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Post# 85735   12/9/2009 at 22:10 (2,899 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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As constant readers of all three Forums may have detected, Davy is hitting the Roadtrip Express again. This time over to Syracuse NY for the weekend Christmas Dinner Banquette at Duo-Art Organ Buddy Rich's house. I'll be totally tied up there Saturday and recovering Sunday and hope to dash on Friday over to Oneida NY.

On Monday I'm driving down to Greene NY, just NE of Binghamton on the NY/Pennsylvania border, to have a Noon & afternoon and who knows how long MicroMeet with Mike Gravelin. Mike asked about - and I have too many - and so I am taking him an Electrolux 89 in great working order that he will have the pleasure of giving the Full Spa Cleanup Treatment. Tonight I latex re-lined and renewed an electric hose for it. I've posted a few times about how I do this and it really is simple if you take care and move fast.

The 89 pulls 65-70 as is. The old hose pulled only 29". It won't be tested again until Mike gets it, I am that confident of my method. Microswitch PN handle having been removed and latex skin peeled out of the coupler tubes, only the hose weave is impregnated with liquid latex and will bond with the weave plugging any leaks and layers and will not peel away over time. Latex that leaks to the outside is allowed to dry then peels off completely from the vinyl weave, another job for Mike. :-).

Here we are in the basement having an hour's worth of warm vacuum air blown through it to cure the latex. Then it will be dusted with talcum powder down the length which coats the sticky surface before actual dirt and debris are sucked up, preventing dust clog balls. The nozzle end is resting on a strip of plastic to catch any after-splurts but there were none.

Apologies, John Long - I have not contacted you - but if you are free on Monday to join us, or free for me to visit on Tuesday anytime, please contact me. There is a definite possibility I will be without internet access in Syracuse (I'll find an internet cafe or unsecured wireless signal somewhere) but ultimately will get a signal at Mike's.

Dave. racing the clock to leave Stratford Thursday at Noon.

Post# 85740 , Reply# 1   12/9/2009 at 22:39 (2,899 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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oh Dave I am soooo excited we are gonna have a great time
I think I will stop at the store for a cake and get some eight o clock coffee as well if they have it.
see you monday

Post# 86010 , Reply# 2   12/14/2009 at 07:53 (2,895 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Mike, It is Monday morning, I have your phone number and address plugged in to the Garmin. It is Monday at 8:30 AM and I am having 'breakfast' at the Interstate 90 Service area in North Syracuse. Gonna dawdle about a bit here, get caught up on emails, etc and will leave here at 9:30 and be in Greene at 11AM, or a few minutes sooner.


Post# 86026 , Reply# 3   12/14/2009 at 13:46 (2,894 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Gee wiz lol...I wish I could have joined you guys,it only about a 4-5hr ride,anyway Im still waiting in antcipation for the return story like your last one Dave ;)

Post# 86056 , Reply# 4   12/14/2009 at 20:05 (2,894 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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well Dave made it here safe and sound, we had loads of fun, went thrifting, took lots of photos and played with a lot of vacuums. when I seen him coming down the road I was so excited. greeted him and had shown dave what lay in the depths of my garage. he looked at several of my machines and tried quite a few of them out. what was more exciting was when he pulled out the Electrolux 89 with powerhead from the car. another dream machine added to the collection, after about 45 min at the house we went to my storage unit where I had another 15 vacuums and I brought a couple of them home so we can do a couple of minor repairs, which never happened because of all of the fun we were having, in the meantime I did tear into my LUX g to find out that the commutator is bad and I now need a new one because the arching went from bad to worse in a matter of 5 min. dave spent Dinner with me and my family and we had a great conversation about vacuums and organs, pianos, and other things. all I can say is that I would deffinately have Dave back as a guest anytime he comes to NY
thanks dave for the great Afternoon

to follow some pics but Dave needs to post them since my camera was lost. lol when I find the camera I will post some pics of my finds and machines that I acquired

Post# 86066 , Reply# 5   12/14/2009 at 21:09 (2,894 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Im glad you guys had a blast.Mini meets usualy are =)

Post# 86072 , Reply# 6   12/14/2009 at 22:13 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
We're in luck! I'll keep posting until the signal di

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Back at the Syracuse house, I'm picking up an unsecured (& insecure) signal from the house next door. It's at half strength and I don't know how long it will last but here goes...

Yes, Mike is one of the top nicest folks I've met in this hobby - a fine young feller with his head screwed on right side up. :-)

The drive down to Greene travels through spectacular low mountain valleys, long south to north where the glaciers receded like gargantuan dinosaur claw tracks. So, as you travel the two lane blacktops west to east it's a roller-coaster ride between peaks and valleys. I've traveled here in summer so I was able to imagine it all in full green splendor - as it was a cloudy overcast day. But quite mild.

Post# 86105 , Reply# 7   12/15/2009 at 09:38 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Darn it, I can't seem to be able to send email out but I can receive it. So MIKE, this message is for you:

Darn it all, I feel like a doofus now. After looking for one of those for so long, big sadness to leave it behind. But, I have a solution!

I am leaving here early Thursday morning and the plan is to head down to Cortland and over to Ithaca on the wandering way back to Rochester and home. The weather looks good for Thursday. It would be a snap to veer over to Greene, get the Kirby drill cable from you (or off your front porch if you're not at home) and continue on my way to Ithaca. Or wherever you tell me you put it, like maybe on the seat of the Lawn Tractor in the garage? I'm really anxious to use it for polishing up a few vacuums for Xmas. :-) Oooh and then I could get the daylight pictures of Greene Architecture I wanted...

Sounds like a plan to me. I'll be in Greene Thursday morning around 10 AM, ok? I hope you'll be home but if not, I'll get the cable and the pictures. And by then I'll have all our pictures of the day burned to a CD for you or you can usb them into your computer.

It was a treat to meet you, too, Mike. You're sensible and funny and enthusiastic in the best way about your interests and sure know your stuff. It seems I do have a reliable wireless connection now and so I'll continue the story I started on the Forum today...I expect to get over to Oneida this afternoon or Wednesday.

Rich here, my host, has a new musical toy - a midi-playing banjo & guitar with a full array of percussion effects. All real intruments mounted to a big board, the frets are damped by a myriad of pneumatic fingers while the strings are plucked with rotating start wheels. We are tuning it up and making little adjustments after its shipping from California just last week. It is an amazing sight and sound.


Post# 86106 , Reply# 8   12/15/2009 at 09:44 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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His other 'new' toy is this massive WurliTzer orchestrion with 10 roll ferris wheel changer. He bought it many decades ago and until last year it was entirely painted Hospital Green (!) and not playing too well. Well, it just came back from the New Hampshire shop after a year's worth of restoration and cabinet stripping and refinishing. Wow! It too now also plays through a midi interface. Still plays rolls, though. :-)

Btw, those doorways are 7.5 feet high and you can see the organ console in the next room.

