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Post# 1086021   8/22/2020 at 13:07 (952 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I got an idea to make this thread since there is a thread called Kenmore Thread and I thought I would create a thread about RCA Whirlpool washers and dryers built from the mid 50ís to about 1965 and 1966 . To start hereís my 1963 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII set

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Post# 1086024 , Reply# 1   8/22/2020 at 14:29 (952 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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To start a good thread

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Post# 1086025 , Reply# 2   8/22/2020 at 14:53 (952 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        
The only pic I have:

One that I saw for sale a long time ago. I'd wager circa 1960, maybe?

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Post# 1086026 , Reply# 3   8/22/2020 at 15:04 (952 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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That is from 1966 since that was the last year for the Whirlpool push button timers and perforated drum back 29Ē dryers

Post# 1086027 , Reply# 4   8/22/2020 at 15:21 (952 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        
Gotcha

Didn't realize they still made those in pink by then.

Post# 1086028 , Reply# 5   8/22/2020 at 15:30 (952 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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They even offered them in almond or something but I imagine it wasnít a popular color back then in the late 50ís and early 60ís. The one Whirlpool set featured in the Wonderful World Of Wash N Wear from 1958 is a almond color or something

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Post# 1086036 , Reply# 6   8/22/2020 at 16:07 (952 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The washer shown in reply #2 looks much more like Doeskin rather than Pink, though it could just be the lighting.

The set in reply #5 looks more Pink on my screen. PaintRef list Whirlpool's colors in '58 as being Yellow, Pink, Green & Lilac.


Post# 1086044 , Reply# 7   8/22/2020 at 16:40 (952 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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I think about 1960

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Post# 1086051 , Reply# 8   8/22/2020 at 17:20 (952 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Dont have a interior shot


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Post# 1086057 , Reply# 9   8/22/2020 at 18:04 (952 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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The Magic Clean Filter indicator is tied to the agitate solenoid circuit, which is when filtering occurs.


Post# 1086067 , Reply# 10   8/22/2020 at 18:48 (952 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        

Here ya go!

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Post# 1086069 , Reply# 11   8/22/2020 at 18:59 (952 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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I actually have seen a 1958 Whirlpool Imperial timeline washer in person before but didnít see it run since the transmission needs oil added to it and needs to have the timer rebuilt according to my friend Gsohoover on YouTube. Sadly there are no 1958 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XIIís that have survived except the one Ď58 Whirlpool Imperial timeline washer Gsohoover/glhturbo2 has. No 1957 Whirlpool Imperial washers are known to exist that I am aware of. The 1963 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII set I have could be the only one that is known to exist in the hands of a collector since Iíve seen none in the archives here on AW

Post# 1086070 , Reply# 12   8/22/2020 at 19:00 (952 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Here is a 54 or 55

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Post# 1086080 , Reply# 13   8/22/2020 at 20:13 (952 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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RickR has a beautiful set of 1956 Imperials.


Post# 1086093 , Reply# 14   8/22/2020 at 21:16 (952 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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My '62 Whirlpool (a carryover of a '61 model with some slight tweaks). Mechanism is from an early 70's Kenmore, agitator came from a mid-70's Whirlpool.

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Post# 1086097 , Reply# 15   8/22/2020 at 22:14 (952 days old) by agiflow4 ()        

Great thread. Bring on more please.


Post# 1086099 , Reply# 16   8/22/2020 at 22:40 (952 days old) by mrmaytag (Tennessee)        
1966 RCA/Whirlpool

My 1966 RCA/Whirlpool washer. I saved this from the crusher about 10 years ago. It was sitting in a neighbors garage when I drove past and saw it. The centerpost was completely rusted through and the baseplate wasn't in much better shape. Saved this one by transplanting a baseplate/centerpost/transmission from a later model machine.

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Post# 1086130 , Reply# 17   8/23/2020 at 08:00 (951 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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One I sold years, went to Georgia I believe. 1966


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Post# 1086134 , Reply# 18   8/23/2020 at 09:30 (951 days old) by imperial70 (MA USA)        
Whirlpool stacked

Did whirlpool ever make a stacked unit that had the older belt drive mechanism?

