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Leeís Constellation 862
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Post# 152848   9/24/2011 at 11:12 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        

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Leeís Constellation 862

Well this oneís restoration has moved fairly fast.
Found in a garden shed sitting on the bare earth for a very long time.

Photos of the extreme corrosion.


Post# 152849 , Reply# 1   9/24/2011 at 11:14 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Colour Rose and white!!

Post# 152850 , Reply# 2   9/24/2011 at 11:15 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Poor old thing I suppose I would look like this standing in mud for 20 years.

Post# 152851 , Reply# 3   9/24/2011 at 11:17 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Motor seized.

Post# 152852 , Reply# 4   9/24/2011 at 11:20 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Sat 24.09.2011
First thing this morning I asked if there was any cake to have with my morning coffee break while working in the workshop.

Answer NO.

So I quickly knocked up a lemon drizzle cake for my breaks.


Post# 152853 , Reply# 5   9/24/2011 at 11:21 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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First strip down that frozen motor.

Post# 152854 , Reply# 6   9/24/2011 at 11:22 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Outer turbine cover off.

Post# 152855 , Reply# 7   9/24/2011 at 11:23 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Outer fan and inner turbine cover off

Post# 152856 , Reply# 8   9/24/2011 at 11:24 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Inner fan and spacer

Post# 152857 , Reply# 9   9/24/2011 at 11:26 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Bearing mount and motor cover.

Post# 152858 , Reply# 10   9/24/2011 at 11:29 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Drilled out rivets holding the bearing mount and removed from the motor cover.
Bearings are totally shot.


Post# 152859 , Reply# 11   9/24/2011 at 11:29 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Armature in good nick

Post# 152860 , Reply# 12   9/24/2011 at 11:31 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Field windings are in good nick too, just a clean up required.
Brushes look new.


Post# 152861 , Reply# 13   9/24/2011 at 11:33 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Time for tea and cake.

Need to get new bearings some time next week so I can rebuild the motor.

So I move on to the casing.


Post# 152862 , Reply# 14   9/24/2011 at 11:34 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Wow itís white again.

Post# 152863 , Reply# 15   9/24/2011 at 11:35 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Badges and handle refitted.

Post# 152864 , Reply# 16   9/24/2011 at 11:37 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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OK. I now itís a bit of a shock, yes its Post Office Red.

Post# 152865 , Reply# 17   9/24/2011 at 11:39 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Flotation ring.
Spot of bother with this can you see it.


Post# 152866 , Reply# 18   9/24/2011 at 11:41 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The corrosion had eaten all the metal and the sand blaster blow out the rust.

Post# 152868 , Reply# 19   9/24/2011 at 11:44 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Still itís not as bad as I expected it to be, the idea is to preserve the machine as much as possible.

Post# 152869 , Reply# 20   9/24/2011 at 11:45 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Bag holder fixed back to the motor chamber cover.

Post# 152870 , Reply# 21   9/24/2011 at 11:46 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Ratings plate fitted.

Post# 152871 , Reply# 22   9/24/2011 at 11:47 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Motor mount on the inside.

Post# 152872 , Reply# 23   9/24/2011 at 11:48 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Flotation ring attached to base canister.

Post# 152873 , Reply# 24   9/24/2011 at 11:49 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Iím standing on dry land for the first time in years.

Post# 152874 , Reply# 25   9/24/2011 at 11:50 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Clasp spring assembly.

What a pig to refit, need two pairs of hands to do this.


Post# 152875 , Reply# 26   9/24/2011 at 11:51 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Motor cover vacuum chamber on.

Post# 152876 , Reply# 27   9/24/2011 at 11:53 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Hinge pin reinserted and the locking c clip fitted, also a pig the c clip is so small.

Post# 152877 , Reply# 28   9/24/2011 at 11:55 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Well what do you think of the new shocking colour.
Dose the pink bumper look O.K. with it.

Just need to rebuild the motor and fit a new flex.


Post# 152881 , Reply# 29   9/24/2011 at 13:02 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Better lighting

Post# 152882 , Reply# 30   9/24/2011 at 13:02 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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front

Post# 152884 , Reply# 31   9/24/2011 at 13:03 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Iím relay chuffed with this.

Post# 152886 , Reply# 32   9/24/2011 at 13:15 (4,543 days old) by appliancelou ()        
love hoover constelations

hi lee love your restoration job a true labor of love!! its so rewarding to bring something like these beautifull hoover constelations back to life again these are my all time favorite vacuums thanks so much for shareing the process enjoy!! lou

Post# 152891 , Reply# 33   9/24/2011 at 13:58 (4,543 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I have to say, G.P.O. red doesn't really suit that vac, though on the positive side, I think you can get bright red flex that will match the colour, or you could just use a contrasting White cable... :)

You should go find a K6 telephone box and take a picture with that Constellation next to it... :D


Post# 152902 , Reply# 34   9/24/2011 at 16:23 (4,543 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
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Lee

I think the colour does not look bad at all :) From the serial number your 862 is a VERY early one, produced between September 1959 & January 1960

Al


Post# 153032 , Reply# 35   9/25/2011 at 09:26 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Thanks Al

So the line up consist of so far.

Hoover Constellations
822 Ser HE90358
862 Ser HE13699 September 1959 & January 1960
867A Ser IB317930

Maytag Satellite
S3340001 Ser 010600003526

I know the colour would not be to every one taste.


Post# 153036 , Reply# 36   9/25/2011 at 09:37 (4,543 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Are you sure?

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Are you sure that the 822 SN does not begin with the letters HD? If so your 822 would have been produced between January & June 1957, and going by the number closer to June than January

Al


Post# 153039 , Reply# 37   9/25/2011 at 09:46 (4,543 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Hi Al

It could be, the plate is in such poor condition you can hardly make out most of the print on it.

Lee


Post# 153195 , Reply# 38   9/26/2011 at 09:21 (4,542 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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New bearings bought today, cost £4.09.
Cleaned motor components and fitted new bearings.

Photo of the motor cover fan side, I had to drill out the old rivets which secured the bearing cover and oil seal, then had to drill them agene to allow the new rivets to fit.


Post# 153196 , Reply# 39   9/26/2011 at 09:22 (4,542 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Motor side of cover

Post# 153198 , Reply# 40   9/26/2011 at 09:25 (4,542 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Motor rebuild completed, cleaned and refitted the original flex as it cleaned up nicely and is in good order.

Some time soon I will make a short video.


Post# 274654 , Reply# 41   4/3/2014 at 16:23 (3,621 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
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Hi Hotpoint can you tell me where you get your bearings i am doing up a blue connie at the moment i have done the motor but its still quite noisy so i want to replace its bearings before fitting it back into the case would appreciate any info you have on bearings regards Anthony

Post# 274866 , Reply# 42   4/5/2014 at 11:18 (3,619 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Hi

I got my replacement bearing from a local bearing and belt supplier, I took the old one with me and they matched the size correctly.

Unfortunately I have thrown the box out so cant tell you the sizes :-(


Post# 274867 , Reply# 43   4/5/2014 at 11:22 (3,619 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Bearings Belts & Sprockets Ltd in Hereford

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Post# 274885 , Reply# 44   4/5/2014 at 14:37 (3,619 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
thanks Hotpoint

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there are some bearing dealers here in Leeds so will take your advice and just take the old one with me cheers mate


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