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Post# 952166   8/8/2017 at 12:28 (341 days old) by wigwag (San Diego)        

Not sure I'm going to keep it but thought I'd see how it works. Any interest in this?

Post# 952169 , Reply# 1   8/8/2017 at 12:46 (341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Looks to be a 1962/1963 Philco.

Rubber parts are hard to find, but I'm sure you'll find someone who is interested.

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Post# 952173 , Reply# 2   8/8/2017 at 13:04 (341 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Wowza! Rare find, 1963 would be my guess too.

Post# 952187 , Reply# 3   8/8/2017 at 14:52 (341 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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That's about the same vintage as the set our next door neighbors had.  Theirs was yellow and the dryer had a round window.  I sort of remember the large cycle numbers.  The dryer started making a chirping noise that continued for many years until they finally replaced both machines.  There was space the size of a separate lot between our house and theirs.  Their service porch faced my room.  I can still hear that dryer running like it was yesterday.

Post# 952251 , Reply# 4   8/8/2017 at 21:33 (341 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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That's really cool. Really rare.

I have all the rubber boot parts (except the flapper on the agitator which can be easily cut from neoprene) if anyone does want to restore this.

Post# 952269 , Reply# 5   8/9/2017 at 00:31 (341 days old) by realvanman (Southern California)        
Interesting pulley on that motor...

Looks like part of a variable ratio drive? Wish I wasn't selling my houses. And garages lol.

Post# 952271 , Reply# 6   8/9/2017 at 02:34 (341 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Would this be a BOL machine? These have always been my favorite machines from the 60s.

Post# 952290 , Reply# 7   8/9/2017 at 07:24 (340 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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HIGH FREQUENCY WASHING! You're gonna have fun

You know these were really well built machines, lots of stainless steel in all the right places.Im surprised they didn't last longer .

Post# 952294 , Reply# 8   8/9/2017 at 07:47 (340 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

This model seemed to be the most common one I used to find in the field of washers and dryers I used to work out of. It is very limited as far as cycles and even selected the speed each one used. It does have a variable water level though. Some of this model machine actually had the light up console. Most of the Philco machines were very limiting as far as combinations of water temp or speed for some reason. They were that way right up until the end. In 1958 when they first started making this type of Philco washer, they were much more versatile in the way of speed and temp combinations, so I don't know why they chose to limit their cycles like that later. Otasco sold both Leonard(re badged Kelvinators) and Philco until they quit making both.

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Post# 952360 , Reply# 9   8/9/2017 at 16:43 (340 days old) by wigwag (San Diego)        

Picked it up this morning, it was on the curb, house seemed very neglected. I told the owner I'd see if I can get it working again and asked for a story behind the machine. All I got was, he found it when he was cleaning out the garage. Maybe I'll take a look at it in a few months or pass it along.

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