Post# 86107 , Reply# 9   12/15/2009 at 09:47 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But meanwhile, back in Greene yesterday with Mike, This is his street as I drove up it. If you squint you can just make out Mike waving his arms and jumping up & down way in the distance past the stop sign.

No, not really...but he was out waving me in to the driveway when I got there. :-)

Post# 86108 , Reply# 10   12/15/2009 at 09:57 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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A full afternoon ahead, we quickly hit the trail to Thrift Stores down Bingamton way. Here's a long shot inside a Salvation Army 'warehouse' sized shop.

Post# 86109 , Reply# 11   12/15/2009 at 10:02 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I was gazing at small appliances when I heard a whoop & holler from Mike who found this Kent DuraVac upright. I think it cost him all of $5.

Post# 86110 , Reply# 12   12/15/2009 at 10:04 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Love the graphics, how 1920s...

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If I had to room I would have thrown this little beauty in the car, but...

Post# 86111 , Reply# 13   12/15/2009 at 10:13 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But I did find a Saltine Cracker can from 1978 and a new Melita Java Perk stainless steel coffee percolator with dark purple handle & base. Made this morning's coffee in it! Mmm, good. I decided it could join the Perc Collection as it is all stainless steel including the sprung grounds basket.

You are correct...that is not the original glass knob on top. Musta lost the original and fixed it. Someone enlarged the hole in the lid and skillfully inserted this vintage one and it fits fine without leaks. I will be on the lookout for something glass in a more bullet-like shape...

Post# 86112 , Reply# 14   12/15/2009 at 10:16 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Once again I saw interesting architecture wherever we went. I think this is either a School or a Library. I thiunk it would make a great House!

Post# 86113 , Reply# 15   12/15/2009 at 10:18 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Speaking of Great Houses, we passed this mansion museum I put on my list for next time. The Sherman D Phelps Mansion

Post# 86114 , Reply# 16   12/15/2009 at 10:39 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Speaking of more Great Houses, this is Rich's place in Syracuse.

Post# 86115 , Reply# 17   12/15/2009 at 11:29 (2,894 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Back at Mike's house we set to work fixing some stuff. While I worked on cleaning the hose contacts for the 89 Mike dug into the G's motor.

Post# 86116 , Reply# 18   12/15/2009 at 11:49 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Mike's new Electrolux 89

Post# 86117 , Reply# 19   12/15/2009 at 11:50 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Test drive

Post# 86118 , Reply# 20   12/15/2009 at 11:51 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Mike in motion

Post# 86119 , Reply# 21   12/15/2009 at 12:17 (2,893 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

That's a beautiful Wurlitzer! I'd love to have something like that. If I had the space (and the finances) to buy one, I would get a Seeburg "G"


Post# 86129 , Reply# 22   12/15/2009 at 16:12 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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now I feel embarassed that I did not clean the room for the photo op. lol

Post# 86130 , Reply# 23   12/15/2009 at 16:37 (2,893 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
That Kent Duravac....

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which you found at the thrift shop looks like a rebranded Eureka Excalibur upright from the mid-1990's. I loved the design of that upright because it had two separate motors and places to store all the proper Eureka attachments on-board. It even had a slot for the effective little Eureka bare floor brush.

I was so hoping that this Eureka upright would do well in Consumer Reports testing, but I seem to remember that it was not the greatest performer for some reason. I also remember reading that the design had some major electrical problems (burning switches?) due to the power draw of both motors. If someone remembers the details about this flaw, please chime in!

Eurekaprince in very dark Toronto (sunsets are the earliest this week here...oy)

Post# 86131 , Reply# 24   12/15/2009 at 16:51 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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well to tell you the truth
the Kent Dura vac is a rebranded commerical version of the excalibur as a matter of fact I only know of one other colletor as well as me who has an excalibur. the floor cleaning is great but the airflow and suction at the hose end is not the greatest. photos to come

Post# 86133 , Reply# 25   12/15/2009 at 17:09 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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here are the pics of the Dura vac and the excalibur

Post# 86134 , Reply# 26   12/15/2009 at 17:10 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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pic 2 excalibur brush roll

Post# 86135 , Reply# 27   12/15/2009 at 17:11 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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pic 3 Dura vac brushroll

Post# 86136 , Reply# 28   12/15/2009 at 17:13 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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both brush rolls have a good amount of life left in them. and both machines are in great shape

Post# 86149 , Reply# 29   12/15/2009 at 21:05 (2,893 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Thanks for the pics, Mike....

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Interesting to see the bottom of the vac - the clips that hold the brush guard in place are identical to the clips that Eureka has been using on regular Dial-A-Nap and Rugulator models since the 1970's!

Another neat thing I remember about the Excalibur was that somehow when you removed the hose handle for tool cleaning, the suction automatically was redirected from the floor to the hose - no manual adjustments needed. When the hose is returned to the storage position, the suction is directed to a shorter route to the floor - the air did not have to travel up the hose if it was coming from the floor. I'm not sure, but I also think that removing the hose handle shut off the carpet brush (can't remember for sure). Not quite sure how the designers managed to do that on the Excalibur, and for that matter, I'm not quite sure how any vac-maker was able to redirect airflow just by the removal the hose handle. I think all the Dyson uprights do this too. Is this a complicated engineering feature that has caused problems in the past? Anyone know?

Post# 86154 , Reply# 30   12/15/2009 at 22:16 (2,893 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Yes, Mike is one of the top nicest folks I've met in thi

Dave. I must protest. I don't think it's very nice to say that Mike is screwed up in the head!

Not unless the power cord to that "G" is live while he's got his hand in the motor! Mike????

Judging by the size of the key blocks on that Wurlitzer, I'll bet it weighs more than 150 lbs!!!

Great pics and story guys!!

PS, Is that the Electrolux logo in front of the word KENT???

Post# 86158 , Reply# 31   12/15/2009 at 22:33 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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Hi brian
yes the machine has a suction seperator in it so when the hose is removed the suction at the base is cut off. there is also a power switch on the mechanism that shuts off the motor in the nozzle.

Rick your a smart a$$ , LOL
I would never service a machine unless it was plugged in, we should all know that by now. I love a good jolt up the arm from a raging current of elctricity

Post# 86159 , Reply# 32   12/15/2009 at 22:35 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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ok ok I confess the machine was unplugged as I was servicing it, and thanks for pointing that out I didnt realize that the logo was electrolux
the things you find in thrift stores...

Post# 86162 , Reply# 33   12/15/2009 at 23:01 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Rich & I went out for lunch at Doc's Little Gem Diner.

