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Restored Kirby D-50
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Post# 137614   5/25/2011 at 02:46 (4,663 days old) by animebsd ()        

Well here she is folks. I know like every other collector has one of these but i figured id show mine off :) tell me what you think.

Post# 137615 , Reply# 1   5/25/2011 at 03:41 (4,663 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Other than the fact that the original bag for this would be a pattern of Kirby ovals spaced close together (rather than apart), I say this Kirby does look great!


Post# 137619 , Reply# 2   5/25/2011 at 05:44 (4,663 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        

HI Brandon Very nice job really better then nice. Did yo do it your self or didi you send it for a rebuild. I sent nine in for rebuilt in 1989 for the grand price of22.95 it came back with the same bag you have. What a wonderful company to keep with their prices for so many years. I am getting ready to send my Heritage back for a build. It needa a NEW BAG,NEW FAN BLADE, NEW CORD. I pray that Kirby will not change the new Kirby if it ever comes out to much. Well enjoy that Kirby Doug

Post# 137624 , Reply# 3   5/25/2011 at 07:26 (4,663 days old) by luxg ()        

Beautiful Job!  Looks like it has a mirror shine!!

Post# 137637 , Reply# 4   5/25/2011 at 13:24 (4,663 days old) by animebsd ()        
thanks everyone :)

to kirbyvac- i did this myself. it was all original parts nix the bag. rebuilt the motor and re surfaced the aluminium with a bench buffer:)

Post# 137638 , Reply# 5   5/25/2011 at 13:27 (4,663 days old) by animebsd ()        
can i get another................

here she is running

Post# 137641 , Reply# 6   5/25/2011 at 13:47 (4,663 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Sorry, but I just had to fix that picture!!! :P

Post# 137645 , Reply# 7   5/25/2011 at 15:13 (4,663 days old) by animebsd ()        


Post# 137647 , Reply# 8   5/25/2011 at 15:23 (4,663 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




You did a beautiful job on it!  :)


Post# 137678 , Reply# 9   5/25/2011 at 22:22 (4,663 days old) by ralph (Morgan Hill)        

Rats, I got all excited with your photo of the vacuum running; a right had drive Kirby would be way cool! LOL! Your vacuum looks stunning. May I ask what you did about the oval window on the light hood? I am concerned about removal and or cleaning of mine when I start my DS50 restore.

Post# 138151 , Reply# 10   5/31/2011 at 22:55 (4,656 days old) by animebsd ()        

hey so what i did was simply pop it out. then melted the plastic tabs back in with a soldering iron

Post# 138183 , Reply# 11   6/1/2011 at 17:16 (4,656 days old) by kc_kirby (Kansas City, MO)        

I have had several of the Dual 50 Headlight lenses out and I never had to do melt anything. In fact, I wouldn't put heat near the lens or you might ruin it. I have seen lenses that melted due to the owner running a high wattage bulb in them. A friend of mine that was a huge Dual 50 fan said to only use 15 watt bulbs. To get the lens out, just press on it, I believe from the bottom. It just pressure fits in the hole. I don't believe glue or anything else is needed. Good luck!


Post# 138241 , Reply# 12   6/1/2011 at 22:19 (4,656 days old) by ralph (Morgan Hill)        

Brandon and Chad,
Thank you both for the information. I will press on it gingerly and hope for the best. I just hate to push on things without knowing. This has cost me lots before on my car projects! Thank you again,

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