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Poppy Red
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Post# 947149   7/8/2017 at 11:31 by glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        

Hello, hope all is well with everyone. On Thursday, Hans Craig sent me a Craigslist ad with a Poppy Red Frigidaire 1-18 set. I called the seller and made arrangements to go and look at them. Yesterday, I went out after work. The set was about an hour from my house, in Mocksville, NC. The house was built in 1917 and the house had sat empty for 20 years. The house didn't even have laundry connections! The seller said they were never used, I can believe that. They have all the original paperwork, sadly a mouse chewed up some of them. I ended up paying $60 for them, money well spend. They are a bit dusty, but no noticeable wear or use. There is a scuff on the side of the washer from him moving them. The set is from 1976.
Hope you guys enjoy,

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Post# 947151 , Reply# 1   7/8/2017 at 11:35 by glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        

Here is the paperwork

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Post# 947152 , Reply# 2   7/8/2017 at 11:38 by glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        


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Post# 947153 , Reply# 3   7/8/2017 at 11:39 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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To find a pair in that color is rare but totally unused is a tremendous find. The appliance gods were shining down on you. Enjoy them. Love the graphics on the literature. Very typical of the time period.

Post# 947157 , Reply# 4   7/8/2017 at 12:00 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Great find - congratulations!



Post# 947162 , Reply# 5   7/8/2017 at 12:31 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Totally cool!

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Enjoy them!

Post# 947165 , Reply# 6   7/8/2017 at 12:46 by kd12 (Arkansas)        

Wow! Congratulations. Im sure you know this already, but finding poppy red Frigidaire appliances of any kind ain't easy. Enjoy.

Post# 947169 , Reply# 7   7/8/2017 at 13:23 by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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WOW, keep us posted on their maiden wash. Hope the wiring etc. that the mice got to will not be too hard to correct.

Post# 947170 , Reply# 8   7/8/2017 at 13:28 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Nice find, and a matched set, bonus! Congrats, will be watching for pics of it's trial run.

Post# 947171 , Reply# 9   7/8/2017 at 13:28 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Glad you were able to save them.

Post# 947178 , Reply# 10   7/8/2017 at 14:02 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Congratulations, Tyler! They are a beautiful pair. Have fun with them.

Post# 947185 , Reply# 11   7/8/2017 at 15:29 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Tyler, as we discussed, those will clean-up like new. So nice of Hans to let you know about these. Keep going while you are on a roll! Never know what you will come across next!

Post# 947187 , Reply# 12   7/8/2017 at 15:49 by peteski50 (New York)        
Frigidaire 1/18!

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This is a real beautiful set almost an exact match to my Aunt 1/18 set she bought in 1974! Except she dad a separate water temp control for the rinse temp and she had a gas version dryer with a automatic cycle! She had he basement wall painted Poppy to match the set!
Best Of Luck with them!

Post# 947196 , Reply# 13   7/8/2017 at 17:39 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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An unused set?
CONGRATULATIONS on such a cool find! How exciting!

Doing a HAPPY DANCE for you on this side of the computer screen

Thanks for sharing those great pictures! I can't wait to see more pictures and/or videos of your NEW, vintage frigidaire washing!

Once again,

Post# 947200 , Reply# 14   7/8/2017 at 18:11 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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My own version of that machine is one of my daily drivers. Wonderful for washing bulky things like bathmats, shower curtains, bathtub/shower rubber mats and stuff. Spins pretty good too; not a true Rapid Dry, but better than almost all other American machines of that time period.


Always disappointed a little by the dryers. They worked well but I never understood why they didn't put electronic sensors or lighted drums in their dryers. I think some of the very top TOL 's had a light but I don't remember an electronic dryness sensor. Liked the triangular drum vanes, large convenient portals and lint filters.

