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 (271 days old) 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 (271 days old) 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 (271 days old) 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 (271 days old) 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 (271 days old) 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 (271 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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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 (269 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Thank you Tom, it was good seeing you today

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