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A visit to the "appliance Junkyard" in Phoenix (actually Glendale, AZ)
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Post# 352093   5/27/2009 at 00:42 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Last week I drove from LA to Phoenix to drop off a few machines and bring back a few machines (in the other threads). Gordon (KenmoreGuy64) also came to Phoenix and we met up to visit this "junkyard" together.

This is actually a appliance sales and repair business and the owners (Lee & wife B.J.) feel they don't need to scrap every unwanted machine they pick up or take in trade, especially since they just happen to have the room for them. They ARE aware there are people like use out there who like and appreciate the vintage machines and because of that, they are usually accommodating if you ask them nicely (hehe).

This is not quite like Aberdeen Farm... but it is still pretty cool!

Now for the photos.......





Post# 352094 , Reply# 1   5/27/2009 at 00:43 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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It would seem like a majority are of the Kenmore/Whirlpool family....

Post# 352095 , Reply# 2   5/27/2009 at 00:44 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Hmmm... who can that be looking at the machines.....???

Post# 352096 , Reply# 3   5/27/2009 at 00:45 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Post# 352097 , Reply# 4   5/27/2009 at 00:46 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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There are also Maytags............

Post# 352098 , Reply# 5   5/27/2009 at 00:47 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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GE, Hotpoint.........

Post# 352099 , Reply# 6   5/27/2009 at 00:48 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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There are also dishwashers.......

Post# 352100 , Reply# 7   5/27/2009 at 00:49 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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... and stoves, refrigerators, etc....

Post# 352101 , Reply# 8   5/27/2009 at 00:49 (3,099 days old) by frontaloadotmy (the cool gay realm)        
Oh that looks fun!!

Stoves too. Any refers? DWs?

Post# 352102 , Reply# 9   5/27/2009 at 00:52 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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...and even modern machines! I almost forgot to mention they also have a number of Frigidaire 1-18 machines... both WITH the lid in the window and without!

Post# 352106 , Reply# 10   5/27/2009 at 01:02 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
Yes there are Friges and DW's too!

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I did see a vintage chest freezer there, Frigidaire I think (but don't remember).

One pair I was surprised to see there was an old Hotpoint set!


Post# 352107 , Reply# 11   5/27/2009 at 01:04 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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I was VERY tempted to bring the washer home... because it's a SOLID TUB! But ultimately I did not because I didn't have room in the truck!
DARNIT!!!!


Post# 352108 , Reply# 12   5/27/2009 at 01:06 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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And there is an old "frog eye" dryer!

Post# 352109 , Reply# 13   5/27/2009 at 01:09 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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A 1961 Lady Kenmore?

Post# 352110 , Reply# 14   5/27/2009 at 01:10 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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A cool old WP dryer with a window!

Post# 352112 , Reply# 15   5/27/2009 at 01:15 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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There is this Hotpoint that looks EXACTLY like the Frigidaire Flair!

Post# 352114 , Reply# 16   5/27/2009 at 01:23 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
And finally........

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One machine I (literally) rescued from the dumpster and brought home was this 1967 Kenmore, full size portable!
(watch for another thread about it)


Post# 352116 , Reply# 17   5/27/2009 at 01:54 (3,099 days old) by spankomatic (Ukiah,CA)        

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Way cool! Thanks for posting the photos!

Jim


Post# 352118 , Reply# 18   5/27/2009 at 02:01 (3,099 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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That Whirly dryer is not old enough (per the console) to have that window door. Must be a mutt, LOL.

Post# 352140 , Reply# 19   5/27/2009 at 05:55 (3,099 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
RevvinKevin

Thanks for posting those pictures of you and Gordon's excursion out there Glendale, Arizona.

But I must say that if you are a Kenmore fan just like you and Gordon are (and myself too), then you all (and me too, had I gone) would've had a field day out there. I never saw SO MANY Whirlpools and Kenmores lined up together like that. And in the first photo, I actually saw a 1976 Lady Kenmore and a 1976 #2 Kenmore in the same photo. It's kind of like what you would've saw at Sears many years ago when the machines were brand new.

