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Turquoise 1960 Maytag Set!
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Post# 1082348   7/25/2020 at 13:08 (1,225 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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I was browsing Facebook market place yesterday morning and stumbled across these beauties! The owner bought a house from an estate and these came with the house! He bought the house from the former ownerís grandson who said his grandma had purchased these new and used them until the day she died. He thought they were way too cool to get rid of so he kept them. He had planned on using them but his wife said no so in the garage they went, they even went with them on a move to a bigger house to accommodate their 3 kids. Realizing they were only going to sit in his garage and never get used, he decided he needed the space more than he needed them so he decided to sell them.

The exterior of these machines is in shockingly great shape. Hardly any rust on the cabinet or corrosion on the chrome. I donít think Grandma used the dryer much. The interior is quite pristine! I havenít been able to wire up the dryer yet, in time I think. I want to focus on the washer!

The console light on the washer clicks on with ease. No flickering! Maybe she didnít know it was there. Itís clear that she used the washer once you get a look at the basket. However, look closely at the agitator. I think this mustíve been rebuilt at some point. The agitator is black polypropylene with a set screw! IIRC, didnít this machine come with a Bakelite agitator and a slightly slower wash speed? Is it possible that she actually had a new transmission put in? The whole wash unit seems to sit lower than Iím used to seeing. Roughly a 3/4in gap to the underside of the top panel. Seems the water level switch was also replaced at some point!

Iím still working on cleaning the washer up. I need to put a new drain hose on, the old one cracked in half as soon as I touched it. I find the power cord connection directly below the inlet valve rather amusing. Looks like the lid switch might be bypassed already... or itís just stuck in its little cubby hole. Iíll check the tub to pump hose and the belts and see where I am in terms of being able to fire it up.

Look like the left lid bumper needs a replacement. It was replaced by some small piece of rubber held in place with what appears to be silicone. The bleach dispenser/bumper combo on the right seems to be in decent shape.

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Post# 1082350 , Reply# 1   7/25/2020 at 13:19 (1,225 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Well, good thing I donít use bleach...

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Post# 1082351 , Reply# 2   7/25/2020 at 13:27 (1,225 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Just thought Iíd mention, I know some about Maytags. But mostly about 1970s machines and onward. While this is very similar, there are differences it seems. If anyone has any suggestions of things to check for, I am all ears!

Post# 1082364 , Reply# 3   7/25/2020 at 13:45 (1,225 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

That's a beautiful set. Maytag always had a nice shade of Turquoise.

It looks like they had really rusty water. Hope you can get the tub back to white again.

Post# 1082366 , Reply# 4   7/25/2020 at 14:20 (1,225 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats on saving a nice vintage pair of maytags. The best advice I have is to tear them down and perform some maintenance on these machines if you want them to last for years to come. There are several threads if you search this site for what needs to be done with a Maytag set of this vintage to go into regular use again.

Post# 1082379 , Reply# 5   7/25/2020 at 15:31 (1,225 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
Nice 'tags!

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The set from Elkhart?

Post# 1082381 , Reply# 6   7/25/2020 at 15:36 (1,225 days old) by D-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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If you wanted to the bleach bottle from an 806 can be made to work on this machine. Also, be sure to lube the damper pads. If the lube on the pads has dried out the damper can be irreparably damaged and no replacement is available for this model.

Post# 1082404 , Reply# 7   7/25/2020 at 20:06 (1,225 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
That's a fun set!

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Post# 1082407 , Reply# 8   7/25/2020 at 20:48 (1,224 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Jamie, I'm thrilled you were able to save these. Tell your mom hi. Hard to believe it's 18 years since I first met you & your mom.

Post# 1082422 , Reply# 9   7/26/2020 at 00:16 (1,224 days old) by D-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        
I just want to add a bit more.

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As you already noted the tub is well worn. Youíll want to find a replacement for that at some point and they can be had from certain much newer machines. Overloading, as you likely already know, is the typical reason for wear of this sort. Your Bakelite agitator has been replaced with a plastic Power Fin, but that doesnít mean anything. Iíve seen several Bakelite agitators with cracks up the side of the barrel which would be cause for replacement, but it may also have been replaced with the Power Fin to improve performance. Most on this blog will tell you the Power Fin is a better design. I have these same models in yellow and I also have a black Power Fin. When I first got my machines I purchased replacements for all of the switches whenever they turned up on eBay, but they turned up so often that I had to stop. I had too many of each, so I doubt youíll have any trouble finding the correct load size selector. The part number is 201754 and one is listed on eBay now, but you may be able to find it cheaper somewhere else. These machines of yours are a truly remarkable find in this condition. Fortune was certainly smiling on you the day that you found that listing.

