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Eureka 2091 Restoration Complete!
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Post# 142294   7/8/2011 at 00:21 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Well, it was my first real Eureka restoration -- taking the motor apart and such.  I've rebuilt so many Hoovers, it was nice doing something just a bit different for a change.  As I've said numerous times, this was the vacuum best friend & next door neighbor's mother had growing up... so it has a special place in my collection.  I really wanted to do it right.  This cleaner also came from a smoker's home, so I needed to spend some extra time scouring and scrubbing. 


I ran into a few hurdles with the motor, not ever having one apart before.  But thanks to this forum and much advice I got from Chris (hoover28) in NY, I was able to successfully get it all apart and back together. 


It runs like an absolute dream...


I should probably give a disclaimer before saying what I'm about to say next...  I'm (of course) a Hoover guy, thru and thru, and would never say what I'm about to say with any disrespect towards Hoover.  But.... I really must say that having never taken a Eureka from this era apart, I was really blown away by the overall build quality when comparing it to a Hoover from the same time period (I would compare it to a Decade 80).  The build quality of this Eureka cleaner is far superior to that of a Hoover... and I think it is safe to say that it's probably a better cleaner than a Hoover Decade 80.  This Eureka has a double-ball bearing motor, and sealed ball bearings in the Vibra-Groomer II agitator.  Really a dream to work on (once I figured it out), and really impressive quality, design, and workmanship. 


The only gripe I have about this cleaner would be servicing the cord and switch.  It's nearly impossible to do.  The handle grip has to come off, the wires all go up the handle... you have to carefully take the switch out.. and if you want to remove the cord, you may as well forget it.  Once that cord-strain gets pushed into the handle, you may as well cut it off and drill it out if you want to remove it.  I have no idea how those cords would have been serviced on a regular basis back when those cleaners were more prevelant.  Thankfully my cleaner had a perfect cord, but I tried taking the cord out of a different "parts machine" 2091 I had laying around, which was in pretty rough shape... and I cursed and gnashed my teeth trying to get that cord out, but I finally got it.


Anyways, without further adieu...


Post# 142295 , Reply# 1   7/8/2011 at 00:22 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Motor/Base before...

Post# 142297 , Reply# 2   7/8/2011 at 00:22 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Motor/base after!

Post# 142298 , Reply# 3   7/8/2011 at 00:24 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Bag detail... Love the 'racing stripe'... I took the bag off of the fill tube, removed the wood 'dowel' at the top that the spring hangs from... I ran the bag through the Maytag, and threw in some vintage Downy in its rinse... Smells really nice.  And is really clean, too.

Post# 142299 , Reply# 4   7/8/2011 at 00:24 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

That fabulous ESP switch.

Post# 142300 , Reply# 5   7/8/2011 at 00:25 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Underside after running it through the dishwasher a few times.. Just sparkles!  New brush-strips in the VGII, as well.

Post# 142301 , Reply# 6   7/8/2011 at 00:25 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Date stamp... 1982, I would believe...

Post# 142302 , Reply# 7   7/8/2011 at 00:26 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Ready to go!

Post# 142304 , Reply# 8   7/8/2011 at 00:30 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

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Post# 142305 , Reply# 9   7/8/2011 at 00:31 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

I even took a video of it... not the best quality, just shot it with my iPhone...

Post# 142307 , Reply# 10   7/8/2011 at 01:16 (4,617 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

Bravo!  You really set the bar high when it comes to performing a restoration and you've done it again with this one. 

Post# 142322 , Reply# 11   7/8/2011 at 07:49 (4,617 days old) by luxg ()        

Just beautiful Fred, I am sure it couldn't have looked or ran any better the day that it was sold!!!

Post# 142332 , Reply# 12   7/8/2011 at 10:16 (4,617 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Congrats Fred!

Your comments about Eureka quality in this vac support what I have felt all along about those 2000 series uprights - well built, beautiful and top performing vacs. It's not wonder this was the model for decades of Sanitaire commercial uprights (though I have no idea if current Sanitaires can match the quality of your 2091.)