I also see that there are a lot of 1997 Frigidaire Gallery Front Loaders and Maytag Neptunes out there as well as well as the back of a 1986-89 Lady Kenmore Direct-Drive.

But the one that touched my heart more than anything (and Thank God you were smart enough to bring it home) was that 1967-73 Kenmore Portable Washer. I never knew that those came in other colors other than White. The one I saw was avacado. We had one of those in my family as well. My Aunt (my father's sister) had this machine. She got hers in 1970, and I guess it lasted until the mid 1980's, because my Grandmother ended up with after my Aunt tossed it aside for her because she (meaning my Aunt) needed a bigger washer later on, and she ended up getting a 1973 Large Capacity Model 600 (with all the controls in the center of the console). If you could revive that portable, I would be very grateful.

Again....... thanks for ALL of those photos. If you were a Kenmore fan that day, visiting that Appliance Yard is kind of like being a kid inside a candy store. I've never seen SO MANY Whirlpools and Kenmores lined up together.

--Charles--


Post# 352145 , Reply# 20   5/27/2009 at 06:10 (3,099 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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now that looks like a good time...fun for days

Post# 352147 , Reply# 21   5/27/2009 at 06:33 (3,099 days old) by gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

That Hotpoint is RARE, but the years in the Arizona sun have certainly left it "well done". Sorry, couldn't resist.
The unfortunate thing is that the longer those machines bake in that sun the more things will cook. A shame.
Must have been a very interesting expedition.


Post# 352149 , Reply# 22   5/27/2009 at 06:52 (3,099 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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HOLY FREAKIN WOW! ... I wouldn't know where to start...like they said...a kid in a candystore...

Post# 352154 , Reply# 23   5/27/2009 at 07:46 (3,099 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Whirlpool window dryer doors

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Whirlpool used window doors on some of its gas dryers through the LXG...... models 1972-3 they were sold through gas company etc

Post# 352159 , Reply# 24   5/27/2009 at 08:13 (3,099 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Well, now I know where I'm going for my next vacation.

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Do you have an address and any other contact information for these wonderful people? Would they be inclined to sell and ship parts that they have?

Post# 352162 , Reply# 25   5/27/2009 at 08:22 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Yes I have the contact info of course! E-mail me. Will they ship things? Somehow I really doubt it.


Post# 352164 , Reply# 26   5/27/2009 at 08:26 (3,099 days old) by davek ()        
Portable & Weather

I think it's kind of funny the affection that people around here have for portables (dish and clothes washers). They're expensive to buy new, they turn cheap when sold used, and then the collectors here have a lot of affection for them later. Good luck with the portable. Considering portables were less likely to be hidden than regular machines, it's a wonder there weren't more of them in designer colors. I guess the fact that they built so few would figure into that. When a machine is a color other than white, is the color painted over the porcelain top, or is the porcelain that color, too?

Aside from the problems that caused these machines' initial retirement, what parts could likely be robbed from one that's spent a while outside? It seems that the upward-turned typical Whirlpool controls would just funnel water straight to the control switches, so those would be bad. The underside would be constantly exposed to moisture, so motors could go bad, too. Tubs might see a steady diet of rainwater, so they could rust. Did I miss anything? It wouldn't take long before there wouldn't be a whole lot worth robbing from one, right?


Post# 352170 , Reply# 27   5/27/2009 at 08:51 (3,099 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Charles, et al....

We had a blast there, and Kevin noted that at least once I looked like I didn't know what to look at next, as if in "overload" mode.

I had some advance knowledge of what was there waiting for me, and had made some plans regarding what machines I wanted, etc. Later I had changed that to be only one or two. Ha! That lasted less than 30 minutes once I got there. By the time we left, there were 12 to 14 machines that had a yellow post-it-note on them, meaning that I wanted them to set the machines aside for me. I can transport them from Phoenix to Charlotte largely for free, so I figured "what the heck". One machine that really intrigues me is a 1979 TOL (mechanical timer) Kenmore suds-saver machine. I've not seen one in person like that, and it was/is pristine. There is also a nice 1966 Kenmore 600 that looks plausible.

