Well... after what seemed like an eternity because of bad weather and a blizzard on every planned day to take this road trip, I finally succeeded in getting the Crane model 404 i wanted.
I want to give a shout out to ONEDOLLAR (from this forum) for taking the time to find it and make me aware of it, it sort of makes my time here all worthwhile and its like karma
I will say that when going to the multi million dollar home in Wellesley to pick up this stove i was faced with it being hooked up still and on the second floor
, Thank god i had my son with me and he swiftly learned what daddy did for a living decades ago
and im sure the homeowner was equally impressed because the fact is he should have been paying me to get this stove out of the house
I had the stove broken down in about 2 min flat and all the memory's and methods two wheeling them on stairs and disconnecting them all came rushing back to me at once
The only real problem with the stove is the slightly warped cast iron firepot (its the only thing i dont really have the ability to repair or refurbish without spending crazy money at a foundry), but other then that this stove is going look like a million bucks and its going to run like a champ when im done with it! I will be keeping my eyes out for the cast iron trivet top or even better....the soapstone top for this beauty (i know its a long shot but they are out their!!!) Im so excited and so thankful to have it and its all because of this forum! thank you ALL!