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Thor Automagic in Dorchester MA
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Post# 759354   5/24/2014 at 21:05 (2,310 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        

This looks very interesting. Thor Automagic washer or dishwasher? or both?
What do you know about it?

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Post# 759356 , Reply# 1   5/24/2014 at 21:35 (2,310 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
How Wonderfully Cool! I Want It!

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Thor "Automagic" was both a washing machine and dishwasher. IIRC our Fearless Leader or maybe it is another member has or had one.

The Hurley corporation already busy coming up with designs for cramped pre and post WWII living such as the fold down for storage Thor "GladIron"; decided a combination dishwasher and washing machine would be just what housewives wanted.

Sadly for the Hurley company many housewives upon hearing of a machine that washed dishes and laundry (including infant's diapers) in the same machine gave a collective "ewwwwwwwwwwwwww", that is nasty", and sales never really took off.

Units were sold in the UK and Oz for certain, with perhaps other places under license as well.

If one was not pushed space wise would be sorely tempted!


Post# 759358 , Reply# 2   5/24/2014 at 21:38 (2,310 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Here is a thread from 2013 showing a group of the lads working on a Thor "Automagic" unit on their side of the pond.


Post# 759360 , Reply# 3   5/24/2014 at 21:45 (2,310 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        

Thank you Laundress! That was a lot of info and I appreciate the time it took. What a cool machine. But imagine how small the "Johnny come home from the war" boxes were (we had one I know) and to have that in the kitchen, have to dismantle the tub (where did it go? hopefully there was a service porch?) and re-assemble it. Not every housewives dream, right? But then, it was after the war and you could sell ANYTHING I hear!
If nothing else, hopefully it was a good washer?
The glass window on top is my favorite part!

Post# 759362 , Reply# 4   5/24/2014 at 21:49 (2,310 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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There are plenty of links both in the group and on the Internet that speak to this machine.

Have an owner's manual for Thor Gladiron (after owning two units that have both long since bit the dust), and IIRC the dishwasher rack lifts out as does the tub that hold laundry. You simply swap between one or the other. Hurley makes it clear in their advertising and owner's manuals that at no time does water from laundry come into contact with dishes, and vice versa. Being as that may consumers still wouldn't touch the thing with a barge pole and production didn't last very long.

Post# 759370 , Reply# 5   5/24/2014 at 22:11 (2,310 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
Thor Gladiron?

You had a Gladiron? I still have one! I would love to have the snap-in shelves for mine. Works fine as is though. It was my first mangle. Beats dragging around the Ironrite #95!!

Post# 759375 , Reply# 6   5/24/2014 at 22:24 (2,310 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Do Youse Mean Those Metal Shelves (Wings)?

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Oh I saved those, am not *THAT* stupid! *LOL*

Have both sets from each of my Thor GladIrons, as one figured sooner or later would purchase a third. But then the only person one knows who worked on the things, Mike Arnold in upstate NY passed, and figured that was that.

IIRC have one or two of the printed card board roller covers as well.

Post# 759382 , Reply# 7   5/24/2014 at 22:43 (2,310 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
Metal Wings or Shelves

Ok. It sounds like we need to introduce all these parts and pieces to one another. Do you need a Thor ironer to go with your wings? with the cardboard cover on it? OR would you like to sell a set of your wings for MY ironer??? LOL!!
Seriously, I understand holding on to them, they are so rare. Since you know what they are, would you keep a look out for a set for me?

Post# 759412 , Reply# 8   5/25/2014 at 05:47 (2,309 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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I picked up the Thor yesterday in Dorchester. It was on third floor. Not an easy retrieval!

More details to follow.


Post# 759459 , Reply# 9   5/25/2014 at 16:43 (2,309 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Thor GladIron Wings

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You got me wrong, have *two* sets (four) of those side wings.

No, don't think I need another ironer around here (have three already), but am open to do a deal to sell on one of the Gladiron shelf sets. If interested drop me message via the group.

Post# 759461 , Reply# 10   5/25/2014 at 16:51 (2,309 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Oh, c'mon, Laundress, you can never have enough! Hell, this is my third Thor Automagic -- yeah, time to sell one or two.


