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Post# 1051726   11/20/2019 at 13:33 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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There seems to be a theme for me this month and now Iím finding myself getting tight for space. This machine is definitely one of my older ones and is in remarkably nice condition. Once I get it off the truck I will post more photos and details. This one certainly wins for miles driven (probably wonít do that again).

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Post# 1051737 , Reply# 1   11/20/2019 at 14:10 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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you and Todd are on a roll when it comes to finding machines lately....

When are you coming to DC again?....we need to make an event of it!

Post# 1051756 , Reply# 2   11/20/2019 at 17:27 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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The suspense is killing me.

All I know is it's white and the poor thing is shivering cold in the tough 50 degree November weather in Vancouver.

Post# 1051768 , Reply# 3   11/20/2019 at 18:12 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
I present the 1964 Kenmore 70 Suds-saver

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This machine looked to be in remarkably good condition so I figured Iíd go for it thanks to another memberís posting about it. The price was right at $50 but the drive was grueling at roughly 900 miles traveled to bring this machine home. Damn Iím tired!

The man selling this machine is retired and picked up appliance repair as a hobby. For whatever reason, he decided to clear out all of his appliances, mostly newer machines. Iíll plug her in later and see how things go but so far everything looks really good.

As you can see, it is a suds-saver model with the diverter in place. Lint screen is missing but Iíve seen those pop up from time to time. The cabinet appears clean and rust-free and the panel looks beautiful with no pitting. Model number 110.6405700. Enjoy the pics!

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Post# 1051771 , Reply# 4   11/20/2019 at 18:34 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1964 Kenmore 70 series

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Very nice Jon, this model and year was always a favorite of mine.

What does it look like underneath ?, how thoroughly did the guy rebuild it?

If you are going to leave it set on Cold-Cold and with a Suds-Saver we can send you an Energy-Star sticker for it.

I know where you can get a lint filter.

John L.

Post# 1051772 , Reply# 5   11/20/2019 at 18:36 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

Congrats! Iím always amazed at how a machine can be that old and still be in such great condition.

Post# 1051774 , Reply# 6   11/20/2019 at 18:38 by peteski50 (New York)        

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Congrats on such a great find
Best Of Luck with it!

Post# 1051776 , Reply# 7   11/20/2019 at 18:45 by appnut (TX)        

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Jon, congratulations!!!  I'm so happy for you!!!

Post# 1051778 , Reply# 8   11/20/2019 at 18:51 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Awesome ! 900 miles worth of AWESOME !
Belt-drive WP's are getting hard to find. Nice save.

This is the bread and butter of washers. Like the Cutlas Cierra of the 80s or the Toyota Corrolla of today. They made a variation of this panel for several years.

I'm seeing a bunch of other interesting things in the background. GE filter pans, agitators, Westinghouse from the 70s.... I'll keep strong psychic energies that yourself and Todd find more cool stuff closer to home.

Post# 1051781 , Reply# 9   11/20/2019 at 18:56 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        
seriously nice....

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everyone altogether.....


Post# 1051782 , Reply# 10   11/20/2019 at 19:09 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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And a Roto Swirl with the same agitator cap my 1948 Kenmore wringer has.

Post# 1051783 , Reply# 11   11/20/2019 at 19:12 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow, Jon, that's a beauty!  Congrats on saving it (despite the travelling...I know what that's like...).


May you have many years of fun with it!

Post# 1051786 , Reply# 12   11/20/2019 at 19:29 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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I appreciate all of the excited responses! Oddly enough, Iím looking forward to a louder belt-drive machine. My others are both skinny-belt models. I will get underneath tomorrow and play with it a bit to see how good or bad it is. My main goal tomorrow is to start breaking down the 74 Ladies and get them done sooner than later. Iíve got plenty to work on this winter now but should be fun!

John, cold/cold suds savers should probably use Arm & Hammer powder detergent right? 😜

Post# 1051794 , Reply# 13   11/20/2019 at 21:03 by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        

Hey Jon I just wanted to say once again congrats on the Kenmore. Seems to be in excellent shape, especially for $50. I'm the one that originally posted about it since it was for sale in my area, but I wasn't going to be available for pickup until Friday, so Jon ended up beating me to the punch.

