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Operation Matchbox Rescue! - Hoover 3236H
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Post# 428712   4/14/2010 at 12:26 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi everyone.

After a manic two weeks, I am finally able to update you all on a machine rescue that has been very close to my heart.






Post# 428714 , Reply# 1   4/14/2010 at 12:31 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Below is the picture and a link to the thread that started it all off.

Can I take this opportunity early on to offer my thanks to Seamus for creating the thread and highlighting the existence of two wonderful machines from the 1970s, that were living a rather precarious existence.

Though both warrented efforts to save them, the Hoover in particular really set alarm bells ringing as this was the exact model of machine that I grew up with for the first 8 years of my life.

The Hoover 3236H Automatic De Luxe....


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Post# 428715 , Reply# 2   4/14/2010 at 12:32 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
....and the other machine in danger

The Hotpoint 1509/05 Automatic De Luxe....

Post# 428716 , Reply# 3   4/14/2010 at 12:37 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

As people will know, I have been banging on about Hoover 'Matchbox' machines ever since I arrived on the Discuss o' Mat scene, back in 2007.

From meeting up with people and taking thousands of pictures of their collections, it quickly became clear that this series of machines had somehow evaded the hands of preservationists.

Thanks to Mathew and Mike, amongst others, we have wonderful exapmles of the slanted and widebody keymatics preserved.

Then we have Mike's superb A3006 and A3008 machines from the mid 1970's, followed by the many 'New Magic' machines from the late 1970's e.g A3060.

For some reason there was a glaring gap in the preserved ranks of machines and that gap was those machines from the early 1970s.


Post# 428717 , Reply# 4   4/14/2010 at 12:39 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

From 1970 till 1974 Hoover front loader range consisted of three machines.

First off was the 3235 Automatic, which was produced in the early half panel version....


Post# 428718 , Reply# 5   4/14/2010 at 12:40 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

followed by the version 2 full panel machine...

Post# 428719 , Reply# 6   4/14/2010 at 12:41 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Mid range machine was produced in the form of the 3236H, again in two versions, with the early machine being produced with red detailing...

Post# 428720 , Reply# 7   4/14/2010 at 12:42 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the later version with orange detailing...

Post# 428721 , Reply# 8   4/14/2010 at 12:43 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Top of the range was the 3243H Keymatic De Luxe, again in two versions with early being red and late in orange.....

Post# 428722 , Reply# 9   4/14/2010 at 12:46 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

None of this series of machines had a safe example until Gary's (electron1100) grapevine worked wonders and came up trumps, with a stunning example of the top of the range early version 3243H Keymatic De Luxe.

I remember my excitement when i clicked on his thread and this machine is what greeted my gaze.

Finally there was a matchbox safe!


Post# 428726 , Reply# 10   4/14/2010 at 12:55 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

All then went quiet until Seamus discovered the photos and posted them in his 'A couple of VERY painful to look at pics.........' thread a couple of weeks back.

The pictures beat me over the head and it was a simple decision to try and do something about them.

Then followed three days of researching, e-mailing and some counselling sessions from Gary about the two bloomin rust buckets.

Firstly identified the school - Stoke Damerel High School for Girls, down in Plymouth - just over the water from Gary.

Second identify the status and ownership of the building. This was sorted relatively easily, but then the brick walls started being built in front of me.

Knew the owners name and a road where he might live, but no house name or number or contact detail.
Gary did some searching too but, like me, was coming up against brick walls.

Through chinwagging together it seemed to us both tht we could go no further as the leads had dried up.



Post# 428727 , Reply# 11   4/14/2010 at 13:03 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Then came a bit of luck!

Basically Tom, the owner of www.whateversleft.co.uk... joined Discuss o' Mat after receiving a large amount of triffic to his site from ours.

By getting touch with him, he was able to provide me with an e-mail address to a person who MIGHT be able to get in touch with the owner of the building.

Basically had Tom not joined up and provided this e-mail address, we could have moved on no further.

So thanks go to Tom as well, for replying so quickly to my e-mails and providing a magical e-mail address.


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Post# 428732 , Reply# 12   4/14/2010 at 13:13 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Beverley

So, having an e-mail address, I took the plunge and e-mailed a total stranger, explaining the saga and hoping that I would be taken seriously.

The e-mail address was for a wonderful lady called Beverley, an ex-pupil of the school, who had been in touch with the owner before over arranging visits to the place for former puils and arranging reunions.

Thankfully she took me seriously, understood and appreciated what I was trying to do.

Over the next four or five days, she was to act as a go between, between myself and the owner, discussing what I wanted with him and feeding back his responses, before going back to him with information and requests from me.

To say she was patient was an understatement and I will always be appreciative of what she did, for a complete stranger.
Without the massive assistance of Beverley, in getting directly in touch with the owner and acting on my behalf, nothing more for the machines could/would have been done.

I will always be grateful for her help and, if you read this Beverley, many many many thanks for the time and effort you put into helping me.

Highest regards to you.


Post# 428734 , Reply# 13   4/14/2010 at 13:19 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Agreement!

Finally a price was arrived at and the next headache was to arrange a trip to collect the two machines.

As such I took last Friday off work and drove down to Gary's on Thursday night - a long but strangely relaxing drive.

I wasnt counting my chickens yet though as, being a pessimist, I wouldnt be getting excited until I knew that the machines were safe and in mine and Gary's cars.

