up. Small leaflets put out by the company near the time of this range. Kitty found one that was close to the same model and ordered it. The seller tossed in a contemporary issue for free.
These look to be splendid with much of everything you'd want to know, including working on the oven relay itself to save a malfunctioning unit!
I am about to go cut the latch off that locks the door for the self clean cycle. The linkage to the solenoid is missing anyway. I will never use that cycle, never used self clean in my life, and no sense adding to problems.
And of course I'm going to try the element.
Wish me luck. I'm goin' in!