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Philco-Bendix Duomatics 1958, 1959 and 1960
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Post# 977475   1/8/2018 at 14:26 (281 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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A big thank you goes out to Ben who was kind enough to lend me the big comprehensive Service manuals to the last large 33" Duomatic and the early 27" compact Combos. I just added both the Ephemera Library...

1958 Philco-Bendix Combination Washer-Dryer Service and Parts Manual
1959-1960 Philco-Bendix Combination Washer-Dryer Service Manual

Post# 977479 , Reply# 1   1/8/2018 at 14:43 (281 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Sweet!  Thank you Ben and thank you Robert!  The 1958 model manual may come in handy this year with a bit of luck....


Post# 977483 , Reply# 2   1/8/2018 at 15:06 (281 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Yay - this is great news! The '58 Duo manual covers a pretty big group of surviving Bendix Duomatics that haven't had original service doctrine available online. While there were electro-mechanical changes (switching relays in the 1953 CCR to a motor start switch in the 1955 CER for the dryer current), outside of the usual control panel and door boot differences, the basics covered in this '58 manual apply across all '53 through '57 electric Bendix and Philco/Bendix Duos.

And, there are some interesting transmission changes made between the '59 models and '60 models if you've never spent much time around either the 33" or the smaller 27" units. It's worth taking a look!


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Post# 977504 , Reply# 3   1/8/2018 at 17:30 (281 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Thank you Robert & Ben.  I enjoyed reading through them all. 

Post# 977529 , Reply# 4   1/8/2018 at 20:15 (281 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
The first Duomatic cabinet

was 36".

Post# 977530 , Reply# 5   1/8/2018 at 20:19 (281 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
58 Duomatic

My 58 the magic heater is hitting the wash cylinder maybe someone can tell me what to do for it.

Post# 977539 , Reply# 6   1/8/2018 at 21:29 (281 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Opps you're right Tom, thank you. I forgot, the Whirlpool combo was 33". I fixed the description on Ephemera.

Post# 977582 , Reply# 7   1/9/2018 at 05:03 (280 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Magic Heater

I'm afraid that doing anything to the heater involves removing the tub back. The heater shape is hard to describe. It fits behind the tub, is curved on the bottom to match the curve of the outer tub and then curves back in to meet near the center to where you see the terminals come out through the back. It is sort of shaped like a big smile.

You might be able to remove the lint strainer/pump protector and use a flexible lighted scope to see if you can see what's hitting. It could be something caught on the heating element and projecting far enough so that the drum is hitting it.

Post# 977590 , Reply# 8   1/9/2018 at 07:10 (280 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Scraping Heater In A Duomatic

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In addition to Toms good suggestions I would disconnect the power leads to the heater if you are still using the machine so it does not short out if the drum wears through the heater sheath.


If the heater is still working you may be able to take the drum back off and reposition and reshape the heater and save it.


John L.

Post# 978505 , Reply# 9   1/15/2018 at 19:55 (274 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I am not using this machine I haven't even plugged it in yet it is in my garage at my future home the hotel costa plente. I was afraid the tub back was going to have to come off and not looking forward to that.It sounds as if the end of a fill hose is dragging on the tub as you turn it.

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