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POD 11/17/04 JC Penney Washer
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Post# 49354   11/17/2004 at 13:52 (7,086 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Friends in Seattle had this exact JC Penney pair. It came with the house they purchased. Is this a Franklin-based machine? It seemed very similar to a Westinghouse machine. At any rate, it lasted for years and they only recently replaced it with a new Kenmore pair.

Another friend has a Westinghouse set from the mid-70's. That must be a Franklin transmission, right? It's still being used! I am not a fan of the Franklin-based machines with their indexing tubs, etc., but a few of them seem to have stood the test of time. The WCI/Franklin tranny on my '86 Frigidaire TL was giving out after only 2 years of not-so-heavy usage.

Post# 49358 , Reply# 1   11/17/2004 at 14:36 (7,086 days old) by westie2 ()        

The machines were outsourced from GE/Hotpoint. Hotpoint had the same two in one agitators and also the lint filter around the top of the tub.

Post# 49360 , Reply# 2   11/17/2004 at 14:57 (7,086 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Penncrest brand machines were popular around Atlanta in the day. I remember a lot of solid-tub washers (built by Hotpoint).

Post# 49363 , Reply# 3   11/17/2004 at 15:37 (7,086 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Can the dryer door get any bigger? GEEZE! It's huge!

Post# 49364 , Reply# 4   11/17/2004 at 15:44 (7,086 days old) by 60skelvinator ()        

funny thing, when I first saw the controls I thought they looked alot like the ones on my 1973 ge/hotpoint washer.
Now I am just learning that infact the jcpenney units Were built be ge/hotpoint!

Post# 49530 , Reply# 5   11/19/2004 at 18:29 (7,084 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Thanks for setting me straight on the origins of the JC Penney machines. Once you said they were birthed by GE, I recalled the dryer having an open lint screen in the front of the drum, ala GE's of the same time period. That should have been a clue, eh?

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