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NOS vintage Kirby bumpers
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Post# 368701   3/19/2017 at 13:46 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I had recently bought a small lot of 13" nozzle bumpers and headlight bumpers for older machines, which were advertized as NOS Kirby parts.
This was an impulse buy, as I only needed replacements for my basketcase 505 that is in resto, and I could not find these elsewhere.
I found that all the nozzle bumpers are about 2" to 3" short and the headlight bumpers are about 1" to 1.5" short. Are these parts supposed be stretched THIS MUCH when installing? Might they have shrunk though age? They did have a slight stickiness that I was able to clean away. Any way to determine if they really are Kirby parts? I found no stampings, words, or numbers on them. They do look and feel like Kirby parts though...
One of the bumper trims was blue - was the Tradition available with a 13" nozzle? I never saw one yet.
Thanks in advance!

Post# 368708 , Reply# 1   3/19/2017 at 14:09 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Not likely, unless that 13" nozzle bumper you mention has the same thickness as the Heritage II 13" nozzle bumper. Here's mine.


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Post# 368724 , Reply# 2   3/19/2017 at 19:39 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

They look like this...
I have only one wide long one which I thought would be ffor an Omega, but looks more like for a Classic.

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Post# 368725 , Reply# 3   3/19/2017 at 19:43 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Then what you have is aftermarket... some independent service centers actually rebuilt older Kirbys with trim parts in this color between the fall of 1979 and the summer of 1981. I know, I've seen several Dual Sanitronic 80s rebuilt this way.


Post# 368742 , Reply# 4   3/20/2017 at 02:01 by hoover28 (Oneida N.Y.)        
they will fit

you need to heat them up to stretch them on. use hot water or a hear dryer.


Post# 368744 , Reply# 5   3/20/2017 at 04:10 by fantomfan57 (Austin, Texas)        
Hey Rob in Plano......,

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would you please contact me off list?

Post# 369039 , Reply# 6   3/23/2017 at 20:54 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I sent an email to the address listed in your profile a while back but no response. Not sure if you got it or not...

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