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vintage MAYTAG WASHER & ELECTRIC DRYER - $125 (anderson)
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Post# 759256   5/24/2014 at 09:41 (2,312 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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... near Muncie, Indiana - look beautiful

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Post# 759264 , Reply# 1   5/24/2014 at 11:06 (2,312 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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Minty Fresh!


Post# 759265 , Reply# 2   5/24/2014 at 11:08 (2,312 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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That's a nice looking 806 set.

Post# 759270 , Reply# 3   5/24/2014 at 11:59 (2,312 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
A806 pair?

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and I'm passing up near there, June 6, but I'll be driving a car - so it's not like picking up a radio. Daaaaaaaam.

Post# 759272 , Reply# 4   5/24/2014 at 12:33 (2,312 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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That dryer has a bigger door, so it's the Stream of Heat DE808. If the photos are any indication, these machines have been well cared for and the price is reasonable. Someone should get them before it's too late.

Post# 759277 , Reply# 5   5/24/2014 at 13:15 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
Talking to them now...

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I'm gonna go save them!! Keep your fingers crossed!!! There's more pics up now. They are CLEAN!

Post# 759281 , Reply# 6   5/24/2014 at 13:27 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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You'll be very happy with these if they become yours. They're later 806's, with every feature Maytag offered at the time. They are very flexible machines. I have a pair of these in Almond as daily drivers, in addition to the early 806's I'm working on as time permits.

It's bliss to have the wide range of options these washers offer - one of my loads might be an extra-large load of whites, needing a soak, normal agitation, a high hot-water level, and a warm rinse. The next might be a small load of brights, needing a low cold-water level, a cold rinse, and gentle agitation. The washer does both - and lots more - beautifully.

The dryer is also great. If you get these, the dryer has a lighted drum, and often, the light is burned out and the light's lens is broken or missing. This needs to be corrected; you can still get the lens. If it's not present, lint goes into the interior of the dryer, which creates a fire hazard pretty quickly. The light lens is located inside the door opening on the front bulkhead, at about the 10 o'clock position. You will either feel the lens (good) or a hole (project time).

I hope these are yours soon!

Post# 759289 , Reply# 7   5/24/2014 at 14:14 (2,312 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Great - glad someone (Stephanie) is interested. Best wishes!

Post# 759295 , Reply# 8   5/24/2014 at 14:22 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
Lighted Consoles

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Do they have them? If you go back to the posting, she put up a pic of the inside of the dryer and the washer. The dryer looks perfect inside except for a small wear spot on the back of the drum. The inside of the tub looks nice, too.

I have a vehicle lined up and am heading out at 5 am. Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon they will be in my laundry room!

Post# 759296 , Reply# 9   5/24/2014 at 14:27 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Lighted Consoles - YES!

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They do have them. They work only when the machines are running; there isn't a provision to use them when the machines aren't actually in a cycle.

If they don't work when you get them, they're usually quite easy to fix. New bulbs often do the trick, and if that doesn't work, new starters are indicated. Both bulbs and starters are hardware-store items. Or Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc.

You'll love them. Nothing makes you feel more on top of your game as a housekeeper than a pair of 806s all lit up and humming away.

Post# 759299 , Reply# 10   5/24/2014 at 14:32 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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....My pair of Almond 806 drivers all lit up:

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Post# 759300 , Reply# 11   5/24/2014 at 14:38 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
I'm so excited

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and I just can't hide it!!! :) Hopefully there won't be any bad surprises when I get there. The woman came down to $100 on the phone without me trying. I'm going to offer $75 and see if she takes it. She wants them GONE. Her husband bought them for her as a surprise and she got mad because they are "old" and she wants a new set. Her loss is my gain...

Post# 759302 , Reply# 12   5/24/2014 at 14:42 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
More Pics...

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Drum looks incredible.

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Post# 759304 , Reply# 13   5/24/2014 at 14:47 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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If I were you, I'd be in the truck NOW.

The Internet and this site will see to it that someone is going to get them in the next day or so.

And it will be the first person to put money into the seller's hand.

Jus' sayin'.

