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Post# 127345   3/12/2011 at 09:40 (4,739 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh Joy! Found it on Kijiji. After an exchange of emails the seller is dropping it off at my house this afternoon.

I immediately identified it as the Version 1 bumperless 1957-63 Model ZB86, which I did not have; I do have the 1963-67 version 2 which does differ in some aspects other than the bumpers. It looks to be in superb cosmetic condition other than the replacement hose but it's a solid vinyl 'universal fit' hose that will serve admirably for any number of vacuum brands. Besides, I have 7 red woven Lux ones already.

It joins the ZB83, ZB86 V2 and ZB88 V1 & V2 to complete my Red Electrolux lineup.

Once it's here I'll feel compelled to photo-op a chorusline shot of the Red 80s.

Post# 127372 , Reply# 1   3/12/2011 at 16:23 (4,738 days old) by goadie12 ()        

wow what a great find the only red 80s series I have is my z88 great find.

Post# 127376 , Reply# 2   3/12/2011 at 17:53 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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This is what Fred dropped off exactly as advertised. Amazingly scratch and dent free, perfect red cord, plug and stopper bulb. Runs as quiet & hushed as you'd expect with any Canadian Lux.

Yes, it was Fred's Mother's vacuum he brought home from Mom's house, where it lived its life in a hall closet until she passed to her Heavenly Reward. He has not used it since, his wife prefers the Dyson and so it had to go. It's been on Kijiji since Feb14 with no offers and he was about to dump it when I called. Best $15 I spent this week.

Six 'waste conveying conduits' :-), 4 bags of Lux bags and 2 packs of Hoover J bags. I asked, the Hoover is long gone.

Before Fred arrived at noon I had to heave very heavy snow boulders from the driveway from the overnight plow. Fred arrived while I was backing the car out. My back is decidedly unhappy but I had to get out to get my papers and some banking. When I got home after lunch I went straight to the couch for relaxation therapy.

But the Spa was calling, didn't need much more than a dusting and a Mr Clean eraser once-over.

Love the supple vinyl hose - it is 96" long, which should be the minimum for any canister vacuum, imho.

Post# 127378 , Reply# 3   3/12/2011 at 18:06 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Here's where it fits in the early red 80 series lineup.

This post was last edited 03/12/2011 at 18:24
Post# 127379 , Reply# 4   3/12/2011 at 18:26 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh, why not...LOL

The two versions of the all Red ZB88.

Post# 127380 , Reply# 5   3/12/2011 at 18:46 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Back to the new 86.

Two types of Lux 'hollow rods for debris collection', early ones used on the Loaf Electroluxes, with friction dimple indents between the slots and the later slot-only type. I've never come across aluminum Lux 'dirt channeling pipes' in Canada.

Post# 127381 , Reply# 6   3/12/2011 at 18:49 (4,738 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Great find Dave!

What a coincidence! I just finished cleaning up from a re-upholstery project with my V2 86. I have not seen any V1's locally, perhaps due to the local economy of the period during which they were sold. I'm not sure that I'd want a bumper-less unit as an everyday driver. When the phone rings, or you trip over the cat, the next thing you know the hose gets tugged and that red paint is headed straight for the blonde leg of a piece of Heywood-Wakefield! Congratulations on completing your lineup.

Post# 127382 , Reply# 7   3/12/2011 at 18:50 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Sales representative sticker saved.

Fred thinks he remembers an Owners Manual in a drawer somewhere and he will look for it.

Post# 127386 , Reply# 8   3/12/2011 at 19:14 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Bonus surprise!

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But wait, there's more...

When I opened the bag door this is what came out.

Boy-o-boy, a brand new never used cloth dustbag with intact rubber gasket ring. Tucked inside that were these bonus prizes and ephemera ephemera. 'Lectrolux Mama must have had a loaf before she got this 86.

Two brand new in the glassine package motor filters for a Loaf.
Two brand new in the saran package 80 series filters.
The Bill Of Sale is dated March 5 1963, only 10 years and 3 days off my birthdate. :-)

The invoice is for one package of Wrappers and Filters @ $3.95 + .24 tax.

Fred put the bags, tools, wands and hose on this Awfully Gay Hawaii totebag - mine to keep. LUV IT!!!

Dave - awfully gay myself.

Post# 127387 , Reply# 9   3/12/2011 at 19:20 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Electrolux has called them Wands in every Owners Manual since at least February 1935.


Post# 127398 , Reply# 10   3/12/2011 at 20:49 (4,738 days old) by goadie12 ()        

How weird is this: the day you got ur canadian lux I got a z 86 when I got it today it was dirty but it cleaned up great and after I rebuilt the motor it now runs like a dream.

Post# 127399 , Reply# 11   3/12/2011 at 21:08 (4,738 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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That's purty, Zach.
And I see you have the wonderful BX-10 triple pad polisher, too. Aren't they great? Yours appears to be trimmed in brown rubber with a motor applique of brown tweed,the same scheme that is on the 1953-56 ZB57 'Loaf'.
I have the all chrome one and the red one with the solution tank for Shampooing.

Post# 127408 , Reply# 12   3/12/2011 at 22:28 (4,738 days old) by goadie12 ()        

ya iam still looking for the red one and I also would like to find one for the z89 and maybe a few others.

Post# 127410 , Reply# 13   3/12/2011 at 22:36 (4,738 days old) by westingman123 ()        
lovely, simply lovely

I adore the red!

