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Pre-War Bendix Restored!
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Post# 1067383   4/14/2020 at 18:59 (1,465 days old) by Dgray316 (Elizabeth, Illinois )        

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Here is the Bendix Pre-War restored. found new bearings and seal for it. Rebuilt the transmission and motor, water vale rebuilt and new timer. Done all this myself!

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Post# 1067386 , Reply# 1   4/14/2020 at 19:02 (1,465 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Wow! Congratulations that is impressive!

Post# 1067387 , Reply# 2   4/14/2020 at 19:13 (1,465 days old) by stricklybojack (South Hams Devon UK)        

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Bravo, looks fantastic!

Post# 1067388 , Reply# 3   4/14/2020 at 19:15 (1,465 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        
Awesome job!!

That looks really nice! Congrats!

Post# 1067389 , Reply# 4   4/14/2020 at 19:16 (1,465 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

Way to go!!

Post# 1067390 , Reply# 5   4/14/2020 at 19:17 (1,465 days old) by Dgray316 (Elizabeth, Illinois )        

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Thanks labor of love for sure!

Post# 1067391 , Reply# 6   4/14/2020 at 19:21 (1,465 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!

Post# 1067396 , Reply# 7   4/14/2020 at 19:31 (1,465 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Excellent- looks like it just left the factory!

Post# 1067403 , Reply# 8   4/14/2020 at 20:08 (1,465 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

That has a porcelain tub.I thought the prewar bendixes had a galvanized tub.Very nice I have a similar one.I am curious to know what holds the soaplid in place mine came off.

Post# 1067407 , Reply# 9   4/14/2020 at 20:54 (1,465 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Looks like it just came off the showroom floor! Congrats and thanks for sharing the photos.

Post# 1067409 , Reply# 10   4/14/2020 at 21:05 (1,465 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Congratulations an such a perfect restoration!


 Enjoy it and thanks for the photos.  I remember when these were still in common use.



Post# 1067411 , Reply# 11   4/14/2020 at 21:22 (1,465 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Wow!  Would love to see that beauty in action!

Post# 1067420 , Reply# 12   4/14/2020 at 21:49 (1,465 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This is a beautiful restoration!

Post# 1067429 , Reply# 13   4/14/2020 at 23:18 (1,465 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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David, that's an absolutely beautiful machine.  Did you do all the restoration?  I would love to see a picture of it next to the Hamilton dryer.  

Post# 1067458 , Reply# 14   4/15/2020 at 04:46 (1,465 days old) by Kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Great job!




Post# 1067464 , Reply# 15   4/15/2020 at 07:14 (1,465 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice job!


Post# 1067466 , Reply# 16   4/15/2020 at 07:50 (1,465 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Beautiful job - it looks factory fresh!

Post# 1067470 , Reply# 17   4/15/2020 at 08:21 (1,465 days old) by Slowspin66 (lincoln uk)        
Well done

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Donít you just love a Bendix !!!
Your very talented and what a great job youíve done . Here in the UK Iím not sure if we had these very early Bendix machines . The ones Iíve done are from the 1950s !!!! Wonderful to see another treasure restored .! This is the last one I finished . Can you do a video of yours washing ?? Best wishes Darren

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Post# 1067479 , Reply# 18   4/15/2020 at 10:15 (1,465 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Wow ....

Very nice job and attention to detail is superb!

What did you do for the door gasket?

Please detail the bearings and seal you used if these were parts substitutions and how you did the install.

Post# 1067486 , Reply# 19   4/15/2020 at 10:34 (1,465 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Nice work! Love the black outer tub. Was it painted black?

Post# 1067582 , Reply# 20   4/16/2020 at 09:09 (1,464 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Yeah thats my question too Ben,

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This black tub is not in the pre-war literature. And those knobs are 1940's. The pre-war machines had dimples which were removed around 1940. Pre War machines had chicken beak knobs on top of a metal badge. The soap door was up front not in the rear. And the door hinges were covered in hard rubber. Note the handle style and the chrome bands that held the tub in place. This is a beautiful restoration for sure and it is carrying a pre-war badge on the front. Nice looking machine, nice restoration.       For some reason my photos are posting SIDEWISE TODAY --- ROBERT???!!!!

