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Post# 523957   6/11/2011 at 16:20 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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I didn't think i was collecting dishwashers, but i've just got my 3rd. A Colston turbo jet dishwasher.





Post# 523958 , Reply# 1   6/11/2011 at 16:22 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
top rack

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small top rack not sure how well water would hit all surfaces


Post# 523959 , Reply# 2   6/11/2011 at 16:24 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
bottom rack

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there is no underneath spray arm only a rotating tube in the centre so surfaces have to be pointed towards the central tube


Post# 523960 , Reply# 3   6/11/2011 at 16:26 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
large pre impellor filter

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this is a large filter


Post# 523961 , Reply# 4   6/11/2011 at 16:28 (4,695 days old) by 69oyu812 ()        
great find!

looks like a fun machine ya got, well done

Post# 523962 , Reply# 5   6/11/2011 at 16:29 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
unusual fine filter

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this is a fine filter which is like a tumble dryer filter which sits at the side of the machine and simply collects small particles to be emptied out later


Post# 523964 , Reply# 6   6/11/2011 at 16:31 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
fine filter

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where is lives


Post# 523967 , Reply# 7   6/11/2011 at 16:33 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
sump

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heater and sump , you can see the impellor through the end hole


Post# 523971 , Reply# 8   6/11/2011 at 16:34 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
interior

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inside shot


Post# 523972 , Reply# 9   6/11/2011 at 16:37 (4,695 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Ricky.

Congrats on the new find.
My gran had the later version - Colston 101 - and an aunt and uncle had the Rolls version.

My grans lived on a rolling trolley and stood about 5 and a half feet off the ground at the top of the machine. Does anyone else remember these machines being available with the same trolley arrangement?
It had a shelf underneath it and my gran kept the machines original Colston dishwasher powder container (a wide tube) to keep her knitting needles in.

Paul


Post# 523974 , Reply# 10   6/11/2011 at 16:40 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
rear shot

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here with the back off , you can see its a belt driven machine, an electric timer with a push  to start mechanism,  uses cables to pull open and closed inlet and drain valves. A motor with a belt driven pump circulates the water.

 

The rinse aid dispenser is simply a bottle with a small rubber top with a slit in it, as water fill in the pressure vessel, another pipe pushes a little rinse aid out into the tub at each filling , it has got aid in it but its very smelly!


Post# 523983 , Reply# 11   6/11/2011 at 17:13 (4,695 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very interesting - a belt!  I've always wondered what the motor & pump looked like in these.  I'll bet it's a great sound when it's running.


Post# 523985 , Reply# 12   6/11/2011 at 17:19 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
details explained

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hopefully you can see some hi lighted details.

 

The machine is in good condition and as it has a pump separate from the motor i'm hoping all will be well, it needs new inlet outlet pipes and a little cleaning , rust removal etc.

 

Does anyone have any instructions to see?

 

Thanks Richard

 

hi sorry i tried to hi light certain parts on a word doc but it wouldnt up load!


Post# 523996 , Reply# 13   6/11/2011 at 19:42 (4,695 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

What a neat machine! I love it, thanks for sharing. Such a unique set up.

Post# 524031 , Reply# 14   6/12/2011 at 01:10 (4,695 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

Can we have a better look at your kitchen please!!! From what I can see it looks AMAZING!!!

Post# 524052 , Reply# 15   6/12/2011 at 07:21 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
sure

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here are some kitchen photos


Post# 524053 , Reply# 16   6/12/2011 at 07:22 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
more

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more


Post# 524054 , Reply# 17   6/12/2011 at 07:23 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
gec

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fridge


Post# 524055 , Reply# 18   6/12/2011 at 07:23 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
inside

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gec

 


Post# 524056 , Reply# 19   6/12/2011 at 07:25 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
kenwood blender and morphy richards toaster

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and modern microwave


Post# 524057 , Reply# 20   6/12/2011 at 07:26 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
bits and pieces

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etc


Post# 524058 , Reply# 21   6/12/2011 at 07:27 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
table

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kenwood mixer and hoover iron


Post# 524059 , Reply# 22   6/12/2011 at 07:28 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
new world 44

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gas cooker 1961


Post# 524060 , Reply# 23   6/12/2011 at 07:29 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
electrolux dishmaid

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not working at present


Post# 524062 , Reply# 24   6/12/2011 at 07:29 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
sink

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sink and washer


Post# 524063 , Reply# 25   6/12/2011 at 07:30 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
bendix lt washer dryer

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made in 1965 approx


Post# 524064 , Reply# 26   6/12/2011 at 07:31 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
detergents

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old boxes some full


Post# 524065 , Reply# 27   6/12/2011 at 07:32 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
high up shot

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etc


Post# 524066 , Reply# 28   6/12/2011 at 07:33 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
and again

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etc


Post# 524067 , Reply# 29   6/12/2011 at 07:34 (4,695 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
last one

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i need advice on a new floor check out a different forum as im asking questions about this floor

 

thanks Richard


Post# 524072 , Reply# 30   6/12/2011 at 08:16 (4,695 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
<3 Your Kitchen!

