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1956 Kenmore Cycla Fabric washer
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Post# 1190132   9/17/2023 at 09:35 by Kenmore70 (New York)        

I recently acquired this Kenmore washer, which Iím going to restore. About 9 years ago I rebuilt a 1970 Kenmore washer, including the transmission, so I think I should be able to do this one. The hardest part I think will be getting the agitator off. Does anyone know how the tub ring comes off on this model? Later models had clips that held it on but Iím not sure about this one. Also, does anyone have a parts list for this model or one similar they could post here? Itís model 110.563581.
It would just help me see how things are put together. Iíve got most of the parts I need, hoses, gaskets, etcÖ. It looks like it has the original Dole solenoid valve but Iíll have to test that to see if it works. It will need new bearings but I dont have a bearing installation tool, anyone want to lend me one? 😀. Thanks!

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Post# 1190134 , Reply# 1   9/17/2023 at 10:17 by 114jwh (Vancouver)        

Congratulations Tom - what a great find and so far it looks like its in excellent condition!

As to the tub ring- I'm in the process of restoring a 1960 belt drive as we speak and it does indeed have clips as well - 4 of them. They are a bit different than the later ones with plastic tub rings I believe but the concept is the same

Mine only had two still attached when I got it, one is still missing and the other I found somewhere in the cabinet. If you don't see any then they could have come off. It looks like in your picture there might be one at about 4 o'clock but its hard to tell. If there aren't any on there I would expect it will just lift off after you get the snubber out of the way. Might be stuck there a bit due to old detergent residue.

For the water valve, you can buy kits to refurbish them. I've only found them on eBay these days. W7438K2 is the kit that fits most, I bet it will be compatible with yours but others will likely be able to chime in. If you have three valves you'll need two kits.

Looking forward to seeing your progress! Keep us up to date!

Post# 1190210 , Reply# 2   9/18/2023 at 09:29 by extmaxspin (St Charles MI)        

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Also looking forward to seeing pics of your progress. I've been fascinated with the look and style of these machines in pictures and catalog pages, but am not at all familiar with the interior structure of these. I've heard/known they were different than the 1960s BD, but have not had an opportunity to see what they actually look like.

Just from your single pic with the top open, it's obvious that the suspension is different (well, not centered in the corners anyway) and that snubber looks more like a toy compared to the more robust spring loaded ones mounted from the corner brace.

Thanks again in advance for sharing your adventure!

Post# 1190215 , Reply# 3   9/18/2023 at 11:42 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Removing the tub cover of a 56 Kenmore

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You remove the snubber assembly to three eights inch bolts that attach the bracket to the cabinet, I think the tub cover will just lift out or pull up from the edge of the outer tub disconnect the hose on the inlet air gap of course also

The snubber assembly on this older machine was probably better than the later one. It looks different, but it was plenty robust,

The agitator just removed by unscrewing the agitator cap. If the agitator doesnít lift right off, take your fist and bang on the skirt of the agitator downward, that usually pops it right off you can also dump some penetrating oil on the top of the agitator drive block once you get the cap off.


Post# 1190865 , Reply# 4   9/29/2023 at 13:26 by kenmore70 (New York)        
1956 Kenmore Cycla Fabric washer

Thanks John, I agree the snubber on this older machine seems more rigid than the later ones. I'm having trouble removing the agitator but I will keep trying. I dumped penetrating oil on the top and let it sit a few days, also poured boiling water on the top but it still won't budge. I will keep trying and hopefully I won't damage it trying to get it off.

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