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Turquoise Whirlpool Imperial Set
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Post# 1030728   4/24/2019 at 17:50 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Anyone like these enough to pay shipping from San Diego?

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Post# 1030729 , Reply# 1   4/24/2019 at 18:42 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Pretty Pair

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Probably 1965 or 66, these are almost as fully featured as our 1964 Imperial mark 12 pair that we have at the museum.


Someone should grab these, unfortunately Paul is hiding out in Paris.



Post# 1030732 , Reply# 2   4/24/2019 at 19:11 by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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I'm afraid to even check what shipping would be from San Diego to Florida.

Post# 1030734 , Reply# 3   4/24/2019 at 19:41 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Would love to see close-ups of the controls. Is either a pushbutton, lock-set timer or has pushbutton water temp *and* speeds (3-speed motor). May be a suds-saver if not a pushbutton timer, via the button at top of the timer legend (otherwise that button may be a "Manual Dial" to release the locking pins).

Post# 1030735 , Reply# 4   4/24/2019 at 19:47 by appnut (TX)        

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Glenn, it's the former--like a LK--push a button, turn dial until it stops, and start machine.  

Post# 1030738 , Reply# 5   4/24/2019 at 20:00 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I could go get them since I only live 80 miles away from San Diego, but Id have to sell my A606 set since I am limited on space

Post# 1030747 , Reply# 6   4/24/2019 at 21:17 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Interesting that a pushbutton timer in that model-year line isn't restricted to only the TOL Imperial Mark XII. What are the feature differences?

Post# 1030752 , Reply# 7   4/24/2019 at 22:22 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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So who owns these, do they work, is someone willing to help with shipping on that end? Im in NorCal so shipping wouldnt be too prohibitive I would love to get these to replace my 66 turquoise WP set I lost in the fire...details please!

Post# 1030754 , Reply# 8   4/24/2019 at 22:26 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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If I had $100 more, I could get them since I live 80 miles away from San Diego

Post# 1030757 , Reply# 9   4/24/2019 at 23:21 by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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They're way too rare to be trash.

Post# 1030758 , Reply# 10   4/24/2019 at 23:32 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I could get them, but Id have to sell the A606 set so I could buy that Whirlpool set. I just need $100 more, and I could go get them

Post# 1030765 , Reply# 11   4/25/2019 at 04:30 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

I'd love to have those, IF the dryer is gas.

Post# 1030767 , Reply# 12   4/25/2019 at 05:17 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

Yup! Give some details and Ill look into it.

Post# 1030768 , Reply# 13   4/25/2019 at 05:20 by Kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Mom got that exact machine in 1963.

Post# 1030789 , Reply# 14   4/25/2019 at 07:17 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Pretty Pair

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The dryer is electric, it does not have a removable lower front panel like a gas model would have.


The washer would just have a 2 speed motor, in this time period only the Imperial Mark 12 got a 3 speed motor.


John L.

Post# 1030791 , Reply# 15   4/25/2019 at 07:22 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Why does fun stuff like this always show up when I'm away?? Unfortunately, San Diego is still a bit too far away for me...

Post# 1030799 , Reply# 16   4/25/2019 at 09:50 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Are these on craigslist? How can I find out more about them? I would be willing to pay shipping up to NorCal to save these.

Post# 1030801 , Reply# 17   4/25/2019 at 10:29 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Anyone interested contact me, they are not headed to the crusher.

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Post# 1030803 , Reply# 18   4/25/2019 at 10:40 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I am definitely interested in those Whirlpools. I can arrange a time to go get them since I am the closest AW member to them

Post# 1030818 , Reply# 19   4/25/2019 at 14:17 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

Let me know if nothing works out and Ill look into shipping them to Texas. Thanks

Post# 1030969 , Reply# 20   4/27/2019 at 12:59 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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They are in working order. Busy right now, but one pic:

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Post# 1030971 , Reply# 21   4/27/2019 at 14:10 by laundryboy (Orlando Florida )        
Dream set

I should cathc the next flight to SAN and drive them back to Orlando, they are beautiful

Post# 1030983 , Reply# 22   4/27/2019 at 16:32 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Very busy day getting these bad boys home.
They came from a duplex nearby where the sole resident, an old woman, went to an old folks home many years ago and the house was sealed up. She recently passed.
The kids were long estranged from their (presumably) last living parent, but were eventually located in Seattle.
The new owner is gutting the 40s-50s era house and moving his family in.
I felt heat from the dryer and the motor ran. As you can see the belt is toast. Can I get a clear belt like that at the hardware store?
Early quiet pak?
The washer filled, agitated, spun, and drained as I advanced it through the cycle. That is all the testing I did.
Look at the top of that dryer after a quick wipe down! Perfect clear ocean of turquoise goodness.
The lint filter door is a fantastically solid hunk of crafted metal, utterly worlds away from later WP top filter dryer incarnations.