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Post# 1067584 , Reply# 21   4/16/2020 at 09:25 (1,464 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
My machine would have had the

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galvanized tub originally, however the machine was used and then the owner sent it back to Bendix in 1950 for a full make over she loved it so much and so at that time the tub was replaced by the newer porcelain tub. This is where I got lucky Hubby bought her a new Bendix in 1950 so when this machine was returned it was installed and not used so the tub is brand spanking new. So was the pump etc.   ROBERT-- THE PHOTOS ARE SIDEWISE AGAIN !!!

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Post# 1067586 , Reply# 22   4/16/2020 at 09:28 (1,464 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Here is the install manual

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post 1939.

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Post# 1067642 , Reply# 23   4/16/2020 at 15:27 (1,463 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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aww so so cool... awesome job.. love it..

Post# 1067646 , Reply# 24   4/16/2020 at 15:40 (1,463 days old) by Slowspin66 (lincoln uk)        

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Just love the history . I can understand the previous owners attachment to her machine they are brilliantt and really excellent wash results . Did the machines in the USA have water heaters in them ??

Post# 1067734 , Reply# 25   4/17/2020 at 06:55 (1,463 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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the large Combos had water heaters, but I dont know of any Gyramatics that had heaters. Anybody know about that ??


Post# 1067741 , Reply# 26   4/17/2020 at 07:35 (1,463 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Didn't the very first models from 37/38 have a water heater?  I am thinking about that 'Snow White' promo ad...

Post# 1067767 , Reply# 27   4/17/2020 at 10:00 (1,463 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        
Tumble Action Bendix water heaters

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AFAIK, the only B/S/G models that had water heaters were the 1952 G-314/1953 WCG/1954 WDG-H/1955 WEG-H Gyromatics. None of the bolt down models had heaters.


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Post# 1067905 , Reply# 28   4/18/2020 at 03:26 (1,462 days old) by Slowspin66 (lincoln uk)        
Water heaters

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In the Uk at the time when the Bendix was being sold most houses in the UK didnít have a easy supply of hot water . Most homes were heating water from back boilers fuelled by coal fired or solid fuel boilers . Therefore a heater in the bendix was brilliant . The water can be raised from cold to boiling if needed . I know at the time soap powders were not like modern biological brands so the hot water was almost essential
The water can be kept hot with or without the wash action . This is the temperature gauge on the machine Before being restored

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Post# 1068022 , Reply# 29   4/18/2020 at 21:36 (1,461 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawaiíi)        

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Absolutely stunning!

Post# 1068046 , Reply# 30   4/19/2020 at 01:15 (1,461 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Wow, Another great Bendix restore David, amazing how the different styles are over the year from the early bolt downs to the sleeker cabinet styles.!!

Looking forward to seeing it washing !!

Heers a video of Darrens (slowspin66) we shot early this year !!

Post# 1068135 , Reply# 31   4/19/2020 at 12:04 (1,460 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Bendix partnered with Disney with the release of the animated movie Snow White and called the models with a heater the "Snow White Bendix" and said that they heated water hotter than tap hot to get whites "Snow White". The testing magazines disproved that, but did say the heater did keep the water from cooling as much, only 5 to 10 degrees, I think, as it would without the heater energized.

Post# 1068584 , Reply# 32   4/22/2020 at 05:45 (1,458 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
The 1953 Combo

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I had and now Jeff has, has the heater and it was working, of the 4 Combos I had that one was the only working unit. It got the wash so hot you could not keep your hand on the door glass. Amazing machines all around so glad to see all these beautiful restorations going forward. 


Mike, fantastic video of Darren's machines. Those are gorgeous, what is the top loader that has the "Drib-La-Matic" action into the tub? And that top loader with the spinning navy tub DROOL. But those Bendix Taps OMG over the top!! I never knew those were made !! The piece de resistance is the enamel tub catching the drips from the Frigidaire spin dryer !!!  Darren your clothes are gonna get confused, tumbling one way in the Bendix and the other in the Liberator!!

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