I'd die for a kitchen like that. I'm trying to acheive a 60's/70's look with my wash house.

Those Colston dishwashers are cute. Sold in Ireland too by any chance?

James.


Post# 524083 , Reply# 31   6/12/2011 at 09:13 (4,695 days old) by henry200 ()        

Perfect in every way!  Even the curtains at the window match!   I prefer a kitchen with loads of character and I would feel instantly at-home in yours.  Thank you so much for sharing.   And, that Colston is quite amazing too!

 

Neil


Post# 524087 , Reply# 32   6/12/2011 at 09:26 (4,695 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Stealing

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I'm stealing kitchen ideas from you! The curtains--floor--wall tile are fantastic!

Post# 524110 , Reply# 33   6/12/2011 at 13:47 (4,694 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Richard--

Is that avocado Hoover a Miele? It looks like a Miele, but can't tell for sure.


I always love it when you post pictures of your kitchen. Is the grill/broiler(US) also New World? I really like the waist high broiler/grill on my new Whirlpool gas cooker/stove.


At first, I thought your microwave was a television.


Lawrence/Maytagbear


Post# 524198 , Reply# 34   6/13/2011 at 03:08 (4,694 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Colstons & Hoovers

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James
Yes the Colston dishwahers were sold in Ireland as well, my mother had a similar but a bit more stylish 303 model (in NI) and a former partner's sister had a floorstanding standing model (in Cork) - badged and probably built by Ariston - mid 70s model it was of conventional desugn rather than having the single tube.

Lawerence,
The avocado Hoover is, in fact, an Electrolux 90 and a very nice example it is too. Post war European and Australian Electroluxes were completely different from US models. This TOL model ran from around 1964 to 1968, and created a whole new upper segment to the UK cannister market.

Al


Post# 524200 , Reply# 35   6/13/2011 at 03:23 (4,694 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
thanks

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Hi thank you all, James the kitchen was done very much on the "cheap" so to speak i had spent 6 months renovating my house before i could move in (my 1st home), i knew i didn't want a regular kitchen , i then got the cabinets of a kitchen fitter friend who removed them from a house in Carlisle. They are dated around 1959. The sink unit had a cupboard to the left of the sink which i carefully cut off and made a cupboard out of next to the fridge. The ones either side of the cooker were in fact one unit joined together and again i cut it in two. The wall units were in my house originally in the old small kitchen. At the same time i stumbled upon the cooker at a new kitchen shop when looking for ideas and bought it for £20. ( i used it for 10 years before getting it serviced to find it had 10 gas leaks!!, its now gas tight!) And about the same time i bought the Bendix off ebay for about £80 and had to collect it from Leeds. It had never been installed and sat in a pantry since being delivered in the mid 60's. The box of Skip soap powder is the one that came free with it inside the drum!

 

Originally i got cheap white work tops from B&Q ( a uk version like home depot) and up graded them 2 years ago with boomerang pattern on , the tiles and floor tiles were all cheap versions again from B&Q. The curtains were made from a scrap of fabric from IKEA.

 

Originally i had a different fridge and bought this one about 5 years ago £40, and the kitchen table belongs to a friend who lives in Australia ( and says she'll have it back if she ever moves home!)

 

The cupboards were stripped and re sprayed in Ford transit light blue by a car repair shop and my Mam painted all the carcasses by hand ( much to her dismay who longed me to but a nice IKEA kitchen).

 

The colston is english made so i would think it was sold in Ireland check out ebay Ireland for advert from newspapers.

 

The Hoover is in fact an electrolux model 90 from 1966 with cord rewind disposable bags and whistle function when full

i splurged a bit on this and paid £100.

 

The microwave is a modern whirlpool one but sort of fits in. I did have a Bendix super 12 dishwasher but that broke down so now have a beko one for every day.

 

Other bits and pieces include Kenwood Mixer, blender, Morphy richard toaster, Russell Hobbs kettle sunbeam mixer and fry pan, hoover and morphy richard irons.

 

Richard

 


Post# 524201 , Reply# 36   6/13/2011 at 03:26 (4,694 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Washing

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Ricky
As a remember it from my mothers machine, these actually wash crockery quite well, the big let down with them was the ability to wash pans, casseroles etc. as the only place really for the to go is on the right hand side of the upper rack. The other thing is that these were designed to sit on the drainer and drain into the sink, so although there is a pump it is not all that strong. My mum had her 303 built in under the work top after my parents moved and there was virtually no standpipe on the drain at all.

A great find from the collectable point of view, but not so practical in practice. Have you spotted that Miele G50 dishwasher thats come up on ebay? That might be an interesting option for your kitchen, and as you have started collecting dishwashers ........ LOLOLOLOL

Al


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Post# 524203 , Reply# 37   6/13/2011 at 03:43 (4,694 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
haha

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yes i saw this a while ago and i thought it had sold, i'm sure the seller had a new vintage miele dryer too? no i'll pass defo no room!

 

R


Post# 524270 , Reply# 38   6/13/2011 at 14:05 (4,693 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
wahey it works!!!

