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Second "Hoover" Comes from Donor to the Home for Wayward Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 109686   9/29/2010 at 00:14 (3,436 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Well, "Huge Box Number Two" arrived Friday. The donor, who had sent me the Hoover 105 that I restored (see link), had indicated that the second machine she was going to send was also a Hoover, and "probably newer" she said. Oh my my my ... my mind was all a-twitter with expectations ... a 150 maybe? a 27?? a Citation??!

Well, it was "none of the above." It's a Eureka Model 1416A from, I'm guessing (not being a Eureka expert) late 1960s? Arlee has an off-white and orange machine that's very similar, that he bought new in the late 1970s - and is the same model of Eureka as the one that Ellen's "ex" Alex gave me a few years ago (long story, I've told it here before).

Anyway, I'm pretty sure this pretty two-tone Eureka is not newer than the "Very 1970s" orange and white model so it must be older. Its colors seem "Very 1960s" to me. I also assume it was a "budget" model since there's no headlight (which Arlee's machine has).

The machine is in very good shape overall, other than the pretty severe paint loss and oxidation issues on the hood.

I went to a large hardware store today to see if I could find blue spray paint in a matching "robin egg blue" color to renew the motor hood ... no such luck; they didn't have anything even close. So, does anyone have any ideas as to where I could find spray paint in this color? Or ... is there anyone with a paint compressor who'd be willing to paint this for me?

The bag is in excellent condition, as is the cord. Both just need a good cleaning.

Rear view of bag.

The undercarriage is very clean, but it needs a new brush roll. I'm going to Boulevard Vacuum tomorrow to get a brush roll for it and also to see if they might have a donor machine in their "bone yard" where I can get a hood.

"Stay tuned!"

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Post# 109709 , Reply# 1   9/29/2010 at 11:25 (3,435 days old) by joe22 ()        

poor thing, needs a good home and has found one

Post# 109729 , Reply# 2   9/29/2010 at 14:14 (3,435 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
There are 3 distinguishing features that help date this Eure

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First clue, as mentioned already, is the light turquoise colour which indeed was a 1960's colour for many Eureka uprights and canisters. But some models in the early 1970's also had that classic Eureka colour - kind of a retro set of models, or models that were used to finish up supplies of parts and bags already made in that colour.

Secondly, the "curvey E" logo in the red box next to the brandname on the nose of the vac tells us that this model was from the 1970's - I don't think we started to see this logo and typeface until 1969, maybe 1968 at the very earliest.

Thirdly, Eureka Dial-A-Nap uprights did not get ventilation slots on top of the motor hood until at least 1974. None of the vacs made previous to that year ever had these kind of ventilation slots.

So I am going to propose a vintage year of 1974, maybe 1973 for this model. And indeed, those were very good years for Eureka!

EP Brian

Post# 109763 , Reply# 3   9/29/2010 at 19:26 (3,435 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Thanks eurekaprince for the info!

I went to Boulevard Vacuum today to see if they had a parts machine in their bone yard -- nothing. They do have some cans of pale blue spray paint there but not the exact color.

So....... as I hinted earlier, might there be someone out there with a air compressor paint sprayer who could do the motor hood and handle for me? Like ... maybe ... Mr. Crevicetool? ;)

OR... by any chance might someone have a spare hood they don't need?

If I can't get this machine "lookin' pretty" then there's no point in keeping it.


Post# 109796 , Reply# 4   9/29/2010 at 23:15 (3,435 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        
wow... finally!

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now I know that this vacuum actually exists in this color! Our neighbor used to have that exact one, and I used it maybe 3 times when i was really little, like maybe 4 or 5. for some reason i have always had a connection to it, even though it is probably long gone, I dont know what happened to it when she sold her house and moved into a smaller apartment, it seemed like it just disappeared. I have never seen another one like it until now, they usually have a white hood or the same color as the base. By the way I am glad you got it and will give it the good home it deserves!

Post# 109797 , Reply# 5   9/29/2010 at 23:55 (3,435 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

@dustin I know EXACTLY what you mean. There are a number of vacuum cleaners and floor polishers I only saw a time or two when I was a little boy, but for whatever reason they are brilliantly emblazoned into my memory.

A good example, speaking of Eurekas, is a maroon and gray Eureka that I saw ONE time in a neighbor's garage when I was 3 or 4 years old. I never forgot that machine and how beautiful it was -- I remembered every detail of it very clearly. And I do not know why I remembered so much about it, even the manufacturer. I figured I'd never find one, since I had been looking for one ever since I started collecting vacuum cleaners.

Then just a couple of years ago I visited collector John Young in Kentucky. "What to wondering eyes should appear" but that very Eureka! He was looking to find a new home for it so we made a very good deal on it, and I have it to this day!

Post# 109806 , Reply# 6   9/30/2010 at 02:58 (3,435 days old) by swingette ()        

I think Eureka toyed with that color into the 80s?

Indeed, the cord/hood grommet and colored cord hooks suggest a very early 1400 model. Think someone once said the 1400 series made its debut in 1974? Also a very early plastic-base model.

Thats an exquisite burgundy Eureka!

Post# 109959 , Reply# 7   10/1/2010 at 20:39 (3,433 days old) by HooverCelebrity ()        

I wonder what it would look like if you painted the handle and the hood, or just the hood white. I mean, if you can't get the blue color and you want it to look nice -- white wouldn't be too off for the cleaner. Sort of a fresh, clean, custom-look. It would coordinate with the letters on the bag. And a fresh white cord. Pretty.

Your burgundy Eureka is, as David said "an exquisite burgundy Eureka!"

Here's an ad for a similar Eureka, I don't think it's the burgundy one... It's such a fabulous ad.

Post# 109964 , Reply# 8   10/1/2010 at 21:37 (3,433 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Fred, you're right

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The Eureka in that ad is right before the burgundy one. That model was two-tone tan/brown. Eureka made nice vacuums back then.

Post# 109966 , Reply# 9   10/1/2010 at 22:53 (3,433 days old) by luxg ()        

Great ad Fred, I sure never knew that Eureka sold disposals.

Post# 110030 , Reply# 10   10/2/2010 at 17:52 (3,432 days old) by mb_1981 (Fraser, MI)        

You could try going to Sherwin-Williams and have them colour match it. Auto parts stores usually have a wider selection of colours than hardware stores, you might have better luck finding a similar colour there.

Post# 110031 , Reply# 11   10/2/2010 at 18:08 (3,432 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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From 1945-74, Eureka was known as the Eureka-Williams Company, which was merged into National Union Electric Corporation in 1959 (Eureka's 50th anniversary) by then-president C. Russell Feldmann.

In June 1974, NUE was bought out by AB Electrolux of Sweden (Electrolux hadn't able to use this name in the USA after 1968, when its USA subsidiary was sold to Consolidated Foods). Electrolux of Sweden used this opportunity because it had wanted to re-enter the USA vacuum market. As a result, "Eureka-Williams" was reverted back to The Eureka Company for the first time since 1945.

This means your Eureka has been manufactured sometime after about January 1975, to account for a six-month "grace" period between June and December 1974 for products last bearing the "Eureka-Williams" company name.


Post# 110100 , Reply# 12   10/3/2010 at 08:11 (3,431 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Good eye, Benjamin!!!!

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I did not even take a close look at the nameplate which says "The Eureka Company"!!!! You have definitely taught me a valuable lesson in dating Eureka's from the 1970's!!! Thank you.

EP Brian

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