Regarding the portable - I will let Kevin do the post on that machine, but we got it back to L.A. late Friday night and worked on it for hours on Saturday. Shockingly (literally, as it bit me good at one time), it works...sort of. The machine is missing a wig-wag, and I would have never tried to operate a washer without one ordinarily, but one makes due when one has to, so we had a ball with it by moving the cam bars manually. Four hours or so went by like a flick of a finger. The fact that the machine agitates, spins, drains, etc. successfully is a testament to the robustness of a machine that can sit outside (with no service panel no less) for years and still work.

I have come up with some knick-names for the portable, including the "mud-washer", and GBJ (green beast junior). I am giving away Kevin's story though, so I'll stop there.

I am sure there will be more posts to come regarding this trip, and somehow I doubt this will be my last visit there.

Gordon



Post# 352171 , Reply# 28   5/27/2009 at 08:51 (3,099 days old) by bellalaundry (Hamilton, Canada)        
Wow...

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sure would like to get that window door on the Whirlpool! I would transplant it onto my portable so I could see what was happening inside!

Guy


Post# 352175 , Reply# 29   5/27/2009 at 08:59 (3,099 days old) by washmeup (scottsdale)        
Wow

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Kevin,

I never knew that I had a place like this in my own back yard! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pic's and I am sorry I did not get the chance to go with you both that morning.

Christopher


Post# 352179 , Reply# 30   5/27/2009 at 09:19 (3,099 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        

Only if there was one of those sites near me!

Post# 352180 , Reply# 31   5/27/2009 at 09:31 (3,099 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

oh yes, yes, yes aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh


Sorry, I couldn't hold it... I just had an orgasm.


Post# 352183 , Reply# 32   5/27/2009 at 09:33 (3,099 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

.... now I need a cigarrete...

Somebody.... lighter.... ashtray.... please.... thanks



Post# 352191 , Reply# 33   5/27/2009 at 09:51 (3,099 days old) by cleanteamofny ((Monroe, New York)        
What a Stash!

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It's good to see that portable Kenmore was saved for there's only a few of them still hanging around.
I have that model in white and the one I grew up with was in Avocado like the one you have.
I wish you the best with that one!


Post# 352220 , Reply# 34   5/27/2009 at 10:40 (3,099 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Hotpoint.

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Someone really ought to get that solid tub Hotpoint, they are rare as hens' teeth!
Dave


Post# 352223 , Reply# 35   5/27/2009 at 11:03 (3,099 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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I saw a Hotpoint similar to that, at least I think, less than a month ago here in Charlotte, but someone had robbed the top off it already. It only sat out a couple days.

Gordon


Post# 352225 , Reply# 36   5/27/2009 at 11:17 (3,099 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Wow

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Good to see that place again--nice also to see that the dishwasher area is filling-up again, although it's unfortunate that the plastic tubs seem to be taking over. When I was there last, there was still a pile of KitchenAids, including a KDS-15 (but it had been stripped of wires--ack!)

The sun does a number on everything out there. My '61 Kenmore restoration was a big lesson in how much damage the machines sustain when outside and exposed to the UV rays and rain (many sit full of water). It's a fun trip down memory lane--and a great way to get a tan--but I probably wouldn't pull a machine from that yard again to work on.

The Silhouettes (sad to see the dryer in such bad shape--that was in lovely shape a few years ago) are fun, but that washer is ROUGH. The cabinet on that machine is the outer tub, and you can see where rust is running down the front because it has eaten through at the seam between the tub bottom and the cabinet itself. We did try the transmission and such while we were there, and it does work, but you would be a level-three grand-master of JB Weld, Bondo, POR-15 and spray paint if you took that one on. It might even be worth it, too, but what's really frustrating about those machines is what the UV does to the plastic lenses on the consoles, and you can see how the huge lenses on the Silhouette have turned pee yellow. That was frustrating on my '61--go through all that work to get a machine that looks good except for the yellow-hazed lens :-)

Still, a fun tiptoe through the tulips nonetheless! :-) Thank you for sharing all those photos--it's good to catch a glimpse again, and it is so fun to look at all those machines.


