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Post# 1062588   3/8/2020 at 00:03 (1,115 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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And so is the Frigidaire 1-18 washer I found too!

Ok so here is the story;
I was browsing craigslist and spotted an ad for a FREE, non-working, GOLD CROWN washing machine. The picture wasn't the greatest but I could see the color looked like a burnt-orange color. I thought to myself "could it be"? So I sent the owner an email and asked what brand washer this was. The lady replied and said all she knew is that it said GOLD CROWN on the washer. So we exchanged numbers and started texting.

Next I called Roger and asked him if he would be able to go with me to go check out the washer. Without hesitation, he was ready right then. So I called the lady and on our way we were.

We got there and sure enough, it was a Frigidaire 1-18, Jet-cone agitator, POPPY RED washer!

The lady said she bought the washer from a man in Oro Valley that bought the washer for his wife. The wife used it a couple of times and didn't like it because of the color. So the man decided to sell it.
She bought it at the yard sale and used it for 4 or 5 years. But that the last couple times she used it, it flooded. So she stopped using it. Now she was moving and wanted to get rid of the washer before she left.
(Free? Come to mama)...

So we brought the POPPY Frigidaire washer home and wrapped it under a tarp to wait for warmer weather to check it out, but not before plugging it in to see if at least the tub would spin. Sure enough, it did spin. But we noticed that the jet-cone agitator had a side to side wobble to it.
Definitely something to investigate when the weather warmed up.

Post# 1062590 , Reply# 1   3/8/2020 at 00:08 (1,115 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Christina, I am so happy for you.  And poppy red to boot.  Earlier this week there was a post you made, I don't remember what, but just reflecting on you made me wonder how Roger was, I've missed him   Please tell him I said hi.  I've been thinking about him too.  

Post# 1062593 , Reply# 2   3/8/2020 at 00:24 (1,115 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Roger came over this morning and we pulled the tarp off the POPPY Frigidaire washer. We took the front panel off the cabinet and filled the tub with water & set the water level at the lowest level to see how the washer agitated. When the water reach the level to start agitating, the jet-cone gave one pulled down and stuck in that position. The motor was energized but the jet-cone wasn't bouncing.

It looked like the tub wanted to turn, so we turned it by hand and the jet-cone started bouncing and got stuck again after a few seconds of bouncing. So we turned the tub again and a'bouncing went the agitator.
There were no leaks or flooding in the cabinet.
So we set the timer knob to spin out the water, the tub wouldn't spin now but the pump did drain the water from the tub, out of the drain hose.
We couldn't loosen the nut down in the agitator.
We looked at the mechanism and noticed it moved side to side when we moved the agitator. And there was metal dust all in the lower bowl with a few chunks of metal in there too.
(Oh oh... not looking good for ol' POPPY).

Post# 1062594 , Reply# 3   3/8/2020 at 00:32 (1,115 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
BOB :o)

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Will do!
And thank you

There's more to the story, and I will post some pictures & video in the next few days.

Post# 1062597 , Reply# 4   3/8/2020 at 04:06 (1,115 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        



It's definitely an impressive find.

Post# 1062605 , Reply# 5   3/8/2020 at 09:01 (1,115 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats Christina on your rare poppy 1-18 Frigidaire find! This time I’m doing a happy dance on this side of the computer for you as you deserve it so much. I always enjoy your positive comments. I hope everything works out with your new toy!

Post# 1062606 , Reply# 6   3/8/2020 at 09:09 (1,115 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Good luck with your new prize!

Post# 1062610 , Reply# 7   3/8/2020 at 10:03 (1,115 days old) by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        
Poppy red !

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Congrats, dear Christina !

Hope that you can revive this great machine, as it surely is worth it.

Btw, just found old (2006 & 2011) threads with discussions and pictures about

the Frigidaire:


Post# 1062611 , Reply# 8   3/8/2020 at 10:58 (1,115 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        

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You'll love that machine, nothing like it! It's laundry fun personified!