Post# 1086142 , Reply# 19   8/23/2020 at 10:30 (951 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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I believe Whirlpool did make a stacked belt drive laundry center and it would have had to have had the same mechanical parts as the Whirlpool and Kenmore portable belt drive machines. John Lefever/combo52 might have a belt drive stacked laundry center in his fleet.

Post# 1086197 , Reply# 20   8/23/2020 at 18:20 (951 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Nice 59 I wish I could see the control dial better


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Post# 1086213 , Reply# 21   8/23/2020 at 19:17 (951 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Nice! Hereís a somewhat of a matching dryer to your Whirlpool washer

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Post# 1086274 , Reply# 22   8/24/2020 at 08:37 (950 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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1958 Imperial timeline

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Post# 1086289 , Reply# 23   8/24/2020 at 11:00 (950 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        
1958 Timeline-------

is in great mechanical shape. John Lefever gave it a good going over years ago.
Problem is that damned timer!
After tinkering with it on and off for years, I finally noticed in the "fine print" that the timer could not be worked on and that the whole unit had to be replaced if something went wrong.
Ok, well, long ago NLA and even NOS would likely have issues by now even if you could find one.

Tyler would drool over it every time he came over, so after explaining the timer issues, I moved it on to him.
I am confident if anyone can get that timer working again it will be Tyler, whose enthusiasm for the "hobby" is remarkable!


Post# 1086293 , Reply# 24   8/24/2020 at 11:17 (950 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Saw that machine in person last summer and it is beautiful! Would be cool if there was a matching dryer to it and hopefully one does surface again in the future.

Hereís a video Tyler made back in 2018 and youíll hear him mention my name since this is one of my favorite machines as well. I wish I had a Whirlpool like that but I canít complain about my 1963 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII set in turquoise I acquired a month ago.


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Post# 1086318 , Reply# 25   8/24/2020 at 12:48 (950 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        
56 Imperials!

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I had to jump in on this one, especially since my 1956 RCA Whirlpool Imperial washer and dryer set have been reunited for the summer!  

The washer has been running smoothly since it was rebuilt (that's 'cause I didn't do the rebuild...LOL) back in 2011.  The dryer ran but I had experienced some oddities with the timer, so I mothballed it for a good number of years.  Last summer I decided to investigate what the timer issue was... big mistake.  People like me should NOT play with timers...LOL   I managed to get the timer rebuilt but I also noticed the unique Whirlpool centrifugal switch that ran off the blower pulley to power the heaters was burning.  I cobbled together a fix using a lower-voltage switch to power a relay to control the heaters - it actually works and I've been enjoy high-speed drying and ozone-freshened clothes for several months now. 


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Post# 1086471 , Reply# 26   8/25/2020 at 08:57 (949 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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I think a 62!

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Post# 1086473 , Reply# 27   8/25/2020 at 09:23 (949 days old) by RE563 (Fort Worth, Texas)        
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My Mom had that same washer, she told me once that she had purchased that
washer 1 year before my brother was born, so that would have been either 1958 or '59


Post# 1086478 , Reply# 28   8/25/2020 at 09:50 (949 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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This washer had to be at least a 1960 the magic mix filter didnt come out till than so the most it could have been was a 1960!

Post# 1086484 , Reply# 29   8/25/2020 at 11:10 (949 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Identical color scheme, console, knobs, and timer layout as our 1962 LJA32 except for ours having 3 water level choices ... and a turquoise filter housing and chrome agitator cap.


Post# 1086565 , Reply# 30   8/25/2020 at 20:22 (949 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Glenn was the chrome cap the original bullet shaped one ? I think they look soo much better than the later flat top ones.

Post# 1086579 , Reply# 31   8/25/2020 at 22:01 (949 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Flat.† The filter trim was also chrome.


Post# 1086583 , Reply# 32   8/25/2020 at 22:29 (949 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

I guess 1961 then was the last year for the original chrome cap. Miss these old woo woos.

Post# 1086826 , Reply# 33   8/27/2020 at 14:58 (947 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Could this be early 70's?

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Post# 1086827 , Reply# 34   8/27/2020 at 15:11 (947 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Possibly late 1960s also.

Post# 1086836 , Reply# 35   8/27/2020 at 16:38 (947 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        
1962 RCA Whirlpool

Supposedly, it was never used at the time of the listing, and may have even made an appearance on TV, for all I know. Wonder if anybody from here got it...