Post# 352257 , Reply# 37   5/27/2009 at 12:26 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
The condition of the machines....

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I have been there twice in as many months and while little seems to have changed in the "landscape", they seem to be in generally ok condition. Except of course for the various plastic bits, which just get killed by the heat, sun and UV.

What rust there is seems to be surface rust since it's so dry there.

As for standing water in the machines, all that I looked in (and I looked in a lot) did not have any standing water, though many had dirt and looked like water had been inside but either drained or evaporated.


Post# 352263 , Reply# 38   5/27/2009 at 12:46 (3,099 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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The fact that so many obviously had water in them at one time which later dried concerns me. Several washers I've worked on recently have had rust holes in the tubs that I've had to patch.

I just called my vendor in Phoenix and asked about weather patterns - it rained the day we were there, and hadn't done so since Christmas!!! August is their wet month, so I'd say its a fair chance that those machines have simply filled with monsoon rains in August, and dried up, vs. leaking empty.

I hope so anyway!


Post# 352264 , Reply# 39   5/27/2009 at 12:55 (3,099 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Oh my!

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What a cool place! I would love to get my paws on one of those WP dryer doors with a window! I could then a least almost explain why I hang around watching my Inglis dryer when I run it... lol
Kevin, that 67 KM portable is darling!! Keep us posted on the restoration!


Post# 352275 , Reply# 40   5/27/2009 at 13:31 (3,099 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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I used to haunt that place when I lived in Phoenix a few years ago. I managed to pick up a '72 Lady Kenmore and '73 Wards Signature washer. That solid tub Hotpoint almost came home with me until I looked at the insides and found that it was mostly stripped of everything including the motor:(

Post# 352314 , Reply# 41   5/27/2009 at 15:18 (3,099 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
thanks for the photos

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To an old man like me (59) most of these appliances look "new." I can't help wonder how many of them ended up in the scrap heap because some greedy repairman said "well lady, parts and labor to replace the pump on this Maytag Highlander will run you $200 plus the service call." But at least they are dying a somewhat dignified death as opposed to being made into Toyotas.

I have never seen one of those Hotpoint copycat Flair ranges. Those nasty GE people even duplicated the lift-up doors. At least Tappan showed a little more respect with their Fabulous 400's.


Post# 352326 , Reply# 42   5/27/2009 at 16:02 (3,099 days old) by washmeup (scottsdale)        
Front Loaders

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It is interesting to see a whole row of the new age front loaders already at the appliance grave yard. It looks like to majority are Maytag and there is even a samsung in the pile.

Post# 352329 , Reply# 43   5/27/2009 at 16:16 (3,099 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
And even a samsung in the pile.

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Yes.... there was even a Bosche FL out along the front fence!

Post# 352337 , Reply# 44   5/27/2009 at 16:42 (3,099 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        

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On the ninth picture, the portable washer that's two appliances to the left of the grey front loader (or behind the Maytag Atlantis)is a White Consolidated Industries General Electric washer we had a neighbor when I was a young lad that had it, it had the winged agitator (and some models had straight vanes), one I saw running once had a high pitched single wah noise every time the drum indexed. Anyone on aw.org that has ever heard or seen the portable White consolidated industries GE washer before please tell.

Post# 352338 , Reply# 45   5/27/2009 at 16:43 (3,099 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        

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Also I'd give anything to be in a place like this. Cool photo's.