Thanks to Gary, for helping with the early reserach, putting me up for a night and helping me with the removal of the machines from the school.


Post# 428736 , Reply# 14   4/14/2010 at 13:23 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Sorry for all the posts, some of which might be percieved as waffle, but this whole project turned into a right little saga and it is important for me to tell the story and thank everyone for their input and help.

So again thanks to Seamus, Gary, Tom, Beverley and the owner of Stoke Damerel High School.
Without all the assistance you gave me, the pictures that follow would not have been possible.

Paul


Post# 428737 , Reply# 15   4/14/2010 at 13:26 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Here we go....

Friday dawned a lovely bright day and myself and Gary rolled up outside the spectacular building, to be met by the owner and escorted inside....

Post# 428738 , Reply# 16   4/14/2010 at 13:26 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

the schools name...

Post# 428740 , Reply# 17   4/14/2010 at 13:28 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
They had to be on the top floor!

We went right to the top floor, up six flights of stairs, turned right and were confronted by these....

Post# 428744 , Reply# 18   4/14/2010 at 13:33 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

I have to say that on seeing them it was initial excitement, quickly followed by 'what the hell have I done!'.

Neither were tidy, thanks to the local scum smashing all the windows in the building (which the owner is repairing). The years of hot and cold, dry and damp conditions, over the years, had taken their toll on both them.

To what extent will become apparrent in the rest of the thread...


Post# 428745 , Reply# 19   4/14/2010 at 13:35 (3,737 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        
Wow!

What can I say - well done lads...we have a fav saying in Ireland -

MORE POWER TO YA!

:-)


Post# 428748 , Reply# 20   4/14/2010 at 13:40 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Myself and the owner carried the Hoover down the stairs and I escorted it out of the building, stopping in a corridor to get a final shot of the machine in its home for probably at least the last 25 years.

The toploader was brought down stairs by gary and the building owner.


Post# 428750 , Reply# 21   4/14/2010 at 13:42 (3,737 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
URRYUP

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MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE

Post# 428751 , Reply# 22   4/14/2010 at 13:43 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

How do David.

Thanks for the kind words.
I will post some piccies of your namesake machine later in this thread.

To say it has issues is a bit of an understatement, but hopefully they shouldnt be unsurmountable.

Piccies of the 1509/05 soon.
Paul


Post# 428752 , Reply# 23   4/14/2010 at 13:48 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

With all the backbreaking work over, both machines were sack trucked outside.

I had let Beverley know the time that we were going to be at the school and it was wonderful that she was able to drop by.

It was really nice to be able to thank her in person, for all the help she had offered.

Here she is with Gary and the two machines they both helped to save, stood by the schools main entrance.


Post# 428753 , Reply# 24   4/14/2010 at 13:52 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

After chinwagging outside the school for a bit and thankyou's were said to people, the meachines were loaded into our cars and driven away from their precarious existence into a hopefully more secure future.

Here is the matchbox in the back of my car...


Post# 428755 , Reply# 25   4/14/2010 at 13:56 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

20 minutes or so later arriving and being unloaded at Garys garage for initial investigations to begin.


Taking a break now - more pics possibly tonight. If not tonight, then over the next few days.

Hope this first installment has proved interesting and again, thanks to all involved.

Regards
Paul


Post# 428757 , Reply# 26   4/14/2010 at 13:59 (3,737 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
nah yah cant

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NO YOU CAN STOP NOW IM ON ME VINEGAR STROKE FOR FEK SAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE MORE KEEP EM CUMIN

Post# 428759 , Reply# 27   4/14/2010 at 14:14 (3,737 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Hoover - Who Better..!!!

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OMG..am out of everything now!!! put that phone down and start doing!!! only faster...LOl

Wonderful old building, a bet that would make a grand period home or apartments!!! wonder if there`s a caretakers job going!!!



Post# 428763 , Reply# 28   4/14/2010 at 14:56 (3,737 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
Nice One :)

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Hi Paul/Everyone

Paul thanks for the thanks :) - looking at the work involved although I may have started things in the overall plan it looks like I did the easy part lol!!.

Its really good to know theres another preserved Matchbox in the ranks and I can imagine how much it means to you to have the same model of machine that holds all the memories of your early childhood :).

We await more pics .....

Seamus


Post# 428765 , Reply# 29   4/14/2010 at 14:57 (3,737 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
We await more pics .....

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YES WE DO!

Post# 428768 , Reply# 30   4/14/2010 at 15:06 (3,737 days old) by 74simon ()        
*Thud*

The sound of my jaw hitting the floor! Can't wait to hear more!

Post# 428772 , Reply# 31   4/14/2010 at 15:28 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thanks for the comments guys.

Seamus - you posting the pictures started the ball rolling, which culminated in the machines being saved. Without that first stage, they would still be on the top floor of an old school building.

Work done on the machine right upto this evening has really divorced the machine from its previous existence. Cant wait to show you what has happened between the weekend and now!

Will take the story through to its arrival at its other owners home in Cardiff tonight.


Post# 428774 , Reply# 32   4/14/2010 at 15:30 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Let the investigations begin....

first to remove the lid that looks diseased...

Post# 428775 , Reply# 33   4/14/2010 at 15:32 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Lid removal revealed a lot of dust inside and pitting on top of the outer tub, that thankfully appears to be surface only.

Strange thing is the bottom of the outer tub looks pristine.


Post# 428776 , Reply# 34   4/14/2010 at 15:35 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Opening the door revealed the lovely and immaculate blue with white speckles enamel drum.

