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Hoover "Fairlady" Z
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Post# 381342   11/14/2017 at 21:40 (368 days old) by icee (Indiana)        

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Any car people out there get the reference?

Anyway, look what I got today! Really this has to be one of the most odd looking sweepers ever made. That being said, I think it looks fantastic. I got this one off of a facebook marketplace post. I did a quick clean out of the filter and tank (although the tank could use a real washing), and yeah it runs without a hitch. It is really bizarre hearing that clattering noise from the filter, almost give it a mechanical sound, even though it's really just a peice of paper being flicked by a paper clip lol.

Really excited to have found this, been wanting to find one for a few years now.

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Post# 381353 , Reply# 1   11/15/2017 at 01:50 (368 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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That is such an interesting and Troublesome vacuum. Glad to see a few of them getting saved bycollectors! I wouldn't call it fairlady Z as it's just elegant.

Post# 381354 , Reply# 2   11/15/2017 at 01:54 (368 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
I got the Nissan reference lol

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Thatís amachine I wouldnít mind finding just for the oddity and rarity of it. Definitely a complete monstrosity, Hoover ended up replacing any that broke with a free Elite rewind... I never truly understood the need for such a complicated filter that the customer canít remove and replace. Iíve never gotten into one of these, I did replace the filter motor in a Windtunnel 2 once, and said never again.

Post# 381395 , Reply# 3   11/15/2017 at 19:07 (368 days old) by icee (Indiana)        

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Kudos on getting the datsun/nissan reference! I don't plan on using it much, just glad to have one. It's the 400 model, not the 700, but really I like the white of the 400 more than the color of the 700. Although, the LED lights would have been nice. This one's body is surprisingly in such a nice shape. I feel like it was trying to "do a dyson" with the striking futuristic look, but functionally it goes about it in almost a complete opposite way as dyson. I mean the tank system is basically a morph of the twin chamber design, atleast as I see it anyway.

Post# 381438 , Reply# 4   11/16/2017 at 13:50 (367 days old) by AmwayClearTrak (Honolulu, HI)        
Talking about the Fairlady...

My favorite and one of the most famous Fairlady Z's. The ABR Hosoki 280ZX. Has a top speed of 216 MPH. Was in the famous Mid Night Club.

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Post# 381452 , Reply# 5   11/16/2017 at 18:21 (367 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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That dumb clunky thing is more like a AMG H1 Hummer than a Nissan, lol Those vacs are notoriously terrible and well know for being heavy, cumbersome, and noisy.

They do have a cult following though despite this and many collectors want one. I was fortunate enough to find a Garry vacuum at a Restore for $10, which in the coming years will become rarer I am sure.

Post# 381491 , Reply# 6   11/17/2017 at 18:06 (366 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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There's something about a real monstrosity that captures the vacuum-obsessed mind. Some of the poorest built machines of the past are todays collectible rarities.

Post# 381507 , Reply# 7   11/17/2017 at 23:23 (365 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I've seen a few of those come into Habitat in the past, I know there was a white one and maybe a silver one. I remember a couple looking at the white one and remarking how heavy it was. I would like to try using one just to see what they're like.

Post# 381588 , Reply# 8   11/19/2017 at 12:31 (364 days old) by icee (Indiana)        
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They are insanely heavy, posibly one of the heaviest I've ever had my hands on. From what I've gathered using it, even with a clean filter, they have really poor suction, but its aggitation is actually fairly solid.

Post# 381590 , Reply# 9   11/19/2017 at 14:37 (364 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I opened my MINT "Z" for the first time

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at one of my mini meets. It's actually very nice....NOT a stellar choice for a daily driver, though. Big, heavy, etc... it was Hoover's "butch, MAN VAC"!
I'd never use it regularly to clean this 12-room house: I'd go out of my mind.
But, IF you collect, especially "all things HOOVER", you must have at least one. I just gave one to Tom (Anderson).

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