Thread Number: 36371  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Attack of the FrankenKirby!! - for entertainment
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Post# 389919   4/6/2018 at 00:15 (195 days old) by reo580 (Holland, Michigan)        

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All across the nation, in Vac Shops almost everywhere!
It came from the bowels of the basement, deep in the parts room.......
Its is..... (50's godzilla music).... Attack of the FrankenKirby monstrosity!

I thought of this for entertainment.
Do you have pictures to add of the species of FrankenKirby monsters? I think the 80's were the peak breeding times for the FrankenKirby including this example (from Sacramento Craigslist) of an Omega/Trad/Heritage mixture, complete with a shaved down rug nozzle. I wish the seller took pictures of the sides and back of the rug nozzle. Enjoy.

Please attach pics of your species of FrankenKirby monsters for us all to see. I hope this thread keeps going with pictures and examples.

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Post# 390011 , Reply# 1   4/6/2018 at 22:08 (194 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

My 505 acquisition was a real Johnny Cash 'One Piece at a Time' creation!
See it all right here:
The only original part seemed to have been the fan case...

Post# 390016 , Reply# 2   4/6/2018 at 23:33 (194 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Very impressive hack job of a Kirby!

I can spot...
* A Heritage II long handle assembly
* A Legend II nozzle with blue-painted belt lifter and bumper
* Classic Omega/III motor group (with replacement fan!)
* An aftermarket Tradition bag


Post# 390017 , Reply# 3   4/6/2018 at 23:56 (194 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Its a aftermarket black cord new oem on classic tradition heritage vacuums.
Black bag gaurd from heritage 1 i cant see topper well enough but assume its black.
The bag is the tradition replacement bag.
Im thinking omega headlight trim. Brown would be easier to paint blue than red. The red classic 3 i believe headlight trim was different I think it had 3 paralell strips.
I wanted to say they used blue tradition belt cover but its a heritage 2 painted with another model sticker on belt lufter. Its like they got tradition sticker cut out logo put on vacuum.

Post# 390018 , Reply# 4   4/7/2018 at 00:00 (194 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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They seriously put way too much time to try to make it look right. It works shined up and it picks up dirt. Franken or not thatbis a baskin robbins 31 flavor tank.

Post# 390061 , Reply# 5   4/7/2018 at 13:24 (194 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I've got a G5 that came to me in rough shape and I decided to fix it up with the most affordable compatible parts I could find. It already had a charcoal gray handle back and lower cord hook from a G4 and I added a complete bag assembly from an Ultimate G but I swapped the G5's burgundy bag topper onto it. The bag has flecks of burgundy in it, which helps tie it into the G5's original color scheme. The brush roll was shot so I got a generic Sentria style one to replace it. The cord was in bad shape so I found a good deal on a light gray one for a G3 to replace it. It matches the predominant light gray on the Ultimate G bag, so in a weird way, it almost looks like it was meant to go together. Aesthetically, the only thing that might make it look better is to swap the original burgundy emptor back onto it but the amount of work involved isn't worth it; besides, I'm less fond of the G5's boxier emptor. If you click my avatar, you can see this machine before the bag assembly and cord were swapped.

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Post# 390423 , Reply# 6   4/12/2018 at 22:07 (188 days old) by reo580 (Holland, Michigan)        

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Here is what looks like the illegitimate concoction of a Dual 80, a Classic 1CR, a 518 (red push-push switch 500 series) and a scirocco Sanitronic 7

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Post# 390446 , Reply# 7   4/13/2018 at 17:47 (188 days old) by Vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Classic Jr.

A few years ago I had an extra 516 and I decided to turn it into a Classic Jr. At that time I was able to get the newer wider Wheels and the bumper trim and the belt lifter in a nice brown color. I took it out to my friend's vacuum shop and they buffed it out and went all through the motor and replaced anything that it needed. A new Kirby Classic cord and handle completed the transformation... and it works like a charm!

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Post# 390448 , Reply# 8   4/13/2018 at 20:24 (188 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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There were several Franken-Kirbys I remember seeing over the years...

1. A Classic 1CR refitted to use the wide rear wheel setup from the Tradition/Legend II.
2. A 562 Sanitronic or Sanitronic VII with a Dual Sanitronic 50 headlight cap and a Tradition handle assembly.
3. Another Classic 1CR with some red Classic III trim.
4. A Classic III in blue, with the original Vis-A-Belt lifter painted blue!


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