No dings or dents in here - fantastic condition.

I have a feeling that my mothers machine had a darker blue to black drum, but maybe my memory is playing tricks....


Post# 428777 , Reply# 35   4/14/2010 at 15:37 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
arty shot....

decided to move my car from the front of garys garage and reverse it into a parking space.

looked in my left hand rear view mirror and this is what i saw....


Post# 428778 , Reply# 36   4/14/2010 at 15:39 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Look where the dial pointer is pointing!

did it work or didnt it?

Post# 428779 , Reply# 37   4/14/2010 at 15:39 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The machine basks in the sun...

Post# 428780 , Reply# 38   4/14/2010 at 15:41 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

detailing of the old original door seal, embossed with the name of HOOVER.

This picture also shows the blue of the drum really well...


Post# 428782 , Reply# 39   4/14/2010 at 15:42 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

AUTOMATIC DE LUXE

Post# 428785 , Reply# 40   4/14/2010 at 15:50 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Programming guide and the dial.

Unfortunately the dial has been damaged by an attempt to get the cover off it.
Although it produces a smart finish, the shint cap locks on tight and the usual habit for removing it seems to be to tear away at the edge of the dial, with the obvious negative results.

Mathew has a spare dial and even his has been subjected to slight tearing to get at the cap.

As it is, we cant remove the cap so its original damaged dial will continue to live with it.

The chip out of the red ring will be repaired at some stage.....


Post# 428787 , Reply# 41   4/14/2010 at 15:53 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
To the rear...

the solonoid panel and back panel of the machine has surface rusted quite badly, but would repsray really well after a sanding down.

Behind that though - a miracle....


Post# 428788 , Reply# 42   4/14/2010 at 15:55 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

...in the form of an absolutely pristine pulley wheel and seemingly new backplate.

no pitting or staining at all to speak of, so whether the machine saw much use in its life or was repaired shortly before being abandonned - who knows.

bearings are rock solid too.

Either way - its all immaculate....


Post# 428789 , Reply# 43   4/14/2010 at 15:57 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

motor and very clean pressure bottle.

belt is in good nick too...


Post# 428790 , Reply# 44   4/14/2010 at 15:58 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

with back panel attached, no doubt chinwagging to the young whipper-snapper opposite, in the form of Gary's lovely A3190 electron 1100....

Post# 428791 , Reply# 45   4/14/2010 at 15:59 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
out of sight ...

...though not out of mind?

Post# 428792 , Reply# 46   4/14/2010 at 16:08 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Before the time in Plymouth was up, it just had to be done - a lineup with the first matchbox preserved, in the form of Gary's stunning 3243H Keymatic De Luxe.

Below is the Key...


Post# 428793 , Reply# 47   4/14/2010 at 16:09 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Mine and Mathew's 3236H (Mathew a.k.a Keymatic3203 and myself both share ownership of the 3236H)...

Post# 428795 , Reply# 48   4/14/2010 at 16:12 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and together - middle and top of the range....

Post# 428796 , Reply# 49   4/14/2010 at 16:13 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3236H & 3243H...

Post# 428797 , Reply# 50   4/14/2010 at 16:15 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Somehow the paintwork of the 3236H (left) needs to look like the 324H (right)!

erm ...... rriiiggggggggghhhhhhhhhhht!


Post# 428799 , Reply# 51   4/14/2010 at 16:17 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

even though the 3236H is....erm....blemished, they still look great together....

Post# 428800 , Reply# 52   4/14/2010 at 16:18 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3236H borrows some of the 3243H's clothes....

Post# 428801 , Reply# 53   4/14/2010 at 16:19 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
the other 2 drums.....

blue enamel of the 3236H...

Post# 428802 , Reply# 54   4/14/2010 at 16:20 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and.....

the perk of buying a 3243H, in the form of a Stainless Steel drum...

Post# 428803 , Reply# 55   4/14/2010 at 16:21 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Open wide...

Post# 428804 , Reply# 56   4/14/2010 at 16:25 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thanks to Gary for helping on the day and in the run upto collecting the machines.

Be great to get the 3236H and 3243H together again, once the 3236H is visually sorted.

After this photo the machine was reloaded, alongwith the toploader, into my car for the drive to Cardiff, to visit its other owner Mathew (keymatic3203).


Post# 428806 , Reply# 57   4/14/2010 at 16:33 (3,737 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
touchdown

the plot of welsh land that has seen many a machine sat upon it - just by the door in Mathew's kitchen!

More updates soon.

paul


Post# 428817 , Reply# 58   4/14/2010 at 17:56 (3,737 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
A great big WELL DONE Paul

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It is wonderful that you have taken the trouble to rescue these machines, and it looks like it may just be cosmetic damage which can be repaired. It will be great to hear if it actually works when connected up and if it does not, well Matthew's clever hands will soon put that right. Another piece in the jigsaw of Hoover's magnificant washing machine heritage.
Al


Post# 428823 , Reply# 59   4/14/2010 at 18:41 (3,737 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
epic rescue!

that hoover looks to be in very good condition-looks like
after a few checks are done and dust cleaned off the motor
commutator,could hook up water and power and see what happens
-might "work-a-treat"!
If any of that rust has etched into the steel,a little primer
might make the finish smooth again.
Congrats on those saves!


Post# 428912 , Reply# 60   4/15/2010 at 01:40 (3,737 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        
Congrats!

