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Post# 674382   4/21/2013 at 11:12 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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I had a call last year from a gentleman in the midlands who had this Thor Automagic washing machine, it had been in his family since new and he remembered it when visiting his gran, at christmas it was his job as a child with his dad to lift out the washtub and drop in the dishwasher attachment, the one day of the year he could remember the dishwasher being used -






Post# 674384 , Reply# 1   4/21/2013 at 11:17 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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It had stood in a boathouse and although dry was the usual dusty etc, its a heavy beast to lift onto a high tailgate and after getting it home it was washed down and inspected..heres Jon (lavamatjon) & Rich (Richbristoluk)....



Post# 674386 , Reply# 2   4/21/2013 at 11:21 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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It was quickly determined it was leaking from the tub bellows - nowthen where to find an original, quickly poo pooing that idea appliance Dr`s Mathew and Austin shuffled around in said toolboxes and came up with a Hoover Quattro large diameter sump hose, a yogurt carton and some plastic ties!!


Post# 674390 , Reply# 3   4/21/2013 at 11:45 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Tub bellows...ripped and leaking

Post# 674392 , Reply# 4   4/21/2013 at 11:47 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Undoing and freeing up the tub nuts and an army to lift off the top


Post# 674393 , Reply# 5   4/21/2013 at 11:49 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Revealing the gearbox, motor and pump. As it sits on a braided belt and this acts as the suspension..


Post# 674394 , Reply# 6   4/21/2013 at 11:50 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Workings


Post# 674395 , Reply# 7   4/21/2013 at 11:53 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Underbase and carriage


Post# 674396 , Reply# 8   4/21/2013 at 11:54 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Braided suspension straps


Post# 674397 , Reply# 9   4/21/2013 at 11:54 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Gasket


Post# 674398 , Reply# 10   4/21/2013 at 11:55 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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and pot fix


Post# 674399 , Reply# 11   4/21/2013 at 11:56 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Onto the agitator block


Post# 674401 , Reply# 12   4/21/2013 at 11:59 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Nowthen, at this point I would like to say that it slipped on first time and tightened up a treat - Ahem!!, few hours of cussin and swearing and with a lot of use of the technical adjustment tool - (wacko the hammer)all was revealed!!


Post# 674402 , Reply# 13   4/21/2013 at 11:59 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Nearly


Post# 674403 , Reply# 14   4/21/2013 at 12:01 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Yes - now its Pims-o-Clock time, which couldnt come quick enough!!



Post# 674404 , Reply# 15   4/21/2013 at 12:02 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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After testing all the linkages and wiring which surprisingly passed the pat test, it was time to test out!!


Post# 674405 , Reply# 16   4/21/2013 at 12:03 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Tub back on, seal fixed, water ready!!

Post# 674406 , Reply# 17   4/21/2013 at 12:04 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Well - what dis you expect - PERFECT!!


Post# 674407 , Reply# 18   4/21/2013 at 12:06 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Balancing ring in - this is weird, a plastic disc with a small circular metal disc inside with a load of sand which throws itself to wherever its needed when spinning commences, simple but effective!!


Post# 674408 , Reply# 19   4/21/2013 at 12:07 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Now for the beautiful blue vitreous enamel tub!!


Post# 674409 , Reply# 20   4/21/2013 at 12:08 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And metal agitator


Post# 674410 , Reply# 21   4/21/2013 at 12:10 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Austin ready to wash using some of MattyWashboys detergents he kindly brought with him on his last visit..


Post# 674411 , Reply# 22   4/21/2013 at 12:11 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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No leaks to the Thor, well done to all!!


Post# 674412 , Reply# 23   4/21/2013 at 12:15 (2,663 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Fantastic job Mike!   Congrats on saving and repairing such a unique old machine!

 

YAY!

 

Kevin


Post# 674414 , Reply# 24   4/21/2013 at 12:16 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Time for a well earned drink... Jack & Jon, Richard, Darren, John and Karl..


Post# 674415 , Reply# 25   4/21/2013 at 12:17 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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and some cowpie snap...



Post# 674416 , Reply# 26   4/21/2013 at 12:18 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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That should keep them happy!!


