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Post# 772   9/7/2006 at 09:34 (4,422 days old) by 74simon ()        

I recently moved house, and have now got all my Hoover Junior 1334/1346 type machines together for the first time! Couldn't resist posting the picture below...

From left:

1975 1354A, late version standard model with plastic bottom cord hook. Knackered bag zip, but fairly good condition overall.

1976 U1016, impossibly rare top-fill bag machine, this is a German market 220 volt version. Needs bearings done.

1976 U1034 Co-op (UK shop chain) Exclusive model, pretty good but 'Exclusive' silver letter on lamp visor almost totally faded.

Funnily enough, when the power was turned on, all three running together didn't sound much louder than one machine!


Post# 774 , Reply# 1   9/7/2006 at 09:39 (4,422 days old) by luxg ()        

Simon, that is a beautiful collection!! My favoirte would be the one with the dark navy trim and bag!! Thanks for sharing. Terry

Post# 782 , Reply# 2   9/7/2006 at 15:00 (4,422 days old) by convertible68 ()        

Beautiful Juniors! I remember seeing pictures of the top-fill version somewhere (I think Seamus might have posted them on and thought it was very neat. Did they ever produce any 110V Dirtsearcher machines for the US, or was this strictly a UK version?

Post# 783 , Reply# 3   9/7/2006 at 15:45 (4,422 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Top Fill..

Hey Austin

Sis U1016 is the Dirtsearcher version of the U1012 I posted the pic of the top fill setup on Aw. As he says for some reason these are extreamly rare(strange as there was never a huge difference in price for the Dirtsearcher versions). The U1016 replaced the 1354A on the far left. The dark blue U1034, although dating from the same period as the U1016 is a bottom filling machine.

The Dirtsearcher Juniors appeared in the UK and Europe(as Si says his U1016 is a German version). They never made it to the US tho. Im currently on the look out for a 1354/A for a US collector who has offered a rather tempting swop :)


Post# 784 , Reply# 4   9/7/2006 at 16:06 (4,422 days old) by 74simon ()        
110v Dirtsearchers...

They were sold in Canada though - at least the 1354A was. Someone posted a Canadian mail order catalogue on a while back, and there was one in there, where it was called the 'Convertible Junior'. Unlike the 1348, it looked identical to the British machine.

Seamus - I've noticed that U1012/6 handbooks refer to the U1016 as the 'Junior Deluxe', so I presume that it was replaced by the U2068 some time in 1977. Just my theory!


Post# 785 , Reply# 5   9/7/2006 at 16:08 (4,422 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Si, I'd love to see any other pics you've taken recently, I always love group-shots! Here's a couple I took the other day, you can see what a tip my room is at the moment!!!

Post# 786 , Reply# 6   9/7/2006 at 16:10 (4,422 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

And the 'Standard' models...the 425's my new one, and is still in need of serious cosmetic surgery! Runs like new, though, amazingly!

Post# 787 , Reply# 7   9/7/2006 at 16:13 (4,422 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

And finally the Juniors, 262 and 960.

Post# 788 , Reply# 8   9/7/2006 at 16:26 (4,422 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
U1016/Replaced by U2068??

Hey Si

That theory makes perfect sense and would explain to a great extent why the 1016 is so rare!.

Its also very interesting about the Canadian 1354As- wonder if any have strayed over the border as it were!


Post# 793 , Reply# 9   9/7/2006 at 16:57 (4,422 days old) by 74simon ()        
110v Dirtsearchers again...

With apologies to petek who posted this picture on From a Canadian 1973/4 Consumers Distributing catalogue. It looks so out of place withe the other cleaners!

PS Jack, your collection never ceases to turn me a bit green!


Post# 797 , Reply# 10   9/7/2006 at 17:40 (4,422 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Thanks Si - pity we don't live closer, you'd certainly be very welcome to come round and have a look/play with them lol. Let me know if you're ever in the area!


Post# 799 , Reply# 11   9/7/2006 at 17:43 (4,422 days old) by converto-skip ()        
1354 Dirtsearcher

I'm getting a 1354 Hoover Junior dirtsearcher From Richie Boy I can't wait. I have been wanting one for a very long time


Post# 803 , Reply# 12   9/7/2006 at 18:17 (4,422 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        

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Hi Simon

Congrats on the move, looking forward to seeing more pics, those Junior Dirtsearchers look great , love the brown coloured model, the 1354a light blue was offered on a special at the Electricity Board (MANWEB) when it was introduced, at 27 pounds with free tools, my Nan and her three daughters all bought them at the same time....

