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Post# 1077086   6/14/2020 at 15:55 (1,016 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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1974 Kenmore Suds model, HUGE TUB, everything works well except pesky dispensers. 1973 or 74 Speed Queen solid tub, small porcelain tub, single speed, new pump this month and works perfectly. last 2 pics are 1959(my birth year) Whirlpool suds model, 2 speed, new capacitor last week and running well.

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Post# 1077088 , Reply# 1   6/14/2020 at 15:58 (1,016 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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First 2 pics are 1960 Whirlpool Imperial Mark 12, the most complete and thorough re-build I've ever done. 3rd pic is a mid 70's Maytag A208 suds, works well but currently out of the lineup, as is a working 1977 GE Filter Flo suds model, needs some work on the suds valve.

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Post# 1077090 , Reply# 2   6/14/2020 at 16:11 (1,016 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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Some gas, some electric. 1st is the matching drier to the 1959 washer, Whirpool near TOL, has a weird pilot that lights itself at the start of the cycle. Next is 1978 Frigidaire 1-18 drier, gas, I trust the timed dry more than the automatic sensing on this one.HUGE drum. It's matching washer is on my TO REPAIR list for maybe 2 years.
Pic 3 is electric Kenmore 1966, yes it's vented into the basement so I only use in wintertime. Pic 4 is 59 or 60 Kenmore electric, MOL, it's my go to drier for T-shirts. Pic 5 is a working Hamilton, I think 1952, and it only vents indoors so no summertime use, hence the 'Tag washer sitting in front of it.. It has an ozone lamp to protect me from polio.

I have no idea why some pics are uploading on their side, on my PC's Picasa viewer they are standing up, who knows, sorry.

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Post# 1077092 , Reply# 3   6/14/2020 at 16:21 (1,016 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
and more

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Gas 1974 Kenmore, one of my favorites because I can turn off the buzzer. Next is 1992 gas Kenmore, buzzer will not shut up, I got it for $20 since a dummy 2 blocks away did not know how to replace a $16 HSI. It's got the extended back of the drum, great for big blankets, etc, a million percent dependable reliable perfect performance.
Last 2 pics, 1952(?) Blackstone I don't know if I'll ever get to fixing, and a 52(maybe) Westy slant-front drier, pretty soon on my list.

NOT PICTURED:1978 Norge 2 speed washer, nearly impossible bearings job needed but I loved the burpolator for the 2 years it ran for me. 2 early 50's WP/KM washers, I'll make one work out of 2 models, I think. In my garage to someday come indoors, a matched set late 70's flat front front load Westinghouse pair, I think the washer needs tons of work.
And upstairs in use, not pictured, a 1942 Chambers s range, cooking turkey thighs right now, I am hungry for dinner!

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Post# 1077093 , Reply# 4   6/14/2020 at 16:36 (1,016 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Need close-up of the controls of the SQ and WP Imperial in 1st post.  :-)

Post# 1077112 , Reply# 5   6/14/2020 at 19:47 (1,016 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Nice Collection

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Looks like you won't run out of clean clothing.


I am using this time to redo my laundry room here at home, I will end up with 8-10 washers and 4 gas dryers and one or two electric FD condenser dryers.


I will post pictures when I start reinstalling the machines.


John L.

Post# 1077113 , Reply# 6   6/14/2020 at 20:06 (1,016 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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you have a real great lineup - I like the Whirlpool the best!

Post# 1077118 , Reply# 7   6/14/2020 at 20:42 (1,016 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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John, I look forward to your revamped laundry room.  

Post# 1077275 , Reply# 8   6/15/2020 at 18:52 (1,015 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
I'm ready for my close-up

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3 pics, close up of controls 1960 Whirlpool Imperial Mark 12. The unmarked button if ofr if you bought the suds model. I changed things around and turned this into a suds model.