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What a find. I'm so happy for you. It will take some work but I bet you'll have this matchbox looking new in no time.

Post# 428922 , Reply# 61   4/15/2010 at 02:35 (3,736 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Cool Machines

What a fantastic find. Glad someone has now got these machines and will restore them.

Keep up the good work.

Regards

Paul


Post# 428926 , Reply# 62   4/15/2010 at 05:11 (3,736 days old) by 74simon ()        
Brilliant reading!

I think quite few folk deserve an OBE for services to vintage washing machines over and above the call of duty!

I'm genuinely excited that one of these has finally been preserved, and it couldn't have gone to more deserving owners.

So many questions! Any signs of life from the old gal? Must be an early one, as the data sticker refers to it as 'The Hoover Electric Washing Machine'? And what about the Hottie, she looks like she's suffered more, but is she another previously extinct machine?

Can't wait to read more once you get the chance to post again, Paul!


Post# 428940 , Reply# 63   4/15/2010 at 07:10 (3,736 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        
nice rare classic

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just one thing, it looks like too much of a big job to sort that rust, wont it be a long restoration than usual or about the same time you think?
phil


Post# 428997 , Reply# 64   4/15/2010 at 12:30 (3,736 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        
Brilliant!

Hey Paul, Gary and Mathew

Just fantastic to see one of those Hoover Automatics again - my Mum's best friend (who sort of half brought me up) had one through to the mid 80s. I'm sure that you'll have no problems bringing it back to life, and the rust won't be an issue. There's a place in Bristol that does bespoke powder-coating, as indeed there are elsewhere. Great to see it has the original drain hose and not some modern grey plastic nonsense.

One question for the Hoover intelligencia - did this model not have an opaque plastic door. The aforementioned semi-surrogate mum's one had, and it developed loads of crazed cracks over the years, until it eventually started to weep and was replaced with a clear glass one! Any ideas?

David

PS - am waiting, on edge, for a photoshoot of the 1509!! Please, please, please do one soon!! :-)


Post# 429007 , Reply# 65   4/15/2010 at 12:59 (3,736 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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Congratulations.

The Hoover looks in great shape under the shell, just a cosmetic overhaul required.


Post# 429049 , Reply# 66   4/15/2010 at 16:02 (3,736 days old) by bertrum ()        

Would recomend using a 500V Meggar to check the insulation of the appliance and components before plugging in.

Sorry probably teaching you to suck eggs.


Post# 429122 , Reply# 67   4/15/2010 at 22:34 (3,736 days old) by A440 ()        

Wow!
What amazing finds!
And such an amazing building! Terrible they are not using such a historic place. They could turn it into loft apartments or something!
Glad you found such gems! They look to be in great shape!
Brent


Post# 429226 , Reply# 68   4/16/2010 at 12:39 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hiya guys.

Thakyou all so much for the kind comments. I dont want to answer all the questions that have been asked as, so long as I get the photos right, the rest of the thread should answer everything.

Hi Al - yep - another piece of Hoover history has fallen into place. Between the fraternity, I think we are doing all ok insofar as getting representatives of Hoover machines. Its all hard work but well worth it and the challenge makes it all the more thrilling. Wonder what else will be thrown up this year.

Hi Brent - true about the building. To see it in the flesh is even better, as it really is a lovely light brick. Once the owner undoes all the damage done buy the local scum fraternity, he does have plans for it. Hopefully they will come to fuition for him.
It would be great to see the building be appreciated again.

Hi David. You mention plastic doors on these machines.
Yep - Hoover did experiment with a complete plastic rear door panel, incorporating the door bowl too.
From reading up on Hoover service bulletins and from what other people have said, this plastic lark tended to affect only orange version machines (though I may be wrong on this one).
Certainly the orange later version 3236H, that me and my friends had as a 'toy' in my godmothers garage had a plastic door bowl.
It too crazed/cracked and started to leak, hence why hers was abandonned and replaced by a Hoover 3224 slanted Keymatic.

Seems that Hoover didnt have the knack that Servis did in the plastic door department and soon the plastic was discontinued and spares were available only in glass.

The 1509/05 will appear later in this thread - I promise.

Phil, Bertrum and Simon - all will be revealed soon!

and thanks to everyone else for you comments - they really are appreciated.

On with the show.......



Post# 429229 , Reply# 69   4/16/2010 at 12:45 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Arrived at Mathew's....

..... on the Friday evening to introduce the machine to its other owner, and introduce Mathew to a 3236H again after many years of absence.

Even though she is rough, the mere sight of the machine brought memeories flooding back and dissolved all the intervening years of absence.

Both of us said that we felt that 3236H's had never been away (although mine had a nicer lid, when it was penisioned off in 1990).....


Post# 429230 , Reply# 70   4/16/2010 at 12:47 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
what to do?

looking at it, a respray looks the only option but obviously that entails emptying the cabinet!

Post# 429231 , Reply# 71   4/16/2010 at 12:49 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The ddor has suffered along its edges, where damp has settled on it and damaged the enamelling. Much like on the lid...

Post# 429232 , Reply# 72   4/16/2010 at 12:50 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

a lot of work required....

p.s we are on Saturday now


Post# 429235 , Reply# 73   4/16/2010 at 12:53 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The door release slide all scarred, with the warning label underneath.

No full interlocking system fitted as this is pre the interlocking rules, which came in circa 1975:

Door locked so long as the dial is pulled out.
Once dial is pushed in, the door can be opened straight away even with drum still slowing down OR even full of water (I flooded the kitchen by opening the door once!)...