Post# 352341 , Reply# 46   5/27/2009 at 17:18 (3,099 days old) by maytagmike (Burlington, Vt)        
A birthday present

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Hey Kev, thanks for a nice birthday present. I love going through appliance grave yards. Love the Maytags. I have a 1977 A408 Thanks again, Mike

Post# 352402 , Reply# 47   5/27/2009 at 20:03 (3,098 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
Alive And In Color:

At last, the pictures of your trip out there. I have been waiting to see these. That has got to be the coolest place ever; like going to a vintage appliance store. The black paneled Kenmores all lined up reminds me of any Sears showroom I visited in the late 70s, and the Whirlpools lined up reminds me of my trips to the Times Square Store in Hempstead NY, as well as Macy's when they carried appliances.

As to whom was in the picture, could that have been you Gordon?

I hope you get the 1966 Kenmore Model 600. That is one of my favorite models. That portable is pretty neat too, and I can't wait to see more of that.

Glad you guys had such a great time, and hopefully there will be future trips to come.

Have a good one,
James


Post# 352428 , Reply# 48   5/27/2009 at 21:10 (3,098 days old) by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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Too bad they didn't show you the machines they had in the back room. They won't sell them. Do they still have the pink 50 something GE washer in the showroom?



Post# 352536 , Reply# 49   5/27/2009 at 23:59 (3,098 days old) by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
Do they still have the pink 50 something GE washer in the sh

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No there were no vintage machines in the "showroom" or in the "back room". Unless they have some stashed directly behind the building (where they work on them) it was pretty much, what you see is what you get!

Post# 353002 , Reply# 50   5/29/2009 at 10:54 (3,097 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Aw, man!!

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Someone removed the motor on the Silhouette? That sucks. It was there the last time we looked, but I also discovered (mainly on the dishwashers) that they must be recycling the copper and other electrical items from some of the machines (they were processing some of them into the big rollaway you see in one of the pics).

Post# 353032 , Reply# 51   5/29/2009 at 13:06 (3,097 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        
White Consolidated Industries GE?

I think you could also find them in green as well. I would see those in the 90's every once in a while. Has a pull-up foldable lid. clothes drum(in the one I saw) is plastic. I believe you could still get these new up until 1996(in my area) execpt they would say Gibson instead of GE. Small cute machine, I've never seen one in action before though.

Post# 353044 , Reply# 52   5/29/2009 at 14:49 (3,097 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        
Reply to supremewhirlpool

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Yes it was white consolidated industries. I remember the pull-up foldable lid too I remember the first time I saw the WCI GE the lid was up and I did not know how to shut the lid until I was five and a half. The main thing about the washer is that it sounds like the White westinghouse pump throughout the wash and spin cycle.

Post# 353045 , Reply# 53   5/29/2009 at 14:53 (3,097 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        

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One more thing, I found the Gibson version of the WCI GE washer on E-bay a couple years ago while browsing the site and the Gibson version looks alot like the WCI GE.

Post# 353237 , Reply# 54   5/30/2009 at 00:12 (3,096 days old) by frapdoodle ()        

well i know where i am going to spend my week in arizona.

and i was wondering how i might contact the manager or owner of this yard.

if you could give me his number that would be grand.

you can E-mail me. juicebox300@yahoo.com

or call me

(home) 909-338-1650
(cell) 909-809-4995

i usually answer the house phone and i always answer my cell

thank you

Chance/ frapdoodle


Post# 353269 , Reply# 55   5/30/2009 at 05:27 (3,096 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

"Energy Guide", Its amazing to see some of those stickers still intact, almost better than the factory finish. What the hell kind of paper is that anyway? :-) Seriously, it was a relief when my last set arrived with the tag simply on the timer dial by a string. #352095 that's a nice old Kenmore at bottom right lg cap. probably a pentavane we had one like it mid 70's i alway's thought they were essential kenmores kind of the bridge between the old die cast console and the center dial on the black panel. Sears must of sold enough of those black panel machines to go around the equator. Nice avocado portable, glad you guy's rescued it. alr2903

Post# 353291 , Reply# 56   5/30/2009 at 07:47 (3,096 days old) by harvestgold ()        
Appliance junkyard

