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A Maytag.......but with an Aussie twist!
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Post# 569121   1/15/2012 at 03:49 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Hi guys,

Thought i'd share a project i've wanted to do for sometime now, which i completed last weekend.

Firstly, i'm aware this Maytag LAT 9800 might just be short of this forum, but certain components are defintely more than 20 years old.

Prepare for a couple of surprises!

First pic....console...looks like a standard LAT 9800 control panel right??


Post# 569122 , Reply# 1   1/15/2012 at 03:53 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Open the lid and TA DAH!!!!!

What's this.....a Maytag with a nice shiny Stainless Steel Bowl???

How is this possible i hear you ask???

Post# 569124 , Reply# 2   1/15/2012 at 03:55 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Another shot.....

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Longer shot...

Post# 569126 , Reply# 3   1/15/2012 at 04:02 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Well, i bought the 9800 off a repairer contact here in Brisbane. I decided this machine was a great base for a conversion, being a TOL (for Australia) 2 speed machine. I've never been a great fan of the Orbital transmission and i had a spare pitman drive long-stroke transmission from an A512.

As for the SS bowl, well....that's from an Australian made Wilkins Servis automatic that i stripped for parts.

Now.....there's been some conjecture and comment on this site in the past that the Wilkins SS bowl can't be the same the extra large capacity porcelain bowl in the Maytags due to the 'hole pattern'.

Well, the next couple of pics will show there's only 1cm difference in width, so that doesn't stop the bowl fitting in the extra large capacity Maytag.

First pic...the 2 bowls side by side...

Post# 569127 , Reply# 4   1/15/2012 at 04:03 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Bowl measurements

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The Wilkins Bowl measured across.....

Post# 569128 , Reply# 5   1/15/2012 at 04:08 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
The Maytag bowl

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The Maytag bowl measured across....1 cm difference

Post# 569129 , Reply# 6   1/15/2012 at 04:09 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Wilkins SS Bowl height.....

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Height measured.....40cm high

Post# 569130 , Reply# 7   1/15/2012 at 04:10 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Maytag bowl height

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Maytag bowl height....40 cm
Both exactly the same height

Post# 569133 , Reply# 8   1/15/2012 at 04:16 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
hole pattern

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The 2 bowls side by side.
The hole pattern is different because of a simple fact...the Wilkins was manufactured in Australia...the Maytag was manufactured in the US.

I hope these pictures put any doubts to rest. Yes, there's 1cm difference in width and i'm not going to get into any debates about 'capacity' or 'cubic feet'. My goal was to prove the Wilkins SS bowl would fit comfortably into the outer bowl of an extra large capacity Maytag. And i've done that.

Post# 569135 , Reply# 9   1/15/2012 at 04:18 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Old bowl out....look at all that crud!

My guess is the previous owners didn't use hot water much! It was disgusting!

Post# 569136 , Reply# 10   1/15/2012 at 04:20 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
All cleaned up....

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All cleaned up with lots of CLR and elbow grease. Also used some rust converter for some surface rust.

I also installed a new 'older style' stem seal mounting kit...far superior to the new ones.

Post# 569138 , Reply# 11   1/15/2012 at 04:22 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Transmission replacement

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Should have put this pic before the last one....the older style pitman drive long stroke transmission installed....

Post# 569141 , Reply# 12   1/15/2012 at 04:25 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
And...the final result....

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Lovely! I'm very proud of my conversion, as this was my first real tear down and re-build.

Oh yes...the 8 vane white Power Fin agitator also came from a Wilkins Servis

Post# 569143 , Reply# 13   1/15/2012 at 04:27 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
And....the first video

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Here's a full length video of the machine in action.....

Post# 569144 , Reply# 14   1/15/2012 at 04:28 (3,002 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice job!

Post# 569145 , Reply# 15   1/15/2012 at 04:30 (3,002 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

Very well done! :)
And what the photos you posted go a long way in showing that stainless steel is miles away from any other material used for laundry tubs!

Post# 569147 , Reply# 16   1/15/2012 at 04:39 (3,002 days old) by Streakers (Columbus OHIO!)        

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Absolutely awesome effort Leon! You must be pleased you've got it finished and running perfectly!! Can't wait to see her in the metal!!

Post# 569148 , Reply# 17   1/15/2012 at 04:41 (3,002 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        
It's definitely bucketing down - that rain is so noisy,

You've done a great job with your conversion. That tub and agi look fantastic. Is the stainless tub much lighter than the porcelain one?

Great turn over with the long stroke tranny.

Post# 569150 , Reply# 18   1/15/2012 at 04:46 (3,002 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Weight of bowls....

