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Post# 805659   1/24/2015 at 08:01 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I finished the 806 set the Drew gave  me last spring. I finished the dryer early last summer and the washer last fall. Bear with me while I post. Thanks. smile


1: Bushing in spider that holds drum shaft. Wick removed for cleaning.

3: Wick removed, cleaned in kerosene and mashed between paper towels to dry.

4: Wick reinstalled.

5: New "O" rings installed in front of both bushings and area soaked with turbine oil.

6: Drum reinstalled in spider and fiber washers and snap rings reinstalled.


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Post# 805661 , Reply# 1   1/24/2015 at 08:14 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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1: Info on paint can states it cures completely when heat is applied.

2: Insulators, stand offs and thermostats from drum cover.


I had to do part of this work in my living room because the garage wasn't cleaned out yet.

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Post# 805663 , Reply# 2   1/24/2015 at 08:20 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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Post# 805665 , Reply# 3   1/24/2015 at 08:33 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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13: I had to test it in the hallway because the other dryer was still hooked up. Fine work shop, eh?

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Post# 805670 , Reply# 4   1/24/2015 at 09:16 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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On to the washer.


4: Thought I'd better make another diagram. This machine has a few more wires than the 1979 model, plus I'm gonna do a modification. 

5: The escapement's in good condition. Just a bit of wear on the torsion spring gear. But that's normal. I've seen much worse.  

6: Kerosene bath.

7: Parts collecting in my good dishes!

14: Thought I'd open this up to see what's inside. There was a staple stuck in the rubber impeller.

16: The tub clamp cleaned up nicely.


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Post# 805675 , Reply# 5   1/24/2015 at 09:56 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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2: Maytag rubber part stew, anyone? Yum.

3: Thought I'd take apart the brake and clean it. I used these parts to do it. It needed some cleaning and I discovered it needed a new

    brake spring when I was in there. Luckily I had a new one. The tub wouldn't brake and would index during agitation, so I knew that

    was it. I hadn't done this before and it was interesting. James Pate did this a year or two ago and used a roller bearing between the

    washers to help with unscrewing the brake. I just used grease and more pressure since I didn't have a bearing handy.

5: I have quite a few of these gaskets.  If any of you want to take your brake apart let me know. I can spare several.

9: I dropped this ballast on the concrete and of course it landed upside down and broke the little wire coming from the winding to one

    of the terminals. I glued the terminal board down, placed a thin piece of cardboard under the broken wire, scrapped the varnish off   the wire, placed the two broken pieces close together and put a tiny drop of solder on them    and then covered the area in epoxy. I got

    continuity again, so it still works. See the little grey bump on the lower left-hand side? That's were the repair is.

12: Hydrochloric fumes, anyone?

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Post# 805686 , Reply# 6   1/24/2015 at 11:12 (1,335 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Looks great!

Post# 805687 , Reply# 7   1/24/2015 at 11:13 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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1: Pinion gear has very little wear. All of the machine is like that. Wonder why?

    The grey coating is POR-15.

13: I marked the tub with an orange wax pencil so I could put it back in the way it came out. It's centered with the counter

      balance weight.

19: Is the switch I installed to pause the timer motor.


The damper pads got replaced too, of course. I forgot to put that picture in.

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Post# 805688 , Reply# 8   1/24/2015 at 11:15 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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Thanks, Kenny. This is kinda trying my patients. My pics are scattered around and it's taking forever. Sorry everyone. Getting close to being done.

Post# 805695 , Reply# 9   1/24/2015 at 11:45 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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1:  A convenient hole to run the wires for the added switch.

2 - 4: Coming back together.

5:  Checking tub cover height.

6:  First electric check.

Finished pair and some decorating.

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Post# 805698 , Reply# 10   1/24/2015 at 11:52 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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That's not potato salad on that shelf.

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Post# 805705 , Reply# 11   1/24/2015 at 12:15 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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A video of me doing a test run in the garage last fall. Thanks for your patients. I'm getting fatigued and it's showing. I'm washing the rags I used working on the machine in the video. That's where all the grease is coming from.  Cool machines, Drew. I'm glad I didn't part them.


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Post# 805716 , Reply# 12   1/24/2015 at 12:53 (1,335 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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Brian - Your attention to even the littlest details is inspiring. Your efforts here perfectly illustrate the old saying that anything worth doing is worth doing right. And while I'm at it, thanks for taking the time to provide all of this excellent documentation. Very nicely done!

Post# 805718 , Reply# 13   1/24/2015 at 13:00 (1,335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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Thanks, David. I think making the post was harder than doing the restore. lol. I don't think I was prepared. I got the idea of painting the concrete rim from you.

Post# 805736 , Reply# 14   1/24/2015 at 15:00 (1,335 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Holy Cow!

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What a beautiful pair and a wonderful restoration!  Way to go, Brian.


BTW, doesn't everyone keep their potato salad in the laundry room?



Post# 805746 , Reply# 15   1/24/2015 at 15:25 (1,335 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Brian, what a beautiful job! Your posts taught me so much about these awesome machines. Thank you for sharing!

Post# 805761 , Reply# 16   1/24/2015 at 16:50 (1,335 days old) by sel8207 (naples, florida 34117)        
how to mark tube with counter balance weight

Questions about how you marked tub with orange marker to line up with counter balance weight? This is just before you pull it out of the outer tub? It must line up with weight? What happens if it's pulled out without being marked and it's put back in, in a different place than it originally was? Would this cause vibration? Les.

Post# 805802 , Reply# 17   1/24/2015 at 21:34 (1,335 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Is there onion in your potato salad?

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Excellent work and tireless attention to detail!  Very good post, it was fun following along.


