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1958 Maytag Dryer
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Post# 723985   12/30/2013 at 21:28 (3,378 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Speaking of Maytags - PINK -

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Ad reads: "
Nicknamed "Pinky" by Maytag. automatic clothes dryer from 1958, with backsplash that LIGHTS UP! Everything is there. This model was known for running super quiet. Come check it out in person, its in really great shape. May need a heating element. Use it to dry clothes or for a really cool table. The third pic shows what it looks like lit up. $25 is a steal for this Gem of Americana."

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Post# 723988 , Reply# 1   12/30/2013 at 21:44 (3,378 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Interesting.  If it really is from 1958 it would be a very late production 640.  It also appears to be missing the thermostat buttons as well as the back panel cover.  It certainly is a good deal for $25 if you are looking for parts or already HAVE parts for one of these dryers as the cabinet looks really nice and the panel glass for these is a rare find, indeed!


These are nice dryers.  They dry fast and HOT.  I had the gas version hooked up for about 6 months and was overall very impressed with its performance.

Post# 724022 , Reply# 2   12/31/2013 at 01:47 (3,378 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        
"May need a heating element"

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Aka, a burner?  Probably not.  I'll bet the seller doesn't even know enough to light the pilot.



Post# 724039 , Reply# 3   12/31/2013 at 05:55 (3,378 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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It may need a heating element.  It's an electric dryer.  

Post# 724040 , Reply# 4   12/31/2013 at 06:14 (3,378 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It uses an open coil heating element so restringing one is very easy. It is in the top of the outer drum.

This dryer was check-rated by CU when it was tested, if it is a 640. It has a HUGE perforated porcelain drum with red plastic baffles in an almost 30" wide cabinet. The matching washer was only 24" wide so both would fit in 54" of space. In keeping with Maytag's expansive use of aluminum, the blower and its housing in the original were aluminum which was not too durable so the replacement parts were Bakelite. This dryer uses a 3 inch vent.

Post# 724051 , Reply# 5   12/31/2013 at 08:41 (3,378 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Actually the 640C cabinet was 31-1/2" wide.  ALL Newton-made Maytag washers from the original AMP up through the LAV3600 in 2006 were 25-1/2" wide.  The dryer cabinet was reduced to 28-1/2" in 1966 and then reduced again in 1997 to 27".

Post# 724075 , Reply# 6   12/31/2013 at 11:22 (3,378 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you, Mark. I knew after I submitted that post that 24" was too narrow, but older Maytags were always too skinny and I knew it was close to 2 feet wide.

Post# 724078 , Reply# 7   12/31/2013 at 11:35 (3,378 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Funny, I took the picture of the lighted 140.

Without seeing the buttons, or the back, we can't be certain if this is a standard dryer or a condensing dryer.


Post# 724124 , Reply# 8   12/31/2013 at 16:42 (3,377 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Well now I feel stupid.


What's behind that pseudo gas valve cover then?

Post# 724131 , Reply# 9   12/31/2013 at 16:53 (3,377 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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This has been listed here before at a little bit higher price. It's been gradually dropping but I doubt it'll go much lower than twenty five. Next stop is probably the scrap yard if someone doesn't rescue it.

Post# 724166 , Reply# 10   12/31/2013 at 18:00 (3,377 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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That's not the gas valve cover.  It's the lint screen.  If this was a gas dryer the gas valve access was the the upper right-hand corner.


Read this thread about the gas version of this dryer that I gave foster care to for about 9 months last year.


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