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1972 GORENJE washer
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Post# 403021   12/31/2009 at 13:24 (3,305 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Me and my italian friend Riccardo (he is also a lover and collector of old washing machines) have picked up this old gorenje washer at my workplace.
(I work in a retailer store of home appliances, tools, hardware etc.) The washer was made the 12th of June 1972 and was really in bad shape.

Post# 403022 , Reply# 1   12/31/2009 at 13:27 (3,305 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Pic. 2

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another one

Post# 403023 , Reply# 2   12/31/2009 at 13:30 (3,305 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Post# 403024 , Reply# 3   12/31/2009 at 13:35 (3,305 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Post# 403034 , Reply# 4   12/31/2009 at 14:52 (3,304 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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We had hard time finding some new spare parts.
But nothing is impossible. Replacing the broken door was the hardest task, but a kind guy from Poland had sent us a door of a Polar washing machine which were manufactured under license of gorenje. The new door fits perfectly.
Here she is, after its reconstruction.

Post# 403035 , Reply# 5   12/31/2009 at 14:57 (3,304 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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The "new" PS 664 BIO R

Post# 403041 , Reply# 6   12/31/2009 at 16:07 (3,304 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        
That is a neat looking washer!

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Quite a difference between before and after pics. You did a great job on her. How about some pictures of a load in progress?


Post# 403043 , Reply# 7   12/31/2009 at 16:28 (3,304 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Here they are. Steamy main wash @ 95C.


Post# 403044 , Reply# 8   12/31/2009 at 16:30 (3,304 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Post# 403045 , Reply# 9   12/31/2009 at 16:34 (3,304 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Second rinse and short spin


Post# 403051 , Reply# 10   12/31/2009 at 17:17 (3,304 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice job!

Post# 403397 , Reply# 11   1/2/2010 at 16:14 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        

More pictures:
- drum with new bearings

Post# 403398 , Reply# 12   1/2/2010 at 16:17 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        

Ingemar at work ........... :-)

Post# 403400 , Reply# 13   1/2/2010 at 16:19 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        

Various pictures of the machine during the restoration :

Post# 403401 , Reply# 14   1/2/2010 at 16:21 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403403 , Reply# 15   1/2/2010 at 16:22 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403406 , Reply# 16   1/2/2010 at 16:23 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403408 , Reply# 17   1/2/2010 at 16:25 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403409 , Reply# 18   1/2/2010 at 16:27 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403410 , Reply# 19   1/2/2010 at 16:28 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        


Post# 403413 , Reply# 20   1/2/2010 at 16:31 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        

..........and finally........she's washing!!! :-))

Post# 403455 , Reply# 21   1/2/2010 at 19:35 (3,302 days old) by deeprinser ()        

Excellent work.
Thank you for the videos.

Post# 403497 , Reply# 22   1/3/2010 at 02:45 (3,302 days old) by autowasherfreak ()        

WOW! What a difference, you guys did an excellent job of restoring the washer.

Post# 403503 , Reply# 23   1/3/2010 at 05:00 (3,302 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Nice restoration! The door looks just like my grandmother's old Zanussi, was there a link between Polar and Zanussi? And Gorenje, was that an independent company? It looks like the machine is a bit higher than the machine next to it.

Post# 403516 , Reply# 24   1/3/2010 at 06:28 (3,302 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
The machine next to it ......

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It is a wonderful restoration lads, but the machine on the right? It looks like a late 70s (in the UK at least) Zanussi - the range prior to the "200" series of washers

Post# 403534 , Reply# 25   1/3/2010 at 08:31 (3,302 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Classic Gorenje

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Great restoration there, I like those bow fronted machines, whats the spin speed about 600rpm??, this machine has a few similarities to the wide bodied Hoover washing machine range, such as hinged top lid,2 strut / 4 hung spring suspension and similar vitreous enamel drum/ bearing unit!!

Its a stunner all restored, well done and looking forward to seeing more restorations, Mike

Post# 403568 , Reply# 26   1/3/2010 at 11:26 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        
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Ciao........ Not only the door, but all the machine look almost like your grandma's old Zanussi!! Zanussi produced this kind of washer (branded Rex, Naonis, Becchi, Nordton in Italy) in the middle 60's. The first series haven't the BIO Program button, only the spin button. At the end of 60's, Zanussi give the license to Gorenje for start the production of this machines. This Gorenje was really popular in Yugoslavia in the 70's. After few years, Gorenje give the license to produce this kind of washer to Polar. They only change the "look" in the years, but the machine was the same. I think this kind of washer was still in production during the 80's in East Europe, but the concept was Italian :-)

Post# 403570 , Reply# 27   1/3/2010 at 11:37 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        
The machine next to it ......

Ciao :-)
Yeah, u r right!! The other machine in the pictures is a REX SL 124 of 1978. Produced by Zanussi. You know, in Italy the brand Zanussi was used only for the professional equipement (Zanussi professional) like stainless steel stove, fridge, oven, etc..... The REX SL 124 have the "Economy" button, for wash white fabrics at 60C, at place of 90C. I've changed the original plastic door with a serious glass door of an AEG, produced in Italy by Zanussi, at the same time.
Here is a picture.

