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What Frederick Maytag Didn't Know!

| August/September 1996

  • Pat's Maytag collection
    From left, Irl Everett, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Gary and Patrick Everett, Littleton, Colorado, with just a portion of Pat's Maytag collection.

  • Pat's Maytag collection

5012 S. Newton Street Littleton, Colorado 80123

As a manufacturer of home laundry equipment Frederick Maytag revolutionized an industry that affected almost every household in the U.S.A. What he didn't realize was that collecting and restoring the various aspects of the Maytag line would become so popular.

To teach my son some mechanical skills and create a productive atmosphere, we decided to try our hand at restoring a Crosley car or truck. To our surprise there would be an estate sale at a town about 20 miles from where my parents lived in eastern Nebraska. It was advertised that there would be no less than eight Crosleys sold at this auction. Grandpa was given his marching orders and he and Grandma made a day of it and went to the sale to see if he could buy a restorable Crosley pickup.

To our dismay every Crosley collector in the Midwest was at the sale and everything went for more than what we were willing to spend. But Grandpa, being the type not being able to leave an auction, stayed long enough to buy one Model 92 Maytag engine that he readily described as being a typical boat anchor.

When we received the phone call that night we were informed that our Crosley would have to be purchased some other day because he was unable to buy one for the money we had to spend. We were not to be disheartened because he did buy an old Maytag that could be a good practice piece for our budding mechanic. It was boxed up and sent to us to see if we could bring it back to life.

At this point I would like to introduce you to the main reason for this tale. Patrick is our son of 17 years, who two years ago was having quite a bit of trouble in school and life in general. He didn't really care for school and was easily persuaded to get into mischief. It was for this reason that our mechanical project began and that is when we got that poor old Model 92 some would call a hopeless case. We decided to try our hand at restoration because Pat had that 'knack' and I saw that it could be put to use.


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