Post# 429237 , Reply# 74   4/16/2010 at 12:54 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

lots of rust pits and scars...

Post# 429238 , Reply# 75   4/16/2010 at 12:54 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

down the left hand side...

Post# 429239 , Reply# 76   4/16/2010 at 12:55 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and down the right....

Post# 429240 , Reply# 77   4/16/2010 at 12:56 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

...

Post# 429241 , Reply# 78   4/16/2010 at 12:59 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Nevertheless,....

...whilst Mathew was at work, I started cleaning it with a HEAVILY watered down paste and a microfibre cloths and this is what happened.....

Post# 429242 , Reply# 79   4/16/2010 at 12:59 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and carried on to further up and around the door....

Post# 429243 , Reply# 80   4/16/2010 at 13:01 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

just inside the door...

Post# 429244 , Reply# 81   4/16/2010 at 13:02 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

repolished the door slide and it shone again, so as you could see reflections in it again....

Post# 429245 , Reply# 82   4/16/2010 at 13:03 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

just the bottom right of the bodyshell to do now....

Post# 429246 , Reply# 83   4/16/2010 at 13:04 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Harry

whilst I was working hard, someone was just relaxing....

Post# 429247 , Reply# 84   4/16/2010 at 13:05 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

top door hinge polished, bittom one to do...

Post# 429248 , Reply# 85   4/16/2010 at 13:06 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
typ alert above

meant bottom one to do.
Dont quite know where 'bittom' came from!


Post# 429249 , Reply# 86   4/16/2010 at 13:06 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

bottom hinge - as good as its going to be...

Post# 429250 , Reply# 87   4/16/2010 at 13:07 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

door bowl cleaned...

Post# 429251 , Reply# 88   4/16/2010 at 13:08 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and a pristine chrome door trim, on a slightly nadged door...

Post# 429252 , Reply# 89   4/16/2010 at 13:11 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Even the ratings plate cleaned up too.

An early machine dating from October 1971 - 38 and a bit years old!

Matchboxes were introduced in 1970 and this machine has the earlier style of ratings plate, as fitted to widebody machines - well spotted Simon....


Post# 429253 , Reply# 90   4/16/2010 at 13:14 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

after over 5 hours of graft the bodyshell had proved a minor miracle, with the left hand bodyside looking like this...

Post# 429254 , Reply# 91   4/16/2010 at 13:15 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the right hand side looking like this (cant do much for the top right bit - obviously where the weather hit it, but the pitting is much reduced)....

Post# 429255 , Reply# 92   4/16/2010 at 13:15 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

wont do a front of the machine shot just yet - am off for my tea!

More later.

Paul



Post# 429263 , Reply# 93   4/16/2010 at 14:10 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Back on the inside now...

view from top

Post# 429264 , Reply# 94   4/16/2010 at 14:11 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and to the famous.....

....MTH 951 timer...

Post# 429265 , Reply# 95   4/16/2010 at 14:13 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

serial number 480807.


Later machines, in particular the orange machines had GTR timers, with the later Crouzet timer conversion kits being introduced in the 1980s...


Post# 429266 , Reply# 96   4/16/2010 at 14:15 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
the drawer assembly....

...with no option for fabric conditioner! The three compartment drawer was a Keymatic De Luxe perk and not available on the Automatic De Luxe.
Still, better than the Automatic which didnt even have a powder drawer at all!


Post# 429267 , Reply# 97   4/16/2010 at 14:16 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

a descendent of the 3235 is our electra A2E04, lacking the powder drawer...

Post# 429268 , Reply# 98   4/16/2010 at 14:17 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Back to the 3236H

and here are the hot and cold inlet solonoids...

Post# 429269 , Reply# 99   4/16/2010 at 14:18 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and on the other side of the machine, the steam vent hose.

When my mum put Tide in her machine by accident, rather a lot of foam exited the machine through this hose...


Post# 429270 , Reply# 100   4/16/2010 at 14:19 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
top of machine again...

this time from the front...

Post# 429271 , Reply# 101   4/16/2010 at 14:20 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and after a bit of a clean...

the outside of the powder drawer assembly is pristine!

Post# 429272 , Reply# 102   4/16/2010 at 14:22 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and a bit of polish and a vac out...

and the tub aint bad either...

Post# 429273 , Reply# 103   4/16/2010 at 14:23 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
inside the powder drawer now....

mmmmm....nice!

Post# 429274 , Reply# 104   4/16/2010 at 14:23 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

....

Post# 429275 , Reply# 105   4/16/2010 at 14:24 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
TA DA!!!

some more elbow grease produced this....

Post# 429278 , Reply# 106   4/16/2010 at 14:27 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The powder drawer is quite shallow on Matchboxes and there is no preventative measure to stop water flowing out from under the front of the powder drawer chute.

Finally a reason for the many memories of rusty matchboxes is found.
Even my mums machine used to leak and she always put a blue J-cloth around the left front wheel to soak up the puddle that would form there...


Post# 429279 , Reply# 107   4/16/2010 at 14:29 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
To the back again...

original hose, with a really useful plastic hooking device. Why the hell cant all machines have something like this!...

Post# 429280 , Reply# 108   4/16/2010 at 14:29 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

other side of the solonoids...

Post# 429281 , Reply# 109   4/16/2010 at 14:31 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Time for a new door seal

so old one off....

