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Post# 1077233   6/15/2020 at 12:16 (1,011 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I found this on Facebook about halfway through last week and about fell down when I saw the ad. Made arrangements to pick it up this morning. It has a neat story that goes with it, but for now here are the pictures from the ad.

Model: 110.5705953

Serial: C527063

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Post# 1077236 , Reply# 1   6/15/2020 at 12:41 (1,011 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Wow a 1957 Lady Kenmore, the very first Lady Kenmore washer! Congratulations it appears from the first set of pictures you posted to be a low use machine.

Post# 1077237 , Reply# 2   6/15/2020 at 12:47 (1,011 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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A real beauty from 1957, and a SUDS. My grandmother's neighbor Minnie Minorchek had one in I was just nuts about it. In '57, WP/KM was still returning suds at high speed, and it's a delight to watch. Hope you're not one of those suds-phobic types, and intend to use it. It is one of the highest dramatic acts in Washerology.

You must be so happy. Can't to hear the back story.

Post# 1077244 , Reply# 3   6/15/2020 at 13:38 (1,011 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Thats a real beauty
Good Luck with it!

Post# 1077245 , Reply# 4   6/15/2020 at 14:13 (1,011 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Ooh, she's a Texas resident!!!!  Congratulations!!!

Post# 1077249 , Reply# 5   6/15/2020 at 15:34 (1,011 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice save!!

Post# 1077259 , Reply# 6   6/15/2020 at 17:20 (1,011 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Congratulationsó Looking forward to hearing the back story on this LK beauty. It has one of the waterfall lint filters that has no latch! Let me take this opportunity to say that your washer is two years older than me, but sheís in far better shape than I am, lol.

Post# 1077273 , Reply# 7   6/15/2020 at 18:38 (1,011 days old) by Superba1 (CA)        

Wow, beautiful!

Post# 1077287 , Reply# 8   6/15/2020 at 20:04 (1,011 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
First Lady-Kenmore Washer

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Wow nice score Melvin, Imagine having this all porcelain beauty in 1957, the proud owner of this washer had the best AW the world had ever seen to this point in time, Its about like having a 1957 Chrysler Imperial.


Keep us informed about this cool find as you restore it.


John L.

Post# 1077304 , Reply# 9   6/15/2020 at 23:19 (1,011 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        
The Story:

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This machine came from a 60 year old family owned appliance company. The machine was given to the owner approximately 30 years ago from itís original owner. The owner of the appliance company installed a belt and a pump on it according to his daughter and the machine was in working condition.

Fast forward some 30 years and the machine had been sitting in their show room on display ever since. The father passed away around 10 years ago and his daughter has run the store since and decided it was finally time to let the machine go. I stumbled across the Facebook ad and the machine now resides at my shop. It is in beautiful condition due to being in a conditioned space for the last 30 years.

When I have a chance (probably wonít be soon due to working a lot) Iíll replace the upper center post seal and oil bearings if still in good condition. May go ahead and open gearcase to change oil and will change tub seals so that it will be usable again. Thanks for the positive comments and staying tuned. I still canít believe I found this Lady Kenmore.

Post# 1077326 , Reply# 10   6/16/2020 at 06:04 (1,010 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Very nice find!  Congratulations!

Post# 1077332 , Reply# 11   6/16/2020 at 07:27 (1,010 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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This is the first Suds Saver washer I ever saw working. I was just fascinated by the return suds while that Roto Swirl was splashing away with all that
"Return Drama" splashyness.

I also like the way the cycle dial clicks then about 3-5 seconds later in will move to the next increment. It was also the first machine I ever saw that Lit Up when you turned the dial.

No Polio either with the Germicidal Lamp.

Ah, the days of Real Machinery.

Congrats on your wonderful Woo Woo find.

Post# 1077333 , Reply# 12   6/16/2020 at 07:33 (1,010 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Wow, congrats on such a great find, with a great back story! Still amazed at what we are finding.


Post# 1077343 , Reply# 13   6/16/2020 at 09:49 (1,010 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
One for the record books.

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A show room model kept nice nd warm and dry for all those decades. Amazing, This is one of those Quintessential moments in this club when a member finds a long sought after dream machine that is both very rare and in mint condition, and close by.

With Eddie on the Suds ~ Remember after the clang of the suds valve, those exciting seconds of anticipation as the water volume gathers then bursts through the holes below the port. And the Hot Medium Warm Cool Cold--FIVE wash temps, never seen before !!!! My God, head spinning. You mean I can wash in medium or cool. Holy Cow, LOL

Post# 1077347 , Reply# 14   6/16/2020 at 10:30 (1,010 days old) by sprog (Boston)        
nice score!

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Post# 1077356 , Reply# 15   6/16/2020 at 11:45 (1,010 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I canít wait to get some time to work on it. It still has the original 2 prong ungrounded cord which has some cracked insulation so a new cord will be in order as well. Iím pretty sure itís the heaviest washer Iíve ever messed with.

Post# 1077359 , Reply# 16   6/16/2020 at 12:11 (1,010 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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There was a customer who had a vintage LK when I worked at the WP dealer.† I don't recall if it was this 1957 model or a 1958.† I saw it only once and have slept several times since then, LOL.

Post# 1077388 , Reply# 17   6/16/2020 at 16:53 (1,010 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Wow!  Congratulations! That is one fine lookin' Lady!   Nice that you have the backstory on the machine, too.  You'll have fun with this one for sure. 

Post# 1077503 , Reply# 18   6/17/2020 at 09:40 (1,009 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

So if this machine returned suds at high speed, did it originally have the splash guard that went on the pregnant Roto Swirl to reduce splashing like our 52 waterfall front Kenmore had?

Post# 1077569 , Reply# 19   6/17/2020 at 17:16 (1,009 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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what a cool find and an AWESOME save!
Can't wait to see some video...

Post# 1077594 , Reply# 20   6/17/2020 at 19:24 (1,009 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Knock me over with a feather.

Post# 1077596 , Reply# 21   6/17/2020 at 19:29 (1,009 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Melvin, what a terrific story.  How far away from Danbury was this?  What's the little knob to the left of the sudsomatic for?

Post# 1077603 , Reply# 22   6/17/2020 at 20:01 (1,009 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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This washer was an hour from me. The small knob to the left of the sudsomatic selector is the rinse temp. Selections are warm or cold. I had a few minutes to tinker with this machine this evening. After freeing the drive system I plugged it in and gave her a whirl.

Didnít sound bad for not running in 30 years. Didnít want to spin but after coaxing a little it got up to speed but the bearings are either dry or shot as I expected. Timer motor not advancing. Turned to suds and agitator kicked right in. The light lit the timer area up. The suds saver parts are missing and from the looks of the tape on the wiring hanging down the components may have been removed before the previous owner received the machine. Hoses are not connected to the pump which I saw when I picked the machine up.

It looks to me like the intention was to rebuild the machine but it was never finished. The coolest moment today is when I held the out of balance switch in and the bell sounded every 5 seconds.

Post# 1077610 , Reply# 23   6/17/2020 at 20:23 (1,009 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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If it took a bit of coaxing to get it to spin the clutch could be slipping. Had a issue with the clutch slipping on my Kenmore portable belt drive washer last November and it was caused by not putting the 7/16 steel ball back in the t-bearing causing it to slip like crazy but itís been fixed

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