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1960s GE coin op washer
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Post# 1077558   6/17/2020 at 15:55 (1,435 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Hey gang, I was just wondering if anyone has and repair info or part number chart for these machines? Also if you know the age range of this machine that would be helpful too. Thanks in advance!

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Post# 1077664 , Reply# 1   6/18/2020 at 07:36 (1,435 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
GE Commercial Washers

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Those would be around 1964-6, there is nothing special about repairing them as they are about the same as home models from the same time period so service information is easy to find, most parts can be found as well.


John L.

Post# 1077684 , Reply# 2   6/18/2020 at 10:37 (1,435 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks John, I appreciate it! I will investigate that further. I thought the transmittion shaft and top looked a little heftier. Glad to know it is the same!

I have a 1962 (I think) GE V12 home model with the triangle top transmission. The activator is seized to the transmission shaft. I have soaked it for a LONG time with an an anti seize fluid and can't get it loose. Do you have any advice on that? It's been a while since I messed with that one. It works but the tranny seeps and spin is way off balance, probably the balance ring.

Post# 1077687 , Reply# 3   6/18/2020 at 10:50 (1,435 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
What color

is that washer? On my screen it looks too light to be Turquoise, and too blue to be white.

Post# 1077729 , Reply# 4   6/18/2020 at 16:27 (1,434 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

It is turquoise, my favorite color.

Post# 1077735 , Reply# 5   6/18/2020 at 16:57 (1,434 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

There is very little natural light in that room. The camera lightened it some.

Post# 1077743 , Reply# 6   6/18/2020 at 17:58 (1,434 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

Can we get a close-up of the switches and lights?

Post# 1077772 , Reply# 7   6/18/2020 at 20:26 (1,434 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very cool - and there are three of them!

Post# 1077782 , Reply# 8   6/18/2020 at 21:24 (1,434 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Thanks for the clarification; it's a beautiful machine.

Post# 1077799 , Reply# 9   6/18/2020 at 23:29 (1,434 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thank you so much! I would be glad to share some pics of the timer andlights and buttons tomorrow afternoon. I have 4 of them. They are in pretty good shape for their age. They appear to be low mileage

Post# 1077810 , Reply# 10   6/19/2020 at 01:40 (1,434 days old) by aircub (Huntington, AR)        
your 62 v12

can we see pics of the v12 my mother had one as her first machine and I loved it.


Post# 1077830 , Reply# 11   6/19/2020 at 07:42 (1,434 days old) by Doug (West Virgina)        
Selling a washer

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Hello those r nice looking machines. I know u said u had 4, were u trying to sell any of them? Look forward to seeing more pics of these! thanks doug

Post# 1077861 , Reply# 12   6/19/2020 at 13:14 (1,433 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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That same GE coin-op (in white) was in the laundry room of my freshmen dorm in 1977-78. It wasn't in great shape, but it was fun to use, as the agitation speed seemed so fast compared to the 1960 Kenmore I'd grown up with. I always put the detergent in the Filter-Flo pan.

When I went back to the same floor the next year to visit a friend, it had been replaced with a Whirlpool.

A nice blast from the past; I hadn't seen one of those in years.

Post# 1077867 , Reply# 13   6/19/2020 at 14:49 (1,433 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks for your comments! Here are some more pics. I hope to get them all up and running. I plan to keep them. I have the bug lol. One appears to be fully functional but I haven't tried a were run yet. It has a pesky lid switch and doesnt run with the lid open, agitate or spin. I may have to bypass that lol. I would be happy to post pics of the v12. I will check my drive this afternoon. I have it at another building so it may take a little while but I'll post them for you.

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Post# 1078180 , Reply# 14   6/21/2020 at 21:35 (1,431 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Aircub, here are the pics of what I believe is a 1962 v12. Hope you enjoy. I forgot to get a tub shot :(

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Post# 1078183 , Reply# 15   6/21/2020 at 22:47 (1,431 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I have never seen that style before.  Those are BEAUTIFUL!!  Wish there were pics of the dryer too.  

Post# 1078185 , Reply# 16   6/22/2020 at 00:41 (1,431 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks, I believe the dryer is a 1961. I will take some pics and post of the dryer next time I'm at that building. It is a match except the buttons are chunkier rather than thin flaps.

Post# 1078188 , Reply# 17   6/22/2020 at 01:48 (1,431 days old) by aircub (Huntington, AR)        

wow beautiful such great memories and it my life dream to find one again.

thanks for the pics


Post# 1078345 , Reply# 18   6/23/2020 at 07:46 (1,430 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        
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Oh wow... That one looks like the 63 I used to have.  Not a suds-saver but it had those "paddle" switches for water temps, speeds, etc. 