Post# 759307 , Reply# 14   5/24/2014 at 14:51 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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I won't have a vehicle to be able to get them until very early in the morning. She knows I will be there to get them at 10 am her time... It's the best I can do. :(

Post# 759308 , Reply# 15   5/24/2014 at 14:55 (2,312 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Best of luck as you travel and pick up this beautiful pair! That's too funny that she was offended by her husband's kindness - if she only knew.....


Post# 759309 , Reply# 16   5/24/2014 at 14:57 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I definitely understand about transport difficulties.

You might also try to go ahead and pay her. If she has a PayPal account, you could get the money to her that way. I've done that. It seals the deal and you can rest a little easier.

Post# 759310 , Reply# 17   5/24/2014 at 15:05 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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This woman is elderly and barely knows how to use her cellphone and internet. I tried to get her to email me pictures, but she didn't know how.

Post# 759311 , Reply# 18   5/24/2014 at 15:17 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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....That's actually a plus - she probably won't be able to move fast enough to sell them to someone else in the meantime.

Best of luck to you, and please let us all know how it turns out.

Post# 759312 , Reply# 19   5/24/2014 at 15:17 (2,312 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
I'd be in the truck NOW!!!

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i agree with danemodsandy here!!!

tennblondie78 CONGRATULATIONS on getting contact with the seller!! i am so happy & excited for you!! this is the kind of washer i am actually wanting to upgrade to, from my 208.

and if i was you, i wouldn't wait or put off going to get this set of maytags. like danemodsandy said, with craigslist sellers, it is "first come, first served". and even if she/the seller, made a deal with you, if someone shows up with the cash, she will sell them. and if she tells them she's already agreed at $100, they just might offer her $150 to make her budge. and $150, isn't nothing, to pay for this set of maytags!!!!

don't wait girl, GET UP AND GO NOW!!!
or you will be so sorry if you miss out on them cuz you wanted to wait. if these are really something you want, i wouldn't wait.

GO! GO! GO!!!

fingers crossd for you........



Post# 759313 , Reply# 20   5/24/2014 at 15:21 (2,312 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
if she doesn't know

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how to use her cell phone or internet, her husband may be spreading the word that they are trying to sell a vintage set of maytags.

if i was you, i wouldn't leave it up to chance!!!
(learn from our mistakes)
this is the only model that has the lighted up consoles, besides the all push-button set of 906 maytags. but this is the only "center-dial" maytags that has the lighted consoles.

Post# 759316 , Reply# 21   5/24/2014 at 15:54 (2,312 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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Just so we can all be on the same page here, as I stated earlier this is not a pair of late model 806's. The washer is, but the dryer is a DE808, so it's a stream of heat machine, not a halo of heat.

Post# 759317 , Reply# 22   5/24/2014 at 16:16 (2,312 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
the dryer is a DE808, so it's a stream of heat

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even better!!!
that means it is a super capacity dryer for BIG loads...


Post# 759327 , Reply# 23   5/24/2014 at 16:58 (2,312 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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You go, girl! Post some pictures sitting at home.

Post# 759329 , Reply# 24   5/24/2014 at 17:27 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
They are mine...

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She pulled the ad down for me. Just talked to her for the 4th time. :)

Post# 759330 , Reply# 25   5/24/2014 at 17:34 (2,312 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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You're very lucky. I'm glad she worked with you on the situation.

806's are not exactly rare, but they don't exactly grow on trees, either. Anyone who gets a well-kept set is fortunate. My Almond drivers were not in the best of condition when I got them, and my early set is being a lot of work.

Post# 759331 , Reply# 26   5/24/2014 at 17:39 (2,312 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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CONGRATULATIONS tennblondie78!!!

at least now you know, nobody else is gonna try to get them before you!!!

i'm so happy for you!!!

keep us posted!!!

can't wait until you get them back home and start washing in them!!



Post# 759371 , Reply# 27   5/24/2014 at 22:14 (2,312 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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If you take the machines apart to work on them, be sure and post some pics. We like that.

And you didn't have to go to far to get them. That's nice. They look in really nice condition.


Post# 759379 , Reply# 28   5/24/2014 at 22:39 (2,312 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I see the ad has been deleted from Craigslist.  That's a good sign (hopefully).

Post# 759380 , Reply# 29   5/24/2014 at 22:42 (2,312 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
It is a good sign.

