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My New Hoover Model 700 ''Special''
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Post# 386484   2/21/2018 at 00:57 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Here's an unboxing and photo roll of when I bought my Hoover 700 Special for $75.99 on eBay On 10/20/2017. Photos are from 10/28/17 12:24pm - 2:34am on 10/29/17. Yes, I know it was a steep price, but this was my dream vacuum ever since I first seen one on YouTube in 2007 or 2008. I always wanted one, and I'd never be able to find one of these in my city, as there just isn't old stuff like this here. I checked eBay for a few months and any old Hoovers of this era were all $100-$150 with shipping on eBay - waaaayyyy out of my budget. When I seen this Hoover up for the price, I just had to grab it.

I have not powered it on since I bought it, as I am waiting for summer to inspect it and make sure it's safe and hopefully give it a cleaning and tune-up. (also because there is a piece of dead snake skin stuck in a spider web on the bottom of the vacuum - yikes!) The seller bought the vacuum along with another odd brand from an estate and then promptly flipped it on eBay (and then I bought it). It had a friend made by Federal Electric that was being sold in a separate auction that was aged the same as this Hoover, so I assume they came from the same owner and house originally and were always together. However, the seller wanted too much for it after deviating and increasing the original agreed-upon price I suggested for it and after paying out $76 for this vacuum I just didn't have that kind of money so I left it behind.

I would like to thank Phaeton for setting me up with a pair of handle screws for this vacuum back in November, I have not installed them yet as they will be put on once I do the cleanup and inspection on it.

The vacuum was rebuilt in the 1930's if I remember, so it does have a lot of mismatched parts that were in Hoover's warehouse at the time (shame, I really like that Hoover H switch)

So without further ado, here she is! Photo descriptions coming up...

Pic #1 - The box on my porch, it comes up to my windows!
Pic #2 - Wide shot of the box, this certainly is not live flowers!
Pic #3 - The vacuum in the box, seller skimped a bit on packaging but it was braced.
Pic #4 - Whatever could this strange plastic mummy be?
Pic #5 - ...why it's an antique hoover!
Pic #6 - The bottom of the vac is really clean for its age
Pic #7 - The rebuild marker writing - it didn't show up on camera good
Pic #8 - "The Hoover Special" refurb plate
Pic #9 - The Hoover bag - it's a weird kind of soft felt-like cloth, not sure what you call it and I haven't seen any photos of another bag like this on Google
Pic #10 - The Servant of the Home logo amongst the dirt
Pic #11 - The model tag and serial # (it looks like it has a 1.7 amp motor)

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Post# 386485 , Reply# 1   2/21/2018 at 00:58 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Also as a free bonus pic, here's a shot of (at the time of the photo) my newest and oldest Hoover vacuums bookending my collection. 1926 to 2016 - 90 years of Hoover! Photo taken on 10/29/2017 2:34 am

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Post# 386486 , Reply# 2   2/21/2018 at 01:00 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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And I forgot to include these two pics in the first post - a closeup of the model and serial number as well as the rebuild scribble. Photos taken on 11/17/2017 4:44 AM

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Post# 386512 , Reply# 3   2/21/2018 at 16:46 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Like how the bag is on backwards.

Post# 386516 , Reply# 4   2/21/2018 at 17:03 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        
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Is it really?

Post# 386521 , Reply# 5   2/21/2018 at 18:52 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Actually yes it is. Normally the name/logo are facing forward.

Post# 386533 , Reply# 6   2/21/2018 at 21:45 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Can you flip it around? Or do you have to undo the whole clamp that holds the bag together?

Post# 386537 , Reply# 7   2/21/2018 at 22:37 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Noice! Looks like it's all there. Should polish up real nice. Also, I second the backwards bag. Why would the logo face backwards? Also if you look at the backside of the bag (the logo side), doesn't it look too taught? Because the bag's curved and meant to have more slack in the back than the front.

Post# 386542 , Reply# 8   2/22/2018 at 03:53 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        
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I've never seen in person - let alone owned - a vacuum this old before. No idea what it is or isn't supposed to look like. It's just as I received it, just as the previous buyer received it, and just as the previous owner left it. It's been through a lot of hands and homes! I think it has found it's forever home. :-)

Post# 386545 , Reply# 9   2/22/2018 at 08:17 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Bag ring might just be on upside down. The hooks should slide over the two thumb nuts from the top, if they slide over the thumb nuts from the bottom that's why the bag is on backwards.

Look at it this way, with the bag on backwards so the logo will be pointing down when you vacuum, if you are laying on the floor at least you will be able to read what just ran over you. There is a bright point to everything.

Here's a picture of my 700 that someone gave me.

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