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Post# 985975   3/9/2018 at 21:37 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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What year / model might this be?

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Post# 985984 , Reply# 1   3/9/2018 at 21:53 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It's one of the "Match All" models. If it's an early one, it has a timer, soft heat and a perforated drum back. If it's later, it could have the solid bulkhead at the back of the drum and electronic auto dry which is great. I have the gas soft heat with 37.5K BTU burner and timed dry which is very fast since John put felt seals behind the drum to keep the hot air from going behind the drum instead of through the drum. The electric model which is now in the Museum has the electric version of soft heat and it is also very fast because of the more efficient solid bulkhead drum and the double element electric soft heat only cycles the large heating element while keeping the 1400 watt heater on so the heat stays up instead of dropping so much before the big element cycles back on and then, as the load dries, it has only the 1400 watts of heat before going into cool down so it is the soft heat principle. Wonderful dryers, both of them.

Post# 987425 , Reply# 2   3/20/2018 at 14:59 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
I have the owners manual for this dryer...

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and it is a time cycle dryer from about 1967 if memory serves. If you like I can dig out the manual and scan the page that shows the controls. PAT COFFEY

Post# 987550 , Reply# 3   3/21/2018 at 14:15 by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Match all Kenmore dryer

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I’m going to bet that this is a 69 or 70 model, here are pictures of a 1968 model that I just brought into our shop that’s going to go to one of our new members

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Post# 988409 , Reply# 4   3/26/2018 at 23:04 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Through some miracle i bagged this tonight.
It was sittng in plain sight in the short driveway of a house in a suburb of San Diego (as you see below) for weeks, along with a newer less interesting dryer. The newer one was snagged this evening before i came along.
Back story: I contacted someone after seeing an ad on Facebook for two dryers. She stopped getting back to me when i said, “i only wanted the old looking one.” She replied, “must take both,” and promply fell off the planet.
Then apparently someone else in the household more reasonable posted it, and somehow after 5 days i found the ad, because i rarely look for dryers. I then made a beeline up here after he finally txted me the address.
It was a longish drive so i arranged another item. Writing this whilst sitting at a Starbucks waiting for the owner of a Simplicty vacuum to get home and sell it to me. Then i roll home.
Night time appliance fun.
**Landed home safe and sound**

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Post# 988415 , Reply# 5   3/27/2018 at 00:22 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Okay another wierdish thing about all this.
That lady who sold me the vacuum?
Why it was just a few years ago I came out to this same part of San Diego one night looking to buy an old Hoover Concept I vacuum. Turned out the machine was too beaten up for me to bother with at her price, offered half, she declined...
Yup you guessed it, SAME LADY.
That Hoover still sits in her garage of wonderous junk.
The standard Simplicity vacuum design is one of my favorites. So despite the taped up cord (not visible in the pic she sent me) I paid her price.

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Post# 988457 , Reply# 6   3/27/2018 at 10:55 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        
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Seems all there, ‘cept the rubber cushions on feet and one of the brackets that holds on the front service panel.
Love the chrome detailing.
Last pic, “Kenmore gererations”.

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Post# 988523 , Reply# 7   3/27/2018 at 19:33 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Appliance 411 says it's September 1966:

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Post# 988534 , Reply# 8   3/27/2018 at 20:47 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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First year of the solid drum back, I have a '65 RCA Whirlpool with the perforated drum back and bearing instead of the rollers as a daily use machine, works well.

Post# 988544 , Reply# 9   3/27/2018 at 23:06 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
First Year Of The Improved Solid Back Dryer

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This is a very heavily built great performing dryer with real dual element Soft-Heat, this is definitely worth rebuilding for someone that must have an electric dryer. This dryer will dry circles around any other dryer built up to this time period and almost all dryers since.


This dryer is older than the one I posted pictures of above, the one I have is 1968, but feature wise it is the same.


John L.

Post# 988807 , Reply# 10   3/30/2018 at 06:42 by KelvinAtor (USA)        

I well remember that this dryer was billed as the all american dryer in the Sears catalog back in the day. It was a dryer that would blend in with whatever washer someone might have already.

Post# 990199 , Reply# 11   4/10/2018 at 12:47 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Off to it's forever home where I think it's in for some rejuvenating.

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Post# 990201 , Reply# 12   4/10/2018 at 13:01 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Nice! Glad you were able to save it!  These are not difficult to work on and there are lots of parts still out there.  Heck, even the onese I've rebuilt are still running... LOL 

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