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She deleted it for me... She got 3 other calls and she told them they were already sold. She took the ad down so people would stop calling. :)

Post# 759394 , Reply# 30   5/25/2014 at 00:44 (2,312 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
Yay! Go Steph!

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But... When are you going to refinish them in pink?

Running now...


Post# 759398 , Reply# 31   5/25/2014 at 02:04 (2,312 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

Now just to get a little clarification for myself. Button setup I see left to right-
4 speed- normal wash, normal spin, gentle wash, gentle spin
5 temps.- 3 wash (hot, warm, cold), 2 rinse (warm and cold)
4 water level- small, medium, normal, and super? (not sure how they are marked)

If this had been a suds model, I know those two buttons would be with the speed group. Would it still be a 806 or would that make it a 808?

I'm just trying to get the configuration down in my head since there are so many different variables between them.

Thanks gang and BTW

Have a Great Memorial Weekend,

Post# 759401 , Reply# 32   5/25/2014 at 02:24 (2,312 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
If this had been a suds model, would it still be a 806..

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yes, it would still be an 806.
but if it were a suds-saver model, it would then be a model A806s.
(i think?).

if i'm wrong, someone will come along & correct me. but i think i'm right, if i'm learning correctly...


Post# 759410 , Reply# 33   5/25/2014 at 05:08 (2,311 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        


That's what I thought but wasn't sure. I know that a lot of their model #'s match between the washer and dryers. Is there such a washer as an 808? If so, what's its difference from the 806?

One of these days I'll get the differences down. For that matter didn't someone post a link on here before for a chart that told you what each model had to offer?
That would be a huge help.

Anyhow, thanks!


Post# 759449 , Reply# 34   5/25/2014 at 14:00 (2,311 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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sounds like you're in the same boat as me, when it comes to learning (with the confusing model numbers) LOL.....
i'm still learning. but the ones i am getting good at knowing are the ones with the 2 speed motors, cuz i would want a "GENTLE" agitation.

as for your question, if there is an 808 washer;
no, i don't think there is an 808 washer to match the 808 dryer. the matching washer for the 808 dryer would be the 806 washer (that i know).
but like i said, i am still learning too. so, i could be wrong here. and if i am, it wouldn't be the first time. :o)
hm hm hm....

actually, to try to learn the different model numbers, i've "bookmarked" on my computer, 3 different webpages listing/showing the different model numbers, just so i could look back on for reference.
i'll share them with you so that you can click on the link, and bookmark it into your computer, so that you can look back on it when you need to, too!!

here is link #1:

here is link #2:

and here is link #3:

all 3 are message threads that were posted here in the group. so, you will have to scroll down the messages to find the information.
the first 2 have pictures of the control panels (thanks to kenmore71) and the 3rd one has the chart with the model numbers and the years that they were made (thanks to gansky1).

thank you both, to gansky1 & kenmore71 for the great information & pictures that they both posted in these threads.


Post# 759450 , Reply# 35   5/25/2014 at 14:11 (2,311 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
didn't someone post a link...

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on here before, for a chart, that told you what each model had to offer?:

there might have been information on the different dryer models, that someone could have posted on here. i'm thinking there might have been, but since i wasn't really looking for a dryer (cuz we don't have the room for another dryer at this time) i didn't really pay much attention to that information. another reason too is that i hang my clothes outside, on the clothesline to dry. so, i'm not really looking for a dryer at the moment.

so, if there was information on the different dryer models, i didn't bookmark that information.


Post# 759490 , Reply# 36   5/25/2014 at 20:37 (2,311 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
They are back home safe and sound...

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I have the washer and dryer!! They are sitting in the garage as we speak. :) They weren't exactly as minty as they looked in the CL pics, but they will clean up nicely. There's nothing that a little TLC can't fix!! Just preliminary findings: the dryer is missing the light lens inside the drum, and the cover plate for the side vent option is missing. The dryer cord will need replacing, it's cracked and showing bare wires. I plugged the washer in and the console lights up, although it's dim and slow to come on. I already figured those lights would need some work. I got the washer to spin, but it isn't hooked up to water in the garage so I can't test it much more right now. Couldn't test the dryer, no way to plug it in until I get it in the laundry room. The sticker is still on the top of the washer from where it was originally bought. Someone wrote 10/18/76 on it. Lots of pics are soon to follow!! Thanks to everyone for cheering me on!! I'm so grateful to get them!

