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Post# 1082338   7/25/2020 at 11:22 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Decided to take advantage of the sunny weather today. This little monster has needed a facelift for a while now.

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Post# 1082339 , Reply# 1   7/25/2020 at 11:25 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Off with her head. And out onto the patio.

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Post# 1082340 , Reply# 2   7/25/2020 at 11:27 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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We can see here just how yellow the plastic has gotten over the years by seeing what was covered by tape and trim.

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Post# 1082341 , Reply# 3   7/25/2020 at 11:30 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Shame this trim is in such rough shape...

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Post# 1082342 , Reply# 4   7/25/2020 at 11:36 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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A healthy, even coat of Retr0brite and a protective saran-wrap coating to keep the goo... well, gooey.

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Post# 1082343 , Reply# 5   7/25/2020 at 11:43 (972 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Set the parts in the sunlight. Picture 2 is 1 hour later.

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Post# 1082355 , Reply# 6   7/25/2020 at 13:32 (971 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Wow, what a difference an hour makes!!!

Post# 1082395 , Reply# 7   7/25/2020 at 18:31 (971 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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And by the end of the day. I think tomorrow morning I'll do a second application, especially on the lid.

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Post# 1082396 , Reply# 8   7/25/2020 at 19:03 (971 days old) by laundryboy (Orlando Florida & Moravia NY. )        
Love it

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I regret giving away my machine like this one a few years ago, I wish I could remember who I gave it to, Hope to find a new one

Post# 1082444 , Reply# 9   7/26/2020 at 09:08 (971 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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I would love to figure out how to repair mine... it works, but makes an ungodly howl when it spins. There seems to be no repair information out there. Does anyone have a repair manual? Has anyone worked on one of these?

Post# 1082461 , Reply# 10   7/26/2020 at 11:28 (971 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Great Lightening Job On The Plastic Top And Lid

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Hi Eric, Its looks much better, I will have to try that stuff on several plastic items I have that have discolored, this discoloration is the legacy of florescent lighting and of corse sun light.

 

The howling noise sounds like bad main bearings, there are service manuals around but it is a big job. I attempted to replace a bad seal and bearings in one of these Hitachi built GEs about 40 years ago and gave up, and I even had the new parts from GE.

 

Bearing failures were not that common of these washers, I would try to find one with good bearings.

 

John L.


Post# 1082467 , Reply# 11   7/26/2020 at 12:06 (971 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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>> Shame this trim is in such rough shape...

If someone had a good, high-resolution photo from straight-on, you should be able to reproduce that fairly easily.

For things that don't get handled too often, I've had very good success making stickers with the packaging tape toner transfer method. It's simple and cheap, might be worth a shot here?


Post# 1082487 , Reply# 12   7/26/2020 at 15:27 (970 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Thanks John! I used 40 Volume Developer, you can get it at beauty supply or amazon. Keep in mind, its strong peroxide. Wear gloves and eye protection, its not nice stuff!

If you gave up on one, Iíd wager I have no chance. I have my eye out for a replacement. I would likely be just as happy with a belt drive Whirlpool or Kenmore portable, though I have a Hoover Twin that has to move on before Iím allowed another toy.

Iíll keep the transfer idea in mind, for now, the machine might have gotten as much repair as I can muster.



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