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It never ends... now it's the '59 Frigidaire dryer
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Post# 1005215   8/28/2018 at 14:15 (205 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Ever since I got the 59 turquoise Frigidaire set from Greg back in 2015, the dryer has been in almost-continous service and quickly became my 'go-to' dryer in the Ogden Laundry. 

Unfortunately, about a week ago, I tried to dry a load of clothes in it and instead of tumbling normally, the dryer drum made a scraping or dragging sound while trying to turn.  The motor overload tripped fairly shortly thereafter...  

On the weekend, even with all the Filter-Flo excitement, I managed to pull the dryer out to investigate.  Belts and pulleys looked ok from the back and when I slipped the drum drive belt off, the motor and blower seemed run fine. 


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Post# 1005218 , Reply# 1   8/28/2018 at 14:17 (205 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I managed to get the top off (I made sure to mark, photograph, and notarize all the wiring I had to disconnect to do that...) and pull the drum out.  


Now, where could all of that fine white lint at the rear of drum have come from? 

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Post# 1005221 , Reply# 2   8/28/2018 at 14:21 (205 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I think this is culprit.... That drive plate was kinda 'wobbly' when I tried to spin it by hand, so I'm going to guess that the bearing has worn out.  Sheesh, it gave out after only 59 years of service.  I'm going to write those Frigidaire people in Dayton for sure... LOL

Now the search for a replacement begins.  I am pretty sure that Phil has one from a newer model, but I don't have the part numbers to be sure.  Would there be any issue with substituting a newer drive plate and bearing on the 1959 Imperial?   

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Post# 1005224 , Reply# 3   8/28/2018 at 14:52 (205 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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The bearing on the Filtrators is a common-sized bearing. If you pull the bearing and check the numbers online you might get lucky and can find a cross reference out there.


Post# 1005246 , Reply# 4   8/28/2018 at 16:11 (205 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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hang in there I had one do that years ago same thing kind of a bitch I must say

Post# 1023750 , Reply# 5   2/6/2019 at 10:21 by sfh074 ( )        
Here is a pic ......

of the toasted bearing in question. Looks like it has seen better days. Dried out and galling set in.

Anyone have one of these in better condition?

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Post# 1023758 , Reply# 6   2/6/2019 at 11:24 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
You have as bad a luck

with dryers as I do with stoves,,lol

Post# 1023760 , Reply# 7   2/6/2019 at 11:36 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1959 FD Vented Dryer

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Hi paul, I don't think I have the parts you need for this one, a machinist could easily rebuild that shaft and rear bearing.


FD vented dryers in the 50s had lots of problems [ good thing they didn't try making a gas one, LOL ] even by the mid 70s I could count on one hand the number I ever saw still in use in customers homes.


They suffered from heater problems, bad wiring, loose blowers, bad motor bearings and front and rear drum bearing wear problems, when you get it rebuilt I would not use this one much.


John L.

Post# 1023767 , Reply# 8   2/6/2019 at 13:09 by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
did you check the in dryer fusebox

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Paul did you check the inside dryer fusebox to see if the dryer drum turns or do it light up but drum not turning and controls are on?

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