Post# 759462 , Reply# 11   5/25/2014 at 16:55 (2,309 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
From the pictures seeing the state of that apartment

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You are more dedicated to collecting than I to fetch the thing much less get it down three flights of stairs. I'd want danger money and probably have had a tetanus shot first. *LOL*

Thor Gladirons do not ship well if not properly crated/packed. The base is cast iron and will snap apart especially at the area surrounding the huge spring. Know this from experience as it happened to both units I owned at one time or another.

First arrived damaged (via UPS) but managed to find a local welder to make the repair. That unit died and like a fool purchased another that also soon died but found Mike Arnold in upstate NY to make the repair. Unit shipped to him fine and but upon the trip downstate (via UPS again both ways) it also was damaged. UPS covered the damage and *think* either Mr. Arnold had another base and swapped, or had it welded. Either way that unit soon died and that was it for me as far as Gladirons are concerned.

Post# 759471 , Reply# 12   5/25/2014 at 18:31 (2,309 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Oh ROn

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did it have both tubs when you picked it up?



Post# 759472 , Reply# 13   5/25/2014 at 18:37 (2,309 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
I was on my way to get the Thor...

But since you got it, I dont have to make the drive! Just kidding. Seriously, glad you got it. I would have been killed if I brought it home. Please keep us updated on how is works, if it works etc etc.
Glad I could find it a forever home.

Post# 759495 , Reply# 14   5/25/2014 at 20:51 (2,309 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Jon: Unfortunately, no dishwasher attachment -- but I was hoping. Someday I will find it!

The house was definitely a trip! It wasn't filthy, just very old. The kitchen that the Thor was located in had the really old fashioned cast iron stove. In addition there was a great '50's refrigerator there, too.

The woman that I dealt with on the machine told me pretty much everything that was left in the house was for sale. I was able to get an aluminum Christmas tree and some vintage ornaments. There was also a great Kenmore Wringer washer in the house, too, that she wanted to sell me, but I just didn't have room in my Jeep for both the Thor and the wringer.

The Thor, itself, was, of course, dirty, but is cleaning up nicely. It spins, but doesn't agitate. I have a feeling something is stuck. Need to consult my service manuals. Not even sure I'm going to keep it.

Will try to post some pictures soon.


Post# 759506 , Reply# 15   5/25/2014 at 21:28 (2,309 days old) by Travis ()        


That's great you got it. I would have loved to see the house. I love not knowing what else you might find!

Post# 759515 , Reply# 16   5/25/2014 at 22:30 (2,309 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Cast Iron Range In Kitchen

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You mean like the one shown here?

Post# 759538 , Reply# 17   5/26/2014 at 00:10 (2,309 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
Contact Laundress

Laundress…How do I contact you thru the "group"?
Thx Packardmanken

Post# 759542 , Reply# 18   5/26/2014 at 00:18 (2,309 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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There should be an "E" next to one's name.

Post# 759588 , Reply# 19   5/26/2014 at 05:20 (2,308 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Yes, the stove was very similar to the one in the commercial, but I believe even older!


Post# 759598 , Reply# 20   5/26/2014 at 06:49 (2,308 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Congratulations on another "Thor" Ron, it looks a classic styling with the badges and the lower control panel...the one dishwasher basket we managed to find on this side of the pond is being blasted and coated ready for a meet in the summer!!

Post# 759599 , Reply# 21   5/26/2014 at 06:51 (2,308 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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The the later 60`s model with sleeker cabinet and control fascia

Post# 759705 , Reply# 22   5/26/2014 at 20:21 (2,308 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Great videos, ChesterMike!

Post# 759763 , Reply# 23   5/27/2014 at 06:48 (2,307 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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it looked like it had a window lid? Is that the case?


I have never seen a glass lid on a Thor.


Post# 759771 , Reply# 24   5/27/2014 at 07:59 (2,307 days old) by KENMORE58 (Rhode Island)        

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I thought the same thing when I first saw the picture. The European model Thor has a round glass window in the top. I believe what we both saw in this picture was a rubber dish drain mat that someone had put on top of the machine, given it was next to the kitchen sink.

The seller has also posted on Craigslist the Kenmore wringer washer that was also located in the house. She's asking $150. Wasn't able to try it out due to problems with the electricity in the house.


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