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1955 Westy Slant-Front dryer!
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Post# 967746   11/13/2017 at 16:29 by Alexc04 (Plano,TX)        

Hi everyone, Iím pretty new here so if I posted this in the wrong section I apologize. I think I made an account here a few months ago and posted about my Ď41 Ge fridge. Anyways, I just recently went to pick this dryer up, itís in decent shape definitely needs a repaint though. I have a couple of concerns about it, my first concern is if it has a bell, the guy I bought it from cut the cord off last minute to test his air compressor :( so until I replace the cord I canít test it. Itís a Ď55 model so it doesnít have the music box in it. Does anyone know if the Ď55 model had a bell? My second concern is with the timer, itís extremely stiff and is hard to turn. It doesnít seem to have a stopping point which makes me think itís dead, where can I get a replacement timer if it is dead? I almost forgot, the door gasket is shot, where can I get one of those? Thanks, I will update the thread with detailed photos of the whole dryer soon.

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Post# 967774 , Reply# 1   11/13/2017 at 18:09 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Congratulations on your find!

I guess the first thing is to get a new cord on her and go from there. We have all faced questions and challenges like you and wonderful people here with experience and expertise ride to the rescue and bring dead appliances back to life.

One thing on which I would caution you is that these old WH slant front dryers had a sheet of asbestos under the heater box because it was at the bottom of the cabinet, right near floors that could be damaged by heat so beware of that and wear safety breathing apparatus when you open her up.

Post# 967782 , Reply# 2   11/13/2017 at 18:47 by Alexc04 (Plano,TX)        

Hi, thank you for your advice! Itís really helpful to know that it has asbestos in it. Unfortunately Iíve already popped the panel under the door open and there doesnít seem to be asbestos. However, I popped the top off and there was this fiberglass looking stuff in there, I removed it because it was filthy and itís now in my garbage. Do you think it was asbestos? Itís a gold-colored puffy fiberglass looking material. Thanks

Post# 967783 , Reply# 3   11/13/2017 at 18:50 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Don't hit the panic button. Asbestos used to be all over the place and somehow most of mankind has survived.
It's not like you are working in a factory that produces it.

Post# 967785 , Reply# 4   11/13/2017 at 19:00 by classiccaprice (Hampton, Virginia)        

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True... but I will admit I'm paranoid of it. My grandfather died from it (building ships during WWII) and my uncle is dying from it now (crawling around on a ship during Vietnam). Asbestosis is a nasty disease.

Post# 967787 , Reply# 5   11/13/2017 at 19:20 by Alexc04 (Plano,TX)        

Aaaa! Stop scaring me! Haha, here are the pictures I said I would add

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Post# 967863 , Reply# 6   11/14/2017 at 07:13 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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There's as an asbestos plate in my Canadian '53 Westy dryer that I found during restoration; fortunately it was firmly glued/cemented to the heater cover.  However exposure to it could explain a lot in my case....  LOL 


The timer dial may seem hard to turn if the lubricant in the escapement has dried up or hardened; this happened with mine.  The dryer still worked, however.    As mentioned, test the dryer as soon as you can to determine what is and isn't working. 


Congratulations on your 'new' find!!  


Post# 967957 , Reply# 7   11/14/2017 at 18:38 by paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        

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The instruction manual boasts dryer RECIPES on the cover.
How unusual.

Post# 968100 , Reply# 8   11/15/2017 at 12:28 by Alexc04 (Plano,TX)        
Wiring a cord/response to paulg

Hi, sorry to resurrect this thread, but Iím having trouble figuring out how to wire a cord onto this dryer, I took off the terminal block cover and there are 3 exposed connections, I have a 4-prong outlet in my house so I need to convert it somehow. Everywhere Iíve read that thereís a 4th connection next to the terminal block. But I canít find it. Can anyone help? Iíll post pics soon.

Paulg, the dryer recipes boasted on the manual are just the recommended amounts of time for a 3lb, 6lb, and 9lb dry load. No actual foods you can cook in the dryer. Unfortunately haha

Post# 968109 , Reply# 9   11/15/2017 at 13:26 by Alexc04 (Plano,TX)        

Oh my gosh, Iím so sorry for my response to your message about your relatives passing away due to asbestosis. I was really tired when I posted that response and now that I reread it I realize how mean that must have seemed. Iím sorry for your loss and promise that I meant no harm when I posted that response.

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