Post# 429282 , Reply# 110   4/16/2010 at 14:32 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

revealing the lower part of the enamel outer tub front - looks really sound - with its block of concrete underneath....

Post# 429284 , Reply# 111   4/16/2010 at 14:33 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

the older door seal had looked in superb superficial condition from the front...

Post# 429285 , Reply# 112   4/16/2010 at 14:34 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

but was torn right across the top of it...

Post# 429287 , Reply# 113   4/16/2010 at 14:35 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

as well as being a tad mouldy!

Post# 429288 , Reply# 114   4/16/2010 at 14:36 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Had to be done

a replacement ugly grey door seal added.

If only they were still in black!


Post# 429289 , Reply# 115   4/16/2010 at 14:37 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Pictures of the underneath now....

two of its three leg suspension, with their big springs - rock solid...

Post# 429290 , Reply# 116   4/16/2010 at 14:38 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Heater arrangement...

Post# 429291 , Reply# 117   4/16/2010 at 14:39 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

module cover and motor getting a look in...

Post# 429292 , Reply# 118   4/16/2010 at 14:40 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

New drawer to drum hose, as the original was cracked at its lowest crease....

Post# 429293 , Reply# 119   4/16/2010 at 14:41 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Looking much better for a days external cleaning and internal tidying up...

Post# 429295 , Reply# 120   4/16/2010 at 14:41 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

displaying its new door seal...

Post# 429296 , Reply# 121   4/16/2010 at 14:43 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

the drawer facia was removed to glue cracks. Will require further strengthening in the near future.

Here is the front sans its cover...


Post# 429298 , Reply# 122   4/16/2010 at 14:46 (3,735 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Through to SUNDAY MORNING

Powder drawer facia glued and reattached and a drive to Wiltshire enabled the following photograph to be taken. NICE!

Thats all for tonight. Will try and post some more over the weekend.

The next installment is when components have current passed through them!

Cheers for viewing
Paul


Post# 429348 , Reply# 123   4/17/2010 at 05:23 (3,734 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
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Hi Matchbox Paul Congratualtions to you and all who helped in the Hoover Rescue ( i feel Michael Burke doing a documentary soon !)We must be similar ages (im 37) as my parents had a machine like this . They bought it in 1973 just after i was born as my Mam didn't fancy using her 2nd hand twin tub for all those terry nappies i was using. This was the first machine i remember working on with her. She had plumbed it in herself, using jubilee clips to connect the pipes to some old taps a plumber had fitted and managed to straighten out the kink in the drain hose and inserted some green garden hoseand ran it up and along the back of a double sink unit so the machine drained into the kitchen sink ( so i used to dit on the bench and watch all that hot soapy water) Floods did occur occasionally! The Hoover man was not impressed saying it was not designed to pump that far but it worked like this for 7 years until it moved in to a utility room. I remember ours had a black drum with white speckles and a dark green plastic door, which made it very hard to see the clothes and water, and several times i opened the door flodding the kitchen because it was at the rinse hold state. My Mam and i used to remove the lower sump to remove coins and small socks etc and she even replaced the heater element herself, but couldnt quite get the new one in so used a whole tube of bostik , but it worked for several years. It died in 1982 when i remember hearing it make lots of noise and it was replaced by Servis slimlines 320 washer and 220 dryer. I did even take the old Hoover to bits but i wasn't allowed to keep any of the parts.

It was this machine the Hoover man used to come to see and he once gave me a huge pile of hoover transfers and i was gutted when i lost them.

Attached is a picture of me on my trike with what looks like chocolate on my face near the Hoover washer, a green hoover junior sits nearby too, the thing next to it was our ancient Potterton boiler which was used to dry all the clothes on in winter (and our cat loved sleeping on top of it) this seems huge when you think of the dinky little wall mounted units today.

Good luck with the renovation i look forward to some videos

Richard


Post# 430133 , Reply# 124   4/20/2010 at 07:28 (3,731 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

The 3236H only has 10 programmes, most people only used about 2-3 programmes. Is B fast spin, and A slow spin. Also I bet it could complete a load in about 1hour or even less, compared to the new machines of today.

Once your new baby is restored its gonna look so cool.

Regards

Paul


Post# 430137 , Reply# 125   4/20/2010 at 08:18 (3,731 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Varieties

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Just noticed that Ricky's powder dispenser and knob (oooer Missus!) appear to be silver/grey rather than the charcoal colour or yours Paul. It stirs a vague recollection in the back of my mind that later versions may have used this colour scheme although when I think "Matchbox" I always think of the charcoal version. That tumble dryer has a grey knob too ....

Al


Post# 430157 , Reply# 126   4/20/2010 at 11:51 (3,731 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
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Post# 430168 , Reply# 127   4/20/2010 at 13:35 (3,731 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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Reading this brought back a long lost memory from my childhood,
I can remember my neighbours having one of these Hoovers; it had an orange panel with the single white rocker switch and I can remember the family, it was two bachelor brothers and there widowed sister, the sister worked at a country house as the cook and on retiring she had this Hoover as a thank you for all the years work.
I can remember she had knocked a hole in the back hall wall and pushed the water hose thought to the bathroom and had a garden hose tap adapter on it to fit the sink tap with chains to keep it in place and most times a towel draped over the tap so if it leaked it would flow down the sink drain, she also made a hole in the back wall and pushed the drain hose out into the yard and used a piece of guttering on a slant for the water to run into the yard drain, I remember she would start the machine with the hot tap and once running she would change to the cold for rinsing. I canít have been more than about three years old.

