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    Kenmore. 117-959

    I am going to try this again, just bought this, have manual and attachments, need motor and motor pulley. It needs a lot of work and cleaning up. Any help on parts would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching Pic's. I got this for $15.00 Cabinet and all, Granny
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    WOW! $15.00--What a deal! I've never seen a machine like that, before. Have you tried joining the Vintage Kenmore Yahoo group? I'm sure some of the members will be able to help you in your search.
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    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    On your last picture you show the motor with a little rubber on the end - that is what drives that machine. You can get some shrink stuff at the hardware store's electrical department to go on the end of that - replace the rubber. Does the motor try to go at all??? Motors can be rebuilt if necessary. Bennett has a tutorial on rebuilding a motor. There are motor rebuild shops that can rebuild your motor if it you don't want to do it. Very mid-century modern looking machine and table. They must have been trying to get them more efficient about that time.
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    Actually, the first motor I pulled apart to clean as an experiment was off a White, and was probably built just like yours. I have plenty of pics if you are interested. It comes apart pretty easy if you like to tinker with stuff at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    On your last picture you show the motor with a little rubber on the end - that is what drives that machine. You can get some shrink stuff at the hardware store's electrical department to go on the end of that - replace the rubber. Does the motor try to go at all??? Motors can be rebuilt if necessary. Bennett has a tutorial on rebuilding a motor. There are motor rebuild shops that can rebuild your motor if it you don't want to do it. Very mid-century modern looking machine and table. They must have been trying to get them more efficient about that time.
    The motor did run, smoke came out of it so I stopped. The motor pulley is hard ans flat on one side. I know it had set up in a garage for a long time. Everything moved freely when I started it up them smoke came out, lol. I am going to try to take the motor apart and see if I can do anything with it. If I can't do anything with it I am going to take it to a shop somewhere and get it fixed. It looks like a hard working machine. There is one other person on here that has one just like this one. I seen the photo in the albums. Thanks for your help, I am going to look at the tutorial and see if I can learn anything, Granny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Actually, the first motor I pulled apart to clean as an experiment was off a White, and was probably built just like yours. I have plenty of pics if you are interested. It comes apart pretty easy if you like to tinker with stuff at all.
    I am interested, I have got to try. That is how I learn, just dive in and give it a try. Hope I can get it up and going, it looks like a real interesting machine. I think $15.00 was well spent here. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    WOW! $15.00--What a deal! I've never seen a machine like that, before. Have you tried joining the Vintage Kenmore Yahoo group? I'm sure some of the members will be able to help you in your search.
    I do belong to the Kenmore Yahoo Group, I get a lot more response from the group than I do from them,lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    The cabinet is so great, and it is one of those where when you raise the top it raises up the machine, so neat!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    I can't seem to find the tutorial on rebuilding motors. I looked in the tutorial section.
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