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Pictures of my '72 Lady K
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Post# 47277   10/18/2004 at 00:36 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Here we go.. hope they show up ok...

Post# 47278 , Reply# 1   10/18/2004 at 00:38 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Pictures of my '72 Lady K

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Lady K with her lights on...

Post# 47279 , Reply# 2   10/18/2004 at 00:40 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Pictures of my '72 Lady K

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controls and Vari-Flex..

Post# 47280 , Reply# 3   10/18/2004 at 00:42 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Dryer with her lights on...

Post# 47281 , Reply# 4   10/18/2004 at 00:43 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Dryer Drum...

Post# 47282 , Reply# 5   10/18/2004 at 00:45 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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back of dryer drum

Post# 47283 , Reply# 6   10/18/2004 at 00:46 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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she is my pride and joy.


Post# 47295 , Reply# 7   10/18/2004 at 07:26 (7,117 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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OMG, RICH! RICH! RICH!!! They look brand new just like ya said!!!

Post# 47297 , Reply# 8   10/18/2004 at 08:18 (7,117 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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Those machines are to die for!
It looks like it came out of the showroom......
And that Vari-Flex is awesome and powerful when the Hi-setting is used!

Just whip up some thick suds for all of us to see!


Post# 47298 , Reply# 9   10/18/2004 at 08:27 (7,117 days old) by jasonl (Cookeville, TN)        
I'm speechless

Post# 47301 , Reply# 10   10/18/2004 at 09:31 (7,117 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Wonderful set! They are great machines, but the Vari-Flex takes up sooooooo much room in the tub, and if you have the fins all the way out, it is very rough.

Post# 47305 , Reply# 11   10/18/2004 at 11:49 (7,117 days old) by jasonl (Cookeville, TN)        

I bet the vari flex makes a heck of a noise on low water level with the fins extended.

The unique Kenmore sound on low water. SLOSHA-SLOSH SLOSHA-SLOSH!

And to think all the great sounds of vintage Kenmore will be in my house SOON!

Post# 47306 , Reply# 12   10/18/2004 at 11:51 (7,117 days old) by jasonl (Cookeville, TN)        
What size tub?

Is that a super capacity or standard? Is this the metal tub ring or plastic?

Post# 47307 , Reply# 13   10/18/2004 at 11:55 (7,117 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
What size tub?

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This is a standard size tub. Has Plastic a tub ring, not metal(Darn!)

Post# 47321 , Reply# 14   10/18/2004 at 14:08 (7,116 days old) by jasonl (Cookeville, TN)        
Hmmm.. ok.

plastic ring and standard size tub. Hmm ok, I thought they would've gone super size by then but I guess there were a few models of the Lady with a standard and a super size.


Post# 47349 , Reply# 15   10/18/2004 at 20:55 (7,116 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Those are really nice looking!! What a find!!! Was that agitator interchangeable with the roto-swirl? -Steve

Post# 47373 , Reply# 16   10/19/2004 at 00:32 (7,116 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Hi Steve.. I have no idea if the Roto-swirl can be interchanged with it.

Post# 47375 , Reply# 17   10/19/2004 at 05:21 (7,116 days old) by drmitch ()        
A dream find!

Inceedible set! They look MINT!

Post# 47381 , Reply# 18   10/19/2004 at 07:23 (7,116 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        

God, the STYLE those machines had! SO much better looking than today's machines!

Post# 47423 , Reply# 19   10/19/2004 at 19:40 (7,115 days old) by petebldg9 ()        

Beautiful pictures! My aunt had a very similar model in the '70s, also gold. There were a few differences though. Only the left half of the main timer dial was exposed on the control panel. The tub was gray-speckled, and the vari-flex was gold. Perhaps this was a slightly different model in the same line (?).


Post# 47444 , Reply# 20   10/20/2004 at 01:08 (7,115 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Hi Pete-
Im thinking that is very possiable. I seem to remember, seeing a FEW gold Vari-Flex agitator's over the years in some of the older model Kenmores, but I don't remember the models they were in. I have always be fascinated with Vari-Flex agitators(probably due to I have a liking for straight vaned agitators.)Never got to see a Vari-Flex in action untill I got my Lady K set,and Im hooked on them!

Post# 47445 , Reply# 21   10/20/2004 at 01:49 (7,115 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Neighbors of my grandmother had a Kenmore 800 with a gold VariFlex.