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Post# 1062615 , Reply# 9   3/8/2020 at 11:18 (1,115 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

Congrats on your score! These are fun machines. Good luck with the diagnosis and repairs. Hope it doesn't need too much work.

Post# 1062617 , Reply# 10   3/8/2020 at 11:23 (1,115 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
What fabulous news!

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With your luck and love, you and Roger get that baby spinning in no time. What an exotic find, the dream machine in its most coveted color, poppy red. Imagine! --the lady didn't like the color. WHAAAAAA?! First good laugh of the day. Thank you, Christina. You are now the worthy envy of all us 1-18 poppy chasers! Can't wait to read the next chapter.

Like Repairguy, I'm doing the happy dance here for you too! Woo Hoo Hoo. Hugs and love!


Post# 1062626 , Reply# 11   3/8/2020 at 12:58 (1,115 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Those poppy red appliances are stunning to look at...

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If and its a big IF there was such things in this country I would buy one in a heartbeat as I just adore Frigidaire poppy red I would have a washer and dryer to match and a stove and a fridge just because they are sooooooo different too the boring white we have had for years and years and years ad nauseam ....

Hippydoll you are so lucky to get one I am jealous but honestly its found a good loving home and am sure you will soon get it going again.

Also I recall a long time back you found a machine in a relatives house and it was something unusual did you manage to get that going? All I remember is it had water in and you asked how to get it out did I mention a fish tank pump back then I might have done ?????


Post# 1062790 , Reply# 12   3/9/2020 at 23:09 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Frigidaire POPPY washer

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The start of the 1st wash cycle (kind of).
Large load of towels
HOT wash
COLD rinse
MAXIMUM water level
REGULAR wash cycle-15 minute


Post# 1062791 , Reply# 13   3/9/2020 at 23:13 (1,113 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 1062795 , Reply# 14   3/9/2020 at 23:54 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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For all your great comments. Sorry it's taken me a few days to reply. What little work I did, really kicked my butt! My legs are still sore! LOL...

Thank you. I'm still on a slight buzz about finding the ol' POPPY.

Thank you... & get your boogie on! I'll join you in the HAPPY dance too!

Thank you. There's an update coming.

Thank you. I'm getting ready to post an update.

Thank you. By the way, I've always wanted to tell you, I LOVE your car!

Thank you. I've got an update to post regarding the diagnosis.

Thank you. Yeah, can you imagine that... the lady didn't like the color? Get your boogie on because I'm shaking my booty too!
Hugs & love to you too!

Thank you. Yes I agree about the boring all-white appliances of today! I could see using white appliances but please add some chrome to the mix! I can't stand the all white plastic crap! The more color the better, I say!

Ahhhh... yes, the post about the BRADFORD washer that was left at my mom's old house she rented to her aunt. No, we never got a chance to get to it, as it's in another town about 1½ hours drive from here. And to top it off, we lost the keys to the house, and someone broke in and pulled all the wiring out, throughout the whole little house. I'm sure they sold the wires for copper recycling.
Oh well...

Update to follow...

Post# 1062797 , Reply# 15   3/10/2020 at 00:23 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Ok, so here's a link of the ol' POPPY washing a large load of towels. I don't know how to speed up the filling of the tub, like others do in their videos. So I just stopped recording while the washer filled up with water. And when the washing began I started recording again.

Now as you can see, the POPPY Frigidaire is washing away but...
we kinda cheated.

You see, we couldn't loosen the nut that is down in the agitator. So we took the cabinet and top off and tried loosening the agitator nut that way, and still! We couldn't get that d*mned thing to budge!

So we decided to take the cabinet off of Ross's ALMOND 1977 Custom 1-18, and we put the POPPY 1973 Gold Crown 1-18 cabinet on the 1977 1-18 base & guts.

So we now have a 1973 POPPY cabinet with 1977 insides. Which wasn't a bad thing to do because the ALMOND cabinet had some rusting all throughout. And the POPPY cabinet had a couple minor rust spots.

So really... we just combined the best from both machines to make 1 machine.

