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Post# 472840   11/1/2010 at 14:58 (4,784 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

Looking for an L5 I found these two Indesits: 1981 092AOI and a 1978 L6SIV, both need new bearings.

Post# 472841 , Reply# 1   11/1/2010 at 15:03 (4,784 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

Pic2: The L6 which may be used as a donor for the 092

Post# 472844 , Reply# 2   11/1/2010 at 15:16 (4,784 days old) by electron1100 (England)        

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this is interesting as i never knew they were sold there, good luck with the restoration, both nice machines.


Post# 472847 , Reply# 3   11/1/2010 at 15:29 (4,784 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

Oh, I like vintage Indesit machines! Good luck with the restoration!

Post# 472863 , Reply# 4   11/1/2010 at 16:39 (4,784 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Tony.

Welcome to the forums and congrats on finding two lovely old Indesits.

Glad I am not in your position though, of having to contemplate parting out that L6! Lovely looking machines, with our version being the L6SGBV.
Below is the 1979 'Which' magazine image of the UK version.

Good luck with the restoration(s) let us know how it/they go.


Post# 473021 , Reply# 5   11/2/2010 at 14:42 (4,783 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

Gary, Indesit Washers, Dishwashers & Fridges were imported by Katz International Corporation (KIC) from the early 60's. The last washers sold here were the 663W models. I bought a new spider & Hub for the 092, although the old one still looks good after 29 years.

Post# 473244 , Reply# 6   11/3/2010 at 14:50 (4,782 days old) by vivalalavatrice ()        

Hello my dear 092!

That was one of my very first complete restoration and it was one of the hardest to finish...

Look at my collecion how did I find my 092 and how the work was effective to bring it back to the working order

By the way... I shoudl replace the spider on mine too!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO vivalalavatrice's LINK

Post# 473717 , Reply# 7   11/6/2010 at 17:10 (4,779 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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you lucky thing! Older Indesits are my favorite machines, especially the models that did the spin drain. Keep us posted on those lovely machines.

Post# 474636 , Reply# 8   11/12/2010 at 13:12 (4,773 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        
Indesit 092 AOI

First test run after replacing spider & hub, door boot & soap hose. I will have to replace the sump hose as well. BTW these machines are very quiet, bur very energetic.

Post# 474661 , Reply# 9   11/12/2010 at 16:42 (4,773 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Tony.

Machine looks great and cant wait to see more pics of it.

You decided what to do with the L6 yet? Restoration or parting out?


Post# 475214 , Reply# 10   11/15/2010 at 12:07 (4,770 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        
Dream Machine?

The guy who gave me the 092 called & said that his daily driver (also 092) was leaking at the pump seal, after replacing the sump & bubble hoses. I paid him for the hoses & took the machine, which turned out to be a 1979 L8LI in mint condition.

Post# 475216 , Reply# 11   11/15/2010 at 12:10 (4,770 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

A close-up of the L8LI control panel.

Post# 475222 , Reply# 12   11/15/2010 at 12:44 (4,770 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
INDESITS and cards on the table

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WOW excellent find tony and excellent job on replacing the spider on the 092

But this new machine is getting closer to the classic Indesits i remember.......

Also it lookslike your having bloody good weather ;-).no need for high spin speeds there then ;-)

Ps the open back Stradas good aswell

Post# 475234 , Reply# 13   11/15/2010 at 13:16 (4,770 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

I wish I could fathom how to increase the size of the font on here!

Until I do, i will have to make do with my own WOW!



What a superb machine - have never seen an L8 in such detail before.

Congratulations on your new acquisition and really cannot wait to see more pics of it and read more on your restorations.

Although Indesit is much maligned today and made cheaper end machines back then, there is no doubt that these classic machines were built solidly and had a wonderful style about them.

Am over the moon about your new find - more piccies please.

p.s you will have to put the feelers out for an L7 now! Were the L7's sold in South Africa? Piccy of the L7LGB below...

Post# 475272 , Reply# 14   11/15/2010 at 14:20 (4,770 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Well done on getting such a lovely machine. One of my Aunties had the british version of the L8, my othet aunty having the L5. I loved the look of the L8 but it wasn't as fun to watch, it had high water levels but drained and spun, not like the L5 which had the spin drain. I am puzzled however about a video on youtube of the L8 that spin drains and has low water levels....I know for sure that my aunty's one did not.