This place is a time capsule in every way and the food was great. More pictures to post later...

Post# 86163 , Reply# 34   12/15/2009 at 23:17 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Then we went afternoon thrifting. I had consulted the yellow pages and took Rich to places he didn't know about.

These are the spectacular finds I had to have. Seriously Syracuse was a money city. Would you leave this stuff behind?

A blue Northern Telecom Silhouette handset

Lots of shiny chrome things:

Spherical Westinghouse electric coffee percolator

Saucer shaped Westinghouse Waffle Iron with the temp control in the lid handle

Hamilton Beach stand mixer in pristine condition with both SS bowls...this was the expensive item at $25. !

Sunbeam electric Coffee Master with the Worlds Fair graphic on the pots. It has both types of spring-loaded filter discs on poles that hook to the bottom of the water tube - one has two screens and the other is an open disc that holds paper discs tight to the bottom. I don't have any idea how these work but at least they are separated - the rubber gasket is hard and I don't think that's good. I assume the water goes in the bottom, the halves are mated and then the coffee grounds go in the top? plug it in, choose high or low and the water boils up into the top section and drains past the filter into the bottom carafe?

Well, it was a most successful Syracuse Thrifting Adventure.

No vacuums, tho.

Anyone care to post more knowledge about these Sunbeam pots?

Post# 86166 , Reply# 35   12/15/2009 at 23:44 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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wow dave
Nice mixer
I have the same model mixer somewhere. I might have to send you home with it along with the mixmaster when they are found or if I still have them. hope all is well in syracuse

Post# 86177 , Reply# 36   12/16/2009 at 06:49 (2,893 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Over on the washer forum, there are several guys that have those type of coffee pots and absolutely rave about them. They can explain to you how it works.


Post# 86181 , Reply# 37   12/16/2009 at 07:39 (2,893 days old) by luxg ()        

Hey Dave, that is a Sunbeam Coffeemaster. They sure make wonderful coffee. The problem they often have is that the rubber seal on the top bowl dries out and becomes hard with age. What condition is yours in? You put the water in the bottom bowl, push on the top where you put the filter and the coffee. Switch to high. The water heats and goes into the top bowl. Switch clicks to low and slowly the coffee returns to the bottom. You now have a vacuum coffee maker!!YAY Let us know how it works for you?


Post# 86182 , Reply# 38   12/16/2009 at 07:55 (2,893 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Yes Rick - that's the Swedish Electrolux logo on the Dur

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As we all know, Sweden's Electrolux bought Eureka in 1974, so that by the time the Excalibur upright was produced in the 1990's, it was sold by the Eureka division of Electrolux. As a matter of fact, the Eureka Excalibur power nozzle canister being sold at around the same time was a Made in Sweden canister married to a Eureka Made in USA power nozzle.

Not sure when Sweden's Electrolux bought the rights to use the Kent commercial vac name. But once they owned all the rights to the brand-names, they were able to slap whatever name they wanted on whatever machine they sold!

Wouldn't it be fun to see Electrolux sell an AEG vac in Germany labelled the Sanitaire Crown Empress with Cordaway?

Post# 86183 , Reply# 39   12/16/2009 at 08:42 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Sorry my story has gone all out of sequence but with the flaky wireless & time constraints it's coming out in dribs & drabs.

So Mike, is that a confirmation you'll be at home tomorrow, Thursday, around 10AM, when I stop by to get the Kirby cable?

If you don't know what I'm talking about go re-read Post# 86105-12/15/2009-09:38 near the top. I have no way to send out email, just receive it. :-(

I'm off to Oneida for the morning now...


Post# 86184 , Reply# 40   12/16/2009 at 08:52 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Back at Mike's, he had replaced the motor in his Air-Way 55 and can now do this neat party trick - lift the 55 by the bag suction.

Post# 86185 , Reply# 41   12/16/2009 at 08:54 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I had a go with the Hoover

Post# 86186 , Reply# 42   12/16/2009 at 08:55 (2,893 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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De Lux Staircase to Vacuum Heaven

Post# 86193 , Reply# 43   12/16/2009 at 10:20 (2,893 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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Yes Dave I will be at home at 10 am you are ost welcome to stop by to pick up the cable

Post# 86218 , Reply# 44   12/16/2009 at 15:13 (2,892 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Mike, I got a red Kirby cable from Chris so i WILL NOT be detouring to Greene tomorrow as it would add about 90 minutes to my trip home. Thanks for understanding.

Trip to Oneida was an awesome experiance as alwasy and yup, there's more vacuums and parts in the Subaru. :-)

More later....


Post# 86228 , Reply# 45   12/16/2009 at 16:04 (2,892 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Made today's morning coffee in the Westinghouse 'ball' perker. Delicious!

This is a teaser hint shot of the vacuums and accessories Chris was kind enough to allow me to pay him a pittance for. :-)

and four sets of re-bristled brushes for the Hoovers at home

and he came up with a decent bag for the 28 Mike gifted me. I brought it in to the shop and Chris decided to give it the once over. New bearings, old bearings greased, armature examined and judged in great shape, and so on. This 28 has the metal hood so I see a repaiont in its futuire and it will look ever so nice next to my Canadian 281.

Thanks so much, Chris.

Post# 86232 , Reply# 46   12/16/2009 at 16:22 (2,892 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Everywhere go I ask if anyone has a Eureka 1010 series Mobil-Aire 'ham' with an intact lid script applique so I can photograph it, so I can print it out lifesize and stick it on my Mobil-Aire. Chris said he thought there was one somewhere so I went searching the piles. Found it - script missing :-(.

Found another in beige but by then Eureka had stopped using the script applique. Oh pooh.

Well, I kept looking and eventually shouted out "EUREKA! Oh My Gawd!!!" Discovered a blue later ham with script. As I was pulling it out to set up a good photograph, Chris said something like "Oh, I forgot that came in...has all the tools and caddy and the hose & wands...if ya want it." REALLY?!!!!

Yes, yes, Dear Lord, yes.

So not only do I now have the actual script that I can take a mold of and reproduce in cast metal but gained a complete later version blue ham. Then he came up with a few packs of genuine S bags exclusive to the ham. Could life get any better for a vacuum collector? Once again I am happy to pay him a few pennies for this treasure...

...and this treasure too, a spare extra T4 gathering dust on the floor, with the original burgundy hose. At last, Dave has the Lucy Ricardo Vac! Did you know a Compact paper bag fits the Westinghouse cloth bag perfectly? I do now...

