There are two shock absorbers on that model. They are located on bottom on both sides of the drum and can be replaced easily for about $35.00 in parts. That will fix your problem. The original shocks were poorly designed, replacements are better.
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My guess is that one of the three counterweights have separated from their support. Probably rusted away. 36 years is quite a feat. Today's machines would be lucky to 1/3 of that life. Sounds like its time to go shopping. Do you have an anniversary coming up? Ladies love washers for an anniversary gift.
I just went through the same issue with my Kenmore front loading washing machine. I assumed (and a Sears repairman also told me) that it is the bearings. After I took the drum assembly out, I saw the rear drum broken and the inner tub hitting the outer tub. I ordered the outer drum assembly and only when I took the inner drum assembly out I realized the the "Spider" attached to the inner drum (and spindle) was broken. Entire drum assembly cost $417 + shipping and it may be cheaper in the long run to buy a new washer. I like the front loaders because they save water and good for the environment, but the US manufacturers have not yet perfected the technology like European manufacturers (or they don't want the machines to last too long just like cars). Anyway, I am looking into welding the spider tomorrow. If not will return the outer tub assembly and buy a top loading washer for $300!