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Post# 862600   1/18/2016 at 16:03 (976 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        

I Found this Westinghouse "D 1000" at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in East Ridge, TN. I first saw it at Christmas & when I returned this weekend it was still there, so I bought it for $20.00! The guy at the S.A. said the donor told him that the machine operated but after looking inside, after getting it home to SC, it just looks like a fire waiting to happen! It looks like the "time line" system is beat up but I have not investigated under the hood to get a really close look. I have no idea why the previous owner would have spliced the power cord the way he did but it look kind of scary (it is in the trash now). But, on a positive note, the lint filter mechanism is still in tact!

I will be needing suggestions on where to start (after cleaning) like what does an intact time-line mechanism actually look like. I assume the timer mechanism & Cycle mechanism are going to be challenging. All advise will be appreciated.

I have not checked to see if there is an Operating Manual or a Repair Manual available but will check the sit for either or both.

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Post# 862604 , Reply# 1   1/18/2016 at 16:29 (976 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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You scored, one of the coolest looking machines I've seen on here for awhile.

Here's a thread I found on a similar looking machine:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Stricklybojack's LINK

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Post# 862607 , Reply# 2   1/18/2016 at 16:37 (976 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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I Love Lucy TV spot on Youtube:

And here is a vintage ad on EBay.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Stricklybojack's LINK on eBay

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Post# 862611 , Reply# 3   1/18/2016 at 17:13 (976 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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it looks like you got that 3 minutes before the fire!
And it looks like a very cool machine, great find.

Post# 862614 , Reply# 4   1/18/2016 at 17:24 (976 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
D 1000

Thanks. I am going to vacuum it out & plug her in to see what happens.

Post# 862660 , Reply# 5   1/18/2016 at 20:02 (976 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Very cool! So are we guessing it's approximately a 1959 vintage? Hope it "fires" up just fine with no fire!

Post# 862706 , Reply# 6   1/18/2016 at 22:24 (976 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Yes, we'll hope that your fire breather has an ignitor issue.  We don't want any problems. 


This looks so cool.  What a great find, and what a great story, too!

Post# 865255 , Reply# 7   2/2/2016 at 21:03 (961 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        

Well, here is an update. When I opened the back you can see all of the lint, so I vacuumed that out. I then decided to unscrew the back legs which was a bad idea as I sheared off the back leg by the motor. So, I will have to finagle a way to get it unscrewed otherwise. Then I actually plugged it in & the light worked! I then tried to see if it would run. After a few tries it started to run on some of the cycles. On "Regular" & "Fine Fabrics" the dryer operated just fine, however, on "Air Fluff", "Wrinkle Remover" & "Wash & Wear" it would only run when I had the Start Button pushed. When I let the button go it would turn off.

I took the front panels off to look inside & turned it on again & found out where the Heating Element is located & it worked, too! Not sure if the thermostats are working but I will figure it out.

I really want to break it completely down & wash and clean every part but am a little anxious about forgetting where all the parts go. Then de-rust, paint and put it all back together. I am guessing at some point I need to look at the timer to see if it operates. I am not sure what to attack first but I will figure it out.

Hope the pictures are clear!

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