Post# 86248 , Reply# 47   12/16/2009 at 21:07 (2,892 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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ok dave thanks for the update,I will hold the cable if you are still intrested in it. good luck on your trip home and I will be looking forward to seeing more pics. also I am glad that you got a bag for the 28
hope to see you again sometime it was great having you as a guest in my house

Post# 86334 , Reply# 48   12/17/2009 at 19:35 (2,891 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

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Left Syracuse at 9 AM, wandered all over upstate New York and arrived home at 7:30PM. Stopped at a few Thrift Stores along the backroads and once again, the car is full to the windowsills. Lots of stuff to load into the house...

I'll pick up the report where I left off, probably tomorrow.


Post# 86379 , Reply# 49   12/18/2009 at 08:17 (2,891 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave - Are you planning on coming down this way again this year? One of the shops wasnt open when I was in Regina the other day but noticed through the window that he has a model 83 in thats like new.


Post# 86384 , Reply# 50   12/18/2009 at 09:34 (2,891 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Doug, there is an almost sure plan that I will be driving over to Winnipeg between Christmas and New Years. My buddy Al there has a few new pianos and a new old huge house to put them in I haven't seen, and the Editor/Publisher of the Amica Bulletin lives in Winnipeg, too. I have an article that needs finishing up and I could use his expertise to polish it for publication. I would expect to be there at least two weeks and can surely take a few days away to dash over to Moose Jaw.

BUT, and it's a big but, the alternator in the 11 year old Subaru has been making those whining noises and I must have that checked out this week. Depending on how much that will cost will influence if I can continue to road tripping. We'll see.

Meantime I have so many new toys to Play 'N Spa with and I've promised myself I will not get into them until I have this house completely organized. It was such a treat to come through the door last night and see the amazing lack of clutter in the Kitchen and Livingrooms from the xertions of the past few weeks. Yet, the kitchen table is piled about 2 feet high with stuff to sort out, never mind the 20 year pile on the sideboard. LOL

The filing cabinet and old TV and Microwave are out a here, too. Today, if possible...and that chrome tube chair that Felix uses to climb up the back of, when he could so easily just jump up...argh. Soon I will be able to walk around the entire table. :-)

Post# 86385 , Reply# 51   12/18/2009 at 09:35 (2,891 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Hector and Felix and I spent over an hour on the couch getting reacquainted. Bliss...

Post# 86386 , Reply# 52   12/18/2009 at 09:53 (2,891 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Two of the finds in a Sally Ann on the way back through the Finger Lakes is a Kenmore Powermate for $.99 and this virtually perfect 2001 Hoover SpinScrub FloorMate for $8.

All that's wrong with it is, it was totally clogged up the pipe with dried matted pet hairballs and the squeegee strips on the nozzle are torn away.

So I washed out the hairballs from all the channels and then attached two strips of tubular weatherstripping to the nozzle and it works great! Looking forward to having the whole kitchen floor cleared away and then I will test it out on the linoleum. I will look into if I can get a replacement nozzle here within Canada. I've heard these are quite nice machines. Sure beats the hands & knees routine and you can imagine how filthy & spotted the floor is, as I spill stuff and it is the principal entrance to my home. Maybe not as sexy as my 1959 Hoover Floor Washers but it will be fun.

Post# 86387 , Reply# 53   12/18/2009 at 10:01 (2,891 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Couldn't fit it in the car even if it was for sale, but I just love this adorable Kiddy Ride from some Mall I was in outside Rochester.

Steering wheel is a spin brush.

Post# 86388 , Reply# 54   12/18/2009 at 10:03 (2,891 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Great pictures, and stuff galore

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I'm glad your trip was so successful and safe, it looked like a lot of fun.

Post# 86389 , Reply# 55   12/18/2009 at 10:05 (2,891 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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I am glad that you got home safely as I dont think there were supposed to be any snow storms happening on your way home. glad that you had a great trip though and will be looking forward to seeing more amazing posts from you.

Post# 86405 , Reply# 56   12/18/2009 at 17:07 (2,890 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave:

Remind me when you get here and I'll put you to work making something to go with your recent aquisitions. I made the took kit for the westinghouse in the pic below. If you want to attempt it you can use my pattern and I'll show you how to do it. (I may have a spare vaporizer kicking around for it too)


Post# 86471 , Reply# 57   12/19/2009 at 09:39 (2,890 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Dammit, dammit, dammitall...

Well, I found the squeegee replacement online but

"Canadian Customers
The Hoover Canada web site is no longer in operation. The prices shown on are in US dollars. Please note, the features shown on the units on this website may vary from those available in stores in Canada. At this time can NOT ship to Canada."

The Floormate is Model H3010. I'm surprised what a good dry pickup vacuum it is! As a wet scrubber those rotating brushes do a splendid job. As for the wet dirty water pickup, I got a jug full and was impressed. But, the weatherstrip band I confabbled works well but it's just not the same as the real part.
I will check with my local Ellison's Vac Shop (when I go to show him my latest finds!!!) and hopefully he can order me one from his vast network. There's another guy over in Woodstock that carries the Hoover line, as well. I WILL have a new Squeegee!!!

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Post# 86527 , Reply# 58   12/19/2009 at 18:33 (2,889 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Hey there Stratford Dave!

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When are we going to see pics of that beautiful Mobile-Aire and the Tool Box?

...ummm.....sorry for being so impatient......ummm...when you get the's not really important.....but in the next few months would be good.....sorry to bother you about see, this Eureka thing is a bit of a sickness with me......

EPB :-)

Post# 86530 , Reply# 59   12/19/2009 at 18:46 (2,889 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Holy Cow Dave.....can't you see the guy is in pain??? Help him out!


Post# 86531 , Reply# 60   12/19/2009 at 18:48 (2,889 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Rolling on the floor laughing!!!!!!

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Thanks for your concern Rick!

Post# 86533 , Reply# 61   12/19/2009 at 19:05 (2,889 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But but but...I can't play until the kitchen table is cleared off...I'm sortin, tossin', boxin', baggin' and drawerin' as fass as I can, massa!

Yes, Brian, I want to sit the blue Ham set next to the Green Mobilaire set ASAP for an excessive photo extravaganzaloopazoolicious Orgy of Eureka Euphoria.

Stay tuned - Sunday, I promise.

Dave, nose to the grindstone. (Imagining Doug Smith, arms akimbo with whip in hand)

Post# 86537 , Reply# 62   12/19/2009 at 19:16 (2,889 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I am crying from laughing! You guys are the best.....

"Orgy of Eureka Euphoria!" Now there's a name for a vac - the "Eureka Euphoria with Extra Suction Power"!!!!

Post# 86551 , Reply# 63   12/19/2009 at 23:50 (2,889 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
I did it!

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Knew there was a lovely oak table under there. Finished up at midnight with a fresh coat of Hawes Furniture oil polish.

Post# 86563 , Reply# 64   12/20/2009 at 07:11 (2,889 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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I like your furniture.

