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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
When adding accessories to our cars I like to keep a record of what I have done on a schematic I keep in my workshop manual.
The problem is, it is often difficult to get some unique coloured wire to add to the Triumph loom that will differentiate the new circuit.

When our 5 year old washing m/c recently gave up the ghost, in pulling it apart I found a good deal of nice, uniquely colour coded wire inside, mostly over 6' long, some with pre formed spade connectors. :-)

Now :-(

This was the demise of our 5 year old Kenmore (picture)
the cast aluminium 'spider' had rotted out.
Yes, a replacment part can be purchased for.......$1,100 !!

Note the holes around the shaft. These collect washing deturgent residue and the rot starts quickly.
Is that by chance??

Of course this is half of a stacing washer dryer, and the model is now obsolete, so a new washer dryer must be bought as a set hot smiley

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, CT, USA   USA
That looks worse than some of the 50-year rot I have on my Spitfire! That's horrible for only 5 years. If it's not intentional, it's definitely poorly designed.

I bought a "new" washer a few years ago and it didn't last any longer than yours. I replaced it with a SpeedQueen "old-school" top-load washer that has no water saving features and no computers. American made, heavy duty steel where important. It wasn't any cheaper than the new ones, but it should last me 20 years instead of 5. They have electronic ones with a 5-year warranty while mine had a 3-year. No problems so far!


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Liverpool., lancashire, UK   GBR
1955 Citroen 2CV
1966 Citroen 2CV
1976 Honda Civic "A Honda That Wonders."
1978 Vauxhall Cavalier
Hiya Tony... Barry from Liverpool .U.K. Citroen . 2 . CVMAN .

Surfing around and I came upon your Washing machine experience story... you and I are obviously on the same wave lengths ..... make do and mend was instilled in me from the 1939 war years.... I scavenged around the huge Bombed properties of my City... after incessant poundings for years by German Bombers every nite,

These memories never leave YOU.... and this practice, has sustained my ability to make things last a lifetime.

Your item about Washing machines prompted this post, I have a Hotpoint Twin Tub, I bought in 1980, wonderful products then... and mine still is.... Thanks to servicing and maintenance, your so Right, the cast Alloy adgetators are susceptible to corrosion from washing powders and bleach products, I made a new adgetator for my tub many years ago... using a suitable socket as the centre piece of construction....see my pictures enclosed... , my machine is in use every day , boiling 3 gals of water for general purpose work in my garage, and for washing my rotten dirty boiler suits, that I grovel around in fixing Cars and every thing else that becomes challenges in every day lifes situation.

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brucejon Bruce Jones
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
1962 Triumph TR3B
1963 Triumph TR3B "Tupperware TR3"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1972 Triumph TR6
I just replaced a five year old dishwasher because the rack was rusting out. Replacement rack was almost the price of a new dishwasher....

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ng19delta Scott Roberts
Merchantville, NJ, USA   USA
1974 Triumph TR6 "Gypsy Rose T..."
Planned obsolescence. Should be ILLEGAL, as it is such a WASTE of resources and money.


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