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1977 Frigidaire 1-18 "thumper" washer is home now...
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Post# 959520   9/28/2017 at 00:11 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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First off, I have to say THANK YOU to;
Ross, Justin, Roger, Bruce...
If it hadn't been for each & every one of them, I wouldn't be able to have, use, play with, and enjoy this 1977 Frigidaire 1-18 washer. I have watched numerous videos of the Frigidaire "thumper" washers, bouncing away in the soapy waters of laundry loads. But doubtful I'd ever have one day.

Now the story on this FRIGIDAIRE 1-18 washer;

This washer belonged to Ross, but sadly, he passed away.
Then Justin got it, but before he had a chance to use it, the timer knob broke off when he tried to turn it. Roger told me Justin was going to get rid of it, so I asked Roger to let Justin know that I was interested in the Frigidaire.

Justin was so nice he brought it down on one of his trips to Tucson. And Roger was so sweet & said he would hold it for me until I could make some space in my laundry room for it.

I knew Bruce was getting rid of alot of washers, so I contacted him & asked if he had a windowed-lid for a Frigidaire I could buy from him. He was so kind & said he did have one I could have & he sent it to me.

And this, is how I got to have a Frigidaire 1-18 of my own.
Thank you guys for your part in making this happen for me. You are all so AWESOME!!

I moved the coppertone Maytag 806 over & put the Frigidaire in it's place. I looked up the age at found out it was made November of 1977. The color is almond, the control panel face is bronze colored with just a strip of woodgrain along the bottom, it doesn't have the woodgrain control panel face like the other Frigidaires I've seen. I think the bronze look is really pretty.

I haven't actually washed anything in the Frigidaire yet. Roger helped me hey it on the laundry room.

When we connected the Frigidaire to the faucets & turned the water on, the washer started filling up with hot water even though it wasn't plugged in. So Roger disconnected the water inlet valve, opened it up and found a couple chunks of sediment in the inlet valve. After that, the water inlet valve was working properly.
I bought some new screens for the hoses.
Roger gave me a longer universal drain hose that he had, just in case I had problems with the one on it bending too much when it was connected to the drain pipe. Which did end up happening.
And we put the windowed-lid on it.

After that, we ran an empty wash cycle to make sure everything was working properly. Roger said there must of been some old detergent residue, the water was sudsy, even though we didn't put any detergent in the washer. So after everything seemed to be A-OK, I ran a 15 minute wash cycle with a pouch of TIDE washing machine cleaner. When it was doing the rinse cycle, the water seemed very clear.

So I think the FRIGIDAIRE 1-18 is now ready to do it's first load of wash here at its new home. I'll take pictures or video when I wash with the FRIGIDAIRE 1-18.

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Post# 959521 , Reply# 1   9/28/2017 at 00:18 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
I haven't given the Frigidaire a name yet...

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But ones I'm tossing around are;
Thumping Thelma,
Bouncing Betty,
Frigidaire Freda
Plunging Paula
just to name a few.

Post# 959523 , Reply# 2   9/28/2017 at 00:46 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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I just completed the checkout process and bought this for my new vintage Frigidaire!
(Can you tell I'm pretty excited about getting the "thumper")...

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Post# 959526 , Reply# 3   9/28/2017 at 04:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Congratulations Christina! 1-18's are among my favorite machines. Never seen one in bronze trim, have to say it looks mighty sharp!

Post# 959527 , Reply# 4   9/28/2017 at 04:25 by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

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I'm sure you are overjoyed about adding your new baby girl to your collection. It looks like the machine has been very well taken care of and you will continue that compassion.

It'll be great to see a new video of it in action when you get the chance.

Have fun enjoying your new baby girl!!!

Rick- Washdaddy

Post# 959529 , Reply# 5   9/28/2017 at 05:02 by appnut (TX)        

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Christina, I'm so happy for you.  I love Frigidaire washers.  I'm very thankful this is connected with Ross.  Roger is a sweetheart!!!

Post# 959530 , Reply# 6   9/28/2017 at 05:17 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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Christina, congratulations!
1-18's do a GREAT job at everything, and plenty of FUN!

Post# 959531 , Reply# 7   9/28/2017 at 05:18 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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You are going to have so much fun with your Frigidaire, Christina! Thanks for sharing the backstory of the machine and how it made its way to you. It's a beauty.

Post# 959532 , Reply# 8   9/28/2017 at 05:26 by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
That's great, Christina!


You're working with some might fine guys there. I remember Ross well. He bought a Thor from me.

And Roger is one of the kindest guys I know.

Good luck. They're fun machines.

Jerry Gay

Post# 959533 , Reply# 9   9/28/2017 at 05:30 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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It looks almost new! I really like the small window! How does the fabric softener dispenser work? Congratulations :)

Post# 959537 , Reply# 10   9/28/2017 at 06:30 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Show some videos of her working, Christina...

-- Dave

Post# 959540 , Reply# 11   9/28/2017 at 06:42 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Congrats Christina!....could not be more happier for you....

and you are discovering there are some pretty amazing people in this club...

watching videos does nothing for the excitement of watching one of these live in action...

didn't think too much about them all these years, but once I seen one, I knew I had to have one....

take that front off, and you could watch that mechanism in action for hours....something so simple that functions so well....

just keep in mind, you have to sort of set the water level slightly under the load size....perfect rollover every time

Post# 959547 , Reply# 12   9/28/2017 at 07:30 by mtn1584 (USA)        
Thump thump thump thump

Love that washer, she is beautiful! Best of luck, may you get many years of happy usage out of her!

Post# 959548 , Reply# 13   9/28/2017 at 07:35 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Congratulations Christina! You know a vintage washer is going to be fun to use when there's a window in the lid.  The Circle-Spray rinse is kinda mesmerising!

And congrats also on finding the fabric softener dispenser - that was a great deal.

Happy washing!!!