Post# 86651 , Reply# 65   12/21/2009 at 05:29 (2,888 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Its so nice when fellow collectors have meets. It looks like you guys had a blast,I love the coffee pots Dave,and the Kent vac is in deed a rare jem,as well as the excalibur Mike.I had a red Excalibur in 1996 for a few weeks and yes the switch actualy melted!I didnt think the suction was to bad at the hose end.
Mike-don't be embarressed about the room its perfect,it had that 'lived in" look like my room(wich is why I havn't taken any collection pics yet).
Dave- Im glad you have found your kitchen table,can you find mine? lol. 4 days untill chritmas and I still havn't finished wrapping or found the kitchen table,coffee table or the top of the sideboard. Oh well 4 days off(3left) and im working on it ;).
Brian, give me a few min,and I will give you a pacifier till dave can get his pics up lol.

Post# 86652 , Reply# 66   12/21/2009 at 06:36 (2,888 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Merry Christmas Eurekaprince

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From Kenmore to Eureka

Post# 86655 , Reply# 67   12/21/2009 at 07:14 (2,888 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Awww......thank you Sears Kenmore Kenny!!!!! :-)

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....those Eurekas are slowly making the headache go away....thank you....ummmm......feeling a bit better even turned on the Dial-A-Nap for nice of you.....the Superbroom is just so excited to see me too- it's got an exclamation mark on it and that's the spirit of the season....even though I don't celebrate it...I much appreciate the visual gifts and the pwetty bows on them too......

You're an officer and a gentleman! May you have a Happy New Year filled with many "Eureka" moments and lotsa Extra Suction Power....

Eurekaprince :-)

Post# 86657 , Reply# 68   12/21/2009 at 07:57 (2,888 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Ahttp://www..your welcome *blushes*. hope your headache get better.If I had more room id have a few more Eureka's. The dial-a-nap I found just a few weeks in the trash its in good cond,with minimal scratches. I had that one when I was 9(also a trash find) but I let someone borrow it and they broke the fan with a micro machine little car and thew it out.

Post# 86658 , Reply# 69   12/21/2009 at 07:58 (2,888 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Sorry for going off thread Davy,if you like I can order the part for you for the floormate and send it to you from here.

Post# 86661 , Reply# 70   12/21/2009 at 09:15 (2,888 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Sarnia Pete tells me the Floormate was sold at Sears Canada so I should be able to get the squeegee through them and I'll check that out today, as well as Ellisons Vac Shop. Thankyou for your kind offer, Kenny but truly it would cost more than the part is worth to go to the bother of shipping it cross border to Canada. I will find one, it's only an 8 year old machine.

Meanwhile, back in Stratford, last night I placed the lid of the blue Eureka (The model # tag is missing) on the scanner and got a perfect lifesize image of the script. Printed out a draft version so now I'll print it out on stickyback paper and color it up with a gold pen, cut it out and stick it on as a temporary cosmetic fix. The main objective of all this is to artfully plug up the eight 1/8" holes in the lid the emblem posts sat in, so I can use the vacuum to its full sucking potential and get an accurate reading.

I still haven't unpacked the boxs of small appliances from the trip yet. But I did do a hose connector exchange for the two hams. My green hose had a blue connector, while the blue hose had a green connector. Just didn't seem right. And I do want a near as possible perfect Eureka Euphoria picture to post. LOL

I don't think Eureka intended for anyone to actually attempt to remove the swivel connectors, as they use a snap ring that tucks inside an inner groove and shows inside the connector about 1/2". I suppose when new one could force the ring to compress by pulling the hose back with brute force but at this age the hose weave just wouldn't take that kind of abuse. If only Eureka had put notches in the snap ring ends so you could compress it to slide the barrel out...But with patience, needlenose pliers, a few tiny screwdrivers & a hammer to knock the ring around to the split, judicious utility knife trimming and a needlenose mini Vice Grip to ease it out in a can be done. For future Technerdgeekdork removal be sure to reassemble with the split visible. Both of these had the split rotated out of sight with no way of knowing exactly where...LOL


Post# 86701 , Reply# 71   12/21/2009 at 17:19 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Observations while clambering up Eureka Mountain...

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This is a really subtle picture but if you concentrate you can make out that the magic erasured half of this VibraBeat nozzle is pale blue and the right side appears greenish. This is the nature of the tint and optical illusion a nicotine patina imparts. It is so easy to be fooled under dim light.

(yes, that is the first scan results of the Eureka Ham lid script applique)

Post# 86703 , Reply# 72   12/21/2009 at 17:38 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Continuing to draw out the anticipation for Brian to an almo

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When Green tools are set beside Blue tools the difference easily discernible.

After cleaning, besides the obvious colour shift, the blue tools have a blue rubber bumper and the Green tools have a green bumper. Smaller rubber-based Blue tools also often have pebbly-textured patches and the newer style upholstery tool. The green crevicetool is cardboard fiber painted to match.

Yes Dave, all very interesting I'm sure but where are you going with this?

Dave wickedly pleads "just posting pictures in flirtatious hose-teasing & tool-tempting sequence until the full glamor comparison Ham shot can be staged. There's lighting - waiting for sunlight Tuesday morning - and then there's the Press Release to prepare and arranging the caterers and Valet Parking for honoured guests and Good Lord, what will I wear? and well, you understand...with the massive snowstorms blanketing the east coast and all...

How ya all doing down East, anyway? Or way over in the West? We had ours a week ago. Oh wait, that's that other thread...

Delayin' Dave

Post# 86707 , Reply# 73   12/21/2009 at 17:51 (2,887 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        


Brian just called. Said he couldn't wait any longer. He's switched brands. He'll be posting under the HooverLuxAirwayPrince handle from now on.

Thought you would like to know....


Post# 86712 , Reply# 74   12/21/2009 at 18:31 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Oh, who's quivering with anticipation now, eh, Mr Winkle

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Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're all purty and groovy.
Or if you'd like something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie?
So, come up to the Lab and see what's on the slab.
I see you shiver ... with anticipation.
But maybe the strain is really to blame
So I'll remove the cause but not post the final solution...

What a shame, the backlighting from the Lounge has washed out the cat's-eye carpet level picture and the Night Spirits are clouding perception...

Post# 86714 , Reply# 75   12/21/2009 at 18:35 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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This is a better angle but as I said, the Night Spirits are A-Flight tonight...Not safe to venture closer until Daylight, I guess.

Mwaa-haha-hahhhhhhhhhh.......cue Theremin Exit Theme...

Post# 86716 , Reply# 76   12/21/2009 at 18:46 (2,887 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Post# 86719 , Reply# 77   12/21/2009 at 18:57 (2,887 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        


Now You've KILLED him!!!!

Well. I hope you're happy!

Post# 86721 , Reply# 78   12/21/2009 at 19:08 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Maybe this will aid his recovery.

