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Post# 383906   1/8/2018 at 21:23 (283 days old) by connorthecarguy (Chattanooga,TN,USA)        

I picked up this 1416 at the local vac shop where it was just waiting on death row to donate its motor.Someone previously replaced the 3.3 amp motor with a 7amp Sanitaire unit and it ran great without any work,but I can't leave well enough alone so I stripped it down and painted it GM Quasar blue with black accents and a chrome bumper.

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Post# 383912 , Reply# 1   1/8/2018 at 23:22 (283 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Holy resto-mod, Batman!

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That looks great. It's fun making things look better than new

Post# 383915 , Reply# 2   1/9/2018 at 04:15 (283 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Oh that is very nice, you do not see too many custom-painted vacuums, I dunno why. There's a photo of a modern Kirby in Google somewhere that was custom-painted dayglo yellow for someone.

Post# 383918 , Reply# 3   1/9/2018 at 08:18 (282 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Wow!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You don't mess around, do you? You've got some excellent skills there.

Post# 383922 , Reply# 4   1/9/2018 at 09:04 (282 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Wow that's awesome!!! I love what you did there.
Also I love the kitchen floor!! I'm going to need you to roll it up and ship it to Kansas for me plz, that would look so cool in my wet bar area!!

Have you painted any other vacuums? If so I'd love to see.

Post# 383970 , Reply# 5   1/9/2018 at 18:57 (282 days old) by connorthecarguy (Chattanooga,TN,USA)        

When I do something I like to do it right. I don't know why you don't see more custom vacuums, you'd think you'd see alot painted to update older machines to stay in fashion at least. The kitchen floor is staying where it is for the moment,if we ever decide to change it I'll let you know. First vacuum restoration/paint,I've done other stuff before though.

Post# 383983 , Reply# 6   1/9/2018 at 23:22 (282 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I've seen pictures of some cool custom Kirbys done by Chicago Mike. The most creative I've ever gotten was when I stripped repainted a scarred up Electrolux PN4A last fall, with a minor custom touch of buffing out the nameplate and leaving it unpainted. At some point, I may buff it out again and clear coat it. I don't really count changing up the color scheme of my Kirby G5 somewhat by using gray replacement parts originally for an Ultimate G as being anywhere in the same category.

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