Post# 403572 , Reply# 28   1/3/2010 at 11:40 (3,302 days old) by riccardol5 ()        
Classic Gorenje

The spin speed is only 370 rpm!!!! About similarities with Hoover washer, I can't sy anything, 'cause I've never worked on a Hoover machine :-)
Ciao, Rik

Post# 403637 , Reply# 29   1/3/2010 at 15:23 (3,301 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Gorenje PEA

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Thank you Riccardo for all your explanations, but you have forgot to say just one more thing :)))
We have found another similar machine that is a few years older. The Gorenje PEA.
Be in touch lads, you will see it soon.

Post# 403713 , Reply# 30   1/4/2010 at 07:33 (3,301 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Zanussi/Rex on the right

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Thanks very much for posting the picture of the machine on the right. It is indeed the Zanussi I remember, and it amy even have been called a "Superluxe" also. If I remember correctly, there was another version as well, with two smaller buttons in the place of the large single button. There was a matching dishwasher too with, unusually, a lock more or less in the position of the large button which you turned through 180 degrees to release the door.

Post# 403750 , Reply# 31   1/4/2010 at 11:26 (3,301 days old) by riccardol5 ()        
There was a matching dishwasher too ............

Yes, right! It was the REX M 812 (here in Italy). I owned it too, until the last year. The baskets inside wasn't so flixyble for the load, especially the upper one, where you can load only dishes and few glasses and cups. There was a button "intesive" for the Biological hot prewash, in place of normal cold prewash, by the way, the first program was 1,2 in case you push this intensive button or not. Under the main light, there were a transparent window, where you can see the rinse aid level.

Post# 403755 , Reply# 32   1/4/2010 at 11:38 (3,301 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
hinged top

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heres the pic of the Hoover machine with its hinged top, you can see the 4 top mouted springs and the black boxes on the sides are the counter weights!!

Post# 403790 , Reply# 33   1/4/2010 at 14:59 (3,300 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Counter weights

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It's interesting to see that the counter weights are installed on the sides of the cabinet. It's unusual. I've never seen this. The gorenje washer has the front part of the drum filled with steel as a counter weight, but it hase also a spin speed of only 370 rpm.

Post# 403794 , Reply# 34   1/4/2010 at 15:26 (3,300 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Gorenje PEA

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Here is an old advertisement of the Gorenje PEA. I also found a machine like this at my workplace. But you will see, this one is in extraordinary shape.

Post# 403804 , Reply# 35   1/4/2010 at 16:27 (3,300 days old) by vivalalavatrice ()        

Davvero un bel lavoro!
Sono commosso ;))


PS: Riccardo quella Charlestone sul fondo fa davvero un bel contorno! :D

Post# 403909 , Reply# 36   1/5/2010 at 08:04 (3,300 days old) by mielabor ()        

Hmm, those legs in the Gorenje PEA advertisement are very distracting...

Post# 403918 , Reply# 37   1/5/2010 at 08:58 (3,300 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Well Done

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Hi that looks excellent, and yes as Mike says there are simularities with the old wide bodied Hoovewr washing machines.

Tell me did you re-spray the cabinet?

It looks and sounds great a real washing machine!

The Zanussi
In my early days at work i humped one of these very heavy buggers into the skip, if I knew then what i know now.........ah well

Proper Job lads

Post# 403923 , Reply# 38   1/5/2010 at 09:03 (3,300 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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20 Denier American Tan always is!!! imagine a shop full of washer demonstrators in the 70`s & 80`s, all dressed like that!!!

Heres the backplate of the the counterweight seperate on the front of the Gorenje tub?? i.e. bolted onto it??


Post# 403953 , Reply# 39   1/5/2010 at 11:24 (3,300 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
In the vids

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Loved seeing the ladybugs on top of your machine, Gorgenje. So cool and fun.

Was surprized to see how economical this model is on water usage.
Thought the older models like this one used more water.

Also loved seeing your spacious yard and neighborhood--international travel at AWorg--ya can't beat it.

Post# 404035 , Reply# 40   1/5/2010 at 17:10 (3,299 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Hi Mike, the counterweight on the front of the tub is separate. It's "bolted" with a big ring that keeps together the two parts. (like a sealed lid) The same as shown on the picture of the hoover with the top opened.

Mike, the black hose on the right side is the one that connects the detergent dispenser to the tub? It's kinda strange to be so low.

Hi Michael, the machine is economical indeed. It has no cool down and the 5 rinses are made in low water level, but still uses much more water that the new one does :))
The yard and the neighborhood is at Riccardo's place. You are right at we can see many interesting things.

Post# 404653 , Reply# 41   1/8/2010 at 16:07 (3,296 days old) by mikrus8 ()        

Hi. You made very good work. This Gorenje looks now like new one :-D. I'm realy glad, our doors from Polar PS 663 Bio match to Gorenje. It nice to see it in use.

Polar made PS washers since 1971 to 1989. During production Polar made some changes: they mounted Polish timers since 1977, newer water pump in 1973, heater relay since 1984, made couple changes in electic conections and changed it look. They made also ecomomic program in 1986 ;)
PS washing-machines are well-known in Poland. It wasn't very hard do find these doors there, but most of machines had plastic doors ;)

Greatings from Poland from me, and michal93opole on YouTube.

Post# 405284 , Reply# 42   1/11/2010 at 03:40 (3,294 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Thanks Adrian (mikrus8) and thanks Michal from Poland

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Thank you guys so much again for giving us the door. Me and Riccardo were very happy for your help!

Post# 405285 , Reply# 43   1/11/2010 at 03:42 (3,294 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
...coming soon...

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Post# 405286 , Reply# 44   1/11/2010 at 03:47 (3,294 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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...with the perforated drum paddles

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