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1977 LK set and another belt drive
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Post# 1087959   9/4/2020 at 17:19 (1,264 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I made a 435 mile 7.5 hour road trip to acquire this 1977 Lady Kenmore set. They are tired but I couldnít let them be.

I also picked up a 70 series Kenmore that was gently used. I did some service for a lady about a year and a half ago or so and mentioned if they were ever going to get rid of it to call me. I got the unexpected call a few days ago and picked it up. It was one of the last belt drive Kenmores built . Manufactured in 1986 the model was introduced in 1982 or 1983.

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Post# 1087960 , Reply# 1   9/4/2020 at 17:28 (1,264 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Melvin, I'm glad you saved all 3. That 70 series is extremely special as it was one of the last produced.

Post# 1087962 , Reply# 2   9/4/2020 at 17:46 (1,264 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks Bob! The 70 series is very clean.

Iíve been wanting one of the original dual action agitators for a long time. Little did I know I would find one in a matched avocado Lady Kenmore set. Some people may be annoyed by the constant clicking but I kind of like it.

The 1977 machines are actually 1976 models. So itís like getting the first and the last of the black panel series. The Ď77 set will require a complete rebuild.

Post# 1087963 , Reply# 3   9/4/2020 at 17:48 (1,264 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Full-featured 70 with programmed temp!

Post# 1087965 , Reply# 4   9/4/2020 at 18:02 (1,264 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I recognized that was a high-end 70 also.

Post# 1087968 , Reply# 5   9/4/2020 at 18:49 (1,264 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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There was a early to mid 80ís Kenmore belt drive set I was going to pickup in late May early June but the deal didnít end up working out and I was bummed but I think it was meant to be since I ended up getting the 1963 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII set that was 70 miles away from where I live.

Post# 1088001 , Reply# 6   9/5/2020 at 06:32 (1,264 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice save on the Lady's. A little rough around the edges, but a great set to have.

Post# 1088003 , Reply# 7   9/5/2020 at 07:43 (1,263 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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1977Ėthe year I graduated from high school! Your LK set is in better shape than I am 43 years later, lol.
Congratulations on scoring the last of the belt drives in that Model 70. Truly the end of an era for the Whirlpool corporation.

Post# 1088009 , Reply# 8   9/5/2020 at 08:52 (1,263 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Great Save Melvin

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What week in 1986 was the Kenmore washer built in ?


John L.

Post# 1088012 , Reply# 9   9/5/2020 at 09:09 (1,263 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Nice saves! The 70 series machine will clean up nicely.

The Ď76 LKs seem to be scare these days. The only one Iíve seen was a panel last summer. I left this behind as most of the lettering was gone - probably a victim of Spray and Wash.

I like the black tops with the chrome being more pronounced. Wish I had saved it now.


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Post# 1088021 , Reply# 10   9/5/2020 at 11:54 (1,263 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Those center dial Kenmores look just as good now as they did when first released in 1975-76. That design aged very well.

Post# 1088028 , Reply# 11   9/5/2020 at 13:20 (1,263 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
I told you to stay in the toy aisle!

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I was 11 when that LK set came out, shooed away by the sales guys more than once.  I was completely enamored with the dispenser, all those shiny dials and that black panel top instead of woodgrain.   You'll have fun with them. 


The 86 looks pretty good, probably needs some work but should clean up well.  I worked at Sears when the 86 washer was new.  Soon after the DD models came out, one like yours was returned.  It was $119 on clearance - as is.   The entire basket of the machine looked like it had been dipped in orange/rust paint.  I'd never seen iron water that bad before.   I asked why they took it back, the answer at Sears was always the same; "Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back."

Post# 1088056 , Reply# 12   9/5/2020 at 17:57 (1,263 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks folks! Iím starting to have quite the vintage whirlpool/kenmore belt drive collection. The problem is they all need work done to them and I never seem to make the time. I donít know why I didnít look to see what week the 70 series was built. Iím not home for a couple of days but Iíll definitely look when I get back.

Guess Iím going to have to build the southeast Texas branch of the famous museum in Maryland. It would be really nice to have all of the vintage machines I have rebuilt and connected in a climate controlled building.

This site keeps me always looking and that has gotten me into trouble. I have a lot of neat machines but no more room as youíve heard many times before.

Ben Iím glad I didnít see that pile you came across because I probably wouldíve brought a lot of that stuff home.

Post# 1088180 , Reply# 13   9/6/2020 at 17:54 (1,262 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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The 70 series was built the 7th week of 1986 so no prize here. I believe I have a whirlpool that was built the 20th week of Ď86. Wasnít the latest one in the club like the 35th week of 1986? Anyone know?

Post# 1088181 , Reply# 14   9/6/2020 at 18:16 (1,262 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I have an LA7800XP, 6th wk of 1986.

Post# 1088182 , Reply# 15   9/6/2020 at 18:32 (1,262 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I rem reading somewhere in the archives and I donít exactly remember what thread it was, but Gordon said he once saw a Whirlpool belt drive washer made sometime in 1987.

Post# 1088220 , Reply# 16   9/7/2020 at 00:26 (1,262 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Well the good looking 70 series is leaking like crazy through the tub seal and has been for a while. Iím not sure how that went unnoticed as it was inside the house. Otherwise it runs smooth and quiet. May have a chance later today to remove outer tub and see how bad center post and tub lip are. I had already expected a full rebuild so I wasnít surprised.

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