*Btw when I moved the machines I was careful to pad that dolly with cardboard*

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Post# 1030993 , Reply# 23   4/27/2019 at 17:39 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        


Post# 1031016 , Reply# 24   4/27/2019 at 19:41 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1963 Imperial WP Pair

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These are older than I thought, The dryer was built the 35th week of 1963.


The blower belt was originally black rubber, and was replaced at some point with the replacement urethane belt, WP has discontinued these belts but you can have them made to order.


This was not an early Quiet-Pac machine, these dryers were anything but quite, LOL, The washer does not have the HD transmission or 1/2 HP motor yet, these improvements did not come out till 1964, The washer would need a major rebuilding and up dating if someone wanted to use it much.


This dryer was the first year of the 2 speed blower and dual wattage heating element, on these high end models WP used a larger lint screen and lint filter lid which along with being coated in porcelain enamel is why it feels heavy.


In any event they are a very cool find I hope you or someone else enjoys restoring and using them.


John L.

Post# 1031098 , Reply# 25   4/28/2019 at 15:49 by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

Wow, I've never seen a Whirlpool dryer like this before, I'm used to the traditional flat back drum. Can someone explain how the sprinkler function worked? If it was used in air fluff, I take it, it just made the clothes damp so they could be ironed?

Post# 1031104 , Reply# 26   4/28/2019 at 16:09 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Supersurgilator I believe how it worked was it added water to the drum much like the newer steam dryer do, and it was supposed to make clothes softer or less wrinkled or something, but it was more of a gimmick than anything. Adding moisture to clothes in a dryer does not make sense, and the purpose of a dryer is to remove moisture and not add moisture in lol. Plus steam is pretty much created anyway when you dry clothes in a dryer, and that might explain why clothes are usually soft after they are dried, and a dryer sheet will definitely make clothes softer after they are done drying in the dryer

Post# 1031108 , Reply# 27   4/28/2019 at 16:28 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Dryer sprinklers were to dampen for ironing, run on air/no heat.

Post# 1031109 , Reply# 28   4/28/2019 at 16:33 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Actually, Bruce is right. The sprinkler feature was used to dampen fully dried clothes for ironing. I suspect that the idea was that if clothes had been hung out on a line, the sprinkler would be a time-saver to get items dampened to generate steam while ironing. Some dryers have a dial setting for 'damp' that would have left clothes ready for ironing.

My '57 GE dryer should have a sprinkler but it is long gone; likewise, my '59 Frigidaire dryer is missing the nozzle that would go inside the dryer drum...

Post# 1031114 , Reply# 29   4/28/2019 at 17:12 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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I intend to put more pics up in a day or two.
I wanted to note that the dryer is missing the metal that covers the rear of the light fixture.
I went back today to check if it was kicking around the garage of the house I bought the set, but had no luck finding it.
I do have the circular flange that was removed when this picture was taken. Everything seems to be as it should except that rear light panel cover on the dryer.
New light bulbs are also needed btw.

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Post# 1031122 , Reply# 30   4/28/2019 at 19:08 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Dryer Sprinkler

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Was to dampen clothing that had been completely dried in the dryer when you were ready to iron them, Once you owned a New Whirlpool dryer you would never use a clothes line again, You silly boy Paul.


Robert is the missing rear panel on the dryer the same as the one on the washer ? If so post a picture of the washers rear panel, I might have an extra rear cover for this model.


John L.

Post# 1031136 , Reply# 31   4/28/2019 at 19:55 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Those Whirlpools do need work. The back panel on the control panel is missing, the blower belt is toast, the dryer appears to be high mileage since the enamel is beginning to wear off, and there needs to be couple of other things that need to be done to that dryer. The washer will have to be rebuilt at some point in the future. I do have parts I could borrow from my KM portable washer if I get that set, but its up in the air though. My friend Richard (speedqueen) has the exact same dryer in white

Post# 1031408 , Reply# 32   4/30/2019 at 20:15 by tasser (Baltimore Md)        

Have you found a home for the washer & dryer yet?

Post# 1031413 , Reply# 33   4/30/2019 at 20:38 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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I am extraordinarily busy right now with non-appliance issues....AND appliance related matters!

Email your bids, I will get more pics up this week.

Post# 1034213 , Reply# 34   6/2/2019 at 14:51 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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I have too many projects and other issues choking my schedule of if you are waiting for more pics and other news thanks for your patience.

Post# 1034224 , Reply# 35   6/2/2019 at 17:26 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

I sent an email on 4-27-19 and 4-30-19. Never received a response so I assume they were never received.

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