Post# 947203 , Reply# 15   7/8/2017 at 18:15 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I was informed some time ago that they DID make electronic sensors for some of them and I already knew that they made lighted drums by the one I had. I was disappointed in them too, but mostly because they had drum roller issues and lint build up and air movement problems along with the plastic housing for the lint filter tended to warp rather badly on some models.

Post# 947205 , Reply# 16   7/8/2017 at 18:21 by TrainGuy (Charlotte, Pittsburgh, & Key West)        
Another 1-18 Found,

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but still no suds saver model. Congratulations Tyler. The serial number indicates a 1972 model. Great find! I use a 1973 set as my daily driver. I'm still wanting to buy a WEG/DEEG set from 1979. Can't beat them.


Post# 947213 , Reply# 17   7/8/2017 at 18:59 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow! This is an extrordinary find. Congratulations Tyler; Hans that was good detective work on your part finding them!

Post# 947217 , Reply# 18   7/8/2017 at 19:26 by Glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        
Thank You!

Everyone for the kind words, looking forward to getting the beauties hooked up. I took a picture of the underside of the machines, they are extremely clean.

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Post# 947250 , Reply# 19   7/9/2017 at 00:41 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        


Enjoy them in good health!

Post# 947266 , Reply# 20   7/9/2017 at 05:05 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Congratulations! They look great, nice find and nice colour too. Hope to see a video in the future?

Post# 947271 , Reply# 21   7/9/2017 at 06:49 by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
WOW, Tyler . . .

. . . you done good. You're gonna LOVE 'em.

Jerry Gay

Post# 947347 , Reply# 22   7/9/2017 at 15:47 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I knew

Tyler would want them..I would have liked them if they had been white, red wouldn't work in my turquoise kitchen, my main goal now is to get rid of this D$%^ Maytag, I have learned my lesson, never again will a Maytag cross my door!!!!!The miserable thing got out of balance, as it does about every other load, and before I could get to it it tore a big hole in the vinyl floor!!!ARHHHHHH.

Post# 947433 , Reply# 23   7/10/2017 at 06:42 by WFT2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        
Unbalamced Maytag

What model Maytag is that? Not the 806 referred to in your profile? They have a reputation for robustness and dependability...

Post# 947437 , Reply# 24   7/10/2017 at 07:30 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

Ty;er - An absolutely amazing find - You will truly enjoy using these machines.

Post# 947442 , Reply# 25   7/10/2017 at 08:20 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Nice find, Tyler! You'll gravitate to using the washer, daily.


Post# 947562 , Reply# 26   7/10/2017 at 22:01 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Tyler, those are amazing machines -- and in coveted Poppy Red!! Congrats on a great find and I hope they fire up fairly easily.

Post# 947577 , Reply# 27   7/11/2017 at 00:11 by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Tyler, what a fantastic find. I hope you will like them immensely and becomes your daily drivers. Fantastic washer.



Post# 947718 , Reply# 28   7/11/2017 at 17:11 by ryanm (New York)        

Congratulations on your find! It is hard to believe there are machines like that left that were 'never used'. This set in my opinion is one of the nicest looking machines, my aunt had one in harvest gold and I thought it was a really sharp looking machine. When it washed it was very noisy though, heard it through the whole house! I only wish they made machines that were as good looking today, and offered COLOR again on many models as they used to. Looking forward to hearing about them when you put them into service1

Post# 948448 , Reply# 29   7/16/2017 at 10:54 by rll70sman (Hastings, Minnesota)        
Wash-rinse temperatures

It's interesting how the wash-rinse temperature selector doesn't include a cold water option. Was this typical on Frigidaires of the era?

Post# 948483 , Reply# 30   7/16/2017 at 16:52 by appnut (TX)        

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Rob, yes  I have seen several models like this.  the warm wash/warm rinse was eventually removed and cold/cold replaced it so the 4 options were h/w, h/c, w/c, c/c.  This was applicable for models with just the one water temp knob.  Now for the model with the separate wash & rinse temperatures, that was a different story. 

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