Post# 674417 , Reply# 27   4/21/2013 at 12:22 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Happy campers... Dr Mathew (keymatic3203), moi (chestermikeuk), Neil (spa of neil), Ray (host) and Bob (spa of bob)...

Post# 674419 , Reply# 28   4/21/2013 at 12:23 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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White enough Matty?


Post# 674420 , Reply# 29   4/21/2013 at 12:27 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First load ready for ironing with the new Hoover Steam generator....


Post# 674421 , Reply# 30   4/21/2013 at 12:28 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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2nd load ready for pegging out!!


Post# 674422 , Reply# 31   4/21/2013 at 12:29 (2,663 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
Oops!

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I jumped in (again) before you were finished posting photos.

 

Looks like you all had a really GREAT time!   Wish I could have been there!

 

Kevin


Post# 674423 , Reply# 32   4/21/2013 at 12:30 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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More washing vicar..

Post# 674424 , Reply# 33   4/21/2013 at 12:31 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The latest dyson demo...

Post# 674425 , Reply# 34   4/21/2013 at 12:32 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And a final midnight wash in the keymatic - thats all folks - Enjoy!!


Post# 674426 , Reply# 35   4/21/2013 at 12:34 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The star of the show, now that its all working , this year will see it visit the spar and the dishwasher basket re-galvanised then videoed...

Post# 674427 , Reply# 36   4/21/2013 at 12:35 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Dishwasher... this was a hoot keeping the top on, but works a treat!! will leave it for another thread!!


Post# 674428 , Reply# 37   4/21/2013 at 12:38 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Kevin, yes you will enjoy the brit gang was-in, and a mega thanks to all who worked on the Thor, offering solutions straight out the box, with Mathew and Austin being repair guys it helps with all the wisdom needed on getting some of these oldies back into action, but you know that I`m sure!!

Cheers, Mike


Post# 674435 , Reply# 38   4/21/2013 at 13:10 (2,663 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Another major work from our UK best pals

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How white the whites are even without your usual boil-wash :'D

Loved the shots of the water spinning out of the holes, so intimate and satisfying.

Drooling for cowpie snap, no matter what the filling LOL (meat pie, a family fav.)

Loved the pouffy poodle looking so chief inspectoresque in the yard.

Nice to see Jack again, still lookin' good five years later.

Love the shot of your " beautiful blue vitreous enamel tub!!" in # 35 & farther up.

Happy Sunday to you and the lads and many thanks for a lovely Photo-story and movie to accompany to my own "Pims O'clock" time

Best of luck on the Dishwasher Venture to come. And a great big Yankee Hello & Hug to you and all.


Post# 674438 , Reply# 39   4/21/2013 at 13:20 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hey Mike, when I edited that water spinning out the holes I knew that would get ya!!, yes 5 years since riding in the red!!

Will have to confess the "whites" where courtesy of the now working Hoover keymatic on a boil wash...ha ha

Yes meat and tata pie with carrots and onions, served with roasted potatoes peas and gravy!!

This was from last year am so behind in my editing so getting sorted, next one is the F & P Gentle Annie top loader from Aus....

Cheers for now, Mike


Post# 674439 , Reply# 40   4/21/2013 at 13:31 (2,663 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Restoration job well done!

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Hey Mike...like Kevin said earlier, great that another vintage machine has been given a second life!

How is the "roll-over" on that machine? The vanes on the agitator look so shallow. We had a Thor wringer washer in the early '60s (it was a model from the '30s) and it had a similar agitator.

Wish I could have been there for the party as well!


Post# 674442 , Reply# 41   4/21/2013 at 13:45 (2,663 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
I knew that would get ya!!

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Indeed you did. No one's ever gotten that close for so long on the fabulous hole-hurl shots. Dazzling. Thanks.

I thought they looked a little too white without a boil LOL.

Your dish....Mmmm....mmmmm. Meat pie is big in our family with whole pearl onions, and then for overkill, mince pie for dessert. Totally British Isles. Couple times a year. Next time, I tell them cowpie snap is the proper term, straight from the Queen Mum's lips to Chestermikes's ear. They'll go, "Oh My My. How famous!"

Can't wait to see what you do with the F&P. Watched a few vids theother day. Really cool machines. Crazy agitation.

I think John is planning to have the museum and an international washin in soon. For us half-century plusers, that means about two years. Will you and jack be coming over then?