Post# 959552 , Reply# 14   9/28/2017 at 07:58 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

I remember when Ross got that machine. He had a 1-18 in Harvest Gold which he gave to me. I still have that machine and use it every week. I grew up in a family with Frigidaire. The Chevy dealership where my Dad worked sold Frigidaire appliances so everything we had was Frigidaire. The "Unimatic" is still my favorite of all. I know you will have many years of enjoyment using the 1-18.

As Jerry said earlier you could not find a greater group of guys.

Post# 959561 , Reply# 15   9/28/2017 at 08:42 by peteski50 (New York)        
Frigidaire 1/18!

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That is a real great find. I also love the sound of the thumping - you know you are getting real deep cleaning jetaction!!!!

Post# 959562 , Reply# 16   9/28/2017 at 08:50 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Congrats, Christina! You are going to LOVE this machine, and the spray rinse is to die for. And, it is wonderful that a machine from Ross has a new lease on life.



Post# 959574 , Reply# 17   9/28/2017 at 09:55 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Very nice. The Almond goes very nicely with the control panel colors. And the window lid is neat to have. I like the name Bouncing Betty.

Post# 959575 , Reply# 18   9/28/2017 at 10:02 by pumpkina (California)        

Nice washer!

Where did you order the fabric softener from?

Post# 959592 , Reply# 19   9/28/2017 at 11:28 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I don't think I have ever seen a model quite like this one. It is certainly a nice machine. Good for you Christina!

Post# 959601 , Reply# 20   9/28/2017 at 13:11 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thaddeus T. Thumper III

Post# 959610 , Reply# 21   9/28/2017 at 14:02 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i thought this 1-18 had woodgrain control panel face. it wasn't until roger & me got it all set up in the laundry room and i was really looking it over & comparing it with other frigidaire 1-18 washer pictures on my phone that i noticed this one only had the bottom strip of woodgrain.

i do like the look of the bronze control panel face. especially with the almond color of the washer.

Post# 959611 , Reply# 22   9/28/2017 at 14:04 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i think i figured out how i can add a video to a comment and i will definitely try to post a video to share with you all!

Post# 959612 , Reply# 23   9/28/2017 at 14:07 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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yes, it makes me smile to know that this was ross's machine. and roger is the greatest! i've said it before, i am so thankful to know roger. without him, i would never have been able to indulge in my vintage washing machine interests!

Post# 959613 , Reply# 24   9/28/2017 at 14:09 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Fanny Frigidaire

Post# 959614 , Reply# 25   9/28/2017 at 14:09 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i am definitely anxious to use the 1-18 and see it in action with clothes. i've already got a delicate load and a load of towels waiting to be washed.

Post# 959615 , Reply# 26   9/28/2017 at 14:11 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i am looking forward to using the 1-18 and finding out!

Post# 959617 , Reply# 27   9/28/2017 at 14:16 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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ross was the first member i met from the group, here in tucson. he emailed me and we set up a meeting at rogers house. roger is definitely someone who has a place in my heart! every member that i've met from this group is the best!!

Post# 959618 , Reply# 28   9/28/2017 at 14:23 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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the windowed-lid is all thanks to bruce! if not for him, i wouldn't have the window in the lid. as for the fabric softener dispenser, i don't really know exactly how it works? i can only guess that when you put the fabric dispenser into it, it goes into a cup in the center and stays there during agitation until the machine spins, which throws the fabric softener into an outer are of the dispenser, and once the spinning stops, the fabric softener drips out from the bottom?
but this is only a guess, as i've only seen videos of the washer with the dispenser on top of the agitator.

Post# 959619 , Reply# 29   9/28/2017 at 14:26 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i think i know how i can post a video in a comment and i will definitely try to post a video of the 1-18 in action to share with everybody!

Post# 959621 , Reply# 30   9/28/2017 at 14:33 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i understand seeing a video compared to seeing one in action, in person! after i seen nate's 1-18, i think the subconscious mental-vibes went out into the universe!

thanks for the water level tip. i did have a question regarding delicates & the GENTLE speed.

does the water level tip the same for the gentle cycle? or does the GENTLE cyle on the 1-18 work like the GENTLE cycle on a maytag, where you have to use a full tub of water to get the gentler wash action?

Post# 959622 , Reply# 31   9/28/2017 at 14:37 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thanks. and thank you for the kind comment

you know, i was replying to every comment in one post but i hit something and everything i typed out got deleted. i didn't want to make so many posts & bore everybody. but i figured, if i didn't reply to everybody individually, my comments might accidentally get deleted again. and i didn't want that to happen!

so everybody please forgive me for so many comments...

Post# 959626 , Reply# 32   9/28/2017 at 14:46 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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yes, i defintely like windows, buttons, and knobs on my appliances! more selections = more fun!

as for the fabric softener dispenser, i wasn't positive if it is the right one, but i figured since it says to turn one way to lock and to turn the other way to remove, and it looks like the other fabric softener dispensers i've seen in videos, it probably is the right dispenser for the "thumpers". so i went ahead and bought it.

Post# 959628 , Reply# 33   9/28/2017 at 14:53 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i'd love to see pictures of your harvest gold 1-18. how long have you had your's?

oh i agree, everyone i've met here in tucson & online from the group are the GREATEST!! i'm so thankful to everybody!!!

Post# 959629 , Reply# 34   9/28/2017 at 14:55 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

That is the correct dispenser. You remove the agitator cap and replace it with the dispenser, turning it to lock it in place. When you add the softener add a capful of plain water to thin it out a bit or that dispenser will get gunked up pretty quickly.

I am so glad you have this in your collection. Young people marvel at them. Never seen Pulsation or a window-lid.

Post# 959631 , Reply# 35   9/28/2017 at 15:02 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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speaking of the sound, when roger & me were doing a water test to see if everything was working ok, we didn't realize the water level was set to the smallest load. roger was leaning over the washtub, feeling the water as it came into the washer and changing the water temperatures. we were talking as he was doing this, and so when the machine reached the lowest fill level, it started chugging away and me & roger both jumped because we weren't expecting it to start up so soon!

it's a good thing i can close the door to the laundryroom when i am washing clothes!

Post# 959634 , Reply# 36   9/28/2017 at 15:06 by leefree (Los Angeles)        

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What a beauty!

