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Post# 993263   5/6/2018 at 08:18 by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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After finding out my childhood washer was beyond repair :0( I decided I needed a "rebound washer" to make me feel a little better..(great excuse right?) So after a little stroll through "Shopper's Square" I found a CL ad for a free WP on the Cape. (Thank you Laundress for posting this!) I contacted the "seller" and he said he'd had someone else interested in it but he would let me know if anything changed. Well much to my surprise, he sent me another message saying it was still available. So.. Saturday morning I dragged poor hubby out of bed, hopped in the trusty little Sonoma, and drove 112 miles from here to North Truro Ma. I almost passed out when I saw it! the CL ad pic was good, but did not do it justice! what a beauty! The very nice gentleman had pulled it out of a summer cottage he was working on, and just couldn't toss it. All of these pics are pre-clean up. I will post a video soon! Model #LVA5560E1, Serial# J00970105

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Post# 993265 , Reply# 1   5/6/2018 at 08:28 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Beautiful condition.  Congratulations! 

Post# 993267 , Reply# 2   5/6/2018 at 08:40 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that is freakin beautiful!

and a magicmix to boot!

Post# 993268 , Reply# 3   5/6/2018 at 08:53 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Very Nice Condition WP Washer

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Congratulations Scott, This washer would have been assembled on the 9th week of 1970 in the old St Joseph Michigan factory. WP washers were getting pretty good by the late 60s and often had very few problems for years.


This looks to be a very light use machine and it may work well for quite a while without doing much to it, however there a a few areas that should be oiled [ clutch pulley and water pump bearing & cam bars greased ], and if you want to tear into it a little we would always pull the inner basket and replace the top spin tube seal and oil the center-post bearings.  You can also deal with any rusted places in the outer [ if any ] much more easily before the machine begins to leak.


WE used to get a lot of low use machines in like this that we would resell and we found out the hard way if we did not do some preventive maintenance on them and just sold them that when they went into regular use they often only lasted a few years before the main bearings were failing from water getting into the center-post area.


John L.

Post# 993271 , Reply# 4   5/6/2018 at 09:09 by peteski50 (New York)        

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Wow Scott this is such a Great catch
Many Congratulations and Best Of Luck
Thanks for posting pictures!

Post# 993274 , Reply# 5   5/6/2018 at 10:18 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Beautiful machine - quite a catch. It's almost heartwarming how many "sellers" hold on to these older machines for a good home. Several of my units came from people who didn't have the heart to throw such beautiful appliances out.

Thanks also to John L. for his tips on washer care.

Post# 993281 , Reply# 6   5/6/2018 at 11:03 by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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Congratulation for this great find now all you need is the matching dryer to have a match set looking at the closeup of the dial it also reminded me of the washer from my childhood an inglis superb washer with the brush lint filter and same 4 cycles

Post# 993282 , Reply# 7   5/6/2018 at 11:09 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Yay! Glad you could save it Scott!

Post# 993287 , Reply# 8   5/6/2018 at 12:28 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Beautiful colour! Nice machine and congratulations on saving it!

Post# 993289 , Reply# 9   5/6/2018 at 12:35 by appnut (TX)        

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Congratulations Scott.  I was sorry to see youir childhood washer was beyond saving.  I was hoping you'd get this one.  At least you still have all the paperwork from your childhood washer. 

Post# 993299 , Reply# 10   5/6/2018 at 14:32 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I wouldnt trade that

For 3 of anything new!

Post# 993301 , Reply# 11   5/6/2018 at 14:57 by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
Hot wash

Hot Wash with Warm Rinse, those were the days. I love Cottage washers that got infrequent use.

Post# 993314 , Reply# 12   5/6/2018 at 16:37 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Do I spy with my little eye

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Is that the rare "blue" WP surgilator in that tub?

Post# 993316 , Reply# 13   5/6/2018 at 16:52 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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CONGRATULATIONS on such a great find!
I'm doing the happy dance for you


Post# 993325 , Reply# 14   5/6/2018 at 18:28 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
Rare blue WP agitator

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bajaespuma, good eye! I actually had to take it out to make sure..but, yes you are correct! It does have a blue agitator

Post# 993338 , Reply# 15   5/6/2018 at 21:53 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Hey Scott, thatís an awesome score!! Beautiful, reliable machine. Great save!

Post# 993349 , Reply# 16   5/7/2018 at 00:18 by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Congratulations on your new find. Although not your childhood washer, this is quite the consolation prize. Best of luck and enjoyment with it.

Have a good one,

Post# 993369 , Reply# 17   5/7/2018 at 06:40 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Congrats on your great new washer. I grew up with coppertone appliances and got very tired of the color, but it's growing on me again. Hope you enjoy it, it's a great washer.

Post# 993449 , Reply# 18   5/7/2018 at 18:37 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Very nice washer! One of my neighbors had one that looked a great deal like yours, except in White.

Post# 993680 , Reply# 19   5/9/2018 at 20:25 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
1970 WP Super Wash wash cycle

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Post# 993683 , Reply# 20   5/9/2018 at 20:32 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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here is the link to the fabric sofner dispenser if you went one for your washer

Post# 993684 , Reply# 21   5/9/2018 at 20:45 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
1970 WP Super Wash low speed spin

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Microphone on my phone is poor, machine is much quieter than it sounds. Surface rust on base plate looks worse as well

Post# 993687 , Reply# 22   5/9/2018 at 21:01 by peteski50 (New York)        

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Scott thank you for posting - Great washer - it seems to be quieter than usual from viewing the video - seems to be in really great shape!

Post# 993807 , Reply# 23   5/10/2018 at 17:13 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Great washing action video!
Thanks for sharing!
It looks to be in really great condition!

Post# 993810 , Reply# 24   5/10/2018 at 17:29 by appnut (TX)        

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Scott, thank you for the video.  I almost cried.  Just watching brought back so many memories of Kenmores with the waterfall lint filter--and there were a number in the first 10 years of my life before the self-cleaning filters became more common on WP & Kenmore models. 

Post# 993871 , Reply# 25   5/11/2018 at 12:38 by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Love that color

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What a nice find Scott! Enjoy !

Post# 993874 , Reply# 26   5/11/2018 at 12:53 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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would it be possible to see the washer do a full cycle from fill of main wash to final spin?

Post# 993921 , Reply# 27   5/11/2018 at 22:10 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
WP Super Wash High speed spin

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I didn't realize i had gotten this one too. Again, microphone is poor on my phone..machine is much quieter than it sounds


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