Thread Number: 74008  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
Is anyone making new centerposts for 1980s Kenmore 80 belt drive washers?
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Post# 977839   1/11/2018 at 03:24 (283 days old) by wazzabie (USA)        

Is anyone making new centerposts for Kenmore belt drive washers? Is the original centerpost riveted or welded to the base plate?

Post# 977849 , Reply# 1   1/11/2018 at 06:26 (283 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
You'd need the tooling or

at least the engineering blue prints. Do you mean the agitator shaft, wash basket post, or the spin tube?
The base plate, or superstructure is a heavy stamped piece. The center post is integral with the inner tub basket. The outer tub mounts to the base plate, and is supported by three beefy suspension rods anchored to the top of the cabinet with three rubber ball snubbers, two at the front, one rear center. The spin tube is of turned, hardened, and polished high quality steel, like a front drive car drive axle.
The transmission and motor mount on the underside of the base plate. The agitator shaft and spin tube run up through the wash basket. Oilite bearings ride between them of course. The clutch is at the base of the spin tube below the base plate.

Post# 977854 , Reply# 2   1/11/2018 at 07:21 (283 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Someone had amachine shop fabricate a new centerpost and thread the baseplate mount for it, if I recall correctly.

There has also been mention of attaching (welding) a stainless steel sleeve over the existing centerpost.

Post# 977900 , Reply# 3   1/11/2018 at 15:12 (283 days old) by arris (Rochester New York)        
New Centerpost

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I have had two installed by a machine shop near me.... I'm at work currently but can send you some pictures of the ones I had done.... shoot me an Email at some point and I can send the pics to you're E-mail...Jim

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