I hope you all enjoy the videos. I will take pictures tomorrow and post them when there's better lighting (the sun).


Post# 1062798 , Reply# 16   3/10/2020 at 00:26 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Wooooo hooooo...

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Thank you

Post# 1062816 , Reply# 17   3/10/2020 at 06:47 (1,113 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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That’ll work! Congrats again!

Post# 1062824 , Reply# 18   3/10/2020 at 10:21 (1,113 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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I am Poppy Red with envy!  What a great find and am so happy to see you got it up and running.  I have done the cabinet swap before with other machines — hey, it’s all about keeping them alive, right?  Congratulations and have fun!

Post# 1062826 , Reply# 19   3/10/2020 at 10:49 (1,113 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Good Luck with this great washer. My Aunt had this exact model with matching dryer in Poppy also! She had the basement wall painted in poppy also to match the set!
What a great find!

Post# 1062848 , Reply# 20   3/10/2020 at 14:09 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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I just think of it as the ALMOND Custom 1-18 must have got a suntan/sunburn!

Post# 1062849 , Reply# 21   3/10/2020 at 14:10 (1,113 days old) by gregingotham (New York)        

poppy red- the best color ever!

Post# 1062851 , Reply# 22   3/10/2020 at 14:18 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you.
And, you got that right! It is all about keeping them going! I'm still buzzing over the fact that I got it for FREE! Even though we couldn't get it to work properly, POPPY is working GREAT now with the transplant!

Post# 1062853 , Reply# 23   3/10/2020 at 14:25 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you.
I always remember that about your aunt painting a basement wall to match her Frigidaire POPPY set. And if I'm remembering correctly, it was also a 1973 washer, right? I loves color but, moms would KILL me if I painted one of the walls POPPY RED!

Post# 1062855 , Reply# 24   3/10/2020 at 14:35 (1,113 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you.
POPPY is definitely a different color, but it still seems so 70's. It's not exactly like a CHERRY RED color. To me it's seems more of a dark BURNT-ORANGE color. Which still reminds me of them funky 70's colors because when I was little, moms had a SEARS pot & pans set in an ORANGE color with black teflon inside. And we had a leafy ceramic canister set that had the ORANGE, DARK GOLD, and DARK GREEN colors. So to me POPPY definitely has that 70's vibe to it.

Post# 1062864 , Reply# 25   3/10/2020 at 16:43 (1,112 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        
You Go Girl!

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I am so thrilled for you, and taking on the challenge of swapping cabinets....proof positive, anything is possible....

we have done it before with control panels, why not whole cabinets....many times we have swapped just the insides, this works just as well....

are you missing the bleach/dye dispenser and cap?....or just not included in the vid?

Post# 1062868 , Reply# 26   3/10/2020 at 17:21 (1,112 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Christina, my Aunt got hers in 74 but it is exactly the same one as you have. She always says thats the best washer she ever had! When she moved in 82 she sold the set! To bad you cant paint the wall to match!
Best Wishes

Post# 1062869 , Reply# 27   3/10/2020 at 17:34 (1,112 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Gosh, Hippoedooll I was going nuts, thinking it would ....

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OVERFLOW, hahah! Haven't seen a 1-18 filled up all the way up to the top like that. And what monster of a load; all the heavy loaders will be beaming, (smile). And where is Uncle Bob? I know we have Bob-loaded Dishwashers, but I can't remember if his signature applies to clothes washers as well. If not, then henceforth, we will have certification for Christina loads.

Now we know why people back in the day were crazy about their 1-18's. I had a few people in my life who absolutely swore by these machines. Pete Petek could wash his entire week's laundry in one load--maybe even two week's worth, LOL.

The Maxi-fill, Maxi-load turnover was fascinating to watch: the sections kind of wait their turn, then go gushing down. Wonderful. I loved it . And a completely new experience for me. Thank you, Christina. This happy dance is quickly becoming a ....... RAVE !!!! ;'D

Post# 1062871 , Reply# 28   3/10/2020 at 19:40 (1,112 days old) by Sudsomatic (Indiana)        

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What an awesome find Christina, Congratulations! It's a beauty.