Awesome that it's a suds-saver model! Can't wait to see it in action!

Post# 1051798 , Reply# 14   11/20/2019 at 21:32 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Is West Becoming Best..?

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Congrats, Jon, on a fabulous find.  We seem to be striking it rich lately here on the West Coast.  Always seems like the fun machines turn up in the Midwest or East...let’s hope this trend continues for us!

Post# 1051799 , Reply# 15   11/20/2019 at 21:59 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very nice, Jon.  I suspected it was going to be a GE under the cover, but this is really cool.  A very beautiful machine - congrats!

Post# 1051808 , Reply# 16   11/21/2019 at 01:30 by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Congratulations on getting this beautiful washer, and a suds saver model to boot! Hopefully she is just as sound on the inside as the outside, and that her operation is smooth. Best of luck.

Have a good one,

Post# 1051852 , Reply# 17   11/21/2019 at 09:27 by golittlesport (California)        

Congrats Jon! Beautiful machine -- nice cosmetic shape. You'll have fun saving your suds!

Post# 1051951 , Reply# 18   11/22/2019 at 13:41 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Have you tried the sud-saver yet?

Sometimes, the valves would either get clogged with lint or they would swell shut.

I know you'll fix it if did.

Post# 1051965 , Reply# 19   11/22/2019 at 15:55 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this seems to be one of those suds-saving models where you didn't have a choice of 'save' or 'drain'.....

two drain hoses, one in the laundry tub(saving all wash water), and one in a stand pipe(for all rinses)....

if you wanted to save the wash water, you inserted the stopper in the sink....

I love these types of manual filters....

Post# 1051972 , Reply# 20   11/22/2019 at 16:34 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Kenmore washer

That is a beautiful washer one of my favorites.A neighbor had the set when I was young. The dial lights up.I am glad that got a good home I considered going after that but I just got a washer from California.Transit sytems is bringing it soon for my nearly completed E-Z Sudsit Laundromat.I have the matching to your washer.Would love to see more pics.

Post# 1051999 , Reply# 21   11/22/2019 at 21:41 by felix (S„o Paulo - Brazil)        

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friend! hello from Brazil!

Post# 1052060 , Reply# 22   11/23/2019 at 08:37 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Nice save, Jon! It looks incredibly clean. If there is a light behind the dual - even better!


Post# 1052071 , Reply# 23   11/23/2019 at 10:08 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Dial light

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I thought it looked like it should have a light. Guess Iíll be finding a new bulb for it. These Kenmores should be pretty fun machines! This one would be a good wash-in convention demo subject on how to rebuild an older whirlpool

Post# 1052101 , Reply# 24   11/23/2019 at 20:07 by surgilator_68 (Maryland)        
cold/cold suds savers

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I think one scoop of Amway SA8 will be plenty or a cap of Xtra. If you want to be extra thrifty you should use the water 4 times.

Post# 1052116 , Reply# 25   11/24/2019 at 00:29 by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
1964 Kenmore Model 70

You sure have soft spot for Kenmores lately, donít you?

First, the 1974 Lady Kenmore Set, now this beauty right here.

I know you have to rebuild the Lady Kenmore Washer, but can/does this Model 70 run?


Post# 1052117 , Reply# 26   11/24/2019 at 02:00 by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

It would be cool if there is a dial light. If not, it would be one of very few model 70s from the 1960s that doesn't. I believe the only other models that don't have lights are from 1960 (maybe), and 1962.

Post# 1052130 , Reply# 27   11/24/2019 at 09:29 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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I do like the smell of Arm & Hammer powder. 😉

These Kenmores just happened to appear. I wasnít on a big search for any machines at all to be honest. Just too good to pass up.

Post# 1052146 , Reply# 28   11/24/2019 at 12:00 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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thats when stuff finds you....

when your not looking!

Post# 1052149 , Reply# 29   11/24/2019 at 12:24 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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That brings back memories.
I thought they went out of business..... pyramid scheme and all that.

My aunt used to buy all kinds of stuff from them. She'd have this big box of laundry detergent with a plastic lining, and scoop it into the triple dispenser on her Lady Kenmore 1972 washer.

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Post# 1052157 , Reply# 30   11/24/2019 at 13:18 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Dial Light

It has a light I used to have one of these.

