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Post# 143780   7/18/2011 at 17:48 (4,611 days old) by silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        

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I acquired this past weekend a Model G Electrolux from an old family friend.  At 86, she is closing down her home as it has become too much for her to handle.  I talked with her about the lux, and yes she still had it and yes I could have it for my collection.  It is one that I racked up a few miles on back in the 60's after it's debut in February of 1964.  Here's a couple of pics of how it looked when I got it home- - - - Complete with 47 years of schmutz.  It will be a fun restoration.

Post# 143786 , Reply# 1   7/18/2011 at 18:04 (4,611 days old) by silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        
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that's it for now. . . .

Post# 143798 , Reply# 2   7/18/2011 at 19:45 (4,611 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Oh wow, what a wonderful find!! There's something extra special about acquiring actual vacuum cleaners from our childhoods, isn't there! This is a real beauty and in excellent condition!

Post# 143799 , Reply# 3   7/18/2011 at 19:46 (4,611 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I must say those are very cool looking canister vacs. Perhaps I will add one to my collection one day (it can vacuum the dust off my Kirbys) lol ;)

Post# 143805 , Reply# 4   7/18/2011 at 20:40 (4,611 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

That's a wonderful find, in excellent condition, and ready for 40+ more years of service, no doubt.


Interesting to see another Model G with 2 power nozzle connections; I have one with the bottom AND top side mounted connectors. Very strange, and I have no idea why.

Post# 143807 , Reply# 5   7/18/2011 at 21:00 (4,611 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Nice machine Dan, and great story behind it. You even got the rug washer which was still a floor polisher/buffer at the time.



Post# 143841 , Reply# 6   7/18/2011 at 22:00 (4,611 days old) by luxg ()        

Great story Dan!!! And what a beautiful model G, Electrolux at it's finest.  Sure would be great if someone can explain the two power nozzle outlets for us.  Thanks for sharing.  



Post# 143854 , Reply# 7   7/18/2011 at 23:19 (4,610 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I had forgot about this Dan, I remember you telling about it. Congrats!!!

Post# 143922 , Reply# 8   7/19/2011 at 11:56 (4,610 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




The Electrolux G that is 'featured' in this thread has the top-mounted PN port as an aftermarket upgrade.


Electrolux had originally placed the port in that location with the Model F (the first Electrolux to have a power nozzle).


Then when the first G came out, the port was integrated into the front cover, down at the bottom near the hinge. (You can't see it in the photos above but I know it's there due to the front axle being so close to the front cover.)


The front-cover location for the PN port proved to be problematic for several reasons, not the least of which was that the plug tended not to stay plugged in. So branch offices offered replacement trim strips with PN ports to customers who wanted them.


Then when the next version of the G came out, they put the port on the right-front side of the machine and moved the wheels back to make room for it.


As for the one that has the front-side port and the top-trim port, I dunno. All I can say is that much later when Electrolux sold factory reconditioned machines, they provided the top-trim port regardless of whether it was a newer or older G. That was done most likely for consistency's sake and not having to show multiple port locations in the very basic instruction folder that came with the rebuilt machines. All three machines in that series -- E-A, F and G were done the same way when rebuilt, with the top-trim ports.


Electrolux men would also often try to sell power nozzles to people with older models. With the E-A and F, they'd install a new top-trim piece with the PN port. With Models E and S, they'd add a little square metal box on the underside of the machine behind the front wheel for the PN port.


 I've seen a couple of LXs with PN ports, but have never seen an XXX with one.


It may be that the original owner of the second Model G shown above didn't like the right-front location of the port. It =is= klnd of inconvenient and hard to reach, especially for people who have trouble bending over. Maybe the Friendly Electrolux Man recommended the new top-trim port to address the person's dissatisfaction with the lower-right port.


I hope this rambling makes some sense!


Post# 143925 , Reply# 9   7/19/2011 at 12:14 (4,610 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        
Multiple PN plugs

That explanation sounds rational. The bottom side mount plug is a bit of a pain; you need to tip the machine on its side to make sure the plug is fully inserted. The 80 series handle-integrated plug seems to be the best solution.


Congrats again on a wonderful find and machine.

Post# 143979 , Reply# 10   7/19/2011 at 18:18 (4,610 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Moved to vintage forum. :-)

Pretty G! Congrats!