Post# 1062883 , Reply# 29   3/11/2020 at 03:10 (1,112 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Christina/Hippiedoll, I watched both of your videos (are you a regular YouTuber, as in you post regularly and/or have more?) and whenever everything finally settles down, I hope you can post some good, still pics of this “other” Gold Crown...

A wonder Poppy couldn’t define ‘70’s appliances the way the few other colors did, or there simply couldn’t be a more numerous, diverse palette as the ‘60’s had offered...

And congratulations on your very colorful (inside and out) find...

— Dave

Post# 1062887 , Reply# 30   3/11/2020 at 05:52 (1,112 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Congratulations Christina on getting the Frigidaire Poppy 1-18, great wash action, first saw these as a kid when helping my nan pull a trollybag full of velvet curtains for dry cleaning !! Was amazed by the sounds and "Thumper" action, nothing like that over here although Frigidaire UK did make one here with a heater but no ones ever found one to date !!

I must walk with missing brain cells sometimes , have only just made the connection with who Roger is, this Roger in link below ?

CLICK HERE TO GO TO chestermikeuk's LINK

Post# 1062904 , Reply# 31   3/11/2020 at 10:52 (1,112 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Yikes, Hippiedoll Christina ~

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In my first post, I didn't proofread the "Subject Drift" and crucified your name. Forgive me. I am a moron, LOL!

Post# 1062925 , Reply# 32   3/11/2020 at 17:10 (1,111 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        

Yes Mike I am the guilty party in this adventure.
Hi Bob to you also. I often think back to the wash-in we had years ago when you were all here and what fun we had.I hope you are doing well.
Unfortunately we discovered that Poppy(the original) was in the process of grinding up her insides to fine metal dust and broken bronze bushings so we figured there was little hope but to do the transplant. She survived and is as good as new. This is just one of the washer adventures Christina and I have had but that is a whole other thread.

Post# 1062927 , Reply# 33   3/11/2020 at 17:16 (1,111 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        
Back to 1974

It was Christina's sharp eyes that caught this and alerted me so I able to get this.

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Post# 1062930 , Reply# 34   3/11/2020 at 17:36 (1,111 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        

Christina came with me the night we went to get this beauty. Turned out to be an interesting trip.

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Post# 1062931 , Reply# 35   3/11/2020 at 17:42 (1,111 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        

We had one more night time trip to try and get a Maytag J model wringer but someone beat us to it. I won't go into the rest of the trip but it turned out to be quite laughable even though we didn't snag the wringer.

Post# 1062932 , Reply# 36   3/11/2020 at 17:43 (1,111 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        

I didn't mean to hijack this thread sorry. I am computer challenged.

Post# 1062937 , Reply# 37   3/11/2020 at 18:26 (1,111 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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You two make a great team!

Post# 1062967 , Reply# 38   3/12/2020 at 06:45 (1,111 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Congratulations on the Poppy Frigidaire score, Christina!  I miss all the best stuff when I go away dagnabbit... 


I think I know where there might be a Poppy dryer hiding.... 


Great score!!

Post# 1062977 , Reply# 39   3/12/2020 at 10:17 (1,111 days old) by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        

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Congratulations on your find, Christina!!! Glad your 1-18 is up and running! You will love it.

That was my link, that "UncleJohn" posted from 2006 (my username was 'bwoods' then). Can't believe that was 14 years ago. I even remember writing that message on AW when I got the machine. That was my first time owning a 1-18 and I knew nothing about it. I found out later mine was not actually "poppy" but "terra-cotta" in color. One of the AW members politely informed me of that.

Poppy is a darker shade of red/orange. Terra-cotta, a color Frigidaire/GM introduced later, is about the shade of a clay flower pot. Yours is beautiful!!

I hope you enjoy your 1-18. Mine still runs perfectly. Yes, the lights slightly flicker with the agitation on my terra cotta machine. They do not flicker at all with my other (white) 1-18.

