Thread Number: 35655  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Hoover Model 28 Special - July 1953
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Post# 383007   12/22/2017 at 11:02 (300 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All
I did bid on and won the poor little, not so little, Hoover Model 28 “Special” that was on eBay a few weeks back. I have no idea what draws me or anyone to a Hoover 28. I went from having none for 30 plus years to having 3 in this year and a Hoover Model 305 which unfortunately I need a bottom plate with the belt protector, did I just hear someone say; good luck finding that buddy.
Well back to the 28 Special. As you can see it came in a box well packed. I unpacked it and proceeded to clean it up. I plugged it in and the motor sounded great. The motor base was badly chipped buy the name plate as well as the “Special” name plate being all bent up. I had 2 Hoover 28 motors so I preceded to take one apart a removed the name plate from the base that said Hoover and replaced motor base only of the Special. I reshaped the Special name plate and reinstalled it with the rivets that I had removed. I also swapped out the lower bearing with the original Special lower bearing. I also used the Special’s fields as they were near perfect like the lower bearing. I lubed the brush-roll bearings and the 28 Special runs great. The factory rebuilt it in July of 1953 as stamped on the base by the back wheels. The Serial Number is 2829178 which means it would have a metal or aluminum hood. I do have questions about the hood as it is metal and not aluminum which makes me think it could be a 27 hood the factory replaced it with. I have never handled a 27 so I don’t know if the 27 had a metal hood, aluminum hood or Bakelite hood.
Fortunately, or unfortunately the original type cord end that said Hoover blew off in my fingers the second time I plugged it in. So it could be available to be used as a pendent or a single cuff link now.
I don’t know if anyone out there cares much about such thing as I talk about and I cannot believe any of the younger people care at all as they are off on to Hoover Decades, new Kirby Models, Fantom or Fantom type vacuums, and this is as it should be. And good luck to all finding machines they like.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 383008 , Reply# 1   12/22/2017 at 11:18 (300 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I have a Beautiful Hoover 28 from Jeff Parker. I use that one all the time! If I could get a nice 25, and 305, I would be done collecting "this series."
A very nice find! And it is possible to re-attach that original Hoover plug. Marty Kaplan send me instructions on how to do it. I can post those here or send them through private email.

Post# 383010 , Reply# 2   12/22/2017 at 12:14 (300 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All and vacuumlad1650,
Vacuumlad1650 I think that information would be good. Posted for all would be good but the decision is yours to make as it is your information. My email is on my Profile always.
I added pictures and it sure would be interesting if that could be done. Unfortunately the cord was really bad also and was in no way salvageable without being taped from the handle to the plug end.
I put a used brown cord on it that I had.
I also forgot to mention that the brush roll that is on it is one of the newer types such as would be found on the Hoover Model for 1953.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 383014 , Reply# 3   12/22/2017 at 16:41 (300 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Plug told by Marty Kaplan



On Aug 8, 2017 11:50 AM, "Martin R.Kaplan" <*******@*****.net> wrote:

Hi Andy:



You need to slice open the plug horizontally (from side to side) to expose the metal blades within as much as possible. 

Then disconnect the old cord wires from the blades.  

Then “carve” out the fused-on old vinyl cord jacket from the neck of the plug to make room for the new cord’s jacket. 

Use super-glue (cyanoacrylate) to attached the new cord jacket to the neck.

Make sure that the exposed wire ends of the new cord are EXACTLY the correct length, then

Solder them onto the metal blades.

Use more super glue to reassemble and re-fuse the two halves of the plug.

Clamp it securely to let the glue set and cure for at least an hour.


You musn’t expect it to look perfect.  You will always see the new seam or “scar” where you performed the surgery.  But if you work patiently and with attention to detail, you will be successful.





