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Post# 152878   9/24/2011 at 12:25 (4,537 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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This is my bvc other wise know as big Bertha .

she is the unsung hero of our workshop cleaning out evrything from top of the line Kirby's and Rainbows to lowly dirt devils

 

I took her out after the belt snapped and decided to give it a respray and good service. I'll post pics once the restoration is complete.

according to the stamp on i it is a 1975 model and still going strong.

 

They still make this model today although the tank is now bigger

 

What I love is the way it winds up to full power, this can be solved by putting a bigger capacitor on the motor but I kind of like the sound the way it is, almost like a jet engine

 

Gareth


Post# 152879 , Reply# 1   9/24/2011 at 12:27 (4,537 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I am wondering if I should keep it orange or change the color, I am not to sure, it might look nice in Jet black with orange detailing


Post# 152931 , Reply# 2   9/24/2011 at 21:29 (4,537 days old) by goadie12 ()        

If it was me I would keep it orange but thats just me I cant wait to see it finnished thanks. Zach

Post# 152975 , Reply# 3   9/25/2011 at 02:25 (4,537 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I was thinking of keeping it orange but the cost of orange piant is horrific, For my local auto shop to mix up the colour is going to cost me $87.00 its nuts , stain black will cost me $10.00


Post# 153047 , Reply# 4   9/25/2011 at 10:06 (4,536 days old) by goadie12 ()        

WHAT that is crazy $87? I guess black it is lol. Zach

Post# 153048 , Reply# 5   9/25/2011 at 10:11 (4,536 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

They say that red has more pigment which costs more (I think cars with red paint might have cost more when they were new, back in the day?) What about ordering paint online from somewhere? either way it will look good.

That is a beastly looking machine, makes modern shop-vacs look wimpy!


Post# 153064 , Reply# 6   9/25/2011 at 10:28 (4,536 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I used to buy and fix up cars for fun before I started working for my self, the most expensive paint I ever bought was for an Audi a4 , it was silver spec, marble black and cost me the equalvilent of $ 500.00 a liter , it was a special order color for the quatro I had to buy 3 liters and only just broke even when I sold the car , it was an awesome color.

As for this machine I love it , its a beast . its funny to see the neighbor's faces when I use it to clean the car ,,,, my vacuums bigger than yours :)
I just can't justify spending that on paint for it though, would rather buy more vacs.


Post# 153071 , Reply# 7   9/25/2011 at 10:50 (4,536 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

So does "BVC" simply stand for "Big Vacuum Cleaner"? :P

Post# 153072 , Reply# 8   9/25/2011 at 11:02 (4,536 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Brithish vacuum company   BVC they are as old as vacuums them selves 


Post# 153073 , Reply# 9   9/25/2011 at 11:46 (4,536 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Never thought it would have been a British company, I've not even heard of BVC myself... :S

I think that it would look good in black with Orange accents, such as painting the bin black but keeping the logo intact with an orange border (masked up and sprayed around), aswell as spraying most of the motor/fan assembly black, but keeping the belt cover panel orange, and then just add some orange bits for fun... :D

Oh, and add a new orange Commercial grade cable too... :P


Post# 153075 , Reply# 10   9/25/2011 at 12:21 (4,536 days old) by goadie12 ()        

So what kind of suction does it have and did it have any attachments when you got it and what is the hose made of thanks? Zach

Post# 153076 , Reply# 11   9/25/2011 at 12:31 (4,536 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Hi Zach 

 

suction is awsome , huge amount of airflow , It features a 3 stage ( 3 fans ) turbine driven by a seprate motor. 

It did not come with any hoses. when you bought it and now days aswell you buy just the machine , then you add what you need. most of the time these machines are stationary and fixed to a machine or something like that. I will measuer the power again and post it when I can. I would say iits as powrfull as 10 filter queens with ease. These machines are designed to run alla day non stop. I have a customer who has one , it runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the only time it switches off is once a year for  ts service , his one is 3 phase power though


Post# 153096 , Reply# 12   9/25/2011 at 16:23 (4,536 days old) by kenkart ()        
It Looks..

Similar to an old Spencer portable.

Post# 153097 , Reply# 13   9/25/2011 at 16:26 (4,536 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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do you have a pic of the spencer ?


Post# 153220 , Reply# 14   9/26/2011 at 10:10 (4,535 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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BVC is the British Vacuum Cleaner Corp. Also known as Goblin. If you look on some of the older Goblin name plates they say BVC Goblin.

Doug


Post# 153229 , Reply# 15   9/26/2011 at 10:57 (4,535 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Hi Dougless  its nice to see that someone else knows about them. at one stage they were pretty popular here with big industrybut now as with every thing else the chinese have taken over with there cheaper made carbon copies.

 

Gareth


Post# 153230 , Reply# 16   9/26/2011 at 11:16 (4,535 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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THis is from the company's about us page

 

"British Vacuum Company - BVC -"

 

"But there's more. Hubert Booth who invented the vacuum cleaner in 1900 founded the company that was to become BVC. Today we are one of the few companies still manufacturing in the UK giving us the flexibility to modify machines, should it be necessary to match quite specific customer requirements"

 

its quiet an old company.

 

Gareth


Post# 153471 , Reply# 17   9/28/2011 at 00:02 (4,534 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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BVC was started in either 1901 or 1902 if memory serves me correctly

Post# 427711 , Reply# 18   6/26/2020 at 09:35 (1,339 days old) by mrrusty (Preston)        

Tripped over this old thread. We're still here bvc.co.uk


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