Post# 959635 , Reply# 37   9/28/2017 at 15:10 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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speaking of the spray rinse, something that roger & me noticed was that during the final spin, there is another short spray rinse that comes on? i don't know how long that last spray rinse last but i would guess maybe 30 seconds or so (maybe)?

so the cycle goes:
spin drain
spin drain

i figure it must be part of the SANITIZE cycle, since that cycle is actually the rinse cycle. and that short spray during the final spin would rinse the tub out?

Post# 959636 , Reply# 38   9/28/2017 at 15:14 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i thought the same thing about the bronze color of the control panel with the almond color of the cabinet. and YES, i LOVE the windowed-lid!

i've read on here that "BOUNCING BETTY" is what the servicemen used to call the frigidaire washers back in the day.

Post# 959638 , Reply# 39   9/28/2017 at 15:25 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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the fabric softener, believe it or not, but i found that by accident!
i found it on ebay.

after the thread about vintage fabric softeners, downy, final touch, rain barrel, sta-puf and i'm probably forgetting a couple of others. but i did a search on ebay to see if i could find a bottle of rain barrel. and in my search, i seen the frigidaire fabric dispenser. i knew i had the frigidaire at roger's house, waiting for me to bring home. and i do like downy, so i added the listing to my items being watched list. i figured somebody would probably buy it before i got the frigidaire home. but when i did a search on ebay for it, it popped up again and was still available.

i studied the pictures to make sure that it was the correct dispenser before buying and when i figured it had to be the right dispenser, i went ahead and got it. i figured i probably wouldn't get another chance to get one. and like i said, i do like my downy. and thought that using a downy ball in the frigidaire wouldn't work, with the up & down agitation.

Post# 959640 , Reply# 40   9/28/2017 at 15:31 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i am not familiar with frigidaire washers like you are. all i knew is what i had seen in videos and pictures. i do like the look of the bronze control panel face. and thanks to you, it has the window in the lid!

i am happy with the look of this 1-18 and so anxious to use it!!

Post# 959641 , Reply# 41   9/28/2017 at 15:35 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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with a name like that, i imagine it riding in a rolls royce, wearing a top hat, and sporting a mustache...


Post# 959642 , Reply# 42   9/28/2017 at 15:38 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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fanny frigidaire:
why does this name bring images of miley cyrus twerking?


Post# 959647 , Reply# 43   9/28/2017 at 15:49 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you for confirming that the fabric softener dispenser is the right one for the "thumper" washer. i was wondering if i had to remove the agitator cap or if the dispenser just goes over the cap. thank you for answering that question. and yes, i always add water to the fabric softener to thin it out. even with the water, my mom's newer whirlpool washer's softener dispenser is all gunked up. i keep saying i am going to clean it out for her. i have some little tubs i can soak it in HOT water in. i just have to do it! in fact, i think i'll go get it and soak it now!

yes, i think i'm as excited to show the agitation with whoever comes over, as i am to use it and see it myself!

Post# 959649 , Reply# 44   9/28/2017 at 15:52 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i know, right? this 1-18 is a looker!

Post# 959653 , Reply# 45   9/28/2017 at 16:16 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Congratulations Christina, always warms my heart to see that someone makes a home for a worthy machine. What fun! The 1-18 certainly can handle any load that you would throw at it with great cleaning. It's such a solid built machine. I'm curious, what detergents do you use? Know that it can really suds up with the right ones. Does this machine tangle clothes? I was just wondering.
Hope that you have great fun and satisfaction with trouble free use. I'd be proud to have that in my laundry room!!!
Again congratulations!!


Post# 959655 , Reply# 46   9/28/2017 at 16:23 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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LOL Christina!  That machine looks regal enough, but maybe Suzy Sudsmaker is more her speed.

Post# 959660 , Reply# 47   9/28/2017 at 16:46 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

right now, we are using PERSIL. but i do have a vintage box of GAIN, and DASH. and a little bit of WISK in the bottle (i know, WISK really suds up).

as for tangling issues, i really don't know because i have washed in it yet. but i remember someone posting the instructions on how to load a frigidaire to lessen the tangling problem, that were printed on the underside of the lid , and i believe it was unimatic/robert, who posted pictures of how he loads the bed sheets & pillowcases in his frigidaire.

Post# 959666 , Reply# 48   9/28/2017 at 16:56 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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suzy sudsmaker, that's a good one.

there are endless possibilties when it comes to names!
humping hazel,
jumping judy,
foaming frances,
bertha bubbles,
noisey nancy,

Post# 959669 , Reply# 49   9/28/2017 at 16:59 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Sudsy Sally

Post# 959670 , Reply# 50   9/28/2017 at 17:00 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Christina, CONGRATS!   That is a really awesome machine and I love the window (jealous)!  I really enjoyed the harvest gold 1-18 I had before I gave it to Nate.   Kinda wish I still had one, or could easily find another, but it is what it is.   


Also yes as Martin (yogitunes) mentioned, just remember  when loading the washer and adjusting the water level that "less is more".  Under filling it (water level) for the amount of laundry in it, does surprisingly, produce much better movement / roll-over.  You may thing "Oh no, that's not nearly enough water", but then you'll be surprised how well it works.


Congrats and I hope it will wash many thumping loads for years to come!



Post# 959678 , Reply# 51   9/28/2017 at 17:52 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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haha haha...

that's cute

here's her sister's name;
soapy sophie

and there's,
rinsing reenie

Post# 959679 , Reply# 52   9/28/2017 at 17:53 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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as a standard load, always load in quadrants....never wrap items around the pulsator.....

when it comes to delicates.....slow speed agitation of course, medium water level, let the machine fill and start pulsing, you will see the live water action currents....then start dropping in a few pieces at a time, you will get a feel of how many items to add, as the clothing will coast through the water as if they are gliding on really is cool to watch...

even with a regular load, switch the speed to slow, that load will still turn over

amazing how these machines are designed around the gentle speed, as in the first part of spin/pump out...then kicks into high speed....

