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The Late M. Eleanor Seger's 3261-022 Spirit
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Post# 117698   12/10/2010 at 00:08 (2,691 days old) by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        

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Here's a piece not shown in the hot mess thread, and after viewing Fred's recent Spirit acquisitions and going through my Kodak picture folders, I thought I'd show some of my own.

This is a canister I got at a Crestwood sale back in October 2007, Hoover's 3261-022 2.2hp model with the upgraded handlegrip hose, hence the -022. Well taken care of, came with no missing tools, has the manual and warranty/accessory order forms, and even the original receipt from Famous Barr. The only downside I have about it is it would be nice to have a cordwinder, but nonetheless, it does what it's supposed to do, and that's clean.

Post# 117699 , Reply# 1   12/10/2010 at 00:14 (2,691 days old) by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        
Bought 6/8/85, Phillip Muller was only 2 days old

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She must have bought 2 cartons of bags if they came to $28, and I wonder what kind of dirt she had over 22 years if all that was left were 3 packs

Post# 117724 , Reply# 2   12/10/2010 at 11:00 (2,691 days old) by HooverCelebrity ()        

That's fabulous!

That's the Spirit that I always remember being in catalogues and various advertisements when I was a kid. I always thought that it looked so good in grey. I love it when the cleaner comes with a story/history.. makes it that much more special.

Thanks for sharing! And I learned something about the "-022". Where'd you learn that?


Post# 117769 , Reply# 3   12/10/2010 at 21:00 (2,690 days old) by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        

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Fred, I've read the dealer guide for the 3261, which is the same model only it has the Celebrity style curved wand and hose grip, and I just made the assumption that the -022 indicates the change to the suction control handgrip hose.

Post# 117782 , Reply# 4   12/11/2010 at 00:46 (2,690 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds, WA)        

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I have an S3261-022 Spirit machine just like that, kind of a light green color. These are a nice little machine. I haven't used mine for a while, so I'd forgotten what the fitting on the hose was like but I just went down and took a look at it and it has the bent nozzle and straight wand sections like yours. I don't have the manual but all the attachments are there. I'd wondered what these cost new; $180 was pretty good money in 1985. I remember '85 well because that's the year my garage got burgled and my M1 Carbine and a Marlin .22 rifle got stolen.

Post# 117830 , Reply# 5   12/11/2010 at 16:54 (2,690 days old) by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        
Speaking of Hoover model suffixes

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Apparently the Hoover folks made multiple uses out of the extra numbers after the main model number to indicate some sort of small change, here's a few I've noticed.

-900 (tools included with the vacuum)
-001 (front conversion C bag metal Convertibles previously rear from 76-78?, plastic base versions of 1977 A bag lineup, also on the U4195 it was added to indicate the boxtop A bag model)
-030 (Air Freshener tab added to some Concepts and A bag Convertibles/Decades in mid 80's, change from 2.6hp to 3.7hp motor in some Celebrity QSs, change from outside PN cord hose to standard fare bumpy Celeb hose in the IV 3131, in the DAMs and the Celeb IIs I believe the cord went to the square plug from the skinny rectangular plug and the Celebs they changed to the familiar bumpy hose from what I call the "easy split" vinyl hose)
-048 (used on some mid to late 80's C bag Convertibles to indicate the A bag version of them)

This post was last edited 12/11/2010 at 18:13
Post# 369742 , Reply# 6   4/1/2017 at 15:54 (387 days old) by Paul (MN)        

Please let me know what the -9 and -948 suffixes mean for an '80s Convertible.

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