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Post# 52015   12/30/2004 at 00:20 (7,053 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Can we stand another Kenmore thread? ;-)

I picked up this washer last night, a '67. Under the grunge, it's in pretty nice shape. I plugged it in and it will run, very loudly and it's hard starting, popped the power-strip breaker on regular speed. I didn't do any cleaning before a photo shoot as I'm going to tear it down anyway, give it an overhaul and do a head transplant with a much nicer panel from 65-66. I thought the KM fans might enjoy seeing it.

Post# 52016 , Reply# 1   12/30/2004 at 00:54 (7,053 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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A few years older than my grandmother's avocado Kenmore 70, but otherwise quite similar. Nice!

Post# 52017 , Reply# 2   12/30/2004 at 02:02 (7,053 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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That is a nice looking machine!
Is there a control panel light on it?
If so?

A friend of mine mom had that same machine, but I never saw what type of agitator was inside.....

Post# 52021 , Reply# 3   12/30/2004 at 08:45 (7,052 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        

Yes, that is a good looking machine. It looks great in coppertone, too. Is the agitator black? Not sure from pic.

Post# 52023 , Reply# 4   12/30/2004 at 09:16 (7,052 days old) by gregm ()        
coppertone ??

that almost looks "poppy red", was GM Frigidaire the only maker of "poppy red" and for how many years ?

Post# 52024 , Reply# 5   12/30/2004 at 09:29 (7,052 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
another Kenmore

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Greg - real nice machine - I knew some people that had real simular models to this one.A real popular seller at the time.

Post# 52025 , Reply# 6   12/30/2004 at 09:57 (7,052 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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That's my childhood washer and matching dryer, but in white. 1968-1997...

Post# 52026 , Reply# 7   12/30/2004 at 09:58 (7,052 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Might you save the head for me, Greg?

Post# 52027 , Reply# 8   12/30/2004 at 11:02 (7,052 days old) by compwhiz ()        

That looks like our old one only

Ours was white
It had a light for the control panel :-P
it was smaller :-P

Post# 52032 , Reply# 9   12/30/2004 at 11:30 (7,052 days old) by Manoravenue ()        
Nice KM; Coppertone color

What a beauty of a Kenmore! Congrats! Reminds me a lot of the 1964 Lady Kenmore pair that my mother's original neighbors down the street had; purchased the following autumn after their summer of 1963 marriage. By the way, was the 1964 model year the first year that coppertone color was offered? I don't recall ever seeing it on earlier models.

Post# 52050 , Reply# 10   12/30/2004 at 17:33 (7,052 days old) by Goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice washer!

I know Gibson also offered Poppy Red,on some of their appliances.Don't think anyone else did.


Post# 52053 , Reply# 11   12/30/2004 at 18:10 (7,052 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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And what to my wondering eyes should appear - a light over the dial! I didn't pay too much attention when I brought it home, I was looking more at the body than the face ;-) After you asked about the light, I remembered some friends had this same washer with a non-working light, I wondered at the time why they didn't replace that bulb - if it's there, it should work!

Of course I will save the head for you, Peter, but BYOLB.

I'm not sure when the Coppertone color came out on Kenmore, it's funny how the earlier brown colors (coppertone, coffee, etc.) were different from each other. This is probably obscured a little by the flash in the dark garage, but it does look more "milk chocolate" than other brand's, Maytag and GE were a little darker brown it seemed.

I have seen the poppy color on Gibson, we had a POD with it and I've seen it on kitchen appliances too.

Post# 52066 , Reply# 12   12/30/2004 at 22:48 (7,052 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        
Nice Find

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Wow Greg, we had the 1968 Version of that very washer growing up. I can still remember going with my dad to Sears to pick it out one evening in Dec of '68, my mom stayed home with my little brother, can you imagine, sending your husband out to buy the washer your going to use for the next 10 years, oy!

Nine years ago when I first starting collecting, these machines were a dime a dozen, now they have been becoming rarer and rarer.

Post# 52072 , Reply# 13   12/31/2004 at 00:28 (7,052 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I had no idea this machine held such fond memories, if you want it, I'll be glad to bring it up! You don't have a coppertone machine...yet.

Post# 52076 , Reply# 14   12/31/2004 at 01:03 (7,052 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Greg, glad to see the pic. I still don't recognize that particular console/black knob or dial. I guess htis aws a phase where I wasn't paying much attention.