Post# 1080046 , Reply# 19   7/6/2020 at 12:55 (1,416 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        
Restoration advice

Hey again! I have started restoring the worst one of these four machines. I need to draw upon the expert advice here. What is the best procedure to treat the usual rust around the bottom of the outer tub on the old GE. It is not too bad and not rusted through. I want to stabilize it so I am comfortable using it occasionally. Also, after treating the rust should I use a sealant on the new boot when installing it and if so, which one?

The transmission on this one was full of rusty water which has been sitting for 30 years. I have a spare working newer plastic case transmission that is in working condition. Can I replace the original transmission with the newer plastic body transmission and order the appropriate newer style plastic hub cover and still use my black original activator/agitator? If I can use the newer transmission should I replace the seals top and bottom or leave it alone if it is working?

I have included pictures of these. Thanks everyone!

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Post# 1080077 , Reply# 20   7/6/2020 at 17:07 (1,416 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Restoring An older GE FF Washer

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Hi, just sand down the rust in the outer tub and paint with a marine two part paint, You don't need to glue the boot in place.

It would be better to use the better plastic transmission, if you want to use the old agitator you will need to find a different lower agitator bearing insert, like the one pictured.

John L.

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Post# 1080110 , Reply# 21   7/6/2020 at 20:10 (1,416 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks John L, I appreciate your help!

Post# 1081898 , Reply# 22   7/21/2020 at 15:57 (1,401 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        
More GE help needed!

Hey again! I have a couple more questions. How do you get the single speed clutch stem off of the motor shaft. I removed the U-bolt and plate but the clutch stem doesnt give. I used a gear puller on it and it still didn't give any. Is there a pin or screw I've overlooked holding it on or is it just seized? Also, the motor was stiff as it had sat for about 30 years. I worked the shaft a little and it freed up. Can anyone give me any tips to relube the motor or should I leave that to the local motor shop?


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Post# 1081923 , Reply# 23   7/21/2020 at 20:14 (1,401 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
1962, a wonderful year

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 That's a WA-855W!! A Suds-Saver and it's matched to the next-step-up dryer DA-920 W that would have been mated with the 1962 iteration of the Rotary Fabric Dial model. If you ever want to sell these, let me know please.

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Post# 1081928 , Reply# 24   7/21/2020 at 20:47 (1,401 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thank you baja I appreciate it. I dont intend to sell them but if my plans change I will let you know. I love those illustrations you do! Food for thought - the next step would be to get a 3D printer and print some vintage washers with your talent 😉

Post# 1081936 , Reply# 25   7/21/2020 at 21:51 (1,401 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        
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The shaft extension is seized on the motor shaft. Get the torch out and heat the base of the extension. Once heated give it a rapid twist with an upward motion. “Wash - Rinse - Repeat” until off.

Love the ‘62 set, BTW!


Post# 1081985 , Reply# 26   7/22/2020 at 12:58 (1,400 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks Ben! I love this site and appreciate you all!

Post# 1082072 , Reply# 27   7/23/2020 at 06:36 (1,400 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
On second thought...

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...not that it's important to any sane person but me, but I'm thinking yours might be a 1963 hybrid-oddball model. Something in the picture of the control panel struck me as wrong but I forgot about it while trying to dodge the virus and stay employed.


The control dials on the W series were either white on black for the lower-end models, or they were black on white for the 850 and 950 models. Your machine has the clear ridged plastic dials that, up to now I thought, they only used for the '63 X series (but yours doesn't have the SOAK cycle highlighted in red- a rarity). Also, your machine has the slightly modified chrome knob that was only used on all the X models.


I think that by the end of 1962 GE had to do many free service calls to replace many of the plastic dials on their more expensive washers that had illuminated dials because they melted. In response they decided to scrap that feature entirely in favor of the cooler fluorescent tube on the side of the control panel coupled with easier to read non-illuminated dials. Then they scrapped all of the wonderful plastic dials in favor of the easier, cheaper embossed and printed dials that lasted to the end. I've noticed in my collection a lot of those dials have melted at some point right where the bulb is mounted. I'm betting that a lot of users, like me, would paused the machine during the cycle to soak or whatever and that leaves the dial light on which damaged the plastic after an hour or so.


Bummer for me; I loved those plastic dials.


Can't know for sure without looking at the rating plate on the LH or RH side of the bottom of the cabinet; if there's a W it's a '62, if there's an X '63.

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Post# 1082264 , Reply# 28   7/24/2020 at 20:30 (1,398 days old) by Historian (Owensboro, KY )        

Thanks for the info Baja! I love this era of GE's and find all the details interesting! I will check that model number plate soon. I keep this one at another building. Next trip there I'll check it out.

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