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Hoover Lark, Model 14, s/n 8842421
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Post# 139022   6/8/2011 at 17:01 (4,641 days old) by mrp ()        

I'm not a vacuum cleaner collector, but due to a few not-so-subtle suggestions from my wife, I am in the process of downsizing my sizable collection of seldom/never used items. Most items are headed to the Salvation Army in exchange for a receipt to be used for 'charitable contributions' on next years income tax filing, but I thought I'd check on e-bay to see if an over-50 Hoover might be worth something. I was surprised to discover that not only were some vintage machines worth more than a tax write-off, but they also had a sort of cult status, U-tube action videos, and various organizations devoted to their maintenance and well-being.

Before I go through the hassle of e-bay, I thought I'd check to see if there is anyone in your group who might want to discuss the Hoover Lark, Model 14, s/n 8842421 that I have. I will list the bad stuff as well as the good stuff, and if there is any interest, I will post pictures plus any other relevant info that I can.

Non-original features/repairs/modifications:

1. Replaced bolt and nut which secures the bottom of the handle to the yoke.

2. The spring-loaded retainer mechanism for the port end of the rotary agitator failed several years ago and my fix is a stationary retainer. Now the retainer for the opposite end serves for agitator removal and replacement.

3. When unable to find a replacement belt a while back, I discovered that the rubber gasket on an oil filter (AC-PF13) for a '90-something Saab was a perfect fit and is still going strong.

4. The injection-molded blue plastic switch cover is warped and also cracked. I tried to mend the cracks with glue, but as expected, it held until the first time I stepped down on the red ball. I then added a formed aluminum tab which is a little longer than the standard steel clip at the free end of the cover and it works fine. Still have the original steel clip.

5. I never had/didn't know there was a tool kit that came with the unit.

Positive factors:

1. All other parts of the unit are original and in excellent working condition.

2. I have thoroughly cleaned the unit, though I did not take it apart beyond the removal of the agitator and the switch cover/ball/spring assembly.

3. Cloth bag vacuum-cleaned and new paper bag installed.

4. Vacuum has been in my ex-wife's family and then mine from original purchase to present.

I just joined your forum and don't know if solicitations such as this are appropriate--if not, I apologize.

Post# 139265 , Reply# 1   6/10/2011 at 02:47 (4,640 days old) by OpelGTKarl (Puyallup, Washington)        

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Could you please post a picture of the machine?

Post# 139395 , Reply# 2   6/11/2011 at 09:22 (4,638 days old) by Thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Hoover Lark model 14

I would very much like to purchase the Hoover from you. It has been a model I have been looking high and low for. I am sure we can negotiate a fair price. You can email me at (mention that email is about Hoover Lark Model 14) thank you... Dan

Post# 139430 , Reply# 3   6/11/2011 at 13:50 (4,638 days old) by mrp ()        
Photos of Lark

Photos of Lark

Post# 139437 , Reply# 4   6/11/2011 at 14:24 (4,638 days old) by mrp ()        
More Lark photos

Finally figured out how to get more than one per post...discovered how to create an album on this site but not sure if others can see that. Hopefully this Windows Live link works.

All advice welcome on how to post photos.


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