Post# 1052163 , Reply# 31   11/24/2019 at 13:40 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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It will be a push-twist type bulb. The entire socket should swing down at a 45 degree angle.

I know I worked on three of these models, back in the day. Two were avocado and one was white. I think most were newer than this though. later 60s

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Post# 1052184 , Reply# 32   11/24/2019 at 16:41 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Dial light On A 64 KM 70 Washer

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It does not have a swing down bulb and this model was built two years before avocado  even came into existence.


John L.

Post# 1052286 , Reply# 33   11/25/2019 at 15:50 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I recall my mom's 1963

Model 70 having a self cleaning filter, light on the console even. Why doesn't a 1964 have one?

Post# 1052313 , Reply# 34   11/25/2019 at 19:49 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
According to my research.

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the 1964 model 70 was the equivalent to the 1963 model 600 with the sole exception being the 1963 600 had a straight vane agitator while the 1964 model 70 uses a Roto Swirl. The 1964 model 800 was the equivalent to the 1963 model 70 while 1964 Lady Kenmore was the equivalent to the 1963 Lady Kenmore 800. There was no 1964 model 600. PATRICK COFFEY

Post# 1052331 , Reply# 35   11/26/2019 at 01:23 by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

One other difference between the 1964 70 and 63 600 was that the 70 had the infinite water level selector, while the 600 had 3 designated levels where you could not set the selector between. It really offered no advantage as the tubs were not large enough where there was much height difference in the water line from one level to the next. Why Sears reverted back to the manual filter for both the 1964 and 1965 basic model 70s I do not know. (I say basic because 1965 also had a slightly more elite 70 that was an alphabet model with the self clean filter.) It wasn't until 1966 that the basic model 70 was outfitted with the self clean filter again. Incidentally in 1966, the model 600 series had a Super Rotoswirl, and was almost identical feature-wise to the 1964 and 1965 model 70s, with the exceptions of having designated water levels and the speckled tub. I can go even further with model evolutions, but I have been more long winded with this post than I had planned.

Have a good one,

Post# 1052344 , Reply# 36   11/26/2019 at 07:34 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1965 Kenmore Model " 70 "

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Had a SC lint filter infinite WL and a small florescent light that lit the three controls areas, my Aunt bought a turquoise one with Suds-Saver, it was the first KM washer I got to use a lot, I used to go over and do laundry.


John L.

Post# 1052528 , Reply# 37   11/28/2019 at 02:13 by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

There was also a 70 series model in 1965 that had the manual filter. The console aesthetics were like the alphabet model offered that year, but it had the standard control knobs. There is a picture of it in Peter H770s photo collection (Picture # 9 as I recall). The filter cartridge is missing, but the turn latch is visible. There were at least two models of the 70 series on the Sears sales floor in 1965.

Post# 1053747 , Reply# 38   12/9/2019 at 23:45 by larrbb (San Jose)        

Nice! it looks in very good condition, for the price of $50, it is really great sale to you.

Post# 1053755 , Reply# 39   12/10/2019 at 00:59 by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Iíve just started restoring this machine the last couple of days. Iíll be posting a new thread. Currently I have the machine mostly disassembled and have the old centerpost seals and bearings removed. Looks like moisture made its way inside the centerpost which would explain the noisy spin. Iíll be installing new seals and bearings tomorrow. More to come!

Post# 1053781 , Reply# 40   12/10/2019 at 04:39 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Miles & Miles

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A great find Jon and all the better for a fellow collector flagging it up, I love those square looking Kenmores after seeing Uni`s Lady 57 on my first visit in 2001 but I love the round dials on this it really offsets the cabinet and console detailing beautifully.

Nowthen 900 miles WOW, we get twitchy when we have to drive Manchester to London (160 miles ) for a find ha ha, youve just done slighly over the longest distance in Blighty, Lands End to Jon O`Groats, Well Done !! Looking forward to the restorations...

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Post# 1054002 , Reply# 41   12/11/2019 at 19:04 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Bearings and Seals

Be sure and install the new upper bearing to the lower depth so you can install two upper seals so it lasts a long time. Love that washer,had a few of those years ago. have the matching dryer.

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