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i plucked up courage to attach a plug and plug it in and it ran fine very quiet. The motor drives the timer and levers and cables operates fill and drain valves . Turning the pulley by hand had left the machine in mid cycle. I then manually filled it with water and switched on whoosh it ran great, the drain valve opened and i refilled it twice. It drained and ran a drying cycle which is the air blown in from the motor, and it stopped. So i haven't tried the inlet valve as the only thing wrong with it i can see is that it leaks around the door, the seal is perished. i am uploading a quick video to show my cling film rescue to the dripping water.

 

The internal filter did its job and collected a mass of crud left in the machine !

 

So it could be a working vintage machine !

 

Richard


Post# 524273 , Reply# 39   6/13/2011 at 14:30 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston

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Spin Tube Dishwasher, congratulations Richard, very interesting machines, they do work pretty well, the force from the large pump is tremendous, just that all the cork seals and pipes on mine had pretty much rotted and need replacing!!

Its definately a strip down and replace job, there was more water flowing outside than inside me thinks, have you tried yours yet??, was never sure wether the fine filter acts as the detergent dispenser as well for the powder etc..,


Post# 524275 , Reply# 40   6/13/2011 at 14:32 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Oh

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Looks like it is!!! well done you!!!

Post# 524279 , Reply# 41   6/13/2011 at 15:10 (4,693 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
video

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i've done a little video to show the colston working

 

Richard



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Post# 524280 , Reply# 42   6/13/2011 at 15:14 (4,693 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
hi Mike

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do you have any pics of yours as i think mine may be a bit later, it has a top spray flume but i think it may have a broken top? also i noticed in the centre of the top rack is a hook perhaps for a detergent cup? does anyone have instructions ?

 

Hope you're well

 

Richard

 

 

 


Post# 524282 , Reply# 43   6/13/2011 at 15:24 (4,693 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        
W O W!

When I asked for a peak at your kitchen I had no idea it was going to look like that! It is just amazing - i adore the floor tiles and those wall cabinets with the frosted glass sliding doors remind me of my Mum's kichen when I was very small. I reckon I would sleep in there if it was mine!!! Thanks for the visual feast!

Post# 524288 , Reply# 44   6/13/2011 at 16:17 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston

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Hi Richard

Will try & get the serial number , but it looks almost like yours...


Post# 524289 , Reply# 45   6/13/2011 at 16:18 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston

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Fully Loaded

Post# 524290 , Reply# 46   6/13/2011 at 16:20 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston

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Interior

Post# 524292 , Reply# 47   6/13/2011 at 16:27 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston

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Tub Liner

Post# 524298 , Reply# 48   6/13/2011 at 17:12 (4,693 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

LOVE your kitchen Ricky!! I have similar taste as you, although I am more 60's than 50's. Luckily I live in a 60's high rise and already have the vintage fitted cupboards, round sink with supataps, electric laundry drying cupboard... All original from when the block was built. I remember seeing one of those Colston dishwashers in the kitchen of sheltered accomodation block my nana lived in before she died, it was never used, and still had a packet of dish washing detergent from new. Shame we can't find no Colston washers around no more, used to love my mums Colston Concorde and my nans Colston Coronette. Where did you get those Marley floor tiles from? My kitchen has had the original tiles taken up as there was a flood a few years ago, although the rest of my flat has Marley tiles down (in lovely olive colour with black flecks) lol.

Post# 524392 , Reply# 49   6/14/2011 at 04:32 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524393 , Reply# 50   6/14/2011 at 04:45 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524394 , Reply# 51   6/14/2011 at 04:48 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524397 , Reply# 52   6/14/2011 at 04:59 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524398 , Reply# 53   6/14/2011 at 05:03 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524399 , Reply# 54   6/14/2011 at 05:10 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524400 , Reply# 55   6/14/2011 at 05:19 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524401 , Reply# 56   6/14/2011 at 05:24 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 524402 , Reply# 57   6/14/2011 at 05:31 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Colston 101 Instructions...

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Post# 524403 , Reply# 58   6/14/2011 at 05:34 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 524404 , Reply# 59   6/14/2011 at 05:37 (4,693 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 524406 , Reply# 60   6/14/2011 at 05:40 (4,693 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
Thanks Mike

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I've noticed that your machine must be earlier than mine as mine has a top spray flume , raised inlet position and that the instructions are from later with auto dispenser , more programmed and raised drying vent (which I can understand as mine was caked in crud all the way down to the motor)

I've just had another play after trying to turn the door seal around which made no difference so I defo need a new one. Don't think that will be easy. I've got a seal company that makes them for boats cars etc but nothing looks quite right :( hey ho thanks again

Richard


Post# 524484 , Reply# 61   6/14/2011 at 16:19 (4,692 days old) by DishwasherRules (Italy)        

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Congratulations for your finding, Richard :) and for owning such a beautiful kitchen - mine just looks like some schizo's nightmare, the Bree Van DeKamp in me is SO ashamed...

@Chestermike: thanks for sharing the User's Manual :)

Ivan



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