Kevin those pictures make me all excited wow i could spend dasys there what a find John

Post# 353322 , Reply# 57   5/30/2009 at 11:03 (3,096 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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alr2903 -

The machine that you refer to in pic 352095 is a copy of my mother's second Kenmore. It's a 1974 60-series model, quite feature-filled for a 60-series. It's on my list of machines to come out of there. :-)

Gordon


Post# 353337 , Reply# 58   5/30/2009 at 11:46 (3,096 days old) by bosch2460 (Harrisonburg, VA)        

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OMG, that Hotpoint set is one of my dream sets. My grandmother had one of those that lasted into the mid-80's. I would love to see and hear one of those in action again!! Too bad it was in such crappy shape though. But it sure sends me back..... Thanks for the pics!!

Joel


Post# 353392 , Reply# 59   5/30/2009 at 15:44 (3,096 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
Hotpoint set:

What year was that washer? We used to have a 1964 model that had a console very similar to the that of the dryer, which must be an earlier model than the washer featured. I think that model washer has come up as a POD. Thanks in advance.

Have a good one,
James


Post# 353414 , Reply# 60   5/30/2009 at 18:09 (3,095 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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Wow, I just got a "Hotpoint Flair" yesterday. Except the one pictured did not seem to have an internal temp probe/readout. I have also done a restore on the "Tappan Flair" which I found to be a gorgeous stove. Love the ad twintubdexter. matt

Post# 353434 , Reply# 61   5/30/2009 at 19:48 (3,095 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Gordon glad to hear you want to rescue that "essential Kenmore", they have a special place in my heart too. arthur

Post# 356070 , Reply# 62   6/10/2009 at 15:41 (3,085 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        

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Let me describe the sound of one of the WCI GE washers I've seen. They sounded like this: "woh click click woh click click...".

Post# 356071 , Reply# 63   6/10/2009 at 15:43 (3,085 days old) by jonvance1990 (Post Falls, Idaho (where the Buck Knife factory is))        

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Along with the sound of the classic WCI humming sound.

Post# 819388 , Reply# 64   4/15/2015 at 13:14 (950 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

I know that I am resurrecting a dead thread but I need to ask a question.

Revvinkevin and KenmoreGuy64 (Gordon) do you remember the name of the place that you visited is featured in this thread?

They might have the tub, basket and base that I need.


Post# 819393 , Reply# 65   4/15/2015 at 13:32 (950 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

Also, does the Aberdeen farm sell and ship parts? Do you guys know the name of that place?

Post# 819394 , Reply# 66   4/15/2015 at 13:36 (950 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Aberdeen is no more. Just empty fields now. They were an older couple that accumulated old appliances along with other "stuff" and had them on their place I believe. Others here would know more details. Did they end up with all those appliances from being in the appliance business at one time?

Heres a vid Robert posted from a trip to Aberdeen.


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Post# 819396 , Reply# 67   4/15/2015 at 13:40 (950 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

Never mind about the appliance farm in Aberdeen. I think I found my answer. I believe it's gone. Besides it was just a resting place, not a business as you folks have pointed out. Too bad.

Post# 819413 , Reply# 68   4/15/2015 at 15:07 (950 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
The Appliance "junkyard" in Glendale, AZ....

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Is Appliance Express.   They are a regular appliance sales & service business.   They just happens to have a large yard adjacent to the business with A LOT of old appliances out there baking under the Arizona sun.

 

5850 W Market St

Glendale, AZ 85301

(623) 247-2031

 

Good luck!

 

Kevin


Post# 819438 , Reply# 69   4/15/2015 at 19:22 (949 days old) by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Zoom, Zoom!

I can't believe that this place is only 10 miles due south of my sister's house in Glendale. Will be out there for a very short stay but maybe I can get to spy the place in person when I am there.

Check the link and zoom in on the satellite view. It is the wedge shaped lot right in the middle of the screen! All those machines are lined up like cars at Disney World! Or Disney Land, west of the Mississippi River!


