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Tradition Resto Done!
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Post# 143218   7/14/2011 at 19:01 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

After nearly four months.... My Tradition is FINALLY DONE! This was my first restoration project I didn't get into taking apart the motor and stuff, because 1)I'm not smart enough to take it apart to that extent. :P And, 2) Because the motor is just fine. Doesn't need new bearings, carbon brushes, etc.

The power is out at my house so I cant turn on the lights to take the picture.When it comes back on Ill definitely post some pictures!

Here's some of the things I restored:

-Fixed stuck zipper on bag. (That was probably the hardest part of the resto!)

-Gave bag a MAJOR cleaning. (And you all know how long it took for me to finally get that @#$% bag on!)

-Replaced brushroll.

-Gave the fan case a major cleaning. (Blech! I should have taken some pics of it!)

-Gave it a good polishing.

-And last but not least, I put in a new lightbulb.

Ill definitely be posting some before & after pics once the power comes back on!

Post# 143220 , Reply# 1   7/14/2011 at 19:51 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        


Post# 143222 , Reply# 2   7/14/2011 at 19:53 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        


Post# 143223 , Reply# 3   7/14/2011 at 19:55 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Before.... (See where the zipper stuck??)

Post# 143224 , Reply# 4   7/14/2011 at 19:58 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        


Post# 143225 , Reply# 5   7/14/2011 at 20:03 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

More pics

Post# 143227 , Reply# 6   7/14/2011 at 20:06 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Another pic

Post# 143235 , Reply# 7   7/14/2011 at 20:57 (4,605 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

You did a nice job there. But be warned, once you finish your first resto you will want to keep doing more and more and more! It's a good thing, but once bitten you cant stop!

Post# 143261 , Reply# 8   7/14/2011 at 22:03 (4,605 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        
beautiful machine!

I am also in the process of restoring a Tradition. It's a long (and expensive) restoration however, since the motor unit and emptor (excluding nozzle) are the only parts I have! Your's looks good though and now you can enjoy it! Do you have the original bag setup or have you upgraded to use newer bags?

Post# 143267 , Reply# 9   7/14/2011 at 22:30 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

@vacumaniac: I know! It's the only vac that I had that actually NEEDED a resto, and now I am specifically looking for another vac to do a restoration on! It was a fun project and now that it's done I'm just going to admire it for a couple of hours- or days :P- before I really get to using it. :P

@KirbyLover: It still has the original setup. I just found out it has a dust leakage problem on the fill-tube adaptor, is there any type of sealant I can use to fix it?

Post# 143268 , Reply# 10   7/14/2011 at 22:32 (4,605 days old) by hoover1 ()        

great job with the restoration!

Post# 143270 , Reply# 11   7/14/2011 at 22:34 (4,605 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

vac_whisperer: typically a good silicone sealant does the trick

Post# 143271 , Reply# 12   7/14/2011 at 22:36 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thanks! Im headed to town tomorrow so I'll put it on my shopping list. Any specific brand/where can I find it?

Post# 143275 , Reply# 13   7/14/2011 at 22:40 (4,605 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

I use DAP 100 percent silicone sealant (comes in a smaller toothpaste like tube) but I am sure other brands would work just fine

Post# 143276 , Reply# 14   7/14/2011 at 22:42 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thanks! Where can I find it?

Post# 143279 , Reply# 15   7/14/2011 at 22:47 (4,605 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Hmmm.... not sure what state you are in but Menards & Lowes both carry it around here (WI). I would think any major home imporvement chain would have it, but I am sure if you cannot find it other silicone sealants will do the same thing

Post# 143281 , Reply# 16   7/14/2011 at 22:49 (4,605 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thanks again!

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