Post# 959681 , Reply# 53   9/28/2017 at 17:56 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
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Congratulations on your score, there is nothing like the wash action of a 1-18.

Post# 959684 , Reply# 54   9/28/2017 at 17:59 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i did get a chance to see nate's 1-18 in person. and he ran a cycle so i could see it work. i even put my hand down in the tub while it was agitating to feel the water currents. i think that might have been when i was bitten, by the frigidaire spider?!
hm hm hm...

as for water level, would you happen to know about doing a GENTLE cycle? do you still fill it with a little bit of water for the rollover? or would more water be better for the delicate fabrics?

Post# 959686 , Reply# 55   9/28/2017 at 18:03 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you for answering my question about doing a GENTLE cycle in the frigidaire. i will keep that in mind.

and i did notice how the spin would start out and after a while, it would rev up faster.

Post# 959688 , Reply# 56   9/28/2017 at 18:05 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i'm anxious to see the frigidaire in action with clothes in it!

Post# 959697 , Reply# 57   9/28/2017 at 18:39 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Congratulations! Such a nice machine, clean looking. I really like the water level selector graphics. Thanks for sharing!

Post# 959728 , Reply# 58   9/28/2017 at 19:35 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i really like it's look & control panel styling too.

Post# 959731 , Reply# 59   9/28/2017 at 19:57 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Hi Christina, nice machine! I haven't seen a control panel like that one before. Congrats!

Post# 959737 , Reply# 60   9/28/2017 at 20:35 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you

yeah, i'm not too familiar with the different frigidaire control panels. i've only ever seen the woodgrain ones. and it seems like those who are familiar with the frigidaire 1-18 washers haven't seen this style of control panel either. that's kinda wierd, huh?

Post# 959747 , Reply# 61   9/28/2017 at 21:23 by floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

I grew up with 2 Frigadidaire washers. An avocado solid tub Jet action and a harvest gold 1-18. The first washer I was fascinated with was the Clam shell that our neighbor had. I'd sit in her kitchen and eat cookies smelling Clorox and watch her Time-line.

I'm so happy for you. i'd love to add one to my collection. My aunts neighbor in Maine was the last one I used. She was watching her neighbors house and I knew she had the 1-18 in poppy red so I asked if I could go over and wash a few things!LOL!

I've never seen 2 different cycles having cool down though. Very interesting.

Have fun using!


Post# 959756 , Reply# 62   9/28/2017 at 23:13 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

cute story of you eating cookies & smelling clorox in your neighbor's kitchen.
i hope you add one to your collection too.

Post# 959820 , Reply# 63   9/29/2017 at 11:46 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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What sheer delight to hear this. I just love it that you got a 1-18. I'm green with envy;'D You so, SO deserve the gold you've found.
To a great giver comes a great gift, and a rare and most beautiful one, too. The control panel on this one is unfamiliar to me and so nice. The main dial is intriguing, and the temperature selector in a better position than way over and too big on the left as is usually the case. And the pretty blue tub, how it sparkles! Washing in these powerhouses is like listening to grand rock symphonies like Bruce's "Jungleland" or "Backstreets." When the spin shifts from low to high and the incredible circle jet sprays shoot twelve wide streams into the load, you want to dance and sing Springsteen. Dialing up a warm temp with both valves open gives a spray rinse unsurpassed by any other machine. It is truly historic! Thunderroad.

It is both wonderful and significant to hear you got the machine from Ross, but very sad to hear that he has passed. I didn't know. Like you, I was the recipient of a perfect washer, an 806 S Maytag, from that sweet man. Yeah, a suds, I know, pure heaven for which I thanked him a thousand times. Hope he hears me thanking him now for a gift that keeps on giving. And free, of course! Like you, I had many conversations with him. Oh, the stories he told! A fascinating man. Sharp extreme regret that I hadn't spoken to him in quite a while. What a loss, and what a treasure to those who enjoyed his confidence. And so uncommonly generous. To Ross.........

Have a great weekend, Sweetheart!

Post# 959824 , Reply# 64   9/29/2017 at 12:12 by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

You so deserve this great treasure of a machine! I was ecstatic to read of your wonderful gift and the many great members who shared in it. There are so many supportive people at AW. Your encouragement to others when they've searched and discovered treasures has meant so much. And a 1-18! You've made me want to go downstairs and hook up one of mine up. They are truly great machines for so many reasons. Guess I'm crazy because I go from the Kenmore craze, to a Maytag spell, and now I long to hear the thumping of a Frigidaire again.

Have a great day and many happy loads!

Post# 959832 , Reply# 65   9/29/2017 at 13:06 by leononmaui (Maui Hawaii)        

I had one similar to this and would kill to have it back again. Here is a hint on water levels. If you put water level to max and there aren't many clothes in the tub, the turnover won't be very good. Here is what I did. I put the clothes in the tub and started to fill. The water compacts the clothes. I looked to see where the level of clothes was. If it is about half full, I move the water level to a half tub and let it fill and wash at that level. If the wet clothes are about 3/4 full, move the water level to match that. The clothes will fly thru the tub. Have fun. Waiting for videos! Good luck.

Post# 959846 , Reply# 66   9/29/2017 at 17:02 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
How about Pulsating Patty for a name......

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seeing as this is technically a Frigidaire Pulsator Automatic Washer (sorry guys but Thumper is the rabbit in Bambie).........I heard that in the 1-18 Frigidaires the way to get the best role over is use a little less water then the load calls for.......PAT COFFEY

Post# 959854 , Reply# 67   9/29/2017 at 18:15 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Now that I've had time to get a better look: That uniquely-styled console is really beautiful.  The windowed-lid takes it from Park Place to Boardwalk.

You have yourself one damn fine Frigidaire, Christina. 

Post# 959883 , Reply# 68   9/29/2017 at 20:58 by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
What a Catch!

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That is such an amazing washer. Congrats to you !!!

Post# 959911 , Reply# 69   9/30/2017 at 11:56 by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Congrats Christina! I've been using my 1976 1-18 set daily since I moved. I love them!

