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Post# 1160294   9/24/2022 at 08:27 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        

Yes ITS A THOR, Can anybody give me information on a machine like this? Iíll be linking photos

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Post# 1160313 , Reply# 1   9/24/2022 at 17:11 by turquoisedude (.)        

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Late 40s to early 50s I believe.  The machine was unique because there were separate tubs for washing laundry or washing dishes.  Not completely 'automatic' though... one had to manually select fill or drain operations and start the washing action.


Post# 1160317 , Reply# 2   9/24/2022 at 18:23 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Are the dishwashing parts included?


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Post# 1160340 , Reply# 3   9/24/2022 at 23:40 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
No it doesnít have the dishwasher attachment sadly

But it looks in very reasonable condition in my opinion, would be awesome to see how well it did with the dishwasher attachment, And even if it doesnít have a brain pump for it, I will easily be able to retrofit one into the machine, by the way itís going for about 150 on Facebook marketplace, so Iíll definitely be happy to get it at that price compare to the machine that I posted In the thread ď has anybody seen this before? Ē

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Post# 1160342 , Reply# 4   9/25/2022 at 03:23 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
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This machine was manufactured in the UK as well as the US so the machine you are looking at could well have originated in the UK, produced from around 1946 until around 1960 I understand there were three models of this machine.

Its a shame it does not come with the dishwasher attachment but here it is doing laundry - video courtesy our good friend ChesterMikeUK





Given the availability of replacement parts or even that it might not work at all $150 sounds like quite a lot.

Good luck with it


Post# 1160345 , Reply# 5   9/25/2022 at 04:33 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Thank you,

Itís a lot better than the other vintage machine that I saw for $200 and it was missing over half of its components, so $150 honestly seems like a lot more value for money now

Post# 1160390 , Reply# 6   9/25/2022 at 16:00 by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Austin,
The Thor Automagicís rank high in my all time great machines, the model you have found looks like the model 200 (1st machine)
I have had all the models that were available in the UK, albeit i only have the last two models now 244 & 260.
If you need any help just shout :) good luck.
Cheers
Keith


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Post# 1160415 , Reply# 7   9/25/2022 at 21:53 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Oh cool thanks Keith

Iíll let ya know

Post# 1160416 , Reply# 8   9/25/2022 at 21:53 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Also

Itís Adam

Post# 1160429 , Reply# 9   9/26/2022 at 04:40 by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Adam, (apolo's)
They are easy to work on, I did notice that the centre boot (concertinaed / conical cone between the tub and the centre post) has perished, these are quite hard to replicate although I know some of the other guys in the UK have made an alternative boot which worked really well.
The attached pic was of my 1st Thor Automagic with pedals from the mid 90's - it was good to experiment on but to far gone to do anything with, this was an early model of the 244 as it had the built-in handles on the top to lift off, later models didn't have this.
Cheers
Keith


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Post# 1160443 , Reply# 10   9/26/2022 at 12:44 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Oh How I'd LOVE to have one

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with foot all those foot pedals--I'd go nuts, and certainly a bucket-list item to see one in the flesh, with which I haven't had the luck thus far. You are a lucky man, Keith.

Adam, I wish you the best of luck getting that old man Thor up and running.





Post# 1160469 , Reply# 11   9/26/2022 at 20:49 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Thank you guys, first one thing I do want to get i

The machine, and then the boot, does anybody have any idea how I can get a boot or know anyone who would be able to help me get one or make one ?, It doesnít have to be genuine Just as long as it seals

Post# 1160492 , Reply# 12   9/27/2022 at 04:49 by Chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hello Adam

Another great find if you can get it , the boots for these machines are not around at all, and if they where they would be brittle and dried out if new in box original etc.

So its time to get creative, now as you are the land of the toploader you may be able to use a tub boot for a selection of top loading washers.

Here is the original thread that will show you how we fashioned a boot to work , it did comprise a few different hoses, one was a sump hose for a Hoover Quattro autowasher as it had a large ball valve outlet and then narrowed considerably to fit,
we also used a sturdy yogurt carton to support the hose bellows and a few plastic grip ties, you will see how it all looks. Look forward to seeing how you get on


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