Hope you can find an agitator cap and a fabric softener dispenser one day.


Post# 1062988 , Reply# 40   3/12/2020 at 14:24 (1,111 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hey Roger, really glad to see its you, sounds like the A team with yourself and Christina bagging all those mint washers, love the GE with mini basket and the Maytag looks absolutely gleaming..

I did laugh when I saw the "Roger loves fab con" ha ha, well you must have been a trend setter because weve all ditched it now in favour of white vinegar !!

Look forward to seeing more post & pics of the new washers !!

Post# 1063011 , Reply# 41   3/12/2020 at 20:26 (1,110 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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of the ALL TIME great machines, fantastic wonderful 1-18, for one of the kindest and most positive members of the club!

Post# 1063261 , Reply# 42   3/15/2020 at 01:14 (1,108 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Sorry for the delay in replying...

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I had a pretty hectic week helping my aunt move some of her things into her storage unit. It was a 2-day ordeal.

So I'm finally back to catch up on here.
I did my laundry in the POPPY 1-18 today and everything went smoothly as expected.

Now to get to the replies...

Post# 1063263 , Reply# 43   3/15/2020 at 01:27 (1,108 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you!
It was all Roger, he was the brains behind the whole cabinet swap. Without him none of my washer hobby would be happening. So a big THANK YOU goes to Roger, my friend & partner in crime!

The bleach/dye dispenser is missing. I never got one of those with this POPPY or Ross's ALMOND Custom 1-18. So I've never had one of them.

As for the agitator cap, yes POPPY came with an agitator cap and the lint filter. I just didn't put the agitator cap on because I pour the detergent down the agitator instead of directly on the clothes. And I wouldn't want to risk the cap falling into the tub while the Jet-Cone is agitating (ouch).

Post# 1063265 , Reply# 44   3/15/2020 at 02:04 (1,108 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
It's getting late...

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I will finish replying tomorrow.
You all have a great night.
And may God bless & keep us all safe from the Coronavirus.

Peace & love...

Post# 1063370 , Reply# 45   3/16/2020 at 03:30 (1,107 days old) by hippiedoll ( arizona )        
replies part 1:

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i was going to try to reply to each comment in separate comments, but i think it would fill this thread with too many comments. so, i'm going to reply to each person in one reply.

thank you for the best wishes. but no dice on painting the wall. LOL...
i'm curious, what is your aunt's name? i'm still open on adding a name to just plain POPPY.

yeah, that was a very big load of towels. i want to say it might have been 2 weeks worth of towels (maybe?) i wasn't sure if i was going to be able to fit them all into one load.
as for the turnover of the maxi-load, that's the kind of turnover i am used to seeing in the 1-18, "the sections kind of wait their turn".
to me, it sort of reminds me of like the junior high school square-dance we used to have to do for p.e. class.
rave on my good friend, rave on...

thank you. i still feel amazed that i am seeing a Frigidaire POPPY in person, and that it's mine!? i can't help to glance over at it every time i pass by it & smile.

to be continued...

Post# 1063392 , Reply# 46   3/16/2020 at 09:25 (1,107 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Hi Christina my Aunts name is Fran - I have to let her know you have her exact same model washer! I hope it is working well!

Post# 1063405 , Reply# 47   3/16/2020 at 11:15 (1,107 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Congrats! ....

that is one fine looking and amazingly clean 47 year old Frigidaire!!!  


One tiny suggestion. You "might" get a bit better roll-over of the clothes if you install the cap each time.


I learned this by reproducing the rings and pulsator on the early 60's agitators and then experimenting while QA'ing this stuff.


What I found is, water rushes under the rings and into the agitator column slits.  Some of the wash energy on the down stroke is being wasted without the cap in place.  If the cap is not in place to hold air pressure within the column, it allows water to simply come on into the column each stroke. 


If the cap is in place, it prevents this extra water from rushing in, keeping that "wasted" energy in the wash water within the tub. 