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Post# 1086839 , Reply# 36   8/27/2020 at 16:57 (947 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Reminds me of the 1962 RCA Whirlpool LJA70 Gsohoover has on YouTube

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Post# 1086845 , Reply# 37   8/27/2020 at 17:11 (947 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
My machines

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I have a matched set 1959(year of my birth) WP suds washer and gas dryer, in use weekly. High end but not Imperial. Washer has the excellent 3 solenoid inlet valve. Here's the dryer

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Post# 1086847 , Reply# 38   8/27/2020 at 17:14 (947 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
here's the washer

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No dispensers, but runs well and I like the water temps for sure. And I am a big fan of SUDS models

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Post# 1086853 , Reply# 39   8/27/2020 at 17:21 (947 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
And also

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1960 Whirlpool Imperial MARK XII, and my name is Mark. Runs well, but you gotta dial slowly or it won't find pushbutton 1 or 2. And the dispensers work, but also need to be cleaned every few months. And it has that 3 solenoid valve too. What it doesn't have is a matching dryer. It does have a light, but I can't find that pic right now.

Current installed washer lineup Aug 27, 2020 is 1959 WP suds, 1960 WP Imperial, 1973 Speed Queen solid tub, and 1974 Kenmore suds model with the huge tub.
Set aside but working well: 1970's Filter Flo, 2 speed SUDS but small tub. And a early 70's Maytag A608Suds. I only have plumbing and sinks enough for 4!


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Post# 1086854 , Reply# 40   8/27/2020 at 17:22 (947 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        
Not RCA, but still interesting and beautiful.

Another ad, why do I always think of Mary Tyler Moore when I see these ads...

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Post# 1086861 , Reply# 41   8/27/2020 at 18:06 (947 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Reply #40 is the LAA series, 1974-75.† Last year for a 3-speed washer motor and 3 tumble speeds on the dryer.† Next series LDA was 2-speed on both points.


Post# 1086863 , Reply# 42   8/27/2020 at 18:20 (947 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

The ad said 25 years. So where would that put these ? Did the first Whirlpool automatics come out in 48,49 or 50 ?

Post# 1086864 , Reply# 43   8/27/2020 at 18:25 (947 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        
Agiflow

I think it was 47 they came out with the belt drives, IIRC.

Post# 1086865 , Reply# 44   8/27/2020 at 18:26 (947 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Mark, your dryer reminds me of my neighbor's dry dial on her 33" wide LK Combo. the cycles for both regular and W'n'W had settings with L, M, H corresponding for light, medium, and heavy.

Post# 1086867 , Reply# 45   8/27/2020 at 18:36 (947 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        

Here's one that appears to be branded RCA itself, sorry I don't have a better picture:

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Post# 1086868 , Reply# 46   8/27/2020 at 18:37 (947 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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This document says the first automatic washer manufactured by Ninteen Hundred Corporation under the Kenmore label for Sears was in 1947, a bolt-down nicknamed "The Jeep."

1948 was the first Whirlpool-branded washer.

Says 1949 was the first Whirlpool-branded automatic washer/dryer pair.

1974 is 25 years later (Silver Anniversary) for the LAA pair.


Post# 1086870 , Reply# 47   8/27/2020 at 18:49 (947 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Thank you Glenn. I thought it was 1948 for Whirlpool and thank you too DDFan92.I knew from this site that the first automatic Kenmore came out in 1947, but wasn't quite sure with Whirlpool themselves.

Post# 1086971 , Reply# 48   8/28/2020 at 14:20 (946 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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This I think is a 63 set real nice

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Post# 1086973 , Reply# 49   8/28/2020 at 14:35 (946 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Who can forgot this simple style - I knew a few people with similar basics.
This one is a 62'


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Post# 1086977 , Reply# 50   8/28/2020 at 14:42 (946 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #48

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I believe that may very well be a 1963 Whirlpool set. Interestingly enough the dryer has the auto dry and mine doesnít say auto dry on it anywhere but when I select the preset numbers on the other drying cycle it seems like more of a auto dry since it takes longer to dry on that cycle and I just use the timed drying Wash N Wear cycle since that is more predictable on that setting and hereís the timer dial and temperature buttons on my Ď63 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII dryer

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Post# 1086985 , Reply# 51   8/28/2020 at 15:38 (946 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I've always found it curious the many different models WP had in the early 1960s with largely identical basic features but varying control layouts and aesthetics.


