Thread Number: 34151  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Pulled an old finished project out this evening......
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Post# 370118   4/5/2017 at 18:14 (439 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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Dug out an old project my daughter and I completed a while back. After we finished it, I used it a few times then put it up.....I had almost forgotten about it to be honest......pulled it out tonight, blew the dust off it, will put a new bag in it and take it for a spin!

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Post# 370120 , Reply# 1   4/5/2017 at 18:43 (439 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I usually am a purist....

But that is beautiful!!!!

Post# 370187 , Reply# 2   4/6/2017 at 21:48 (438 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I sure like the colors on that machine - you two did a fantastic job on it. What exactly does the cleaning selector do?

And why did you have to blow the dust off it? Just put on the hose and vacuum it! :o) I had to do that long ago to a Kirby that had a leaky bag - quite embarassing...

Post# 370190 , Reply# 3   4/6/2017 at 23:36 (438 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Wow...what a hoot that must have been to do those colors! I disliked the original colors, but I could live with



Post# 370199 , Reply# 4   4/7/2017 at 07:30 (438 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Thank you guys!

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I appreciate it! Rob, the cleaning selector is an adjustment you can set that determines how much airflow loss the vacuum experiences as the bag gets full before the door automatically pops open and shuts the motor off. The lower the number, the faster the vacuum will shut off. I have always kept mine at the highest setting (6), but I change bags so often, I've never had one shut off on me!

Kevin, believe it or not, I let my 5 year old daughter pick those colors for the machine....its kind of a funny story how this vacuum came to be anyway....I bought it years ago at a junk store for like $5 as a parts machine (on a side note, I guess even though I was going to scrap it for parts, I actually saved the machine because a few weeks after I bought it, the entire store burnt to the ground, everything in it was destroyed!). It was beat to death, rusty, motor had one foot in the grave, etc. I actually had put it in storage under our deck because it was in such bad shape I wouldn't even bring it in my house. One day my daughter (she was 4 or 5 at the time) came lugging this heavy rusty object out from under the house and said she wanted to "fix it up." So I let her go wild with it! She picked out the colors, even helped me paint it! I bought a rebuilt 1205 motor, knocked a TON of dents out of body, did a LOT of sanding with steel wool (it's far from perfect, but you should have seen it before I started sanding!), and cleaned everything out and sanitized it. It's now a very WILD looking Lux but runs sweet! We have named it "Kerri's Jubilee" in honor of my daughter and her wild ideas!!!

Post# 370203 , Reply# 5   4/7/2017 at 09:38 (437 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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What a wonderful bonding experience for you and your daughter! I hope she treasures it. The next step would be to paint up a PN4/4A to match.

I've also never been the biggest fan of the Golden J/Super J color scheme, which is one reason my Super J stays in the closet. I briefly considered repainting it after I first acquired it but I never could decide what color I would want that would look good with the creme colored plastics. As I think about now, maybe it would look good in Maroon. Maybe someday when I have fewer pressing demands on my time.

Post# 370205 , Reply# 6   4/7/2017 at 10:40 (437 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

@Steve: Awwwwww, that's such a sweet story! Those are exactly the kinda colors a little girl that age would pick. Quite a story too...from virtual death to I've got lots of project like that in store for my grandson, but he's only two.


@Edgar: funny you should say that as I hide my Super J too, although it's broken down now waiting for a restoration. It's the only vac not in the house, but lives in the garage instead. Maroon I think would be awesome for that vac!




Post# 370210 , Reply# 7   4/7/2017 at 11:34 (437 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I'm going to have to pull the Super J out this afternoon, photograph it and work a little Photoshop magic (simple color substitution) to see how it would look in maroon. The more I think about it, the more I'm warming to the idea of a respray, but it would be this summer at the very earliest before I could even think of tearing it down to do that. I would want to keep things simple, leave the plastics alone and paint only the metal body.

Post# 370214 , Reply# 8   4/7/2017 at 12:29 (437 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I'd sure like to see the mock-up from Photoshop if you don't mind posting it. I have no experience with Photoshop, although I've always had PC's with it taking up space.



Post# 370228 , Reply# 9   4/7/2017 at 14:37 (437 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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No doubt she'll still be using it as an adult! She did a great job with it! You should find a Power Nozzle to go with it. May I ask how you did it?

Post# 370236 , Reply# 10   4/7/2017 at 15:20 (437 days old) by KirbyKleanKarpet (Florida )        
The 50's Strikes!

That is actually a very unique and good-looking Golden Jubilee. What a gem!

Post# 370304 , Reply# 11   4/8/2017 at 14:11 (436 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Maroon Super J

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As requested, here's a mock-up of what a Super-J might look like in maroon. It's a quick and dirty color substitution. I even spilled some virtual paint on the carpet.

I did this by picking up the maroon color from the piece of furniture behind it with the eyedropper tool, then selecting the body of the cleaner with the quick selection tool and dumping the paint into it with the bucket tool. Took about three minutes.

Note: no vacuum cleaners were harmed in the creation of this image.

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Post# 370306 , Reply# 12   4/8/2017 at 15:28 (436 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
I like!

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Of course I'm viewing it from a cell phone, but the color chosen looks a LOT like an Olympia One on my screen! I do like the contrast with the beige/gold on the vac though!!

Post# 370308 , Reply# 13   4/8/2017 at 16:02 (436 days old) by Paul (MN)        

I know a guy who's aunt thought the aquamarine green of the Model G was really ugly, so he painted it a canary yellow for her. It actually looked pretty good with the turquoise bumpers. I've also seen another Model G painted black--including the bumpers, which is also stunning.

@texaskirbyguy (reply #2)

The control dial regulates the automatic shut-off mechanism, so the filter bag neither over-fills or under-fills. It can be turned to advance the shut-off when vacuuming coarse contaminants such as sand or fuzz or to retard it when vacuuming fine contaminants such as ashes or flour. Users typically leave it at a certain level so the bag gets between 1/2 or 3/4 full and adjust it for special cleaning jobs.

Post# 370310 , Reply# 14   4/8/2017 at 17:19 (436 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

heck yeah, I like that maroon mock-up! If I get my Super J motor strong again like it's supposed to be, I might just paint the metal only canister some shade of maroon.


Thanks for the color idea and mock-up!



Post# 370313 , Reply# 15   4/8/2017 at 18:34 (436 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I agree the color on the Photoshop mock-up came out looking a lot like an Olympia but it's definitely redder than the Olympia's chocolate brown. If I were to actually paint mine, I'd go for something even more to the red than the picture, maybe closer to the red on a Washington Redskins jersey. Like I said earlier, I only spent about three minutes--at the most--on it.

Post# 370555 , Reply# 16   4/12/2017 at 11:47 (432 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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haha I love it!!!

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