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A day in Pittsburgh... came home with 2 gems!
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Post# 150110   9/3/2011 at 00:30 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Mike and I headed over to Pittsburgh to visit some friends and pick up a Kirby Classic III I had lined up. What we didn't expect...

The Kirby is in great shape, and the attachments are PERFECT - NEW condition! -- $75!

The other unexpected: we picked up an Electrolux G in very nice shape - complete with original bill of sale from 1968! -- $50!

Post# 150111 , Reply# 1   9/3/2011 at 00:31 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Kirby attachments

Post# 150112 , Reply# 2   9/3/2011 at 00:32 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

About a half a bottle of Odorific!

Post# 150113 , Reply# 3   9/3/2011 at 00:33 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Perfect metal fan!

Post# 150114 , Reply# 4   9/3/2011 at 00:34 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Electrolux G

Post# 150116 , Reply# 5   9/3/2011 at 00:34 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Closer shot...

Post# 150117 , Reply# 6   9/3/2011 at 00:35 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

22 out of 24 original bags in the box!

Post# 150118 , Reply# 7   9/3/2011 at 00:36 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Owner's Manual and bill of sale

Post# 150119 , Reply# 8   9/3/2011 at 00:38 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Only $149.75 - $50 down and $10 per month for 12 months... in 1968.

Post# 150120 , Reply# 9   9/3/2011 at 00:39 (4,564 days old) by vintagekitchen ()        

Awesome finds! My brother has that exact kirby, but his has the bojack paper bag setup that uses eureka F&G bags. One of the great old kirbys, they never seem to wear out.

Post# 150121 , Reply# 10   9/3/2011 at 00:45 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

Thanks, Kevin. We're tickled about them!

Post# 150122 , Reply# 11   9/3/2011 at 00:46 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

The way they are in the pictures is how we got them... I haven't touched either yet. We just got home with them about 2 hours ago. They're both very well kept.

Post# 150125 , Reply# 12   9/3/2011 at 00:54 (4,564 days old) by vintagekitchen ()        

You're very welcome. It's obvious someone took very good care of them both. Purchasers used to recognize that a good appliance was an investment, and needed to be cared for. Must be a new find sorta day, got my first ever Royal today. :)

Post# 150132 , Reply# 13   9/3/2011 at 01:48 (4,564 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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And what is the serial # on your Kirby Classic III, please? This one looks to be a mid-1978 or early 1979 model (going from serial #D000001 through #E500000).

Thank you,

Ben Edge (KirbyClassicIII)

Post# 150133 , Reply# 14   9/3/2011 at 01:52 (4,564 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

SWEET! Great finds!!!

Post# 150138 , Reply# 15   9/3/2011 at 02:49 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        
Metal fans

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Oh I miss those metal fans.

All I ever seem to do on modern Kirby's is replace the plastic fan , we do about 2 a week at least and we are even not a authorised Kirby centre

Post# 150139 , Reply# 16   9/3/2011 at 03:01 (4,564 days old) by vintagekitchen ()        

those plastic fans are awful aren't they? I had one absolutely explode on a Kirby Tradition while I was using it in blower mode. The crystolator (guard) was in place, so nothing could have hit the fan. Vac shop said that just happened sometimes with a plastic fan in an older kirby...

Post# 150141 , Reply# 17   9/3/2011 at 03:37 (4,564 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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vintagekitchen, that's why when i tested fired a tradition that was going to be my personal one (not for sale) and the lexan fan exploded, it was going to be switched out with a metal fan from a parts donor omega thats too crapped up to sell. since i had aquired a better quality tradition for my personal collection, its getting the metal fan now. anything trad or older i have will have a metal fan if it doesn't already. lexan fans just fail too often. and heritage's will get the new kevlar fans.

Post# 150145 , Reply# 18   9/3/2011 at 05:07 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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What type of fan does the G4,5,6 come with? Kevlar or plastice? , we seem to be doing allot of g4&5s

Post# 150158 , Reply# 19   9/3/2011 at 08:36 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        
Fan material

Lexan was used up to some point. I was talking to Bill (a007KirbyMan) the other day about fans. He said Kevlar was never used. The fans are now made of Amodel. It's supposed to be some new type of very strong plastic compound.

Hey Ben. Here's a pic of the serial number.

Post# 150159 , Reply# 20   9/3/2011 at 08:39 (4,564 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        
Serial Numbers

Ben: is there some type of chart you can use to determine production dates for these types of serial numbers?


Post# 150263 , Reply# 21   9/3/2011 at 21:15 (4,564 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Serial #D205339 - you have an early 1978 model. Assuming the D-series Kirby Classic IIIs began production in January 1978, then this model, at this serial #, would be from March 1978.


Post# 150286 , Reply# 22   9/3/2011 at 23:40 (4,563 days old) by hoover28 (Oneida N.Y.)        
new style fan

the kirby G5 was the first to use the new tan plastic fan, as far as I know. all of the G4 and older have a gray plastic fan. sofar every kirby I have took in for service needs a new fan on G4 and older models. if you look close at the gray fan you can see cracks oround the center, it time to replace it. the new style fans seem to hold up much better so far I have not had a bad one yet, just some beat to hell and back so I replaced it, but it still worked well just looked bad.


Post# 150305 , Reply# 23   9/4/2011 at 09:24 (4,563 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

I seem to have missed this picture of the inside of the Electrolux...

Post# 150589 , Reply# 24   9/6/2011 at 13:21 (4,561 days old) by redgeminipa (Altoona, PA)        

I got the cloth bag on the Classic III cleaned up, and it looks very good. I really want to tear the rest down so I can start cleaning, buffing and polishing, but I'm not real sure how some of the trim comes off. Looks like rubber tabs pushed through, but I'm afraid I'll break them trying to get them off. Same for the belt lifter. Any suggestions?

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