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Could this be a 1979 1-18??
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Post# 49895   11/25/2004 at 22:54 (7,078 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Used with a 1994-1995 MOL GE dryer. I'm still waiting on a picture of the interior, but I've compared the control panels with Greg's 1979 Frigidaire line info and it looks like a BOL '79 GM. Ironically Frigidaire offered one water level/4 temperature selections with this model...LOL. Something you don't see today! It could also be a single speed (not sure if they offered gentle with this version), as well as a Jet Action 16...

I literally jumped up in the air when I saw this, because at first I thought it was a dryer (silly me). Unfortunately this could also be an early WCI model, since WCI kept the control panel for a long time, even on their early plastic tub machines. Until she sends me more information, can any of you help solve this mystery?


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Post# 49899 , Reply# 1   11/25/2004 at 23:19 (7,078 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Hi Austin - this does look like a 1-18 or 1-16. A closer picture of the panel or even just what the panel says along the bottom will tell you for sure.

Post# 49906 , Reply# 2   11/26/2004 at 08:27 (7,078 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

I remember towards the end of the production line, they (GM) were putting the standard "Jet-Action" agitator (from the solid-tub machines) in the 1-16's. I thought that would be kind of cool to see in operation. Maybe this machine is one of them.

Post# 49934 , Reply# 3   11/26/2004 at 15:27 (7,077 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Get the model #,that will tell for sure. Hard to tell from the picture.


Post# 49941 , Reply# 4   11/26/2004 at 19:31 (7,077 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I am usually able to tell from a little closer up. We should all take bets. Let me gamble and say it is the real 1/18 from about 79 or 80. I actually sent the owner a email asking to look for the GM emblem on the console, to determine.

Post# 49948 , Reply# 5   11/26/2004 at 21:43 (7,077 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Way to go Peter

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Now we should be able to tell.

Hey Peter I have a question for you on your LG. Take a peek over to Deluxe!

Post# 49984 , Reply# 6   11/27/2004 at 15:41 (7,076 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The first WCI-Frigidaires had an access panel at the bottom front of the cabinet.

Post# 49986 , Reply# 7   11/27/2004 at 16:44 (7,076 days old) by westytoploader ()        

I'm keeping my fingers crossed...hope it's a GM!!! If it is then it's my first 1-18!! YAY!


Post# 49988 , Reply# 8   11/27/2004 at 17:10 (7,076 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

The dash is not as ornate, but is essentially the same as my 1975 1-18 and I can see the GM symbol on it. Good luck!

Post# 50005 , Reply# 9   11/27/2004 at 19:48 (7,076 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Was browsing around San Francisco Craigslist when I saw an 80's WCI Frigidaire washer. Did this little comparison shown here; now I'm 99.9% sure it's a GM Frigidaire washer. Can't wait to see a picture of the interior to solve this mystery!


Post# 50016 , Reply# 10   11/28/2004 at 06:52 (7,076 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Tell the owner her ad is wrong,that washer is more than 10 years old.Might get it cheper...


Post# 50020 , Reply# 11   11/28/2004 at 09:14 (7,076 days old) by zzzzz ()        

The early WCI "Fraud-gidaire" "1-18" also had lids like the White-Westinghouses of the era with convex front and rear edges (sadly, some with GM-era windows, like one trojan-horse top-of-the-line 1-18 I spotted several years ago). The real GM Frigidaire lids had parallel edges.

Post# 50033 , Reply# 12   11/28/2004 at 11:27 (7,076 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Don't worry Kenny, when she replies I'm going to tell her that I researched it, and this machine is at least 25-30 years old and the design wasn't very reliable (of course we all know this isn't true; as long as you maintain the bellows & DON'T OIL THE ROLLERS--LOL!). With this I could convince her to sell me the dryer only and throw the 1-18 in for free! YAY! The GE dryer, while "plastic-looking" on the outside, still carries the old design (per the control panel; alike to a '94 GE Filter-Flo washer) so I don't have to worry about drum supports wearing if it's gas then that will be a good thing.

I'd still have a WCI Frigidaire if it was window-equipped. The early versions weren't as bad IMHO, with a speckled-porcelain washtub and the Westinghouse rear-mounted recirculating filter. When we move into the "plastic era" (the 80's WCI machine in the comparison had a plastic tub), however, I won't touch one because I know it won't last 1 more day. Even though WCI Frigidaires are still a far cry from the cool GM-made machines, give the earlier versions credit because in the late 80's they REALLY became cheap!

OK, someone slap me ;-)

Post# 50036 , Reply# 13   11/28/2004 at 12:36 (7,076 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

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The WCI Frigidaire machine in the comparison photo was a Franklin style machine with the angel-wing agitator in it, similar to the agitator in Robert's Wizard. You can tell by the lid and the panel on the front.

Post# 50039 , Reply# 14   11/28/2004 at 13:02 (7,075 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Actually this particular machine has a straight-vane agitator. The angel-wing would be a lot more fun though...

Post# 50182 , Reply# 15   11/30/2004 at 08:39 (7,074 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        

So, are you getting anywhere with the 1-18?
I'm almost positive that it is one, as my parents had both the GM version & the later WCI Frigidaire, & they look different outside Jerry

Post# 50190 , Reply# 16   11/30/2004 at 11:55 (7,074 days old) by westytoploader ()        
1-18 Conspiracy

I checked the other day and the ad had been pulled, and I didn't receive ANY response from the seller after I emailed her TWICE. I wonder if she saw my "conspiracy" to convince her that the 1-18 wasn't worth anything, realized she had a collectible washer, and pulled the ad...LOL. However, I anxiously waited on this deal which really makes me mad.

I hope a plastic GE spills its water all over her laundry room someday, but on the positive side I think I found a Filter-Flo in Austin to use all the Mini-Basket stuff that Don sent me. YAY!

Post# 50194 , Reply# 17   11/30/2004 at 12:52 (7,074 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Keep you chin up---there are other 1-18's out there. The next one I find is yours! --Steve

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