Post# 143988 , Reply# 11   7/19/2011 at 19:57 (4,610 days old) by Real1 ()        

nice;loved the story behind it. "Who" wouldn't want a vacuum from their youth if it wasn't trashed???? Well, maybe a few people, but not me!


Post# 144015 , Reply# 12   7/20/2011 at 00:08 (4,609 days old) by silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        
Thanks for the kind comments. . . . . . .

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This is my second blue G to go into my collection.  I have my grandmother's as well, only it has the front plug port only, and still has the hose cord with the clips on it.


Charles, Thanks for all the information on the plug ports.  I could be dead wrong, but I vaguely remember seeing a G with a straight plug into the machine as opposed to the angled plug that most of the machines had.  Also, I think a lot of people didn't use the swivel lock on the machine end of the hose, causing the hose cord to 'un-plug' itself very easily with the front cover port.  And on the cynical side, I think a lot of topside plug ports were added just to put a few more dollars in the salesmans pocket.  Just my 2 cents worth.  And. . . . just so you know, you were the inspiration for my posting this after you posted one about a model E, I believe, and are also the reason I found this club in the first place, with your wonderful website.  Thank You so much!

Post# 144039 , Reply# 13   7/20/2011 at 09:10 (4,609 days old) by Real1 ()        

do you mean on the swivel lock? How can you not use it...I don't understand?


Post# 144160 , Reply# 14   7/20/2011 at 23:59 (4,608 days old) by Silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        
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I don't think most people ever used that little plastic ring as it didn't let the hose swivel at the machine end.  And for many of those who did use it, and not carefully, I might add, suffered hose problems at the machine end.  I for one, was happy when Electrolux switched over to the vinyl hoses.  It sure made my favorite machines easier to use!



Post# 144173 , Reply# 15   7/21/2011 at 07:31 (4,608 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Great machine, and the sentimental value is priceless!

Post# 144185 , Reply# 16   7/21/2011 at 08:32 (4,608 days old) by Real1 ()        

Dan. I understand now what you're talking about. The new hose I bought for my G has the plastic piece. It was my understanding that the piece keeps the hose from swiveling down there so that the PN cord isn't pulled/stressed. Anyway, my PN is always plugged in that way.


Post# 144308 , Reply# 17   7/22/2011 at 09:15 (4,607 days old) by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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What a great find! I have great memories of Kay's model G and remember well when I twisted her arm into buying it new from the salesman.

The one you have is very complete and has a great provenance making it even more desirable. I've always felt that every collector should have a Electrolux Model G. It is one of those pioneering models that still cleans well today.


Post# 144343 , Reply# 18   7/22/2011 at 15:45 (4,607 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

wow, What an awesome looking machine and all the attachments that goes with it are outstanding..

Post# 144889 , Reply# 19   7/26/2011 at 21:02 (4,603 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        
Speaking of LX retrofitted with a PN

Here's one on eBay. Check out the third photo to see where the PN Port was added.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK on eBay

Post# 144978 , Reply# 20   7/27/2011 at 19:37 (4,602 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Nice Lux G! I'll do ANYTHING for a Lux mdl G. The G & XXX & LX are my dream Lux vacs.

Post# 145258 , Reply# 21   7/30/2011 at 07:42 (4,599 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Power Nozzle Port

My Mom's G power nozzle port was on the front of the machine under the hose connection. The Electrolux man gave my mom a little metal shim type thing that slid in under the power nozzle port. this was to keep the plug in tight so it wouldn't work loose when the hose was moving around. But eventually the socket wore out so we had a port put up on the top of the machine, where it is today... Dan

Post# 145397 , Reply# 22   7/31/2011 at 20:46 (4,598 days old) by Real1 ()        

"Nice Lux G! I'll do ANYTHING for a Lux mdl G. The G & XXX & LX are my dream Lux vacs."



Post# 145445 , Reply# 23   8/1/2011 at 08:57 (4,597 days old) by Real1 ()        

From what we learned here, it wasn't uncommon for a G to have multiple PN ports. Usually, another port was added by the LUX I'm not sure any came from the factory with multiple ports? Possible somebody could confirm; when they were changing over from the front to the right side by the wheel, maybe a few left the factory with both?


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