Nice chattin' with ya, Off on the bike now. We got Sunshine today!


Post# 674456 , Reply# 42   4/21/2013 at 14:50 (2,663 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Mike...Nice machine and welcome to the Thor club !! Mine is stuck at my parents, and all being in "Kitchen" condition :( one-day i may get to the somewhere where i can use it.
Did yours come with the original lid with the glass porthole ? That blue tub is from the later 244 model with pedals, the grey speckled one was the original.
Welcome done on reviving it !!
Cheers
Keith


Post# 674481 , Reply# 43   4/21/2013 at 16:14 (2,663 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Hey Mike,

Enjoy the Thor. I have two and they're certainly fun machines. I have several service manuals. I can't remember if I've already scanned them into a digital file. I'll check. If not, I'll scan them and send them to you.

Ron
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Post# 674596 , Reply# 44   4/22/2013 at 05:58 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Bradd, thanks, yes the roll over in this load was fine in the wash a little slower in the rinse, but it was 2 king size duvet covers so we where pushing it a bit, having looked at Austins and Rons videos they have good roll over with smaller items, I bet with the vanes wider at the top it would go some! - But for its day over a wringer it must have been a housewifes dream!!

Post# 674597 , Reply# 45   4/22/2013 at 05:59 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Yes that will be good to get over at some point and to see the warehouse, I missed it last time round...

Custard with the mince pie?


Post# 674598 , Reply# 46   4/22/2013 at 06:01 (2,663 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Housewifes dream........

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that is unless the housewife in question happens to see my ugly mug holding a bottle of "Cold Power" she would think its a nightmare lol

Austin


Post# 674599 , Reply# 47   4/22/2013 at 06:05 (2,663 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Keith, yes it was a great joint effort to get it working, now this year will see it at the renovation spa and the galvanising (or would chroming work?) done and filmed.

Its such a simple design and very quiet in operation, belt squeaks a bit but hey, it looks to be original!!

So are you saying the tub is not original? to this model?

Catch up with you at Al`s soon we hope!!


Post# 674610 , Reply# 48   4/22/2013 at 08:58 (2,662 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Looks great guys, always loved the idea of the Thor Automagics :-)

Nice to see the australian detergents are still around :-)

Ill be back in the UK in July and August. Must pop down to the bag wash to wash me smalls lol

Any requests for any australian detergent do let me know :-)
Hope to catch up with you guys when im in the UK :-)

Matt
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Post# 674623 , Reply# 49   4/22/2013 at 10:46 (2,662 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Mike,

Oooo cant wait to see that!! that will be fab, I had the skirt sprayed on mine but the enamel tub part was ok, also had the lid done and new glass made.

No the tub is from the later machine (model 244) with pedals, the tub for this model should be grey & white speckled..I was had put the blue tub in mine, think it looked nicer :)

Yep, hope we can catch up soon..will be fun.
Keith


Post# 674662 , Reply# 50   4/22/2013 at 13:56 (2,662 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Keith, this must be a changeover model as checked with the owner and he said its the same tub....it is a lovely shade of blue, it is missing the lid although it had a replacement one for the dishwasher that fitted perfectly...


Hello Ron, many thanks for the offer of the manuals on pdf, they are fascinating machines, so simple and quiet in action, yours look great in the videos, nice and shiny inside. Was very intreaged to see how the dishwasher worked with the spinning tray and the back and forth spray arms.....you can see how the water wouldnt be cross contaminated etc..


Hey Matty, yes looking forward to catching up with you again, let us know when you are arriving and we will work out dates for a few wash-ins!! Stick a box of Omo in your case, no need to ship, we`ve got plenty here for you to use!!


Post# 674666 , Reply# 51   4/22/2013 at 14:20 (2,662 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
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Mike yerr kept this quiet, yah buggah!, what a happy thread to see everyone enjoying themselves and also what a machine!!!! and what a repair!!! Christ that looks so well built, and its wash action everything is amazing......that is one ace piece of kit to own and now use, well done to the tek team for sorting it out great thinking from Mssrs Bogdit an Leggit Ltd.

Thanks for a great thread matey
Gary


Post# 674667 , Reply# 52   4/22/2013 at 14:21 (2,662 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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Excellent job chaps superb machine, canít wait to see the dishwasher basket loaded up. Such a simple design but so very functional with dual purpose in one machine.

