Thread Number: 37011  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Kirby model C help
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Post# 395572   7/25/2018 at 21:16 by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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Iím considering trading work for this model C....Iím advised it must be a transition model between the Ďsanitation modelí and the mode C w/headlight. Can any of you experts here help me with it challenging to find the missing center cap and rug plate ( missing)? Also, I know itís rare, but is it that valuable in this condition? Would it better to restore it? No gouges in the metal amazingly , fan not chipped in any way, spins nicely, cord looks to be replaced, wheels look great too. Bag isnít original, is someone making replacements?

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Post# 395581 , Reply# 1   7/25/2018 at 23:23 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I don't know what I'm saying is factual it's based on what I have seen.
The cap is rare I have one from my 505. I know of a person who has some but Ill not divulge more for personal reason. If you find a 508 belt lifter is identical to 505 and model c caps. The red is black on 508 the grey is red and it can be painted. If you found a 508 you could drill out rivets holding belt lifter on. Take lifter off reassemble is as close as it gets. I Know original but rare and people who have aren't selling.
Inside where brush roll goes the 2 screws on model c we're same siz. The 505 to 512 nozzle should be same if not very close.
The handle was wooden and those exist but I don't know where. If anyone has them it would be a fellow members.
Your emtor is original as it's narrower than 505 with metal emtor tray instead of black plastic on 505.
You can paint trim to match original. I believe it has same 3 amp motor coil and power switch as 505 to 512.
The wheels are original but the screws don't look right as I believe they had washers built into screws for wheels.
That's what I believe to be true but I could be wron. I have done a good amount of research and this is my best guess.

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