Gas-Powered Antique Washing Machine [Restoration]
- Published: 28 November 2019
- It's real and you are going to want to see this run. This restoration is on a late 1920s Model 92 Maytag gas-powered washing machine. Electric versions were also available, but I restored the Maytag engine previously, so it is only natural that I slap it on this washer.
This machine contained the most amount of parts I have had to deal with to date! It also gave me a very hard time, with several broken bolts, locked up parts, and damaged or missing parts. I was able to source some replacement parts from a viewer that kindly offered to share. I decided to paint the machine a light grey, but did not choose to paint the tub, even though it was originally painted. I felt that covering up all that aluminum would be a travesty.
Getting this machine back together was a very lengthy process, as I had to learn through trial and error where each internal part should go and how it should move. Since the machine was so heavily rusted and locked up, it was hard to envision how the parts all work together, making it harder for me to figure out how to put it back together.
I am satisfied with the result although I would have loved to do a mirror polish on the aluminum, but I have a life to live and having something that large and highly polished in the workshop would give me more anxiety than I need right now.
I would like to thank Evapo-Rust for sponsoring this video.
Wrenches are now for sale at www.handtoolrescue.com
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