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Post# 1031012   4/27/2019 at 19:23 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Popped up near me. The condition is stunning, and I have a set of nos bellows.

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Post# 1031017 , Reply# 1   4/27/2019 at 19:42 by appnut (TX)        

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Wow!!  You going to go get it?  Looks like a WO65-2.  

Post# 1031018 , Reply# 2   4/27/2019 at 19:44 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

I already got it. And yes I think you are spot on with the model

Post# 1031019 , Reply# 3   4/27/2019 at 19:44 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

Very nice!

Post# 1031021 , Reply# 4   4/27/2019 at 19:55 by appnut (TX)        

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Post# 1031023 , Reply# 5   4/27/2019 at 20:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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And congratulations! That was my parents very first automatic.

Post# 1031026 , Reply# 6   4/27/2019 at 20:24 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Backstory on it. It looks great.

Post# 1031039 , Reply# 7   4/27/2019 at 21:16 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Please do a load of clothes for us!

Post# 1031041 , Reply# 8   4/27/2019 at 21:32 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Wow - what a find! Amazing what is still out there, especially in this condition. Does it need transmission help?

Also - that 58-62 lint chaser ring is in really, really good shape. It would make a great canadate for Budís repo efforts. He has molds for the correct black cap and ring for your WO-65-2.


Post# 1031045 , Reply# 9   4/27/2019 at 21:55 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Have him chime in, Iíd love to have a new cap or two, my friend bob could use one too.

Post# 1031047 , Reply# 10   4/27/2019 at 22:15 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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No collection is complete without one.  Congrats, it's in remarkable shape.

Post# 1031060 , Reply# 11   4/28/2019 at 06:06 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
You sly puss!

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Such fun!


Post# 1031065 , Reply# 12   4/28/2019 at 07:33 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Congratulations! I am curious about your diaphragm or pulsator or energy ring. It seems to be the tan one of a later model, not the black one original to this machine or even the gray one used in 56. If that one works in this machine, Bud would not have to worry about dealing with the problems he had in trying to reproduce the one for the WO65-2.

Post# 1031073 , Reply# 13   4/28/2019 at 08:44 by sfh074 ( )        
Yes Tom .....

that is an interesting question! It may be an old reproduction one made by Customline that was a dark gray neoprene when new .... and has turned that dark tan patina like all the old neoprene parts do. I added a picture below of a nos gray Customline energy ring that was once made to replace these old "shorter" pulsators.

Ben, I came across a NOS yellow ring still in the sealed plastic package ..... but hard as brick. The mold I made out of the old one I had actually turned out pretty good. You have one of those yellow rings I did. The pink one too. The pink mold came from a pristine pink ring Tom let me borrow which made a beautiful mold!

Bud - Atlanta

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Post# 1031074 , Reply# 14   4/28/2019 at 09:15 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I dare anyone

To find ANY new washer that will last that long and still look that good!! LOL NOT!

Post# 1031077 , Reply# 15   4/28/2019 at 09:59 by appnut (TX)        

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The washer in the video above was a WO-65.  

Post# 1031081 , Reply# 16   4/28/2019 at 11:05 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Congratulations Eugene!! This is such a fun machine, especially with no outer tub the sounds it makes going into spin are super cool. Is this your first Unimatic?

The pulsator looks nearly new, did the machine come with that Pulsator or did you change it?

that is an interesting question! It may be an old reproduction one made by Customline that was a dark gray neoprene when new .... and has turned that dark tan patina like all the old neoprene parts do.

Frigidaire made replacement pulsators in that exact light gray color (which have a tendency to turn beige over time). The Customline ones are a very dark gray.

Post# 1031084 , Reply# 17   4/28/2019 at 11:59 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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Wow! That is stunning! Congratulations!!

Post# 1031112 , Reply# 18   4/28/2019 at 16:52 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
My first

Iíve worked on one, but it was a much newer 1-18 with a perf tub. My friend bob has one and I helped get it going.

I honestly donít know much about it. The bellows that I got are the water seal and an oil seal, not the large diaphragm agitator bellow.

Post# 1031115 , Reply# 19   4/28/2019 at 17:25 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Bud, would you be able to use that Customline pulsator to make a mold without ruining it?

Post# 1031120 , Reply# 20   4/28/2019 at 18:54 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Fantastic! What a great find. This one provides two deep rinses instead of two overflows and one deep rinse, correct?

Post# 1031823 , Reply# 21   5/4/2019 at 20:23 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Iím probably going to do a few videos but after that I can send my pieces to whoever can reproduce them. All I ask is let me a buy a few! I also need that detergent cap so if anyone has one Iíd love to buy it. Actually Iíd like two so I can give one to my friend bob.

Post# 1031828 , Reply# 22   5/4/2019 at 21:22 by sfh074 ( )        
Yes Tom .....

My intent is to use the Customline pulsator for the mold but my first attempt didn't work out. No pulsator will be harmed in the process! My first attempt didn't work because the Customline pulsator has a sulfur component and caused the gallon and a half of platinum cured silicone to fail to cure. $225 of mold silicone down the drain!

Here is a repro cap and ring I made for Ben. It's for the '47-'55 machines and 56-57 in grey.

Bud - Atlanta

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