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Post# 956144   9/4/2017 at 17:45 (286 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        

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Look what I picked up on Craigslist today.  It was about an hour away.  The seller said he had it posted for a while and was about to throw it out.  Thank goodness I got to it first.


The story is it's been in climate controlled storage for the past 30 years and I believe it.  This thing appears to have had very little use.  They had it set up for a permanent connection but thanks to the forethought of the person who did it, the hoses are just taped inside so I can very easily convert it back to a true portable.


I plugged it in and hit the cancel and drain.  I heard the loud snap of the drain valve and it clciekd all the way through until it was off.  I'll deal with the plumbing and then send more pictures.  I'm optimitisitc it will run perfectly.


Look at those racks and look at that sump!!  The inside is shiny and ding free.

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Post# 956145 , Reply# 1   9/4/2017 at 17:55 (286 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

WOW! A great treasure.

Post# 956147 , Reply# 2   9/4/2017 at 18:00 (286 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Congratulations Chach!!!

Post# 956150 , Reply# 3   9/4/2017 at 18:30 (286 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that thing is beautiful....good luck with it....

keep us posted....

Post# 956153 , Reply# 4   9/4/2017 at 18:42 (286 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Beautiful machine. One day I will have one

Post# 956195 , Reply# 5   9/5/2017 at 00:56 (286 days old) by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Congratulations! Very good dishwasher. Hope you will get many years of trouble free use out of it. Always felt these dishwashers cleaned really well and didn't overwash the dishes, and quick too.

Post# 956206 , Reply# 6   9/5/2017 at 04:36 (286 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Aye Yi

Just Beautiful.

Post# 956209 , Reply# 7   9/5/2017 at 05:24 (286 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Congratulations !!

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Wow, Chach, this is an amazing find!!  And you got to it just in time, too!  Glad you were able to save it.

Post# 956218 , Reply# 8   9/5/2017 at 07:48 (286 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
Thank you everyone!

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Last night when I ran it there were 3 or 4 small drips.  I ran it through the SANI cycle this morning to test the element and it worked perfectly.  It's now down to one tiny drip so I suspect the seals are good and that one small drip will likely disappear soon as well.


Here is a picture of the lower panel.  Pretty clean for a machine this old.

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Post# 956219 , Reply# 9   9/5/2017 at 08:12 (286 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Very nice! You scored big time.

Post# 956238 , Reply# 10   9/5/2017 at 10:41 (286 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

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Congratulations on a great find! Hope you get many years of fun out of it

Post# 956246 , Reply# 11   9/5/2017 at 11:19 (286 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I wonder if that's the same one I saw go into a dumpster at the house on my paper route that probably could just have easily been saved... (Reincarnated, perhaps?)

-- Dave

Post# 956278 , Reply# 12   9/5/2017 at 14:00 (286 days old) by Chachp (Conway, AR)        
Is your Paper Route in Hot Springs, AR?

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Post# 956282 , Reply# 13   9/5/2017 at 14:41 (286 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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GREAT find! I guess you DO get some good ones afterall in your area, contrary to some earlier thoughts you had. I know, you've seen a caravan of opportunities, but not near you. But, this is a very nice KA. Congrats...jealous! :-)

Post# 956284 , Reply# 14   9/5/2017 at 14:46 (286 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

WOW. This is nice...You can say that it is brand new...I don't see one scratch, I can't tell that it has ever been used. WOW. I wish I could find something like that. Nice Kitchenaid, in coppertone. You cannot get anymore classic vintage than that. Enjoy it.

Post# 956293 , Reply# 15   9/5/2017 at 16:15 (285 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Chach, this probably will last until you will no longer need a dishwasher.   And it won't be your only dishwasher either. 

Post# 956369 , Reply# 16   9/6/2017 at 06:09 (285 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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That's my mother's first dishwasher but hers was a built-in.  I was 3 when she got it!  Same color and all.  It was ran every single day for 13 years.  It eventually got to where it would fill and just sit there, then drain and fill again and just sit there.  She replaced it with a Kenmore 3 level wash that developed a problem at seven years old.  She then bought a KUDI 23 in 1994 and is still using it.

Post# 956620 , Reply# 17   9/8/2017 at 10:38 (283 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
Maiden Load......

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I haven't a clue when the last time was that this machine actually washed any dishes.  Could be 30+ years but she sure did a great job.  


Everything is sparkly clean and dry just as I expected.  All the little droplets under the machine are gone so I suspect all the seals are just fine now.  Ready to put the bottom panel back on and put her into "rotation".  

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Post# 956642 , Reply# 18   9/8/2017 at 14:25 (283 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I like those plates with the leaf pattern. What company are they by? Are they vintage or still produced?

Post# 956717 , Reply# 19   9/9/2017 at 03:35 (282 days old) by StandingPilot (Cleveland)        

Hurricane on wheels. i want those coppertone panels to match the rest of my appliances, let me know if you plane on a color change?

Post# 956718 , Reply# 20   9/9/2017 at 04:06 (282 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I used to stand in the kitchen and watch the lights move as the cycles progressed.  It thrilled me to be able to push the start button....I was only 3....but I can still hear it and remember every single click as the timer advanced as well as the pump beginning to build pressure as the water level came up.  Looking back and knowing what I know now I think I could have saved Mother's machine, but she wanted a second level wash arm.

Post# 956731 , Reply# 21   9/9/2017 at 05:30 (282 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        

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The dishes are called Informal Iroquois by Ben Seibel.  I actually saw someone else with them here on the site years ago and decided I wanted them too!!  I run this search on eBay "informal iroquois (leaf, daisy)" without the quotes and you'll see both designs.  One is leaf and another is daisy which I also think are very pretty.


There are quite a lot of them available on eBay and fairly reasonable.  What I really like about them is they are nice sturdy pieces so they stand up to the abuse of everyday use. 

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Post# 957100 , Reply# 22   9/11/2017 at 09:17 (280 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Thanks for the info on the plates. I might just have to get some myself.

Post# 957114 , Reply# 23   9/11/2017 at 11:48 (280 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Why is "light wash" on the Party Cycle side?
Isn't that the opposite of a party?

Post# 957131 , Reply# 24   9/11/2017 at 15:30 (280 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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Light wash is a quick/fast cycle for light soils, ie snack plates and wine glasses to keep things moving.

Post# 957144 , Reply# 25   9/11/2017 at 17:05 (279 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I just got one of those it is brand new never run.

Post# 957231 , Reply# 26   9/12/2017 at 09:37 (279 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
"opposite of party"

I guess the designers thought party means you ran out of glasses, etc. which were lightly soiled, so a quick wash was so you could have them clean to use quickly.

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