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Hi Olav.....thanks!

I didn't actually weigh the bowls, but yes....there's a little bit of weight difference.

However, the concrete balancing ring does make it 'seem' heavy on both bowls

Steve: maybe next weekend you could bring some clothes around....I'll see what Nathan's up to as well...

I've got the Hoover hooked up as well


Post# 569168 , Reply# 19   1/15/2012 at 07:39 (3,002 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Very Cool

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Nice job on the retrofit. Initially I thought the machine was overloaded. But after a few minutes, it really began to turn that load over quite well.


Post# 569171 , Reply# 20   1/15/2012 at 07:55 (3,002 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Excellent......bright and shiny, and the agitator just adds to stainless steel......a great suprise when you open the lid!......also great choice on switching the trannies....

Post# 569186 , Reply# 21   1/15/2012 at 09:16 (3,001 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Gotta love that stainless steel tub. Enjoyed the video, too. Maytags may not have the washing drama of a vintage Kelvinator, but they get the job done in their own quiet, muscular fashion. Nice retrofit!

Post# 569200 , Reply# 22   1/15/2012 at 10:19 (3,001 days old) by AutoWasherFreak ()        

Nice! You did great job. I'm going back to my Maytag 606 shortly.

Post# 569208 , Reply# 23   1/15/2012 at 10:37 (3,001 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Now that is a washer. Nicely done Leon!


Post# 569241 , Reply# 24   1/15/2012 at 12:21 (3,001 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Great re-build results leon, the stainless ateel tub looks very classy!! The agitator compliments it as well, congratulations - now for the matching dryer!!!

Post# 569247 , Reply# 25   1/15/2012 at 13:41 (3,001 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

Great rebuild! The machine looks great, I love the SS basket/bowl with the white 8 vane power fin. Its nice to see you took out the orbital and put in the pitman/helical drive transmission in there!

The LAT9800 was the top of the line machine for analogue, non digital controls. The LAT9900/A9900 was the TOL machine with digital controls.

Post# 569277 , Reply# 26   1/15/2012 at 15:17 (3,001 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Hi Leon,

Thats a great job, it looks wonderful :)

How does the capacity compare to the speed queen?


Post# 569282 , Reply# 27   1/15/2012 at 15:22 (3,001 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Maytag Vs SQ

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Hey Nathan

I think the SQ still has an edge in capacity, but it wouldn't be by much.

I'd have to do the same load in the SQ and see what the difference was...


Post# 569311 , Reply# 28   1/15/2012 at 16:27 (3,001 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Hey Leon,

A Maytag with a stainless steel tub, who knew? What a cool modification, awesome job!


Post# 569313 , Reply# 29   1/15/2012 at 16:34 (3,001 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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That was an amazing rebuild Leon!  You have to be proud of this machine.

Post# 569314 , Reply# 30   1/15/2012 at 16:41 (3,001 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Leon That looks fantastic !

I always admired your stanless steel tub and washers.

Who would NOT want one .

 Your machine is sooo Quit shhh.



Darren k

This post was last edited 01/15/2012 at 17:18
Post# 569318 , Reply# 31   1/15/2012 at 16:58 (3,001 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Nice Job!!

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White Powerfin.   Just beautiful.  We're so used to the blue Powerfin and white or dark blue porcelain when you open the lid that yours takes the breath away!

Post# 569374 , Reply# 32   1/15/2012 at 20:21 (3,001 days old) by Toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Amazing. Love it!

Post# 955468 , Reply# 33   8/31/2017 at 15:15 (946 days old) by ajt1379 (America)        

I have a maytag A806 and am wanting to convert it to the wilkins servis stainless steel bowl. Is there a part number for the SS bowl or can anyone tell me where I can aquire one?

Post# 955471 , Reply# 34   8/31/2017 at 15:28 (946 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        

Looks great - love the white agitator and ss bowl!

Post# 955542 , Reply# 35   9/1/2017 at 02:37 (946 days old) by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Wholeheartedly agree with all the comments. That is a sharp looking machine. Sweet!!! You could design my washer any day! Very envious. Congratulations on a FINE job. Wish they would sell that detergent state side, I was impressed!

Post# 955605 , Reply# 36   9/1/2017 at 13:01 (945 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

VERY impressive!!!

Post# 955618 , Reply# 37   9/1/2017 at 15:01 (945 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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Gosh, that's pretty!

Thanks for sharing. Oh, and thanks for ending that silly discussion for once and for all.

Post# 955983 , Reply# 38   9/3/2017 at 20:53 (943 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        

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That is absolutely beautiful!!

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