Post# 127421 , Reply# 14   3/13/2011 at 00:46 (4,738 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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A great find, Dave! What a cutie. And in such flawless condition!

Post# 127445 , Reply# 15   3/13/2011 at 13:02 (4,738 days old) by andken23 ()        

hi Dave Kerr this is Andrew Kendall from port aux basques newfoundland and Labrador canada. nice vacuums you got i like the electrolux models you got i got 3 electrolux models and some old super j parts nice elux 80s models you got and my elux 80s models void is not fill yet i use to have the elux 88 vl.


Post# 127453 , Reply# 16   3/13/2011 at 13:25 (4,737 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave:

LOL - couldnt resist popping in with this bit. The Brown and tan floor polisher (to match the Z57) was a model BX5 and its predacessor, the purplish black and grey machine that was out with the ZB55 was the model BA5.


Post# 127461 , Reply# 17   3/13/2011 at 16:18 (4,737 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Time for me to chime in! Nice to see such beautiful Montreal-Made vacuum cleaners - so proud of my home-town!!!!

Now, I will have to memorize this: "hollow waste-conveying dirt-channelling pipe conduits for debris collection"!!!!!


Post# 127466 , Reply# 18   3/13/2011 at 18:04 (4,737 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Doug, it is wonderful the wealth of information you have at your fingertips. I love it!

Hey Andrew, Electrolux Canada must have dominated the vacuum market in Newfoundland and being essentially an offshore island they had a captive audience. Leads me to wonder what brand was most popular in PEI and Nova Scotia? There is or was a Mom & Pop shop in St Johns that used to regularly offer all models of vintage Electrolux sets on eBay and I was always amazed at the inventory as well as the skyhigh prices for refurbs. Haven't heard from them in over a year, though. :-(.

Finding vintage vacuums boils down to being in the right place at the right time, abetted by active search forays armed with 'The Twingle'.

Mike, I really lucked out with this 86 - there's barely any scuff evidence along the sides like one usually finds on the bumper models. Yet the dusting brush & floor tool clearly show it was used well and often. The Lady took care of her things. The only real wear is on the motor end, probably from being stored on it's butt end in the closet.


Brian, glad someone appreciated my Thesaurused rhapsodizing about Wands. Since I regularly read and review all 3 Forums and Threads I just assume everyone does the same cross-referencing...

Post# 340084 , Reply# 19   12/27/2015 at 23:00 (2,987 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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I have an Electrolux ZB 89 canister vacuum rebuilt the motor but i think i went wrong made a grinding noise think the nut is not tight enough or fan back ward any help o r should just get a new motor ?

Post# 443034 , Reply# 20   6/17/2021 at 07:18 (989 days old) by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
Automatic cord winder (back end) of Cdn ZB88 --changeable?

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Hello folks in the vacuum collecting world! I realize this thread is aged out considerably, but I figure what the heck (I'll give it a try, and let's see what comes of it).

I need help from all you astute and genuine Electrolux vacuum repairers (or restorers) out there. (You're all experts by now, right?!)

I recently acquired for myself a Canadian model ZB88 Elux-o-matic in excellent working condition. It's the 2nd version of this model, with the cream coloured bumpers all around.

I want to change out the automatic cord winder for this one with another one.
Is that possible? If so, how does one go about doing that??

The whole reason is that the cord was replaced on my ZB88, and I found another ZB88 online that I'm going to buy for next to nothing... and the cord is original (including the original bulb stopper intact). So I'd really like to find out if I can take off the back end cord winder on my ZB88 to replace it with this other one (it's exactly the same) with the original cord in it, bulb stopper and all.

Is this something anyone has tried (or done)? I figure those of you who might have worked on an Electrolux ZB88 might be able to offer some much needed direction and guidance.

- 2nd thing -
I'd like to also ask if anyone has ever tried to swap out the red front caster (or wheel)? Mine is in terrible condition, and if I can swap it out for a much better looking one, I want to do that.

Thanks as always, Chad L (Toronto, Canada).

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Post# 443038 , Reply# 21   6/17/2021 at 16:59 (988 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hi Chad

Changing cord winders is simple. Pop the back end open. Turn over the machine. And between the post on the machine housing and the post on the cord reel housing you will see a clip that holds the wheel in place. Use a couple of small, flat screwdrivers to pop them out then pull out the wheels and the cord reel is free.

Post# 443041 , Reply# 22   6/17/2021 at 20:38 (988 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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The zb series of electrolux are great machine i sure love my green beast zb89.

Post# 443074 , Reply# 23   6/18/2021 at 17:32 (987 days old) by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        

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Thanks, Doug. I'll give it a go and I'll be sure to come back to report on my success (or lack thereof), LOL.

And what about the front caster? Is it removable (to be swapped)?

---Thanks, Chad

Post# 443079 , Reply# 24   6/18/2021 at 18:11 (987 days old) by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        

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Hi Doug,

Just so I understand what it is you're telling me, here are some pictures I uploaded just so I grasped what you're saying.

Step 1 - open up the back end (unhinge the clamp). [Photo 1]
(btw, I do have the air filter which belongs in there ...I took it out is all.)
Step 2 - turn over the machine. [Photo 2]
Step 3 - Find the clip that is between the 2 posts that are on the housing of the machine & the housing of the cord reel itself. [Photos 3 & 4]

Use a small flat head screwdriver to try and pop these clips off...
[No photo of that, 'cuz I haven't done it yet.]

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Post# 443096 , Reply# 25   6/19/2021 at 10:34 (987 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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yep thats right

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