Post# 47463 , Reply# 22   10/20/2004 at 09:47 (7,115 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Vari-Flex Question

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Were Vari-Flex agitators common in KM machines or were they just put in high end models? Does anyone know?

Post# 47478 , Reply# 23   10/20/2004 at 12:45 (7,115 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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High-end, far as I know. I assume only 800s and LKs. Maybe the occasional special promotional model.

Post# 47527 , Reply# 24   10/21/2004 at 00:06 (7,114 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
interchangeable agitators

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The Vari-Flex is interchangeable with the Roto-Swirl, Straight Vane, Roto-Flex, later Dual-Action and even a Whirlpool Surgilator as long as they are from standard cap. machines and have a splined shaft. There is a drive block adapter for the splined drive shaft you might still be able to find that will work with the older, mostly bakelite agitators like the "fat" Roto-Swirl, etc. Good luck and have fun - I always liked the many choices Kenmore had for agitation fun!

Post# 47529 , Reply# 25   10/21/2004 at 00:19 (7,114 days old) by fixerman ()        

Just to add to Gansky's post. If changing agitators, you sometimes will need a different stud. Generally the old ones had a stud with a 9/16 inch hex. The later ones had a 5/16 inch hex. If changing agitators be sure to get the entire agitator including cap and stud and hope the stud comes out without breaking.

Post# 47849 , Reply# 26   10/26/2004 at 13:30 (7,108 days old) by scott55405 ()        

What a wonderful set. I remember at that time how it was a big deal for someone to get a brand new set in harvest gold, and yours do look practically like new!

This type of unit has always been one of my favorites in Sears washer history, and probably one of the last of the really neat ones.

Post# 47852 , Reply# 27   10/26/2004 at 14:01 (7,108 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Seems to me that the Veri-Flex used a splined drive block and the others had the hex drive block, no???...

Post# 47853 , Reply# 28   10/26/2004 at 14:21 (7,108 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the best way to tell if a Kenmore/Whirlpool agitator was a spline drive or hex drive block is to look at the color. All black agitators were hex, white and gold were spline.

Post# 47857 , Reply# 29   10/26/2004 at 15:24 (7,108 days old) by fixerman ()        

I have seen many black Kenmore (I can't say about Whirlpool though)agitators that were spline drive. There were however two kinds of hex drive blocks. The early ones thru about 1962 were pot metal and were used on the drive shaft that did not have splines, but a keyway was machined into the Shaft. One should be able to use an early hex drive agitator on a spline drive shaft with the correct block.

Post# 47864 , Reply# 30   10/26/2004 at 17:19 (7,108 days old) by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Nice controls! And check out the burled look, it's like the dash of a Lincoln Mark V! : )

Post# 47902 , Reply# 31   10/27/2004 at 00:13 (7,108 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Thank you cadman! She purrs like a kitten too!


Post# 48045 , Reply# 32   10/28/2004 at 20:00 (7,106 days old) by Partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
I love Lady Kenmore

Your Lady Kenmore set has me slobbering all over my keyboard.I had a dryer like that once-NEVER any overdrying with that beauty. I remember several of these machines from my childhood. You used to be able to go to Sears and actually run one and push the buttons and play with the groovy soap dispenser and adjust the vari-flex agitator.
My friend Martha's mother gave me the instuction book and parts list that came with her 1970 version of the same machine. It was replaced in '82 with a ho-hum Kenmore 70 series with dual action thrashatator. It was strange because she had the ultra-deluxe Lady washer married to the BOL "all-american" dryer (styled to match any washer you have). That old dryer is still doing a job as far as I know...
Again i just luv ell-you-vee that fabulous Lady set! Washday must be a dream at your house

Post# 48060 , Reply# 33   10/28/2004 at 22:39 (7,106 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        

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Thank you David. My Lady K set is a dream come true!(at least one of them..) Washday here is wonderful now, I can't get enough of it!! She is so quiet!! The roll-over on the Vari-Flex is Awesome!! The drier is great too.. NO OVER OR UNDER Dried clothes anymore!!!!!! She is truly my pride and joy!

Post# 48064 , Reply# 34   10/28/2004 at 23:48 (7,106 days old) by zipdang (Portland, OR)        
All them buttons

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Powerfin64, can you please post a close-up of the washer's control panel? I've always wondered what all those buttons said.