Post# 52086 , Reply# 15   12/31/2004 at 08:39 (7,051 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        
Isn't that sweet!

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Thanks for the offer Greg, but I think I'll pass, this time. :)

Post# 52102 , Reply# 16   12/31/2004 at 11:56 (7,051 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

It is a nice looking washer.

Post# 52115 , Reply# 17   12/31/2004 at 14:22 (7,051 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
Lights should work!

It always drove me crazy too, to see an appliance with non-working lights. like its hard to replace a bulb!

When we move in to our house in St. Paul, there was the original '68 GE range with a full width console light. Of course, the previous owner couldn't possibly replace the bulb. When I installed the new lamp I was so delighted because the chrome hood covering the lamp had a bunch of small holes in it that the light shined through. I hate it that new stoves almost never have a panel light.

My parents had an old Whirlpool range. The bulb the indicated that the burner was on burnt out, so Dad got a replacement out of the basement. Problem was, he used a christmas lamp that would flash. So the indicater light would twinkle on and off. Too funny!

Post# 52129 , Reply# 18   12/31/2004 at 16:35 (7,051 days old) by bpetersxx (laf in on the banks of the Wabash River)        

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yummy kenmore in poppy

Post# 52134 , Reply# 19   12/31/2004 at 20:16 (7,051 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        
Control panel

God, all the chrome on that control panel just blinds ya! I love it!

Post# 52140 , Reply# 20   12/31/2004 at 20:57 (7,051 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

I bought a pair of 1-18's new, back in 1979--they were in Poppy. Sold them with the house when I moved---duh. My '68 Maytag 806 is in a beautiful Chocolate coppertone, hopefully that Kenmore will polish up just as pretty!

Post# 52141 , Reply# 21   12/31/2004 at 21:31 (7,051 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Cool machine; Greg I hope you restore it to its former glory! Is this one a "keeper"?


Post# 52182 , Reply# 22   1/1/2005 at 11:10 (7,050 days old) by Appliguy (Oakton Va.)        

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Cool machine I like the coppertone. Does the head that your going to put on the machine have oval shaped pieces of glass surrounding the water level and temprature gauges and an orange filter light at the right edge of the control panel? If so that is the same control panel that was on my moms 1963 70. I have seen a 1964 Sears magazine ad with my moms machine in coppertone and I have also seen it in an early 1965 catalog. Can't wait to see the after photos. PAT COFFEY

Post# 52188 , Reply# 23   1/1/2005 at 12:04 (7,050 days old) by drmitch ()        
Welcome Pat!

I guess you know whats comming. I saw in your profile that you have a 1957 television. Pleeeeze show us some pics in the super section! Pleeeezee! Don

Post# 52196 , Reply# 24   1/1/2005 at 14:24 (7,050 days old) by Appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Iam going to get a disposable camera either tomorrow or mond

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Hey Don I have seen your collection and I must say that it is pretty cool. I love the way you display your radio's above that beautiful Maytag washer and dryer you have I plan to get a disposable camera tomorrow or monday and take pictures of my Tv as well as my phone and radio collection. Oh and thanks for the welcome but I am not new here, I just let my membership lapse. I didn't realize that when Robert redid this website to make it the awesome way it is now (don't get me wrong I thought it was cool the other way too!!!)that he must have taken off peoples profiles who didn't page very frequently. Actually I was at the 2002 convention and if you look at some of the pictures taht were taken you will see me with my huge laundry bag stuffed with dirty clothes I brought to the convention to try out some of the vintage machines I am wearing a green shirt with white flowers and you can't miss me because I am a long way from being what you might call petite. Don I f you want to talk off the site feel free to email me and I would be glad to exchange phone numbers or what have you as I would love to talk to you PAT

Post# 52242 , Reply# 25   1/2/2005 at 08:15 (7,049 days old) by designgeek ()        

Gansky1, looks like you have an interesting restoration project on your hands. I'd like to see the "after" photos posted here, including interior shots of the mechanism.

Appliguy, you have a collection of telephones too, eh? So do I, by virtue of 20+ years in the interconnect industry (and counting), including stuff from countries that don't exist any more. What sort of stuff do you have there? (Perhaps this belongs in new thread under Super?) BTW, Vienna VA is known as a suburb for people who work for a couple of "the agencies". You wouldn't happen to have an interest in old crypto machines by any chance, or aerial photography?

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