Post# 1086992 , Reply# 52   8/28/2020 at 16:30 (946 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #51

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I was thinking the same thinking the same thing about the Whirlpool machines from the early 60ís. The Whirlpool Super Supreme in reply #48 has the same features as the Imperial model which is below my TOL Mark XII in 1963 and 1964 and the Imperial version of my Mark XII dryer has the same features minus the sprinkler and window on the door but otherwise is the same dryer. Richard (speedqueen) has the Imperial version of my Mark XII dryer from 1964

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Post# 1086993 , Reply# 53   8/28/2020 at 16:33 (946 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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And hereís a Ď63 Whirlpool Imperial set in Whoís Minding The Store

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Post# 1087003 , Reply# 54   8/28/2020 at 17:55 (946 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
1972 inglis whirlpool washer

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in the us i do not know when whirlpool stop using this design but here are some canadien inglis whirlpool made washer dryer just wish there where brochure online in pdf format of 1972 inglis whirlpool canadien made washer dryer sets

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Post# 1087058 , Reply# 55   8/29/2020 at 02:51 (946 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
Re: Reply # 33

Yes, that is early 1970s. Although I have seen it before as a 1972 model, the one in the photo has the hidden mercury switch which was last used in 1970.

Post# 1087076 , Reply# 56   8/29/2020 at 07:41 (945 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
1963 Imperial Mark 12 Washer and Imperial Dryer

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Hi Sean, Your dryer does not have auto dry, the numbered drying cycle are just timed settings, only the Imperial Mark 12 had auto dry in 1963.

 

Who ever bought your set originally either saved $30 by not buying the TOL dryer or maybe the dealer could not get a turquoise Mark 12 dryer so they went down to the imperial so the pair would mostly match.

 

In any case you have a great pair, and if you ever find a 63 IM12 dryer you can up grade your imperial dryer to a IM12. 

 

Did you ever fix the two speed blower shifter on your dryer, it is cool to hear the difference in sound when you shift from low to high.

 

John L.


Post# 1087091 , Reply# 57   8/29/2020 at 10:31 (945 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #56

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Unfortunately I havenít fixed the 2 speed belt shifter but it still technically it still works since the wattage of the heating element is stepped down to the 4500 watt heat output. It seems to work just fine on the normal speed with the regular speed blower heat output. Even though this is the older 29Ē dryer design before they were redesigned in 1966 it seems to work just fine and it only takes about 50 minutes to dry a load of towels on the super speed drying temperature on the Wash N Wear timed drying cycle and that cycle seems to be more predictable in drying time compared to the washer cycle that is just preset by the numbers.

John I believe you are correct on how who ever bought the set saved $30 since the dryer is a Imperial and not a Imperial Mark XII and maybe it was on sale back in Ď63 at the dealer it was bought at since it wasnít quite a matched set or something. I am sure people did something similar when they bought a Kenmore set from the late 70ís and early 80ís at Sears since a Lady Kenmore washer was optional with a lower model 70 or 80 series dryer if thatís what the customer wanted or something since that is when the control panels of most Sears machines were the same on the 70 series to the Lady Kenmore and it wouldnít look too out of place having a Lady Kenmore washer being paired up with a 70 or 80 series dryer.


Post# 1087280 , Reply# 58   8/30/2020 at 10:07 (944 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Nice Supreme 70

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Post# 1087525 , Reply# 59   9/1/2020 at 15:21 (942 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Very nice Supreme set!

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Post# 1087526 , Reply# 60   9/1/2020 at 15:51 (942 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
Facebook set

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That probably met their maker.


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Post# 1087969 , Reply# 61   9/4/2020 at 19:45 (939 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Looks like a 54

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Post# 1087973 , Reply# 62   9/4/2020 at 20:34 (939 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Nice aluminum surgilator. The designers of that agitator certainly had a sense of style.

Post# 1087992 , Reply# 63   9/5/2020 at 00:11 (939 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

AND---to top it off Surgilators WORKED--and better than the crap of today!!!!!May it RETURN!!!

