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Post# 1158417   9/1/2022 at 12:12 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I decided to rescue this old gal to match a TDE701. It appears to have been built in October of 1962. Supposedly it runs through a cycle but the water inlet valve is cracked Iím told. The outside shows itís 60 years of existence in scratches and dents but the inside doesnít look terrible for that amount of time although Iím sure itís time for a complete rebuild to keep going.

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Post# 1158418 , Reply# 1   9/1/2022 at 12:17 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Some of the inside. I believe most of the hose clamps to be original 1962 Maytag clamps. Amazing

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Post# 1158422 , Reply# 2   9/1/2022 at 12:52 by qsd-dan (West)        

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It's actually in great shape considering it's age and will probably clean up really nice. The base is free of rust and the tub looks really nice. Suspension has the beefier springs which is nice added plus. The motor has obviously been replaced and someone jammed the pump all the way to the right for a belt adjustment, so that's most likely off. Really surprised to see the original bleach tank in place. Those original style tanks will crack by just by looking at them wrong. Handle it with extreme care if you want to keep it. Needs a lid bumper, but that's no big deal. Lower oring is leaking oil but that's acceptable after 60 years. You can swap in 63 OPM gears in the trans for a better wash.

Post# 1158431 , Reply# 3   9/1/2022 at 13:28 by turquoisedude (.)        

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Great save, Melvin!  Congratulations!


Post# 1158437 , Reply# 4   9/1/2022 at 13:48 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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I wonder how corn head grease will work inside of a Maytag transmission since the lower O-ring is leaking. Corn head grease is designed to be used in a gear case with failing seals or any gear case thatís prone to leaking. Corn head grease basically is like a normal lubricating grease when sitting at room temperature but turns into a heavy lubricating oil when mixed around in a gear case. Iíll experiment to see how corn head grease works inside of a Whirlpool transmission I currently have apart and plan on doing a rebuild sometime this fall or early next year to see how it works.

Post# 1158439 , Reply# 5   9/1/2022 at 14:26 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Not sure about corn head grease, but in order to get it into the transmission, the whole machine has to be disassembled and the top removed. Replacing the oring is just a few simple steps at that point. I'm sure the oring is very brittle and may have disintegrated by now (had that in a couple of machines). I never came across one of these pre '66 machines that were still completely full of oil when I opened them up. Most were halfway full at best.

I bet the corn head grease trick would work well in an old manual assisted steering gear that leaks a bit.

Post# 1158445 , Reply# 6   9/1/2022 at 15:04 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Iíll see how corn head grease works in the spare Whirlpool transmission I have once I get it back together. Needs to be cleaned up and put back together and thatís all thatís required for the ďrebuildĒ I am doing. Reason why I want to put corn head grease in that transmission is it made clunking sounds when agitating, turns out it had some water that got into it at some point since the oil was contaminated, the gears are still in good shape the the springs inside the transmission are corroded from being in contact with water.

Post# 1158448 , Reply# 7   9/1/2022 at 15:33 by peteski50 (New York)        

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Congratulations with this great catch!

Post# 1158472 , Reply# 8   9/1/2022 at 19:10 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice save, Melvin! looking forward to the pictures of progress.

Post# 1158473 , Reply# 9   9/1/2022 at 19:19 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks for the heads up on the bleach reservoir Dan. It needs to be removed to get some crud out of it so Iíll take special care with that.

Thanks Paul and Peter. It looks like someone probably liked this machine and took good care of it and even had a good repair company taking care of it.

Post# 1158474 , Reply# 10   9/1/2022 at 19:20 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks Kenny. Can you provide a link to more space, please?

Post# 1158496 , Reply# 11   9/2/2022 at 03:56 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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We all have that problem!

Post# 1158760 , Reply# 12   9/5/2022 at 16:38 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Ran the Maytag through a couple of cycles today. Overall it did pretty good and the panel light came right on. The water valve appeared to be leaking around the plate on the bottom it was hard to tell. The tub cover seal leaked in a couple of places when first draining.

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Post# 1158777 , Reply# 13   9/5/2022 at 18:49 by qsd-dan (West)        

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"The water valve appeared to be leaking around the plate on the bottom."

I've had brand new ones leak at that spot. Dry everything out and use some silicone sealer around the plate. Let the sealer do its thing for at least 5 days before trying it again. The plate screws go through the plastic body of the valve so try to resist the temptation of overtightening them.

Sometimes you can snug up the bolts on the triangular seal brace and it'll stop leaking. Be sure to hit the bolts with penetrating oil before touching them. That seal is 50 years old so don't expect miracles. There are some 211232 seals on Ebay.

Post# 1158787 , Reply# 14   9/5/2022 at 19:20 by appnut (TX)        

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Wow Melvin!!!

Post# 1158798 , Reply# 15   9/5/2022 at 19:57 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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(How many machines do you now have stashed in your bedroom and living room?)

Post# 1158810 , Reply# 16   9/5/2022 at 20:40 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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WellÖ so far none in the master bedroom or living room but 2 in another bedroom, 3 in another bedroom with a dishwasher, and 2 full size and 2 portables in the kitchen with an extra refrigerator.

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