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My new Compact ......Well, new to me!
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Post# 138223   6/1/2011 at 20:01 (4,658 days old) by kenkart ()        

My Friend Robert Perdue in Roanoake Va called to tell me he found a green Compact, Don and I rode up to get it Sunday, I about shouted!! A c-6 in great shape with all the attachments, even the polisher and book!

Post# 138225 , Reply# 1   6/1/2011 at 20:02 (4,658 days old) by kenkart ()        

The hose is good!

Post# 138237 , Reply# 2   6/1/2011 at 21:53 (4,657 days old) by goadie12 ()        

wow what a great find it is always nice to find old vacs that have been looked after so well for all these years.

Post# 138320 , Reply# 3   6/2/2011 at 18:15 (4,657 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Oh...My.... GOD! That is beautiful! Looks just like my C-6. Any idea what the manufacture date is? Mine is 1961.

Post# 138323 , Reply# 4   6/2/2011 at 18:33 (4,657 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Indeed a fine specimen ! Congrats. We know it will be forever loved.

Post# 138326 , Reply# 5   6/2/2011 at 18:47 (4,657 days old) by kenkart ()        
The Book Says!

Copyright 1964.

Post# 138347 , Reply# 6   6/2/2011 at 22:39 (4,656 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Yes! I couldn't remember what my hose looked like anymore. Thanks.

Post# 138399 , Reply# 7   6/3/2011 at 13:17 (4,656 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thank you for the date!

Say, was there any different variations of the C6 in the years that it was made?


Post# 138400 , Reply# 8   6/3/2011 at 13:21 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The c6 came in many different colors and power nozzle options. Also had different decals on the side.

Post# 138401 , Reply# 9   6/3/2011 at 13:29 (4,656 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Yes, I see that his just says Electra on the bottom of the Compact logo and mine says IEC Electra.

It came in different colors? I thought it only came in that pretty robins egg blue.


Post# 138501 , Reply# 10   6/4/2011 at 15:38 (4,655 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Compact vacuums

Outcleans ANYTHING made today! I have a 1964 23rd Anniv. C-6 & a 1985 2-speed CXL & wouldn't use any other vac. Suction ALWAYS stays the same, even with a full bag; you'll still have super-powerful carpet rippin' suction.

I'll bet my C-6 pulls over 120" water lift, even with its original motor.

Post# 138738 , Reply# 11   6/6/2011 at 18:02 (4,653 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
C-6 Question . . .

Maybe someone knows the answer to this one: on the Tristar history poster that shows most all Compact/Tristar models the C-6 pictured has one front caster rather than two. How long were three-wheeled C-6s made? I think they're very cool, with the wheels looking a bit like the landing gear on a plane (highly appropriate, given Compact's avaiation roots).

Also, does anyone know when production was moved from El Segundo to Anaheim? I know my C-5 says "Interstate Engineering, El Segundo California" on the data plate but sometime after these were built it changed to Anaheim. El Segundo is right by LAX and home to many aircraft related businesses so I assume it became too expensive to make the vacs there and they found a cheaper facility in Anaheim . . . maybe Vac Whisperer can see what his '61 model says?

Post# 138757 , Reply# 12   6/6/2011 at 20:20 (4,653 days old) by kenkart ()        
As far as I know..

c-5 was 3 wheeled. c-6 had 2 casters in front, I never heard of a c-6 with 3 wheels.

Post# 138762 , Reply# 13   6/6/2011 at 20:41 (4,653 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Well . . .

My own Compact has been in long-term storage in another state for a few years so I could be wrong about the C-5 nomenclature, but it looks just like the first green one labeled C-5 in this poster: two rear wheels, two front skids, and the raised hose inlet on the bag door rather than the C-4's flush inlet. So if it isn't a C-5 and isn't a C-4, then what could it be? It's very original and in good shape, down to the pink vinyl hassock storage box with cloth hose, floor polisher, etc. Is Tristar's poster wrong, and did the later C-4s abandon the flush hose inlet? Regardless of what the tricycle Compacts are called, I really like them and would love to know what years they were made and how rare they are.

Post# 138774 , Reply# 14   6/6/2011 at 21:28 (4,652 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Pretty sure my C5 says Anaheim, haven't looked in ages, but was always certain of it for 50 years. Might be wrong, but doubt it.

Post# 138777 , Reply# 15   6/6/2011 at 21:34 (4,652 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Well, call it CRS, we all know what that stands for. It is Anaheim, I remember as a kid I always thought of Disney!! But she is a C4, 5 amp from Interstate Precision Products Corp.I think that makes it about 1959, however my confusion is understandable as it looks just like the C5 pictured! Anyone got any ideas here??? Please??

Post# 138780 , Reply# 16   6/6/2011 at 21:39 (4,652 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The c4 came with the flat lid and an bump hose port in about 4 different colors in it's production.

That list is not an accurate way to gauge differences in compacts at all

Post# 138786 , Reply# 17   6/6/2011 at 21:45 (4,652 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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WOW! Ever since having seen that poster here, I thought I naturally had a C5! Pays to turn it over and read I guess!Our motor was replaced in 69, I had worn it out,I remember the repair man telling me it had a 7 amp motor now, is that possible? Would later models have had higher power?

Post# 138833 , Reply# 18   6/6/2011 at 23:16 (4,652 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Hmmm . . .

So mine must be a C4 as well, it has the chrome "Compact" script on the side and I am absolutely sure "El Segundo" is noted on the plate. When I got it I wasn't familiar with Compacts so the model number didn't stick in my head. Production must have moved to Anaheim during the C-4 model run. BTW, thanks to all for the answers! Regarding the amperage of the motor, I believe later Compacts and Tristars were 7.8 amps, though I have no idea of when the change occured.

Now back to the other question: how rare are those three-wheelers . . . are all the C-5s three-wheelers, or is this another item that changed during the model run? I wonder if they had trouble with the single front castor being damaged if it bumped into something?

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