Post# 383017 , Reply# 4   12/22/2017 at 17:45 (300 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Thank you Andy

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Hello All and vacuumlad1650,
That is a really good way of saving the Hoover plug end.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 383027 , Reply# 5   12/22/2017 at 21:08 (300 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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...and for that reason is why you never pull the plug out by the cord. Shocking that they continued using it for that long like that.

Post# 383030 , Reply# 6   12/22/2017 at 22:15 (300 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
Huskyvacs is 100 percent correct. My dad was IBEW Local 40 and if he caught either my brother or myself pulling the plug out of the wall receptacle by the cord, we would get it good.
My grandmother on the other hand, had arthritis really bad in her hands and she would have to pull on the cord if my grandfather was not there to help her.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 383293 , Reply# 7   12/30/2017 at 14:56 (292 days old) by Vintagefox (California)        

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Excellent work on getting her going again Pete! These ol 28s were definitely built like tanks.

Also some of us young people (myself being in my early 20s) do have an interest these older machines. I do my rebuilds and repairs within my own bedroom in fact. Mostly a coffee can Hoover collector but I have some Electroluxes and GE Canister vacs from the 50s. It's kind of a shame not too many people my age have an interest in stuff like this but rest assured there are a few out there that do. You just gotta look for them!


Post# 383296 , Reply# 8   12/30/2017 at 17:40 (292 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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@ Vintagefox

I'm 25 going on 26 in 2 months myself and I do like new & old vacuums, and the weird ones. I'm just starting to learn about repairs, but I've been around vacuums since I was 7 or 8+ but never did any collecting of them or anything, just liked to vacuum with them.

Unintentionally grew a collection of them in the past 7 years due to not having the funds handy for a full repair and refurb on the Kirby Ultimate G via a vacuum repair shop. Just went to thrift stores and got whatever I could buy with $10, used it until it failed, got another, etc. So have a bit of vacuums in the garage, and since October 2017 I bought some vacs off eBay if it was $20-$30 with shipping. Did make an exception for my "dream vacuum" I've wanted since seeing it on that fun new video site called "YouTube" in 2007. Paid $80 for that.

But yeah, plan to learn how to do motor repairs soon once the weather is warmer to stand in the garage and work on them. -15 below in the evening, I don't want to be wearing a Hoover for a glove!

Post# 383484 , Reply# 9   1/3/2018 at 05:06 (289 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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@phaeton can I see a picture of the plug of your hoover model 28 special, I have a great mind to try this myself indeed.
Thank you very much everyone

Post# 383630 , Reply# 10   1/5/2018 at 15:49 (286 days old) by HOOVER61 (baltimore maryland USA)        

considering the #28 was manufactured 1946/1950 spliting the difference what IDIOT WOULD TRADE IN A 5 YEAR OLD CLEANER?CONSIDERING THE MODEL THAT REPLACED IT WAS #29/6263

Post# 383649 , Reply# 11   1/6/2018 at 01:09 (286 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
I may have overstated

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Hello All,
Yes I think I overstated my feeling that the younger members were not that interested in the older heavy metal machines and liked the newer machines.
Well members like vacuumlad1650, huskyvacs, Vintagefox and others own and work on their older vacuums.
I just saw the Post that Vintagefox acquired, serviced and polished up a vintage GE vacuum that he pictured in the Post.
So I apologize to the younger members for saying that.
For vacuumlad1650 and 2011hoover700, I have not tried to re-attach the plug end of the 28 to the cord as cord has been taped in a number of places so I might order a brown Rainbow cord and try it.
I completely believe from the instructions that it would work.
Now for some good news for me, my favorite seller located a Hoover 305 bottom plate with the belt protector for my Hoover 305 never had one since I owned it. I just received it today, so how good is that.
It seems I bought another Hoover 28 that I received on this past Wednesday. Again the cord and plug are in bad shape and it has a funky zip bag on it.
But I am still happy with it. It fits in nicely with my other 2 Hoover 28s and the Hoover 28 Special.
Thank you for looking and have a good collecting year,

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