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Post# 393688   6/22/2018 at 08:39 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hi everybody, yes I got another vacuum again yesterday at the Salvation Army, Iím actually glad I got this one because Iíve always wanted a Kirby Generation vacuum before I started collecting. This one is a Generation 3, the one that changed Kirby vacuums forever by adding self propelled for easy pushing. As you can see it really needs some TLC, a good wipe up and polishing. So Iíll have to do my best cleaning up the G3, so check out the pics and Iíll try to post more pictures of it when I have it polished up and clean.

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Post# 393689 , Reply# 1   6/22/2018 at 08:40 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Service sticker, power switch and tech drive, bag.

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Post# 393690 , Reply# 2   6/22/2018 at 08:42 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Everythingís in good shape still but I like to know how to get rid of the rust spots.

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Post# 393691 , Reply# 3   6/22/2018 at 08:43 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Serial number on the side, made either around 1990-93.

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Post# 393692 , Reply# 4   6/22/2018 at 08:44 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Does anyone know how to remove the outer bag to wash it up?

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Post# 393696 , Reply# 5   6/22/2018 at 09:58 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I know how to remove that bag. You take a flat blade screwdriver and pop that band off. Then you pry the rubber bit off of the Mini Em-Tor.

Post# 393698 , Reply# 6   6/22/2018 at 10:58 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Crazykirbydude, Thanks Iíll do my best.

Post# 393701 , Reply# 7   6/22/2018 at 12:09 by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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It looks like that G3 still has the original gray Lexan fan in it. Those fans are notorious for cracking and flying apart while the machine is in use. This could do serious damage to the fancase. You should replace that fan with a new white Amodel fan AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


There are videos on Youtube showing you how to remove that outer bag, how to clean and polish and how to to replace the fan. Replacing the fan is easy. You only need a Philips screwdriver and a pair of Channel lock pliers.



Post# 393703 , Reply# 8   6/22/2018 at 13:29 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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January 1991 on your G3. Sandpaper will remove the rust on the motor shaft, but it's not detrimental to the performance of the vacuum or the belt. It might even file itself down from the belt traveling over it as you use it. People on here say #0000 fine steel wool can get the discolored tarnish spots out of the metal when polishing.

On the handle, the screws might be loose or the fork is bent.

Post# 394055 , Reply# 9   6/29/2018 at 20:58 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Huskyvacs, is there a way to fix the handle lock because it doesnít want to stay locked up.

Post# 394056 , Reply# 10   6/29/2018 at 21:04 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Well here is the G3 after polishing the chrome and wiped up the plastic parts as well. I hand washed the outer bag with free and clear detergent and Borax along warm water and rinsed. Set it out the balcony to air dry and the next morning it was dried up already.

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Post# 394058 , Reply# 11   6/29/2018 at 21:51 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Good job, she looks great!

Post# 394060 , Reply# 12   6/29/2018 at 21:58 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Thank u vac o matic, there are a couple of spots I need to polish off and everythingís almost good to go!

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