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1950 something unimatic questions
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Post# 1024843   2/16/2019 at 21:05 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Iím helping my friend bob get his 1950ís unimatic washer ready for semi regular use. I have a few questions to anyone knowledgeable with them.

1. We tipped the machine over for much longer than we should have. An undetermined amount of oil leaked out. I believe a cup or so. Any method of checking level? How to drain? Total fill volume? What type of oil?

2. The aluminum water pump is corroded and a bit leaky despite my efforts. I know itís a long shot, anyone have a spare? Iíll even take one thatís trashed so I can experiment with it.

Post# 1024844 , Reply# 1   2/16/2019 at 21:18 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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26 oz. of oil - you can drain the mechanism easily enough by laying the machine with the drain plug at the bottom of the transmission housing facing down, remove the plug and filter screen and allow the oil to drain out, then turn machine over so plug hole is facing up and replace the oil.  Many use air compressor oil as a suitable replacement, a few have experimented with synthetics with good luck too, but it needs to be of lighter viscosity to allow the oil pump to get it up to the top of the transmission shaft.  


The pump may be a hard find, where is leaking from exactly?

Post# 1024850 , Reply# 2   2/16/2019 at 22:08 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

The part that the drain hose connects to has corroded. Not enough to attach a hose. I rigged it up, but looking to find a better looking solution.

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