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Vintage Viking Washer and Dryer
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Post# 1066917   4/11/2020 at 14:07 (1,074 days old) by bellalaundry (Hamilton, Canada)        

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I'm thinking I might pick up this set. It's so close to me. Can anyone tell me who actually made them. My guess would be Whirlpool, however I see that the tub is a solid tub...

Any ideas?

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Post# 1066927 , Reply# 1   4/11/2020 at 14:28 (1,074 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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This is a solid-tub machine.  Other than that, I don't have a clue, mostly because of the agitator.  

Post# 1066932 , Reply# 2   4/11/2020 at 15:09 (1,074 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Not WP

Maybe Kelvinator?

Post# 1066934 , Reply# 3   4/11/2020 at 15:22 (1,074 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Not Kelvinator either.  Maybe produced by Beam?  

Post# 1066936 , Reply# 4   4/11/2020 at 15:33 (1,074 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Larger pics & tub/agitator lightened.

Looks much like a Wizard ... also looks to be in very good condition, at least cosmetically.  Under-console light, switch at lower right.

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Post# 1066938 , Reply# 5   4/11/2020 at 15:44 (1,074 days old) by bellalaundry (Hamilton, Canada)        

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for increasing the picture size! The set does look to be in good cosmetic shape. I've e-mail the seller to get more details on the machine.


Post# 1066939 , Reply# 6   4/11/2020 at 16:17 (1,074 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I always liked the Viking boat decal.

Post# 1066941 , Reply# 7   4/11/2020 at 16:33 (1,074 days old) by 114jwh (Vancouver)        
Franklin built Eatons Viking

Congrats on an amazing find! Looks like what you've found is a Franklin built washer made for Eatons department store. Very rare these days as I think they were somewhat unreliable machines coupled with parts availability limitations I've heard, at least in Canada.

Eatons started using GE to build their Viking laundry equipment around 1971 I believe so this machine would be before that change over. My guess would be this is from the mid-1960's

Given the condition from the pictures and the mere fact its still in existence, I'd bet the pair was purchased to replace a wringer, it was used a couple times (if ever) and the homeowner went back to using the wringer and continued using the dryer. Either that or it came from a secondary home.

My grandmother had a Franklin built Viking dryer, older than this. It had the lint filter door on top like a WP/Inglis/Kenmore. I don't remember her ever having any problems with it and I think it worked fairly well.

I'd snap the set up in a heartbeat - can't wait to see more pictures once you pick it up!

Post# 1066946 , Reply# 8   4/11/2020 at 17:33 (1,074 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Definitely snatch that up! 

Post# 1066951 , Reply# 9   4/11/2020 at 18:39 (1,074 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Norwegians were Vikings, after all

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The bottom kick-plate reminds me of a Norge that I've seen. The agitator looks like ones in Philco/Dexter dual wringer washers that have been posted on this site as does the control panel. Interesting machine; those pictures are giving me nostalgia.Those pictures look like the Platonic form of a gosh-derned Warshing Machine.

Post# 1066958 , Reply# 10   4/11/2020 at 19:21 (1,074 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Wow that machine needs to be saved, it's a very rare solid-tub Franklin made washer, almost exactly the same machine as my old '66 Coronado. But this machine appears to be almost never used! Look at the shine on the lid and agitator.

Someone really needs to save this.

Post# 1066966 , Reply# 11   4/11/2020 at 20:15 (1,074 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Oh wow!! Eddy in Vancouver had (hopefully still does) one of these Franklin - built Viking washers!  Guy, please save this if you can!!

Post# 1066969 , Reply# 12   4/11/2020 at 20:34 (1,074 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Fantastic find!! It reminds me of the old Western Auto Wizard machines of the late 60's, they were not the quietest machines. I think the tub indexed, much like the Westinghouse. Those machines were pigs.

Would love, love to see a video of it running.


Post# 1066977 , Reply# 13   4/11/2020 at 21:34 (1,074 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Bob, when I mentioned Kelvinator, I was thinking of the models made after they became part of WCI, rather than American Motors. Those Kelvinators, along with Gibson and Hamilton, were Franklin based machines.

Post# 1067046 , Reply# 14   4/12/2020 at 09:42 (1,073 days old) by bellalaundry (Hamilton, Canada)        
I agree

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with the notion that these were probably not used because someone liked using their wringer.

The seller did return my e-mail and told me that the dryer was electric and hard wired in.

I am going to pass on these...they should be saved, just not by me. I do not have the skill that is required to keep these up and running.

If I am going to get another vintage machine, it needs to be something that uses more common parts.