Suction reading on green ham without Script Applique and therefore 8 gaping holes in the lid suitable for passive fly & ladybug infestation suction induction.

Post# 86722 , Reply# 79   12/21/2009 at 19:10 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Unsightly holes hidden under Eureka Protective Golden Banner - suction restored.


Post# 86748 , Reply# 80   12/21/2009 at 20:50 (2,887 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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wow dave that is really a beautiful machine, and one hell of a powerful one at that.

after the Micromeet with Dave I decided to create a vac room. pics will follow.

Post# 86759 , Reply# 81   12/21/2009 at 21:52 (2,887 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
*****coming to***** slowly........

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What happened?

Did I miss anything?

I was waiting for Dave's pics and I suddenly felt all dizzy and sweaty with anxiety and then I blacked out....had a horrible nightmare....was being strangled by the hoses of a gang of Hoovers and Airways and Luxes.....but then an army of Princesses and Empresses and Vanguards and Excaliburs came and rescued me....all led by a powerful black captain wearing a skin-tight soft bag shirt with the words "The Boss" emblazoned across his chest......and then I saw them.....a fleet of Green and Blue Mobile-Aires.....sailing through the sky....and sucking me up to Eureka heaven.....

Then the phone rang.....$&#$%@##%#%!!!!!!!!!

Post# 86771 , Reply# 82   12/21/2009 at 22:44 (2,887 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Oh, how I wish I'd have stumbled by here sooner!

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At the risk of sounding too forward, I honestly wish that I'd have stopped by here earlier -- then I'd have known that you were going to be passing through my humble hometown ... and I would have extended to you an invite to stop by! As I'm relatively new around these here parts I'm looking forward to meeting VCCC members in any way possible. Well ... maybe next time. Next time you'll be in the Buffalo area, would you drop me a line? Hope to hear from you soon!

Bill W.
aka tazcatsdad

BTW - nice finds!

Post# 86780 , Reply# 83   12/21/2009 at 22:57 (2,887 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Yes Brian, I'm sorry - you missed it all. And it was exactly like you said. Only the captain wasn't wearing a shirt. The red "Boss" was tattooed on his chest.

And Dave chose this thread to use his magic "disappearing pixels" so that no evidence of posted pictures remain....

The man has no heart.


Post# 86808 , Reply# 84   12/22/2009 at 09:54 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Daylight dawns and it is once again safe to approach the Magical Island O' Eureka where stalwart & upright battle-scarred Gate Guardians welcome you - surrounded by their plastic grand & greatgrandkiddies -

Post# 86809 , Reply# 85   12/22/2009 at 10:00 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Grandmother Matron of Eureka Tub Canisters - the revered and feared 1957 Esteemed Dowager Empress Super Roto-Matic Model 510 in bannana yellow. Where it all started for me & the House Of Eureka.

Post# 86810 , Reply# 86   12/22/2009 at 10:06 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Her more petite sister 1956 Roto-Matic 50th Anniversary with on-board tools and dolly trolley. Takes the smaller Compact sized 'J' bag.

Post# 86812 , Reply# 87   12/22/2009 at 10:11 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The Eureka Ham brothers now in sight. Green 1956 50th Anniversary MobilAire 1010, twin to sister Roto-Matic, frolics with younger 1960s brother ham in blue.

Post# 86814 , Reply# 88   12/22/2009 at 10:32 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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At last, the Ham Brothers in all their muscular glory.

I do have a special affection for these all metal 50s Eurekas - they had such style! I think of Eurekas as the Chrysler, Dodge & DeSoto vacuums of their day. Similarly I ascribe other Automobile Brands to other vacuums, such as Electroluxs were the Chevrolets and Pontiacs, Hoovers were the Buicks and Oldsmobiles, GEs were Fords & Mercurys, the Roll-Easy was the Thunderbird.

Royals and Kirbys are the Studebakers and Ramblers with their old fashioned looks, Filter Queens are utilitarian Willeys & Jeeps & Checkers and exotic vacuums like the Modern Hygiene and Singer tubs & hams & S upright are the low-slung Syle Leaders - the Tuckers, Hudsons and bathtub Nashs. Compacts and the Haleys Comet are from Outer Space...

Post# 86815 , Reply# 89   12/22/2009 at 10:37 (2,887 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
What Vacuum Cleaner Is The Edsel?

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Does anyone dare to venture a guess?

Post# 86817 , Reply# 90   12/22/2009 at 10:48 (2,887 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I nominate the Westinghouse 'One Stroke' upright, which happens to be Picture Of The Day #1.

Say, aren't those the Electrolux girls?


Post# 86818 , Reply# 91   12/22/2009 at 10:59 (2,887 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Thanks Dave

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I never would have thought of that one!

Post# 86820 , Reply# 92   12/22/2009 at 11:05 (2,887 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
My vote is for the Regina Housekeeper of the late 80's a

it was the straw that broke Regina's back....PAT COFFEY

Post# 86826 , Reply# 93   12/22/2009 at 12:47 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
It's too easy to simply nominate an ugly vacuum. :-)

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Since the Edsel was introduced in late 1957, had one re-design and was defunct in 1960 we are talking about a machine in the late 50s time span with dubious design appeal resulting in low sales that was in production less than three years. It certainly did not initiate a financial or quality downturn in the Ford Company's future.

I chose the Westinghouse not only for it's questionable and awkward looks but also for it's short lifespan and relative scarcity today. I've only ever seen one, it was on Ebay this past year and sold for quite a dear and earned price. I wanted it for it's oddity-appeal and it was just over in the Detroit area but had to drop out as the bids skyrocketed.


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Post# 86842 , Reply# 94   12/22/2009 at 17:05 (2,886 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Dave, the "kiddie ride" is Noo-Noo from Teletubbies!

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Post# 86844 , Reply# 95   12/22/2009 at 17:07 (2,886 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

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Post# 86845 , Reply# 96   12/22/2009 at 17:13 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Po Loves the Noo Noo

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and who doesn't like a little naughty non-noo now and then...:-)


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Post# 86850 , Reply# 97   12/22/2009 at 17:35 (2,886 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Ooo la la.......

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I need a cigarette......

Post# 86851 , Reply# 98   12/22/2009 at 17:43 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
What else is Dave up to today?

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In the fervent flurry of re-organizing and cleaning up the house and various collections many square and round pegs have found their way into the correct holes thre first time. It all seems so obvious now..

So anyway, yeah, I finally jumped on the widescreen LCD wagon when the Samsung 46"ers went on sale at Sears. To my eye it had the superior picture of all those other models on display...and I did spend an afternoon playing with controls and watching my own discs for comparison.

Then I made that trip to Syracuse and Greene and Oneida.

