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Post# 141345   6/28/2011 at 21:11 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Busy busy times lately what with organizing another major home renovation (more on that later as it probably won't begin until late September or next May) but now that a third mainstage show has opened which I do not work or run I'm finally getting some free summer time.
Last week I tested the boat motor and put new wheels & tires on the trailer so I'm good to head to the water next time the weather provides.
With the Month of July bursting with free days the first thing I decided to do was head out of town on a 3 day mini-vacation before the madness of July 1 & 4th weekend.

You all may recall my lovely 1950 Loewy Singer S-2 upright that sadly arrived with a broken-to-bits handle. I clear-taped it back together as best I could and sent out the call for a junker donor S in gray.
Well, a feller friend I know had a spare gray handle off a junker but was keeping it to put on an also broken handled pink S1. By happenstance he recently found a junker pink S4 so said I could have the gray handle...and a few other things I might like if I'd rather drive than ship...
Perfect timing and I set off on another spur-of-the-moment Davy Adventure Roadtrip.

The new gray handle is in perfect shape after a good Magic Erasering and polish and will be installed soon. Once again, the VCCC networking doing one of the many things it does best. Thankyou, Handle Friend. I've been patiently waiting since Sept 2008 for this miracle.

My broken handle - both halves irreparably shattered:

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Post# 141348 , Reply# 1   6/28/2011 at 21:16 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I came back with the trunk stuffed as usual. Here's a teaser trunk shot:

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Post# 141349 , Reply# 2   6/28/2011 at 21:18 (4,625 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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NICE! Glad you found the handle Dave! You deserve it.

Post# 141352 , Reply# 3   6/28/2011 at 21:28 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Love the 1960s styling!

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I've wanted a blue EUREKA Whisk for ever so long but the one's that come up on eBay are overpriced and never ship to Canada anyway.
Well, even tho the carton is a bit worse for wear this one is complete and barely used.

I am VERY impressed with the power of this portable. It pulls an honest 35" with the hose attached. With that compliment of tools it's going to become the car vacuum for quick pick-me-ups detailing.

Post# 141353 , Reply# 4   6/28/2011 at 21:30 (4,625 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I remember those! The pic up close did it.

Post# 141354 , Reply# 5   6/28/2011 at 21:34 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The GE upright is rough but complete with maroon logo-ed Deluxe bag, brushroll and rug guard... and it runs!

Some minor Lewyt Big Wheel stuff that may excite a few that look closely...

Post# 141357 , Reply# 6   6/28/2011 at 21:36 (4,625 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Did you mean the power head?

Post# 141358 , Reply# 7   6/28/2011 at 21:39 (4,625 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Omg I see a lewyt power nozzle!!!!!!! And that eureka is fabulous! Saw one in a thrift store once was tempted but it was $35.

Post# 141361 , Reply# 8   6/28/2011 at 21:56 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Years ago, many years ago, I found a bunch of pale blue Sunbeam tools and set them aside. No idea what Sunbeam vacuum they went with but they were pretty.

Really glad I saved them.

Found this Sunbeam Courier I, the bol model with the wands, floor nozzle and what appears to be a replacement blue woven Eureka hose. But no tools inside...

This differs from the tol Courier CordReel model that adds spankier rubber bumper trim, a bag full meter on top and a fancier foot pedal toe switch.

This one was dreadfully rusty inside the bottom but otherwise cleaned up nicely.

The stow-able cord has a fitting that inserts in the corner rim and completes the airtight gasket seal. Tools - crevice, dusting brush and upholstery nozzle - also store inside the case and it is both smaller, lighter, less noisy and stronger pulling than the Hoover Portable Cleaning Center.

74" at the inlet!!! How does it do that?

Post# 141364 , Reply# 9   6/28/2011 at 22:10 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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After a Magic Eraser session on the blackened rubber trim and paint scuff marks I decided to investigate further.

Naturally this led to a complete dis-assembly. Rest assured that after these pictures and before re-assembly I gave all the rust the wire wheel and oil treatment.
Will get some matching blue spray paint to do the inside of the lid bottom.

The rubber gasket is intact and spongy so the rust flakes were cleaned off and the rubber lubricated.

At lower left you can see the exhaust path up inside the vertical diffuser that directs exhaust upward through the vent grill. There is a trap door at the bottom to attach the hose for blowing.
The inner compartment before:

Post# 141365 , Reply# 10   6/28/2011 at 22:12 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Compartment after toothbrushes, picks, tweezers and suchlike detailing.

Post# 141367 , Reply# 11   6/28/2011 at 22:18 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Removing the motor from the backside was a snap and 6 screws. remeber now, this vacuum pulls 75". here's how it's done.

There is one fan but it is 1/4 thin and 7" in diameter. The fan sits inside a Bakelite housing ring with directional vanes. The metal plate covers it all.

Three quarters of the vent vanes were plugged with dust clogs and the fan was plugged up, too.

