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Leon's 'Laundry barn': progress to date....
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Post# 1017386   12/8/2018 at 20:18 (190 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Hi everyone.

As many of you know, I had a shed built specifically to hold the collection late last year.

Kevin asked how progress was going, so thought I'd show progress to date. Plumbing and electrical were completed in August but it's still a work in progress: I'm waiting for the builder to come back and build shelving around the perimeter of the shed so I can display my fan collection and all the other laundry memorabilia. I'm not sure if it'll happen before the end of the year now so I have to be patient.

Once that's done the final touches can happen.

Nathan (Brisnat81) and Michael have been over a couple of times to see the progress.

The pictures will show the plumbing, electrics, wall insulation, internal sheeting and placement of the collection to date.


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Post# 1017387 , Reply# 1   12/8/2018 at 20:24 (190 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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If I could have that ambition to do all that. Thats done right and nice.

Post# 1017396 , Reply# 2   12/8/2018 at 21:50 (190 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Wow!  That's a great achievement! 

Post# 1017397 , Reply# 3   12/8/2018 at 21:56 (190 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Hi Leon,

I would hardly call that a “shed!” What a marvelous space for some very interesting machines. Might be time for me to take a trip down under and see your collection if I am welcome! Thank you for sharing and it all looks very exciting. Very nicely done.

Post# 1017399 , Reply# 4   12/8/2018 at 22:11 (190 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Of course you'd be welcome Todd

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Hi Todd

Of course you'd be welcome, anyone keen on coming out to see the collection will be welcome...we could certainly show you the sights of Queensland like we did for John L last year.


Post# 1017410 , Reply# 5   12/9/2018 at 02:05 (190 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That is coming along nicely! It looks like your collection seems to be international. Very cool!

I can't wait to see when it's all complete & you got it all set up!

Post# 1017420 , Reply# 6   12/9/2018 at 03:56 (189 days old) by mit634 (Sydney)        

Hi Leon,

That is truly incredible - purpose built with water supply, drainage and power for each machine. The stuff dreams are made of...

I'm totally in awe of your collection, especially given how few vintage machines are still around in Australia.

It looks as though you have imported a few washers too ? I have imported a Frigidaire Flair, a Philco Predicta Tandem, many small appliances and numerous cars, but not a washer (at least not so far...haha).

Absolutely brilliant !

Regards, Tim

Post# 1017426 , Reply# 7   12/9/2018 at 05:14 (189 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
US machines

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@Christina & Tim


You both have good eyesight! The back row of the shed has (mostly) the USA machines I brought back to Australia in 2016.




Post# 1017428 , Reply# 8   12/9/2018 at 07:28 (189 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
WOW... really wow.

Hi Leon. Amazing.

Photo 19 - what is that Zodiac with a dispenser drawer and the early door release? A prototype?
Photo 11 - what is the third machine from left with the aqua patches on the dashboard?
Do I spy a Wilkins Servis front loader? The first washing machine I ever bought was one of those. Bought second hand from a backyard repairer, it leaked badly and he swapped it over for a Hoover 455. (The Wilkins Servis even fitted easily into the boot of my Citroen GS at the time. The Hoover did too but it was a very tight fit.)


Post# 1017435 , Reply# 9   12/9/2018 at 09:26 (189 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Good grief

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Thats not a shed its a HANGAR and wow what a wonderful collection of machines some of which I have never seen before

Any chance you can do a few close ups of that Servis/Wilkins/Simpson twin tub the middle one please?


Post# 1017440 , Reply# 10   12/9/2018 at 10:10 (189 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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It looks great Leon!  Another reason for us to visit Oz again...LOL 

Post# 1017444 , Reply# 11   12/9/2018 at 11:16 (189 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Just mentioned in the previous thread if your collection has out grown your new building LOL

You will be the Lee Maxwell of Australia at the rate the of the Gorgeous Machines you have acquired. The details are spot on.

The Best and My Best to you. Eddie

Post# 1017447 , Reply# 12   12/9/2018 at 11:34 (189 days old) by appnut (TX)        
11 - what is the third machine from left with the aqua patch

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Chris, that is a mid-1960s Kenmore 800 "alphabet" washer. Letters A - H designate a specific cycle. A is cottons & linens white, B is cottons & linens color, ...

Post# 1017452 , Reply# 13   12/9/2018 at 12:08 (189 days old) by Marky_mark (Sitges, Barcelona)        

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That’s fantastic, Leon! Looking forward to seeing it and catching up with you and the guys again whenever I’m next in Brissie!

Post# 1017453 , Reply# 14   12/9/2018 at 12:22 (189 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Hi Leon this is real awesome! You have such a beautiful collection and it is great that you are able to put it together in such a fantastic way!
Best Of Luck

Post# 1017457 , Reply# 15   12/9/2018 at 13:14 (189 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Looks great, Leon! Where did you get that GE FF set in photo 15?

Post# 1017463 , Reply# 16   12/9/2018 at 14:16 (189 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Hoover FL & others

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Chris: that Hoover FL is indeed a prototype: given to me (along with the Electra) from Phillip who used to be a Hoover engineer. He's posted in the forum as 'Meadowbank'.


And yes, that is indeed a Wilkins Mark 72.


@Austin: will get you some pics when I'm next there and have a bit more time.


@ Potatochips: the GE FF set were bought separately off our 'Craigslist': the dryer itself was still in its box having never been used.




Post# 1017467 , Reply# 17   12/9/2018 at 14:41 (189 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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Thanks Leon

Post# 1017476 , Reply# 18   12/9/2018 at 15:26 (189 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Hi Leon, wow!! Such impressive work, it's going to be a washerland for sure! I love all your machines and no washer collection is complete without multiple MixMasters as well!

Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

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Post# 1017534 , Reply# 19   12/9/2018 at 21:46 (189 days old) by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

Wow, now that is dedication!

Post# 1017758 , Reply# 20   12/12/2018 at 10:23 (186 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

Thanks for the photos! Outstanding collection!

Post# 1017759 , Reply# 21   12/12/2018 at 10:36 (186 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Thanks for posting the update Leon, it's looking great so far!


I am so pleased to see and hear things are progressing nicely (albeit slower than you'd like).  I'm looking forward to seeing the "final" update when it's all done and set up with all the finishing touches! 




Post# 1018199 , Reply# 22   12/16/2018 at 14:27 (182 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Leon, I'm at a loss for words. Amazing and beautiful is an understatement. Can't wait to see more when the project is all finished.

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