Post# 959924 , Reply# 70   9/30/2017 at 13:14 by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Hi Christina and congrats. Select water level to mini. Turn the agitate speed to gentle. Then after a minute of gentle, switch to normal. I wont ruin the show. Just try it with no laundry in the machine. Let us know about your experience!

Post# 959971 , Reply# 71   9/30/2017 at 21:40 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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A lot of stuff that washer has & hopefully will do for just a 'CUSTOM' model...

Congratulations on such a Super Find!!!!

-- Dave

Post# 959977 , Reply# 72   9/30/2017 at 22:54 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Does this one have Rapidry 1000rpm spin?  I've wanted one of these since I saw the commercials on TV when we were little.

Post# 960010 , Reply# 73   10/1/2017 at 07:13 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I have one of these in my collection I found it here and had it shipped from Oregon.It is green and has the windowlid.The machine works wonderfully well and is great fun to watch.

Post# 960023 , Reply# 74   10/1/2017 at 09:37 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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I'm so happy for you! You'll enjoy her enormously.

Post# 960048 , Reply# 75   10/1/2017 at 14:47 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
sorry to everyone...

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that i haven't been on in a few days to reply to comments and give an update.

but the latest news, i did receive the fabric dispenser in the mail yesterday. i thought it was going to come with the original box, because there was a picture showing one next to the dispenser. but i did notice on the printing of the original box that it said "WHITE CONSOLIDATE INDUSTRIES" on it. and that had me scratching my head & saying "huh?"

but the seller did have this dispenser and another one without the blue tab cap in the center. and the undersides were different from each other. this one here said to turn one direction to lock & the other direction to remove.
the other dispenser didn't have the blue tab cap in the center and the underside had a dipped center with ridges all around that dip.
i figured that was for the WCI frigidaire and the original box must have been for that dispenser.

but the good is that this dispenser did come with an instructions sheet and there is what i am assuming is a date on the bottom of the sheet; 8/74

i will post a picture of the instructions sheet through my phone and then i will reply to the latest comments.


Post# 960052 , Reply# 76   10/1/2017 at 15:06 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
here's what I got...

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With the fabric softener dispenser.
The instructions sheet...

And now to reply to the latest comments...

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Post# 960054 , Reply# 77   10/1/2017 at 15:09 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
here's what I got...

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With the fabric softener dispenser.
The instructions sheet...

And now to reply to the latest comments...

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Post# 960056 , Reply# 78   10/1/2017 at 15:13 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
oh shoot!

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sorry for the double-post.

Post# 960063 , Reply# 79   10/1/2017 at 15:29 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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awww, thank you for the sweet comments. it seems this control panel is unfamiliar to alot of members here?

justin was the one who originally got this machine from ross. and justin passed it on to me because the timer knob broke off in his hand when he tried to turn the timer dial. so i am definitely thankful to ross as well as justin for getting this machine. and i'm thankful to roger for storing the machine for me & helping me bring it home, hook it up, and get it working properly. and i'm thankful to bruce for the matching almond windowed-lid.

i would love to see pictures of your 806S that you got from ross. that is so cool!

you have yourself a great what's left of the weekend too love!

i plan on using the frigidaire sometime this week and will post a video!

Post# 960067 , Reply# 80   10/1/2017 at 15:40 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you!

there DEFINITELY are some GREAT members who are very supportive and helpful here! they all have a special place in my heart!!

i must be crazy too, because i totally understand your going from the kenmore craze, to your maytag madness, and frigidaire frenzy. i think we all here get that because we all have a "COLLECTION"! some bigger than others, and some that are growing.

have a great day as well!

Post# 960068 , Reply# 81   10/1/2017 at 15:43 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I have one of those dispensers NIB.  Good to see there are still some floating around.  :-)

Post# 960070 , Reply# 82   10/1/2017 at 15:47 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you for the tip on how you figured the water level to match the load size on your frigidaire. it doesn't get any simpler than that. i will keep your strategy in mind with the other tips that have been shared with me to see which one seems to work for me the best.

i'll be posting a video sometime this coming week (most likely on monday) of me using the frigidaire for the very first time.

thank you again.

Post# 960072 , Reply# 83   10/1/2017 at 15:52 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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pulsating patty, that's one i didn't think of. that's a cute one too!

i will definitely keep in mind that less water in the tub is the way to go, when using the frigidaire.

thank you.

Post# 960075 , Reply# 84   10/1/2017 at 15:56 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i think the control panel looks really good with the color of the cabinet too. i think it actually looks better in person. it is very pretty. the pictures don't do it justice.

thank you again eugene.

Post# 960076 , Reply# 85   10/1/2017 at 15:58 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you so much michael

Post# 960077 , Reply# 86   10/1/2017 at 16:00 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

you should post a pic of your set so we can see them.

Post# 960078 , Reply# 87   10/1/2017 at 16:04 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i will do what you suggested & make a video.
should i add detergent or just plain water?


Post# 960079 , Reply# 88   10/1/2017 at 16:10 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i'm not at all familiar with the frigidaire model line-up. is the "CUSTOM" model a lower end model, in the lineup?

for me, it seems to have the perfect options that i like. if i could add another option to this washer, the only thing i could think of to add would be the GENTLE wash & FAST spin speed combo. but i could always just switch it over to the NORMAL/FAST speed during the final spin. so it's not that big of a deal for me.
and plus, i don't even know if FRIGIDAIRE offered that speed combination?

Post# 960080 , Reply# 89   10/1/2017 at 16:19 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i don't think this is one of the "RAPIDRY" 1000rpm spin models?

but i do know that when it is spinning, it does start out slow and once the water seems to be all out of the tub, then it "kicks" into a faster spin speed. it's not like the maytags that build up to speed while spinning as the tub is emptying. this one seems to actually "shift" into a faster spin speed. if that makes sense?
but i don't believe this is a "RAPIDRY" model.
someone who is familiar with the frigidaire washers would be able to answer that question for you. i'm not sure but, i think the "RAPIDRY" models were solid-tub washers? but i don't know for sure.