CLICK HERE TO GO TO stevet's LINK


Post# 819448 , Reply# 70   4/15/2015 at 21:16 (949 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Nice trip down memory lane. When I lived in Phx I picked up a couple of machines from that place -- that was back in 2003-2006, and even then the pickings were beginning to slim. I did get my gorgeous '64 Kenmore set from there so was grateful to have stumbled on the place. And that relentless Arizona sun just baked the hell out of so many of those machines sitting out there. That Hotpoint that is shown in the old thread was there even when I was there and I was just as tempted to take it home until I looked "under the hood" and saw that most of the guts were already taken away.

Post# 819453 , Reply# 71   4/15/2015 at 22:15 (949 days old) by doug (West Virgina)        
flyingethan

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flyingethan- Just a question, i hate to ask but if you do happen to go to the appliance express yard and run across any ge filter flos and any hotpoint rim flos could you snap a few pics of them and upload them on here after your trip. Dont go out of your way though, as i will probrably never get to go there over 2,000 miles one way. Just let me know what you think! Thank you -Doug

Post# 819465 , Reply# 72   4/15/2015 at 22:30 (949 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

That place is absolute paradise! :)

Post# 819471 , Reply# 73   4/15/2015 at 22:40 (949 days old) by doug (West Virgina)        
toploadloyalist

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I bet never been to a place like this!

Post# 819508 , Reply# 74   4/16/2015 at 07:25 (949 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Like Kevin, I have been there several times. To be able to go through the yard, the owner has to give to "OK". If you go there and he isn't there, the employees won't let people into the yard.
Also remember that these machines are outside in the sun and have been for years. Here in Arizona it gets 110+ degrees in the summer time. That heat isn't good on the rubber and plastic parts of the machines.


Post# 819516 , Reply# 75   4/16/2015 at 08:59 (949 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
SOME of these Whirlpool, Maytag & GE's could've been

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- - SAVED!!!!!!

 

Looks like this is where the Clothes Washers that are mates of the still-running Dryers go!

 

 

-- Dave


Post# 819524 , Reply# 76   4/16/2015 at 10:02 (949 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Had to do a little Bing Maps reconnaissance :)

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Post# 819527 , Reply# 77   4/16/2015 at 10:42 (949 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Now I know where I need to jump in my parachute...!

 

 

-- Dave


Post# 819528 , Reply# 78   4/16/2015 at 11:08 (949 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I'd love to go through a yard of appliances, but truth be told, I'd feel bad with the excitment, knowing weather is continually doing a number on these vintage appliances. Did you say four hours flew by, perusing the yard? I bet it did!

Thanks for sharing your adventures there, Kevin and Gordon. It's too bad these appliances can't be more sheltered. Glad you guys could find some things of interest to bring home. Looking forward to seeing more of these in the future, here.


Wow.


Post# 819604 , Reply# 79   4/16/2015 at 22:43 (948 days old) by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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Todd (Washerlover) and I discovered this place together. They had a pink GE Filter-Flo in the showroom and a back room filled with the cream of the crop. Last time I was there years ago they had moved them out but no idea if they sold or kept them, but they were not interested in selling any to me at the time. Fun times going through that lot though, right Todd?

Post# 819880 , Reply# 80   4/18/2015 at 12:42 (947 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I love the third picture. The grass looks like shag carpeting.
Is there a danger of rattle snakes being in these washers?


Post# 967295 , Reply# 81   11/11/2017 at 09:27 by Kafooty06 (washington )        
i need to go!

Hi there id like more info about buying and looking around for parts for my kenmores . Can you give me the address and contact info for this junk salvage yard/? thANKS


Post# 967311 , Reply# 82   11/11/2017 at 11:19 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Making up my mind: Which one, which one, which one????

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Not much more washin', dryin', cookin' or cleanin' that ANY of 'em can do--or just be surprised at one randomly hooked up comin' back to life!!!!