*** But, this only holds true for full loads, where the water level covers all the agitator slits.  Anything smaller than a full load and the upper slits never get submerged, whereby acting just like if no cap was in place.

Post# 1063406 , Reply# 48   3/16/2020 at 11:25 (1,107 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the Frigidaire named Fran.....I like that!

Post# 1063616 , Reply# 49   3/17/2020 at 23:27 (1,105 days old) by hippiedoll ( arizona )        
replies part 2:

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sorry for the delay in replying back to everyone. i had the part 1 all typed out and i hit something on my keyboard and it seemed to disappear on me. later after being discouraged with this laptop, i started closing down the computer and i found my reply in a separate tab all by itself. so i went ahead and sent that and figured i would reply in parts.
so, here we go with replies...

thank you Dave.
i don't know if you would call me a regular youtuber? i do have some videos but i don't think i have more than maybe a handful of videos that i've posted on youtube. but i did post some videos of the ALMOND Custom 1-18 that we switched the POPPY Gold Crown 1-18 cabinet to. check them out

thank you Mike.
where was this that you seen the "thumper" action when you were with your nan? was that here in the U.S.?

it's all good my friend. i knew what happened. the same thing happens to me too!!

it's all good! it's great to see both your GOLDIES; GE Filter-Flo & the Maytag 806

we sure do!
ha ha ha...
Wonder Twin Powers, ACTIVATE!

thank you paul.
nah... there's no room for a POPPY dryer. but thanks for thinking about it.
heh heh heh...

thank you Barry.
i remember reading that post of your's about it not being POPPY but the color is actually TERRA-COTTA. your's sounds just as beautiful!
as for the agitator cap, i do have the agitator cap. and the fabric softener dispenser, i did find a new in box Frigidaire fabric softener dispenser that sits on top of the agitator BUT...
it didn't fit on the top, it was just a tad too small to fit on the ridge. so i believe it is actually for the Frigidaires from the later 60's that were before the 1-18 came out.
the good news is that i do have a DOWNY fabric dispenser ball. but i haven't used it yet.

thank you Mark.
very cool, huh? i had the ALMOND one but i couldn't resist getting the POPPY. and i was pretty floored when i seen that it was shaded and from 1973

yes the POPPY is "thumping" along smoothly. i just did my weeks laundry a few days ago with not a hickup or hitch from ol' POPPY.
your aunt's name FRAN, fits perfect for POPPY! i like the fact that her name starts with F like Frigidaire. i've named my COPPERTONE Maytag MABEL.

thank you Bud.
and thank you for the tip about getting better rollover by putting the agitator cap in place. it makes sense the way describe it and i can picture what you are sayin in my mind. so thanks alot for that tip! i will definitely try to remember that whenever i have a super sized load to wash.

i'm feeling the name FRAN too.

Post# 1063662 , Reply# 50   3/18/2020 at 09:49 (1,105 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Lovely Machine HippeDoll!!

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Kudos to you and "the wonderful" Rogertongue-outkiss!!! 


I see in the video you are running it without the cap ? Do you have a cap??? Let me know I think I might have an extra one.



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Post# 1063688 , Reply# 51   3/18/2020 at 15:11 (1,105 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you Jon.
Yes, I do have the agitator cap. I just usually don't put it on because I pour the detergent and fabric softener into the agitator when the machine is almost full. And I would hate for the cap to become loose & fall into the tub while it's agitating and get under one of the cones and break/chip the edge of the cone.
So I usually don't put the cap on. But yes I do have a cap for the agitator.
Thank you for asking & the offer.

Post# 1063695 , Reply# 52   3/18/2020 at 15:29 (1,104 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
No problem HippieDoll

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Sometimes it fun the run the Jetcone naked and get all that splash!!

Post# 1063699 , Reply# 53   3/18/2020 at 16:01 (1,104 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Frigidaire 1-18 lint filter...

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After that humongous maiden load
of towels in FRAN, me & Roger couldn't figure out what would be the best way to clear out the lint filter? I didn't want to slam it down on the counter or against the garbage can, for fear of breaking/chipping/cracking the filter. So I used a plastic hairbrush cleaner that I bought at Sally's Beauty Supply, but it didn't get all the lint out.