Post# 1087994 , Reply# 64   9/5/2020 at 01:16 (939 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #63

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I can attest the Surgilators work well especially with ever so slightly under loaded loads and my new 1963 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII does a very good job are circulating things around even if itís heavily loaded but I donít load it heavily just for the sake of being gentle on the machine. The Surgilator hands down is probably one of the best agitators EVER made and Iíve used my Maytags and my Kenmore portable washer but nothing can beat the Surgilator even the Rotoswirl they used in the Kenmores of that era.

Post# 1088194 , Reply# 65   9/6/2020 at 20:55 (937 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        
Here's mine!

A little late to this thread...i'm in the middle of a home renovation and was finally able to get pics of my 1962 Whirlpool Imperial.

It runs great and really does laundry well. I use it once a week for some of our laundry and it never lets me down! Sean, I believe this is the model below yours.



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Post# 1088199 , Reply# 66   9/6/2020 at 21:19 (937 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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BigAl, what's the model number?


Post# 1088202 , Reply# 67   9/6/2020 at 21:39 (937 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

It's LKA8925W0


Post# 1088204 , Reply# 68   9/6/2020 at 21:44 (937 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #65

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Whoa! I have a friend who has the matching dryer to your washer! And thatís the model below my TOL Imperial Mark XII from 1963!

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Post# 1088241 , Reply# 69   9/7/2020 at 07:59 (936 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
1963 Whirlpool Imperial Suds-Miser Washer

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Wow Al that's in great shape and a very particle washer to use that you don't have to make many excuses for.

 

Do you still use the Suds-Miser feature.

 

Hi Sean, you actually have the matching dryer for Al's washer [ except for the color ], the one Richard has is a year newer. Have you found the shifter for the blower so you Can run your dryer at full speed, of course you can just leave the blower on hi-speed and use either heat input.

 

John L.


Post# 1088270 , Reply# 70   9/7/2020 at 10:06 (936 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
Reply #69

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Hi John, I havenít found a belt shifter yet but it still works on the super and normal speed despite the blower/fan speed not changing. It seems to be fairly quick on the super speed drying setting, and has more of a average drying speed on normal and I use the super speed temperature for things like towels and use the normal speed for drying things like t shirts and such and this is definitely one of the most versatile dryers Iíve owned in terms of temperature options.

Post# 1088273 , Reply# 71   9/7/2020 at 10:22 (936 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Alan that is a beautiful washer. One question I have is about the bleach dispenser! I would have thought it would have been split in half as a fabric softner dispenser also but I guess not! Is it a timed bleach dispenser?

Post# 1088286 , Reply# 72   9/7/2020 at 12:00 (936 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

Yes, the bleach dispenser is timed. Whirlpool offered a few models over the years with just a single timed bleach dispenser. If I want to add softener I use the agitator mounted dispenser.

I haven't used the Suds-Saver feature yet. When I got the machine the suds valve assembly had been removed. I recently got one (they were hard to find on ebay for a bit, but then a bunch popped up) and will install it after our home reno project is finished.


Post# 1088292 , Reply# 73   9/7/2020 at 12:38 (936 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Alan, that is a very nice Whirlpool washer you have there. I honestly thought there were no Imperial versions of my Mark XII but I believe you are the only one who has a Imperial version of my 1963 Mark XII on this site. Interesting thing is your washer has the same cycles and cycle times but mine has the push button timer and all of the temperatures are built in.

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Post# 1123042 , Reply# 74   7/12/2021 at 08:11 (628 days old) by HobartHero (New York)        
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Peter this looks just like the washer in the matching set Iím picking up tomorrow. What year is this one pictured? Iím just trying to gather some info on it. Thanks
-Shannon


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Post# 1123046 , Reply# 75   7/12/2021 at 09:00 (628 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Shannon, the model numbers of your machines are coded for the year of market introduction.† Serials are coded for the year and week of factory production.† Cite the numbers for help with deciphering them.


Post# 1123089 , Reply# 76   7/12/2021 at 14:53 (628 days old) by mb1974 (pa)        

peteski50 I have that model built in March 1971.

Post# 1123091 , Reply# 77   7/12/2021 at 15:10 (628 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Whirlpool!

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Thats a beautiful model!



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