The machine died when I was about six, the springs snapped and my day did a bit of welding but it did not last.

Strange how something can bring a memory back, nice good memories.



Post# 430176 , Reply# 128   4/20/2010 at 13:54 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Installment number three

Hi everyone and apologies for the break.

Lots of hassle going on at the moment but, amongst all that, have been working on the matchbox each evening. Current status of the machine will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Hiya Richard and thanks for posting the wonderful photo of you and your old 3236H version 2.
Love old photos and seeing a Potterton boiler again, after 20 years, was a treat too. My godmother had the same bolier in her kitchen, so I grew up with one of those too.

Interesting to hear that yours had a green plastic door. Was this a case of discolouration, or was it always green?
The machine i had as a plaything had a clear plastic door, so did Hoover experiment with a couple of colours?
Hotpoint purple and Hoover green. mmmmmmmmm.



Hiya Paul
The A/B button controls length of spin, not the speed.
The speed is always 720rpm (although later matchboxes, generally the exclusives, were boosted to 800rpm).

Switch set to A resulted in a Rinse Hold being activated. Flick the button to B, then back to A soon after results in a spin of 20 seconds at 720.

Switch set to B resulted in no rinse hold and a 4 minute spin, through to the end of cycle.

You mention cycle times - didnt specifically time them, but these machines flew through their cycles.
One of the memories that both myself and Mathew had was of the dial swinging round swathes of the cycle, half a cm to a cm at a time. This was especially apparrent during the rinses.
A very charecterful machine.



Hi Al.
Yep - Richards machine is the version two updated colour scheme, using orange as the accent colour, whereas the early machines were red.
Dug out the version 2 powder drawer facia at the weekend - brought back memories of my playmachine in my godmothers garage.
Ahhh memories.



Hiya Gary.
Here you go..........




Post# 430177 , Reply# 129   4/20/2010 at 13:59 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Sunday.....

and although its a later orange version dryer, it still looks superb next to the red version 3236H.

I actually think that the silver facia background matches the washer better than the slate grey facia of the actual matching dryer...


Post# 430178 , Reply# 130   4/20/2010 at 14:02 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3022 dryer de luxe - Mathew's new acquisition and what must be one of the earliest orange version 2 dryers out there, as its dated November 1972.
That was the year of the colour change over...


Post# 430179 , Reply# 131   4/20/2010 at 14:03 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

ratings plate...

Post# 430180 , Reply# 132   4/20/2010 at 14:04 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and at right angles...

Post# 430183 , Reply# 133   4/20/2010 at 14:10 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Lee.

Yep - this machine hasnt half stirred a fair old number of memories.
They really were all over the place back then. A very popular machine.

Plumbing stories seem to be a theme, what with yours and Richards story of unusal arrangements.
Discovered only recently that my mum used to push and tug her machine over to the sink, in my parents first marital home.
They never told me that it was unplumbed. A real eye opener, as I came about whilst they were at the second marital home.

My folks might be visiting next weekend! I feel that there will be a bit of a reunion.

Paul


Post# 430184 , Reply# 134   4/20/2010 at 14:11 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Whats going on ere then!

...

Post# 430185 , Reply# 135   4/20/2010 at 14:14 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The water retention test

well shes now officially been dampened!

Post# 430186 , Reply# 136   4/20/2010 at 14:14 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

new door seal works...

Post# 430187 , Reply# 137   4/20/2010 at 14:15 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

higher

Post# 430188 , Reply# 138   4/20/2010 at 14:16 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Higher....

Post# 430189 , Reply# 139   4/20/2010 at 14:17 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

a quiet click signified wash level was reached...

Post# 430190 , Reply# 140   4/20/2010 at 14:19 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Water test was passed, with no visible leaking so machine was drained and test 1 was complete.

Onto stage 2....


Post# 430193 , Reply# 141   4/20/2010 at 14:21 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Stage 2

PAT testing and here is Mathew's box of tricks.

Machine plugged in and test button presed....


Post# 430195 , Reply# 142   4/20/2010 at 14:22 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Machine set to spin....

Post# 430196 , Reply# 143   4/20/2010 at 14:25 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Did it get a sticker?

Didnt want to ruin the paintwork!

The machine PASSED all the PAT testing with flying colours!

There were no issues reported back and the machine was well within all safe levels. PASS. PASS. PASS. PASS. PASS....

Surprised us all, but well done 3236H.


Post# 430197 , Reply# 144   4/20/2010 at 14:26 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Dial...

Post# 430198 , Reply# 145   4/20/2010 at 14:27 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

programme guide and A/B spin button...

Post# 430199 , Reply# 146   4/20/2010 at 14:28 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The name says it all...

Post# 430200 , Reply# 147   4/20/2010 at 14:30 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
One thing left to do now...

...

Post# 430201 , Reply# 148   4/20/2010 at 14:32 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

in it goes....

Post# 430202 , Reply# 149   4/20/2010 at 14:32 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

who put that there?

Post# 430203 , Reply# 150   4/20/2010 at 14:36 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Mathew was the one wot dunnit.

Post# 430206 , Reply# 151   4/20/2010 at 14:49 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Test load

The first load was all tops and T-shirts.

Memories came flooding back...


Post# 430207 , Reply# 152   4/20/2010 at 14:50 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

though thankfully not in the water all over the kitchen sort of way!