Post# 475276 , Reply# 15   11/15/2010 at 14:33 (4,770 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Indesit Pump action

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Hello Paul

My mums first automatic was like an L6 (identical except it had a sort of turqoise panel instead of red), that had an elctric pump in it, i know coz i blocked it washing my car mats in the machine and they disintergrated blocking it up

Post# 475284 , Reply# 16   11/15/2010 at 14:49 (4,770 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        


Was this your mums first automatic - the Indesit L6SGB.

The machine on the left is taken in my parents garage around 1983.

It was a family friends and had been replaced by a Hoover Electron 800 round door. My dad acquired it, repaired it and it saw about three years further use by an Aunt of mine.

It was in turn replaced by my parents Hoover 3236H Automatic De Luxe, which lasted until 1990, and then a Servis 308 which lasted about a year.


Post# 475297 , Reply# 17   11/15/2010 at 15:39 (4,770 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Indesit / Hirundo

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Hi Tony, congrats on the latest aquesitions, like many firms of old, Indesit produced some sturdy classic machines, look at the way the 092 is made, those metal cabinet top braces, large weights etc....the spiders where the weak point but they sold well over here...

That L6 is too good & classic to use as the donor machine IMHO..looking forward to seeing more pics!!!

Cheers, Mike

Post# 475451 , Reply# 18   11/16/2010 at 09:52 (4,769 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Indesit L6SGB.

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Yes thats one, dunno why i think it had a coloured control panel though, she bought it from Currys

Such great looking machines

thanks for that

Post# 475476 , Reply# 19   11/16/2010 at 12:04 (4,769 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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That L6SGB is the one my Nan had, I had it from her, and my dad sent it to Coventry with the liberator in that bloody skip.

If memory serves the door catch has a thumb wheel to turn before it will open.

Post# 475502 , Reply# 20   11/16/2010 at 12:57 (4,769 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        
Spin Drain

Paul: The L6 has been parted out as it would cost too much to restore. The L7 (looks like an L5 with the controls moved to the front & timer on the right) was never sold here. We had L5, L6, L8 & L10 models.
Paulc: The L8 is deffo a spin drain - I had to replace the pump housing as the seal is not availlable seperately.

Post# 475536 , Reply# 21   11/16/2010 at 14:50 (4,769 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Tony.

Ahh well. At least the L6 has been put to good use and it will help other machines come back to life.
Though, by the way you are finding vintage Indesits, a mint L6 will probably surface soon for you. I really hope it does - fingers crossed!

The Indesit L10.
I know these were sold in the UK too, but have never ever seen one. What was it?
Was it a simple development of the L8 i.e immediately recognisable as an upgraded L8, the way that the L8 is obviously an upgraded L6 or was it something completely different?

Be really interested to know.

Post# 475543 , Reply# 22   11/16/2010 at 15:07 (4,769 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Was that the machine with the BIO dial on it? My Grandma used to clean for a man who had an Indesit looked similar to the L6 but had programme dial, temp dial, bio dial and one rocker switch, I think the Bio dial set the length of time you wanted to soak for but this is going back to when I was 7 or 8 so it is a good few years ago. I do remember the machine had high wash and rinse levels and didn't spin drain.

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Post# 475570 , Reply# 23   11/16/2010 at 17:47 (4,769 days old) by fjs674c ()        

Is this the L10 with the Bio dial?

Post# 475582 , Reply# 24   11/16/2010 at 18:13 (4,769 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Thats the machine.....apart from the facia was not blue, am pretty sure it was a silvery beige.

Post# 475819 , Reply# 25   11/17/2010 at 13:07 (4,768 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi all.

had a nice surprise e-mail from Nige (reversomatic) this morning, containing exploded diagrams of the Indesit L6SGBV, L7LGB, L8LGB AND ..... the L10LGB!

The L10LGB is deffo a three dial take on the standard L6 or L8 machine, though difficult to tell whether the diagram shows a neon light or a switch (component 17) and the powder drawer facia appears to have three banks of washing instructions on it.

