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My childhood washer comes home!
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Post# 989895   4/8/2018 at 10:51 (198 days old) by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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How many people can say that they have their childhood washer? Straight out of the trenches,(my parents laundry room) may I present to you..The Whirlpool LDA5800w2. I loved listening to this thing "woo woo" from my room... it stopped draining about a month ago (first issue it has ever had) I suspect the belt is worn as I recall recently be at my dads house and hearing it screach when it went to spin. Have not even looked at it yet..belt is still intact, and everything turns freely..more to come when I tear into it....need you date guru's to decipher the exact date of maufacture..

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Post# 989899 , Reply# 1   4/8/2018 at 11:07 (198 days old) by Revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
Congrats Scott!

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How fun to have the exact same washer directly from your childhood!


I would suspect the no-drain or slow-drain issue is more likely the pump rather than the belt.   Even if the belt was worn or loose and the pump is OK, it would still drain.  That is unless the belt is SO loose you can remove w/o loosening anything.



Post# 989902 , Reply# 2   4/8/2018 at 11:12 (198 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Scott this is the best - Good Luck getting it back in shape - thank you for posting!

Post# 989903 , Reply# 3   4/8/2018 at 11:24 (198 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Instead of woo hoo!! , it's more appropriate for woo woo!!!!. 

Post# 989907 , Reply# 4   4/8/2018 at 11:36 (198 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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MAY 1976......nice machine there......Super18 too!

I had that machine once, I altered it a bit, and used a 4port pump, with the bigger bed-of-nails filter....

Post# 989909 , Reply# 5   4/8/2018 at 11:45 (198 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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congratulation there are 2 washers I remember from my childhood that would be my choice if I ever went vintage 1 its the washer dryer set my mom purchase when she was pregnant with me inglis superb with the brush filter it also had the liqid fabric dispenser mounted on top the agitator brand inglis second was my grandmother inglis liberator washer 5 wash rinse temp push to start pull to stop

Post# 989911 , Reply# 6   4/8/2018 at 11:53 (198 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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Tighten the belt, that often kicks an old pump back into service, and could stop the screeching

Post# 989912 , Reply# 7   4/8/2018 at 12:06 (198 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I am always searching for those firsts. Congratulations.

Post# 989995 , Reply# 8   4/9/2018 at 00:02 (197 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Congratulations on finding your childhood washer. My father's cousin had the same exact model with matching dryer in Harvest Gold.


Post# 990019 , Reply# 9   4/9/2018 at 07:40 (197 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
My Childhood Blackstone 350 Is Out There Somewhere....

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This thread from 2012:

Post# 990041 , Reply# 10   4/9/2018 at 11:21 (197 days old) by newvista58 (Northern NJ)        

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It's great your Dad still had it, and
you were able to take it home. I've
got a lot of vintage from my parents,
but unfortunately, no appliances. They
got all used up and put out to trash.

I think this is a rare situation.
Have a Blast with it.


Post# 990915 , Reply# 11   4/16/2018 at 00:55 (190 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Hi Scott, awesome machine and so cool to bring your past memories back to life! Cheers!

Post# 991013 , Reply# 12   4/16/2018 at 18:38 (190 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Very fortunate and lucky to be able to have your childhood washer. Very, very nice. Would think anyone would be proud to have it. Hope you can get it up and running very soon. I'd be polishing it up.


Post# 991805 , Reply# 13   4/22/2018 at 18:47 (184 days old) by Ducky1029 (New Jersey)        

Your lucky to have it! We had a GE filter flo growing up and Iím sure I was the one who broke it.
I put my sneakers and toys in it and turned it on from what I can remember. I can just kick myself for doing that!

Post# 991926 , Reply# 14   4/23/2018 at 22:57 (182 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That is too cool...
That you got your actual childhood Whirlpool washer from your parents! It's even amazing that they still had the washer after all this time! It was meant to be yours when you got all growed up!

I believe Whirlpool is the first washer I actually remember my mom having. And it was white too, with the black control panel. But I can't remember if it had all knobs or buttons & knobs?

I know that she had an avocado green Hoover twintub, that got traded to her and passed down to aunts along the way, but I don't remember us having the Hoover twintub. When I remember the Hoover twintub, my aunt (who had it after us) was the one who had it and I remember, either her or my grandma, using it at the kitchen sink. I was very young at that time.

Congratulations on getting your childhood Whirlpool. I hope you get it up & running properly, quickly & easily!

Post# 993257 , Reply# 15   5/6/2018 at 07:10 by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
a sad day..

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After some exploration and investigation, I found my poor childhood washer was a mess!! The center post was completely rotted out and leaking onto the baseplate. I honestly dont think there was anything I could do short of getting a donor machine and turning it into a (sorry for the lack of pics, it was just too sad) so I decided to let it go.. it was a tough call but I think it was the right one. After all of this, I decided I needed a "rebound washer" there will be a new thread soon!!

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