Great Video thanks Mike
Lee


Post# 674682 , Reply# 53   4/22/2013 at 14:50 (2,662 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Mike,

Yeah must have been when they crossed over from the model 244 to the 260. The machine i have was bought in 1956. The model 260 was launched in about 1958. If I had the space the 260H would be one of my first choices in washers, large load, overflow rinse, sudz saving facility. Did yours come with the hose and a sudz plug ?
Will be good to catch up..K :)


Post# 674861 , Reply# 54   4/23/2013 at 01:46 (2,662 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I can't link it-but there on YouTube was one of those videos of an abandoned house walk thru,and you see what looked like the Thor washer laying on its side with other stuff in the house.If one of us went thru that abandoned building-the washer just might follow you home.It was sad seeing it laying there rusting away.

Post# 674883 , Reply# 55   4/23/2013 at 05:51 (2,662 days old) by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
That's the machine . . .

. . . I grew up with. We had it in the late 1940's/early 1950's. A fun machine. We could not afford the dish-
washer, but had a neighbor who had one. It did a great job on the dishes.

Thanks for saving this one and for posting. The Thor was very interesting.

Jerry Gay


Post# 674895 , Reply# 56   4/23/2013 at 07:10 (2,662 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Great work Mike! I will file the yogourt tub trick for future reference - one never knows...

Congratulations on getting this classic machine back up and running again!


Post# 674949 , Reply# 57   4/23/2013 at 12:15 (2,661 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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Custard. mmmmm, but a memory struggled to get through, not custard, but something something something, and finally it came: Ahhh HARD SAUCE on plum pudding at Christmas, made by "Ed"--that's what he insisted we call him--my grandfather. It was so good and our first intro to a bit of the "drop, " in this case rum. It was so damn good.

Mikey, perception is so weird. I watched those two duvets struggle, and it seemd to me that during the overflow rinse, which you made us beg for--oh is it coming, is he
going to overflow, oh please, YES, and unless it joy was clouding my vision, I could have sworn the turnover got better as the water rose to max. An air pocket or two, sure, but there seemed to be greater movement. I'll have to watch it again with some hard sauce. ;'D

You and the docs were so creative to improvise "with a Hoover Quattro large diameter sump hose, a yogurt carton and some plastic ties!!" Fie on waiting for ebay!

Again, a major work WITH dinner, and the pie crust as pretty as the Thor. Thanks.


Post# 674954 , Reply# 58   4/23/2013 at 12:34 (2,661 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
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Looks like it's very gentle on clothes...

Post# 675100 , Reply# 59   4/24/2013 at 05:01 (2,661 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Morning Gary - soz I thought you knew, it was last july, me and Bob had to lift it onto his Discovery 4 tailgate, never again...its a great mechanical design and I could imagine in a laundry you could get through quite a lot with good results, yes the Messrs Leggitt did a sterling diagnosis thesis!!

Hello Lee, yes the dishwasher attachment is something in action, I couldnt work it out until I had studied and seen it working, you dont need a lot of water, just enough to form a stream and stay on the sides of the spinning pan - and enough to fly into the venturi tubes, rather like the Servis Powerglide pump action.




Post# 675101 , Reply# 60   4/24/2013 at 05:08 (2,661 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Keith, the waste and fill pipes where on but turned to dust they where thay brittle, for testing we put an "Ooovahh" pipe and a modern cold fill, have just found a "North West Hoses" outlet which makes all sorts of retro hoses and prpbably use a Grolsch stopper when finished at the spa..

Is that the 260H in the picture? how des yours compare to your later Parnall SpinWash?


Hello Rex, I bet there have been a few abandoned in their time they are a brute to move...


Hi Jerry, how long did it last in your family? was it used a a sudz saver and multiple loads washed in it?





Post# 675103 , Reply# 61   4/24/2013 at 05:16 (2,661 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Paul, yes when you need a fix its amazing what you can come up with, like the saying goes, never throw anything out...ha ha although it will significantly increase storage space!!


Hi Andy, yes its fair to say its not a shredmore!! But I suppose in its day it was a housewifes boom, especially the sudz save and the spinning!!




