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Kirby 2c original cord question
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Post# 136080   5/10/2011 at 21:38 (4,675 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Hey all. Ive got a question regarding what an original kirby 2c cord would have looked like.

The one in question, I believe has round ends, but I thought they were directly wired in?

Also does the duvetyn bag on these open at the top? Would hate to tear the original bag by attempting to take it off the emptor.

What kind of belt should be used with it? Does a standard post 505 belt work ok?

Post# 136085 , Reply# 1   5/10/2011 at 22:10 (4,675 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Also, Does anyone know what color the original box would be?

I dont think this ones original. My friend says its brownish if he recalls. Wont see it till tomorrow afternoon.

Post# 136092 , Reply# 2   5/10/2011 at 23:52 (4,675 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




I looked and looked for a photo on my hard drive for a photo of a 2C cord but couldn't find one anywhere, and I can't get to my machine to take photos of it.


The C series Kirbys used what were then-standard "Bryant" plugs, as did many electrical appliances. The attached crappy photo shows two Bryant-style male plugs. The Kirby plugs were black and made of hard rubber. (btw Bryant is still in business.)


The female plugs were the same style except, of course, that they had holes instead of plugs.


Starting with the 505, Kirby used cords with molded ends made by Belden, originally rubber then vinyl -- again, as did many electrical appliance manufacturers. (Belden cords are still made under the Belden name but the brand was bought a few years ago by a company named Volex, Inc.)


The box would be dark maroon in color. It could have turned brownish over the years. Hope this helps.



Post# 136111 , Reply# 3   5/11/2011 at 06:27 (4,675 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Thanks charles!

Must be the original cord! Good to know. That means this machine might be 100% original. Cant wait to pick it up today.

Post# 136115 , Reply# 4   5/11/2011 at 07:15 (4,675 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The bag top on my 4C does not open.  However, I was very lucky.  The bag is in excellent shape and it was very easy to remove from the Em-Tor.  I had a heck of a time getting it turned inside out, but finally got it done.  My 4C also has a rubber cord.  I'm guessing it is original, because everything else on it seemed to be original when I got it.  How did you come by your 2C? 

Post# 136136 , Reply# 5   5/11/2011 at 11:46 (4,675 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




P.S. Brandon, the cord, if original, would have the metal clip-thingie to hang the cord from the hook on the handle.


If you get this machine, please post photos of it!


eurekastar, do you mean your bag top does not have an opening, or that you could not get it open? If it is a closed-top bag and is black, it sure is a rare bird! In fact, I've never seen one!! All the black Kirby bags I've ever seen, all the way back to the Sanitation System and even the non-electric Vacuette models, are open-top with a sliding metal collar. See photo; and n.b. to Webmaster, here's another item for the POD if you don't have it already.



Post# 136146 , Reply# 6   5/11/2011 at 13:52 (4,675 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

P.P.S. Yes, standard 505~Legend belts are the correct ones for this machine. Don't know what kind of belts the Generations and later machines use.

Post# 136181 , Reply# 7   5/11/2011 at 18:32 (4,675 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
4C bag

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This is what the top of my 4C bag looks like.  It is sewn shut and sewn into the top of it is a metal strip to give the top of the bag stability.  I also think it's a little unusual in that the inside of the bag has a felt lining. 

Post# 136234 , Reply# 8   5/11/2011 at 21:20 (4,674 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Thanks guys!

Due to severe thunderstorms I didn't meet up with my friend. We are shooting for tomorrow should the weather hold up (not supposed to unfortunately)

The friend that has it is the one with the 450 vacuums that we trade all the time.

Post# 136323 , Reply# 9   5/12/2011 at 17:54 (4,674 days old) by kc_kirby (Kansas City, MO)        

Here is a pic of a Kirby box I have that I believe came out with the C models. I acquired this from Jim Kirby at his storage unit cleanout. Rick Asquith got one just like this also but his is much nicer than mine. The color is a dark cardboard brown with red lettering. I have a Kirby 505 box that is darker in color and it has white lines almost looking like fabric maybe? But I have seen several 505 boxes and this box is definitely different. Does anyone know what model or models this box goes with?

Post# 136380 , Reply# 10   5/13/2011 at 04:36 (4,673 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        
Hi Chad...

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Hi Chad that box went with the Model C and 2C Kirbys,


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