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(vintage) ? brand Washer and Dryer - $100
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Post# 734855   2/12/2014 at 21:14 (2,202 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Post# 734861 , Reply# 1   2/12/2014 at 21:33 (2,202 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Groovy set of 1974/75 Kenmores

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They are so cool….PAT COFFEY

Post# 734863 , Reply# 2   2/12/2014 at 21:35 (2,202 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Thanks Pat - I didn't recognize them, but liked them quite a bit, myself.

Post# 734928 , Reply# 3   2/13/2014 at 08:19 (2,202 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Looks like these are in a manufactured/mobile home.  


We visited some friends of my mother's back in the late 70's that had this set in a brand new home.  They'd bought a mobile home to live in when their ancient farmhouse was torn down and rebuilt.  The new house was a huge ranch and TOL all the way.  All Lady Kenmore kitchen and in the laundry, this contractor-grade set.  She said she liked the washer that came in "the trailer" so much that she kept it for the new house.  I believe it was the first automatic she'd had on the farm, the old plumbing couldn't support an automatic.

Post# 734931 , Reply# 4   2/13/2014 at 08:58 (2,202 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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Do you think this is a large or standard capacity machine? Dryer looks to be a 5.9 cu.ft. machine. Wonder which agitator is in this machine. SRS perhaps?


Post# 735217 , Reply# 5   2/14/2014 at 11:44 (2,201 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Probably standard with a matching plug door dryer.

Post# 735258 , Reply# 6   2/14/2014 at 18:32 (2,201 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Post# 735363 , Reply# 7   2/15/2014 at 03:30 (2,200 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
You guys nailed it...

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On the dryer, it is indeed a 5.9 cu. ft. standard capacity. There was however a couple 6.9 cu. ft. models with the similar outward appearance of console and plug door. This model is timed dry only, no auto dry cycles.

As to the washer, I can tell you more. It is a 1974 model, 300 series. All Kenmores during this time period were relatively well featured for their series numbers, as even this 300 series has a pre-wash, two speeds, self-cleaning filter, and five temps.

This model, even in this color, was the first Kenmore that I completely re-built. I bought the machine from the outside backlot of a used appliance dealer for $5. I took it apart down to the last nut and bolt and even removed the baseplate from the cabinet. It did not need that but I just wanted to have done it. Having been sitting outside the face was a bit faded, but it was uniformly faded so I had no idea, and it still looked great. The cabinet was surface rusted though. I sanded it, coated it in anti-rust primer, and repainted it with Sears spray enamel in a can. It looked good but felt like sand paper...I wound up getting $150 for the washer a couple years later right in the knick of time before I moved to a new house. Later the returns pile from Sears coughed up another just like it.

It seems that I've seen more of these in colors than white, and I know of at least two or three Avocado machines and one white that I have stumbled across as well.

In 2012 I answered a picture-less Craigslist ad for a $30 Kenmore, and this is what greeted me:

Post# 735364 , Reply# 8   2/15/2014 at 03:32 (2,200 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here is the answer to your agitation question Malcolm...

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Kenmore Straight-Vane, standard capacity

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