Post# 675111 , Reply# 62   4/24/2013 at 06:29 (2,661 days old) by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
Hello Mike

No, we did not use the Thor as a suds saver. Anything more mechanical than a pencil sharpener was, to my mother, impossible.

The Thor replaced a Maytag wringer washer. So it was a godsend to do laundry without having to deal with rinse tubs, etc.

We used the Thor only about 5 years. I don't know why we got rid of it. It was replaced with a Maytag AMP automatic which we had 15 years.

In its day, the Thor was considered one of the best cleaners on the market. The agitator was gentle, but there were twice as many fins as other machines.

Our friend Ross in Tucson has a Thor and it works beautifully.

Jerry Gay


Post# 675128 , Reply# 63   4/24/2013 at 08:08 (2,661 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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What a great find - and the dishwasher parts, too! I've seen them run at Ross' and Rich & Chuck's in MA two years ago when they first found theirs and got it running.

How does the suds-water saving work on these? I didn't know that was an option.

I spoke with Ross in Tucson the other day and he's looking for a home for two of these Thor washers. One needs some work and the second could be used for the first machine as a parts-donor.



Post# 675207 , Reply# 64   4/24/2013 at 14:52 (2,660 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Mike.

the Thor looks great and yet more proof, if proof were needed, about what can be achieved with hard work and elbow grease.

Love the spin drain action - always fun to watch water thrown up the drum and out.

Congrats on another excellent restoration.
Paul


Post# 675220 , Reply# 65   4/24/2013 at 15:48 (2,660 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
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That is one BOSS THOR! I love that blue tub wahoo!!

And will you make that Cowpie when you come!!!!!

Was that video of the dishwash your machine or another's and have you gotten
your machine dishwashing?
I had one of these MOONS ago but it didn't have the dish attachment with it.

I think I gave it away.

NEat find- HEY HELLO JON too,nice to see you!

jon & artey


Post# 676084 , Reply# 66   4/28/2013 at 15:38 (2,656 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
great film

you've edited together Mike, sorry its taken so long to post a compliment, thanks to for the photos.

I showed mum last night to give a hint of what we get up to at theses gatherings, she got the enthusiam for the thor, the other machines and the general enjoyment, but she didnt get why we would have a photo of a line of tee shirts, well Mike we all get it and they look great, sparkling white in the sunshine.

Looking forward to seeing how those racks come up, and getting some dishes in there.

Mathew


Post# 676175 , Reply# 67   4/29/2013 at 02:15 (2,656 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Jerry, did you ever get to use the family Thor yourself or under supervision? would certainly have been a boom over a wringer and rinse tubs.

Hi Greg, as its a solid washtub and the pump is constantly running, it has a ball stopper on the end of the outlet hose, so when washing the stopper is over the end of the hose and closed, if you want to "Sudz Save" keep the stopper over the drain hose and spin the wash water out of the clothes into the outer tub, after spinning take out the washed clothes then add more dirty washing, then place the drain pipe over the inner tub, open the stopper and it will pump all the water back into the tub, close the stopper and repeat until you need to rinse....we improvised with a wine cork until we can source a more original hose and stopper.


Post# 676177 , Reply# 68   4/29/2013 at 02:27 (2,656 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Paul, yes lots more work to be done but was great to get it functioning, that spin throw is something coming out of the tub, would love to see Keith`s later version the Parnall Spin Washer, working and in action - after understanding how these work (Oh cue Keith!!)


John, yes cowpie on the menu!!, and the blue tub gleams, even more now after a de-scale, the dishwasher video wasnt ours, I was showing the action, I`m sure its Rich`s - where you there?



Post# 676178 , Reply# 69   4/29/2013 at 02:39 (2,656 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Mathew, that comment about the washing line made me laugh!! glad your mum enjoyed the Thor, and your hard work payed off, great machine to see in action again.

Yes I need to the dishwasher tub and racks and the spare doors to the chromers and see how they come out!!


Post# 677378 , Reply# 70   5/5/2013 at 08:12 (2,650 days old) by perc-o-prince (Southboro, Mass)        
Looks great, Mike!!

Such a fun machine! The Thor that you show video of was mine with the video taken by Chuck. That Thor has a new home with Ron (Kenmore58).

Enjoy!!!

Rich





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