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Post# 116377   11/29/2010 at 14:24 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Well, as I was pulling into the driveway today there was a huge box sitting next to the front door. What could it be?

Alright - I knew what it was - Alex Elliot (Kirbyotronic) had found me a Universal Upright vacuum on one of his thrift store adventures.

You'll get to see the machine - but you will have to suffer through one of my usually long winded stories first.

(That cage is to prevent the puppy from escaping when the door is open. Rear end of said puppy is pictured at bottom of photo).

Post# 116378 , Reply# 1   11/29/2010 at 14:26 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Seems Alex forgot to send the machine - just a box full of those damned peanuts and a black curved stick!

Post# 116379 , Reply# 2   11/29/2010 at 14:27 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Ta - Da!!!!

Arrived unscathed!

Post# 116380 , Reply# 3   11/29/2010 at 14:28 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Have no idea what model number it is....research pending.....

Post# 116382 , Reply# 4   11/29/2010 at 14:32 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Seems to be complete except for a rug plate and one of the clips that holds it on. Might be missing a bumper too. Both of which after I get a photo of them I can fabricate to match original specs.

Post# 116383 , Reply# 5   11/29/2010 at 14:33 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Previous photo........uh huh......peanuts. Alex used ninety seven pounds of peanuts to pack a twelve pound vacuum in.....

Post# 116384 , Reply# 6   11/29/2010 at 14:35 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

One rear swivel caster.

Post# 116385 , Reply# 7   11/29/2010 at 14:39 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Really odd (but complete and working) height adjuster system. There are two of these, one for each front wheel, and it looks as if the wheel sits outside the rug plate (?) The brush roll spins quite freely and is surprisingly in good shape. Looking at this picture, perhaps there isn't a rug plate - just a bumper that's missing - gonna have to figure that out.

Post# 116386 , Reply# 8   11/29/2010 at 14:42 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Switch, with remnants of the original cloth twisted/lead cord. When asked if it ran when he found it Alex answered "I don't know - didn't want to burn the house down trying to find out".

Good call Alex.

Post# 116387 , Reply# 9   11/29/2010 at 14:46 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Test leads easily connected - LF&C knew that in seventy or so years, I might come along and want to see and hear this thing run, therefore, they provided this convenient hook up.

More ratty original cord showing....

Post# 116388 , Reply# 10   11/29/2010 at 14:49 (3,475 days old) by luxg ()        

The Universal Upright has arrived! Looks like she is going to need a good visit to the "Winkler Spa"!!! I am betting that there wasn't a plate that went over the brush roll but that is just a guess. Congratulations on getting a very rare machine.


Post# 116389 , Reply# 11   11/29/2010 at 14:51 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        
Money shot!!!!

and it does....the bag spewed out little dirt as the motor fired up with out the least awkward sound. No vibration, so bearing noise....smooth....and sufficiently loud to perhaps indicate a good strong suction. That lamp cord is what the previous owner taped on to replace the cotton cord.

I had the bag off on the second run, and it blows a good strong stream of blower air.

Post# 116390 , Reply# 12   11/29/2010 at 14:54 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

I can't be more pleased. Thrilled actually. I didn't know if I would ever get one of these early Universal uprights. Can't wait to get started on it.

Alex, thank you ever so much for getting it to me.


Post# 116391 , Reply# 13   11/29/2010 at 14:56 (3,475 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Terry, you will be dealt with later for interrupting.....

Post# 116393 , Reply# 14   11/29/2010 at 15:05 (3,475 days old) by luxg ()        

I'll be waiting!!!

Post# 116394 , Reply# 15   11/29/2010 at 15:34 (3,475 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
If I may kindly interrupt as well..

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Hello Rick.

I ditto the sentiments regarding no rug plate.

Nice acquisition Rick.

Cheers & hagd all,


Ps: So where's that email Rick?

Post# 116399 , Reply# 16   11/29/2010 at 15:50 (3,475 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

Congratulations, Rick - a very rare cleaner in the best home it could hope for! I'm guessing it must date from mid-1920's? Presumably post-1925, since it has a motor-driven revolving brush...

