MAYTAG STORY


| August/September 1999


11277 Louisville Street, N.E. Louisville, Ohio 44641

I am a 79-year-old who needed a different hobby since I was a maintenance welder for 37 years.

I obtained my first Maytag at age eight, but moved off the farm at age 16 (U.S. Navy). Time went on and Dad sold the farm, and I couldn't go to the auction on Friday so I lost the Maytag along with the 1935 square tub washer and sausage grinder.

I grew up kicking this for my mom until we obtained electric and Dad changed it to an electric motor. An old gentleman from Reedy, West Virginia, gave me a '92 and I started cleaning the red mud off of it. I repainted everything and replaced everything necessary, but the thing would go 'pow' and not start. I threw it in the truck and took it to a friend of mine who is an expert on hit & miss engines as well as Maytags. He looked and checked it all over and could not figure it out. So, I told him to put it in the back of the truck and I would sell it for parts.

I came home that night, sat in a chair and went over everything I had done and tried.

Well, the only thing I didn't do myself was make a new head gasket for it. A friend made it on the bench and bolted it to the crankcase. I decided that come morning, I would take it apart, and lo and behold, I found he had failed to cut out the port for the fuel to enter the head. I cut it out, reassembled it, and with one kick it runs beautifully. The only regret I have is that I cannot find the sausage grinder. It was sold at the farm on Hurricane, in Roane County, West Virginia in 1969 or '70. If any of you collectors out there know where it might be, all help will be appreciated.






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