Post# 960081 , Reply# 90   10/1/2017 at 16:23 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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you should post a picture of your green, windowed-lid frigidaire so we can all see it.

did you or someone else add the windowed-lid to your frigidaire? or did it originally come with the windowed-lid?

Post# 960082 , Reply# 91   10/1/2017 at 16:25 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you!

i can't wait to use her!

Post# 960083 , Reply# 92   10/1/2017 at 16:28 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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since you have one of these dispensers NIB, do you have one that you do use?

Post# 960093 , Reply# 93   10/1/2017 at 18:31 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

You won't find a Rapidry spin in a 1-18, although, with the circumference of the tub being what it is, it exerts enough g's for pretty good water extraction.

The Custom series was towards the BOL.

Post# 960110 , Reply# 94   10/1/2017 at 20:35 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
It seems like...

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For the CUSTOM to be near the BOL, it has options that match the maytag 608 which was near the TOL;
4 water temps,
2-speed combination,
X-large infinite water level
plus KNIT cycle
(which I think is like the maytag fabrimatic's GENTLE cycle {agitate/pause}).

Or at least that's what the KNIT cycle seemed to do? I'll have to run a complete KNIT cycle to see what the frigidaire does exactly.

Unless the frigidaire experts can chime in and confirm how the KNIT cycle works.

Post# 960117 , Reply# 95   10/1/2017 at 21:49 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Christina, I've been looking through my volumes of Tech Talk's and what I have found about the "Custom" series is that it appears as the third model up in the BOL series and just under the MOL "Crown" series.

However, just as the name implies, it is possible that a large customer had a Custom Series made for their market.
The Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha comes to mind.
When you sell appliances by the train car load, you can specify anything you want.

I have a 1967 Frigidaire Gold Crown. It has Rapidry 1000, yet, I have never seen another solid-tub Gold Crown with this option. I have also seen Custom Deluxe machines with Rapidry 1000.
It was obviously available if a large customer bought enough of them.
So you may have a truly "Custom" Custom Series.

The Knit Cycle was Warm Wash/Cold Rinse using Gentile Agitation and Soaking intermittantly.
A Cool Down just like the Durable Press Cycle and Slow Spin Speed
Best way they could find to launder plastic clothing I suppose. I refused to wear it. Scandalous.

Post# 960126 , Reply# 96   10/1/2017 at 23:15 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Oh wow, that is really cool to know! Thank you for that information about customers being able to customize Frigidaire options if they bought a big enough quantity. That is really interesting to find out!

And thank you for explaining the KNIT cycle to me. So for the KNIT cycle, are the choices you can make, made automatically? Or do your water temperature & speed choices still apply?
In other words, what would happen if you chose HOT/COLD & FAST on the KNIT cycle? I'm guessing FAST, intermittent agitation & soaking? But would you get the HOT temp? Or would the KNIT cycle override your temperature choice?

Sorry for the dumb question. I guess I could just run an empty load and see what it does too, right?

Post# 960170 , Reply# 97   10/2/2017 at 07:22 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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When I think "Custom", I think single speed--or is that what a "Crown" would be?

Frigidaire in that era, from what I've seen in whatever brochures are put Online, and here at AW, surely didn't go too spartan, as in One Knob, at least in that era...

Feature-wise, I am looking at the Temperatures available, and I see you just go up at least one model to get Three Speeds, as maybe two, and there's the Infinite water level--so I'm going on the basis of just those accommodations, until someone, that is a Frigidaire-expert chimes in with what model features what things...

That is a neat machine--and I even initially thought it was Avocado, just for the Almond color to be revealed...

So, anyway, may you enjoy this machine and always use it in great heath...

-- Dave

Post# 960179 , Reply# 98   10/2/2017 at 08:14 by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Christine. Only fill with water, no detergent. Cannot wait for your experience to be revealed. Caution however, a video might cause some water damage.

Post# 960188 , Reply# 99   10/2/2017 at 09:28 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Christina, my guess is that you can override the water temperature however you are going to have to tinker with it to see if you can by pass the speeds. They may or may not already be programmed into the timer in that cycle.
Oh, you are going to have some fun playing with this one!

Post# 960204 , Reply# 100   10/2/2017 at 10:30 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        

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Been out of town so didn't see the good news...sweet machine! Also have never seen that panel! ... maybe PhilR will weigh-in on it's rarity. Loving many machines but being very limited in space, we had to settle on just one brand and era, so it had to be '70s 1-18s!! We have a Harvest Gold '76 W-2 - first 2 pics, and had a '79 in avocado we saved for parts, see pic with PhilR. You'll have fun with it!
Congratulations!! RogerA in NY

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Post# 960328 , Reply# 101   10/3/2017 at 00:14 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i'm not too sure about the different CUSTOM & CROWN models?
but i think i remember seeing like a brochure or something, that someone posted here in the group a while ago. and i am thinking that it was the CROWN models that came with the windowed-lids? and for some reason, i am thinking that the CROWN model seemed to be like a special or high end of the model line. but i could be wrong?

thank you

Post# 960330 , Reply# 102   10/3/2017 at 00:26 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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ok, i did how you suggested, filled the empty tub to MINI load and GENTLE speed. as it was agitating the water seemed to be dancing into peaks up against the sides of the tub. and when i switched the speed to NORMAL the water became all frothy & foamy.

Post# 960331 , Reply# 103   10/3/2017 at 00:29 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i'm planning to do a GENTLE load either tonight or tomorrow. and when i do, i will tinker around with the temperature while it filling and once it starts agitating i will switch the speeds to see if it changes.

Post# 960333 , Reply# 104   10/3/2017 at 00:46 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

nice looking 1-18. i love the shaded harvest gold! and of course that windowed-lid!

you know, in the last picture with philr standing next to the avocado set, it actually looks like the control panels are see-through! the woodgrain of the control panels match the woodpanel wall behind them!
i had to do a double-take there!

it looks like your harvest gold has about the same options as this one here except that your's has the flexibility to have COLD rinse with all wash temperatures and WARM rinse with all wash temperatures too. i can't see the 3rd cycle on the timer dial because of the flash, so i don't know if it's a KNIT cycle or SOAK cycle?

thank you for sharing pictures of your 1-18s.

