Thread Number: 11476
Found a Dial-a-Matic yesterday
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Post# 123886   2/3/2011 at 00:43 (4,769 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

First one of these I've owned. Built like a tank. Got this one at a local thrift store. It needed a drive belt. I got the belt on the way home, and after arrival I cleaned the machine up, put in a new D bag and installed the drive belt. Everything works fine. The brush roll on this takes the term "beater bar" to new heights. The D bag isn't overly large, is it? Don't yet know what I'll do with it.

Post# 123887 , Reply# 1   2/3/2011 at 00:44 (4,769 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        
Another picture

Closer view of hood

Post# 123888 , Reply# 2   2/3/2011 at 00:45 (4,769 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        
Model data

On bottom of machine

Post# 123892 , Reply# 3   2/3/2011 at 00:53 (4,769 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        
"The D bag isn't overly large, is it?"

Maybe not by today's standards, but when Hoover introduced this new bag type with the DAM in 1963, it was better than the Type C & Type W by leaps and bounds. At least dirt didn't spill all over the place when you changed the bag. That's a beautiful Dial-A-Matic you got, the base is in remarkable condition. Most of them got badly banged up because of the jerky power drive....

- Karl

Post# 123902 , Reply# 4   2/3/2011 at 06:29 (4,769 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        
Very nice

HiGary Very nice DAM looks almost new enjoy Doug

Post# 123907 , Reply# 5   2/3/2011 at 07:45 (4,769 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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That is very nice. I don't think I've ever seen one that is all taupe. I think that is the color.

Post# 123920 , Reply# 6   2/3/2011 at 10:50 (4,769 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
Very nice find, Gary!

Looks like someone had that locked away in a vault. Hoover had a great color palette back in the day.

Post# 123945 , Reply# 7   2/3/2011 at 18:56 (4,768 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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So was this the first model with power drive or was there another one close to this color?

Post# 123961 , Reply# 8   2/3/2011 at 21:22 (4,768 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
a beautiful

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specimen. HOOVER had colorists... who came up with all of those colors we've grown to love.

Post# 123974 , Reply# 9   2/3/2011 at 23:43 (4,768 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
Hoover Colorist......

They had to have them. They had the BEST color combos. Not to mention all the names for them. Which....I'm not the one to ask. I can't remember my middle name some days! =0/

I "Think" the first power-drive was the blue one, with the little design on the front bag cover. But, I'm not sure.

I think I recall also seeing an orange power-drive as well.

Post# 123992 , Reply# 10   2/4/2011 at 08:56 (4,768 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

The first DAM with power drive was the model 1170 from 1969. It had the same color front panel only without the headlight.

- Karl

Post# 123996 , Reply# 11   2/4/2011 at 10:23 (4,768 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
They certainly were heavy machines......

They feel like someone poured concrete into the housing. However, there is much missed on these heavy old machines. =/

Post# 124085 , Reply# 12   2/5/2011 at 00:39 (4,767 days old) by briguy (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Hi Gary, thats a great Dial A Matic you found! I love them, although I don't have one quite as nice as yours in my collection.

Post# 124118 , Reply# 13   2/5/2011 at 13:31 (4,767 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
the attachments are so

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easy to attach and use. Nice suction. And, you WANT that.They also don't "catch" fringe on Oriental carpets. I DO prefer a convertible over tem, but, a great (yes, heavy) machine. But isn't that better than the plastic cr%p that's in stores now?
Just look at the condition of that vac.

Post# 124132 , Reply# 14   2/5/2011 at 17:58 (4,766 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
More Taupe

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This is German market 1124 that I am very pleased to have in my collection, I am not showing the attachments but the hose is similar to that used on the Brown/Pumpkin Portable


Post# 124140 , Reply# 15   2/5/2011 at 19:32 (4,766 days old) by beevac (Kewanee)        
The D/D Dial-A-Matic

"Don't yet know what I'll do with it." ---- Use it, if you want to. And take care of it.

Post# 124155 , Reply# 16   2/5/2011 at 21:24 (4,766 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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That cleaner is in perfect condition. Bravo!

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