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Can someone pin a date on this vintage belt drive?
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Post# 1029430   4/10/2019 at 07:41 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        


Serial- c1460187

I think 60ís, but the more I look at it , it seems 70ís.

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Post# 1029433 , Reply# 1   4/10/2019 at 07:52 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

1971. Nice machine! I have a 1974 matching electric dryer.

Post# 1029438 , Reply# 2   4/10/2019 at 08:36 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
It is a 1972 not a 1971

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Until 1974 the first 2 digits after the 110. designate they year the machine was introduced.

Post# 1029443 , Reply# 3   4/10/2019 at 09:29 by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        

I'd love to have that dryer to the left of the washer...

Post# 1029449 , Reply# 4   4/10/2019 at 09:47 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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These are great washers, fully featured too. IMO, much more flexible and user friendly than a push button Lady K. And you get a light above the dial!

It is possible that Melvin was pointing out that, while this is a 1972 model Kenmore, that it was made in late 1971 per the serial number.


Post# 1029455 , Reply# 5   4/10/2019 at 10:16 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Early 70s KM Washer

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Serial # C146, this machine was built in Clyde Ohio the 46th week of 1971.

This was a very good model in its day, but unless its in far better shape inside there are many things that it probably needs ti restore it to proper operation.

Major problems of this model were , Timer, Self-Cleaning filter, Detergent dispenser valve, Thin Quiet-Pac belt, Motor pulley shearing loose , Main center-post bearings [ all wp built washers before the introduction of double top seals only had a life of 8-12 years on the main bearings and spin-tube ]

Plus all the usual things that may be wrong with a washer of this age.


Post# 1029466 , Reply# 6   4/10/2019 at 12:07 by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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I didn't know this model had the skinny Quiet Pak belt.  Odds are that the original green one was replaced long ago with a later type that lasts far longer.

Post# 1029475 , Reply# 7   4/10/2019 at 12:46 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

This does have the skinny belt. The detergent valve also is barely/ not working. Something is up with the transmission, it literally takes a minute to engage back to agitate. Itís a cool machine but likely this unit will be parted out. Itís pretty rusty and honestly I donít find it good looking enough to restore.

Post# 1029477 , Reply# 8   4/10/2019 at 12:47 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

If you want the dryer itís yours. I just need it gone quickly

Post# 1029478 , Reply# 9   4/10/2019 at 12:50 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

So either the oil in the gearcase has turned to thick mud and or the agitate gear spring is broken.

Post# 1029561 , Reply# 10   4/11/2019 at 00:50 by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

Model number is 32701 (Suds Saver). The white non-Suds Saver model is 22701.

Post# 1029562 , Reply# 11   4/11/2019 at 01:22 by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
1970ís Kenmore Washer

1974 Sears Kenmore Model 70


Post# 1029570 , Reply# 12   4/11/2019 at 07:43 by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        

Ma had this model in her townhouse, mid 80's in copper tone..
Leaked, and shook the whole house with terrible noise during spin
Replaced with a direct drive Kenmore...

Post# 1029572 , Reply# 13   4/11/2019 at 07:51 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

I would save this machine in a heartbeat but Iím a sucker for these old kenmores. Lol!

Post# 1029578 , Reply# 14   4/11/2019 at 09:24 by Kafooty06 (washington )        

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I'd say 1972

Post# 1029604 , Reply# 15   4/11/2019 at 16:34 by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

DId that dryer come from the same house as this washer did? Its too bad it needs multiple things, it is a neat old machine. I was amazed at how quiet it was could only hear the pump whooshing when it was running. Must be because of the skinny belt?

Post# 1030045 , Reply# 16   4/16/2019 at 10:40 by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
1972 70 Series

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ElginKid has this in Harvest.

I LOVE this washer! It's quiet, the Roto Swirl does a great job, the detergent dispenser is fun, and it sounds soothing. Bonus points if its a suds saver. I might be interested in some parts if this one gets partd out.


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