Post# 960335 , Reply# 105   10/3/2017 at 00:59 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
ok so....

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i did a load of towels in the frigidaire tonight. it was a full hamper of towels and i loaded the washer and set the water level between SMALL & NORMAL since the water seemed to soak the towels down to about 1/2 a tub. and once it started agitating, the towels did seem to move but very tightly. so, i raised the water level to the NORMAL load size. and the clothes continued to move but not as tightly. so, i raised the water level to MAXI load size. but by the time the tub filled with water and started agitating, the top of the water was all foamy & frothy. so, i couldn't really see the clothes moving around. but i know they were because every once in a while, i would see movement below the frothiness.

BOY do these 1-18's really suds up!! and i didn't even use a full cap of liquid laundry detergent. i only used about 1/2 a cap of detergent because i started with a 1/2 tub of water.

i tried to record a video like 4 different times, but none of them would post on here? i am not to hip when it comes to technology, so i don't know what i was doing wrong???

so sorry everybody, i couldn't get the videos i recorded to post on here to share with you all...

Post# 960344 , Reply# 106   10/3/2017 at 02:04 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Sweetheart !

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Have a computer savvy friend set up a Youtube account for you. Next, you upload the video to Youtube from your phone which can take a while, depending on the traffic. A little bar will show you the percentage of progress, 0-100. Then you copy and paste the URL from Youtube to Automatic Washer in the "URL Link to share," right above the photo box.

Excited to see your vid. Once you get the hang of it, we'll be calling you Cecil B. De Hippiedoll.

You can do this. And good luck. Probably someone at work or a niece or nephew will do this for you in a flash.

And yes, your control panel is absolutely unique, most desirable, and beautiful; they never made another more fetching. And only YOU have it! How cool is that!?

Post# 960364 , Reply# 107   10/3/2017 at 06:10 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Oh yeah, sudz is their middle name. Also, you may have had some residual detergent left in those towels from a previous laundering.

Anyway, it's a fun machine to use isn't it? You will get an "eye" for the water level the more you use it with fabrics of varying weight and bulk. Same thing for the detergent.

Cecil B. De Hippiedoll! Mickey is so cra-cra. I Love that name!

Post# 960396 , Reply# 108   10/3/2017 at 10:16 by losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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Such a beautiful machine!!  I am consumed with jealously.  I have yet to start a collection of automatics.  My collection is very limited to 3 vintage wringers.  I remember going next door to my neighbors house and standing on a small wooden stool to be able to see over into the machine.  I was fascinated and still am.  I have just now been able to come out of the shadows and express my love and appreciation of all washing machines young and old.  I am very new to the AW website.   Thank you AW for letting me know that I am not alone.

Congratulations on your Gift/Find.  I so look forward to seeing video of this beauty in action.



Post# 960421 , Reply# 109   10/3/2017 at 14:19 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        

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The '76 Harvest Gold Crown we have has "Knit" cycle, but iirc the '79 Avocado Crown (with no window) has a "Soak" cycle. The '79 was the last of the GM 1-18s. Saved the entire control panel from the '79, plus every other part, pretty much everything mechanical but no cabinet parts, and could convert the '76 to '79 specs, theoretically. Those parts aren't accessible at the moment, being blocked in by old cars in storage in the garage, or I'd verify that the "Soak" cycle was on the '79 model. Been fascinated with FDs since I saw one back in the 60s... here's a fun ad!!
Roger in NY

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Post# 960424 , Reply# 110   10/3/2017 at 14:26 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
Ok, let's see...

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If this youtube video worked?

Excuse the bad lighting & probably recording too!


Post# 960425 , Reply# 111   10/3/2017 at 14:30 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
I tried...

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To record so many videos. But I'm pretty sure this is one of the videos of the load of towels i washed last night?

Post# 960428 , Reply# 112   10/3/2017 at 14:40 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
video ...

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works fine... look at that turnover!

Post# 960429 , Reply# 113   10/3/2017 at 14:40 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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great video Christina......

I bet you are grinning ear to ear with this machine...

with slightly less water, you would see that load turn over quickly.....when set just right, even switching to Gentle speed, that load will still turn over with ease.....

this is how I set my controls, all the knobs are set in the same facing position....perfect for all standard loads....especially the water level....

this by the way is a 1979 model, wishing it had the Automatic Soak cycle...

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Post# 960431 , Reply# 114   10/3/2017 at 14:41 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Hi Christina, FYI... when recording a video the image does not rotate when you turn your phone.   You have to stop the video, turn your phone, then start recording again.   Also, it's better if you hold your phone horizontally rather than vertically.  You get a much larger image to watch.


That is such an awesome washer, I know you're having, and will have so much fun!

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Post# 960437 , Reply# 115   10/3/2017 at 14:59 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Ooh, just watched! Sudz-Lok 'n all, an excellent vid!

Thank you, Christina, for even what little you've captured & like many other collectors here of vintage machines, you have blurred the lines between which are best/worst in rollover/performance, inefficient/efficient in energy usage, water usage being little or a lot, and even put the reliability in depending on its present condition rather than making whatever good/bad history a washer or any other appliance of significance--in terms of just getting it, a great, classic machine to work...

That is the Significance! Thanks again...

-- Dave

Post# 960439 , Reply# 116   10/3/2017 at 15:18 by newvista58 (Northern NJ)        

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Christina. I'm glad it found a great home.
I never really knew much or thought about
these machines till I joined AW. They are
awesome in the way they function. Maybe
one day I'll be able to join the 1-18
group of owners.



Post# 960668 , Reply# 117   10/4/2017 at 22:40 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Thank you for confirming the video works fine.

