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.... '62 Frigidaire Dryer motor .....
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Post# 1090784   9/26/2020 at 12:30 (1,363 days old) by sfh074 ( )        

A matching dryer (model # DDA-62), ..... that I have for my matching WDA-62 washer,  has a motor that is toast. I started the restoration process of the dryer and during disassembly I found that the original motor looked to be in great condition. After popping the end cap to inspect the start switch, I found a crispy start winding. Ohming out the windings, found the start winding to be totally burnt open.


If you guys remember, I did a full concourses restoration to the matching WDA-62 washer and now I'm dead in the water with the dryer.


Does anyone have a M7301 OR C1411 dryer motor?  I am betting the motors were basically the same across several years from probably '60 - '64 ..... except for the filtrator models, where the book shows a different HP for this model motor. But would probably work as well. 


FYI, the M7301 is the burnt original. The C1411 mentioned is a motor in my DIA-62 dryer and is identical. This is why I am assuming most any motor out of an early 60's Frigidaire dryer would work.


Any help greatly appreciated! Please look in your parts stashes and see if you have something similar,


Bud - Atlanta



Here's the thread showing the washer restoration and final product. Was hoping to have a "working" matching dryer to go with it!!

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Post# 1090840 , Reply# 1   9/26/2020 at 19:58 (1,362 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
1960s FD Dryer Motors

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Hi Bud, I looked today and have two slightly different FD dryer motors that might help your project.


A 1964 one that was disassembled [ don't know why ]


And a 1967 one that runs fine but has slight bearing wear in both bearings, both are 1/6 HP Delco motors.


John L.

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Post# 1090843 , Reply# 2   9/26/2020 at 21:12 (1,362 days old) by joelippard (Hickory)        

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I'd suggest even if you get one from John you have that one re-wound.  It's not like you can just run out to the Frigidaire store and get one anymore ;)  Of course that's easy for me to say because I have two motor shops within a mile of my house.

Post# 1090894 , Reply# 3   9/27/2020 at 12:59 (1,362 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
John .....

I sent you a PM. Thanks!

Post# 1090997 , Reply# 4   9/28/2020 at 07:37 (1,361 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        



Is that the '62 dryer you got from me???  



Post# 1091000 , Reply# 5   9/28/2020 at 08:03 (1,361 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Hi Bob! .....

No, this is the matching dryer to my WDA-62 baby care washer. The one I got from you is waiting over in the corner of the basement for restoration.

It could be yours however because the cabinet, top, door and back cover metal is all identical. Funny how GM simply added a feature here and there with a bit of chrome trim and called it a different model.

The one that I am restoring currently .... is #1 in the picture. Bob, the one I got from you back in 2017 is #3. But no worries, it will get get a full resto in the near future. Good thing I bought a gallon of white paint. Going to need it!

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Post# 1095660 , Reply# 6   11/3/2020 at 10:40 (1,325 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
John L .....

update to motors. Completely rebuilt and ready to go.


I used one motor winding you sold me, reusing the original end covers and armature from the DDA-62 dryer that I am in the middle of restoring. One unique thing about the original DDA-62 dryer motor, it had cast iron end covers and bigger bearings, meaning the armature shafts at the bearings are bigger ..... then stepped down to the regular 1/2" shaft size that the pulleys are installed on. As seen in Pic #1.


The second motor was rebuilt as well and will go into the DCIF-63 I have for a later restoration project.

Here are some pics of the motor restore process.


-New internal wire leads on one winding that were brittle.

- Old oil packings removed and replaced with new and fresh oil added to both motors.

-Everything cleaned and fresh paint as well.

-Finished assembly coated with 2-part clear urethane to prevent future rust.


Thanks again for your help!


Bud - Atlanta

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Post# 1095662 , Reply# 7   11/3/2020 at 11:06 (1,325 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Very impressive restore of these motors,


Glad they went to a good home.


John L.

Post# 1095680 , Reply# 8   11/3/2020 at 12:37 (1,325 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Dare I say these look better than what they probably did when new. Nice work!

Post# 1095689 , Reply# 9   11/3/2020 at 14:17 (1,325 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Perhaps so Ben .....

but GM, with their appliances and automobiles used lots of parts that never got any kind of plating or coating to prevent oxidation or rust. And if the part was painted, their idea of paint was a lick and a promise with a very thin coat.


Good example of uncoated parts on these motors were the end caps and threaded rods that hold them together (no coatings). These required bead blasting to clean them up .... the aluminum got a coat of clear and the steel rod bolts got a coat of phosphorous parkerizing.


The start switch contacts on both the board and the switch flapper were removed and silver cadmium oxide was TIG welded on the electrical contact areas to add new thickness to the contacts.


Here are a couple of before pictures and the rust issues encountered with the original motor. Once the assembly is back together, the whole thing gets an added coat of 2-part clear coat urethane for another 50+ more years of "rust free service" this time round.

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Post# 1095797 , Reply# 10   11/4/2020 at 14:01 (1,324 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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That motor looks better than factory. You are very talented.

Post# 1098241 , Reply# 11   11/24/2020 at 19:22 (1,303 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Motor going back in .....

here is the dryer motor being reunited to the current restoration of the Frigidaire DDA-62.

I probably should start a new thread to show the work on this dryer as progress is made. Every part of it has either been repainted, replated, or replaced.

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