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Old 11-02-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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Swirl O Matic toilet info needed

We just bought a 1959 Mallard 17' trailer and were wondering if the same toilet was used in the Airstreams. It has a Swirl O Matic toilet, but we are missing the water valve that goes to the bowl. Does anyone know where to get parts or have any info on this? Thanks Brian
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:40 AM   #2
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My '59 had a Swirl-O-Matic and, unfortunately, as far as I know, parts are no longer made for these. Once in a great while, parts come up on Ebay. I had to update to a Sealand Traveller. Not vintage looking but also not vintage functioning. Works great.

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Old 11-02-2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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We just bought a 1959 Mallard 17' trailer and were wondering if the same toilet was used in the Airstreams. It has a Swirl O Matic toilet, but we are missing the water valve that goes to the bowl. Does anyone know where to get parts or have any info on this? Thanks Brian
Parts for that toilet have been gone for over 30 years.

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Old 11-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #4
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Does anyone have a picture of what the flush water valve would look like that hooks to the back of the bowl? Is there a modern replacement for that part?
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Swirl-O-Matic by SaniWare Photos

Here's pix of what I have. I have more than I originally thought I did. Funny how all of this stuff accumulates over time.

The bowl and aluminum pedestal are from one toilet ('61) and the flush water valve is from a different one ('59). I never tried to get these two together and see if they worked. Hope this helps.

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That was just what I was looking for, thanks a lot. So to flush it, do you just push down on the top of the valve and it lets water into the bowl as long as it is held down, or does it send in a measured amount of water per time the valve is pushed?
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I can hook you up with parts. Were you planning a replacement or just a repair?
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We were just repairing what we have, all we are missing is the fresh water flush valve assembly. Please P/M me a price if you have what I need.
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Brad's photo are similar, but not exactly the same as my Swirler. The missing photo is for the actual valve, that does the water on/off work. The gadget with the bell shaped "cap" is a vacuum breaker that keeps water from going the wrong way (back to the tank). My water valve is a chrome deal with a lever plumbed upstream of the vacuum breaker. Inside is a spring that holds the valve closed. when you push the lever, up or down, the little ball bearings inside ride up on a raceway and pull the valve open. When you let go, the lever returns home via the spring tension inside.

The lever on my toilet is just a flapper that lets the water in the bowl free fall into the black tank. It doesn't have anything to do with the water supply.
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We were just repairing what we have, all we are missing is the fresh water flush valve assembly. Please P/M me a price if you have what I need.
If you're repairing the water valve, all you need is an off-the shelf globe valve and vacuum breaker. Here are pictures of what mine looks like. No water connection on the foot valve, you just open and shut the valve by hand.
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cool, that looks like our 1964, pedal, bowl and pedestal thing. I'm hoping that I can replace the valve- I'll post pics- below the compression "o" ring that connects the bowl to the valve. The bowl is fine and there isn't much room for a new toilet, even a Traveller Lite.
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