Post# 960672 , Reply# 118   10/4/2017 at 23:01 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i am definitely feeling positive about the frigidaire, now that it seems like i'm getting the hang of it. i did a load of DELICATES on the gentle cycle and i recorded a longer video of that load. the turnover wasn't too fast and i switched the speed to NORMAL and the turnover was so much faster. i show this in the video.

it almost seems like the clothes are doing a dance in the water. they come to the center and then stop there waiting to take their turn to go down the center of the washtub. i think it reminds me of square-dancing.

thanks for sharing the pictures of your 1979 frigidaire. i think i prefer the KNIT cycle over a SOAK cycle myself. to me, with the alternating agitation & pausing, it seems to give the frigidaire and EXTRA GENTLE cycle/speed. if you really want to soak, i would probably just push the timer knob in to stop the machine for however long i wanted. that's how i would get my SOAK cycle in.

Post# 960673 , Reply# 119   10/4/2017 at 23:10 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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sorry for the topsy-turvy videos.

i hope i didn't give anybody motion-sickness with the turning of my camera-phone. i thought the video rotated like it shows in the screen. and i started vertical and thought i'd get a bigger image if i turned the phone horizontal.
i apologize for that. i will try to make another video with the camera in horizontal mode only.

thank you kevin.

Post# 960674 , Reply# 120   10/4/2017 at 23:14 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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you got it!

i'm glad you enjoyed the short video. i did make a little longer video of a DELICATE load on the GENTLE speed. and during the agitation, i switched the speed to NORMAL speed, to show the difference in the rollover. but again, i made a topsy-turvy video.

so, the next time i make a video, i will try to remember to start recording with the phone horizontally and i'll try not to move the phone around!

Post# 960676 , Reply# 121   10/4/2017 at 23:24 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you.

i never even knew about the frigidaire washers until i joined this group! except for that my grandma had a washer when i was little, and i remember it washed the clothes differently. but i didn't know what brand the washer was or anything. i just remember it didn't wash the clothes like i remember my mom's (whirlpool) washing clothes.

i hope you find a 1-18 washer soon too! just keep looking...

Post# 960678 , Reply# 122   10/4/2017 at 23:45 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i just wanted to share my experience of washing clothes in a frigidaire 1-18 washer...

i loaded the washer by dividing the tub into the 4 sections. i sort of tossed each item into the 4 positions (12, 3, 6, 9 o'clock). when the washer stopped, i took the clothes out, one item at a time, NO TANGLES WHATSOEVER!
in fact, believe it or not, but the clothes came out of the dryer more tangled, than they came out of the frigidaire 1-18!

another thing that i've seemed to learn is you have to use less detergent in a frigidaire. and that you have to use more DOWNY no matter if the load is small or large.
i tried to match the DOWNY to the load size, but with the superb rinsing the frigidaire does, if i filled the cap to match the load size, the clothes didn't have the DOWNY smell or feel to them, when they came out of the washer.
that's been my experience so far,
with the load of towels (3/4 cap of DOWNY, no smell or soft feel of DOWNY)
and the DELICATE load (full cap of DOWNY, clothes were soft & DOWNY scented).

i do have a question for you frigidaire users;
does your frigidaire washer also do a spray rinse during the final spin?
this frigidaire does this:
spin drains,
spray rinses,
spin drains,
spray rinses,
keeps spinning until finished.

is the 2nd spray rinse, during the final spin, normal?

Post# 960682 , Reply# 123   10/5/2017 at 01:03 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
here is the...

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the longer 2nd video i recorded, of the GENTLE load switched to NORMAL speed & then back to GENTLE.

sorry for the sideways video. now i'll know how to record videos after these.


Post# 960707 , Reply# 124   10/5/2017 at 06:44 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

It's that spray rinse in the final spin that is rinsing out your fabric softener.
If I need to add softener to a machine with a final spray-rinse, I usually just go add the softener to the rinse manually and wait there until it fills and starts the rinse. Then I shut off the water faucets. An annoyance I don't have to deal with when using a Maytag, so those are my go-to machines when I have to use softener.

I think the Circle-Spray does a great job of rinsing. Too good.

Post# 960710 , Reply# 125   10/5/2017 at 07:25 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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This is quite the thread, so many replies you'd think it was a Kenmore thread. Lol

Very nice washer. Roger is a real good resource to have nearby, sorted out the water valve problem without breaking a sweat, i'm sure.

That's a very unique panel, one of the best. It looks and sounds great, you will enjoy that washer a lot. Congrats!

Post# 960787 , Reply# 126   10/5/2017 at 13:49 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the vids are great, your coming along nicely with that 1-18....

you getting the hang of this.......with standard loads, try different water levels to see what turnover results you get, start small, and then add 2" at a time....

I have done a huge load of towels on the MAXI level, and it will turn it over with ease, but again, that was one large have to have a bit of friction between the tub and pulsator...

can't help but wonder, after the next few months of enjoying this, what machine strikes your interest next?

Christina, you have come a long way.....yet, can't help but think, we created a

many hugs

Post# 960859 , Reply# 127   10/5/2017 at 20:45 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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I never thought about turning off the water after the rinse cycle started, to eliminate that final spray rinse! But that makes total sense. And would be so easy for me to do because I can turn both water valves off with one lever handle!

Thanks for that tip!

Post# 960862 , Reply# 128   10/5/2017 at 20:53 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Thank you.

Yes, I can't praise Roger enough for everything he's helped me with! He is definitely a very knowledgeable. He knew exactly what to check, when the HOT water kept coming into the washtub. And fixed it just as quickly too!

Thank you again

Post# 960878 , Reply# 129   10/6/2017 at 01:29 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Thank you

As for after the next few months of enjoying the frigidaire, I don't think I have any room for another machine to strike my interest. Moms would really have a fit! She wasn't none to happy when after like 3 or 4 days she realized there was a new washing machine in the laundry room!

And yes, you're all guilty of breathing life into this monster awakened in me! But like the McDonald's commercial says;
"pa da pa pa pa, I'm lovin' it"!

Post# 960898 , Reply# 130   10/6/2017 at 08:11 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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"Definitely blurred" I should have begun my initial post...

Thank you for the longer & more-detailed vid... & Somehow, this time, No Sudz-Lok!

-- Dave

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