We need to get together again soon - it's been too long since your stop-by on the way to Drew's.


Enjoy your new set, they're beautiful.

Post# 805846 , Reply# 18   1/24/2015 at 23:59 (1,335 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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Brian, are you sure those are the same machines? Holy Moly! Another orphaned set finds the best home ever! I'm glad you didn't part them out either. Awesome job and perfect documentation of it. Enjoy them in good health, Brother!


Post# 806123 , Reply# 19   1/26/2015 at 13:23 (1,333 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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awesome restoration job on that 806 set there beekeyknee!!!
they look brand new. you really outdid yourself on that set there.



Post# 806153 , Reply# 20   1/26/2015 at 17:29 (1,333 days old) by JWPATE ()        

Brian, this restoration looks to be a new standard for excellence.  Just a wonderful job all around, and it has been a delightful afternoon just looking through the photos and admiring the outcome.


Best wishes



Post# 806253 , Reply# 21   1/27/2015 at 09:45 (1,332 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Blown Away

Not sure what impresses me more - your tenacious passion for quality, the educational content of your tutorials, the wealth of documentation and pictures or your humility in presentation? Words cannot express my appreciation for all that you've embraced in this display of "Maytagism"!

The pleasure of meeting you last Fall in KC was great. Look forward to another opportunity to pick your genious brain!


Post# 984040 , Reply# 22   2/23/2018 at 22:14 (209 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I wasn't completely satisfied with my restoration from 2015 so I decided to make some changes. This started last summer and I just made my final tweak today. I'll try to keep this as concise as possible as to not bore anyone.

1. Had outer tub powder coated. They didn't have extra dark blue so I had them do it in black.

2. I had a NOS agitator drive shaft so I installed it in the upper transmission half and replaced the trans. oil with real Maytag oil. It's a bit thicker and machine runs quieter.

3. Took out the rubber injector tube and replaced it with a barbed plastic connector. Also removed the little rubber restrictor from the water valve. Water just dumps in now. I like the way it works.

4. Soaked some of the rubber parts that were hard in a wintergreen oil/91% alcohol mixture (one part wg>2 or 3ish parts alcohol) for about a month. Works pretty well. Started putting machine back together.

5. Over the holidays, while at my parent's house, I found an older New Generation machine for sale on CL with the two piece, baffled Powerfin agitator. It may have been a 606. Not sure. Just wanted the agitator out of it. The whole machine was only $45.00. It popped right out with a few tugs. That's the third time I've encountered a baffled agitator and they all came out easily. Seems like an unusual string of good luck, according to what I've heard others say. I fear my luck will be running out. This is the first time I've had one of these apart. I found an "O" ring in the top of the baffle where it fits around the spline. It seems this "O" ring is what creates the seal that keeps the air bubble under the agitator and water away from the spline. The "O" ring in this agitator was beginning to fail, as it had hairline cracks in it. There was actually room for two "O" rings in the top of this baffle and I felt two distinct "pops" or "snaps" as I pushed the baffle back into place in the agitator and I can see a good fit on the bottom ring around the spline. These pieces went together well, felt solid going together and I believe there will be good integrity to maintain an air pocket underneath the agitator. I don't remember anyone addressing the "O" ring before in any other post and I can see now that this part is important. Did I just miss that somewhere?

6. This is the adjustable cool down thermostat that I and others have mentioned before. This addition makes a so - so dryer into a really great one, IMO. Clothes come out pretty cool (about body temperature or lower), with no static on most fabrics and with a lot less lint. I've noticed more lint on the filter with the longer cool down time. I don't know why. Maybe fabrics release more lint when cool? Fabrics seem to be more fluffy too. I think I set the thermostat at around 90 or 95 degrees. Was going to write it down while it was open and forgot. The temperature in the house runs between the upper 60's and lower 70's and the dryer runs for about 10 min. after the bell rings. I glance at the clock and add 10 min. before collecting the clothes.


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Post# 984044 , Reply# 23   2/23/2018 at 22:40 (209 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Ye haw!
I sold my 806 suds saver set to someone here who is now moving on from the Maytag brand and will presumably be selling them as well.
I hope they find their way to someone like you, your work is fantastic and they need the attention.

Post# 984045 , Reply# 24   2/23/2018 at 22:44 (209 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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7. Took a page out of Mark's (kenmore71) book and added a light in the console to let me know when the element is on. He used a blue light behind the gas logo, so I decided to use orange neon behind the Maytag logo. I soldered two neons together in parallel, heat shrinked the legs on the lamps and then heat shrinked the whole thing. I connected it to both sides of the element where the ceramic poles are on the reflector. Used a ring terminal on the end of the wires where they connect to the poles.

8. Did a little extra cleaning and oiling while I was in there, especially on that idler pulley.

9. Last I scanned the schematic and caution label, downloaded it on to a USB stick, took it to Staples and had it printed and laminated. Soon I will open the washer, spray the back of the laminates with photo mount adhesive and stick them on the front of the tub.

That's it.

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Post# 984053 , Reply# 25   2/24/2018 at 01:17 (209 days old) by Restorer (Honolulu)        

What a awesome job you did. What about the cabinet did you paint that yourself? I'm having the hardest time doing my Whirlpool DD its not coming out the way i want it to. Like you it has to be done better then when it was new. Thanks for the help and information

Post# 984159 , Reply# 26   2/24/2018 at 15:59 (208 days old) by Tazz (western massachusetts)        

I know they're gold but I'm green with envy... Beautiful

Post# 984216 , Reply# 27   2/25/2018 at 06:25 (208 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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That's an awesome job!  If I could make a living doing it I'd have a shop working on old washers, dryers, and dishwashers.  It's therapy for me to tinker with stuff.

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