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Post# 49907   11/26/2004 at 11:06 (7,078 days old) by Runematic (southcentral pa)        

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here is a Bendix washer that came into me today.

Post# 49909 , Reply# 1   11/26/2004 at 11:14 (7,078 days old) by Runematic (southcentral pa)        
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Post# 49919 , Reply# 2   11/26/2004 at 12:40 (7,078 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Thankyou for sharing! Some Meguires automotive "cleaner-wax" will do wonders for that, as it looks pretty good even with the dust on it! Have you plugged it in yet? I remember them well, should be fun to play with.

Post# 49923 , Reply# 3   11/26/2004 at 13:15 (7,077 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Cool Bendix--appears to be a later bolt-down model. It looks like it just needs a good cleaning, and does it work?

From the front it looks like a mini-Milnor...LOL

Post# 49925 , Reply# 4   11/26/2004 at 13:23 (7,077 days old) by Runematic (southcentral pa)        

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Westy, I haven't plugged it in yet. Yup, it's a bolt-down model. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to try to clean it up & plug it in.

Post# 49928 , Reply# 5   11/26/2004 at 14:17 (7,077 days old) by compwhiz ()        

How come everyone gets old skool washers and i dont

:stomps feet:

Post# 49933 , Reply# 6   11/26/2004 at 15:10 (7,077 days old) by SactoTeddyBear ()        
Re: Bolt-Down Bendix:

My Parent's had one of these exactly the same Model, when I was a Kid. I used to open the Door while it was running and the Launday and Hot Sudzy Water would pour out onto the Garage Floor. Fortunately, I don't remember getting Burned by the Hot Water, just lucky, I guess!!! They bought it new and had it until the Motor went out and they gave it to some Friends, to put in their Summer Cabin. My Mother had a Friend take her to Sears to buy a new Kenmore Washer. It was around 1955 or 1956 and it had a large Round Timer area on the right side of a molded small rear console-like area, with a Blue Dial and a Pointer, to set the Cycles. It also had Push-Buttons on the left side, for the Water Lever {Low and High} and Water Temp {Hot, Medium, Warm} and it only did a Warm Rinse in those days of Selection. It also had a Full-Size Lid that opened towards the back. I don't remember who has a similar Matched Set on the Club Site, but their Washer Lid opens to the Left Side, with a similar Control Style and Turn Knobs, instead of Push-Buttons.

"Thanks for the Memories"

Peace, Steve

Post# 49942 , Reply# 7   11/26/2004 at 19:33 (7,077 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Real cool - I would love to see a closeup of the timer.
Best of Luck!

Post# 49947 , Reply# 8   11/26/2004 at 21:36 (7,077 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
What a beautiful Jewel in the rough!

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Oh that is real styling! Can't wait to see the polished machine running with a load.

Great find!


Post# 50049 , Reply# 9   11/28/2004 at 17:49 (7,075 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Steve!!! That Kenmore washer your mom bought was the exact same model my aunt had, along with the matching dryer. They bought it from a neighbor when the modern fabrics cycle wouldn't work anymore. I can still smell the inside of that washer--a combination of musty smell and laundry detergent. Glad to know someone has seen this particular machine. I knew I wasn't crazy but no one else I have ever asked had heard of such a Kenmore model.

Post# 50058 , Reply# 10   11/28/2004 at 19:14 (7,075 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
Bobs kenmore

Think it was a special edition or something, nothing in the old catalogues? alr2903. ( kenmore with rear opening lid and frog eye?)

Post# 50077 , Reply# 11   11/28/2004 at 21:35 (7,075 days old) by SactoTeddyBear ()        
Old Kenmore Washer with

Yes, there was one similar to my Parent's Kenmore Washer on one of the Guy's Photo Gallery's. I can't remember which one has it, but theirs has the Rotary Knobs for the Water Level and Water Temp, where my Parent's had Push-Buttons and mine did as well. The Guy's has the Rear Opening Lid, like my Parent's Kenmore had. The Timer Back Cover was Blue Color with a Silver Ring around the outer area and it had a White Plastic Based, Silver Pointer Control Knob, to show the Cycles. I also remember the noise, but can't discribe it, that the older Timer's made when they moved thru the Cycles, instead of being smooth and silent running as they are now. They didn't have the Matched Dryer, they had the 1950 Westinghouse Slanted-Front, with a Solid Black Center, with Westinghouse in White Lettering where the Window would be on the other Model's. It had all Auto Drying, without any Timed and you pulled the Timer Know out to Start the Dryer. The Lint Container was Square and sat on the outside of the Rear of the Dryer and it would "POP" opened to remind you to clean it out, after every Load of Launday. It also had only a High-Heat and unfortunately, it didn't play "How Dry I Am" when it completed the Drying of the Laundry. Later on in 1962, they bought a Hotpoint Dryer to replace the Westinghouse, when the Heating Element went out. I think that Robert has a similar Hotpoint Dryer to the one my Parent's had, except for a slightly different Console, but the same style. The Hotpoint Dryer had a Trap-Door on the Drum, to allow you to open it to clean the outer area between the Inner Drum and the outer Housing and a full-size Lint Screen, behind a separate pull-down Door, below the Drum Opening Door. We all forgot to clean it out once in a while and we would all of a sudden smell the Lint Burning, so we then cleaned the Screen out and started the Dryer again, to complete the Drying.

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