Thread Number: 35155  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Got a purple pre war Airway 55 today
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Post# 378712   9/20/2017 at 22:18 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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It's a bit rough but I plan to restore it. A lady called me and asked if I was the guy who has a huge collection here because she found this old Airway and wants it to be appreciated. I was very pleased to have this uncommon model..
Sorry for the not so great photo taken in the back seat.

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Post# 378713 , Reply# 1   9/20/2017 at 22:19 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Question, is this hose an original 66 or 77 hose?

Post# 378721 , Reply# 2   9/20/2017 at 22:31 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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The blue tracer would indicate a 66 hose. I just used one today. The 77 was green with a red tracer.

Post# 378730 , Reply# 3   9/21/2017 at 05:31 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Also the 66

Hose and the 55 hoses were cotton braid, as were the very first 77 hoses, the later 77 hoses were saran braid.

Post# 378733 , Reply# 4   9/21/2017 at 08:54 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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That's great news, I have a nice 66 that's missing it's hose. Now I just have to find the 55 hose, dang. I also need to find a 77 hose. All of my other airway's have their correct hoses.

If anyone has any of these hoses lying around I don't care if they hold air or not as they are just for display. I have vinyl hoses I use for cleaning.

Post# 378734 , Reply# 5   9/21/2017 at 10:06 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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That's the correct hose for the post war 55, as well as the 66. The pre-war 55 used a purple hose.

Post# 378814 , Reply# 6   9/22/2017 at 23:41 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Thank you Tom, it was good seeing you today

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