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Finally finished it - Restoration of Hoover 0308 Wringer Washing Machine
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Post# 1075378   6/2/2020 at 04:18 (1,034 days old) by Hoover0308 (Brisbane Australia )        

I started this project a few years ago, but got interrupted by a move from Melbourne to Brisbane (about 2000kms) and then a house renovation.

COVID-19 restrictions gave me some time to focus on finishing the job and I am gald to say that it is done.

I have uploaded a video to YouTube

I would like to extend my thanks to chestermikeUK for the service manual and advice given in the early stages.

You can see my next project sitting in the background in one of the shots.

Post# 1075384 , Reply# 1   6/2/2020 at 05:55 (1,033 days old) by aussie-plugs (Melbourne, Australia)        

What a great little project. Well done!

Post# 1075447 , Reply# 2   6/2/2020 at 12:20 (1,033 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Fab restoration work Stephen, working like new, love the shiny impeller.
Did you find new rollers or sand those down, look like new?

Because this tub is taller and narrower than later models it really does whirl the clothes around well !!

Post# 1075497 , Reply# 3   6/3/2020 at 04:27 (1,033 days old) by Hoover0308 (Brisbane Australia )        
About the rollers

Thanks Mike.

The bottom roller required a bit of sanding as it showed quite a bit of cracking, the top roller wasn't too bad.

Yep the clothes do get a decent whirl. I guess the tub ratios changed to increase the wash capacity on later models.

I wonder what the rationale was for Hoover reversing the pulsator direction and tub orientation on all the later machines? I would love to have been a fly on the wall in engineering in those days.

Post# 1075511 , Reply# 4   6/3/2020 at 09:03 (1,032 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Nice work, it looks like new! These are amazing little washers, Hoover got the pulsator right.

Post# 1075524 , Reply# 5   6/3/2020 at 10:20 (1,032 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Stephen, this video is a work of art. Everything is perfect, even matching the black and white floor colors with the black and white of the machine, and a splash of color in the towel. The irony of cutting edge technique against so ancient a machine is stunning and brilliant. Congratulations. The sound the silver pulsator makes on start up is so futuristic. Everything is dazzling.

Post# 1075555 , Reply# 6   6/3/2020 at 15:06 (1,032 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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That is probably the most effective pulsator I've ever seen!  Well done!

Post# 1075637 , Reply# 7   6/4/2020 at 03:44 (1,032 days old) by Hoover0308 (Brisbane Australia )        
The Art of Video

Thanks Mickeyd,

The credit for the videography goes to my partner.

Yes the Hoover 0308 is perfectly coordinated with our home decor :)

Post# 1075639 , Reply# 8   6/4/2020 at 04:33 (1,032 days old) by Hoover0308 (Brisbane Australia )        
That Pulsator

Thanks eurekastar,

When I showed the machine to a 'non-appliance oriented' engineering friend he didn't believe that that little pulsator could move the water. Let alone provide such a vigourous wash action.

It took a demonstration to convince him.

Post# 1075716 , Reply# 9   6/4/2020 at 16:55 (1,031 days old) by supertwin59 (shropshire, england, united kingdom)        

Hello Stephen,

You have clearly done a meticulous job, congratulations.

Video most enjoyable.

Best wishes, Walter, Shropshire, West Midlands, ENGLAND.

Post# 1075975 , Reply# 10   6/6/2020 at 05:21 (1,029 days old) by Hoover0308 (Brisbane Australia )        
Thanks Walter

Glad you enjoyed the video

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