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My new baby (Hoover 26 Upright)
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Post# 114530   11/14/2010 at 12:15 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        

The first time I've ever adopted a 72 year old baby (I usually like that age number transposed to 27 when, ahem, "adopting", lol) - but this one is a beauty! A 1938 Hoover Model 26, complete with original box, cleaning tools, etc. She is in awesome shape, runs great, and is a knockout! Many thanks to godparents Marc Turbyfill and Rick Benedikt for facilitating the adoption process :-)

Post# 114531 , Reply# 1   11/14/2010 at 12:17 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

The tools are in amazing shape, including the handy Mothimizer!

Post# 114532 , Reply# 2   11/14/2010 at 12:19 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

The converter has been inserted and we have lift off!

Post# 114533 , Reply# 3   11/14/2010 at 12:21 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

Look at that bag! Awesome!

Post# 114534 , Reply# 4   11/14/2010 at 12:23 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

A close up, still looking fab at age 72.

Post# 114535 , Reply# 5   11/14/2010 at 12:25 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

another close up...

Post# 114536 , Reply# 6   11/14/2010 at 12:28 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

A truly glam shot of the old star! She will be a much loved addition to my little Hoover family!

Post# 114540 , Reply# 7   11/14/2010 at 14:56 (3,492 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
Absolutely Beautiful...

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What a great vacuum in terrific shape. A real treasure! Congratulations!


Post# 114542 , Reply# 8   11/14/2010 at 15:27 (3,492 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Really nice and it's color coordinated to your floors and furniture too.

Post# 114543 , Reply# 9   11/14/2010 at 15:27 (3,492 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
Very sharp!

That looks awesome! Was there a lens cap for the headlight's on this model, or is that how Hoover designed it?

Obviously, I haven't seen many of these...sorry.

Post# 114545 , Reply# 10   11/14/2010 at 15:43 (3,492 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Super-duper Hoover, Scott

And I really really like your whole warm decorative scheme with the furniture style and wall paint & rug colour choices. Dark Ruby & Oxblood reds and browns. Paper bag tan, leather & oak, even the red cat ball toy by the desk matches. :-)

Because I do not know the Hoover that a brown rubber bump strip running across the top of the motor hood?


Post# 114546 , Reply# 11   11/14/2010 at 15:46 (3,492 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
My New Baby Hoover (model 26)

That is the BEST example I have EVER seen of that model! My aunt had that very same machine. I just went to her estate sale this summer. When I looked in the hall closet,there sat part of the tools.
I sure want to that baby up close someday! The bag is in wonderful condition.

Post# 114583 , Reply# 12   11/14/2010 at 19:17 (3,492 days old) by HooverCelebrity ()        

That is one incredible specimen! The model 26 is such a beautiful machine... You are super lucky to have gotten that. I don't think I've ever seen a base on that style/era of machine with so few scratches. How is the agitator/brushes? ((If you need brush strips, I probably have extras -- let me know)). Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous cleaner. You have a beautiful collection -- I've always admired it (what I've seen you post in pictures on here). You should get some of the others out and have a family reunion photoshoot. :-)

I hope to meet you and your collection in person sometime!


Post# 114588 , Reply# 13   11/14/2010 at 19:52 (3,492 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoover 26

Thanks for all of the kind words guys - I'm pretty excited to have her. Steve - I'm not sure about the headlight lens, I'm sure it might have had one at one time. Actually Fred, you probably know the answer to that one. Dave - the strip across the top is bakelite I think, it's hard like the motor head.

Fred - I've see a lot of pics of your collection and am pretty GREEN with envy. Hopefully we will get to meet in person at the convention in Minneapolis next year, but if you guys are ever down Indy way be sure and look me up. Also thanks much for the offer of the brush strips, but Marc had just put some NOS ones in it so it is all set. I should have taken some pics of the underside of the machine, it looks brand unbelievably new. This baby must not have had lots of use back in the day!

Post# 114615 , Reply# 14   11/14/2010 at 21:51 (3,491 days old) by indyhoover ()        
A shot of the underside....

Looks pretty pristine!

Post# 114616 , Reply# 15   11/14/2010 at 21:54 (3,491 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Look at the service date....


Post# 114617 , Reply# 16   11/14/2010 at 21:56 (3,491 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Alex looking thrilled about another Hoover....

or maybe aggravated

Post# 114618 , Reply# 17   11/14/2010 at 22:00 (3,491 days old) by indyhoover ()        
I think he weighs more than the Hoover 26

As a matter of fact, I know he does. 29 pounds.

Post# 114619 , Reply# 18   11/14/2010 at 22:06 (3,491 days old) by truckerx (Palm Springs, CA)        

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Lovely!! I must say. It's in such pristine condition - looks as though it has hardly been used. A real find for a vacuum of that age. Is the cord original?

Post# 114620 , Reply# 19   11/14/2010 at 22:10 (3,491 days old) by indyhoover ()        
the cord.....