On the way back I stopped at Best Buy in Buffalo to get some Tim Hortons in the america-only XXX large size for the 2.5 hour drive home. I had seen these long slim 'soundbar' speaker solutions for improving the quality of basic teensy TV speakers - one doesn't always want to turn on the whole surround system just to watch the news. I auditioned several of the soundbar systems and in the end decided to get the Samsung one that matches the new TV. It has a wireless subwoofer that definitely rivals my surround setup. And one less wiring run to deal with. The young lady serving me was very patient and informative and when I made my decision she directed me to an open box one that had been returned that morning. 10% off the already on sale price and I was elated. On top of that I picked up the Samsung Blu-Ray player on sale 'cause I liked the flat flipdown faceplate looks.

However, with the organizing disarray about the house I knew this new equipment would all be kept boxed up for days if not weeks until I clear the livingroom clutter and could figure out what to do with the old TVs mentioned previously.

I'd reached the point of accepting that the 30" widescreen tube model on the floor could just stay there, as it sits over one of the furnace cold air return grates and helps support the 'floating' window shelf. It replaced the 28" RCA Colortrack 2000 6 years ago that had occupied that space since 1987.

Post# 86853 , Reply# 99   12/22/2009 at 18:08 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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That settled I continued to shift things around and box up the overflow. Because of the size and soft glass front on the Samsung I decided early on that It would not be placed at floor level, for obvious accident prone cat & davy reasons, and since the blinds are always pulled down that far with a slot for the cats to watch the street, the new TV could be wall mounted in that area above without tempting passersby with larceny on their minds.

But storage of some sort under the shelf would be nice so I was casually visiting used and new furniture stores looking for something long and low - 23" maximum height - in short, a stereo cabinet type credenza piece to adapt.

Then in Zellers I spotted the perfect thing. With open center shelves to hold all the components and two glass door side canimets, and on legs to clear the floor grate & Made from actual solid Chinese pine with veneer and with those curved leg stubs that match the ones on my Aeolian Piano Roll Cabinet, it was another case of classic Serendipity. But it was priced at almost $300.

Next day, after lunch, I showed the cabinet to Stanley and he enthused that it was perfect for my tastes & needs and matched the other furniture I favour. It doesn't matter that it's not a fine piece of antique furniture - it's just for head on looks and performs a very basic but essential function - keeping the components (vintage VCR, Hard Disc/DVD recorder, and Blu-Ray) central and easily accessed. As it is covered by a full width carpeted cat shelf it will eventually emerge with an untouched top in future. The look will maintain the floating cantilever shelf design. I may even chop an inch off the legs so the floating effect is even more pronounced and only brand new kittens could get underneath for their infantile mischief. It is also shallow enough at 17" that someday I could put a TV lift mechanism between it and the window wall. :-) Ah, the Davy dreams of future forward...I mean, I finally have an electric garage door so why not a TV lift?

As I hemmed and hawed about should I at least get it now before it was no longer a stocked item and store it as well, it was Stanley who wandered around the corner and found the sign that said all TV units were on Sale until Christmas Eve. I would never have seen that sign as that was the fake naughty pine colonial aisle. :-)

How much on Sale? $130.97. Less than half price! Called over the handsome burly salesboy on duty and had a price check done. Sure enough, on sale and he would get a trolley and do a price override at the register and even put in in my car. Do I look that old? LOL

No brainer! Run to the bank machine and load it up, please...

Post# 86856 , Reply# 100   12/22/2009 at 18:22 (2,886 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Nice credenza

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Good choice, great price! I like the new flat screen too.

I have a 1987 19" Zenith Stereo tv I paid $45.00 for about 8 years ago. I plugged Zenith Circle Of Sound speakers in, what an improvement! When I get my space back here, I'll dig it out and replace my dying '96 RCA console.

Post# 86860 , Reply# 101   12/22/2009 at 18:49 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Dave's having too much fun again...don't you wish yo

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Stanley and I manhandled the old TV out to the car to take to the ReStore tomorrow when Stan asked if he could have it. His old square 30" Tube TV from the 90s in the kitchen where he spends most of his time is on the fritz and he was contemplating a flat screen.

It is your's, my friend, Merry Christmas and here's a HDMI DVD player to go with it. I don't need it now.

vacuumed up the area and re-laid the carpet and this time staple gunned it down. Needs to have all that black car fur power nozzled off and a quick shampoo, methinks.

Naturally, despite taking all precautions, Felix found his way down the hole into the duct when my back was turned and set up such a racket. Took me almost 20 minutes to coax him out. Fortunately this duct is constructed between two floor joists and has a cross brace just before it drops into the furnace about 15 feet in. I regret I was so busy I forget to take his picture in there all covered in dust and cobwebs. :-)

Ah well, the grate is now in place with a duct-taped layer of black aluminum screening to keep really small cat-flung objects from finding their way down the grate and after supper I will unbox the credenza kit. I am determined to be watching the new tv on Christmas Eve.

Post# 86875 , Reply# 102   12/22/2009 at 22:28 (2,886 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
I finally have the time to add a serious and appreciative po

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First- thanks for the laughs Dave and Rick- this was one fun thread!

Secondly - thanks to Dave for doing such a beautiful job laying out his Eureka vac display. They are indeed beautiful canisters, those Mobile-Aires. And now I finally understand which colour came first in Eureka's history. The green came before the blue of the 1960's. Which is why our Eureka Automatic 260 came back one day from the repair shop with a mismatched green handle holder at the base (the original blue one had worn out and the handle no longer remained in the upright stored position). I was appalled at the thoughtlessness!!!!!

So shocked to see horse-hair bristles on the blue floor brush. I thought those bristles were only found on dusting brushes!

Still can't figure out how that suction dial worked - it seems to have repetitions all around the dial and so you could set it for carpets in 3 different places. Weird.

The biggest mystery for me is why Eureka vacs are the only ones that fascinate me to the point of "euphoria". Not quite sure if it's the colours, or the harmonious way all the tools seem to come from the same mould. Or the smooth, simple, "plasticity" of the tool designs. They are all so sleek and subdued - if you ignore the word "Vibra-Beat" in wonky lettering on the carpet nozzle. Then in the late 1960's, the company added a very solid upright way of spelling "Eureka" to go along with the curvey "E". That solidity and "coolness" also seems to match the rest of the industrial designer's forms sold by the company. One day,I would love to actually meet one of the guys or girls who worked on the industrial designs of these vacs in Bloomington, Illinois.