Post# 1082440 , Reply# 10   7/26/2020 at 08:45 (1,224 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Only one thing to contribute based on direct experience

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The dogs which drive the timer mechanism on every centre dial Maytag I've ever worked on (none so pretty as this) have always been the weak point for me. There used to be a source in Loveland, Colorado for them, saving a lot of work.

These are magnificently beautiful and I'm happy for you!

Post# 1082441 , Reply# 11   7/26/2020 at 08:48 (1,224 days old) by Steved (Guilderland, New York)        
Maybe from iron?

One of the side effects of using chlorine bleach in water with a high iron content is dark staining. Back a million years ago when I worked on Maytags, we often ran across this on machines used with well water. We used ďIronOutĒ which removed the darkness. I think it was actually listed as a Maytag part. Worth a try, easier than changing the tub.

Post# 1082446 , Reply# 12   7/26/2020 at 09:21 (1,224 days old) by D-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        
Hi Steved

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If the problem was just the rust colored stains youíd be absolutely right, but if you look carefully at the lower portions of the tub youíll see that the porcelain is worn away due to overloading. At this point even when cleaned up that part of the tubs surface is abrasive and will damage clothing if used this way. His best bet now is a newer replacement.

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Post# 1082499 , Reply# 13   7/26/2020 at 16:15 (1,224 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Badly Worn Wash basket In An Early 60S MT

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Not likely caused by overloading, More likely a bad agitator design had fins that were much too close to the wash basket OR a white porcelain finish that was not durable enough for the application.


When you look at the hundreds of later 06 MTs that have put in over 50 years of service and you never see this problem, so it is either the agitator or the tubs finish.


I also dough that the little old lady that took such great care of this beautiful turquoise MT wash a chronic over-loader, LOL



John L.

Post# 1082505 , Reply# 14   7/26/2020 at 16:34 (1,224 days old) by 4bagger (Long Beach)        

For comparison purposes this is the basket of my '59 model 142.

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Post# 1082511 , Reply# 15   7/26/2020 at 16:54 (1,224 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Love the color Jamie!

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You'll have fun getting those back to showroom washing.

Post# 1082543 , Reply# 16   7/26/2020 at 20:31 (1,223 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Actually think have one of those agitators lying about somewhere with filter/detergent dispenser. Was purchased to use with my Maytag wringer, but it was incorrect design and didn't have spline. Seller made amends by sending along NOS spline but don't have tools nor time and patience to bother.

Then have another that arrived damaged in shipping, but put it back together, so that's me for you.

Post# 1082552 , Reply# 17   7/26/2020 at 21:35 (1,223 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Jamie - what a great save and wonder addition to your collection! The hard part is taken care of with the minty porcelain and cabinets, the rest can be addressed with replacement parts.

John is spot on that the original agitator design is probably what ended up dulling many of the original tubs on these, even going back to the AMP models. Be on the lookout for a stacked digital control set from the mid to late 80's. Perfect donors for a minty white tub, otherwise finding another pre-06 tub will take time and use the set-screw agitator that came with the machine. These are the best replacement for worn out or broken bakelite agitators. While you have the tub out pull the stem and inspect the agitator shaft. If worn you'll want to find a donor transmission top half from a 70's center dial. The trans on the 80's models uses a different top half/gear set in case you want to retain the slower agitation speed.

The lid switch mechanism on the 00/02 series machines is different than the later 06/07/08 lid switch/out of balance mechanism, and can get gummed up. Best to take it all apart, clean, and reinstall per the instructions in the red service manual. Lid bumpers are still available new from Whrilpool - 212716.

The damper pads on these pre 06 machines are a different material than the later poly pads. A member here made this discovery when restoring a highlander earlier this year. You may want to pull the whole assembly, clean, and lube with molycote.

I may have a bleach dispenser and the correct buttons for your water level pressure switch. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

What model is the dryer?


Post# 1082757 , Reply# 18   7/27/2020 at 23:12 (1,222 days old) by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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Lime Away or CLR will take that right off.

Post# 1160434 , Reply# 19   9/26/2022 at 09:36 (432 days old) by chambersb (Oak Hill, WV)        

Beautiful! If you ever get tired of them let me know! :)

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