What to do, what to do...

After doing my weeks laundry I decided to try the kitchen sink sprayer, and it cleared out all the lint perfectly. And I have one of them screened sink drain strainers that caught all the lint. And that is made of metal, so I can slam that against the garbage can to clear it out.

I thought I would share this with all of you that have a bed-of-nails filter. Maybe this will even work for the brush lint filters too?

I'd love to know how others clear the lint from their washer's lint filters.

Post# 1063705 , Reply# 54   3/18/2020 at 17:38 (1,104 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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can't speak for others....

but I don't put the filter in....its just there for looks.....

actually wishing mine was the bed of nails.....mine has the screen filter, which I can't say is much effective, as once it gets filled, then all the water flows out the back...

so in part, might as well leave it out....

you would expect more flow of water since it is named "Jet Flo"

there doesn't seem to be much "jet flo" as it would a jet spray would seem more effective as moving the lint out of the way to capture more....just my opinion...

the circle fill spray has more force to it....

as long as were on the subject, never understood why cones were not added all the way up the JetAction agitator....seems it would be more effective for the larger loads...

Post# 1063727 , Reply# 55   3/18/2020 at 20:04 (1,104 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I usually take them to an outside faucet and rinse them out. Works great for me. Glad you are having fun with FRAN!

Post# 1063769 , Reply# 56   3/19/2020 at 08:48 (1,104 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Thank you for your response...

So the Frigidaire Washer’s name is Fran, (though not “Rose” after the Poppy she’s in) a nice name, and I agree, fit for her, so have more fun with Fran...

And I will look forward to seeing much more...

— Dave

Post# 1063822 , Reply# 57   3/19/2020 at 18:03 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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You know, before I found FRAN, I didn't have a Frigidaire lint filter for ther ALMOND Custom 1-18. I ended up buying these little lint filter mesh bags, that were meant to be tied on (maybe to the end of the drain hose?) but I couldn't figure out how to get it onto the recirculating water spout in the washer. Maybe this is something you could figure out since you have more experience with washing machines than me? I think I bought these little lint filter mesh bags at either Walmart or possibly the DOLLAR TREE store?

As for the cones going (or not going) all the way up on the agitator, I wondered the same thing too? Maybe with a load so full, it gives it more room at the top of the tub to help the clothes circulate better?

Post# 1063824 , Reply# 58   3/19/2020 at 18:23 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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I did rinse the filter under the kitchen sink faucet, which I'm guessing is kinda the same thing as using the outside faucet? Maybe the water pressure isn't the strongest, because it didn't clear out all the lint. That's when I decided to try the sprayer which worked wonderfully at clearing out all the lint from the filter. And I have that screen sink strainer for the drain that catches all the lint and keeps it from going down into the housepipes.

Post# 1063825 , Reply# 59   3/19/2020 at 18:27 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thank you.
Stay tuned, I'm going to try and post some pictures in a few...

Post# 1063826 , Reply# 60   3/19/2020 at 18:33 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Post# 1063827 , Reply# 61   3/19/2020 at 18:35 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
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Post# 1063828 , Reply# 62   3/19/2020 at 18:42 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
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Post# 1063829 , Reply# 63   3/19/2020 at 18:42 (1,103 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson,AZ)        

Christina.........she looks so pretty sitting there with her shaded front and perfect control panel. :-)

Post# 1063830 , Reply# 64   3/19/2020 at 18:45 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
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Post# 1063831 , Reply# 65   3/19/2020 at 18:50 (1,103 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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I'm so glad the shading could be seen in that picture I took of the front panel. The lighting isn't the greatest with that one light in the laundry room.

Thank you Roger

Post# 1063843 , Reply# 66   3/19/2020 at 20:47 (1,103 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Poppy Frigidaire!

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Christina thanks for loading the pictures. They came out great and brings back a lot of great memories!

