Thread Number: 35403  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Polished up the Connie
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Post# 380698   11/4/2017 at 22:38 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Some of you may remember my Penncrest Canister aka Hoover Constellation I found a few years ago. I decided to do some work on it today. Got out my No 7 Car Polish which works great on my fans and did some polishing. The Connie had very dull paint and a closer look at the peach color showed small dots of white paint spray all over. The No 7 Car Polish cut through most of it and removed some scuffs. Still far from mint but much better. Now the split needs to be cut off the end of the hose and reattached. Plus the switch unfortunately is broken, although it runs when plugged in. Not sure the switch can be repaired.

I also threw out the original but smelly filter. Plan to make a new one possibly with HEPA material. Attachments would be nice, all I have is the crevice tool. But at least I have the wand and floor nozzle from my Slimline if I actually want to use it. So far haven't - just like to watch it float and listen to the low hum of the motor.

Post# 380779 , Reply# 1   11/6/2017 at 13:44 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Unless the paint is really gross, I prefer to leave it and bring it back as much as possible with quality automotive polishes. Something that small could even be clay-barred at the end for a premium finish.


I never had to repair a Connie switch yet, so don't know how repairable they are, sorry.


There's the caveat with the fixed wands...a white, Teflon insert in the wand pieces where they connect to each other and floor attachments. I have NEVER been able to find those and I've looked for yrs.  They are very durable fortunately, but I have a few that swelled making it almost impossible to detach and reattach the wand pieces without grease and grease attracts dirt etc. 



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