Nowthen, which of these colours is "Hoover Dolphin Blue" the light or the dark??

Jack, we can see you have been busy, please tell me you have an electric polisher to buff all those vacs, What type of cable do you use on the re-wires?? have you managed to find rubber like replacement??


Post# 804 , Reply# 13   9/7/2006 at 18:28 (4,422 days old) by 74simon ()        
The blues...

The dark blue is Dolphin Blue, or at least it is on the 1346A - the pale one is Mandarin Blue according to a DVD of a John Noble spring/Summer 1974 catalogue I got recently.


Post# 806 , Reply# 14   9/7/2006 at 19:04 (4,422 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi there Mike,

Nope, no electric buffer - although I'd very much like one when I find the money - just a tin of metal polish, a duster and elbow grease! As for the flexes, in most cases, the machines still have their originals fitted, and these are in good enough condition to be used. For the re-wires, when the original cord is absent or dangerously perished, I just use normal 2-core black flex - I haven't yet found earthed flex in black, although this would be more suitable, both for safety and appearance, since the original cords are slightly thicker than modern 2-core flex. Needless to say, the cleaners are always checked from plug to motor, including internal wiring, before being run un-earthed.

Post# 845 , Reply# 15   9/7/2006 at 22:37 (4,422 days old) by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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Simon your Hoovers are beautiful! I wish we had Juniors like that here....I'm so envious.

Vintagehoover your vacuums are also amazing! They all look so pretty!


Post# 859 , Reply# 16   9/8/2006 at 04:26 (4,421 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
If you look....

In the bottom right of the catalogue page it has a replacement bag list that says the Junior Convertible had a different paper bag to the normal Convertible! was this ever the case in the US????. Over here the Junior and Senior models have always used the same bags.


Post# 862 , Reply# 17   9/8/2006 at 08:13 (4,421 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Thanks, glad you like them - I'm so pleased we have a place like this site to display the results of our hard work (and hard-earned cash!) for others who appreciate these machines as much as we do! I've just re-polished and re-photographed them for my photo album, take a look if you have a minute to spare...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO vintagehoover's LINK

Post# 863 , Reply# 18   9/8/2006 at 08:29 (4,421 days old) by hoover1060 ()        

Si those are beautiful Juniors!
I'm the happy owner of a 1354 Dirtsearcher too, sent to me by UK Steve. It matches my 6525C Senior from Kevin Cox!

Post# 1000 , Reply# 19   9/10/2006 at 20:23 (4,419 days old) by vacman ()        
Hoover Junior Collection

Fantastic photos. How I wish they had manufactured and been distributed (these models) in the US. Always liked Perivale's work.

Post# 226470 , Reply# 20   4/4/2013 at 10:24 (2,021 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

I have a 1970 1354a!

Post# 226518 , Reply# 21   4/4/2013 at 13:17 (2,021 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
Very lovely Dirtsearcher there George

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I have to ask though, how can you comment on a thread that was started in 2006??? surely it has been archived YEARS ago.

Post# 226523 , Reply# 22   4/4/2013 at 14:01 (2,021 days old) by sensotronic (Englandshire)        

It's a feature of the new revamped vacuumland that lets you add to archived posts.

Post# 226524 , Reply# 23   4/4/2013 at 14:03 (2,021 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        
Hey Alex!

Yes I thought that too! But you see here where it says "last page" under 'vintage' just click on that and you can scroll forward from 2006- and reply to any of the threads!

Post# 226541 , Reply# 24   4/4/2013 at 15:14 (2,021 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
oh wow

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never knew that thanks Rodger and George.

Post# 310416 , Reply# 25   12/31/2014 at 10:20 (1,385 days old) by dave500w (Wales)        
Hoover Junior u1016

hi I'm dave: does anyone have a hoover junior u1016 for sale?

Post# 310421 , Reply# 26   12/31/2014 at 10:53 (1,385 days old) by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        
Somethings wrong......

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Hello. Love you talking about your collection, but there is no photos of your gave. Can you post some?

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