Post# 141369 , Reply# 12   6/28/2011 at 22:19 (4,625 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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VERY interesting!

Post# 141371 , Reply# 13   6/28/2011 at 22:26 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The entire fan plate is shrouded in a very thick woven wool filter basket. I vacuumed out clods of debris and it came surprisingly clean. This acts as a noise muffler as well.

The opening in the bottom right corner is the exhaust exit.
The fan 'pancake' is only 1" proud of the mounting plate but there is about 2.5" headroom.
This is the compartment in which the cord reel was placed beside the fan if so optioned on the tol Courier.

Post# 141373 , Reply# 14   6/28/2011 at 22:29 (4,625 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

I saw one of those Eureka Whisks at the Goodwill the other day- I passed because I didnt think it was that old! Ill have to go back and see if they still have it!

And as for the Lewyt, WOW! You must have been licky to find it with the PN!


Post# 141376 , Reply# 15   6/28/2011 at 22:32 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Back together, three Sunbeam tools placed on their labeled posts, new motor filter and correct bag installed.

It was at this point that I put it on the Vac-U-Tronic tester and got that reading.

Only the lower lid is rusted inside so spray paint will take care of that unsightly scarring.

Post# 141383 , Reply# 16   6/28/2011 at 22:43 (4,625 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

In my last post wherever i said "Licky", I meant to say lucky!! Sorry!


Post# 141384 , Reply# 17   6/28/2011 at 22:47 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The gawds are smiling. Found this Filtex on the doorstep when I got home tonight. Just the cylinder, new white cord, no hose or tools but other than a rusty bag door clamp it is in great shape. Aluminum castings thankfully do not rust. :-)
I have the complete green-veined Filtex so this makes a nice addition.
How this Filtex made it's way to Canada is a mystery - I didn't think they were sold here. ?

Well, there's more goodies from the weekend haul but they'll have to wait their turn.


Post# 141386 , Reply# 18   6/28/2011 at 22:57 (4,625 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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That's the 24 volt DC green Motorized Beater Sweeper nozzle from the 1959 Model 111E Big Wheel Electronic. The motor runs, the lightbulb still lights and the bumper still bumps. LOL
This was Lewyt's second version Power Nozzle and the one with the shocking possibilties. It uses the same gear train drive as the first 120 VAC Model 107 Blue PN of 1958.
The third 1960 Model 121E Silver Power Nozzle was also 24 VDC but used a toothed belt to drive the brushroll.

That is NOT a Model 111E Big Wheel, tho'. :-)

Oh yeah, the new S2 handle. Just Perfect!

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Post# 141387 , Reply# 19   6/28/2011 at 22:59 (4,625 days old) by goadie12 ()        

cant wait to see more pictures!!!!!

Post# 141620 , Reply# 20   6/30/2011 at 23:08 (4,623 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The Courier takes a special specific bag. About the same size as a Lewyt bag, the cardboard gasket is set at the bottom edge and slides into slots to line up with the hose inlet. The coupler passes through the rubber membrane for a secure seal.
The extended finger handle also serves to press the gasket with the lid closed to keep it from dislodging when the hose is out.

Post# 141621 , Reply# 21   6/30/2011 at 23:18 (4,623 days old) by luxg ()        

Dave, that looks somewhat like a Kenmore bag!  I have always heard these are really great machines and very powerful.  

Post# 141624 , Reply# 22   6/30/2011 at 23:49 (4,623 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Subtle differences of the first and second Big Wheel PNs. The smooth polished bottom plate glides effortlessly across carpet and the tripod rollers lift the plate 1/16" above a hard floor.

The top halves of the aluminum casings are identical but the bottom plates are not.
The first PN has two long wide open slots for the brushroll and the later improved one has a series of 5 rug guard ribs.

With a suction of +70" I expect the first plates pulled the carpet in too close and wore the tufts prematurely. Longer tufts and carpet fringe would tend to get snagged and wound around the roll. The later improved plate kept the carpet surface at an even level from the brushes.

You can see on the righthand PN the thick 120 volt cord that runs through the bale and continues in one length up the wands, clipped along the hose to the 2-blade socket on the Vacuum body.
The main brushroll drive gear is a spoked nylon wheel with the 5 spokes flattened and angled like fan blades. I expect most of them broke from the stresses of driving the brushroll.

On the lefthand PN you can just make out the single thin 24 volt wire following the same path to the bale junction box where it connects to a contact blade inside the wand ferrule. The entire metal body (and wands) of the PN serve as the other side of the circuit to which the motor ground wire is screwed. The nylon drive gear is now one solid disk.

The first blue PN did not have a headlight or socket - the 'lens' is opaque cream plastic which dimly glows from the 25 watt bulb and socket I added. I expect this was in order to get the 1957 Model 107 & revolutionary Motorized Beater Sweeper quickly to market to gauge consumer interest - and beat the competition to the punch - while the 24 volt version was being refined and finalized for the 1958 Model 111. The 24 volt model has a 24 volt bulb and a clear lens.

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