Post# 1067053 , Reply# 15   4/12/2020 at 10:52 (1,073 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Oh!! This is so not fair... I would grab them but I literally would be turned back at the Quebec/Ontario border if I tried to cross... sigh....

Post# 1067056 , Reply# 16   4/12/2020 at 11:26 (1,073 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Difinitely An Early 60s Franklin Built Washer

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Franklin was a division of the Studebaker car company.


Our family got one of these washers in 1960 branded with the CO-OP name, it lasted till 1966 with only a few minor problems.


This washer was a bit of a copy of a solid-tub GE washer, the matching dryer was a loose copy of a late 50s WP dryer.


These washers in this early ST versions were pretty quite running, If this machine is in good shape it would be a fun vintage but not good for an everyday driver as parts are non-existent.


The dryer like late 50s was slow and unlike WPs dryers was not well built, I would expect the dryer to be less reliable than the washer.


Paul you should get these machines.


John L.

Post# 1067058 , Reply# 17   4/12/2020 at 11:36 (1,073 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Trust me, John, if I was able to leave the province, I would...  I don't think the provincial police would believe a Viking rescue mission was an emergency requiring travel.... LOL 

Post# 1067060 , Reply# 18   4/12/2020 at 11:49 (1,073 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Just a suggestion here, if these are truly close why don't you go ahead and rescue them, knowing that you have an audience interested in them eventually?  At least the pair would be rescued, and you can continue to watch for another pair that is better suited to you?



Post# 1067081 , Reply# 19   4/12/2020 at 14:56 (1,073 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The Dryer for posterity.

Very cool set. Wash time can be dialed back by at least 1/3 as this is probably one of the most violent agitators ever made. Good for scrubbing out coveralls and work clothes, while it lasted. Doing a load of jeans in Robert's once, this beast ripped a waist button-stud off of a pair of Levi's.

This is a rather close shot of Robert's 64 Wizard washing. Same agitator as in this Viking. I believe there are PODs that feature Wizard (Western Auto) and Coronado (Gambles) washers of this vintage.

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Post# 1067104 , Reply# 20   4/12/2020 at 17:26 (1,073 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
thats one damn powerful

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Washer !  Roberts broke my new jeans in in 10 minutes ! No dirt escapes these , definitely to be saved so Paul can come after lock down and take them away to some far Eastern Province


Post# 1067120 , Reply# 21   4/12/2020 at 18:48 (1,073 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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when have you ever seen an indexing tub be so effective....

Post# 1067127 , Reply# 22   4/12/2020 at 20:09 (1,073 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Indexing Tub

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This was the first AW with an indexing tub, only one other manufacturer ever took this shortcut in washer design.


The 1960 CO-OP  [ Franklin ] we had no  Finns at the top of the agitator and never seemed too aggressive with the laundry.


John L.

Post# 1067133 , Reply# 23   4/12/2020 at 20:42 (1,073 days old) by stricklybojack (South Hams Devon UK)        

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Priced just high enough so that only a dedicated vintage washer lover would likely be interested.
The seller has been listing stuff for 7 years. I think they will probably still be available after lock-down and travel restrictions are lifted.

Post# 1067260 , Reply# 24   4/13/2020 at 22:40 (1,071 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Looked Norgey till Glen blew it up

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Because of both the solid tub and the available view of only the four large paddle fins.
But......"OH what a beautiful washer; oh what a beautiful day," etc, (the song) !

Stunning, this machine is from the era when there were a million washing machines, every one so different,
so unique, so magnificent, with outrageously tricked out panels and the ever-present "Look at all the extra buttons--how exciting to wonder what they do."

Wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Paul will be hiding this from Chris by Dominion Day.

Post# 1067308 , Reply# 25   4/14/2020 at 11:27 (1,071 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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You could sneak across and get it Mickey,, it's barely 30 mins away,, or got a boat?

Post# 1067309 , Reply# 26   4/14/2020 at 11:42 (1,071 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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You KNOW I already looked, Petey! It's about 4 hours away, above the next great lake over, Ontario, not my beloved Erie. DRAT! So today, I boat shop.;'D . Got to get there before that feisty Paul does, LOL. HAHA. What fun!

Post# 1067310 , Reply# 27   4/14/2020 at 11:47 (1,071 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I thought it was in Welland Ontario about 25 miles from BUffalo ?

Post# 1067314 , Reply# 28   4/14/2020 at 12:36 (1,071 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
It's in Kingston.

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I sent my drone; that turquoise person is already there, alas. He is incredible!


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