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Frigidaire Pulsators - "Energy Rings"
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Post# 998985   7/1/2018 at 11:00 by sfh074 ( )        

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Moving this thread from Shopper to Imperial upon suggestions to do so.
I started it in Shopper to ask for old pulsators but it morphed into the work I have been doing with the pulsators. To date I have recreated the 56-64 pulsator reusing the metal flange out of old pulsators, (reason I'm asking for old ones).  

#1 is an original Frigidaire pulsator. 
#2 is my copy reusing the original metal flange. Finally worked out the correct color, sheen and rubber firmness. 
And I'm still looking for old, worn out pulsators. If you have any, please let me know. 


Post# 998986 , Reply# 1   7/1/2018 at 11:02 by sfh074 ( )        
Differences in pulsators

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Ben sent me an email explaining the pulsator differences awhile back. I'll copy it here for AW posterity.

“Bud, here's the scoop on the 1947-1951 and 1952-1954 pulsators.

The 47-51 pulsators are a three piece assembly - an upper aluminum top, rubber ring, and an aluminum cup on the bottom, and all three pieces come apart as separate items. I do have one but at the moment it's up in Minnesota at a friends house. The black rubber ring (5433557) is the same black and sheen as the later black caps. It seems the black rings survived but they are susceptible to cupping along the edges.

In 1952 when GM introduced the WO-65-2, they created the first one piece pulsator - 5417486. This can be used on the 1949 WL-64 with the "modernized" tub, which is the same tub as the WO-65 and WO-65-2.

And, in 1955 GM redesigned the base of the tub which required the new 5432199 pulsator we all know and love. The redesigned tubs have a taller base/pulsator, so if you try to use a 5432199 in a WO-65 machine the pulsator will slam against the bottom of the tub, and the 5417486 doesn't come down far enough on the later machines to properly move clothes.

It seems mostly that folks run into issues trying to find the later black version of the 5432199 for the 1955 WV-65 or a grey 5432199 for the '56-'64 machines.”

This post was last edited 07/01/2018 at 11:35
Post# 998987 , Reply# 2   7/1/2018 at 11:25 by sfh074 ( )        

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Maybe this would be a good time to take a poll to get a barometer reading on the number of people who would like to have a new 52-54, 5417486 pulsator?

If everyone who wants/needs this pulsator, please chime in so I can get an idea of the actual number.

Bud - Atlanta

update: 4 people chimed in and 8 wanted so far.

Post# 999182 , Reply# 3   7/3/2018 at 11:05 by golittlesport (California)        

nice work on those energy rings!

Post# 999684 , Reply# 4   7/8/2018 at 07:37 by frigidareu (Brunswick, Ohio)        

I'm interested in purchasing one of these pulsators that will fit my '63 Multimatic. How do I get in touch with you?

Post# 999687 , Reply# 5   7/8/2018 at 08:34 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very nice work!

I would sign up for a couple of the 52-54 pulsators/energy ring. ( mentioned this in the other thread but will get it in here too.)

Post# 999700 , Reply# 6   7/8/2018 at 11:45 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I'm wondering if you would consider manufacturing some of the old rubber filter-pan mounts that were used on most of the Solid-Tub early Filter-Flo's? I have at least one that I could send you to use as a model. They were grey, pink, and turquoise. The early Filter-Flo flumes also would be wonderful too because so many of them needed to be replaced.

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Post# 999701 , Reply# 7   7/8/2018 at 12:02 by sfh074 ( )        
Baja, I'm interested BUT ......

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There's always a "but"!

I would be interested in making a part that people would need the most. A part that a lot of people would chime in saying they need one as well. I worry about making molds of parts that would not be used often. The mold material is very expensive and would require people buying the part to recoup the $$ it takes to make the mold.

Maybe a good time for people to chime in and vote on parts that are NLA and needed the most??

Bud - Atlanta

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