Have had that same picture of the blue facia L-series machne, in my 'INDESIT unidentified' folder for the last couple of years. I suppose it could very well be the L10.

Any absolute confirmation off anyone very gratefully received.


Post# 475821 , Reply# 26   11/17/2010 at 13:10 (4,768 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        


Post# 475837 , Reply# 27   11/17/2010 at 13:56 (4,768 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Then again...

maybe 'bluey' isnt an L10 after all.

Just been digging in old Which magazines and the line drawing below appeared in the November 1974 edition.

Its an Indesit L6SGBT...

Post# 475843 , Reply# 28   11/17/2010 at 14:10 (4,768 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

I never saw an L10LGB, but remember seeing the 101 new in the early eighties. It fascinated me, as it had the usual rotary timer on the left and two sliders one above the other. One was for temp & the other for spin speed. Take a look at the motor attached and you will see that it appears to be a brush motor.

Post# 475846 , Reply# 29   11/17/2010 at 14:16 (4,768 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        
L10LGB again

I have attached this poor quality pic of an Hirundo 101

Post# 475987 , Reply# 30   11/17/2010 at 23:27 (4,768 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        

Item 17 is the idiot light (power on). Please post the cutaway drawings of the Indesit L6SGBV, L7LGB, L8LGB for my file.

Post# 476079 , Reply# 31   11/18/2010 at 12:02 (4,767 days old) by reversomatic (east anglia,england,u.k.)        

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Hello all, i remeber the L10 well ,as years ago i sold a used one to a relative.Well when i say sold i think i got 2 bars of choclate for it.Paulc was right it had a metalic copper/bronze coloured facia and knobs.It could have been the first connection between Hotpoint and Indesit as they were an electronicaly speed cotroled machine fitted with G E C brush motor as used in Hotpoints of the time.The motor in previous picture is probably equivalent replacement, as all the ones i ever saw were fitted with a G E C motor.I think it was the first Indesit fast spin machine 800rpm,sold here.I vaugley remember there being a matching tumble dryer sold here, that i think was souced from Zerowatt..Docker that L8 looks great congratulations .Regards Nige.

Post# 476120 , Reply# 32   11/18/2010 at 14:59 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Nige.

From your description, I can safely say that I dont jave any recollections of an L10. Sounds like a smart looking machine though - ushering in bronze way before Hotpoint did.

Thanks again for the exploded diagrams you sent me - hope you dont mind me posting them here. Seems that there is a hotspot of vintage Indesits in South Africa, where I think they might be useful.

p.s hopefully one of them will be useful to me very shortly!

Post# 476122 , Reply# 33   11/18/2010 at 14:59 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Exploded diagram on Indesit L5LGB...

Post# 476123 , Reply# 34   11/18/2010 at 15:00 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Exploded diagram of Indesit L6SGBV...

Post# 476124 , Reply# 35   11/18/2010 at 15:01 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Exploded diagram of Indesit L7LGB...

Post# 476125 , Reply# 36   11/18/2010 at 15:02 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Exploded diagram of L8LGB...

Post# 476127 , Reply# 37   11/18/2010 at 15:03 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Exploded diagram of Indesit L10LGB...

Post# 476131 , Reply# 38   11/18/2010 at 15:12 (4,767 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A very basic table of UK sold (hence the 'GB' and 'G' in many of the model numbers) Indesit and Hirundo models, as listed in the various years of 'Which'magazines.

The rough dates of the magazines are shown.

Hirundo models are in italics, underneath the Indesit model from which they are derived.

Unknown pieces of info are highlighted with grey shading and question marks and the table goes right upto the point at which the Generation Innovation and Generation 2000 machines were introduced, circa 1982.

Will post some pics of the machines shortly.

Any info gratefully received.

p.s the last two Hirundo models are place outside the table because I am not totally sure of the Indesit models on which they are based, though the 520rpm Hirundo will probably sit underneath the Indesit 099AOG.

Post# 476621 , Reply# 39   11/21/2010 at 10:13 (4,764 days old) by Docker (Cape Town, South Africa)        
Indesit L8LI Test run

Ran a full cycle & the L8LI performed perfectly.

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