Post# 759491 , Reply# 37   5/25/2014 at 20:43 (2,311 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Congratulations on getting this set Stephanie!

Post# 759510 , Reply# 38   5/25/2014 at 21:39 (2,311 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        
Congratulations on a beautiful set

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I've been watching this thread and I wanted to congratulate you on a beautiful set. I've wanted an 806 for a while now but the drive distances were always too great. May you have many sudsy afternoons making the world a cleaner place.

PS, when you get them set up, spend five minutes and gratuitously press all the buttons over and over again to get it out of your system.

Post# 759519 , Reply# 39   5/25/2014 at 22:42 (2,311 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
Pics, Pics, Pics!!!

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Here you go!! These were taken right after they were unloaded, not cleaned up in any way...

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Post# 759522 , Reply# 40   5/25/2014 at 22:49 (2,311 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
Some more before any cleaning done...

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Post# 759525 , Reply# 41   5/25/2014 at 22:53 (2,311 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        
After a bit of cleaning up...

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I just could not resist showing them a little love and welcoming them into the family!!! Gave them a quick superficial cleaning. The Sunglow paint is PERFECT. There's not a bit of it missing and it doesn't look thin anywhere, either. I'm gonna keep an eye out for a timer dial face for the washer.

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Post# 759527 , Reply# 42   5/25/2014 at 23:05 (2,311 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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thanks for posting the quickly retrieved set....enjoyed the show..more to come, I'm sure. :-)

fyi - the ad is still there...oh well, tease for some others

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Post# 759532 , Reply# 43   5/25/2014 at 23:51 (2,311 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Already located a dryer drum light lens. It, along with new belts for the washer and dryer, has been ordered. :)

How do I remove the agitator?

Post# 759561 , Reply# 44   5/26/2014 at 01:04 (2,311 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i'm soooo happy that you finally got them home!!! and i can't believe how you got them so clean & sparkly!!! the chrome trim looks really good on the control panels, no pitting at all, that i can see!!!

as for how to remove the agitator, your going to have to reach down into the washtub and grab the agitator by the bottom, with your fingers going underneath the agitator. once you've got a good hold of the bottom of the agitator, give it a strong pull straight up. now, becareful that you don't hit yourself with the top of the agitator when your pulling up on it.

if it doesn't pop up & off easily, you may need to fill the washer with boiling water like i had to. and let it agitate with the HOT water for about 10 or 20 minutes. then, you drain the HOT water out and once the washer is empty, reach down into the washtub and grab hold of the agitator again, with your fingers under the bottom of the agitator and pull up.

keep us updated so that i/we can share in your excitement & enjoyment of your new vintage 806 washer & 808 dryer!!!



Post# 759572 , Reply# 45   5/26/2014 at 02:20 (2,311 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
Removing the agitator...

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Look along the base of the agitator. The 'newer' agitators have a 1/4" set screw. The older ones pop on and off.


Post# 759577 , Reply# 46   5/26/2014 at 02:59 (2,311 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
hey tennblondie78...

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according to your washer's serial number, it was made:
September of 1976.

the dryer's serial number is harder to make out the 2 letters. but it seems it is also from 1976, if the first letter is a Y. but i can't make out the last letter, A or L???

Post# 759600 , Reply# 47   5/26/2014 at 06:52 (2,310 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Great save!


That agitator "should" just pull up. It might take a bit of persuasion. Let me check, I might have the timer dial. It's yours if I have one.

Post# 759604 , Reply# 48   5/26/2014 at 07:43 (2,310 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Wow! Congratulations on your new toys - they look very good. And, looks like they have some fine company in the garage....


Post# 759609 , Reply# 49   5/26/2014 at 08:24 (2,310 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Goatfarmer, Thank you!!! I'm continuously in awe of the people on here. I hope I can pay it forward one day. :)

Pulltostart, you have a good eye... They are roomies with a 1982 Corvette. I got that back in 99. I'll put some pics of it up sometime.

Hippiedoll, The serial number on the dryer is 563634 YU. I knew they were sold in late 1976 based on the dates written on the appliance store stickers, but didn't know the actual manufacture date. Thank you!!

