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Post# 366811   2/15/2017 at 09:20 (219 days old) by Donna (Plymouth)        

I bought a Hoover Dial A Matic Model 1178 in the 1970's, I think, and want to refurbish it. I know I'll need new belts and maybe more.
I'm having trouble understanding the exact part number and name of the belts to order and where there might be good quality parts.
Thanks for any help. BTW, enjoyed reading your passion in your forum.

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Post# 366828 , Reply# 1   2/15/2017 at 12:30 (219 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Denton,TX)        

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youll need two belts, style 49 for the power drive, and style 50 for the agitator/ brushroll. takes type d bags. all are available new or new old stock on ebay. far as service goes, of the motor doesnt have a grinding noise from bearings needing lube or worn carbons leave it be. my sentiment servicing machines is "if it aint broke dont fix it". however, the agitator bearings can be greased. id also grease the hinge that lowers the machine from upright position so it doesnt stick, and oil the wheel axles (NOT powerdrive wheels) with a DROP or amsoil 0-20 synthetic motor oil. your machine will be MUCH easier to push after lubricating the wheel axles. if the powerdrive unit is fine, dont service it. i would also use merv 13 a/c filter cut to fit and replace the two filters inside the machine and re-gasket the bag door, itll help increase the performance of the machine.

if you need parts to replace broken ones, depending on what they are they may be difficult to find except from a parts machine or digging thru stashes at messy vacuum shops that down throw stuff away that still have old stock parts. replacement cords, brush strips and agitator endcaps are still available, some places still even have motor carbons. if its costmetic youll be relagated to the sources above, the dial a matic has been discontinued for 40 years making some parts a challenge to locate.

that being said however, this is the right place to ask about parts that may be troublesome to find. hope this helps and keeps your dial running for many more years!

Post# 366838 , Reply# 2   2/15/2017 at 14:22 (219 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
That's excellent info, Wil!!

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They were and still ARE great machines....the predecessor to 'today's' machines. As far as any needed parts, those sources are wonderful. Also, perhaps, some members in here have some parts in their stock. They might be able to help you. I pick up belts and bags everytime I come across them and add them to MY stock.


Post# 366858 , Reply# 3   2/15/2017 at 20:03 (219 days old) by Donna (Plymouth)        

Thank you for the check list. I'll start by turning on the vacuum and listening. Hadn't thought about the motor. Mmm. This will be a good project. I'll keep you posted. Donna

Post# 367826 , Reply# 4   3/4/2017 at 07:43 (202 days old) by Donna (Plymouth)        

Hi, I ordered and received belts 49 and 50 from eBay. I got belts in the original packaging as I felt comfortable with your discussions that old, original belts will work fine. Only the best. Now the fun begins. Donna

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