-- Dave


Post# 967312 , Reply# 83   11/11/2017 at 11:25 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
REPLY #81 - Hey Steve(KaFooty06)

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Not to sound sarcastic, but the address is staring at you in this post! Just look up a few "steps" and you'll see it.

Have a good weekend!


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Post# 967340 , Reply# 84   11/11/2017 at 13:59 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
What Phil said above....

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Also..... FYI, they do NOT let just anyone wander through the yard.   AND... the owners (when they are there) / management / staff are a pain in ass to deal with in regards to trying to gain access to the yard.

 

 


Post# 967356 , Reply# 85   11/11/2017 at 15:31 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Reply #84

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Some people have not come back, as well!

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Post# 967374 , Reply# 86   11/11/2017 at 17:10 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Oh my gosh. That place is amazing. I wish I lived closer to Arizona I would hop in the car tonight and head that way. I would never be seen again I would just get lost in there LOL

Post# 967470 , Reply# 87   11/12/2017 at 10:23 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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In The Graveyards Of My Mind...



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Post# 967587 , Reply# 88   11/12/2017 at 20:15 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Is There Anything Interesting Left?

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When Jay (aka Pumper) and I were there years ago, there were still some vintage things here & there, but I imagine by now all the good stuff is already gone. I remember a cool Hotpoint machine (sans pump) that would have been fun to bring back to life that we didn't get.

Post# 967675 , Reply# 89   11/13/2017 at 08:11 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I drove by there a couple months back. It is still there. Pretty much the same machines that have been sitting out in the Arizona sun for the past 10 years. Not much good plastic parts left.
As Kevin stated, it is difficult to get to wander around the yard. The owner will be glad to let people look, but he isn't there often. When he is gone its almost always a NO.


Post# 967694 , Reply# 90   11/13/2017 at 11:35 by chetlaham (United States)        

If they don't let people look, then why keep the machines? Not fair, those deserve to be in a good home.

Post# 967708 , Reply# 91   11/13/2017 at 12:58 by brucelucenta (Italy)        

This place reminds me of one that was here in Tulsa at one time in the early 70's. That was were I encountered nearly every rare and interesting washer and dryer mentioned in this forum. They did away with all of it before the 80's arrived though.

Post# 967798 , Reply# 92   11/13/2017 at 20:43 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Something weird about

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a place that allows you to look around when there's just ONE man needed to be on the premise...as if he has some all reaching control over all the acreage?

Who IS this guy? :-)


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Post# 967802 , Reply# 93   11/13/2017 at 21:08 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
It's Arizona

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It's not a normal place...conservative, unimaginative, oppressively hot and extremely Republican.

Post# 967805 , Reply# 94   11/13/2017 at 21:13 by superocd (PNW)        
I would love to run into something like an Aberdeen Farm...

I'd give my eyeteeth just to have the opportunity to go through that field. Too bad it is now just that, a field.

I couldn't imagine if there was an Aberdeen Farm FILLED with really old HVAC and, much better yet, really old commercial kitchen and laundry equipment. I'd have to be carted off to a mental institution, cause I'd go crazy. I'd be more giddy than I would winning $500 million in a lottery.

My Midwestern childhood home was not too far from a state highway (it's not what you think, it was really a two lane country road)...up that road, there was an old abandoned homestead with old trucks, farm implements and a couple of appliances. I took an old Kirby and a heavy steel fan blade four feet in diameter, all in a large wheelbarrow also taken from the old homestead. Mom wanted to bring my neck, Dad just shrugged his shoulders.

I live in the PNW and do a lot of hiking and camping in out-of-the-way places. So far, nothing but some old, old cars and trucks, a creepy 1940s fridge or two, and believe it or not, an old IBM PS/2 tower, the really tall, narrow ones from the late '80s or early '90s. How or why that would be laying in the woods, miles from any road, is anyone's guess. I wondered if some evidence to a crime resided on it's hard drive, but it had been there for a while and was no doubt destroyed by the PNW rain.





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