I'd assume it's missing not a true rug plate, but a wire rug guard, like this Sweeper-Vac:

Post# 116400 , Reply# 17   11/29/2010 at 15:52 (3,475 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Very nice Rick and Alex.

I wished I'd known sooner you were wanting one of these so badly because I had a NIB one sitting down here in the basement for like ever. Nobody wanted it, Dave nor Chad etc I even tried to hide it in Daves Subaru b4 he left town one time cause he'll take anything but he saw it and tossed it onto the lawn whilst spewing profanities so I ended up taking it to the Goodwill donation box up by the highschool and it's prolly gone by now.

Post# 116411 , Reply# 18   11/29/2010 at 17:40 (3,475 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Oh, it's a vacuum cleaner

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I thought it was a cheesecake.

Post# 116414 , Reply# 19   11/29/2010 at 18:21 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
That will be right purdy Rick and I concur with Jack.

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Yeah, I can't abide having any of the Miss Universe frippery cluttering up the house.

Now if it was Mr Universe...

Oh, wait...never mind.


Dave, ducking, weaving, bobbing and running...

Post# 116417 , Reply# 20   11/29/2010 at 18:44 (3,475 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        
Hey Buddy,

Please come to Orlando and Ruskin FL,and pick up Terry and I so WE can come and rebuild that machine for you...would LOVE to try out your new buffing wheels!!!

P.S. Tell pat to get our bed room ready, we will be there at least a week and a half mabey all depends on how well Terry behaves.


Post# 116441 , Reply# 21   11/30/2010 at 06:13 (3,474 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Hey thanks for the photo Jack. Makes sense to me now about the grooves in the rug plate. Good. Much easier to fashion a wire rug guard than a whole plate! That Sweeper-Vac is very similar.

Post# 116454 , Reply# 22   11/30/2010 at 08:45 (3,474 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Just for you, Mr. Rick.....Front Page:

Post# 116455 , Reply# 23   11/30/2010 at 08:47 (3,474 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Second Page --- cute, isn't she?

Post# 116456 , Reply# 24   11/30/2010 at 08:49 (3,474 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Post# 116457 , Reply# 25   11/30/2010 at 08:52 (3,474 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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and more....looks like the hose-end directly connected into the fan in the front where the plate slides

Post# 116458 , Reply# 26   11/30/2010 at 08:54 (3,474 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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and remember, it costs nothing to look.....

Post# 116462 , Reply# 27   11/30/2010 at 11:17 (3,474 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Love those old brochures. Looks like it had a screw in light socket plug?

Post# 116472 , Reply# 28   11/30/2010 at 13:16 (3,474 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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That is a nice looking machine, I can't wait to see it get The Magic Touch it deserves.

Post# 116504 , Reply# 29   11/30/2010 at 16:31 (3,474 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Congratulations Rick!

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on getting this Universal after failing to get the one that I outbid you on!

It's very similar to mine, only mine doesn't have Model 58 written on the front cover.

The two wire guards on the Universal are very similar to the ones on the Sweeper Vac that Jack has sent a picture of, only on my Universal, the wires at the back are each secured with a metal plate and two screws instead of hooking onto a round bar.


Post# 116512 , Reply# 30   11/30/2010 at 17:26 (3,474 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        


Thanks for the brochure posts. I think you may have posted that one before, and now that I have the cleaner, I appreciate it all the more!


After I get mine finished, we'll have to meet half-way and run them side by side.

Wait, probably not a good would help to have land under our feet.

Tonight I'm going to look and see if I perhaps took any pictures at the museum in New Britain that perhaps shows the rug guard in place. Why didn't I pay more attention to this stuff when I was there?


Post# 116693 , Reply# 31   12/2/2010 at 14:24 (3,472 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

Glad to see it arrived in one piece. It's nice to see that puffy bag and to hear that it runs well.

Post# 116699 , Reply# 32   12/2/2010 at 16:18 (3,472 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
'we'll have to meet half way'

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Rick, I'd love to visit the States sometime, after all I've never been but it's not really feasible considering my budget (says he of many Hoovers and expensive Universals ah hmmm)

I'll also thank John for sending the Universal brochure; I found it very interesting too!


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