Post# 430208 , Reply# 153   4/20/2010 at 14:51 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

all going well...

Post# 430210 , Reply# 154   4/20/2010 at 15:03 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

So a second load was tried and some videos were filmed!


This time twas the challenge of towels...


Post# 430211 , Reply# 155   4/20/2010 at 15:04 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

how will she do?

Post# 430213 , Reply# 156   4/20/2010 at 15:47 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Heres the first video, showing the start of programme 5.

enjoy!


CLICK HERE TO GO TO matchboxpaul's LINK


Post# 430214 , Reply# 157   4/20/2010 at 15:55 (3,731 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thats all for tonight.

More to come soon!

Cheers
paul


Post# 430296 , Reply# 158   4/20/2010 at 23:24 (3,731 days old) by richardc1983 (Leeds, UK)        

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Great project there Paul. Have you any plans to sort the rust out on the door?

Post# 430301 , Reply# 159   4/20/2010 at 23:59 (3,731 days old) by Toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Wonderful! What an education for those of us who have never seen these before!


May I ask what the yellow device/meter is, and what is "PAT" testing?

TY!


Post# 430308 , Reply# 160   4/21/2010 at 00:47 (3,731 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
OOVAH! OO BETTAH!

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At last Paul we can see this lovely machine in action, when you think where it came from and where it probably would have gone if you had not moved heaven and earth to rescue it.

Makes me smile watching the video, just an excellent machine doing what it was designed to do, it would make a great daily driver

TOGGLESWITCH
PAT testing is the standard method of safety testing electrical products in this country, it checks for earth leakage, insulation breakdown on the appliance basically so when you plug it in it doesnt electrocute you

PAUL
coff coff MORE VIDS coff coff


Post# 430316 , Reply# 161   4/21/2010 at 02:48 (3,730 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Hoover - Who Better..!!!

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Great to finally see the transition machine from the earlier wide bodied machines to the ones we are more familiar with!!

Was the module box in white at the rear only on this matchbox machine?? and not on Garys 3243 keymatic??





Post# 430323 , Reply# 162   4/21/2010 at 05:56 (3,730 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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Fantastic, so lucky not to have washed the floor while doing the water test, motor sound perfect.

Post# 430363 , Reply# 163   4/21/2010 at 12:40 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Richard
Will deffo be sorting the door, as its the major thing that lets it down.
Have been sorting other appearance issues out over the last two weeks, but am keeping those piccies for later.



Hi Steve. Really appreciate the comment - cheers.
Were I/we to be able to get our machines into a long term home, I would insist on them all being PAT tested - always nice to know that machines are on top form.
Businesses require electrical items to be tested. My employers computers are dealt with annually, whilst the appliances are dealt with bi-annually.
Mr PAT-man comes round, plugs em in and sticks a sticker on them if they pass.
If they fail, then they generally disappear!


Hiya Gary.
Glad you like the vid - more coming soon.


Hi Mike.
Just been back and checked Garys keymatic - the keymatic doesnt appear to have a cover, though cant make out where the module is on his machine.
The 3236H's cover is a thin piece of plastic there to act as a shield, should the solonoids drip.

Perhaps the module was moved on later machines, away from this danger? Can you confirm Gary?


Hi Lee.
we were relieved too! and surprised - we had expected floods, although there is still time. The application of water to seals may have made them realise that they are perished.
We may have been living on borrowed time - the next plumb in will tell.



Paul



Post# 430365 , Reply# 164   4/21/2010 at 12:43 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Harry apprecaited the machine too....

Post# 430367 , Reply# 165   4/21/2010 at 12:46 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

higher water level now....

Post# 430368 , Reply# 166   4/21/2010 at 12:47 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

...

Post# 430369 , Reply# 167   4/21/2010 at 12:48 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

further into the cycle...

Post# 430370 , Reply# 168   4/21/2010 at 12:51 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

further still and we have reached the rinses and the water is clear already....

Post# 430371 , Reply# 169   4/21/2010 at 13:05 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

even when the first water was passed into the machine, hardly any rubbish came out in the way of muck. For some reason, all the years lying dormant hadnt manifested themselves with the machine being internally caked in rubbish.

consequently putting loads of real washing into it wasnt much of a worry.

begs the question whether it saw much use at all really.

CLEAN


Post# 430372 , Reply# 170   4/21/2010 at 13:10 (3,730 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Motor control boards

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Hello Paul

yes on the keymatic the motor board was moved to the left hand side of the machine away from the water inlet side.

The solenoids on mine were sticking aswell but with a bit of patience and a sharp craft knife they can brought back to life if you want to keep them original, there is a spring loaded rubber bung inside the solenoid valve that swells with time and then cant move up and down inside a metal tube all i did was slice of the over sized bits so it slid freely up and down the tube......no problems to date.....so job done! ;-)

anyway MORE MORE


Post# 430373 , Reply# 171   4/21/2010 at 13:24 (3,730 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
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Post# 430375 , Reply# 172   4/21/2010 at 13:45 (3,730 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Time for a second video....

This time we catch the end of a wash period and the start of the fast kick into dsitribute.

This is how my mums machine distributed - split second and everything is plastered to the sides of the drum.

Memories.....


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Post# 430414 , Reply# 173   4/21/2010 at 16:36 (3,730 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Great Machine

Hi Paul.

Great video of your new baby. Love the deep rinses. They dont make machines like this any more.

Regards

Paul





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