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Post# 393794   6/24/2018 at 19:28 by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I found a great Classic III with all the attachments ( except handy-butler), I love having matching red attachments including even the Shag rug comb! I did a thorough cleaning which it needed terribly ( that shake out bag was filthy. My plan is to convert it to a heritage II mini emptor and bag so I can use Hepa filters, but for now since itís not my main vacuum, Iíll use it as is.

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Post# 393795 , Reply# 1   6/24/2018 at 19:45 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Wow - that is a CLEAN set - congrats! Hard to find them that complete and so clean.
If this will not be a daily driver, you could fit a HEPA bag inside the shake out bag (after it has been washed up of course). This will improve your filtration while keeping it stock looking and the stock bag clean. I did this with my Omega and 505.
If this will become a daily driver, then the Heritage II bag assy would be best.

Post# 393805 , Reply# 2   6/24/2018 at 21:42 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

The Kirby Classic is not so common here in the UK. Quite scarce actually, at least while I've been looking. Were they USA-only?

Post# 393810 , Reply# 3   6/24/2018 at 21:49 by jrdavis (oklahoma)        

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was my fave model as a kid. my favorite color was red and young as I was I didnt know the models I just knew by colors. I even thought they were still new models I didn't and dad had an Omega when I was growing up I called it "Big Brown Kirby" the Classic III was"Big Red Kirby" I always wanted a "Big Red Kirby" in 1985 I wrote a letter to Santa Clause with a big purple crayon asking for a brand new Big Red Kirby.

Post# 393820 , Reply# 4   6/25/2018 at 00:07 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Iremember seeing

A few of these new, they were the best looking Kirby I thought!

Post# 393850 , Reply# 5   6/25/2018 at 14:25 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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texaskirbyguy, how did you connect the HEPA bag inside the outer bag and position it in a way as to actually filter the incoming air??

Post# 393866 , Reply# 6   6/25/2018 at 18:30 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

You modify the Em-tor, or change it for a later Heritage-style Em-tor, which takes a Fill-Tube.
Install a Fill-tube.
Fit a new-style Bag-connector at the top of the fill-tube.
One which accommodates later Hepa bags.
The whole tube/paper (hepa) bag assembly fits inside the original shakeout cloth bag.
It's the outgoing air from the paper bag that's now hepa filtered.

Post# 393867 , Reply# 7   6/25/2018 at 19:13 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

See the details here in my 505 resto thread, post #18.

Keep in mind the above is best for occasional use, demos, or for show use since the HEPA pores will clog after so-many emptyings. You can still have a Heritage II setup to pop on it for daily/weekly service. I have my Omega outfitted this way.

Of course I found it is no more difficult changing the HEPA liner than cleaning one of those nasty bagless filter sets.

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