Post# 759652 , Reply# 50   5/26/2014 at 13:51 (2,310 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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it seems that the dryer was also made in september of 1976 too!!


Post# 759662 , Reply# 51   5/26/2014 at 14:39 (2,310 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Very happy for you!

Post# 759693 , Reply# 52   5/26/2014 at 19:13 (2,310 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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YAY Stephanie!!! An amazing dream come true!!!

Post# 759702 , Reply# 53   5/26/2014 at 20:03 (2,310 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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A grand collecting achievement!  :-)

Post# 759704 , Reply# 54   5/26/2014 at 20:12 (2,310 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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I went to Lowes today to get a drain hose, stainless fill hoses and a couple florescent bulbs for them. The young guy that worked in Appliances asked me what my set was. I told him 1976 Maytags. He looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I were serious. I told him yes, to which he replied, "we don't carry anything for anything that old." I told him I would find what I needed without him, and I did. :-) It's a shame for one to be so unprofessional and ignorant.

On a side note, the agitator popped right off!

Post# 759727 , Reply# 55   5/26/2014 at 23:56 (2,310 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
drain hose....

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hey tennblondie78, so you did find a drain hose for your maytag washer??? i am thinking about replacing the hoses on my maytag washer, but i didn't know if i could find them at home depot or where??

Post# 759765 , Reply# 56   5/27/2014 at 07:10 (2,309 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Post# 759766 , Reply# 57   5/27/2014 at 07:10 (2,309 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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I got a 10' one at Lowes, I haven't put it on yet because I'm not to that point yet. I don't think those Maytags take a special one... Someone please let me know if I'm wrong.

Post# 759790 , Reply# 58   5/27/2014 at 12:25 (2,309 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Glad to see you got them home safe and you're happy with them. They cleaned up very nicely. Many times the search is as much fun as the acquisition. It didnt take you near as long as some others search to find what they're looking for.

You never know they just may be the beginning of a collection and the Corvette might need to find other accommodations...

Post# 759792 , Reply# 59   5/27/2014 at 12:41 (2,309 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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The Corvette will always be my pride and joy. :) Now I just gotta get this set finished up and in the laundry room! My laundry room is tiny and very hard to get machines in and out of, so I want to make sure I restore them right before they go back in. I just stand and stare at them sitting in my garage. Is there a way I can trick the washer and fill/run it in my driveway before I put it in the room?

Post# 759798 , Reply# 60   5/27/2014 at 13:39 (2,309 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        

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You can fill it with a garden hose. Just start the washer as normal and it will of course try to fill. Fill it with a garden hose until it satisfies the water level control and it will start to wash. You, of course, can also put a 'Y' connector on your garden hose and attach the two fill hoses to it and the washer will act normally and fill by itself.

Kill two birds with one stone. When it drains, just aim the drain hose at the vette and hose it off... LOL!


Post# 759801 , Reply# 61   5/27/2014 at 14:28 (2,309 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Good idea, Drew... I could wash the Vette and clothes at the same time! Instead of "killing 2 birds with one stone," it would be "washing 2 birds with one hose..."

Bad joke!!

Ducks and runs...

Post# 759806 , Reply# 62   5/27/2014 at 14:52 (2,309 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
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Is this your first 'ducks and runs'?

Not bad at all. I'm proud of you! Ducking and running is an art form around here...


Post# 759822 , Reply# 63   5/27/2014 at 16:28 (2,309 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Although I have seen many other people ducking and running around here, this is my first time. :)

Post# 759849 , Reply# 64   5/27/2014 at 18:16 (2,309 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Glad to hear you got them!

Post# 760032 , Reply# 65   5/28/2014 at 13:53 (2,308 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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A big congrats to you Stephanie for scooping up this 806/808 pair!   They look to be in awesome shape.  


You will be very happy with them!



Post# 760204 , Reply# 66   5/29/2014 at 07:17 (2,307 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Thank you Kevin!! :)

Post# 760206 , Reply# 67   5/29/2014 at 07:25 (2,307 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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One thing to remember when "warshing" in the driveway - you will need a makeshift/temporary standpipe for the drain hose or the tub will drain.


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