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Hoover Constellation 867A
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Post# 156338   10/22/2011 at 07:33 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        

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Remember this very sad constellation found in a garden shed along with the rose 862

Post# 156339 , Reply# 1   10/22/2011 at 07:34 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Casing stripped down ready for the powder coaters.

Post# 156340 , Reply# 2   10/22/2011 at 07:36 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The motor bearings where knackered.

Post# 156341 , Reply# 3   10/22/2011 at 07:42 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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What a bar-steward to dismantle, the older units are much easer to work on, the earlier fan covers where held on with bolts and would just fall apart when the bolts are removed, not on this one, the top cover and inner turbine cover are friction pressed together, what a nightmare to remove, I had to prize the two apart with a chisel and some very bad temper.

Post# 156342 , Reply# 4   10/22/2011 at 07:43 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The turbine chamber itself is very corroded so had to have a good sanding to remove the rust.

Post# 156343 , Reply# 5   10/22/2011 at 07:44 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The motor top cover removed with the bad bearing, drilled out the rivets the replace bearings.

Post# 156345 , Reply# 6   10/22/2011 at 07:45 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Knackered bearings out.

Post# 156346 , Reply# 7   10/22/2011 at 07:46 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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New bearings in

Post# 156347 , Reply# 8   10/22/2011 at 07:47 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Riveting the covers back in place.

Post# 156348 , Reply# 9   10/22/2011 at 07:48 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Ready for the rebuild.

Post# 156349 , Reply# 10   10/22/2011 at 07:50 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Cleaned and greased the little end bearings.
Cleaned the motor windings.


Post# 156350 , Reply# 11   10/22/2011 at 07:50 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Rebuilt

Post# 156351 , Reply# 12   10/22/2011 at 07:53 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The mains suppressor is faulty, it an inline type so it will be replaced with a comparable one.



Post# 156352 , Reply# 13   10/22/2011 at 07:56 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The casing parts are back, base rebuilt and the motor in place on it mountings.

New suppressor in place with a bit of wiring alterations.


Post# 156353 , Reply# 14   10/22/2011 at 07:56 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Post# 156354 , Reply# 15   10/22/2011 at 07:57 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Vacuum chamber refitted.

Post# 156355 , Reply# 16   10/22/2011 at 07:58 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Lid on and new filter fitted.

Post# 156356 , Reply# 17   10/22/2011 at 07:59 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Tada, what do you think?

Post# 156357 , Reply# 18   10/22/2011 at 08:00 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Back.

Post# 156358 , Reply# 19   10/22/2011 at 08:00 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Side.

Post# 156359 , Reply# 20   10/22/2011 at 08:01 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Front.

Post# 156360 , Reply# 21   10/22/2011 at 08:03 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The only problem it the handle, it broken at the back and badly scuffed at the front.

Post# 156361 , Reply# 22   10/22/2011 at 08:04 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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The next one has arrived, managed to smuggle this one in under the radar.

Post# 156362 , Reply# 23   10/22/2011 at 08:08 (4,511 days old) by SuctionSelector (Leeds, England)        
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Where do you find all these?

eBay, tips, car boots?


Post# 156363 , Reply# 24   10/22/2011 at 08:15 (4,511 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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All over, skips, car-boots and ebay, the yellow one I spotted in a garden shed sitting on a shelf in the window. The owner of the shed was glad to be rid of it along with the 862.

Post# 156374 , Reply# 25   10/22/2011 at 09:47 (4,511 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Whoa!!!

Ok thats it. You are going to be recieving a few constellations at your doorstep. Inside each will be an undisclosed shipping address. Restore them and mail them back to that address. A suitcase of unmarked bills will be on your doorstep within 36 hours.


:D

That is beautiful. You have an amazing gift at restoring these!


Post# 156417 , Reply# 26   10/22/2011 at 12:59 (4,511 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That looks great, as does the others. I do like the Constellations.

I was wondering, when these were new, did they use the same kind of plug with three pins that they use now?


Post# 156428 , Reply# 27   10/22/2011 at 15:28 (4,511 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

With regards to the plugs, the BS1363 13a standard was introduced in 1947, so come the 50s and 60s, they would most likely have come with a 13 Amp plug, unless the area they went to was still using older style plugs (such as Wylex, BS546, D&S, etc.), in which most cases they would have had a plug fitted to suit the place they were to be used in... :)

Back in the days when people were allowed to wire on their own plugs, they would even probably have come without plugs, just bare ends, so wouldn't have had a plug at all unless it was fitted by the people at the local electricity shops... :)


Post# 156433 , Reply# 28   10/22/2011 at 16:10 (4,511 days old) by appliancelou ()        
lee,s love job

hi lee another beautiful job well done!! I know alot time an energy but saved another piece of history keep them coming enjoy seeing them restored lou

Post# 156443 , Reply# 29   10/22/2011 at 17:09 (4,511 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Plugs

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Hoover were exceptional in that, for a great many years they supplied moulded on two pin plug on all their machines in the UK - these would be colour matched to the flex (cord), so that by the end there were two colours of blue and pink plugs. Normally these were 2 pin 5 amp although I know one collector has a two pin 15amp Hoover plug - these would be exceptionally rare - 15 amp plugs were usually grounded so as to accomodate metal bodied appliances with a high current draw like washing machines and room heaters. The 5amp plugs would also have been supplied with a baynot adaptor so they could be plugged into a light fitting.

It seems like these moulded plugs were deopped around 1962 with the introduction of the grey Senior (convertable) Junior & Constellation - I have never seen a grey moulded plug - i do know they were still being fitted in 1961. Not a surprise (and indeed I am surprised they were not dropped many years earlier) as by that time 5amp two plugs were no longer common - and 15amp (round pin) were fast on the way out. So, like every other appliance, they were supplied with no plug and the purchaser (or the shop selling if the customer would pay extra) would fit the plug themselves - often in a very poor (not to mention dangerous) manner

Al


Post# 156458 , Reply# 30   10/22/2011 at 17:35 (4,511 days old) by twocvbloke ()        
"often in a very poor (not to mention dangerous) manner&

That's known as "Darwin's Law", get it wrong and you find out the hard way... :P

I've got a 2-pin to Bayonet adaptor somewhere (not Hoover), aswell as a few bayonet plugs too, I like old plugs me... :D


Post# 156527 , Reply# 31   10/23/2011 at 07:16 (4,510 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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Thanks folks.

Al, your right about plugs being fitted very poor, dangerous when left to the customer to fit some people have no idea on the colour code goes to which terminal, and I have found vintage appliances with tin foil wrapped around the fuse, how mad is that.

Photo of the line up so far.


Post# 156687 , Reply# 32   10/23/2011 at 23:20 (4,509 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
All I can say is,

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"W O W "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I showed up at your door,  could you make ME look that good?



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