Post# 48073 , Reply# 35   10/29/2004 at 01:47 (7,106 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Lady K buttons

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This is from a '71 Lady K. The buttons are the same as mine, except mine don't have the color coded tabs.

Post# 48099 , Reply# 36   10/29/2004 at 10:43 (7,106 days old) by agiflow-action ()        

I never heard of a sani-rinse on a washer.Ahh,....this machine is just too cool,many happy washings to come!


Post# 48128 , Reply# 37   10/29/2004 at 18:22 (7,105 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Pat, that sani-rinse aws to disinfect a machine after washing items used by a sick household member. You set the water leve at lowest leve, set the cycle, and added a cup of bleach. Incidentally WCI produced Frigidaires and a couple of the other WCI produced machines had that on their cycle dial too.

Post# 48131 , Reply# 38   10/29/2004 at 19:03 (7,105 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

My 1976 Frigidaire 1-18 has a "Sanitize" setting at the final rinse on the "regular" cycle. -Steve

Post# 48134 , Reply# 39   10/29/2004 at 19:12 (7,105 days old) by Partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        

Because I am neurotic, I always used to like filling my DD Lady K just to the top of the agitator fins, add a good snort o' bleach and let'er rip on high speed-Which of course threw the bleachy water all over and disinfected the tub. (plus it gave me another thing to "do" with my beloved washer)
the only good germ is a dead germ!

Post# 48165 , Reply# 40   10/30/2004 at 03:36 (7,105 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        
Selective dialing button

So what was "selective" dialing?

Post# 48171 , Reply# 41   10/30/2004 at 04:17 (7,105 days old) by fixerman ()        

I don't know for sure but it must be because you push the cycle button and then turn the timer dial until it stops then pull the dial out to start. That's the way I believe these machines work

Post# 48180 , Reply# 42   10/30/2004 at 09:16 (7,105 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Selective Dialing

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Fixerman, that is correct.


Post# 48744 , Reply# 43   11/7/2004 at 01:41 (7,097 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Selective Dialing

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Selective Dialing is where you select the wash time on any cycle, instead of the pre-set wash time, OR canceling any wash & options previously picked for a certain cycle.


Post# 48745 , Reply# 44   11/7/2004 at 02:41 (7,097 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Echoing powerfin64, "Selective Dialing" makes the timer work like a regular timer that can be set at any position, rather than the usual LK method of selecting a fabric care button which locked the timer at the appropriate position for starting the cycle and wash time.

The "Cancel" reference on that button is to release the lock for resetting the timer if you changed your mind about the selection before actually starting the cycle. It may also release the optional selections such as Custom Care and 2nd Rinse.

I believe Custom Care triggered the ex-slow agitation speed.

Post# 48749 , Reply# 45   11/7/2004 at 06:02 (7,097 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
lady k

We had the 68 version of this machine in avacodo. It was a Sears 900 (which was the previous year's Lady Kenmore, renamed and sold at a lower price). The 900 had a gold Vari-Flex which did not have upper extended fins. All the buttons were the same. I remember that it very frequently suds-locked, and the "optional second rinse" button was very handy. It also had a "Custom Care" option that slowed agitation, but left the high speed spin. The matching dryer was very good, completely automatic. You just pushed the start button. The drier adjusted the heat automatically. There were eight degrees of dryness that could be selected. Great machines, and were used until '97, replaced by Dependable Care Maytags.

Post# 48806 , Reply# 46   11/8/2004 at 02:43 (7,096 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Vari-Flex question

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Is there more than 1 version of the Vari-Flex Agitator? Are the gold vari-flex different than the white ones? IF so, what are the differences between them?

Post# 48812 , Reply# 47   11/8/2004 at 07:08 (7,096 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        
Selective dialing

So they finally got wise and made the pushbuttons more flexible? As much as I loved the pushbuttons, it always sort of irked me that I couldn't have a long wash with cold water or a shorter wash with hot water, Permanent Press with a longer wash, etc.

Post# 48846 , Reply# 48   11/8/2004 at 17:36 (7,095 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        

I think the gold Vari-Flex on our '68 model was an early version. Sears may have added the higher extended vanes to increase rollover. Seems to me like the clothes didn't turn well in ours.....

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