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How Many of You Modify Your Kirby This Way?
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Post# 144056   7/20/2011 at 11:57 (4,609 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Looking at Joel Zambrano's (mazda3sp05) Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 video that he used Heritage 1-HD trim on (click on link), this leads me to ask you exactly how many of you have dressed up such older pre-1970 Kirby models to look like '70s-'80s models?

This makes me want to ask further: how many of you dressed up a D-80 to resemble any of the members of the Classic trilogy (Classic 1-CR, Classic Omega 1-CB and Classic III 2-CB), or the Tradition?

For example: To make a Classic III out of a D-80, you take the bag, handle, cord, and wheels. Then, with some modifications to accommodate the D-80's safety switch, attach the Classic III nozzle.



Post# 144057 , Reply# 1   7/20/2011 at 12:13 (4,609 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I don't see any point in doing it. I have never seen it as far as a heritage nozzle on a pre classic kirby.
You would have less power because of the larger nozzle.

I do see so often kirbys done up in classic and tradition.

I always say a Kirby aint pretty if it's not original. I'm an originality freak when it comes to vacuums.

Post# 144061 , Reply# 2   7/20/2011 at 13:13 (4,609 days old) by ralph (Morgan Hill)        

I will not do that to my D-80s, I like the green color. I have thought of changing my D-50 to red like my 518. I just can’t my head around the color of the D-50; it reminds me of my children’s early years…

Post# 144068 , Reply# 3   7/20/2011 at 13:46 (4,609 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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I have put the handle and bag unit from a Heritage onto a D50. I've not put a Heritage nozzle on it, and don't plan to. I like the look of my D50/Heritage and I did it because it reminded me of the Kirby ComVac 1400. My 'FrankenKirby' looks good, but it needs bearings and some new trim pieces. Here is a picture of her.

Post# 144069 , Reply# 4   7/20/2011 at 13:47 (4,609 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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And here is my Kirby 561 with Classic III handle and a Legend II bag unit. It works well and is one of my favorites.

Post# 144072 , Reply# 5   7/20/2011 at 14:04 (4,609 days old) by RainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

Do u think it increased on suction?? I think it increase in suction because bag but not much . maybe little more if i upgrade with mini-emptor instead heritage emptor?? I am still keeping my original parts they are on exellent shape. The way i heard kirby may stop making D-80 bags.

Post# 144089 , Reply# 6   7/20/2011 at 17:07 (4,609 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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And besides, some of those genuine replacement parts are not exactly the same as the original, either.


Post# 144091 , Reply# 7   7/20/2011 at 17:10 (4,609 days old) by RainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

huh? lol

Post# 144093 , Reply# 8   7/20/2011 at 17:13 (4,609 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

If I had an incomplete example, I might do something like that, but, taking a complete one and changing it to permanently look like another model, that's just a waste of a good Kirby really... :\

Post# 144094 , Reply# 9   7/20/2011 at 17:16 (4,609 days old) by RainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

I would change it back if this my daily vacuuming rugs.Only thing I am switching back is the nozzle. hehe

Post# 144108 , Reply# 10   7/20/2011 at 18:43 (4,609 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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I think the handle bale and handle grip of the D80- thru Legend 2 is more stable and makes any 500 series machine look neater and more professional,,like the Kirby means BUSINESS! The single pole handle of the early machines, 500 series and D50 is flimsy, and makes the Kirby hard to stear or turn.
Of course this makes any early Kirby or 500 machine not original, but if i use any of these to actually clean my house or use it for any length of time, i definatly use a Heritage style handle bale and grip.
Ive seen some vac stores put the single pole handle for sale on the Classic-Legend machines, and that sure looks weird,,but To each his own!

Post# 144109 , Reply# 11   7/20/2011 at 19:00 (4,609 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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What I meant to say was that some of the genuine replacement parts may not look exactly like the original "day one" versions. For example, the current D-80 replacement bag is a darker shade of green and the original had a lighter shade of green. Also, the replacement bags for the Classic 1-CR and Classic Omega 1-CB have no patches on the front of them.


Post# 144133 , Reply# 12   7/20/2011 at 22:11 (4,609 days old) by RainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

I understand now. good thing u told me about it. I wasn't share about the new bag color, i didn't like it. good thing installed heritage bag and proserve D-80 Bag, wheels.

Post# 144212 , Reply# 13   7/21/2011 at 12:48 (4,608 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I really like the look of that Kirby 561 with Classic III handle and a Legend II bag! I mean it shouldn't be done of original parts are there, but if they aren't then why not? Make use of the machine!!

As for the first link- I can understand wanting to convert to disposable bags (I hate shakeout bags, yuck!) but to change the nozzle is pretty stupid (just pick up a newer Classic-Legend unit, they are so cheap!)

Post# 144511 , Reply# 14   7/23/2011 at 21:27 (4,606 days old) by RainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

i agreed with you. Heritage handle is stronger than D-80. Sometimes I think afraid to break it on D-80 handle.

Post# 144520 , Reply# 15   7/23/2011 at 22:18 (4,606 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The oirginal d80 handle was two pieces and hard plastic. Therefor they were pron to cracking easily. Eventually Kirby changed this somewhere in the classic line.

Post# 144538 , Reply# 16   7/24/2011 at 00:18 (4,606 days old) by rainbowjoel (Dexter NM)        

I noticed that on D-80 handle. good thing I changed the handles. :D

Post# 234524 , Reply# 17   5/30/2013 at 02:34 (3,930 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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About your converted 561 (Legend II bag)... it would look better with the Kirby Classic III's complete bag top on it, since the handle is also from that model.


Post# 352026 , Reply# 18   5/11/2016 at 13:06 (2,852 days old) by ericl1245 (NY,United States)        
where do you get the grey comvac style trim

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where can i find the grey trim like on the comvac, to make a 562 look close to a heritage or red trim to look close to a classic iii or legend ii

Post# 352028 , Reply# 19   5/11/2016 at 13:46 (2,852 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I've never had a Kirby that old but my G5 has has a partial gray makeover with an Ultimate G bag assembly, complemented with a G3 cord. The back of the handle, which was on there when I got it, is charcoal gray and appears to be from a G4. I can't say that I was trying to make it look like any other particular model; I was simply trying to repair it in a cost effective manner. But I really like how it turned out. The flecks of burgundy in the Ultimate G bag help tie everything together. The only thing I did purely for aesthetics was to keep the G5 bag topper because I like the way it looks better than the curved Ultimate G version.

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