Sure looks like it is orginal, in excellent shape. It has that kind of weird feel (slippery?) like a lot of appliance cords from the 30's and 40's do....

Post# 114631 , Reply# 20   11/14/2010 at 22:35 (3,491 days old) by Sablekid ()        


Im not a big fan of Hoovers except ones from that era!

Very niiice!

Post# 114638 , Reply# 21   11/14/2010 at 22:53 (3,491 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
truly a wonderful specimen

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to quote Fred, I agree... I have one with a brand new hood. They were/are great. The test of time... still working after all this time. Can you imagine the stories it could tell.

Post# 114642 , Reply# 22   11/15/2010 at 00:31 (3,491 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
I Also Agree!!

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That has got to be the most beautiful 26 I've ever seen!! And having the original bag, box, tools, and Mothimizer (which I believe was optional when the 26 was produced) is frosting on the cake! Wish I had an original bag on my 26!

Post# 114652 , Reply# 23   11/15/2010 at 06:41 (3,491 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
lovely and beautiful...

Scott,that is just wonderfully.Glad to see a gem like that.And you have to box it came in WOW.You rock!

Post# 114775 , Reply# 24   11/16/2010 at 12:19 (3,490 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Very impressive!

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That's a beautiful machine Scott! Over here in the uk, we had the model 262, which was similar in many ways.

I watch US Ebay from time to time and I've only seen one or two examples of model 26s, which were no where near as nice as yours.

The underside in particular made me go wow, so new-looking it is!



Post# 114866 , Reply# 25   11/16/2010 at 20:40 (3,489 days old) by luxg ()        

Scott, what a beautiful machine!! Congratulations!!


Post# 114936 , Reply# 26   11/17/2010 at 11:21 (3,489 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
Of course it is important to recognize,

....machines of this quality are only released to homes that meet strict safety guidlines; homes where the environment is deemed Hoover friendly, protective, hygenic, and nuturing, and where it is believed said machine will thrive.
I am happy to report this Hoover sanctuary, registed under the name 'Indyhoover' meets all prescribed guidlines.
signed: Rick Benedikt
witnessed: Michael Turner
(dept. of Hoover Affairs)

Post# 115022 , Reply# 27   11/18/2010 at 03:10 (3,488 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
What a lovely machine!

On the UK model (262) the light opening never had a lens cover - it served as the air intake for the motor. I imagine that it will be the same for your Model 26. - so, nothing missing!

Post# 115136 , Reply# 28   11/19/2010 at 12:42 (3,487 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Scott -

Absolutely beautiful Model 26. You are very lucky. 26's are not that easy to find. Offered as a "second in line" behind the Model 150, there were not too many produced. And, there was no window cover on the 26.

Have fun with your Hoover.

Post# 115431 , Reply# 29   11/21/2010 at 18:50 (3,485 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Wow what a great machine.
Was this the first US model to have the handle come out the back?

Post# 115459 , Reply# 30   11/21/2010 at 20:35 (3,484 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

What an incredible example of such a great machine! I've always felt that textured paint Hoover used during this period was a mistake - it holds dirt and scuffs, and doesn't take to knocks well. You rarely see it in good condition these days - so it's all the more exciting when you find one that looks as good as the one above!

Over here, we had the 262, which was pretty much the same thing, but without the rubber ridge running along the centre of the hood. According to Paul Linnell's 'Simply Switch On' site, rare pre-war examples had a metal band which ran round the front of the hood (like Model 26), but I've never even seen a photo one of these. I do know for a fact that in 1939, when the UK government decreed that all aluminium had to go towards the War Effort, Hoover started making their cleaners out of zinc until production was halted entirely in 1940...

As you can see, the paint on my 262 has seen better days... I'm sure one day I'll find a better example!

Post# 115559 , Reply# 31   11/22/2010 at 16:59 (3,484 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I know what you mean, Jack. That darn wrinkle finish paint was quite popular on the US Hoovers. It is a devil to restore, and, in fact, is tough to find in the current day other than in bland colors like black and ugly brown.

The "British Tan" that Hoover used on several of the '30's and '40's Hoovers is now long gone as a replacement. It has to be specially mixed, and even at that, the wrinkle finish is tough to duplicate. When I could still get the color (back in the '80's), I used to spray it on and quickly put the entire piece in the oven. You got a better result with heated paint (or, by pre-heating the actual metal base itself).

But, all that aside, I loved the Hoovers of these eras...

Post# 382627 , Reply# 32   12/14/2017 at 09:28 (905 days old) by supervacuum (pittsburgh)        
Carbon brushes

Does anyone know where I can find carbon brushes for the model 26's motor??? Having a hard time finding a good schematic.

Post# 382628 , Reply# 33   12/14/2017 at 10:13 (905 days old) by kenkart ()        
And its a proveable fact

These will clean a rug better than aNY clean air upright made today.

Post# 382635 , Reply# 34   12/14/2017 at 15:55 (905 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I have some, old stock. Email me and we can work out the details there.

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