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Post# 153083   9/25/2011 at 13:52 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Did a little picking yesterday and found this old thing in a barn. Does anyone know why the plate would say that it was made by Hoover in England for Hoover USA??? Also, it was filthy and needed new brushes so I have taken the entire thing apart, cleaned thoroughly and now cannot figure out for the life of me how to reassemble the metal fan/top bushing assembly in the following pictures. It prevents the armature from turning freely when I try to assemble it. Any help would be greatly appriciated :)

Post# 153084 , Reply# 1   9/25/2011 at 13:53 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

exploded view of problem area

Post# 153085 , Reply# 2   9/25/2011 at 13:55 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

other side of problem area

Post# 153088 , Reply# 3   9/25/2011 at 14:36 (4,535 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I never understood the "Made in england for the US'

Both my industrial model 913s say that. I think a few other of my hoovers -may- say that too.

The larks are very cool vacuums indeed! I passed one up just like yours in the past and I kick myself for it.

Post# 153093 , Reply# 4   9/25/2011 at 15:35 (4,535 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

My guess is it made work for us Brits... :P

Don't know anything about how to put the motor back together, but with a bit of trial and error it'll go back together I'm sure... :)

And a tip, take pictures as you disassemble, saves problems like this occurring... :)

Post# 153099 , Reply# 5   9/25/2011 at 17:05 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

David you are right... A little trial and error did pay off... So she is back in one piece and ready for duty! After a good cleaning, new brushes and a wire replaced it is as good as new!!!

Post# 153100 , Reply# 6   9/25/2011 at 17:06 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

closer look... does anyone know what year this is from??

Post# 153101 , Reply# 7   9/25/2011 at 17:07 (4,535 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Nozzle assembly

Post# 153120 , Reply# 8   9/25/2011 at 20:51 (4,534 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Very nice job on the restoration thnaks. Zach

Post# 153129 , Reply# 9   9/25/2011 at 21:04 (4,534 days old) by luxg ()        

Derek, very nice work!!  It doesn't look like the Lark was ever abused.  I love the turquoise color!!!



Post# 153141 , Reply# 10   9/25/2011 at 22:11 (4,534 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I would say late 50s. This is judging by the color, and styling, comparing it to other hoovers of the time.

It came out GREAT!

Post# 153142 , Reply# 11   9/25/2011 at 22:21 (4,534 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have one too

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Great little cleaner.  There is a floor polisher to match as well as the 68 Convertible... all same colors.  Good luck.

Post# 153144 , Reply# 12   9/25/2011 at 22:34 (4,534 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Thats what I thought! Its so "68 looking"

How about Greg's incredible 68 with his stunning Frigidaire custom imperial range.

Post# 153157 , Reply# 13   9/25/2011 at 23:25 (4,534 days old) by briguy (Wichita, Kansas)        
I have one too!

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I have the exact same Lark. I found mine a couple years ago in a thrift store. It's still on the to-do list as far as cleaning & restoring. Love the turquoise color. Where did you find the brushes? I need to replace mine as the strip is cracked.

Post# 153165 , Reply# 14   9/26/2011 at 01:34 (4,534 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Yep, that's the one. And,  that 68 was the last convertible to have the handle the same color as the hood, etc.  The ever-popular 69, "Neptune green", was the 1st with a white handle.

Post# 153250 , Reply# 15   9/26/2011 at 11:54 (4,534 days old) by VacuumBoy1993 ()        
I'd say...

it's 1961ish, as the British version (the Hooverette) came out in that year. Very rare and nice looking vac, I've never seen one of these :)

Post# 153299 , Reply# 16   9/26/2011 at 21:15 (4,533 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Brian : I got the brushes from a local vac shop. Always has odds and ends lying around :)

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