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Post# 1077276 , Reply# 9   6/15/2020 at 18:55 (1,015 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
More closeups

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1973 or 74 Speed Queen, BOL for sure, 1 speed, smaller porcelain tub instead of stainless. No banging solenoids, it's the later reversing motor type from 73?) to the end in 79(?). FUN AS HELL, only solid tub I've ever owned. You're seeing everything, 2 knobs total

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Post# 1077277 , Reply# 10   6/15/2020 at 18:59 (1,015 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
even more

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1959 Whirlpool, nearly TOL. Works well, and has the 3 solenoid water valve. Cold cool warm medium hot, pretty cool.
Wash N Wear water temps means cold rinse. Standard water temps usually means warm rinse. Plenty of flexibility.

Year of my birth, 1959, so of course it's a favorite.

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Post# 1077284 , Reply# 11   6/15/2020 at 19:29 (1,015 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Mark didnt you have another 59 or 60 whirlpool in your lineup you restored? I thought I remembered it from a few years ago!

Post# 1077291 , Reply# 12   6/15/2020 at 20:28 (1,015 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Mark, thank you for the wonderful closeups.  Would you please also make an under lid operating instructions picture of the Mark 12?  Thank you.


I'm assuming on the normal cycle to get a warm/warm, you had to fill with warm from the W'n'W and then switch to Medium with the warm rinse after the wash filled so there'd be a warm rinse.  

Post# 1077296 , Reply# 13   6/15/2020 at 20:44 (1,015 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Water Temps On a 1960 Whirlpool Imperial Mark 12

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#4 Non-Colorfast should provide a warm W&R


John L.

Post# 1077320 , Reply# 14   6/16/2020 at 05:07 (1,015 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Hey Peteski

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These are the only 1959/60 machines I've ever owned. When I got the 1960 washer, I lied to unknowing family and friends that it was a 1959 model, my birth year, how would they ever know (or care.) When I got the matched set 1959, I got honest that the Imperial was actually a 60. No one was offended!

I'll get more pics of the 1960 Imperial Mark 12 later today, under the lid.

Post# 1077323 , Reply# 15   6/16/2020 at 05:27 (1,015 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Thanks Mark

Post# 1077389 , Reply# 16   6/16/2020 at 16:54 (1,014 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Mark this was the machine I thought was yours!

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Post# 1077433 , Reply# 17   6/16/2020 at 20:38 (1,014 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Hey Peteski

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No suck luck, not sure who's that is but they are lucky.

Here's more from 1959 of mine, with the Surgilator and silver cap, and the green lint filter:

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Post# 1077436 , Reply# 18   6/16/2020 at 20:39 (1,014 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
now 1960

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And 1960 with the instructions under the lid nad the Magig Mixing Filter and the working FS and bleach dispenser, Imperial Mark12

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Post# 1077462 , Reply# 19   6/16/2020 at 21:53 (1,014 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Mark thanks for posting they are beautiful machines.

Post# 1077468 , Reply# 20   6/16/2020 at 22:30 (1,014 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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That’s a nice collection there!

Post# 1077477 , Reply# 21   6/16/2020 at 23:27 (1,014 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Would it be possible to get a picture of the dryer drum aka the money shot that goes with the washer in reply #10?

Post# 1077604 , Reply# 22   6/17/2020 at 20:05 (1,013 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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All 3 pics are upside down, I have no idea why.
Whirlpool Gas dryer W5907000

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Post# 1077608 , Reply# 23   6/17/2020 at 20:20 (1,013 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Nice! Even if it’s a perforated drum back Whirlpool 29” dryer it must be fairly quick with the 25,000 btu heat output and the 37,000 btu models must have been even faster. I actually got to service/clean out the lint of a ‘1956 Whirlpool Imperial gas dryer but that particular Whirlpool dryer had the chicken wire type material for the perforated drum back and seems to be closer to the bulkhead compared to the punched steel drum backs on the later perforated drum back 29” dryer

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