Finally - a bedtime story: At about the same time that Dad brought home our beautiful blue Eureka Automatic 260 upright (around 1962), a beautiful matching blue Mobile-Aire showed up at my uncle and aunt's home. I kind of always knew in my heart that Dad bought both of them at the same time. Anyhow, I thought that they were so lucky because they got to use the tools all the time, while our matching upright tools only came out of the closet when the cleaning lady showed up or when we needed to clean out Dad's car. Whenever we visited this aunt and uncle, I would always sneek up to the closet that stored the Mobile-Aire and I would secretly stick my hand in to feel the attachments and hose in the dark! What's even more bizarre, at some point after their second daughter was born in the late 1960's, we all found out that my aunt and uncle would run the Mobile-Aire in her nursery because the sound helped lull her to sleep!!!!!! I always wanted to hear what it sounded like to do that to a little baby. But to this day, I have never heard the "music" a Mobile-Aire makes.....

And that, my friends, is the end of the story. Until I drive over to Stratford and finally get to play with Dave's toys!!!!!

Post# 86877 , Reply# 103   12/22/2009 at 22:31 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I think you're thinking the old silver framed Toshiba CRT 30" flat widescreen is the new one, Alan.

The Samsung is a 46 whopping inches and is still in it's carton. 46 id really too large for the sofa but I watch a lot from the computer chair 20 feet away. I'm sure I will get very very very used to wallowing in it on the couch as as 'they' (crevicetool) say, if yer gonna go, go big. Or sumthin' like that.

Goosh goly, this credenza really is solid wood. No particleboard used anywhere. The back board is 1/8" Luan Mahogany and the screws & hardware impressively not cheap.
Dontcha love put it together yourself furniture? I did cut 2" off the legs for the aforementioned reasons - it blocks kitty access to the underneath. Test fit photo.

Post# 86878 , Reply# 104   12/22/2009 at 22:44 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Credenza assembled and leveled true with 1/4 black painted blocks unfer front legs. Floating shelf in place. Bonus from cutting the legs short gives me a 4" high area to put all the components on top and more - easier wiring and re-cabling all hidden and no need to punch out that circle in back. Provides an open cubbyhole for, say, Canister Vacuum Of The Month. Or a fake fireplace. Or extremely tacky TV Lamp Collection. Or Robots! :-)

Going to carpet it with some of that nice minty fresh green plush stuff I got for the Attic.

The floating shelf is 3/4" Aircraft grade plywood. You can stand on it and it does not flex - that was always the idea. In fact I venture to say you can do jumping jacks on it...

Post# 86879 , Reply# 105   12/22/2009 at 23:14 (2,886 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Great memories Brian! I don't have any vivid childhood vacuum memories other than Gram's Filter Queen that Mom moved with and it seems it's not until I was 9 or 10 that the fever struck and I noticed them all the time. I also used to spend a lot of time inside pipe chambers to feel the subsonics of the pedal so I guess it's an aural thing for me.

I couldn't agree more with you about the harmonious aesthetics of Eurekas and other fine vintage vacuum cleaner brands. I swear nothing is as hushed and soothing as a Canadian Lux 80 series.

As for how a MobilAire sounds, you really will have to find a time to come over to Stratford for a mini Meet. Bet I could entice a few of our Ontario Bretheren to join in. Now that the house is so close to being totally presentable, as well as navigable, I am looking forward to once again inviting guests over to play with all this neat stuff.

Dave, off to bed. Wednesday is carpet and set up the TV system Day. With a one hour luch downtown with a few work buddies - that'll be a nice break.

Oh Boy! District 9 came out today on Blue-Ray at the Video Rental Store. And finally I'll be able to watch Sully's fur wave in Monsters INC. and those damn penguins & whales and icebergs & waves...

Post# 86890 , Reply# 106   12/23/2009 at 07:05 (2,886 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Good choice on the Samsung TV. Two weekends ago I bought a Samsung LCD TV also but the 40" model as it fit perfectly in the corner where I can watch it while sitting in my Lazy-Boy and gazing at the deer through the patio door :-)


Post# 86891 , Reply# 107   12/23/2009 at 07:47 (2,886 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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That's a nice deal your buddy Stanley is getting with the "old" tv set, I guess if I had read more carefully, I would have noticed what you were saying. The new piece of furniture is wonderful, it has that Mission/Frank Lloyd Wright look.

I found this Drexel Projection buffet in our richbitch Goodwill, for $49.69, it's a designer piece from 1958.

Post# 86928 , Reply# 108   12/23/2009 at 14:42 (2,885 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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It would appear that the carpet and colour are very much approved of by that big soft snoozing Ball O Felix. Split the carpet tufts and stapled it all along the back edge so Felix won't pick at it or somehow cause it to slip - 'cause I just know he'd find a way, the scallywag. Front edge will be bent around the edge and stapled to the underside, then an aluminum trim strip will cover the raw edge.

Now installing the lower components and pre-cabling so the TV can just be plopped on, connected and security fastened to a wall stud tonight.

Post# 86963 , Reply# 109   12/23/2009 at 23:28 (2,885 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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All done except tacking up the carpet edge. (ceiling injury is over 20 years old - just never got around to re-painting.)

For once Felix & Hector missed the photoshoot but they spent most of the sound & picture testing & setup time lounging on the shelf and snooping around the new stuff - they can love this carpet shelf again, now it's not all clogged with stand mixers.

Even on basic cable the picture clarity astounds me. The Blu-Ray picture overwhelms me.

A busy beaver day; I could not have got this much done without Stanley's help. I must get to the grocery store on Thursday. As my family are all down in London, Stanley and I will be renting blu-rays for a thundering Christmas Eve in, after the Church Celebration at 7...and maybe spin a few platters.

Thanks for watching. Dave

Post# 86972 , Reply# 110   12/24/2009 at 00:35 (2,885 days old) by electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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wow that is really a nice set up, So I am assuming you love the Blue ray player?
great pics and I would love to see more as I read more and more of this post everyday

Post# 86988 , Reply# 111   12/24/2009 at 07:09 (2,885 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
What a difference

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I love the way that looks, and the cat castle is really neat. I like your wind up phonographs too.

Post# 87008 , Reply# 112   12/24/2009 at 10:19 (2,885 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'm not overjoyed by having that big black square blocking the window but there's no other place to put it and the blinds are rarely up anyway. Hanging it higher up on the window isn't an option, either. The compromise that far outweighs the negatives is the balance and symmetrical placement and floating shelf trick.

As I mentioned tho, the ultimate and quite likely future tech-mad Davy solution will be a TV Lift mechanism...

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Post# 87015 , Reply# 113   12/24/2009 at 11:52 (2,884 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Or there's this

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I have less space than you, but I'm in the market if something like this comes here. I like your arrangement, even with the window problem.

Post# 87020 , Reply# 114   12/24/2009 at 14:39 (2,884 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Vey nice Dave,im sure you and the kittys will enjoy the new moving picture theater =)
The Eureka boys look great togeather also!
Merry Christmas!

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