Post# 1063869 , Reply# 67   3/20/2020 at 02:55 (1,103 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Frigidaire Fran

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Hi Christina, I live near Liverpool, UK and it was in a local "Frigidaire Coin-Op" launderette in the 60`s that I first saw a row of turquoise Jetaction washers..They had a Dry cleaning Perc machine so once a year my nan would take down the heavy long burgundy crush velvet curtains that blocked out the winter draughts and she would roll them up and place in two little shopping trollys on wheels and we would pull these along to the launderette about 15 mins away.

A lady always supervised the quick dry clean machine , as a kid I couldnt understand dry clean ? I used to imagine they used something like a wet sand solution until I learned about the perc process many years later lol..

So as we waited we sat on bench seats facing the row of top loaders, I had been used to seeing top loaders , my nans niece Aunty Peg had a Servis top loader with an agitator, (like Speed Queen) so was used to the back n forth rhythmical action but then a heard this gentle woo woo woo sound so imagine my shock & delight when I ran over to see what was happening inside and saw the "Thumper" bobbing up and down through the glass lid with those familiar Frigidaire Lines etched on the glass and the soapy water splashing everywhere - mesmerised wasnt the word, then when the next lady unloaded her washer I could just stand on tip toes to peek inside and see the Jetcone and the smoothe mid grey washtub - AMAZING !!

Of course there was no way from that point on that that I was gonna wait another year to get a re-visit ha ha, I hung around there anytime I could to see these Frigidaire Jetactions washing away and getting high on the perc fumes !!

The model built here under license was the Frigidaire Jetamatic and had the built in 3kw water heater, alas we havnt managed to find one !!

Keep enjoying Poppy Fran !!

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Post# 1063918 , Reply# 68   3/20/2020 at 18:32 (1,102 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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That control panel is in absolutely amazing condition!  Mike I love that memory!!



What a cool machine.



Post# 1063940 , Reply# 69   3/20/2020 at 21:37 (1,102 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Glad you enjoyed the pictures & that they brought back good memories for you.

Post# 1063944 , Reply# 70   3/20/2020 at 21:57 (1,102 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thanks for sharing that wonderful memory of the Frigidaire coin-op launderette.
WOW... I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in a Frigidaire coin-op launderette. And with all those windows in the lids!?
You know me... I LOVES windows!
I know it would be near impossible, but MAN, could you imagine if I got a windowed-lid for FRAN!

Oh well, I'm happy that I've got a POPPY Frigidaire FRAN that is working.

Post# 1063945 , Reply# 71   3/20/2020 at 22:14 (1,102 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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You know, I didn't really notice how nice the control panel is, until just now that you mention it? I did notice a pretty big scratch in the chrome, below the PERMANENT PRESS CARE words, but that is it! And the fact that it only has those few scratches, there's no fading or flaking of the paint anywhere that I can see. If I didn't know any better, i would say it almost looks brand new, for it's age!
You are RIGHT!

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Post# 1066469 , Reply# 72   4/8/2020 at 12:20 (1,084 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Hey, Hippiedoll...

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If not for showing me that small scratch I wouldn’t have known it was there...

Hope that are having fun with Fran during your eternal downtime, Christina!

— Dave

Post# 1066968 , Reply# 73   4/11/2020 at 20:26 (1,080 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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oh my gosh...

Sorry for not responding sooner. It's been a little while since I've checked in here.

You are so right about that scratch! You know, at first I really didn't pay attention to how nice the whole machine was because I was just trippin on the fact that I was seeing in person & actually had a POPPY Frigidaire 1-18 washer. But when I really started looking at the shape Frigidaire FRAN was in, I was pretty amazed to see just how nice the cabinet & control panel are!
I did find a small chip in the front panel paint the other day. And there's probably a few other minor "scars" that I haven't noticed on the right side. But for being a 1973, I would say it's in great shape.

You know me, I loves the funky 70's colors:
Harvest Gold;
Maytag DE808, Kitchenaid KDI 19
Maytag 806, GE P-7 double-oven
Frigidaire 1-18 washer

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