Consumer Reports testing in the 1970's always gave top marks to these Eureka series 2000 uprights.

I imagine the 2091 would be similar to the much-coveted brandywine ESP Cordaway version.

So nice to see that the Eureka quality I personally experienced in our family's trusted 2083 Cordaway (1974) continued in subsequent generations into the 1980's.

As the advertisements used to proudly and confidently say: "Eureka. The very best in vacuum cleaners."

Post# 142333 , Reply# 13   7/8/2011 at 10:18 (4,617 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Damn Fred, wish I had your patience and talent, hell even your machine! Really really pretty piece of machinery. Nice job.

Post# 142334 , Reply# 14   7/8/2011 at 10:22 (4,617 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Cute little tootsies!

Post# 142339 , Reply# 15   7/8/2011 at 10:41 (4,617 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Looks good as new! Probably cleaner than new! Impeccable. I have seen Freds work first hand on Greg Nunns Hoover 68. Everything he does is unbelievable!

Post# 142352 , Reply# 16   7/8/2011 at 11:13 (4,617 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Awsome as usual Fred. You do an amazing restoration.

Post# 142365 , Reply# 17   7/8/2011 at 11:46 (4,617 days old) by hoover1 ()        

great find!

Post# 142382 , Reply# 18   7/8/2011 at 16:05 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Per the recommendation of some other collectors, I stopped by my local Riccar dealer today and picked up these bags. I don't know how I've lived so long without them.
$16.95 for 6 bags. All of my Eurekas will be having one of these installed immediately!

Post# 142383 , Reply# 19   7/8/2011 at 16:09 (4,617 days old) by vacuumfreak (Ontario, Canada)        

Does anyone know where to find light bulbs for these vacs? Mine burnt out on both of mine, and I cant find them anywhere...

Post# 142384 , Reply# 20   7/8/2011 at 16:19 (4,617 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Any hardware store should have them. I've found them at Ace and Lowe's. It's a 25-watt (15 watt will also work) appliance lightbulb.

Post# 142391 , Reply# 21   7/8/2011 at 18:00 (4,617 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
Welcome to the 21st century

Fred, that bag material is simply awesome.  You'll be amazed at how much fine dust those bags can handle with virtually no loss of airflow.  And no dusty smell either! 

Post# 142394 , Reply# 22   7/8/2011 at 18:18 (4,617 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Stunning Fred! Want to spruce up the 63 I just found? hehehe

Post# 142424 , Reply# 23   7/8/2011 at 21:01 (4,616 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Nice job, Fred!

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You've done a spectacular job with that machine!  I have a similar one -- the 2090A.  It's the same machine but with the Dial-A-Nap height adjustment control instead of the Rugulator.


It was the subject of the 2nd video I made for YouTube, incidentally.  I've attached a link to my video if anybody's interested!


Post# 142448 , Reply# 24   7/9/2011 at 02:34 (4,616 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
Very Very Nice

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Great find and restoration Fred. I also had one with the dial a nap feature only mine had a chrome handle. That was back when they first came out. I only had one upright and one canister back then except for my Grandmothers PR-21. I used it for at least 6 years. Wonderful deep cleaner on all types of carpet. As always, you have a way of making a vintage vacuum look new.





Bud Mattingly

Post# 142685 , Reply# 25   7/10/2011 at 21:16 (4,614 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Fred - splendid, splendid job! It's been said earlier - but it looks better than new!



PS, (you might want to slowly introduce it to the Hoovers...we don't want anyone getting jealous)...

Post# 142753 , Reply# 26   7/11/2011 at 09:12 (4,614 days old) by hamiltonbeachbo (Milwaukee )        

Beautiful restore job Fred.

Having worked with you on machines before, I know how detailed the end product is.

It's great to find a machine like that, especially since the connection goes back a ways, and bring it back to "new."

Personally, while I love vacuuming with a 60's convertible or 70's concept, those eureka uprights are amazing.

I think they do an incredible job grooming a carpet.

Bravo on a job well done and Enjoy!!




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