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Post# 118050   12/13/2010 at 21:43 (3,227 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I was fortunate enough to be able to acquire three rare Kirbys from Jim Kirby when we went to the storage cleanout. The oldest just says model C on the plate, serial nbr. 725310. The model 505 is the one I've wanted for a long time, it's the one I grew up with, the third rare one is a Scott and Fetzer which needs motor work and will post pics of that one later. I had sent an Omega to the spa with the older ones, that's why she made it into the The shop that buffs for me does a wonderful job, although he hates doing it but will do it for our local collectors. Up until now my oldest was the 511, so I'm excited to have these.

Post# 118052 , Reply# 1   12/13/2010 at 21:47 (3,227 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Glam shot Model C

Runs like a champ, and my guy had a new brushroll for it.

Post# 118055 , Reply# 2   12/13/2010 at 21:55 (3,227 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Glam shot Model 505

I never thought I would find one of these in this shape. I ordered one of the new genuine Kirby replacement bags for it as it had a later faded out bag when I got it. Original cord is taped in a few places and has a replacement plug, so will order one of the new black Kirby replacement cords.

Post# 118058 , Reply# 3   12/13/2010 at 22:12 (3,227 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Outstanding! You have some great vacs there! Does the Model C use the same brush roll that goes into a 505?

Post# 118059 , Reply# 4   12/13/2010 at 22:12 (3,227 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Early birthday present...

Alex came over tonight, and gave me an early birthday present, a Hoover Deluxe Convertible 4009, in a great color, and it's the only one in my collection with the design on the bag. What is that called again? Alex detailed and tuned it, and it's in beautiful condition! Thanks Alex!

Post# 118065 , Reply# 5   12/13/2010 at 22:28 (3,227 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Thanks Bill, yes, it does appear to be the same style brushroll as the 505.

Post# 118082 , Reply# 6   12/14/2010 at 00:14 (3,227 days old) by silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        
MY OH MY!!!!!!

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Those are sure some purdy vacuums! Your buffing guy sure does a beautiful job. Can't wait to play with them!


Post# 118089 , Reply# 7   12/14/2010 at 05:16 (3,226 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        
Great Kirbys...

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All very nice Kirby's. I bet your pleased with them.


Post# 118090 , Reply# 8   12/14/2010 at 05:34 (3,226 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Rick. Those are AWESOME! Can't wait to see them in person.

Post# 118095 , Reply# 9   12/14/2010 at 07:27 (3,226 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Vacs are nice..BUT!

I want that light fixture you have, its great!

Post# 118096 , Reply# 10   12/14/2010 at 07:40 (3,226 days old) by luxg ()        

Amazing Rick! Those Kirby's are just beautiful. They all look to be in mint condition. Your guy sure does great work! Glad that you have the 505 now since it has such special memories. Thanks for sharing!!


Post# 118100 , Reply# 11   12/14/2010 at 07:58 (3,226 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Not only is that Hoover drop dead gorgeous, and the Kirbys delicious, I noticed that light fixture too!

Post# 118105 , Reply# 12   12/14/2010 at 08:27 (3,226 days old) by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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Absolutely lovely Kirby's and that 505---what a find and beautifully restored.

I hope to see them sometime next year.


Post# 118106 , Reply# 13   12/14/2010 at 08:30 (3,226 days old) by 15brandon ()        

What kinda of vacuum is that orange canister siting beside the chair in that pic?

Post# 118110 , Reply# 14   12/14/2010 at 09:08 (3,226 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I was going to ask the same question!

Rick - is that an orange Oreck "Dutch-Tech" vac hiding next to the chair? I think these Orecks were made by Philips in Holland.....hence the name "Dutch-Tech"......

Post# 118117 , Reply# 15   12/14/2010 at 10:59 (3,226 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        
Oreck Canister

That was actually the predecessor to the DutchTech. That's either a 1500 or 3500 Celoc canister with the CAP-175 power nozzle. The full bag indicator is called the "power eye." I think Oreck discontinued the bags for this model. Is that a Hoover Innovation I see in the same photo? ;-)

- Karl

Post# 118123 , Reply# 16   12/14/2010 at 11:42 (3,226 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks for the clarification on that Karl!!!!

Yes...indeed from the side it does look like one of those older Oreck Celoc canisters - very well rated by Consumer Reports in its day if I remember correctly......


Post# 118125 , Reply# 17   12/14/2010 at 12:47 (3,226 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

Glad I could be of assistance. I have that same canister. Oreck had a commercial machine called the "Bigfoot" that was the same color orange and used the same power nozzle. A good machine (so I've been told) that was replaced by the Dual Stack. Now the Dual Stack has been replaced by the commercial "Sanitaire-esque" Perfect line.

Post# 118162 , Reply# 18   12/14/2010 at 18:42 (3,226 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Brian and Brandon, that is an Oreck Celoc canister model 1500 with the matching big foot powernozzle. I bought it from Nathan(Electrolux-Dude) at the last convention. It's only was issue was a stuck cordwinder, and that was remedied by Glen Dienst if I remember correctly before the convention was over. It's a nice machine for sure, though like dragging a coffee table around behind you! I use Kenmore 5023 bags in it, fit perfectly. I believe it is of better construction than the DutchTech, but doesn't have as good of suction. The Dutchtechs are gone, and we are awaiting the arrival of a new canister with a power nozzle, which I'm sure will be made in China unfortunately. We have a new straight suction canister called the Quest which have sold very well, nice vacuum, but alas made in China. So far they plan on keeping the XL upright assembly in Cookeville, Tn.

Yes Karl, that's an Innovation beside the Oreck.

Post# 118999 , Reply# 19   12/22/2010 at 09:21 (3,218 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Rick & Kirbys from Jim Kirby...

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Hello Rick.

Those Kirbys L@@K great that you acquired from Jim Kirby. Congrats!

It is nice to know that his treasures are going to good homes.

It is unfortunate, that it is due to his situation. If you read this, I wish you well Jim, & hope for your improvement.

Cheers & hagd all,


Post# 119057 , Reply# 20   12/23/2010 at 02:26 (3,218 days old) by uprightman ()        
I'm packing my things right now....

I want to come live with you!!

What a BEAUTIFUL sight to be hold....and yes, the light fixture, too!

BIG thanks for posting the photos.

Post# 119058 , Reply# 21   12/23/2010 at 02:33 (3,218 days old) by uprightman ()        
The "Buffer Man" just reminded me.....

Have any of you ever tried the polishing wheel(s) and "sticks" from your Kirby HANDI-BUTLER attachment on your nozzles?

My OMEGA came with the HB attachment with the sticks already opened; my CLASSIC III has sealed polishing sticks. The buffing wheels don't seem to have been ever used.... was just wondering if they would do the same trick as the buffer man.

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